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Lindsay to Barbara Walters

Sorry, I Won't Talk

About The Crash

11/9/2012 6:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Lindsay Lohan has officially pulled out of her "20/20" interview with Barbara Walters ... and TMZ has learned it was all because her new PR team didn't want Babs to grill Lilo like a cheeseburger over the ongoing investigation in her car crash.

Lindsay was scheduled to sit down with Walters this week ... and we're told when she originally agreed to the interview, it was supposed to focus on her new movie, "Liz & Dick."

But sources close to the actress tell us ... in the past week, producers made it clear to Lohan that Barbara wanted to talk about her personal life as well ... including allegations that she lied to police about the June car crash on Pacific Coast Highway.

We're told Lindsay's new PR team, Rogers & Cowan, felt it would be a mistake to put Lindsay in the hot seat ... where she could possibly say something that could screw up her case ... so they pulled the plug.

Sources tell us Lindsay feels terrible for canceling on Barbara, especially since she considers Walters a family friend, and wants to reschedule as soon as her team feels the time is right.

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10:31 AM PT -- An ABC News spokesperson tells TMZ ... "We are disappointed that Lindsay cancelled the interview and wish her well."

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91.

Grandma Cracker    

Oh Messenger, we love it that Lindsay is not responsible enough to fulfill her contractual duties. WELCHING OUT ON WALTERS MAKES OUR DAY

716 days ago
92.

ilovegossip    

Here is how well respected Lindsay's new PR company is. From deadline.com:

And (Tom) Cruise quietly migrated to Rogers & Cowan’s veteran Paul Bloch who specializes in repping mostly over-the-hill action stars. (He should have signed with Alan Nierob there instead.) Then again, Rogers & Cowan is a dinosaur in the increasingly complex world of the Internet. For instance, I was told just yesterday by his office, when I called to confirm this story, that Bloch doesn’t have voicemail on his cell phones. The once venerable PR agency has gone downhill rather rapidly under the management of Tom Tardio who seems clueless about the ins and outs of flackery. Frankly, the PR biz is too cutthroat these days for Rogers & Cowan to exist in its present behind-the-times state.

716 days ago
93.

wendy    

doesn't that make lilo look a bit shady?, and thats how the public sees her. she had a chance to face the fire and redeem herself, she will always have haters but if she were to put on her big panties and fessed up along with a gooey apology some people might think different of her. and she'd need more than 20 mins.

716 days ago
94.

texaschickeee    

Honestly the legal stuff with the crash needs to be left out until what ever happens, happens. Tother then that grill her and she what she has to say for herself. My bet is that she is using this as her get out of the grill free. She needs to give a interview to promote the movie (that will bomb)...

716 days ago
95.

Andyconda    

what if she said during the interview "This is my best work to date"
and the movie was god awful, and she looked terrible.
No wonder she had to bail

716 days ago
96.

messenger.    

some of the haters here are stupid beyond comprehension. You seem to think by not giving the interview its a PR mistake, are you idiots? why would she give an interview to a network who confirmed they wanted to talk about her personal life? how many times do you want to hear 'no comment'? thats not a good interview for ABC and NOT good PR for Lindsay. The right decision was made and I congratulate Lindsays new PR company.

716 days ago
97.

The Maharincess of Franistan    

First of all, the ONLY REASON anybody would want to interview this STUPID B*TCH is about her personal life! Nobody cares about her stupid made-for-TV movie!


Dumb Lindsay canceled out on this --- maybe she'll give Miss Barbara the FIRST JAILHOUSE INTERVIEW, like Robert Blake did.


Lock this b*tch up already!!

716 days ago
98.

ilovegossip    

Ah...this is nice. Rogers & Cowan also promoted smoking for our Youth:

A 67-page R.J. Reynolds public relations do***ent discusses groundwork done by Rogers & Cowan for RJR's "Social Responsibility Program." Despite its hopeful title, RJR's "Social Responsibility Program" sought to promote the social acceptability of smoking, particularly to young people. Rogers & Cowan personnel, in doing the research for this report, lied to keep secret the fact that they were working for a tobacco company:

716 days ago
99.

help this young woman    

GC
You are so angry today. I said Lindsay has already done the print interview and photoshoot. I don't believe I said she did it yesterday.
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You don't know Lindsay's contractual obligations whatsoever! All you know is what has been on the tabloids.
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Are you saying that the hater Nikki is DarlingitsNikki the loser that was on thinintervention? THAT is what the hater Nikki looks like! YIKES!!!!!!!!

716 days ago
100.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Bull-em-effing-crap on it all. If you just want to promote your little project, where you sit in a chair with your little movie poster behind you and share cute little anecdotes from the set, you go on Entertainment Tonight or Access Hollywood, Barbara Walters does intimate interviews, and as an aside promotes your latest crapfest.

716 days ago
101.

monique    

barbara walters is such an ass kisser, i don't think she's ever GRILLED anyone

716 days ago
102.

Carl    

Obviously Lindsay never saw a Walters interview. Barbara has no fear of asking tough questions if they are relevant.

716 days ago
103.

Its Nikki Bitches    

Barbara is NOT on the View today

716 days ago
104.

Its Nikki Bitches    

Hahhahaha! Red Crap


Jenna

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Clear Vote.


This is TRUE. My company had Rogers & Cowan in place for it's PR many, many moons ago when they were relevant.

They are NO LONGER relevant. The late Warren Cowan who helmed the place for years was the last thing holding it up as a top firm. And when he died, it's relevancy died with it.

This is likely THE ONLY FIRM Lindsay could get to represent her.


Great comment

716 days ago
105.

Grandma Cracker    

Hey NIKKI, STUPID hell(p) thinks that you are FAT NIKKI, Lindsay's assistant!

716 days ago
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