Some Jacksons grumble as La Toya cashes in on Michael’s kids
By Bill Zwecker March 4, 2013 8:24PM
Updated: April 6, 2013 6:03AM
Now that La Toya Jackson has begun managing the careers and appearances of Michael Jackson’s children — particularly Prince and Paris — I’ve heard some of her famous siblings are irked. They’re unhappy that La Toya, who was ignored (like them) in Michael’s estate planning, now will get management fees for arranging gigs for the Jackson kids.
La Toya reportedly has signed all three children — Blanket, as well as his older siblings — to her Ja-Tail Enterprises talent agency. Yet at this point, those three famous offspring are the agency’s only clients.
So far, Jackson arranged Prince’s recent “Entertainment Tonight” correspondent bit, his upcoming cameo on the CW network’s “90210” (in which La Toya also will appear) and a film role for Paris.
What supposedly has several of La Toya’s own siblings most unhappy is that she’s planning to have the three kids also appear in an upcoming OWN reality series, “Life with La Toya.”
† It should be noted that the parental custody responsibility for Michael Jackson’s children remains in the shared hands of their grandmother, Katherine Jackson, and cousin, T.J. Jackson.
† “The problem with La Toya being in this new role with Michael’s children is it’s something her other family members think is a ploy by her to make money at the kids’ expense,” said my best Jackson family source. “They know her taste level is very suspect. They are afraid she will merely whore out the kids to make a buck. … Of course, I think a few of them are merely jealous about the money. They could care less about the kids’ gigs and whether they are right or not.”
YOUNG LOVE? Sounds like the friendship between “Karate Kid” star Jaden Smith, the 14-year-old son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Kardashian clan member Kylie Jenner, 15, is turning into something a bit more serious (or as “serious” as a romance can be with kids that age).According to an Us Weekly source, the duo are “dating. ... It’s new, but they’ve been friends forever.”
My, my. “Forever” sure has taken on a lot shorter meaning, hasn’t it?
If true, this connection would be a bit of a merger between two of the biggest celebrity families in Hollywood.
Of course, this tidbit also could be like the alleged romance between Kylie and Australian pop singer Cody Simpson. The young Jenner daughter told Seventeen magazine last September, “Cody and I are just good friends. We can say that as much as we want and people will still listen to gossip.”
TV TALK: There’s more buzz about new CNN boss Jeff Zucker making changes and again looking to his old NBC roots for talent. The New York Post reports Erin Burnett’s reluctance to move from her current evening prime-time show — to help revive CNN’s morning program — has led Zucker to consider the peacock network’s Tamron Hall, who currently anchors on MSNBC and is a frequent “Today” fill-in anchor.
Hall, formerly the co-anchor of the Chicago Fox station’s morning show, has been a rising star at both MSNBC and NBC, but it does seem unlikely she would be slated for a regular slot on “Today” given she likely would have to get in line behind current co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and news anchor Natalie Morales.
LOHAN-SHEEN UPDATE: Reports from Lindsay Lohan’s camp say that while LiLo appreciates the help she’s been getting from Charlie Sheen — and she understands her life is out of control — she doesn’t think the controversial actor is the right guy to help her straighten things out.
But from what I’m told, Lohan is thrilled Sheen wants to mentor her through her problems. “After all, no one knows more about substance abuse problems and how they can [expletive] up your life,” a longtime Lohan associate told me.
This is not the first time conflicting tales have been told about the long-troubled star.
Checking with another good Lohan source — who also is in constant touch with the actress’ mother, Dina Lohan — I was told, “It seems that the problem is Lindsay was embarrassed by Charlie talking to the press on her behalf. … That’s not his right. She values his friendship. But she doesn’t need him speaking for her.”
OPRAH AT HARVARD: Long a popular choice as a college commencement speaker, Oprah Winfrey next will be adding the Ivy League granddaddy of them all: Harvard. The TV queen will deliver the address at the university’s 362nd graduation on May 30.
“Oprah’s journey from her grandmother’s Mississippi farm to becoming one of the world’s most admired women is one of the great American success stories,” Harvard President Drew Faust said in making the announcement.
Winfrey, who previously did the commencement speech honors at such prestigious institutions as Stanford, Duke and Spelman College, joins a distinguished group who previously delivered Harvard’s graduation speeches, including George Marshall, Bill Gates and J.K. Rowling.
HEADED HERE: Chris Masterson (“Malcolm in the Middle”) will be wearing his celebrity DJ hat when he hits town this weekend. Masterson will be deejaying Saturday night at the popular Streeterville cocktail club Drumbar.
TOAST TO HOST: The folks at the American Theater Company are delighted former board member Rick Roberts’ request to actor Tim Kazurinsky — to emcee the theater’s gala April 12 at the Standard Club — ended up with the always-funny former “Saturday Night Live” cast member saying “yes.”
CORRECTION: My apologies to the good folks at O’Brien’s Restaurant & Bar in Old Town. Their special luncheon toasting the St. Patrick’s Day Parade queen and her court is being held on March 14, not the incorrect day mentioned in Monday’s column.