Because this year the Super Bowl won’t be on Fox.
President Trump has decided not to participate in a Super Bowl Sunday interview this weekend. “He is not doing a Super Bowl interview,” a White House official told CNN on condition of anonymity on Wednesday. Sources at NBC affirmed that their interview requests have been turned down. But Trump still has an open invitation, should he choose to change his mind, the sources said. NBC is televising the Super Bowl on Sunday. It is traditionally the highest-rated event of the year by far.
A pre-Super Bowl interview with the president has become an American tradition in the past decade. When Fox televised the Super Bowl last year, Trump sat down with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly at the White House. But this year it always looked unlikely that he would agree to an interview on NBC — the network broadcasting the big game. He has repeatedly assailed NBC journalists and executives with “fake news” tweets.