'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: How shocking is Schwarzenegger's affair?
May 17th, 2011
02:12 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: How shocking is Schwarzenegger's affair?

Like so many people today, I’m blown away by the news that Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child with a former staffer.

It was surprising enough when Arnold and Maria Shriver announced their separation last week - and now this baby bombshell! It’s a lot to take.

But just how shocking is Schwarzenegger's affair? He's not the only one to reveal infidelity, after all. Remember John Edwards?

This man wanted us to vote for him as president – as he was carrying on an affair that resulted in a love child, while his wife was struggling with terminal cancer.

I’m asking a lot of burning questions tonight, like how could Schwarzenegger have kept this a secret for so long and still run for office? And should Maria Shriver really be surprised?

What do you think? Tell me below.

Also, we’re debating this: Is Donald Trump now a big joke since he's decided not to run for President?

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Rocky

    I'm not surprised at all - Arnold always had a rowdy reputation. I was more surprised that Maria married him in the first place.

    I'll be even more surprised if more women and 'love' children don't come to light.

    The timing on this is ridiculously coincidental. I'm betting Maria knew about this child (and more), but that she and Arnold had some type of agreement to stay together while he held the governor's office. Happens all the time.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kristy

    Maria and Sandra should have had better taste. Hope springs eternal in the human heart. Two great ladies that married stupid creeps!

    May 26, 2011 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. April Fool

    The only good thing that came of this adultery is that he got his term out of the way b4 it all surfaced .

    May 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joy

    I dont realy care what he does with his life afterward.all i care for now is his wife.

    May 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Schmoopy

    Did you read where one of Arnold's sons changed his name on Twitter to Patrick Shriver in honor of his mother's maiden name?

    May 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Diana M. Galarza

    The only thing Arnold could think of to say to Maria was – "I'll be back".

    May 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SKY


    May 18, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Steve Cohen

    I just love all these comments. Like everyone here lives a perfect life. WoW, who are you kidding. Arnold didn't get caught, he just decided to be truthful with his love ones. Who are we to comment on another person when we all live in glass houses!

    May 18, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lloyd Christmas

    The boards are slow this evening.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pale Horse

    What about the guy who raised Arnold's son for 10 years and thought the child was his??? HAHAHAHAHA DAMN!!!!!!!!! That staffer is dead wrong!!! Women can be the devil.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pale Horse

    What about the guy who raised Arnold's son for 10 years and thought it was is child??? HAHAHAHAHA DAMN!!!!!!!!! That staffer is dead wrong!!! Women can be the devil.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    Infidelity is a horribly selfish act. Selfishness is the mindset of a child. To think people respected this man that has caused more pain then he will ever know...

    What a teriible human being. People that do this think they are so special have the right to take away the reality from another person. Horrible, terrible, selfish, and mean. These are nasty children in an adult body.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pete

    Are you kidding? Donald Trump is a big joke and has always been a big joke. What is new about that? As for Arnold, come on, he and Maria have beautiful, intellegnet, kids who are, no doubt, well rounded and will get through this tough time just like any kid does when dad decides to share the sausage outside the immediate family. It's also not quite like they are a traditional family. Come on, Maria is a Kennedy who has had a very full career of her own who I am sure spends little time at home so what was Arnold to do? He needed a release and his Mrs. was not available. Society needs to get over it. I simply can't understand how 90 percent of America can criticize this type of activity when 90% has engaged in it themselves. We are totally a bunch of hypocrites. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly don’t condone his behavior but it is a family matter so I am not sure why it is anyone else’s business, or why anyone could claim to be surprised. Are you kidding, it is 2011 and about the only people who say they are faithful are lying. Grow up America. My advice to Arnold, Maria, and their kids, like they need it, would be to just get over it as a life experience and don’t give a second thought about what anyone else thinks about your situation.

    May 17, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dancer

      I toally agree with you, Pete! Although this affair is hard to deal with why is it anyone outside of the family's business? Why do other people feel as though they have a right to interfere? As with life, what doesn't break you makes you stronger! She's a Kennedy and that family has definitely had their share of drama and this too shall pass!!!!

      May 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chandler

    I am very surprised by his actions. And to hold a secret like that for ten years, couldn't even imagine. This basically makes the last ten years of their relationship a lie.

    May 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 17, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Kayla

    Apparently he JUST told Maria a few weeks ago about the affair and child. Since she didn't know about it *HE* kept the staffer (keep your friends close and your enemies closer....obviously to keep her from blowing the story and also to be near her and monetarily support her and the kid, which he did) All I know is this explains why out of the blue they are splitting after 25 years. He probably told Maria and she said it was unacceptable and she wants a divorce. Remember, HE is coming out and admitting this now because people were wondering why they were splitting up and I'm guessing he wants to be one step ahead of the probing press who no doubt would find out the truth.

    May 17, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Liv

    Not surprised. What a jerk. What took everyone so long to find out? Feel bad for his wife and kids.

    May 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Teenie Weenie

    He was hornie

    May 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  19. AP

    Should the wife believe him now that he's sorry after so many years of lies?. Is never too late to move on. In a couple of weeks the news will be that Arnold and mistress are living together, we'll see!! John Edward did it.

    May 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  20. M

    Shame on both people – that they staff member kept working with the family, knowing she had a child with him. Shame on him for lying for all those years and keeping that staff member, and child, around his family. He and the staff member had knowledge that his wife and children didn't – that is wrong.

    May 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  21. mrskool

    the shocking part isnt that Arnold messed around but that it was right under Maria's nose in their own home where his children are !!! thats really disgusting...

    Shame on the household staffer who did it with him and lied to everyone about the childs parentage.
    Remember the maid "Concepcion" from the movie "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" ? That was funny – real life is not !

    May 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  22. leslie

    My sister stayed at a resort several years back that he and a "friend" were staying at. My sister said the girl was all too eager to share who she was there with, so in answer to your question, NO I am not shocked.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Jo Jones

    I'm shocked that the secret lasted so long. I don't think Human Beings are made to be with just one person. I think if folks take the pressure off we wouldn't see so much pain and hurt from Marriage. Marriage , I thought was supposed to be something great and amazing...Its shameful that another woman however who gave up everything for a loser now in her later years i life has to start over. Its like you spend your whole life raising the kids and now that you're retired...your also Divorced

    May 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  24. emma

    Me too, but the I always agree with Peace and Superhiro and BV. Alsp T-Rex but he doesnt post anymore. I miss T-Rex.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  25. JR

    More hits brought to you by the party of family values. No surprise. I still like Arnold.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maryland Laxr

      JR... That's pretty good... I remember a President a few years back ( a Democrat) sigh... That literally SCREWED "everything" in sight... Funny how you have "selective" memory... lol

      May 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  26. AuntieMame2

    Agree with Superhiro. Who is really surprised? We all knew Arnold was a womanizer from day one.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Ahnole

    Oh nooo...Ahnole get caught wit pants down.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Peace

    Amen, superhiro! He's always been a womanizer! No surprise here!

    May 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  29. @N

    oh wow b/c dis nitwit is famous doesnt mean he can be a b!otch.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Superhiro

    I don't understand why this would be surprising. Did anybody really think that Arnold was somehow "above" this type of behavior?

    May 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don Amos

      HA HA HA...Another Kennedy screwing...LMAO!

      May 18, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Tami

      Just a thought – wasn't the women involved also married? Why is Arnold the only bad guy in this situatuion?

      May 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |

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