Amy Adams’ appearance on the Today show was cancelled Monday after she refused to discuss the North Korean hack of Sony and the consequent fallout.
Adams was scheduled to appear on the morning show to promote her role in Tim Burton’s new film Big Eyes, but producers pulled the plug on the segment after the actress said she wasn’t willing to answer questions pertaining to the Sony hack.
“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,” a Today spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter.
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Today likely wanted Adams to respond to questions about the revelation that surfaced through hacked emails that she and her American Hustle co-star Jennifer Lawrence were paid less than their male counterparts in the Academy-Award nominated film.
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The studio that produced the film, the Weinstein Company, supported the actress’ decision to remain tight-lipped about the Sony hack and said her opinion should be respected.
“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,” they told Just Jared. “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 , and rather than respect her opinion or continue the discussion, the reaction was to pull her appearance from the show.”