Project Veritas, whose controversial founder, James O'Keefe, describes himself as a "guerrilla journalist," published footage showing ABC News anchor Amy Robach saying her network refused to air an interview she conducted with one of Epstein’s accusers. "Just like the Weinstein story just didn't hang together enough for NBC's rigorous standards," author James Hasson wrote, mocking ABC's statement citing "standards" that allegedly prevented Robach's Epstein story from airing. , ABC News issued a statement, asserting: "At the time, not all of our reporting met our standards to air, but we have never stopped investigating the story. All market data delayed 20 minutes. Corroborating evidence of the type the network sought could include interviews with people familiar with Roberts’ allegations or records that would verify she was at the places the alleged sex acts took place. The correspondent was visibly exasperated as she complained that “I tried for three years to get (the interview) on to no avail and now it’s coming out and it’s like these ‘new revelations’ and I freaking had all of it.”, She said she was told “who’s Jeffrey Epstein, no one knows who that is. Even Robach received criticism for describing her remarks about her Epstein story as a "private moment of frustration.". Now that it is four years old, it would likely need to be updated. This is a stupid story.' All rights reserved. Like, every day I get more and more pissed, 'cause I'm just like, 'Oh my God! The episode raised immediate comparisons to reporter Ronan Farrow’s accusations that NBC News discouraged his reporting on Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s misconduct. ABC News anchor Amy Robach was recorded on a hot mic claiming the network spiked a story exposing Jeffrey Epstein three years ago. "It doesn't say great things about the integrity of ABC News that they get one of their reporters to put their name to something so obviously / self-evidently dishonest like this," BuzzFeed opinion editor Tom Gara reacted. ABC NEWS' AMY ROBACH CAUGHT ON HOT MIC SAYING NETWORK SPIKED JEFFREY EPSTEIN STORY BOMBSHELL. It’s still unclear whether Robach’s Roberts interview will be part of it. Her family moved again to Georgia where she attended high school and college. On the video, anchor Amy Robach complains that ABC News "quashed" her interview with a Jeffrey Epstein accuser, suggesting the network yielded to threats from powerful forces.  On November 22, 2013, Robach revealed that during the surgery, doctors found a second malignant tumor in her other breast and that the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes (classified as Stage IIB). Ever since, we’ve had a team on this investigation and substantial resources dedicated to it. She suggested that the network feared that airing the interview would hurt its ability to get interviews with Prince William and Kate Middleton. Robach quickly admitted the authenticity of the video, which has not been independently verified by Fox News, but dismissed the notion of unethical journalism. Fox News' Brian Flood contributed to this report.  They were married on Robach's 37th birthday, February 6, 2010, at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, adjacent to the Hudson River. ABC News anchor Amy Robach was recorded on a hot mic claiming the network spiked a story exposing Jeffrey Epstein three years ago. All rights reserved. The hot mic outburst was published by Project Veritas, a controversial conservative watchdog group that claimed the tape was leaked by an ABC News insider. Giuffre has made similar accusations against all of them also in court documents. Correspondent Amy Robach is heard venting on a leaked video tape that ABC would not air a 2015 interview with an Epstein victim. This is a stupid story.”. Ever since, we’ve had a team on this investigation and substantial resources dedicated to it," an ABC News spokesperson told Fox News. She was named co-anchor of Weekend Today in July 2007. Many critics compared the controversy to the ongoing scandal at NBC News, which was accused by "Catch and Kill" author and former NBC News reporter Ronan Farrow of killing his Harvey Weinstein story. "We would not put it on the air. I was upset that an important interview I had conducted with [Epstein accuser] Virginia Roberts didn’t air because we could not obtain sufficient corroborating evidence to meet ABC’s editorial standards about her allegations," Robach said in a statement provided to Fox News. ABC News is facing heavy backlash over its response to a video showing one of its anchors claiming that the Disney-owned network "quashed" her story about convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Giuffre has said in court papers that she saw Clinton in Epstein's presence but did not witness Clinton participate in any sexual activity. , "I tried for three years to get it out to no avail, and now these new revelations and — I freaking had all of it," Robach says on the tape. ", Robach further stated: “One of the reasons an interview with Roberts was not broadcast was because, we were so afraid we wouldn’t be able to interview Kate and Will, so I think that had also quashed the story.”, Robach responded to the leaked video with this statement: "As a journalist, as the Epstein story continued to unfold last summer, I was caught in a private moment of frustration. Robach said in a statement that she referred to what Roberts had said in her interview, not what ABC News has verified through its own reporting. or redistributed. She is the co-anchor of 20/20 and the breaking news anchor/fill-in anchor for Good Morning America.  The program later replaced Strahan, Sara & Keke indefinitely as GMA3: What You Need To Know, with Robach continuing as host.. She graduated from Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia, and from the University of Georgia with high honors in broadcast journalism. Giuffre says she was sexually trafficked by Epstein to powerful men including Prince Andrew — a claim the Duke of York has strenuously denied. She was a national correspondent for NBC News, co-host of the Saturday edition of NBC's Today, and anchor on MSNBC. “The interview itself, while I was disappointed it didn’t air, didn’t meet our standards,” Robach said on Tuesday. "I've had the story for three years... we would not put it on the air," Robach said on the hot mic. “At the time, not all of our reporting met our standards to air, but we have never stopped investigating the story,” ABC News said in a statement Tuesday. Which Amy Robach do you believe: The one chatting candidly in her studio, believing that she’s just exchanging gossip with colleagues? No one knows who that is. “In the years since no one has ever told me or the team to stop reporting on Jeffrey Epstein, and we have continued to aggressively pursue this important story.”. Farrow then took his story to the New Yorker magazine. On November 11, 2013, Robach revealed on Good Morning America that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer after receiving a mammogram on live television on October 1, 2013, and after undergoing follow-up tests. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. Project Veritas is known for its efforts to try and embarrass mainstream media outlets, often sending undercover reporters to catch employees making statements that display an anti-conservative bent. ABC News anchor Amy Robach was caught on a hot mic griping about how the network allegedly "quashed" her exclusive coverage of the Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal before it … Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox. ABC News anchor caught on hot mic claiming network killed Jeffery Epstein bombshell, claiming that the Disney-owned network "quashed" her story. Learn how and when to remove these template messages, Learn how and when to remove this template message, https://www.npr.org/2019/11/05/776482189/abc-news-defends-its-epstein-coverage-after-leaked-video-of-anchor, "Snellville's Own Amy Robach Becomes a Today Show co-host", "Loving the Lindahls: Theater Couple Takes Final Bow at Brookwood High", "With New Leadership at Miss America Pageant, Is the Swimsuit Competition on Its Way Out? ABC said Amy Robach's interview didn’t meet its standards because it lacked sufficient corroborating evidence. (All deny any wrongdoing or involvement in Epstein's sex trafficking.) The leaker penned a statement excoriating the network under the alias “Ignotus,” a wizard from “Harry Potter,” and claiming to still be working there. Robach's comments came just two days after an NPR story disclosed the existence of an on-camera interview with Virginia Roberts Giuffre and ABC's failure to broadcast it. ABC denied that outside pressure had anything to do with its decision on the Roberts interview. , Robach became engaged to former Melrose Place star Andrew Shue in September 2009, after meeting him at a book party the previous April.