'60 Minutes' Eyes Jackson Interview
The Michael Jackson music special that CBS hastily scrapped last month may surface in January. There was also strong buzz in TV news circles yesterday (Dec. 22) that Jackson may grant his first intervThe Michael Jackson music special that CBS hastily scrapped last month may surface in January. There was also strong buzz in TV news circles yesterday (Dec. 22) that Jackson may grant his first interview since being charged with child molestation to "60 Minutes" reporter Ed Bradley next month.
Sources said CBS is considering a January airdate for "Michael Jackson Number Ones," an hour-long retrospective on the singer's career that had been scheduled to run Nov. 26 in conjunction with the release of Jackson's greatest-hits disc of the same name. A CBS spokesperson declined comment.
CBS pulled "Number Ones" less than a week before its scheduled premiere when the latest child molestation allegations against Jackson erupted. At the time, CBS cited the "gravity" of the charges leveled against the singer, though the network did reserve the right to reconsider running the special "after the due process of the legal system runs its course."
Last week, Jackson was charged in Santa Barbara County with seven felony counts of child molestation and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent to a minor. As for the possibility of a "60 Minutes" sit-down between Bradley and Jackson, a spokesperson for the newsmagazine said producers "would not comment on rumors," while Jackson attorney Mark Geragos also declined comment.
Jackson is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 16 on the nine felony counts.