In a message that was apparently meant to be private but ended up going public, NBC anchor Brian Williams criticized a performance by "Saturday Night Live" musical guest Lana Del Rey, Gawker reports.
Williams said in an email to Gawker founder Nick Denton that he wished the website had covered the singer’s performance on the NBC show.
"Brooklyn hippster [sic] Lana Del Rey had one of the worst outings in SNL history last night — booked on the strength of her TWO SONG web EP, the least-experienced musical guest in the show’s history, for starters," Williams wrote in the email, according to a story on the website.
The site later posted an update featuring this email from NBC’s PR team: “Can you please have the post of Brian Williams’ email to Nick Denton taken down immediately? That was sent in confidence as friends and absolutely never intended to be public. A speedy removal would go a long way in maintaining the trust and respect we have for your site.”
Del Rey is one of only a few artists to appear on "SNL" ahead of the U.S. release of their debut album, according to The Hollywood Reporter.