HBO host Bryant Gumbel didn't hold back regarding the National Rifle Association in a recent Rolling Stone interview.
“There are a few things I hate more than the NRA,” said Gumbel. “I mean truly. I think they're pigs. I think they don't care about human life. I think they are a curse upon the American landscape.”
He was talking about a segment he did on the HBO show, Real Sports, on the “Eat What you Kill” movement.
“That said, I'm willing to separate that this story had nothing to do with that. It's not a gun story,” he said. “So I would like to think that I would have done it, but I don't know. Obviously, that was my first experience around killing and guns and hunting.”
Recalling his time as co-host of NBC’s Today, he also talked about the difference in how he and other news personalities were characterized,
“I used to say when I hosted the Today program that if Barbara Walters, Ted Koppel and I all asked the same difficult question in the same tone of voice with the same look on our faces, Koppel would be characterized as brilliant and prepared, Barbara would be characterized as bitchy and I would be characterized as arrogant,” he said.
“So when you ask is it a negative thing, well, it shouldn't be, but it is often thrown at someone of color as if, ‘Who the hell do you think you are?’”