February 17, 2007 01:09 PM by Joe Reality
Robin Leach recently reported on his Luxe Life blog that Reality TV
Magazine totally misquoted him and also that Reality TV Magazine (along
with others) reported that he said Michael Jackson would appear on
American Idol. The only problem with this story is that Reality TV
Magazine did NOT report that Robin Leach said Michael Jackson would
appear on American Idol.
Robin Leach has written an inaccurate story accusing us of writing an inaccurate story about him. While it’s entirely possible that Robin Leach read a story that took elements of our story and then also added misquotes from him, it was not our story. In our actual article entitled “Will Michael Jackson Be Part Of An American Idol Theme Week?” we pointed to several signs that led us to predict that Michael Jackson might possible make an appearance on American Idol. In our article, it was very clear that we were speculating (if the title alone didn’t make that obvious).
Among the signs that we pointed to were American Idol producers talking about a big event, Nigel Lythgoe in a media conference call using Michael Jackson as an example of a guest star they wouldn’t want to leak out, and several media reports about Michael Jackson meeting with American Idol creator Simon Fuller. We did link to Robin Leach’s story as an example about the Michael Jackson & Simon Fuller meeting, but it was also reported in the New York Post and The Sun.
At no point did we even quote Robin Leach in the original article. In fact, when we described the news reports, we said the meeting was rumored to be about a possible Las Vegas show to help re-launch Michael Jackson’s career. As far as we can tell, this is a pretty accurate portrayal of what was in Leach’s article and other articles on the subject. We went on to suggest as part of our own opinion that the best way to re-launch Michael Jackson’s career would be an appearance on American Idol and to question if Simon Fuller might really be trying to put an appearance deal together. We might be guilty of being bad at predictions, but we did not misquote Robin Leach nor report that he said Michael Jackson would be on American Idol.
Access Hollywood also reported on the story. Whether they took the story from our site or not we are not certain because they do not appear to have credited us as a source. In Access Hollywood’s story, they quoted Michael Jackson’s rep as denying that Michael Jackson would appear on American Idol and then going on to say “He has signed no agreements with anyone. Robin Leach’s story is inaccurate." From the rep’s reported comments, the reference that he “has signed no agreements with anyone” would seem to apply to rumors that Michael Jackson is working with Simon Fuller in addition to the American Idol rumors. The report that Michael Jackson and Simone Fuller were having strategy planning meetings could be what the rep was calling inaccurate in Leach’s article, but perhaps the rep didn’t actually read Leach’s article and was confused and thought Leach reported that Michael Jackson was on American Idol.
Of course, if Jackson’s rep did refute Leach’s article without actually reading it to see what it contained, then Leach appears to be turning around and doing the same thing to us in inaccurately claiming that we reported he said Michael Jackson was going to appear on American Idol. We actually defended his reports of a Simon Fuller and Michael Jackson meeting in a subsequent article by pointing out that he had pictures. A lot of confusion around various reports could be avoided if more people would just link to and credit their source material. We linked to Robin Leach’s original article so people could read it for themselves, but when Robin Leach accused us of saying something about him that we didn’t say he failed to link to our article. If he had then perhaps, people could have read what we actually said.
Even though Michael Jackson’s rep has apparently clarified that he will not appear on American Idol, the whole thing actually leaves us confused on if the Simon Fuller and Michael Jackson meeting took place and on if Simon Fuller is helping Michael Jackson re-launch his career. If the King of Pop is meeting with the guy who created the biggest pop music show in the world to discuss re-launching his career, then doesn’t it seem like the idea of Michael Jackson appearing on American Idol would have come up? So Robin Leach was at dinner with these two guys and didn’t think to ask this?
Supposing there’s any truth to reports that Michael Jackson and Simon Fuller are meeting about Jackson’s career, then we have to wonder why he wouldn’t appear on the show that Fuller created. When we reported on signs pointing to the possibility, the reaction was overwhelmingly enthusiastic among Jackson fans. Is American Idol afraid of the controversy it might create? That kind of sounds like an oxymoron, because Idol thrives on controversy. Does Jackson simple not want to appear? It seems odd that he wouldn’t want to appear if reports on his desire to re-launch his career and on a new song are true.
One doorway that might be left open is Nigel Lythgoe’s references to “Idol” and “American Idol” as if they might be separate entities in his Television Week interview. Nigel stated “..the fact is he will not be on “American Idol.” However, Lythgoe also made reference to a major news announcement and said “It’s the biggest thing that’s happened to "Idol" in five years. But it does include "American Idol" and it does include America.” Nigel’s statement sort of sounds like to us that there will be an Idol event that includes “American Idol” (and maybe other country’s Idol programs). To throw out some more speculation, could Michael Jackson appear on this big Idol event show that isn’t technically American Idol? Of course Jackson’s rep says Michael hasn’t signed agreements with anyone which would seem to rule out this possibility as well.
Another interesting theory that TVSquad.com came up with keys in on Lythgoe’s choice of words in saying that “we won’t be seeing him.” TVSquad.com says they wouldn’t be surprised if a Michael Jackson theme week (with no appearance) was planned so America would be hearing but not seeing Jackson. On the other hand, RealityBlurred.com appears to think the possibility is just wild conspiracy theory, but then again they apparently didn’t think Prince was going to appear last year either.