Monday, April 15, 2024

Hello I Must Be Going: Britney Spears’ Longtime Manager Larry Rudolph Quits, Says Performer Wants to Retire from Music Biz


Larry Rudolph is out.

The manager of Britney Spears since 1995(with a four year break from 2004-2008) has resigned his post. He’s made his money, and now he’s under fire since Britney made unsubstantiated claims about him recently in court.

Rudolph says in a letter obtained by that he hasn’t seen Britney in two years, and that he’s recently heard she wants to retire from the music business. She should: she’s made her money, too. Let her have a life. She’s almost 40, and this a graceful way of bowing out of a business for young people. (It’s not like Britney’s going to be recording the Great American Songbook.) Let her live on the memory of her hits.

Rudolph also manages Aerosmith and Steven Tyler, a group that wants to tour and record all the time. They’re crazy, but not this kind of crazy. The manager made a wise move since Britney will have another go at at challenging her conservatorship on July 14th, where she’ll probably accuse him of more dastardly deeds.

Now Jamie Spears, Britney’s dad, is alone other than a business manager. Bessemer Trust withdrew from being appointed co-conservator.

Here’s the letter:

James P. Spears and Jodi Montgomery, as co-executors of the estate of Britney Spears:

It has been over 2 1/2 years since Britney and I last communicated, at which time she informed me she wanted to take an indefinite work hiatus. Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire.

As you know, I have never been a part of the conservatorship nor its operations, so I am not privy to many of these details. I was originally hired at Britney’s request to help manage and assist her with her career. And as her manager, I believe it is in Britney’s best interest for meto resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed.

Please accept this letter as my formal resignation.

I will always be incredibly proud of what we accomplished over our 25 years together. I wish Britney all the health and happiness in the world, and I’ll be there for her if she ever needs me again, just as I always have been.

Larry Rudolph

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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