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NBC Justifies Decision to Skip 9/11 Moment and Air Kris Jenner Interview on 'Today'

September 12, 2012 (1:34 am) GMT
Instead of airing a live coverage of the solemn commemoration in Washington D.C. and NYC, 'Today' features Savannah Guthrie asking Kim Kardashian's mom about her televised breast augmentation.

NBC has come under fire for skipping the 9/11 moment of silence to air an interview with on "". Defending the decision, a spokesperson for the network says in a statement, "The 'Today' show dedicated a considerable amount of time to September 11th coverage this morning throughout the entire show."

"Today" indeed inserted an extensive 9/11 coverage throughout the morning. It featured an interview with a World Trade Center survivor earlier in the episode and a segment talking about memories of the event.

However, when other broadcast networks namely ABC and CBS cut their programs to air live coverage of the memorial led by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama in Washington D.C., and the NYPD, FDNY and Port Authority Police in New York City, "Today" chose to show interviewing the Kardashian matriarch. The host asked the reality TV star about televised breast augmentation, the "" finale, and 's relationship with .

Still, NBC pointed out that it aired the moment of silence during its West Coast broadcast. The network's local affiliate WNBC-4, moreover, cut the "Today" show to air its self-produced special coverage to commemorate the victims of the 9/11 attack.

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