Saturday, May 18, 2024

Bret Michaels Update: Rumors of Death Exaggerated


Bret  Michaels remains in critical condition this morning. So does the situation concerning his public relations.

This morning, someone called the “Today” show and “Access Hollywood” and insisted Michaels had passed away. Not so says Michaels’ beleaguered press rep Jo Mignano. “He’s alive, being treated, he’s sedated. Nothing has changed.”

Sources say Donald Trump‘s team from “Celebrity Apprentice” — which Michaels ostensibly has won for the men’s team–is as much in the dark as anyone else about Michaels’s whereabouts. Only his family and close friends know where Michaels is hospitalized.

Trump and NBC now walk a fine line. If they continue to make statements unauthorized by Michaels’ family they run the risk of appearing to stoke ratings for “Celebrity Apprentice.”

On the other hand, they have three more previously taped episodes that lead up to chef Curtis Stone being fired and Michaels becoming — to use Donald Trump’s language — a “champion.”

A wo hour live special set for May 23rd will have to feature Stone, as the odds of Michaels making the show–even as he recovers–are pretty slim.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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