It could have had all the must-see television hype, but when it came time to sit back and watch amber heard revealing interview with Savannah Guthrie, most people didn’t care.
During Friday’s hour-long segment on date lineHeard told Guthrie that remained true to “every word” of his testimony and revealed reams of notes purportedly written by her therapist that she claimed substantiated her allegations of abuse at the hands of her ex-husband. Johnny Depp.
But the interview didn’t turn out to be a ratings hit for NBC, as Heard’s much-talked-about appearance helped sink date line to its lowest audience since November, according to TV line.
Although some of the night’s revelations were teased throughout the week in clips that aired on the THIS DAY show, including Heard the admission that he still loved Depp, date line was defeated by a repeat episode of 20/20with just 2.3 million tuning in to see the actress tearfully repeat some of the accusations she testified about during the couple’s six-week libel trial.
Depp, 59, sued Heard, 36, for $50 million, accusing her of defaming him with the op-ed he wrote for the Washington Post in which she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” The three-time Oscar nominee claimed her article ruined his career and led to a series of canceled film projects, including a sixth pirates of the Caribbean delivery.
Heard responded with her own $100 million countersuit after the star’s former lawyer called her allegations a hoax. Both accused each other of ruining their respective careers.
A Virginia jury found in favor of Depp, awarding him $15 million after they unanimously agreed that Heard defamed him and ruined his career when he wrote the 2018 article. Capped at $10.35 million, the jury also found Depp guilty of defaming her on one count through his former attorney Adam Waldman. Heard received $2 million.
During his testimony, Heard painted a picture of a supposedly controlling and abusive Depp, who, as he was known to the world as one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars, was a Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde-like “monster” behind closed doors.
But a jury in the case said Good morning america that none of the seven jurors believed him.
“She would answer a question and she was crying and then two seconds later she would go cold.” they said. “Some of us use the expression ‘crocodile tears’.”
On social media, Depp fans called Heard’s revelation a “dud,” with one person tweeting: “The Amber Heard interview was so embarrassing. I didn’t think her acting could get any worse, but I was so wrong.”
“Depp could have given date line Highest ratings ever just sitting in the chair eating a muffin! rebuked another.
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Speaking on a recent episode of his podcast (via news week), previous THIS DAY co-host Megyn Kelly said it was Heard’s “bad” testimony that sank her case.
“The jury heard all of his defenses, all of his attempts to poke holes in the credibility of (the people who testified on Depp’s behalf), and rejected them. That doesn’t make the jury into this helpless group of vulnerable people who would simply be swayed by randos and paid employees.
“They took all that into account and still didn’t believe you. That’s how serious your case was, your testimony. They saw all of that and heard all of those arguments. They were rejected.”
During an appearance on the Law & Crime channel, Kelly also said that Heard is “unemployed” after the verdict.
“The jurors didn’t read any of the social media stuff, listened to the evidence, and concluded that she was lying,” Piers Morgan said, piling on. “I suggest that it is time for Mrs. Heard to stop playing the victim.”
A representative for Depp addressed Heard’s date line accusations in a message shared with the media.
“It is unfortunate that as Johnny seeks to move on with his life, the defendant and her team are replaying, reimagining and relitigating matters that have already been decided by the Court and a verdict that was unanimously and unequivocally decided by a jury. in favor of Johnny,” the statement said.
But a spokesman for Heard responded in an email to the toronto sunsaying, “If Mr. Depp or his team have a problem with this, we recommend that Johnny himself sit down with Savannah Guthrie for an hour and answer all of their questions.”
It might be time for Guthrie to order a half dozen muffins while the rest of us watch the fireworks.