Tonya Harding Sort of Recalls Jeff Gillooly Planning the Attack on Nancy Kerrigan


We have walked ourselves into a nostalgia cycle that revisits the scandals of yesteryear (and their attendant pain/horrific murders), and so it’s Tonya Harding’s moment for a reboot, broken lace and all.

With the film I, Tonya receiving acclaim and awards, ABC has checked in with the real Tonya Harding to be like, “What’s up with all that shit that happened almost 25 years ago?” The inevitably not-quite-satisfying, two-hour Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story will air Thursday.

The just-released preview for Thursday’s special gets right to the, uh, good stuff (in this particular case that’s the attack of Nancy Kerrigan and her ensuing suffering), as ABC News’ Amy Robach interrogates Harding on how much she knew about the attack on Kerrigan that was coordinated by her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, and her former bodyguard, Shawn Eckhardt. Harding maintains she had nothing to do with the attack.

“You never said to Jeff, ‘Let’s do this?’” asks Robach.

“No, no,” says Harding.

“He never asked for your permission?”


“And you were never part of the planning?”

“No. I did, however, overhear them talking about stuff where, ‘Well, maybe we should take somebody out so we can make sure she gets on the team,’ and I remembered telling them, I go, ‘What the hell are you talking about?’ I can skate.”

Robach then asks Harding if what she overheard popped back into her head when Kerrigan was finally attacked.

“No…” answers Harding. “I didn’t know what was going on.”

Hm, that seems so unlikely that it could be true? If Tonya Harding were interested in inventing, she had plenty of time to come up with an answer and…this is what she delivered? Good thing we’re on the case, as a culture!

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