“Hollywood superagent” Ari Emanuel is the hit man slamming Brian Williams for his Rock Center interview set in a bar with Chicago’s Emanuel brothers that ran Friday.
Two of the brothers wrote a book on the charmed Emanuel boys. Maybe they expected Oprah. Before the pre-taped interview ran, Ari Emanuel sent a letter to Brian’s boss, Steve Burke, whining “This is not what we agreed to.”
NYP: “The NBC anchor was acting “like it was for ‘Meet the Press.’ … “Ari was not happy with it,” the source said of the aggressive interview done in a casual setting. “It was very odd, and [the brothers] were caught off guard. They were there to talk about the book and growing up together. They had offers to do this interview with lots of other people.”
And, apparently, Ari felt things were “off” enough that he subsequently sent a letter to NBC, objecting.
A source told us that the letter said, ‘This was not what we agreed to. He felt like he did the interview in good faith and he was irritated.”
Another source said Ari was so annoyed that when he visited “SNL” on March 9 to watch client Justin Timberlake host the live comedy show, he confronted NBC Chief Executive Steve Burke.
“Ari told Steve he was not happy with the interview,” says a source. “Steve told him that it was NBC News’ thing and that he had nothing to do with it.”
But sources close to NBC and Ari’s agency, WME, which confirmed that the letter was sent, say there was never a heated confrontation with Burke. An NBC source added that the segment, which aired Friday, was “in no way influenced” by Ari’s letter to the network.
A rep for Ari had no comment.
An NBC spokeswoman told us: “We hope viewers will see [the] interview as a lively conversation with three famously colorful brothers who embody a great American story of success.”
Thin-skinned, I’d say, like another Chicagoan: Barack Obama. Oh, I get it. They didn’t like Brian‘s question to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel about gun violence in Chicago. Brian fingering Ari’s “scorched earth” reputation. Dyslexic Ari in “therapy.”
“Aggressive?” You be the judge.