HBO Says Inaugural Committee Made Decision Not to Air Bishop Robinson Prayer

UPDATE 4pm eastern: We are hearing that Bishop Robinson’s prayer will be shown on the mall before the swearing-in. 

Bishop Robinson’s exclusion from the HBO broadcast of the opening ceremony upset and deeply offended many in the progressive, LGBTQ+A and religious communities.  According to email correspondence with, HBO says it was the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s decision to keep Robinson off the air:

The producer of the concert has said that the Presidential Inaugural Committee made the decision to keep the invocation as part of the pre-show.

Way to make your constituents feel included.

Our calls to HBO and the Presidential Inaugural Committee were not returned by post time.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.