Sullenberger originally promised an exclusive interview to NBC's Today Show host. The interview was supposed to take place on January 19. That morning, however, Lauer announced that the interview was postponed because the pilot's union wanted to give the NTSB investigation more time.
Lauer said he "completely understands" the request but promised his audience that the interview would happen. Now, it seems the hero pilot is gliding past Lauer and telling his story to CBS News' Katie Couric.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the pilot will be interviewed by Couric, who anchors "CBS Evening News," contributes to "60 Minutes" and is Lauer's former co-host. Sullenberger and the entire crew will be interviewed for a "60 Minutes" episode Feb. 8.
It wasn't immediately clear why the interview changed networks, CBS wasn't talking about the circumstances, but NBC executives didn't sound happy.
"What Captain Sullenberger did in the cockpit on Flight 1549 was heroic and admirable. Unfortunately, people close to him have not acted nearly as admirably over the past few days," NBC said. "They gave us their word and then broke their commitment. We wish Captain Sullenberger the best."