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Early Show To Get First Interview with The Anthonys

anthony_4-21.jpgGeorge and Cindy Anthony sit down with CBS’ Maggie Rodriguez tomorrow for a live interview — their first together since the body of their granddaughter, Caylee, was found in December. The interview will continue on tape and air on Thursday’s “The Early Show.”

CBS News tells TVNewser they did not pay for the interview, nor did they pay a fee to license any photos – a common practice used to secure a big interview. NBC News paid a fee to license some photos in the case last fall, while ABC News was criticized earlier this year for paying for a luxury hotel stay for the couple.

The Anthonys are scheduled to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show in May.

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ABC News Pays For Anthonys’ Stay at Ritz-Carlton

Anthonys_2.19.jpgNewly released court documents reveal ABC News paid for a three-night hotel stay at a Central Florida Ritz-Carlton for the grandparents of murdered toddler Caylee Anthony.

George Anthony and Cindy Anthony stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes from Dec. 11 to 14 &mdash in the days after Caylee’s remains were found near their home.

The Orlando Sentinel was first to report the story after a judge overseeing the case released an 80-page transcript which included the new details.

An ABC producer named Kaitlyn Folmer made arrangements with then-Anthony spokeswoman Michelle Bart to put up the couple and two of their investigators at the hotel. Rooms at the Ritz-Carlton run from $249 to $739 per night.

An ABC insider tells TVNewser the pricey hotel was picked because it had the best security. And with a horde of media trying to secure an interview with the Anthonys, ABC was simply being competitive. As it turns out, ABC did not get an interview that week, nor have they since.

Ritz_2.19.bmpDuring the first night of the stay, the Anthonys also dined at a restaurant inside the hotel. The ABC producer, Folmer, was also at the dinner. But it’s not known who paid. The ABC insider tells us, taking interview subjects out to dinner “is not a problem.”

The details were part of an interview the Anthony’s private investigator Dominic Casey gave to an Orange County Sergeant and an FBI Agent in early January.

Cablers Cover Potential Break in Caylee Anthony Case

Just after 11:45amET, the cablers began covering what may be a major break in the Caylee Anthony investigation — the remains of a child found near the home of Casey Anthony. On CNN, all-platform journalist John Couwels began reporting on the matter. On FNC, Geraldo Rivera was on the air quickly, while Dr. Michael Baden called in for a phoner. MSNBC simulcast its affiliate coverage on WESH. Also, TVNewser has learned Larry King Live has lined up an exclusive interview with George and Cindy Anthony tomorrow night.

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> Update: As requested by several tipsters, here is a screengrab of Headline News, also covering the news today:

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Anthonys Fire Spokesperson For Making Money Off TV Appearances

today_11-13.jpgIn the latest twist to the Caylee Anthony disappearance story, George and Cindy Anthony (grandparents of Caylee) have fired their spokesperson after it was found he profited from their TV appearances, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

We reported that ABC News in September and NBC News in October paid licensing fees for pictures of the Caylee and Casey Anthony.

According to the couples attorney Mark NeJame, spokesperson Larry Garrison was taking the money for himself.

vargas_11-13.JPG“I never agreed to go on any shows for money,” Cindy told the Sentinel. “I was told numerous times that nobody was making any money.”

Garrison denies the claim, saying he resigned “due to the erratic behavior of the Anthony family over the last two months.” He says he was the “story broker” and negotiated payment with the news agencies.

In news that should surprise no one, Garrison was part of the last major mainstream media story of a missing person, the Natalee Holloway investigation.

More Caylee Anthony Photos, More “Licensing”

today_10-21.jpgTipsters tell TVNewser that NBC News paid $5,000, for a “Cindy Anthony interview.” Cindy Anthony is the mother of Casey Anthony who is in jail on murder charges in the case of her daughter, Caylee. The interview took place on the Today show last Wednesday.

An NBC spokesperson tells TVNewser, “NBC News does not pay for interviews. NBC News paid a nominal licensing fee for photos, which is very common in the industry.”

Last month, a tipster told TVNewser that a “major media organization” helped fund the bail for then-jailed mom Casey. An ABC News insider told us the company paid upwards of $200,000 to license images and video for a 20/20 report. The figure was not confirmed by ABC, although they did tell TVNewser they licensed footage from “rights holders.”

Anthony wasn’t out of jail long. She’s now facing first-degree murder, manslaughter and other charges after a four-month-long investigation. Caylee, who vanished two months before her third birthday in mid-June, still has not been found.