EXCLUSIVE: Steven Slater to Give First Interview to Larry King

1:53 PM PST 10/19/2010 by Allison Hope Weiner

Former JetBlue flight attendant breaks his silence Oct. 26.

After months of silence, Steven Slater, the former JetBlue attendant who left a plane via the emergency slide, will give his first interview to CNN’s Larry King on October 26, the Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Slater is finally ready to talk about why he dressed down customers over the public address system, grabbed some beer and then notoriously exited the plane via the emergency shoot.  

The morning after the Larry King interview, Slater will appear in taped interviews on the morning shows of CBS, ABC and NBC.  

Slater pleaded guilty Tuesday to two charges of criminal mischief.  After investigating the incident, the Queen’s District Attorney, Richard A. Brown, determined that Slater has a mental health problem and that his actions on that fateful day were motivated by what he perceived as degrading work conditions.  

While Slater’s plea deal allowed him to avoid any jail time, he is required to participate in mental health counseling and in substance abuse treatment for the next year and to attend counseling sessions for at least a year.

Slater’s publicist, Howard Bragman, known for his representation of instant celebrities like Oksana Grigorieva and also many gay celebrities like Meredith Baxter and Martina Navratilova, refused to specifically comment on Slater’s future plans in Hollywood, noting only that, “We got through the legal challenges and now we’re focusing on what comes next.  We’re open to an interesting discussion about projects and ideas.”  

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