"Kony 2012" director Jason Russell is set to finally break his silence regarding his very public breakdown in San Diego, Calif., during an upcoming interview with Oprah.
The co-founder of Invisible Children, the group behind the extremely viral "Kony 2012" video, was detained by police and eventually checked into a psychiatric hospital in March after he was found naked, disrupting traffic and screaming incoherently on a busy street corner.
The 33-year-old and his wife, Danica, will talk about the incident, which was initially chalked up to dehydration and a brief, reactive psychosis, on an episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter," set to air Oct. 7th.
Oprah's OWN network teased a bit of the interview during Sunday's sit down between the talk show superstar and Stephen Colbert, and an excerpt of the transcript was also released to TMZ.
OPRAH: "What do you remember, Jason?"
JASON: "I remember me flipping off cars."
OPRAH: "Flipping off cars? Like with your..."
JASON: "With both hands. I remember that just like 'doot,' just like a little memory. I remember running around our lemon tree. I remember ..."
OPRAH: "There were reports that you were breaking into cars?"
JASON: "There are reports. I mean I think I was stopping cars in the street. People said I was laying in the street – it's a busy street – I was laying in the street."
OPRAH: "How did you get your robe off? How do you go from running out with your robe on to your robe off?"
JASON: "Again, it's really hard to explain if people who have never had an out-of-body experience, but it really wasn't me. That wasn't me, that person on the street corner ranting and raving and naked is not me, that's not who I am."
JASON: [I remember] walking around snapping my fingers up and down ... slapping my hands on the ground as hard as I can. Just slapping them on the ground. Talking to myself. Ranting. Raving. Talking about good versus evil, God and the devil. I mean it was just very out of control."
While Russell may not remember all of the details of his breakdown, much of America certainly does, and videos of the incident quickly spread across on the Internet.
As speculation swirled about a possible drug or alcohol problem, Russell's family scrambled to explain the episode.
"Even for us, it's hard to understand the sudden transition from relative anonymity to worldwide attention -- both raves and ridicules, in a matter of days," his family said in a statement.
In just one week after its release online, more than 100 million Americans had watched Invisible Children's slickly produced piece urging action be taken against Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. The video rocketed Russell and his group to stardom, but questions about the factual and contextual accuracy of the video's claims soon followed.
In a statement Danice Russell released shortly after the March incident:
Jezebel points out that the Russell's explanation is conveniently timed to coincide with Invisible Children's upcoming "behind-the-scenes look at the viral video.
We thought a few thousand people would see the film, but in less than a week, millions of people around the world saw it. While that attention was great for raising awareness about Joseph Kony, it also brought a lot of attention to Jason - and, because of how personal the film is, many of the attacks against it were also very personal, and Jason took them very hard.