CBS Wouldn’t Let Serena Williams Finish Her Victory Speech

Source: Chris Chase / USA Today

CBS didn’t allow Serena Williams to finish her victory speech Sunday after the American tennis star won her fourth U.S. Open and 15th Grand Slam title, likely due to time constraints involving the network’s lucrative Sunday night prime-time schedule.

Asked about it Monday, CBS spokesperson Jen Sabatelle refused to comment.

Serena’s three-set victory over world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, originally scheduled for Saturday night but moved to Sunday afternoon because of rain, extended into the 7 p.m. ET time slot occupied by 60 Minutes. Because of the overrun, CBS appeared to rush through the trophy presentation.

The network aired a brief interview between Serena and Mary Carillo, then showed Serena receiving her trophy and $1.9 million winner’s check. Serena wasn’t interested in the money, nor in the congratulatory words delivered by the check’s presenter.

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