February 24, 2014, - 12:22 pm
Tonya & Nancy: Did You See Documentary, Nancy Kerrigan’s Bob Costas Interview? (Turns Out it’s Well-Coached PR Lies)
Did you see the “Nancy & Tonya” documentary (about Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding) on NBC last night? I found it very entertaining, and I already gave you my take on the 20th anniversary, back in January (the knee-clubbing was the best thing that ever happened to Kerrigan, making her a star and a multi-millionaire, and she should thank Harding). But what was as riveting as the documentary was Bob Costas’ interview with Kerrigan afterward.
Although I’ve never been a big fan of hers, I respected how classy and gracious Kerrigan was toward Harding and how forgiving. I commented about it on Twitter (follow me on Twitter). It seemed sincere and genuine, though I wondered in the back of my head if this overly-effusive, extremely gracious response was coached by Kerrigan’s publicity people. And, now, I know that’s exactly what it was, so I’m not impressed anymore. Today, while looking for video of that interview, I found an interview Kerrigan did just last week, posted below, in which she said the exact opposite of what she told Costas. It’s clear that her reversal last night was well-coached PR bunk. An interview Kerrigan did last week with NBC’s Willie Geist makes it clear that Kerrigan was lying, last night, when she said she forgives Harding and that she doesn’t think it matters if Harding knew about the attack on her at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena in January 1994.
I wish I could post the Bob Costas interview from last night (and the documentary), but NBC doesn’t provide the embed code, so you have to watch it here. I also wish I could embed the documentary, but I can no longer post (or even watch online) many broadcast network videos I used to post on this site because the major networks have a new numbskull policy that if you don’t subscribe to cable (and I don’t), you can’t watch their videos online. I’ll be posting more on this stupidity soon, but it’s really absurd and nonsensical. In the meantime, for those of you who subscribe to cable, I think the link to it all is here. But, below, is the interview Kerrigan did with Geist. Last night, Kerrigan told Costas she completely forgives Tonya Harding and that she doesn’t care or think it matters if Tonya Harding knew of the attack on her. But that’s a complete 180 from what she told Geist. You get a completely different impression of her, especially if you saw last night’s live interview with Costas. Watch it at the link I provided above and then watch this video, posted above, from just a few days ago. This woman is not honest.
While, again, I think that the knee-clubbing was the best thing financially and star-power-wise that could ever have happened to this figure skater, I can understand her not forgiving Harding and being upset about the possible plans to kill her (Kerrigan). But don’t lie and do a complete about face in a matter of days because you want to come off looking good.
It’s sooooo phony.
So, did you see the documentary last night and the Costas-Kerrigan interview that followed? What did you think?
Tags: Bob Costas, Bob Costas Nancy Kerrigan, Nancy and Tonya, Nancy and Tonya documentary, Nancy Kerrigan, Tonya and Nancy, Tonya Harding