Mackenzie Phillips shocked Oprah Winfrey.
“Thought I’d heard it all…beyond shocking!,” Winfrey wrote on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. “We’re airing it Wednesday.”
What did the talk show queen hear?
Phillips, the oft-and long-troubled daughter of the late Mamas and the Papas singer-songwriter John Phillips, revealed that she’d had sex with her father.
The actress, 49, was promoting her just-published memoir ‘High On Arrival,” a rough-around-the-edges story of Hollywood excess that includes her teenage sex romp with Mick Jagger and her more recent arrest at Los Angeles International Airport for possession of cocaine and heroin.
All of that, of course, is fairly standard stuff for celebrity tell-alls.
What separated Phillips from the pack – and shocked Winfrey – was her searing tale of facing off with her father, who died in March 2001, and insisting that he talk to her “about when you raped me.”
“You mean when we made love?” he responded, according to Phillips
In her book, Phillips describes the night when she was 19 and ready to get married that her father crossed an unimaginable line.
“On the eve of my wedding, my father showed up, determined to stop it,” she wrote. “I had tons of pills, and Dad had tons of everything too. Eventually I passed out on Dad’s bed.
“My father was not a man with boundaries. He was full of love, and he was sick with drugs. I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father.”
Phillips also told Winfrey about her father helped her shoot up cocaine.
“He put the needle in my arm and pushed the plunger in and he missed,” she said.
“Missed the vein?” Winfrey asked.
“Missed the vein,” Mackenzie replied, “and my whole arm went numb, because it was cocaine.”
Phillips said she forgave her father before he died.
“I would not be the woman I am, had I not been your daughter,” she told him as he was on his deathbed. “So, I want you to know that I forgive you, and I love you very, very much.”
Phillips is John’s daughter with his first wife, Susan Adams. Her half-sisters, Chynna and Bijou, both have different mothers.
“I felt many things while reading this book — which I did in one overnight sitting — but when I reached the last page I felt only one: a tremendous respect for its author and a deep appreciation of just exactly how courageous she is to publish this book,” wrote author Augusten Burroughs in a blurb for this disturbing memoir.
Will the public react similarly?
In the hours before her appearance on Oprah was broadcast, Phillips’ book was streaking up Amazon.com’s bestseller list.