Maria Shriver focused on friendship, not news about husband Arnold Scwarzenegger, during her cameo on Oprah Winfrey's celeb-stocked show Tuesday at the United Center.
But with a mere pause she gave a nod to his infidelity, and the audience responded with applause.
"You bestowed the most amazing friendship on me," Shriver told Oprah, her long-time friend, on stage. "Given me love, support, wisdom and most of all..." she paused, "truth."
Shriver was having dinner with Winfrey Monday night at RL Restaurant in Chicago, the Sun-Times' Bill Zwecker confirmed, when she received a phone call that some suspect was about Scwarzenegger. Shriver was "very animated," but it's not known if the call carried news that her husband fathered the family maid's child years ago.
After Tuesday's show, Dr. Phil McGraw chimed in on the incident, saying Shriver needs a breather from the media.
"What their family needs right now is to be left alone," McGraw said. "The last thing they need is one more talking heads trying to find one more nugget of scandal to spin out there."
McGraw said he's known Shriver for about 10 or 13 years and spoke highly of her.
"She is a class, class act," he said. "She is a dedicated and devoted mother, so I know where her heart is."