Did Good Morning America Stalk Today‘s Hiccup Victim?

hiccup_girl.jpgWe imagine this kind of thing goes on a lot more than it’s reported, but still bizarre — and we’re not talking about the hiccups.

A 15-year-old St. Petersburg, Florida, girl who’s been tormented by hiccups for four weeks is now being tormented by the media. Good Morning America allegedly called the girl’s family 57 times while trying to usurp a Today show exclusive:

The competition for her story became so frenzied over the weekend that NBC’s Today show changed Jennifer and her mother’s New York hotel after another network’s exhaustive attempts to get an interview. … Representatives from ABC’s Good Morning America called Jennifer’s home 57 times on Sunday and slipped notes under her hotel room door, her family said. “They kind of made me feel guilty,” Jennifer’s mother, Rachel Robidoux, said Monday. “But I felt it wasn’t right to ditch the Today show.” NBC paid to fly Jennifer and her mother to New York City and put them in a hotel for four days.

ABC had to settle for stock video footage of Jennifer.

And awaiting for her when she got home? Calls from the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

  • Tormented first by hiccups, now by media [St. Petersburg Times]