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NBC: Ann Coulter not banned

5 January 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York -- NBC News denied Monday that conservative author Ann Coulter has been banned from the network after "Today" dropped her from Tuesday's program because of breaking-news events.

The Coulter incident garnered huge headlines, which reported that network sources said NBC was not going to allow the frequent guest to appear any more.

That's not true, NBC News said Monday. Coulter's segment was dropped from the schedule because of news that the show was expecting to cover in the Gaza Strip with the Israeli military action there and in Washington with the Obama transition. "Today" had booked former British prime minister Tony Blair. Coulter was to promote her new book, "Guilty: Liberal 'Victims' and Their Assault on America."

Late Monday, NBC said that it had offered Coulter a spot on the Wednesday "Today" show.

"We've had Ann Coulter on 'Today' many times, but because of the news in Washington and the Middle East, »

- By Paul J. Gough

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