ABC News Special on Gabrielle Giffords May Not Show Interview

She's still 'undecided' about an on-air talk

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Yesterday, in a major coup for the network, ABC News announced that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will sit down with Diane Sawyer for her first interview since she was shot last January. But several hours later, the Arizona congresswoman's team clarified that the conversation itself might not actually be shown.

Mark Kimble, a spokesman for Giffords, told the Tucson Sentinel that Giffords “has not decided if she’s going to conduct an on-air interview.” He said that Giffords will decide whether to show any interview “at some point, based on her progress,” adding that when she “does decide to do an interview, I think a lot of consideration will be given to local media.”

But that’s not to say that ABC won’t still get its “landmark television event.” Kimble said that Sawyer will interview Giffords’ husband Mark Kelly on camera and will talk with both Kelly and Giffords off camera for the special broadcast, set to air on Nov. 14. (Her joint memoir with Kelly, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, hits bookstores the following day.)

In a statement, ABC News also clarified its original statement, telling Politico, “Both Rep. Giffords and [her husband Mark Kelly] will be participating in the special, but given the nature of her injuries and recovery, the congresswoman’s exact participation can only be known as we move forward. The special will fully and respectfully document Giffords’ remarkable road to recovery with her husband by her side and will include dozens of hours of video tape that document that journey.”

@adweekemma Emma Bazilian is Adweek's features editor.
Publish date: September 13, 2011 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT