Schwarzenegger Calls Affair the ‘Stupidest Thing I’ve Done,’ Recalls When Karl Rove Snubbed Him

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Schwarzenegger last month. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Photo: Kevin Winter/2012 Getty Images

Over a year after he admitted to fathering a child with his former housekeeper, which led to a divorce from his wife Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger is finally embarking on the obligatory reputation-recovery tour. First stop: 60 Minutes. "I think it was the stupidest thing I've done in the whole relationship," he says in the interview, which will air on Sunday. "It was terrible. I inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on the kids." Beyond that, though, he insists that, "Maria is, you know, wishing me well in everything I do." Including, we're meant to believe, his new memoir, Total Recall: My Unbelievable True Life Story — though a separate TMZ report claims that a "stingy" Schwarzenegger is trying to keep his multi-million-dollar advance clear of any divorce settlement.

Beyond the affair, the book also discusses the Terminator's transformation to Governator, including an interesting meeting that took place at the White House in early 2003. According to an excerpt acquired by the Associated Press, Schwarzenegger was there to meet Karl Rove to discuss the possibility of a recall election to oust the increasingly unpopular governor, Gray Davis.

Not only did Rove tell Schwarzenegger that the election would not happen, he introduced the actor to then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice as his pick to run for California governor in 2006.

Schwarzenegger felt snubbed.

He asks, "How could Rove have been so wrong?"