Diane Sawyer is one of the few people who knows what Bruce Jenner will say in her interview with him, set to air this Friday. Sawyer taped the sit-down with the Olympian and Kardashian stepparent back in February, and she’s said nothing about it since. On Wednesday, Sawyer gave cryptic statements to the New York Daily News.
“This is going to be an opportunity to learn so much about some important things in all our lives. And we believe that some stories should be told by the person living it.”
Indeed, an Associated Press report said the vague details about the interview — relying mostly on speculation that Jenner is transitioning from male to female — shield ABC from accusations of “outing.” Some in the entertainment media, such as Entertainment Tonight producer Brad Bessey, approve of the choices made by ABC.
“I respect the way that (ABC has) handled this. You have to separate Bruce Jenner and Bruce’s story from the media circus that is the Kardashians.”
On Friday morning, Sawyer is scheduled to appear on a number of daytime talk shows to discuss the interview, including Good Morning America, The View, and Live With Kelly and Michael. There is no indication as yet that she will provide any more information than what ABC has already revealed in its brief promos.
An ABC staffer who spoke anonymously with CNN said “Bruce has to speak for Bruce.”
In one promo, Jenner is seen sitting with some of his children, implying they will appear on the special. Previous reports revealed that Jenner’s son Brandon would appear. Jenner’s two sons, Brandon and Brody, two of his six biological children, have made frequent appearances on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Those earlier reports also revealed that Bruce Jenner felt only Khloe Kardashian was supportive of his transition, and that other members of the Kardashian family were merely pretending for the cameras.
Nick Adams, a representative of GLAAD, the organization that represents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, said ABC is right to stay silent about Bruce’s story.
“Sharing one’s story is something a person should be allowed to do in their own time and in their own way.”
The special was taped before Jenner was involved in a fatal car accident. The Associated Press said the broadcast will reference the incident, although it may not be discussed directly with Jenner.
“Bruce Jenner — The Interview” airs Friday night at 9 p.m. on ABC and will be two hours in length.
[Diane Sawyer and Bruce Jenner images courtesy of Getty]