Last week’s revelation that Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein has a history of sexual harassment has left many in the media in an awkward position as they determine how to react to the misdeeds of someone they either know personally or professionally.
The Weinstein bombshell had a direct financial impact on some in the media.
MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski announced Saturday morning on Twitter that she would not go forward with a book deal she had with Weinstein Books, unless he resigned from its parent organization, the Weinstein Company.
“Authors, actors, and moviemakers should not work for any Weinstein company until he resigns,” she added in another tweet. “Not a close call.”
I have a three-book deal with Weinstein Books, through Hachette. I cant go forward with those books unless Harvey resigns.— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) October 7, 2017
Former NBC “Today” anchor Tamron Hall may end up having to make a similar decision. In July, the Weinstein Company announced that it had partnered with Hall to develop a daytime talk show.
The Weinstein Company did announce on Sunday that it had fired the long celebrated movie mogul from his own company. But neither Hall nor the Weinstein Company returned a request for comment from the Washington Examiner on whether production or planning for the Hall show has changed in light of the harassment news.
Brzezinski also didn’t say Monday if she would continue with her book deal now that Weinstein was fired.
The news created awkward ripples throughout the media. Even after Weinstein had admitted to his past behavior, many in the media were hesitant to address the scandal.
NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” didn’t touch the subject on its broadcast over the weekend.
“It’s a New York thing,” Lorne Michaels, the show’s creator, said of the omission, apparently a reference to a bond he believes he shares with Weinstein.
The late-night shows on network TV also declined to mention Weinstein’s harassment during their broadcasts after the Times published its story Thursday afternoon.
Jimmy Kimmel, host of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” did say that the scandal was “disgusting” on Twitter but he did not address it in his monologues on Thursday or Friday. Kimmel has been attacking President Trump and congressional Republicans several times a week for the last few weeks over their plan to overhaul Obamacare.
CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert also did not address the story on his show, but did make a joke on Twitter that, “So far, Harvey Weinstein has checked off ‘Sex’ and ‘Lies,’ but I really don’t want to see the Videotape.”
Though Weinstein admitted to inappropriate behavior in his initial statement to the Times, he has since said he plans to sue the paper for defamation and has said he was not given an opportunity to defend himself from specific allegations in the story.