On Tuesday, Nancy Grace stopped by Jim Norton and Sam Roberts' radio show for an interview while promoting her upcoming Hallmark channel special, Hailey Dean Mystery: Murder, With Love (in which she plays herself). I have no idea how the movie is, because it doesn't air until October 23, but the interview was pretty hostile, until she abruptly cut it short after getting angry at Norton and Roberts for accusing her of "capitalizing on dead kids."
At the start of the interview, Norton admitted that he's had a problem with Grace for a long time, because he feels like her style of news reporting is "capitalizing on tragedies." Grace responded, not unreasonably, "I invite crime victims on and tell stories from their point of view. I help find missing people and help solve unsolved homicides." Norton clarified that it's not just that she reports tragedies, it's how she reports them, with "catchy" hashtags that "trivialize" the cases. Grace and Norton basically agreed to disagree and moved on, but the interview didn't get much better from there.
Never in a million years did I think I'd find myself feeling bad for Nancy Grace, but this interview is definitely rough. At one point, Grace says,
Okay, let me just set it straight right now. I'm sorry that you guys clearly don't like what I do. I feel bad about it. So…there. You obviously don't like me, that's okay. I'm okay with my show, and I'm okay with representing crime victims. It's like the two of you are so anxious to throw a shot at me. . . You haven't asked one decent question since I walked in here. Everything both of you asked has been an attack.
Then Norton brings up Grace's use of Twitter hashtags again, inquiring, "How do you justify latching onto all of these hashtags and things without saying that you are capitalizing on dead kids?" Grace snaps back, "Oh, so you're back to your first question," and then says, "My program is to help solve unsolved homicides and find missing people, which we have done. Now, if you don't like that, and you don't like the way I do it, then don't watch it. Oops, I think your time is up." And that's that. At which point Norton says "That went better than I thought it would." Yeah, same here.