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NFL Ditches Bradley Cooper 'Rich Eisen' Interview Last Minute

November 23, 2012 (5:04 pm) GMT
The network did not want the association between NFL games and gambling which is portrayed in Cooper's 'Silver Linings Playbook'.
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In fear of sending the wrong message, NFL Network has ditched a planned segment on "Rich Eisen Thanksgiving Special" that features "" stars and . The movie's producer Harvey Weinstein called the move "censorship".

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's office made the last minute changes after Eisen's team had taped the segment and acquired approval. "The segment was pulled because the movie included content related to gambling on NFL games," a rep of NFL said in a statement. They were referring to 's character who is a part-time bookie.

The segment was actually already on the go with days of online promotion. "This interview was planned for weeks. The network requested the interview," a source told NY Post. The team had to replace Cooper and Tucker with other guests, "" actor and "" voice actor , for the Friday, November 23 night broadcast.

The decision particularly doesn't sit well with Weinstein whose The Weinstein Company is behind the drama movie. "We are deeply disappointed in the NFL's decision, and we are quite frankly surprised. Pulling a pretaped interview with our stars is nothing short of censorship ...['Silver Linings'] is not a film about gambling in the NFL. It's a film about fathers and sons and football bonding a family together," Weinstein said.

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