“I did say to the producers it might be to their advantage to not have me interview him, because my natural tendency would be to say something,” Bergeron told “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest on Monday morning on Seacrest’s syndicated radio show.
“So don’t put me in a position where you’re asking me to not say something, ’cause I won’t really do that,” Bergeron said he told “Dancing” producers.
“I would be the same,” insisted Seacrest, while his sidekick, Ellen K, pretended to believe him.
“Even if it’s just a snarky little aside — you know, ‘How was your week?’ ” continued Bergeron, ignoring Seacrest’s attempt to make it about Seacrest.
“They’ll probably have me in a Hannibal Lecter suit,” speculated Bergeron, about when he introduces Brown on Tuesday’s “Dancing” episode.
Brown has apologized — sort of — for his “GMA” outburst; on BET’s “106 & Park,” he said that “GMA” ambushed him to “exploit” him, but that he was sorry if fans were disturbed by reports of the backstage fracas.
According to Brown, his people sent out in advance “a talking points sheet” — his policy to back out of doing shows if they don’t agree to his talking points, he explained.
When he went on “GMA” to promote his new album, he got “thrown off” when Roberts asked him a question about Rihanna. “I felt like, okay, they told us this just [so] they can get us on the show — they exploit me,” Brown said.
But, he noted, he kept his “composure and did my performance, and when I got back, I just let off steam in the back.”
“I didn’t try to hurt anyone,” he added. “I just wanted to release the anger that I had inside me.”
“GMA” has accepted Brown’s apology, but ABC News issued a statement insisting that Brown had been “invited on ‘Good Morning America’ to be interviewed,” but “there were no talking points offered.”
Burns’s ‘Vietnam’ tour
On the eve of PBS’s rebroadcast of the “Civil War” documentary that made him a household name, Ken Burns made it official: His next documentary will be a 10-to-12-hour series about the Vietnam War.
Although the documentary isn’t scheduled to air till 2016, Burns and longtime producing partner Lynn Novick have been working on “Vietnam,” doing research and scouting for interview subjects, etc.
“Vietnam” will explore the military, political, cultural, social and human “dimensions” of what has been called “the war of lost illusions,” PBS and Burns said in Monday’s announcement.
Like Burns’s other projects, “Vietnam” will emphasize the human experience of the conflict, using eyewitness accounts of “ordinary” people — American and Vietnamese — whose lives were affected by the war.