No interviewers are asking Tom Cruise about Scientology. Here's why that's not surprising. - 2015-07-31
Gilbert points out the strangeness of "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, a master at calling out hypocrisy, interviewing Cruise this week and completely gliding over the topic, instead bantering about workout routines. That puzzle, of course, is quickly solved by the fact that Comedy Central and Paramount Pictures (which produces "Mission Impossible") are both owned by Viacom. It's the same reason why embattled NBC Universal stars want to stick to the NBC's "Today" show — shared corporate overlords make these situations much easier.
However, as weird as it is to see Stewart (of all people) avoid tough questions, or Cruise pretend that the Scientology stories aren't happening, none of this should be that shocking. This is frequent, common practice in every aspect of the entertainment industry. When it comes to big stars, some publicists are militant in keeping a list of banned subjects you absolutely cannot ask about. There's a tacit — and sometimes explicit — agreement between celebrities and infotainment programs not to upset the delicate balance of everyone needing publicity and viewers.