Sandusky Interview Surprised Even NBC's Bob Costas

November 15, 2011 - 6:30 PM
Penn State Abuse

In this photo provided by NBC, NBC News anchor Brian Williams, left, talks with Bob Costas about Costas' interview with Jerry Sandusky during NBC News'

NEW YORK (AP) — Even Bob Costas is surprised that former assistant Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky spoke to him about child sex-abuse allegations.

Costas said Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he was about to speak to Sandusky's lawyer the previous evening. Just before it was to start, the lawyer offered up Sandusky on the telephone — and about 15 minutes later, Costas was interviewing the former coach.

It came together so swiftly that NBC raced to get the word out about the interview. The network posted Sandusky's words on Twitter even before the interview with Costas ended.

Monday night was a remarkable evening of news-making interviews on broadcast TV, with the Sandusky interview airing directly opposite ABC's interview with brain-damaged Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.