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Amy Adams gives the real story behind the Today Show segment cancellation

Amy Adams spoke with USA Today about her Today show interview, which was abruptly canceled early Monday. The segment was intended to promote her newest film Big Eyes but was nixed after Adams did not want to discuss the Sony hack. Adam’s part in the hacking story broke on December 12th when an exchange between Sony co-chair Amy Pascal and other execs surfaced, appearing to show that she and Jennifer Lawrence were paid two percent less than their male co-stars, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and director David O’Russell. Today Show released a statement about the decision to yank the segment.


“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.”

Adams in her USA Today interview discussed the incident. “I expressed that I was uncomfortable. I said I would rather not add my voice to this conversation,” “But it was clear they were drawing a hard line. That this would be part of the conversation.” Adams noted that despite her misgivings, “I was prepared for that [line of questioning]; to whatever degree I was prepared.”

The five-time Oscar nominee hosted “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend and made no mention of the hack, choosing to make her monologue into an extended holiday-themed song and dance number. Instead, the show addressed the scandal with Mike Myers reprising his role as Dr. Evil to discuss the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who is believed to be behind the attacks, and with a bit during Weekend Update in which the dictator was played by Bobby Moynihan. Other stars linked to the scandal have also been ducking and weaving to avoid questions about the cyber-attack. Seth Rogen and James Franco, the stars of “The Interview,” had canceled all their media appearances surround the movie, partly because of concerns about their safety, well before the studio announced that it was halting distribution of the flick.


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