The flap, he tells her, “is funny to me … it’s silly” — but he also blames Cyrus for whatever stir has been created.
For those who’ve been blissfully unaware of the situation for the past month or so, Cyrus and Thicke raised eyebrows at the VMAs with their performance, which featured the former Disney princess performing some grind-heavy dancing against Thicke’s Man Zone.
Thicke attempts to exonerate himself during the sitdown, claiming that he was a semi-innocent bystander — or, as he puts it, the “twerkee,” referring to Cyrus’ gyrations.
“I’m singing my butt off, so I’m sitting there. I’m looking up at this guy, and I’m singing. I’m not really paying attention to all that. That’s on her,” Thicke tells Winfrey. “I’m like, people ask me, you know, do you twerk? I go, listen, I’m the twerkee. I’m twerked upon. I don’t twerk myself, OK? I’m just twerked upon.”
Here’s the pertinent excerpt from “Oprah’s Next Chapter” in the video.
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