Gennifer Flowers, who made a name for herself during the 1992 presidential election when she revealed a 12-year affair with then-candidate Bill Clinton, is back with a reality show pilot, advice for former CIA Director David Petraeus’ ex-mistress, and a new Clinton story.
In a relaxed, wine-sipping interview with Susan Roesgen published Monday on WGNO-TV, Flowers expressed sadness over the Petraeus affair and recalled how she helped to make Clinton stand out in the 1992 election.
“I made him a household name overnight, you see. We had had that discussion,” Flowers said. “He said, ‘My problem right now is that no one knows who I am — I need that name recognition.’”
“When my story came out, he was a household name overnight,” Flowers noted.
According to the ex-Clinton mistress, the last time she spoke with the former president was in 2005 after her divorce when she received a phone call.
“I picked up the phone and it was him,” she told Roesgen. “And he wanted to come by my house and talk to me.”
Roesgen expressed incredulity at the claim, which Flowers said was her initial reaction at the call as well.
“I was taken aback. That was the last thing I expected,” Flowers said, adding that the former president could easily track her down with all the resources at his disposal.
“I said, ‘No, you can’t come over here, no way,’” Flowers continued. “I said, ‘You can’t come to my house.’ And he said, ‘I’ll put on a hoodie and I’ll jog up there.’ Well, he used to do that. And I said, ‘No, I want you to leave me alone.’ And that was it.”
To the women currently embroiled in the Petreaus scandal, ex-mistress Paula Broadwell and whistle-blower Jill Kelley, Flowers advised, “Buck it up because it is going to be one heck of a bull ride.”
Flowers encouraged Broadwell to buy her book and “Call me, Paula, I’ll give you some really good advice.”
Flowers also spoke about her new reality show based on the “Real Housewives” series, noting that she is always looking for romance and “tends to date men about 20 years younger.”