Gifford Named In Plagiarism Suit
Bosses at U.S. network NBC and TV presenter Kathie Lee Gifford are facing legal action from a disgruntled musician who alleges her latest small screen venture was his concept.
In a lawsuit filed at Los Angeles Superior Court, composer Harold Johns accuses The Today Show host and producers at U.S. network NBC of plagiarising his idea for the show's planned show-tune segment.
Gifford, a former vocalist on classic U.S. TV series Name That Tune, is reportedly set to incorporate a sketch entitled Everyone Has A Story into her presenting duties, which will see her transform viewers' tales into mini-musicals.
However, Johns claims he pitched a similar format in 2007, which he insists Gifford and NBC stole for use on The Today Show.
According to documents released by TMZ.com, Johns is suing for $1 million (GBP666,000) in damages - insisting the idea originally came from him.