Dish says CBS made Kaley Cuoco take down 'Hopper' tweet, CBS denies it
Kaley Cuoco has found herself in the middle of a big feud between The Dish Network and CBS, the network that airs her hit show The Big Bang Theory.
Dish accused CBS of telling Cuoco to take down a sponsored Twitter message on the actress’ feed that promoted the Hopper, a DVR device that allows customers to automatically skip commercials. She wrote, “Watching live TV anywhere on the #Hopper looks pretty awesome!” The tweet has since been deleted.
DISH, for its part, issued a press release yesterday saying, “It’s disappointing that CBS — once the exemplar of editorial independence and innovation — continues to use its heavy hand to hold back progress from consumers,” said Joe Clayton, Dish president and CEO. “Clearly, with this kind of response, consumers have a true interest in the types of innovations the DISH Hopper offers. It’s a shame that CBS, despite its legacy, feels it needs to thwart this kind of consumer demand.”
CBS responded, giving this statement to EW: “Once again, Joe Clayton demonstrates his dubious gift for hyperbole and hucksterism. No demands were made, but it’s clear that Dish’s culture of fabrication is alive and well.”
EW reached out to reps for Cuoco and Dish, but have not heard back.