Nancy Kerrigan will appear in a documentary where she discusses the famous attack for the first time in many years.
FWIW, the NBC press release re its own Kerrigan/Harding doc refers to its "exclusive" interview with Kerrigan. (But IMHO, it doesn't necessarily mean that ESPN will not get a Kerrigan interview. Networks often are on very shaky ground when they throw around the word "exclusive".)
LOS ANGELES – July 27 – NBC Sports Group today announced a new documentary on former Olympic figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding featuring an exclusive interview of Kerrigan that will air during its Sochi Winter Olympics coverage.
They're going to air it during Sochi? Oh, yuck. Why would a fine skater like Nancy, a two-time Olympic medalist, want to be introduced to a new generation of sports viewers as part of that sorry series of events? Nancy contributed to the American record of Olympic excellence in a way that has not been matched by any ladies' skaters since 2006. Seven years of famine, and we bring out one of our best recent skaters to talk of her in this way? And then we give equal spotlight time to Harding? Distasteful.
Personally I would prefer Tonya is not given any coverage whatsoever for her despicable actions, especially during the Olympic Games.
Kerrigan must be getting paid for this because i can't see any other reason the bring up this sordid tale once again.
But Kerrigan might have a very big incentive other than cash for cooperating with NBC's interview -- according to SI's reporting a week ago (which I saw for the first time today).
What makes this announcement interesting is the gamesmanship between ESPN and NBC for Kerrigan. ESPN Films announced in May that it was producing a 30 for 30 documentary on Harding and Kerrigan, a film being directed by Nanette Burstein, who co-directed the sensational documentary, "The Kid Stays In The Picture." Burstein told SI.com in May that she was optimistic Kerrigan would sit down with her for an interview but as of this writing, Kerrigan had declined ESPN's overtures (ESPN has already interviewed Harding). Burstein said if the she could not get Kerrigan on film, the documentary would still proceed. It is scheduled to air in November. Said an ESPN spokesperson: "We are still pursuing an interview with her, but we're completely prepared to do a film in which Nancy exists only in archives."
An NBC Sports spokesperson told SI.com on Saturday that Kerrigan is not being paid for her interview with Carillo. But when asked if Kerrigan was being considered for an on-air gig for the Sochi Games, the spokesperson said, "Nancy is among many former Winter Olympic athletes under consideration for an on-air role in Sochi."Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mor...#ixzz2autrwxYx (Jul 28)
IMO, there is money in it (somehow) for both Tonya and Nancy ... college costs are increasing astronomically.
Kerrigan live interview on NBC Today show - Fri Aug 23
This morning Matt Lauer just teased that the Today show will have a live interview with Kerrigan tomorrow.
IIRC, the tease said the interview is her first since her brother's conviction and is an exclusive.
Matt is a good interviewer and will ask questions tactfully, but I'm a bit anxious about it nonetheless.
I wonder whether the interview will be tied to an announcement that Kerrigan will be joining NBC's on-air talent line-up (as a commentator or whatever) for the Sochi Olympics.
Although Lauer read the tease, I don't know whether he will conduct tomorrow's interview.
Savannah Guthrie also is a good interviewer.
Here is the tease tweeted by @TodayShow:
Friday on TODAY...an exclusive live interview with Nancy Kerrigan. Tune in!
5:29 AM - 22 Aug 13
If it is a DOCUMENTARY, then I may watch. If it is a re-hash of gossip and other B.S., I won't watch. I want to see the facts, and a non-biased presentation, i.e. a documentary.
The Kerrigan segment ran from 7:32-7:38 am, including a set-up piece before the live interview, for which Kerrigan was in studio with Matt Lauer.
ETA, video link: on.today.com/16CJzN2
Kerrigan was not plugging anything, and now that I have seen the interview, I don't really understand the purpose of the booking -- except maybe to steal ESPN's thunder before its documentary airs in November. The interview was cordial, but Kerrigan did not seem to have a burning desire to say much of anything.
I don't think I'm spoiling anything to say that Lauer tried asking her a series of questions about her father's death, about her brother's trial and imprisonment, and about the Harding-related attack on Kerrigan herself. Kerrigan's mantra in reply to all of them was that she and her family want to move on and have moved on.
She finally spoke more eloquently about earning the silver at the 1994 Olympics -- summoning the mental focus to overcome her injury and withstand the intense media spotlight after the attack.
She is in NYC because of the U.S. Open and her husband's involvement in the tennis world. My hunch is that the Today show booked her for this morning (as opposed to any other) partly because she already was going to be in town anyway.
ETA: Or maybe Kerrigan wanted to be interviewed today so that she and her family would be guaranteed easy access to the One Direction concert? JK.
I slept through it... It's a good thing it's a Friday or Lauer would probably rake her over the coals for not answering his questions. He's really become a grumpy old man. If he doesn't get his way in an interview he doesn't hide his disappointment anymore.