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DATELINE NBC AND TODAY EXCLUSIVE: WHITNEY HOUSTON’S BEST FRIEND, ROBYN CRAWFORD, REVEALS HER ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH HOUSTON FOR THE FIRST TIME ON CAMERA

Crawford Ends Long Speculation of Their Intimacy: ‘Our Friendship was a Deep Friendship…it was Physical’

Dateline NBC’s ‘A Song for Whitney’ Airs Saturday, Nov. 9 and

Crawford Joins TODAY in First Live Interview on Monday, Nov. 11

First Interview Bites to Air Thursday, Nov. 7 on TODAY

November 6, 2019 – Whitney Houston’s best friend and confidante, Robyn Crawford, breaks her silence for first time on television, revealing in a special edition of Dateline NBC her romantic relationship with the music superstar: Our friendship was a deep friendship. In the early part of that friendship, it was physical.” Crawford also shares an inside account of Houston’s triumphs and tragedies, including her battle with drugs and tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown. Click here for a preview clip of the interview.

Dateline NBC’s “A Song for Whitney” airs Saturday, November 9 at 9pm ET/8pm CT and the first clips from the interview will be released on TODAY Thursday, November 7. Crawford will also join TODAY for her first live interview on Monday, November 11.

Crawford ends years of speculation about her intimate relationship with Houston, telling NBC News’ Craig Melvin: “It was during that first summer that we met, was the first time our lips touched. And it wasn't anything planned, it just happened. And it felt wonderful. And then, not long after that, we spent the night together. And that evening was the night that we touched. And that just brought us closer.” Crawford just wrote a memoir, “A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston,” which will be released next week.

During the tell-all Dateline hour, Crawford shares behind-the-scenes personal stories from Houston’s three-decade career. She tells of the two lives Houston led: the celebrity the public saw and the real Houston, who worked hard to become a star and the toll that eventually took on her.

Dateline NBC is the longest-running series in NBC primetime history and is in its 28th season. Dateline is anchored by Lester Holt and features correspondents Andrea Canning, Josh Mankiewicz, Keith Morrison and Dennis Murphy. Airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, Dateline is the #1 Friday newsmagazine and reaches more than 18 million people every week through its broadcast, and millions more through its social media platforms and podcasts. David Corvo is the senior executive producer, and Liz Cole is the executive producer.

NBC’s TODAY is the news program that informs, entertains, inspires and sets the agenda each morning for Americans. Airing live from 7 to 11 a.m. ET, TODAY reaches more than five million people every day through its broadcast, and millions more through TODAY.com, the TODAY app, and social media platforms. Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker, Carson Daly, Craig Melvin, Natalie Morales, Jenna Bush Hager, Dylan Dreyer, Sheinelle Jones and Willie Geist are the anchors and hosts. Noah Oppenheim is the president and executive in charge. Libby Leist is the executive producer of the 7-9 a.m. ET hours, Jaclyn Levin is the executive producer of the 9 a.m. ET hour and Joanne LaMarca Mathisen is the executive producer of the 10 a.m. ET hour.

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Dana Klinghoffer
NBC News
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dana.klinghoffer@nbcuni.com

Megan Stackhouse
NBC News

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megan.stackhouse@nbcuni.com