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12 'Lessons' We Learned from Rielle Hunter on 'Oprah'

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Who knew Oprah's interview with Rielle Hunter would be so darn informative? Yeah, we already knew the sordid details of Hunter's fooling around with former presidential candidate John Edwards. What we didn't know was that Rielle has an extraordinary ability to delude herself into thinking she's not a no-good, home-wrecking mess. Impressive.

12 "Lessons" We Learned from Rielle Hunter on Oprah

Show The World You're Not Evil By Taking Off Your Pants

Oprah: [re: GQ Magazine shoot] What were you thinking?

Rielle: "I was thinking, I would like to have one sexy shot where the world can see me as a beautiful woman, as opposed to all those photos that are out there of me looking like some Wicked Witch of the West -- the ugliest thing you could ever imagine."

Being a Mistress is Empowering

Rielle: "I have become a better person from the process ... more compassionate, more aware."

Blame Others

Oprah: "What is it you want people to really understand about what has happened here?"

Rielle: "All of their feelings that they're feeling and hatred that's directed toward me has to do with their fears or their anger and disappointment and sadness about their mother cheating on their father or their father or their husband or their spouse. It has to do with them, and it doesn't have to do with me, because they don't know me."

Want Privacy? Go on Oprah!

Rielle: "This whole journey has been so hard for me. I am a really private person with my personal life."

Sex Tapes are Hard to Destroy

Oprah: "What did you do to destroy the tape?"

Rielle: "I cut it, and I pulled it out of the casing."

Oprah: "Why didn't you burn it or stomp on it or throw it in the incinerator?"

Everyone in the World is Naive But You

Rielle: "A lot of people bought into the myth of the marriage as being a storybook story, being so perfect and wonderful, and I destroyed it."

Make Up Your Own Rules

Rielle: "It's not my experience that a third party can wreck a home. A home is wrecked before a third party comes into the picture.
I followed my heart, and I believe it was the right thing to do, which is weird. I get how weird that is. I didn't make a commitment to Elizabeth."

Men Love it When You Talk Dirty

On her first meeting with Edwards:

Rielle: "...and I just turned to him and said, 'You're so hot.' And he practically jumped in my arms."

Lying, Cheating Presidential Candidates Need Help From Unemployed New Age Freaks

Rielle: "[When I first met Edwards] I said to him, 'I can help you!' And he said, 'I want your help! I need your help!' [I wanted him to] see his authentic self. Be more his authentic self so people could see who he really was..."

Being a Mistress is Like Being an Uncover Spy!

Rielle: "I bought him a cell phone that looked just like his work phone so he could talk to me wherever he was and people would think he was on his work phone."

Men Who Lie About Paternity Should Do It HONESTLY.

On Edward's thoughts when he was attempting to cover her pregnancy:

Rielle: "I'm trying to fix it. I've got to fix it. I've got to make it better, so I'm going to keep lying."

When All Else Fails: Play Dumb. REAL Dumb.

Rielle: "Do I think I hurt Elizabeth? You would have to ask Elizabeth that. I don't know. I don't know the answer to that.

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