Some viewers may have been surprised when the "Today" show aired an interview featuring Kris Jenner talking about "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" during a moment of silence observed for the victims of 9/11 at 8:46 a.m. ET on Tuesday.
The time of the moment of silence marks the time when the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. It was observed during memorial ceremonies in New York City and in Washington D.C.
According to TV Newser, which first reported the story, other networks including Fox, CNN, as well as morning programs like ABC's "Good Morning America" and "CBS This Morning," aired the moment of silence while NBC carried its interview with Kris Jenner about her recent breast enhancement surgery and the upcoming season finale of her family's reality show.
"Good Morning America" came back from commercial and tossed to the moment of silence observed in New York City. The show then interviewed Richard Gere, who was promoting his upcoming film "Arbitrage," which will be released on September 14. Gere recalled what he was doing on September 11, 2001, and said he was driving to attend a retreat in Massachusetts with the radio off and only found out about the terrorist attacks after he arrived to the retreat. He also recalled trying to reach his family.
New York magazine complied several clips from the morning news shows that displays the different coverage of the event.
TV Newser also noted that in New York City, the local NBC station, WNBC, cut in to "Today" to show their coverage of the memorial service in New York City where members of the NYPD, FDNY, Port Authority Police and the families of the victims appeared.
A spokesperson for "Today" told POLITICO that the show dedicated several segments to the anniversary ceremony.
"The Today show dedicated a considerable amount of time to September 11th coverage this morning throughout the entire show," the spokesperson told the political news outlet.
The show also interviewed Pasquale Buzzelli, a 9/11 survivor who was in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11. His story of survival will air as part of a Discovery Channel special called "The 9/11 Surfer."
Jenner Tweeted about her appearance on the show and reTweeted a follower who wrote, "@KrisJenner make sure you take a moment of silence for our fallen hero's. Today is about paying respect to those who lost their lives.#9/11."
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