Brennan: Allison Janney misguided in protection of Tonya Harding

Carla Harmon
January 14, 2018

Harding opened up about the incident, as well as her hard childhood, her rise in competitive figure skating and the depiction of her life in the new critically-acclaimed movie, "I, Tonya", starring actress Margot Robbie, in ABC News' two-hour special, "Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story", which airs January 11, 2018, at 9 p.m. ET.

Tonya Harding has been enjoying the spotlight since the movie came out last month. Chris Wilkins, AFP/Getty Images Figure skater Tonya Harding, right, chats at rinkside with her coach, Diane Rawlinson, second from left, and fans during her practice in Portland, Ore., Jan. 31, 1994. It was later determined that Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and a friend, Shawn Eckardt, hired the assailant.


While Harding was a rough-around-the-edges athlete in a sport in which most toed the line in the 1990s, she still was given opportunity after opportunity to represent the United States around the world. But by the time the Olympics happened in Lillehammer, Kerrigan recovered and won the silver medal. Vincent Almavy, AFP U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding reads from a prepared text during a press conference.

Tonya Harding at the Olympics.


"I haven't seen anything", former skater Nancy Kerrigan told The Boston Globe.

It appears that in trying to promote a movie, Janney hasn't let the facts get in the way of a good story. He explained Harding insisted reporters sign "an affidavit staying that they won't ask her anything "about the past" or they'll be fined $25,000". "And I remember telling them, I go, 'What the hell are you talking about?" Her mother is depicted as a harsh, miserable, ugly-on-the-inside human being, which is why Janney-as-LaVona turns directly to the camera and calls the account so much bull roar, one of the film's many instances of flagrant fourth-wall desecration. "But it's my faith in myself and in my father that comes back to me and makes me get back up off my butt and be something worth being proud of", she said. "It was a steak knife".


As far as the drinking, Harding told ABC News that she knew at age 11 half a thermos her mother would take to the rink in the morning was filled with "brandy and the rest was coffee".

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