Ronan Farrow — whose exposés helped topple Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and New York AG Eric Schneiderman — is thumbing his nose at NBC and other naysayers.
Despite winning a Pulitzer for his report about the pervy producer’s sexual misconduct, Farrow talked candidly about his doubts during a commencement speech Saturday at Loyola Marymount University in LA.
“I wish I could tell you I was confident, that I was sure of myself, that I didn’t care, or I said, ‘To hell with it,’” the 30-year-old investigative journalist told the grads.
Farrow, who admitted that his career had been “on the rocks,” said that even those close to him tried to discourage him from writing the piece.
“My bosses saying, ‘You have got to stop — let it go.’ My agent saying, ‘It’s causing too many speed bumps for your career, you have got to let it go,’” he said.
“Even loved ones, saying, ‘Is this really worth it?’ Pointing out that I would risk my whole career for a story that might not even make a dent.”
Farrow, the son of director Woody Allen and actress Mia Farrow, said he was “heartbroken, and I was scared, and I had no idea if I was doing the right thing.”
But he forged ahead, he said.
“I didn’t stop. Because I knew I’d never be able to live with myself if I didn’t honor the risks those women had taken to expose this,” he said. “But also, less nobly, because I really had gambled too much and there was no way out but through.
“As a result of my tackling this story as doggedly as I did, it fell apart almost completely,” Farrow said about the Weinstein story, which NBC declined to air.
Instead, The New Yorker — which published the bombshell 7,000-word report — shared the 2018 Pulitzer Prize with the New York Times for his public service reporting.
“You will face a moment in your career where you have absolutely no idea what to do,” he told the audience. “Where it will be totally unclear to you what the right thing is for you, for your family, for your community.”
He urged the graduates to trust their “inner voice.”
“Because more than ever we need people to be guided by their own senses of principle — and not the whims of a culture that prizes ambition, and sensationalism, and celebrity, and vulgarity and doing whatever it takes to win,” he said.
On Monday, another explosive report he wrote with Jane Mayer detailed shocking allegations by four women of sexual harassment and abuse at the hands of Schneiderman — a backer of the #MeToo movement.
Hours later, the disgraced AG announced his resignation.
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