Fox says Biden’s Super Bowl interview resumed after White House complained it was canceled

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WASHINGTON- After the White House complained Friday that Fox Corporation «canceled» a traditional pre-Super Bowl interview with President Joe Biden, the company said the interview was back.

“After the White House reached out to FOX Soul on Thursday night, there was some initial confusion. FOX Soul looks forward to interviewing the president by Super Bowl Sunday,» a Fox Corporation spokesperson said in a statement shortly after the event. The White House press secretary tweeted about the cancellation.

Earlier Friday, Karine Jean-Pierre wrote on Twitter: «The President was looking forward to an interview with Fox Soul to discuss the Super Bowl, the State of the Union, and critical issues affecting the daily lives of African Americans. We have been informed that Fox Corp has asked that the interview be cancelled.»

Super Bowl sit-in dates back decades, even under presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. The interview, which often touches on lighter topics suitable for a mass football audience, became commonplace under then-President Barack Obama. Donald Trump also participated in the interview every year except 2018. NBC was the host network for the game that year.

Fox is broadcasting Super Bowl 2023, which takes place this weekend in Phoenix between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles.

Fox Soul is a broadcast network within the company, which is described on its website as “a new live, interactive broadcast channel dedicated to the African-American viewer. The programs aim to celebrate Black culture and address real issues that impact the daily lives of the Black community through candid and insightful dialogue with local and national influencers.”

A Fox Corporation spokesperson said the interview will be conducted by actress Vivica A. Fox, who is the host of Fox Soul’s «Cocktails with Queens» and «Fox Soul’s Screening Room,» and Mike Hill, a personality and contributor to Fox Soul and sportscaster for FS1.

Biden previously sat down for Super Bowl interviews in 2021 with CBS’s Norah O’Donnell and in 2022 with NBC’s Lester Holt.

Kelly O’Donnell, Sally Broston, dareh gregorian and Allie Raffa contributed.

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