‘Today Show’ Cancels Amy Adams Because she Refused to Talk About Sony Hack

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The Today Show distastefully booted Amy Adams from her scheduled appearance on their morning show yesterday (Monday, December 22nd) for refusing to discuss the Sony Hacks.

Producers told her she would be asked about the Sony Hacks, which was surprising since she was there to promote her new film, Big Eyes (directed by Tim Burton). When she expressed her discomfort about the topic, Today insisted that she would have to answer questions pertaining to the Hack if she wanted to appear, declaring that they are “a news program”.

Amy was involved indirectly with the scandal because it was revealed she and Jennifer Lawrence made far less money than their male co-stars in American Hustle (a movie for which she received an Oscar nomination).   

She was slated to appear on the morning show for a few minutes to discuss her new movie, and was dropped from the schedule by producers probably realizing she wouldn’t disclose anything juicy about the Sony Hack – and because of her “demands” (read their statement below). Adams was on Saturday Night Live on Saturday, and stayed a couple extra days in New York for her Today Show appearance, only for it to be cancelled last minute.

Gossip Cop writes: 

Sources tell Gossip Cop that Adams was surprised by NBC’s last-minute request that she talk about the hacking, and expressed her discomfort with the situation. When the show insisted that she answer the questions, Adams relented and agreed to move forward with the sit-down, even though it was her preference to focus on Big Eyes. But when “Today Show” producers realized they might not get significant answers from Adams about the hacking during a live interview, they canceled on the spot.

Deadline reported, interestingly, that Today didn’t in fact question Bradley Cooper (Amy’s co-star in American Hustle who also got an Oscar nomination) at all during his appearance with Clint Eastwood for American Sniper.

The Weinstein Company issued a first response:

We firmly stand behind Amy Adams. We’ve been lucky enough to have had her talents grace several of our films. We are certain her fellow actors and directors would all agree, she is nothing but the consummate professional both on and off set. Amy decided to speak up for herself and express her disappointment that Today would feel the need to ask her a question she did not feel comfortable, and rather than respect her opinion or continue the discussion, the reaction was to pull her appearance from the show.

The Today Show has since then stated that,

As a news program, the Today show doesn’t allow guests to dictate restrictions on interviews. In this case, after hours of discussion we felt uncomfortable with the demands being made and we determined the best course of action for all parties involved was to cancel the interview.

[Jezebel, Gossip Cop]