Munn on Curry's Possible 'Today' Exit: 'Bad Move'
By ROBERT PACE
June 21, 2012
At the premiere of her new highly anticipated show The Newsroom, Olivia Munn expressed her strong feelings to ET about the prospect of Ann Curry leaving the Today show possibly because of low ratings.
Upon informing Munn of the circulating rumors, she was quick to defend Curry and expressed skepticism as to possible racial implications.
"'Today' show's losing to 'Good Morning America' so they get rid of the Asian. I'm not a fan of that," she said passionately. "It's a really bad move...Why Ann?...Ann should just come do somebody else's show. She's amazing."
Munn plays the role of a financial analyst on Newsroom's fictional show and is no stranger to the world of journalism, a subject in which she majored in college. The 31-year-old Oklahoma native also garnered journalistic experience on Jon Stewarts' Daily Show.
"On 'The Daily Show' I pretend to be a fake journalist and on 'The Newsroom' I pretend to be a real journalist, so my newsroom experience, I feel, is covered," she said.
The much-awaited new drama series features on ensemble cast that also includes Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, Sam Waterston, Dev Patel, and Terry Crews. Crews, who is known for his work on White Chicks and Everybody Hates Chris, asserted that Newsroom is the most anticipated project he has ever been a part of.
He went on to make the bold assessment that Newsroom, on which he plays a bodyguard, "is probably the most important television show ever made." Crews added, "It's an amazing piece...I never thought I'd be standing here [for] something so well-received."
Check out the full interviews above from the cast of Newsroom, which will premiere this Sunday (June 24) at 10 p.m. on HBO.