Lana Del Rey has already taken on her fair share of hate. From questions of authenticity to criticisms of her live performances, everyone has something to say about Lana, and they are relentless with it. Brian Williams though? Apparently he was unimpressed with Lana Del Rey’s SNL performance, so he sent over an email to his buddy Tim Denton at Gawker. Oops, probably not a great idea.

From: “Williams, BD (NBCUniversal)”
Date: January 15, 2012 15:56:25 EST

I hope you’re well. Happy New Year. A big congratulations to the new freelance weekend guy, Taylor Bernam. He’s done some good posts right out of the box. I do wish the main page featured more TV coverage (Brooklyn hippster [sic] Lana Del Rey had one of the worst outings in SNL history last night — booked on the strength of her TWO SONG web EP, the least-experienced musical guest in the show’s history, for starters). In my humble opinion as a loyal customer (you know I love you but the Blog View button will be the eventual cause of my death) and while I know you’re in the midst of an editor change, weekends have been allowed to go awfully fallow — and it was a fallow holiday period for those of us who check your shit 10 times a day by iphone. I know you’ve been watching NBC Nightly News religiously each evening and I’ll no doubt be getting a withering, detailed critique from you straight away.



UPDATE: We then received this email from the frazzled PR team over there at NBC.

From: M., Erika (NBCUniversal)
To: ‘’
Sent: Mon Jan 16 12:26:59 2012
Subject: Brian Williams

Kevin — can you please have the post of Brian Williams’ email to Nick Denton taken down immediately? That was sent in confidence as friends and absolutely never intended to be public. A speedy removal would go a long way in maintaining the trust and respect we have for your site.


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