Wednesday, April 24, 2024

The Murdochs Become the Clampetts as Rupert’s Son Buys Jed and Granny’s Bev Hills Mansion for $150 Mil


Mr. Drysdale and Miss Hathaway will be right over with the paper work!

Rupert Murdoch’s son, Lachlan, has reportedly bought the mansion used for “The Beverly Hillbillies” for $150 million.

Can we cast this show? Lachlan is Jethro. Rupert is Jed Clampett. Rupert’s mom, who lived to be 104, is Granny. Jeri Hall is Ellie Mae. James Murdoch? He can be Jethro’s long lost twin.

No one better to play Milburn Drysdale, the idiot banker, than Donald Trump. And Miss Jane Hathaway? Why, that credit goes to Kellyanne Conway.

Seriously, Lachlan Murdoch paid $150 million for the Bel Air mansion used to depict the Clampletts’ home. You may recall they struck oil in the Ozarks and moved to the Hills of Beverly.

The Clampetts came from Hooterville, which is sort of the equivalent of Australia. They left behind the cast of “Petticoat Junction”– which could be played by the Kardashian family. Imagine Caitlyn Jenner popping out of the water tower after a quick dip on a hot day!

The Murdochs are generally thought to be the inspiration for HBO’s searing satire, “Succession.” But suddenly this all makes much more sense!


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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