- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 1, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC says the couple that crashed a White House state dinner will appear on the “Today” show.

The network says Michaele and Tareq Salahi will be interviewed Tuesday by “Today” host Matt Lauer. The interview is scheduled to air in the 7 a.m. half-hour segment.

An appearance scheduled for Monday night on CNN’s “Larry King Live” had been canceled several days ago.

Earlier Monday, the publicist for the couple had denied they are “shopping” any interviews or demanding money from television networks to tell their story.

A TV executive who spoke on condition of anonymity to publicly discuss bookings had told The Associated Press that the couple’s representatives had urged networks to “get their bids in” for an interview.

In an e-mailed statement, publicist Mahogany Jones called the allegations false and demanded that “this adverse, inaccurate information cease immediately.”

NBC News spokeswoman Megan Kopf said the network was not paying for the “Today” appearance.

“NBC News does not and will not pay for interviews, and this is no exception,” Kopf said Monday night.

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