’Today’ severs its PMK ties

NEW YORK: PR diva Pat Kingsley may finally have gone too far in her bullying of the media.

NEW YORK: PR diva Pat Kingsley may finally have gone too far in her bullying of the media.

NEW YORK: PR diva Pat Kingsley may finally have gone too far in her

bullying of the media.



NBC News confirmed last week that Today show executive producer Jeff

Zucker has cut off relations with Kingsley and her celebrity-driven

firm, PMK PR. Zucker has drawn a proverbial line in the sand, reportedly

stating that he will not accede to Kingsley’s demands for editorial

control over interviews nor deal with celebrities she represents.



Zucker has clashed repeatedly with Kingsley in recent months. The first

incident involved Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart. When Zucker

refused to give his promise that Today anchor Matt Lauer would not ask

the waifish star about rumors that she is afflicted with an eating

disorder, Kingsley took Flockhart to ABC’s 20/20 news magazine.



The row escalated weeks later when Zucker again refused to bow to

Kingsley’s demands for an interview with A-list star Tom Cruise. Once

again, Kingsley steered her client to ABC in retaliation.



NBC News communications VP Alex Constantinople confirmed the breakdown

in the relationship between Today and PMK, adding that no resolution of

the dispute is in sight. Kingsley did not return calls for comment.



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