Amy Adams Breaks Her Silence on 'Today' Show Cancellation

Amy AdamsDid you hear about the Today show cancelling Amy Adams' scheduled appearance at the last minute on Monday? She was all set to promote her new film, Big Eyes, when execs cut her segment because she didn't want to talk about the Sony hacks. The Today show basically called her a diva about the whole thing, and now the 40-year-old is telling her side of the story.


The Golden Globe winner told USA Today on Tuesday, December 23, that she was "surprised" and "frustrated" by the decision to yank her appearance.

"I expressed that I was uncomfortable. I said I would rather not add my voice to this conversation," she said about the hacking. One of the issues they likely wanted to discuss was that she and Jennifer Lawrence apparently made significantly less money for American Hustle than their male costars. Adams continued, "But it was clear they were drawing a hard line. That this would be part of the conversation."

She said she didn't refuse to talk about the hacking at all. "I walked away from the conversation and went up to the room to do the interview. I assumed they were going to ask me about [the Sony hacking]. And I was prepared for that, to whatever degree I was prepared," she explained.

When she was told her segment had been cancelled, she admitted, "I was confused and definitely frustrated ... I still don't understand." 

The show explained the reason for the cancellation on Tuesday, saying, "As a news program, the Today show doesn't allow guests to put 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."

It certainly seems like there was some sort of communication going on. Amy Adams just doesn't seem like the diva type, and it's hard to imagine her flat-out refusing to answer tough questions. It seems that she simply made her preference known, and got thrown under the bus for it.

Big Eyes distributor the Weinstein Company expressed their support for Amy in a statement. They said, "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 [answering], and rather than respect her opinion or continue the discussion, the reaction was to pull her appearance from the show."

Do you think Today went too far in cancelling Amy's interview?


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