Boston bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dancer who lost her leg in the horrific attack, is outraged that NBC’s “Meet the Press” allegedly failed to honor her request not to use the names of the bombers during her segment, a request she claims the network agreed to previously.
“Cannot believe @meetthepress chose to use the bombers name instead of respect their guest. Had to walk off set crying,” she tweeted on Friday.
“I feel so disrespected @meetthepress I asked politely yesterday and you said yes. Now you choose to use the name instead,” Haslet-Davis wrote in another tweet.
The survivor has since seen an outpouring of support on Twitter, with many users blasting “Meet the Press” over the incident.
However, an NBC source told TheBlaze that Haslet-Davis never actually made it to the set. During conversations prior to the taping, she became upset when staffers told her they couldn’t “guarantee” the names of the Boston bombing suspects wouldn’t be brought up at some point in the program, the source said.
It was reportedly at that point that she left.
The NBC source also said the entire “Meet the Press” team is upset that Haslet-Davis had such a poor experience, but argued they had nothing but “good intentions.”
A spokesperson for the program echoed that account in a statement released on Friday. The statement said Haslet-Davis “requested that the alleged bombers’ name not be used in the entire program, but given the nature of the discussion we couldn’t make that guarantee.”
“We regret any distress caused by this miscommunication,” the statement said.
Since then, “Meet the Press” host David Gregory tweeted an apology to Haslet-Davis over the “bad experience.”
I'm so sorry @AdrianneHaslet was upset tdy + had a bad experience w MTP. As I told her, her comfort level is far more imp than any show
— David Gregory (@davidgregory) April 11, 2014
The special edition of “Meet the Press,” titled “The Boston Bombing One Year Later,” is set to air on Sunday. The program will include a “roundtable discussion with Doris Kearns Goodwin, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), and former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis as well as interviews with Boston Globe photographerJohn Tlumacki and former New England Patriots player Joe Andruzzi,” Mediaite reports.
“Let’s change the dialect to honor the survivors and not focus on the criminals. Shame on you @meetthepress,” the survivor later tweeted
This story has been updated.