Ari Emanuel Sends Legal Letter to NBC Over Brian Williams Interview

The Hollywood Reporter

Ari Emanuel wasn't happy with his treatment on Rock Center

NBC's news magazine aired a segment on Friday night that united the three Emanuel brothers -- Ari, along with Chicago mayor Rahm and noted bioethicist Ezekiel -- to talk about their upbringing and current jobs.

VIDEO: Ari, Rahm Emanuel Reminisce, Joke on 'Rock Center with Brian Williams'

But although the aired conversation with Brian Williams was filled with lighthearted chatting between the siblings and promotion of Ezekiel's new book, the William Morris Endeavor co-CEO sent a legal letter to the network after the taping objecting to its "contentious" nature, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The New York Post  first reported the spat. 

A source tells THR that Williams approached the interview in an aggressive fashion, asking the brothers about their connection to Israel and Ari's reputation as an ultra-aggressive agent, among other things. The Post reported that Ari later got into a "heated confrontation" with NBC Universal chief executive Steve Burke over the interview, but a source close to WME claims that is "100 percent wrong." 

Although the Rock Center segment was framed as conversation between brothers at a New York bar, Williams did get serious with Ari at one point during the interview that aired. 

In a narration, Williams explained in the clip (9:10 below), "The Emanuel brothers do not suffer from self-doubt, at least not outwardly, they do not suffer fool's gladly and, as we learned, they don't love being challenged or prodded. Ari's facial expressions speak volumes when the conversation turned to his scorched earth reputation in Hollywood." 

The WME co-CEO responded to the NBC anchor's question about what he would have changed about himself by saying, "I would have gotten into therapy a lot earlier and dealt with stuff."

He added: "But you know something? ... I'm actually really comfortable, I'm really happy, I'm the happiest I've been in a long time."

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