Tiger Woods‘ reputation rehab is finally hitting the media circuit, complete with both late night and early morning appearances.
Woods joked about his terrible game (in both senses of the word) on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday (Mar. 16). When asked what he’s been up to in the past year and a half, Woods responds “Uh, nothin’. Nothin’. Playin’ bad golf.”
Though he wasn’t put through the ringer, there were plenty of references to the golf great’s numerous infidelities and ultimate divorce from wife and mother of his children, Elin Nordegren. As there should be.
“I want to say thank you for having the courage to come on a late night comedy program… It must have been a painful and awful situation, the whole thing you went through,” Fallon says. “But from a comedian’s standpoint, and my monologue writers’, thank you so much. That was some of the greatest comedy we did ever. I mean, you must have heard every golf joke in history, but that is like a magical thing to happen, your pain. And we laughed at your pain, and I mean, not even making jokes — it kinda wrote itself. I mean, ‘balls,’ ‘shaft,’ ‘holes,’ ‘foursomes.'”
During a Thursday appearance on “Good Morning America,” however, the conversation took a bit of a different turn. Woods addressed his new life and tackling single fatherhood. Excuse us, while we go find a tiny violin.
“It’s work, there’s no doubt,” he says of being there for his kids. “It’s tough. But it’s enjoyable. That’s the work I love.”
Adding that he loves watching his kids’ changing interests and hobbies, and that he will continue to be involved in their lives.
“Family’s first. That’s the way it was when I was growing up,” he admits. “My mom and dad were always there.. and that’s what I have with my kids now.”
Shame he couldn’t have learned that before the mistresses and public humiliation.
We hope he’s really a changed man… Something that “GMA’s” Robin Roberts acknowledges.
“The arrogance is no longer there. He’s been humbled by the past year,” she notes.