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CBS Critiques Itself Over “Legitimizing” Woody Allen Interview

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The segment has been criticized for airing an interview on the company’s streaming service Paramount + in a segment on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’. This week viewers of CBS Sunday Morning noticed something unusual on the broadcast network: an important segment for their own work.

Using examples from controversial musicians, comedians, and filmmakers such as Louis C.K., Michael Jackson, and of course Wooden Ellen, the event featured a segment – led by reporter Erin Moriati – in the so-called “cancel culture” About this. While this section was made notable, it took its purpose in an interview with Ellen conducted by CBS News, and which is of paramount importance today.

Artistic critic Aruna D’Souza said of the Woody Allen interview in a Sunday telecast, “If someone is being interviewed, they are only given the legitimacy to have their interview taken in a big newscast.” It is worth noting that the Allen interview – which was filmed last summer – was never aired on CBS

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, and is making a debut on the streaming service as part of a larger package featuring Dylan Farrow in 2018 – Also includes an interview conducted in the Moriarty segment by Gayle King. He went on CBS Sunday.

The Allen interview raised a few eyebrows when it was announced on Saturday. This was Allen’s first one-on-one TV interview with an American broadcaster in nearly 30 years (his last interview was in 1992 with CBS ’60 Minutes) and his memoir Hutchey (reporter Lee Cowan, who interviewed Allen Had taken, canceled by) came after. Paramount + stated on the program that the interview was tied to Allen’s memoir).

Typically, given new allegations of misconduct by Dylan Farrow, an exclusive interview of that nature would be an important booking. However, CBS ended the interview by sitting on the shelf so far.

In a statement, CBS News says the interview was postponed last year due to an “active news cycle” that, along with COVID-19, led to presidential elections and social justice protests around the country.

The decision to air it on Paramount + was “due to renewed interest in the controversy surrounding the filmmaker”, the recent HBO documentary Alan V. Was given to the pharaoh. “To be honest, due to the quarrelsome controversy, the storm of thought, both pro and congress, we took note of whether to do this interview,” Cowen said at the top of the interview. “But you’re gonna see it.”

“Whether you believe Woody Allen or not, you like him or not, we hope you at least want to hear what he has to say,” Cowen said.

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The interview was not particularly special, with Ellen repeating the same serials that she has said many times over the years, that “there was no argument” in Farrow’s claims, saying “I think she thinks it. I do not believe it. She is making it. She is not lying. I believe she believes so. ”

A CBS News source said he did not know why the Allen interview was conducted so far, noting that it is not uncommon for interviews to be held for a month or the tight packaging of the CBS Sunday Morning segment Given that, the pieces normally never air after a few months of filming.

However, the package that eventually ran on the streaming service, Ellen’s interview, paired with Farrow’s critical interview and Moriarty’s segment, states that while Allen was back in the news, CBS decided to dust the tape, but knew it That the filmmakers with this section will not cut it alone.

The CBS statement said that the streaming special “provides the ability to delve deeper into the allegations in Allen, his career and context.” Meanwhile, viewers of the broadcast network noticed that the segments of the Allen interview were important, reminded that they would have to subscribe to Paramount + to actually watch it.

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Allen did not participate in Alan Farrow, which ended on March 14, and he welcomed the filmmakers to follow-up interviews. The Hollywood Reporter reached out to Dylan Farrow for comment regarding the CBS interview.

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