NBC’s Brian Williams and Matt Lauer reportedly got into a tussle over who would get the pre-Super Bowl interview with President Barack Obama, reports the New York Post’s Page Six.
Both camps — Williams’ “Rock Center” and Lauer’s “Today” show — called the White House to push their own talents and reasons for doing the interview, the story says. Williams reportedly wanted to secure the spot because of the anemic ratings for his new prime-time show, according to the piece.
A representative for NBC calls Lauer’s interview with Obama "a bit of a tradition for us" when the network hosts the Super Bowl. Williams’ request was "for a completely different opportunity," the rep said, according to the story.