In an interview with journalist Megyn Kelly, fired CBS News producer Ashley Bianco insisted she did not leak video of ABC News anchor Amy Robach revealing the network killed a bombshell report about deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
A partial transcript is as follows:
MEGYN KELLY: Did you leak the tape?
ASHLEY BIANCO: I did not.
KELLY: Not to anyone at any time?
BIANCO: No, never.
KELLY: Did you make a clip of the moment?
BIANCO: I did, but I saved it in the internal system.
KELLY: What was your job at ABC?
BIANCO: I was a crash producer.
KELLY: Okay, so a producer. And you were in the control room when Amy [Robach] made those comments?
BIANCO: I wasn’t in the control room, but I was watching the comments while I was at my desk and I had seen what she was saying and I went to my manager and said: “Do you see what she’s saying? Does she know she’s on a hot mic?” The assistant said to us that Amy knew she was on a mic and that she knew she was being broadcasted to all the affiliates.
KELLY: Right. This is a moment where she’s off the air and doing tapped promos, but she has a mic on and people can see and hear her.
KELLY: So what did you do? You clipped the moment, marked the moment in the system?
BIANCO: Yeah, I just clipped it off. I essentially marked it in the system. It never left the system. We do it all the time.
KELLY: Did you tell the manager that you had clipped it?
BIANCO: I did not.
KELLY: Did you think it was newsworthy what she was saying?
BIANCO: Everyone in the office was freaked out about what she was saying. Everyone was watching it.
KELLY: In the fall, you decided to leave ABC to go where?
BIANCO: To CBS. I only left purely because CBS had offered me a good contract. And so I left and was really excited to start a new job.
KELLY: And so this week, you’re sitting at CBS doing your job and what happens with Project Veritas?
BIANCO: They released the video and I was shocked, but I didn’t think anything of it.
KELLY: How many days had you been at CBS?
BIANCO: Only four days. I begged and pleaded. I didn’t know what I had done wrong. I wasn’t even given the professional courtesy to defend myself. I didn’t know what I had been accused of. It was humiliating and devastating.