Derek Myers, a television reporter with NBC affiliate WVLA in Baton Rouge, was fired from the network Tuesday after asking U.S. Senator and Louisiana gubernatorial candidate David Vitter about his admitted history of patronizing prostitutes. Myers believes that he was terminated because Vitter’s campaign threatened to pull $250,000 in advertising from WVLA over the confrontation.
NBC's live dress rehearsal of Peter Pan bombed in the ratings, averaging 9.2 million viewers and half of what The Sound of Music drew last year in the all-important 18-49 demo. Per Vulture's Josef Adalian, numbers took a notable dive in the production's third hour—more people watched a rerun of The Big Bang Theory and a new episode of Two And A Half Men.
Mariah Carey, she of a thousand octaves and probably a few more only dogs can hear, accidentally left her voice at home Wednesday during NBC's annual Christmas broadcast.
On an episode of NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday morning, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani made some egregiously misplaced statements regarding the disproportionately heavy population of white police officers in black communities. Instead of focusing on the issue at hand, Giuliani went on to lament black-on-black violence. Ah, false equivalencies!