Truth or dare: Someone is trying really hard to start some drama surrounding tomorrow night?s airing of Jamie Foxx?s ?Unpredictable? special on NBC. Despite television promos that have been airing since last week, Foxx?s two-hour interview accessibility via satellite and a nationwide telephone press conference with reporters on Monday ? not to mention interviews in Time and TV Guide and a guest spot this evening on ?The Tonight Show? to promote the special ? an e-mail is being passed around to industry insiders and the general public claiming the network is deliberately trying to ambush the program by refusing to promote it and throwing it under the ?American Idol? bus. Below is a copy of the email (source withheld). …………………………………….. LISTEN UP PEOPLE, this is not spam, it was given to me by reputable sources, and checks out. Please take the time to forward the below message to everyone in your address book. NBC is not doing any marketing & publicity on Jamie’s Music Special on NBC because he stood his ground and didn’t have any white guest (performers) to perform with as they requested. To make it even worse he had two controversial guest stars, that do not fit the “NBC profile” on his show. Tune in to find out who they are. They are purposely putting his show up against the second week of American Idol in hopes that it will fail. This will give them the excuse to never give another black person a music special because “it doesn’t work”. Let’s show them that it does work, and that we support each other. Tivo Idol, and watch Jamie. I saw the taping, it is a good show. J Foxx making history on NBC. This is the first time NBC has ever aired an entire young urban African American cast on a music special. We need to show support. This was not an easy sell for Jamie and he stood his ground to make it happen the way he saw fit. JAMIE FOXX MUSIC SPECIAL WILL BROADCAST WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25TH @ 8:00PM PST on NBC. ……………………………………….. Responding to comments, NBC would only say ?we don’t comment on baseless rumor and speculation.? However, Foxx?s publicist Alan Nierob confirmed to that the Oscar winner had indeed spent Monday morning talking to media outlets via satellite and telephone, in addition to the interviews for Time and TV Guide.
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