Ari Emanuel was apparently so unhappy with an interview with Brian Williams that he sent NBC a “fiery legal letter,” in which he wrote “This was not what we agreed to.”
The Emanuel brothers sat down with Williams on “Rock Center with Brian Williams” to talk about bioethicist Ezekiel’s new book, Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family. Williams adopted a far more serious interview tone than the Emanuels were expecting, with the discussions becoming so heated that Ari wrote a letter to NBC and submitted a complaint in person to NBC Universal chief Steve Burke.
The Huffington Post reported that the claim that Ari personally confronted Burke was “completely inaccurate,” but the letter is allegedly the real deal. In it, Ari is said to have written: ‘This was not what we agreed to. He felt like he did the interview in good faith and he was irritated.”
The Emanuels were reportedly prepped for a lighthearted chat, bu instead Williams asked the brothers “about their connection to Israel and Ari’s reputation as an ultra-aggressive Hollywood agent, among other things.”
The Hollywood Reporter also noted that Williams didn’t pull punches during the interview’s narration, in which he said:
“The Emanuel brothers do not suffer from self-doubt, at least not outwardly, they do not suffer fools gladly and, as we learned, they don’t love being challenged or prodded. Ari’s facial expressions speak volumes when the conversation turned to his scorched earth reputation in Hollywood…”
Other than that, the clip doesn’t seem to be anything that anyone would get into a twist over. NBCoffered a statement on the interview, saying: “We hope viewers saw the interview as a lively conversation with three famously colorful brothers who embody a great American story of success.”
You can check out a clip of Brian Williams’ interview with the Emanuel brothers below: