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.