President Biden will not sit with CBS News for an interview before next Sunday’s Super Bowl, the network said.
The White House declined the network’s request for an interview with the president before the big game, which will air at 6:30 p.m. EST. The Super Bowl is expected to be watched by tens of millions of people around the world.
It will be the second consecutive year Biden has not sat for an interview with the network broadcasting the game, a practice that had become somewhat regular tradition in recent years.
Last year, Biden declined to sit for an interview with Fox News after granting interviews to the network broadcasting the game in each of his first two years in office, NBC and CBS.
Other presidents have also skipped the pre-Super Bowl interview in years past. Former President Trump declined to sit down with NBC News before the 2018 game, Variety noted.
This year’s Super Bowl is expected to net tens of millions of viewers for CBS, given recent buzz around pop star Taylor Swift, who is dating Kansas City Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce.