UPDATE (Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2:02 p.m. ET): Amy Adams has come forward to tell her side of the story about why her planned Today show appearance on Monday was scuttled.
“The events that have occurred have been really surprising and very confusing for me, and it’s not a normal conversation we would be having,”; Amy said in an interview with Deadline. “It’s so out of the norm of the events that I have ever been a part of. Must be a slow news week if I am in the headlines.”;
Amy continues: “I was very uncomfortable speaking about it [the Sony hack issue] and I still don’t want to lend my voice to that conversation,”; she said. “And that’s still my stance. And they had their stance, which they publicly have stated and I respect that that’s their stance. I had agreed to go on and they pulled the segment…I told them I would say that I had ‘no comment.’ My issue was that we only had four minutes and I wanted to stay focused on the film, and I just asked if they would not ask the question and they said, no, they would not [agree]. I was actually up on the stage when they pulled the interview. But I had already agreed to what they said and I just said, “Well, OK, I will say no comment,’ and that had been my plan.”;
Amy explains further: “Again this kind of thing is something I don’t lend my voice to. I feel really grateful to be where I am and I feel like my responsibility, publicly, if I am going to lend my voice I am going to lend it to the Rape Crisis Center or to St. Judes. That’s where my voice is best used, not on the Today show talking about a scandal.”;
You won’t be waking up to Amy Adams on the Today show.
The morning show pulled an interview with the actress after she expressed that she was uncomfortable speaking about the recent Sony Pictures hacking controversy.
“As a news program, the Today show doesn’t allow guests to put restrictions on interviews,”; a Today show spokesperson said in a statement to ET. “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.”;
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Adams has been in New York City promoting her new Tim Burton-directed film Big Eyes, which debuts in theatres Christmas Day, and was to sit down with the NBC program after her Saturday Night Live hosting stint.
Adams and Jennifer Lawrence are mentioned among the leaked emails from Sony, and it is revealed that the women made less than their American Hustle male co-stars Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale.
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The Weinstein Company, the production company behind Big Eyes, threw their support behind the 40-year-old actress in regards to her Today show piece being cut. “We firmly stand behind Amy Adams,”; they said in a statement. “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.”;
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The statement continues, “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 [with], and rather than respect her opinion or continue the discussion, the reaction was to pull her appearance from the show.”;
Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that two theatres have broken ranks and decided to air the controversial comedy on its planned Christmas Day release.
Both The Plaza Theater in Atlanta and The Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas/Fort Worth have both stated they’ll be screening The Interview, with Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League tweeting: “Sony has authorized screenings of THE INTERVIEW on Christmas Day. We are making shows available within the hour.”;
Tickets for The Interview at those theatres will reportedly be available to purchase shortly.
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