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Saturday
Apr132013

La Toya Jackson's New Reality Show Premieres This Weekend

Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Fresh off her appearance on All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, La Toya Jackson is moving on to another reality show.

The series Life With La Toya premieres Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. Eastern time on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network. It will document La Toya's career and family life.

Though the OWN website's official description of Life With La Toya describes her as a "fun-loving aunt," don't expect to see much of Michael Jackson's three kids on the show. La Toya tells ABC News Radio, "There is a quick clip of them in the show and we were in Indiana at a baseball game and the kids happen to be there...but as far as being a part of the show and in the series, absolutely not."

La Toya laments the fact that her family became fractured following Michael's death in 2009. She says, "I was always told when a loved one dies that it kind of destroys a family, and there's not as much togetherness as it was before. Well, I never believed that. And I experienced it when my brother passed. I don't know what happened, but everybody had their own opinions. It's not the way it used to be."

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Mar052013

La Toya Jackson Denies Control over MJ’s Kids

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- La Toya Jackson is denying published reports that she has signed her late brother’s children to her talent management agency and is managing their careers.

The New York Post reported Sunday that Jackson, 56, had signed Michael Jackson’s children, 16-year-old Prince, 14-year-old Paris and 10-year-old Blanket, to Ja-Tail Enterprises, a talent agency which reportedly has no other clients.

The story also claimed that Jackson gets a 15 percent commission on each deal she negotiates for the three children, and that bidding for a reality TV series featuring the children and the family matriarch, Katherine Jackson, had approached $10 million.

La Toya Jackson sharply rejected the claims. In a statement she labeled the Post's story, “completely and unequivocally false” and said she was she seeking legal advice.

The statement added that Jackson provides the children advice and support but further said: “Neither La Toya nor her company represent any of MJ’s children in any legal capacity nor has she received any commissions or payment as a result of their individual ventures.”

She also denied shopping a reality show for the three children, but said in the statement that she had been “diligently” assisting Prince with his career at his request. Prince Jackson is a special correspondent on Entertainment Tonight and also has a guest-starring role in the series finale of 90210 on the CW.

Custody of Michael Jackson’s three children and a dispute over his estate led to a very public feud in the family last year.

Life With La Toya, a reality show starring La Toya Jackson, will premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network later this year.

 

La Toya Jackson’s Full Statement:

“The story in the NY Post is completely and unequivocally false.  Neither La Toya nor her company represent any of MJ’s children in any legal capacity nor has she received any commissions or payment as a result of their individual ventures. As a loving Aunt, when the children ask for help or advice she supports them 100%, and will continue to do so.

Furthermore, there is no shopping of a reality show for the children. Paris did her movie deal over a year ago directly with the production company and La Toya had nothing to do with it. Over the past year Prince has continuously asked his Aunt for her help in starting his career because of the infrastructure she has.  When she asked her nephew what he wanted for his birthday he replied, “He just wanted to work,” It was at the time that she diligently started to assist him with his career and that’s when Entertainment Tonight was booked and then 90210.

La Toya is currently consulting with her attorneys on how to proceed against these false and derogatory statements made by the NY Post and other participating publications.”

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Monday
Mar042013

Report: La Toya Jackson in Charge of Michael Jackson's Kids' Careers

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Michael Jackson’s son Prince recently signed on to be a correspondent with Entertainment Tonight -- reportedly under the watchful eye of his aunt La Toya Jackson.

Writing for the New York Post, a close friend of the Jackson family, Stacy Brown, says La Toya has signed all three of Michael’s children exclusively to her Ja-Tail Enterprises talent agency.

Brown claims that while La Toya's siblings battled over the King of Pop’s $2 billion estate following his death, La Toya took Prince, Paris and “Blanket” to the family’s Calabasas, Calif., mansion where, according to a family insider, “they needed comfort with everyone showing their wild side, so they watched television together, they listened to music and they talked about what Mike would want.  Mostly, it was Toya doing all the talking.”

As well as the ET gig, Prince has signed a deal to appear on the CW's 90210.  His sister Paris, meanwhile, has a movie deal that will see her shooting later this year in London.  It’s believed that La Toya will get a standard 15 percent commission on each deal.

She reportedly is also currently negotiating a reality TV show deal, featuring all three kids.  Insiders claim bidding has approached $10 million, with Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network leading the pack.

One potential problem for the 56-year-old La Toya is Paris’ refusal to shoot a reality show, but insiders say La Toya’s power of persuasion over the children is strong.

One source is quoted as saying, "Prince wasn’t exactly eager to do ET, but could you tell?  When the money is on the line, Toya is going to cash in.  I wouldn’t bet against her.”

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Mar022013

All-Star Season of "The Celebrity Apprentice" Begins Sunday Night

Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump's NBC series The Celebrity Apprentice returns for its sixth season on Sunday night, but with a new twist.

For the first time, the competition is inviting back past contestants for an "all-star" season. Fourteen celebrities will compete for Trump, including 2010 Celebrity Apprentice champ Bret Michaels, 2008 runner-up Trace Adkins, the always-wacky Gary Busey, Deal or No Deal model Claudia Jordan, actress Marilu Henner, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman.

Adkins says he's going into the show with a different mindset than the one he had when he last competed on The Celebrity Apprentice. He explains, "I did change my strategy, 'cause the first time I was on there, I didn't have a strategy. I didn't know what I was doing. I'd never watched The Apprentice before....I got there, and I didn't know what I was going to do."

Jordan is also taking a new approach -- she tells ABC News Radio that during the upcoming season, she's going to "stand up for myself a lot more [and] not be afraid to throw someone under the bus that deserves it."

Henner learned a few pointers from former Celebrity Apprentice winner Piers Morgan that she'll implement in the upcoming season.  "You have to make sure your entire team knows all the rules, exactly what the objective of the task is, who's going to be assigned what and really pay attention to the strengths and weaknesses of everyone," she tells ABC News Radio.

In contrast, Rodman isn't changing his strategy at all. "I mean it won't be that much different. It's just think it's more like me having fun this time," he said. "It's going to be more of a...comic relief than anything this time because I'm just going to laugh at everybody."

As usual, the stars will be divided into two teams as they attempt to raise money for their respective charities. The ultimate goal for each contestant is to win the grand prize: a bonus donation of 250 thousand dollars.

Trump will rely on his children Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric -- plus Celebrity Apprentice alumni Piers Morgan, Arsenio Hall, Joan Rivers and John Rich -- to serve as his advisers.

All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, the 14th season in The Apprentice franchise, premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

Here's a list of celebrities who will return to Trump's boardroom:

* Trace Adkins, country singer
* Stephen Baldwin, actor, brother of Alec
* Gary Busey, Oscar-nominated actor
* Marilu Henner, former Taxi star
* La Toya Jackson, singer, sister of Michael
* Penn Jillette, magician
* Lil Jon, rapper
* Claudia Jordan, Deal or No Deal model
* Omarosa, rose to fame as season-one Apprentice contestant
* Bret Michaels, Poison frontman
* Lisa Rinna, actress
* Brande Roderick, model
* Dennis Rodman, former NBA star
* Dee Snider, Twisted Sister frontman

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug022012

Oprah Signs La Toya Jackson for New Reality Series

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Oprah Winfrey’s latest effort to lure viewers to OWN involves La Toya Jackson, Variety reports. 

The Oprah Winfrey Network has ordered Life With La Toya, a reality series that will focus on La Toya’s busy life and famous family.

La Toya issued a statement saying, “I am so pleased to be working with television legend Oprah Winfrey and to be a part of the OWN family.  This will be one of the most exciting adventures of my life.”

Life With La Toya premieres in 2013.

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