NBC: Harry Connick Jr. Turned Us Down
“These things happen. Timing is nearly always the [problem].”
Paul Telegdy — the head of NBC’s alternative and late night programming department — let it slip in an interview today that he he tried and failed to bring the Louisiana-born singer to his network.
“We always had our eye out for him as a judge on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT,” Telegdy tells TheTVPage.com. “He turned us down. We know he is a player. He is a great musician.”
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It is unclear when the negotiations took place, but it was most likely after the conclusion of season 7, when Sharon Osbourne quit and the show relocated to New York.
“He’s a singer,” Telegdy says. “Look, these things happen. Timing is nearly always the [problem].”