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Maria Shriver thanks Oprah for love, support and 'most of all the truth'

May 18, 2011 |  7:10 am

Shriver and Oprah Winfrey on the show.

Maria Shriver made a brief appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" but did not discuss her husband Arnold Schwarzenegger's admission that he fathered an out-of-wedlock child with a household staffer.

"You have given me love, support, wisdom and, most of all, the truth," Shriver told Winfrey, a longtime friend. "And I know I'm not alone in receiving those gifts from you."

Shriver and Schwarzenegger announced they were separating last week. Shriver released a statement Tuesday addressing the former California governor's admission about the child and said this was a "painful and heartbreaking time."

"As a mother my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment."

The staff member worked for the family for 20 years, retiring in January. To protect their privacy, the Los Angeles Times is not publishing the former staffer's name or that of her child.

"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger said Monday night in a statement issued to the Los Angeles Times. "I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.


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Photo: Shriver and Oprah Winfrey on the show. Credit: Reuters