Posted at 7:04 AM on July 27, 2009
by Ken Paulman
This morning, I'm wondering if Kevin and Jill Heinz, the couple from the wedding dance video (don't pretend you don't know who I'm talking about), are feeling a bit overexposed.
The New York Post reports that the couple was booted from their hotel room and had their plane tickets canceled by producers at ABC, once those producers found out the couple was also appearing on NBC's "Today" show.
According to the Post, ABC had paid for the couple to fly to New York to appear on "Good Morning America." At the same time, NBC was arranging for them to perform the now-famous dance routine live, and had made arrangements to fly in the rest of the wedding party. Not only that, but NBC aired their live segment before the couple's appearance on ABC.
Even more remarkable than the speed at which the initial video caught on (it's now been viewed more than 8 million times) is the speed at which this heartwarming, genuine moment has become cynically exploited as a commercial commodity. Take a look at the recreation from the "Today" show. Am I the only one who feels something has been lost here?
Any guesses where this goes next?
Update: One possible answer to that question: Australia. Web producer Nate Minor reports that a TV station from Sydney called him this morning for the couple's contact information (a request he of course politely declined).(14 Comments)