Harvey Weinstein wants ‘Today’ to issue formal apology to Amy Adams

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If you thought the Amy Adams-Today debacle couldn’t get any worse, you were wrong. Harvey Weinstein smells blood in the water and he’s going in for the kill. No one tries to make one of his ladies look bad! To recap the story we told yesterday, Amy Adams stayed in NYC through Monday specifically so she could appear on the Today Show on Monday morning so she could sell Big Eyes, the film produced and distributed by Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company. NOT Sony. Amy has been mentioned in one or two emails from the Sony Hack, but only in regards to her pay in American Hustle. So, when Today Show producers insisted that she answer questions about the Sony Hack, Amy was all “You know what? I’d rather not. Can’t I just promote my movie?” Add to the drama this little fact: Bradley Cooper – who was also mentioned in some Sony Hack emails – was on Today last week and he didn’t get any Sony Hack questions.

Anyway, Today producers pulled Amy’s segment at the last minute, when she was literally in the green room waiting to go on. Today producers also tried to make Amy sound like a terrible person, like a diva who makes insane interview demands. Harvey’s not having it, as you can imagine. First, here are some new details about what went down via Page Six:

A source said, “Amy said she didn’t want to contribute to the media coverage of it [the Sony Hack] . . . then she was abruptly told that her interview with ‘Today’ was canceled. She was shocked and upset.”

But another source insists five-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Adams “was angry and acting belligerent, she was yelling at ‘Today’ producers, and reduced a young female staffer to tears.” The source added, “Part of the episode was caught on tape.”

The situation prompted numerous calls Monday between Harvey Weinstein, who is distributing “Big Eyes,” and “Today” exec Don Nash. A “Today” rep declined to comment.

A TWC rep said, “We asked for tapes, NBC eyewitnesses who were there, NBC refused to give any information, we would happily finance an internal investigation to get to the bottom of this because we have no doubt Amy handled herself as a professional.”

[From Page Six]

I also have no doubt that Amy behaved professionally and I just can’t see her screaming at some Today staffer in general. And I love that Harvey was like “Okay, let’s TWIHARD PROOF this, for real. SHOW ME THE TAPES.” Harvey’s still pissed too.

Harvey Weinstein is pushing NBC for a formal apology over the Amy Adams “Today” show fiasco, sources exclusively tell Page Six. The movie mogul is furious after the “Big Eyes” star’s appearance on Monday’s show was abruptly canceled by “Today” executives as she sat in the green room after refusing to talk about the Sony hacking debacle.

Adams was caught up in the mess after e-mails revealed she was paid less for “American Hustle” than her male co-stars. Adams was in the “Today” green room when a producer said, “This is a news show,” and she would be asked about Sony.

A source said, “Amy said she didn’t feel comfortable talking about people who are her friends. Then a junior producer said her appearance had been canceled. That’s never happened in 20 years at ‘Today.’ Naturally Amy was upset, particularly when she saw, out of the corner of her eye, a segment was running about brushing a dog’s teeth. How is that news?”

Even though “Today” host Matt Lauer tried to smooth things over after the drama with a call to Weinstein, the source added, “Weinstein wants a formal apology or at least an independent investigation into what happened by an independent authority like Rudy Giuliani.”

A Weinstein Company rep said, “We hope NBC will apologize to Amy, and that in hindsight, they would have handled the situation differently.” NBC declined to comment last night.

[From Page Six]

Does this kind of thing call for an independent investigation conducted by Rudy Giuliani? Absolutely not. But I kind of hope it goes that far, because it would be amazing to see Harvey go to war with Matt Lauer and NBC. It’s far more likely that some NBC lackey will be forced to formally apologize to Amy in the next few days.

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  1. lisa2 says:

    I wonder if they will apologize. Their reply seemed aggressive. They are claiming to have something on tape. Why mention that unless they are prepared to show it as a defense. It could be that they do have something that would not look favorable to Amy. I think the best thing is to ignore it and never go back on the show again. Harvey can do that with his other “girls”.. I hate that phrase..

    but they can black out The Today Show.. but TS doesn’t seem upset about not having Amy on the show. Did anyone watch to see if they mentioned this incident?

    Gosh that Sony Hack has long arms..

    • Amy says:

      Should be an interesting reveal either way. Today Show lying to cover itself or Amy Adams pulling a Reese Witherspoon. 2014 has been the year of the weird negative gossip.

      • Lucinda says:

        I’m going with the Today show lying. I think they are trying to bully their way out of this. The best defense is a good offense and after the way they handled Ann Curry, it’s clear to me that they are absolutely willing to make Amy a scapegoat for their mistake.

    • FLORC says:

      That claim of having it on tape raises eyebrows. It’s only claimed they caught a portion on tape. If the tapes are real or see the light of day I bet it’s a small segment that’s tough tomake out voices or people. And that Amy maybe throws her hands in the air out of frustration, but not in an aggressive manner.
      Don’t claim that unless you’re prepared to show. Or does it still need some final edits?

      Adams just seems os sweet and professional. Today show grew its ego too large and postured to someone promoting a Weinstein film. Terrible move Today. You’re just a bundle of bad press since Anne/Meredith.

      • Tessy says:

        I bet the reason they don’t have the whole thing on tape is that they edited it to make her look worse which shortened it majorly. They do that to other people to create “news”, especially politicians and protesters all the time. I just read something where sick fox news edited something to make it sound like protesters were chanting “kill a cop”. I honestly don’t believe much of what the “news” is peddling nowadays.

      • Kiki04 says:

        I bet if they have anything on tape, it’s not anything that makes Amy looks bad. Not sure why they would bring up the tape but it’s just backing the Today Show further and further into a corner. Can’t stand them anyways, so not too sad to see this happen….

    • Marie says:

      Diva? Does anyone remember her a couple months back giving up her seat to a soldier? Also, it was a fellow passenger who tweeted about it and broke the story because Adams was so discreet.

      “Just saw actress Amy Adams do something incredibly classy. She gave her 1st class seat to an American soldier. I’m an even bigger fan now.
      — Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) June 27, 2014″

      Heres a link at today.com
      http://m.today.com/popculture/first-class-move-amy-adams-gives-seat-serviceman-flight-1D79861091

      Yeah, sounds like a TOTAL diva.

  2. lucy2 says:

    Team Amy. The Today Show is a clown car driven by Matt Lauer’s ego, and Weinstein is blowing it up even more for the free publicity for the movie. An apology for implying she behaved unprofessionally is warranted, but an “independent investigation”? Come on, Harvey.

    • Brin says:

      I agree, Today and Matt Lauer are a joke.

    • Shaz says:

      Yes lucy2! True about Matt Lauer – tho I’m glad Amy’s people are defending her whatever the reason. Reporters can ask what they want, but they are not entitled to answers if a non-political individual chooses not to answer. And since when is the Today Show a news program? Does ANYONE like Matt Lauer other than Matt Lauer? I miss Tom Brokaw…

    • Tippy says:

      Matt Lauer is a snake who would have had no problem whatsoever forcing Amy Adams into becoming a lightning rod in this Sony $hit-Storm.

      Weinstein should call for a boycott of The Today Show as well as Fallon and SNL.

    • tarheel says:

      Harvey is doing it on purpose, and I think it’s lol.

      NO WAY Amy Adams did anything divalike. She isn’t a diva by any means.

      This is weird, and ties into that tomcatting meglomaniac Matt Lauer somehow.

    • Denise says:

      He should get the free publicity since Amy wasn’t allowed to do her job promoting it on the show.

      Lucy 2 – ‘clown car’ – LOL!

    • FLORC says:

      Lucy2
      Yea, the investigation seems a bit much, but… I like that he’s demanding it. And I bet it will happen if Today doesn”t give Harvey what he wants. It would be great press if it happens and I think it should. Just for how Today appears sexist in how they’re portraying Amy and the same questions weren’t asked of a male actor much closer aligned to Sony. Today Show and Matt need to be shamed. Otherwise they’ll send out an intern freshly promoted to executive to the slaughter and continue with business as usual.

    • Jordan says:

      I hope every major star blackballs the Today show. Matt Lauer is an assclown. Then they will have plenty of time for dog toothbrushing segments!

  3. sally says:

    I disagree. Amy was mentioned in the e-mails with her pay disparity and also in another e-mail describing David O’Russel’s despicable behavior toward her during filming.

    TODAY should have let her promote Big Eyes, but seriously, why couldn’t this be a time to also discuss pay gaps for women? “Hey I’m Amy Adams and even with my successful career, wonderful acting, great movies etc. I STILL DONT MAKE as much $ as the men in this movie even though I have equal screen time!”

    It needs to be talked about and I bet it won’t be because women are scared that they won’t be hired again. Like why isn’t Amy Pascal suing the shit of Sony for making $1 MILLION less than her male counterpart??

    • lisa2 says:

      Great point..

      but women don’t talk out. At least the ones that are visible. I think you are right about the fear of not being hired. I do recall Amy commenting on it in an interview. Just a shot reply. They also don’t come to the defense of other women in this situation. But they will rise and complain about a woman being attacked for plastic surgery or being called fat.

      • Amy says:

        This. They don’t defend themselves, they don’t defend others unless it’s safe to do so. I can’t blame them because they need the work, but I also don’t have to be especially fond over it for them.

        Amy Adams seems like an amazing woman otherwise.

    • Esmom says:

      I agree this is an important discussion but four minutes on Today isn’t necessarily the best venue. Although I suppose even a brief mention is a start.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Correct. Four minutes in the Today show is NOT the correct venue, and that is not what women should be demanding. Instead, four hours in front of an EEOC hearing officer, seeking damages and triple punitive damages is more appropriate. And until women realize that and follow through this will never end.

    • EM says:

      I agree that the pay issue is unfair, but let’s not forget that she is not only contracted to be in a film, but to promote it. To deviate from this contractual agreement/terms may also have negative repercussions for her. So while there is room for pay discrepancy discussions, maybe it wouldn’t be ideal during the contracted period of film promotion.
      Even though she got paid less, let’s also not forget she is getting paid so much more than the everyday woman, so there is that issue as well or dilemma: does she complain loudly [and risk coming across as a spoilt diva] or does she maintain a diplomatic silence for the interim, and find a way to discuss it later, when she is not contracted to any party [to risk a lawsuit]?
      This is an important discussion, but I don’t think that one actress can take on the entire issue of pay discrepancies on her own without compromising her own career. It has to be a united front, with female actresses forming a united front.
      The other thing: What type of agent does she have? Don’t agents fuss over details like pay?

    • Kiddo says:

      She was asked about it (pay) already on one of the evening entertainment shows. She said something to the effect of hoping it goes further or we’re getting there. It’s not fair for the Today show to dictate that she becomes the spokesperson for that cause if she isn’t up for that role. Maybe she was stressed from the holidays and whatnot.

      ETA: what EM said above in re contractual agreement and promotion of a film that isn’t being distributed by Sony.

    • Jayna says:

      How could she sue for her salary? That’s what her agent negotiated and she accepted. It’s not fair but I don’t know that it’s illegal. But to sue, how does that benefit her career as an actress in Hollywood?

    • Marigold says:

      It’s certainly a discussion worth having but not on the Today Show. Not on a show that has on more than one occasion opted to treat the women they employ as garbage while consistently elevating their main asshole (Matt Lauer) at the expense of their credibility and their ratings. To pretend they are a news station that wants to get to the meat of a story (gender pay gap) is comical at best, insulting at worst. And to achieve any legitimate discussion in 4 minutes with an actress there meaning to promote a movie she’s contractually obligated to promote is a waste of time.

    • Maggie says:

      I agree that the discussion needs to happen (full stop), but it would completely derail her Oscar campaign. Think of all the old white men in Palm Springs who likely still think ‘the little ladies’ are lucky to be in films at all?

      I don’t think a boycott would actually ever happen, not until their was a competing program at the same time slot with competing demographics that they could shuffle off to.

      • Bridget says:

        You mean like Good Morning America?

      • FLORC says:

        Bridget
        Exactly. And GMA has been growing while Today has taken hit after hit from Lauer since Curry (and before). I’ve been seeing a growing number of tabs with Matt in the cover with a suticase. Caption is something about how his wife has cast him out of the house before the holidays. I asssume they mean the wife that lives primarily in France and seperate from her husband since they can’t stand eachother. I sense sympathy stories.

        Maggie
        I disagree. The Academy isn’t simply made up of old men in Florida. Many who cast a vote are peers and Adams is highly respected. Having her name tossed out a few more times and the tale of how she stood her ground while mean old Matt tried to make her do things she wasn’t comfortable doing is great campaigning.
        I bet this helps far more than it hurts.

    • Bridget says:

      Probably because a 4 minute segment on The Today Show while she’s attempting to sell another movue isn’t the venue for that discussion. Amy probably wants to continue to be hired for acting jobs and complaining about your bosses on national TV isn’t really the way to make that happen. We also don’t know what kind of fight her management team is putting up behind the scenes – its entirely possible they’re raising hell and working to make sure this doesn’t happen again. But its not like Today put on the female exec who was making almost a million dollars a year less than her male counterpart with the exact same job, and they certainly didn’t put up this fuss with Cooper. Today wanted to cherry pick who they discussed the issue woth and got mad when Amy didn’t want to play along.

    • Lucy2 says:

      It’s quite possible she was advised by her agent or lawyer to not comment on that. Were their actual contracts released or just some details in an email? If someone doesn’t have all the exact info, sometimes it’s best to defer speaking about it publicly.

    • MoxyLady007 says:

      If they wanted to have a discussion about that then they should have given her warning so that she could formulate an articulate argument not spring it on her when she is in the green room.

      Amy is the panda bear of celebrities. Everyone loves pandas. They just do. Today show f-ed up big time.

  4. Kiddo says:

    Who gives a crap if she was yelling? She had cause to do so. She’s not a robot, she’s a human being, who was being used by Today to make a splash in ratings. I could see asking her these questions if she was culpable for the hacks. But they didn’t ask anyone else, as you said, so they put this burden completely on her. She’s not THE Sony rep. I hate all the morning programming anyway, but the leaks about having this shite on tape, is pretty low.

    And Harvey Weinstein looks like a pile of poop in that photo.

    • misstee says:

      The pay disparity in Hollywood and the rest of the world in fact IS a big deal and newsworthy and so although they were seeking a ‘splash’ you cant really knock their reasoning – its a damned sight more news worthy than some new film that doesn’t have much heat behind it – but they didn’t ask the male actors involved which seems strange..

      Anyway Lauer from what ive seen on this site is a gigantic dick and Weinsteins a gigantic dick so it should at least be an entertaining fallout

      • Bridget says:

        Its not like The Today Show was doing a story on the pay disparity though. It’s Amy’s choice whether or not she wants to comment on the issue and what forum she chooses to do so.

      • Kiddo says:

        No one said it wasn’t a big deal, misstee. But they should pose THOSE questions to the people who are perpetrating the practice. Not an unwilling/unwitting victim, who got the bait and switch on a topic.

      • FLORC says:

        Kiddo
        Well said.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      @Kiddo…totally agree…She told them she did not want to discusss the emails, they persisted…if she was polite and said “no” or got pissed off and said “NO”…the Today show should have gotten the message, let her plug her movie. The Today show is the one that looks like a bunch of assholes, either way!

  5. Esmom says:

    Hmm. I have no doubt Today is in the wrong but my first and overriding thought, maybe in the spirit of the holiday season, is Weinstein should just let it go. I highly doubt a 4-minute segment would make or break the film anyway.

  6. Birdix says:

    If he took down the Teflon Don, he can handle Matt Lauer… Guiliani must be having a giggle over this.

  7. Belle Epoch says:

    I can’t bear to look at him, but Harvey is the kind of guy you want on your side. I very much doubt Amy threw a tantrum and it’s a cheap shot. Pictures or it didn’t happen!

  8. Lilacflowers says:

    Nice for Harvey to finally realize he has other products/films/actors/actresses to support this year other than Benedict Cumberbatch, even though it did take somebody insulting Amy Adams for it to happen.

  9. G. says:

    NBC should apologize, but I doubt they will, at least right away. They never end up looking good whenever they screw up.
    I don’t believe that Amy acted like they said she did, but honestly, even if she had, I could understand. They wanted to ignore her current project to further degrade her, and then got mad when she wouldn’t play ball, which is stupid because a) who would answer that question to begin with and b) I’m sure legally she couldn’t because of her contract for Hustle. Does NBC just not hire competent people to work for them or what?

  10. cat1 says:

    It is true she had a right to be upset and, if she did get upset, I agree she probably did it in a respectable way but that really isnt the issue. They used her because she was a woman and seemed more vulnerable (vs. asking Cooper – although she was the one who had the pay disparity and alleged * abusive behavior *). Yes the pay disparity IS an issue and it is too bad she wouldnt talk about it but that is not why she was going on the Today show. I can understand why they would want her to but they should have broached that before she stayed an extra day to do their show.

  11. Birdix says:

    some young, earnest producer attracted to the field by watching Newsroom just realized he/she is not working for a news show after all…

  12. EM says:

    Even if she screamed at them, was visibly angry, she had the right to be angry. They were the ones acting unprofessionally, pulling her segment at the last minute. It amazes me how Today are trying to make her look like the bad person here. I hope Harvey Weinstein makes their lives (at Today) miserable.
    Why can’t Harvey demand that Lauer be sacked? C’mon, do it.

  13. AnnieFannie says:

    I think we might be surprised at the outcome. My guess is that Amy was indignant at what she felt was going to be the tone of the interview and it spiraled from there. What maybe perceived as ‘diva’ behavior was probably Amy being loyal to friends at Sony. As mentioned in the article it’s been over 20 years since Today has cancelled a segment so something significant had to have gone down for this decision to happen.

    • noway says:

      Yes this is true, but until the last several years they were number one, and now they are not. Many things happen to shows when they finally accept they are not number 1 and want to get back there.

      Now I have worked on some of these entertainment shows and have been in the green or what they call orange room (that little fact about the name of the room should tell you everything) at the Today show. Their story makes little to no sense. The hours of discussion would have made her the most prompt guest I have ever seen. The cameras viewing the “fight” would have had to have been brought in the orange room or a phone, and she doesn’t seem like the person who would get angry with someone pointing a phone camera at her. The security cameras don’t have audio so she would have to be very dramatic in her anger.
      Finally, since they have fallen from their number 1 spot, they really don’t have the reputation they used to. They are known to be a bit sexist and just not great. Go Harvey who I can’t stand, but in this I believe he is right.

      • original kay says:

        I wondered about that, this”caught on tape” comment.
        why in the world would they be filming someone as that person waited to be on a show?
        it’s illogical. is there no privacy at all, anymore? you can be filmed waiting to do an interview, and then have that used against you?
        it’s despicable. blackmail Amy after dumping her interview because she wanted to do the interview she was there to do- promote her movie.

  14. serena says:

    Amy Adams reduced a young female staffer to tears?? I won’t believe it even if I see it. I’m really glad Harvey’s not having it and I hope they publicly apologize to Amy.
    To spread such BS is totally stupid, immature, sexist and rude!

  15. Alma says:

    Would they do the same with bradley cooper and Threaten with a tape? Sexism i say! I hope weinstein goes on war with them!

  16. The Other Katherine says:

    This is definitely the most I have ever liked Harvey Weinstein.

  17. NewWester says:

    Some junior producer or someone further down the ladder at Today will take the fall for this. There will be some half assed apology. Then next thing you know Matt will be interviewing Harvey on the Today Show. All will be forgiven. The ratings are not great for that show and Today can not afford to piss off someone like Harvey W who has a fair bit of power in Hollywood. He could very easily put out a edict forbidding anyone working for him to appear on any NBC show.

  18. M says:

    Harvey just want to draw attention to the movie, especially for Amy, who didn’t receive nomination for best actress at the SAG and BFCA. It’s all because of the Oscar.

  19. Dawn says:

    I blame Comcast for this. Ever since they purchased NBC the network has been simply crap. And yes the Today show should apologize and if they don’t she should never grace that network again.

  20. tarheel says:

    Amy Adams is known to be a professional, and also a truly pleasant person IRL. I know that from someone who is in the business.

    This is truly bizarre, and unprofessional on Today’s part.

    They have nothing on tape.

    • stelladee says:

      My mom worked (backstage) with Amy Adams in a Colorado dinner theater back before Adams hit the big time, and said she was a lovely person then as well.

  21. The Original G says:

    There is nothing stopping Today from doing some valid journalistic piece on gender gap and wage. Go to it, Today. Why hide behind Amy on this?

    First Amy is victimized by these leaks and then Today tries to browbeat her into talking about them when she agreed to appear to promote Big Eyes. It’s called business, Today. Maybe everyone should promote their films elsewhere?

    Who cares if she raised her voice? From what we can all see, media and films are filled with rude cranky pants tantrums of men and their industry apologist saying “Well, that just how the business is.” Did she stand for herself? Good for her. Applause!

    Not only is Mat Lauer overdue to be blown up, but so are his socially and culturally pre-historic senior managers at NBC.

  22. Amy says:

    I like Amy but I have to admit I’m not Team Amy.

    I think it was wrong she was put on a spot her male co-stars weren’t and that she got bumped for her choice, but at the same time she’s the one getting paid much less not them. At the end of the day her bank account is smaller no matter how supportive her male co-stars are. I understand professionalism but I also understand that all the professional behavior over the past…let’s say a little under a decade hasn’t amounted to much more than women having more opportunity but still, as Amy and Jennifer found out, facing huge income disparity.

    I appreciate and enjoy the people who’ve commented on the Sony leaks and their own role in the business (ironically Kevin Hart did this best) but I’m tired/bored of the PR comments where one doesn’t want to give too much away or say the wrong thing. Harvey can lose his mind at NBC but he clearly wasn’t falling on the sword to make sure Amy and others were paid fairly so his demands for an apology are just as offensive.

    I wish the ladies of Hollywood luck, but it seems they’ll continue to be a product giving only subtle whispered interviews and hoping it just works out for them in the end. #kanyeshrug

    • Kate says:

      This is way more complex than you make it out to be.

      First off, putting the burden on the victims of institutionalized sexism to address a scandal on National TV—when there may be significant contractural and legal ramifications behind the scenes—is a load of crap. Then you add that this woman makes millions of dollars so it’s very hard for her to talk about being paid “less” without it coming off terrible. Amy didn’t come from money or privilege like many of these stars and for all we know she asks for less money bc she’s aware of just how much it is. It doesn’t change that it’s not fair but it’s very complex. Then you are that she may have very strong ties to people at Sony and that talking should them on Today could be very hurtful to many parties.

      This woman is not responsible for shouldering this burden and I kind of resent you implying she is.

  23. Pix says:

    i don’t think Today show should apologize. They were wrong, but come on – kowtow to Harvey Weinstein? Never, ever, don’t you even think it!

  24. AnnieFannie says:

    I’m surprised at the suggestion that Today was out of line to ask Amy to discuss the Sony story.
    While its common to interview actors for their work , the interview and questions are rarely confined to just that project. I think what likely happened is Amy was approached by a staffer to prepare for the question and she became indignant ( remember how incensed she was when photographed at Hoffmans funeral and the photo was used for product promotion?)
    I think she has a streak of riteous loyalty (nothing wrong with that) and the situation devolved from there.

    • Izzy says:

      She was there to promote her movie Big Eyes. She knew it, AND SO DID THEY. There’s no excuse for their last-minute gunnysacking, when she made it clear that she was uncomfortable discussing the Sony hack. Plus, why didn’t they ask Bradley Cooper last week? Sorry, but Today Show has just outed itself (yet again) as a bunch of sexist hypocrite pigs. Amy Adams did nothing wrong here. TS is fluff journalism, at best, and I even hesitate to use the word journalism.

    • Peppa says:

      remember how incensed she was when photographed at Hoffmans funeral and the photo was used for product promotion?

      Apples to oranges, and I would be indignant about that too. I agree with Izzy. They were trying to blindside her with that question to get buzz for their failing morning show. Let’s not pretend the Today show is a serious news organization!

    • Bridget says:

      They can approach her, and she can give a politenon-answer considering the venu… but they’re the ones who decided that since she wasnt interested in elaborating that thr whole thing was off.

    • noway says:

      I can almost agree with your scenario, except the indignant part. I think it is far more likely they were surprised that she would even ask to not talk about any subject. Generally actors or celebrities with good reputations like Amy are just grateful for the interviews and don’t question. I think the idea that she would dane to ask them not to talk about the Sony scandal put their little noses out of whack and they cancelled her appearance. I also believe she agreed to talk about it, but they had already cancelled the interview within minutes not hours either. The Today Show people are the ones who called themselves a news organization, not most people who watch the show. Also by definition doesn’t news mean new and this story on her pay and everything is almost a month old so the news seems a bit old to me. If they were really after the news they would have contacted the actresses in the emails when they heard this for a response not a month later when she is promoting another film.

  25. Izzy says:

    For once, I actually like Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. It’s possible the apocalypse is at hand.

    I highly doubt Amy Adams did anything close to resembling diva, never mind reducing someone to tears. However, if she did, I couldn’t blame her. They kept her cooped up in a room for hours while they discussed whether to ask her about the Sony hack – which was not what she was there to discuss in the first place (HOURS?! Were they discussing it in Latin and using a translator?), then sent in some junior level staffer to blow her off. She deserved better, and at the very least TS should have had the balls to send in a senior producer to tell her the interview was off.

    • Santolina says:

      “The Apocalypse…” *giggle*

    • EbethK says:

      Harvey is at the service of his Weinstein Co. only. Big Eyes was going nowhere with awards and he saw this opening and has taken the ball and is running with it. Adams is a great actress, but her own thirst for an Oscar is pretty strong, too. She is, after all, working with David O. Russell again AFTER the leak that he was abusive to her, and she works nonstop in Oscar bait year after year, securing her place at the THR actress roundtable. I agree with the commenters upthread that while she doesn’t have to talk about anything she doesn’t want to, I think her motivation was less “I’m only here to be a professional and talk about the movie” than “I’m not willing to piss off anybody who may hire me/get me an Oscar in the future.” She has gone off-script plenty of other times when it was favorable to her.

      That said, it is beyond gross that the TS didn’t ask Cooper, or if they did and he refused to discuss it, it didn’t become an issue like this. They should release whatever “tapes” they have and let the public decide. As for HW, he will keep milking this cow until it’s dry or until he secures more noms for Big Eyes, which does need the boost.

  26. Miss M says:

    I adore Amy Adams! I hope it gets an investigation to uncover this “news organization” antics (it sounds like a set-up to blackmail Amy). By canceling her appearance in the last minute, they tried to create news and purposely tarnish Adams reputation/image and, consequently, bring negative publicity to the movie.

  27. KC says:

    I’ll admit to being lazy and not reading all the comments so I don’t know if someone else already said this but it irks me that a bigger, male star who was on the show and not asked or if he was and denied that his segment wasn’t pulled. They want to talk about inequality amongst genders for actors/actresses. Aren’t they doing the same thing.

    She was probably on the spot and didn’t have time to think about (or was advised against) it but a 4 min segment would have been a great opportunity to flip the script. Something along the lines of…….. “So Amy what are your thoughts on the disparity between the sexes in the industry that was revealed in the Sony hack? Apparently you aren’t paid the same as your male costar’s. What do you think/feel about that?” “Hmm…well I don’t see everyone’s pay checks and in general I find discussing finances and pay in poor taste but you bring up a good point on there being inequality between the sexes. For example, I heard Bradley was just on the show and he was also mentioned in the hacks. You guys support equal treatment of the sexes right? I assume you asked him the same question? I feel like a lot of women are speaking on this and it’s always refreshing to hear a male perspective. I’d love to know what he said.”

    • Rahma says:

      Lol KC – You’re the bomb! This would have been a marvelous thing – What I wouldn’t have given to see this hypothetical situation play out.

  28. FurballFriend says:

    Team Amy! What Today did was beyond rude. Makes me glad I stopped watching that show after what they did to Ann Curry.

  29. pnichols says:

    Everything about the Today show sucks a bag of dicks.

  30. LAK says:

    Badly handled, but Rudy Guliani? Whatever happened to simple mediation?! Sledgehammer to kill a fly much!!

  31. CK says:

    The hilarious thing is that even if, she did throw a fit after cancellation, I wouldn’t blame her. If I had a busy promotion schedule, stayed in NYC an extra night, and had my interview cancelled while in the greenroom for something that wasn’t even broached with my male costars, I’d cuss a couple of people out for their bs as well.

  32. Kiki says:

    Leave Amy Adames alone, Today show on NBC. Fee pointers. Why are you asking questions about the sonhack scandal to Amy Adams, and why are you asking her about her pay share in AH? Because one she has nothing to do with thAt Scandal and its none of their business of theirs to ask about her pay slip.

    And also, this is somewhat stupid of them, when they didn’t ask that douchbag Bradley Cooper about the Sony Hacking Scandal p, they have the audacity to ask her while she is promoting her new film Big Eyes. Should’ve gone to cbs, the next time, that’s where they ask you good and intelligent questions, and they are sensitive towards people.

    • CK says:

      It’s a classic failing of the modern media. It’s why Mindy Kaling, Shonda Rhimes, and many female actors have to field questions about diversity in Hollywood, feminism etc, but never white male directors/actors/producers who actually have more sway in Hollywood when it comes to changing these thing. Instead of talking about the professional work, they get reduced to “black issues” or “women’s issues”.

  33. CarH says:

    What is the problem? It’s the women who said were getting jipped not men. I don’t care that Cooper wasn’t asked any questions – he is getting a big fat check. Amy was the one who who was getting the short end of the stick!

  34. I Choose Me says:

    Is it me or do Weinstein and Scott Rudin look a lot a like?

  35. Visitor says:

    Today show seems like a toxic and emotionally abusive workplace. Hope Amy wins her Oscar.

  36. LaurieH says:

    It’s obvious what the Today Show was trying to do. First of all, you know it’s a slow “news” day when you’re doing a segment on brushing a dog’s teeth. Secondly, they wanted to take the Sony Hack, particularly the leaked emails revealing Amy Adams was paid less than her male counterparts, and turn it into a simplistic political story about income inequality (how actors’ salaries are negotiated is about as mysterious as how college football rankings are decided or how airline tickets are priced). I think the Today Show was hoping Adams would come out showing righteous feminist indignation – but that is NOT a position Amy was comfortable being put in. For one, she was hardly going to roll her fellow actors under the bus. For two, her pay was pre-negotiated by her manager. For three, she’s not going to help her career by attacking the people who sign her paycheck. She isn’t stupid. They put her in an untenable position and I don’t blame her for wanting to avoid the topic, no matter what her personal feelings about it are (that’s called being a professional). Yes – they owe her an apology. They brought her in under the guise of allowing her promote her film, when all they really wanted to do is get more mileage out of the Sony hack. Had they been honest about their interview intentions from the beginning, she never would have agreed to the interview to begin with.