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Donald Sterling

Grilled by

Anderson Cooper

5/11/2014 11:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0511-anderson-cooper-sterling-interview-instagram-03Barbara Walters may have gotten the mistress and the wife, but Anderson Cooper got the grand prize Sunday ... a sit down with Donald Sterling ... TMZ has learned.

Cooper flew in to Los Angeles this morning, checked into his hotel, and made a bee-line to Sterling's Beverly Hills house, where the interview went down.

Before the interview, Sterling met with his lawyer, who was not present during the interview with Cooper. The interview will air Monday night on "Anderson Cooper 360."

TMZ shot video of Anderson leaving the house after the interview, but he was mum.

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Our sources say Sterling has been champing at the bit to publicly defend himself against racism allegations after TMZ Sports posted the now famous recording.

This was Anderson's second bite at the apple -- last week, he tried convincing Sterling to do the interview ... but failed.

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naue7    

walters is too senile to interview now anyway

129 days ago
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master    

Let see how he tries to spin this, this time

129 days ago
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EggsOverEasy    

Sterling has got to have the poorest judgement about women than any other man alive.. "V." has the crazy eyes, anyone with half a brain could see she is nothing but trouble from a mile away.. Dumb racist bastard..

129 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

lol the news outlets blast racism but jump at the chance to interview a racist for ratings and money

129 days ago
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Paul    

Free country, he can hate anyone he wants to as long as he does not act on it.

129 days ago
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Paul    

Free country, he can hate anyone he wants to as long as he does not act on it.

129 days ago
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Jayne    

Oh THIS oughta' be a great example of how to use the press to do damage control and I bet it comes off like a prepared statement, nit a real interview. The fact that Sterling had his lawyer there means he's afraid if just telling the truth, whatever it is. Ha! I bet Cooper wasn't thrilled with the questions and comments he wasn't allowed to ask - ha ha ha..... Poor guy just can't win with Sterling. However, I could be wrong. I can hardly wait to see what the old duffer has to say THIS time! @@

129 days ago
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Skit    

Cant wait to not watch it

129 days ago
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tmon3ydadjmbr    

I don't respect this because what if he wasn't a known racist, would he have still gave him the mean mugged face it's just stupid.

129 days ago
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ariel    

Barbara Walters is going to be pissed!

129 days ago
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Nene     

Maybe if his ex would have tried the grapefruit trick: http://youtu.be/oM2PwriqOjc

129 days ago
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01void    

Whew never thought we would really see a racist on TV oh how foolish of me we see this everyday on tmz

129 days ago
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boo boo    

So did he say "I'm so sorry for my stupid offensive remarks and for being such a jerk off"?

129 days ago
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Paul    

Free country, he can hate anyone he wants to as long as he does not act on it.

129 days ago
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Youphemism    

He's been chomping at the bit to defend himself? Uh, yeah... No doubt there's a shortage of reporters willing to interview him there in the heart of Southern California, in the midst of this media frenzy he created. The poor guy just can't find anyone willing to put a microphone in his face. It even took him two tries to get Anderson Cooper to talk to him. That is so sad.

129 days ago
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