Sunday, May 26, 2024

Rupert Murdoch Divorce: How Much Will it Cost Media Mogul to Gag Jerry Hall’s Large Family?


The Rupert Murdoch-Jerry Hall divorce is not over by a long shot.

Even with a pre-nup, Murdoch has a big hill to climb before he’s severed from Hall for good.

The uncoupling may cost a lot more than thought. In the agreement to undo the six year marriage, Murdoch would definitely be asking Hall for a Non Disclosure Agreement. This would mean she’d be unable to talk about their marriage or him or his family. Or write a book about the whole experience.

But Hall is not alone. She has four children — Georgia May, Lizzie, James, and Gabriel — and they presumable know everything about the Murdochs– enough to fill several seasons of “Succession.” Murdoch would have to gag them, as well, and maybe even Hall’s four sisters — including twin Terry. For Murdoch, this will not be a bargain. Think of all those people writing books, selling stories to the tabloids! They all know where the liver spots are covered.

Right now, Hall is asking for spousal support. She deserves war pay. She took care of this old geezer for two years during the pandemic. She put in her time. She deserves to be compensated. Murdoch — probably with his children’s pressure — dumped her via email. That wasn’t smart. Instead of talking it out, they scorned Jerry Hall, a Texan through and through. She’s not going away quietly.

I’m rooting for Jerry, of course. Who isn’t? There’s almost no amount of money Rupert Murdoch would miss from his vaults. Let’s hope she backs a Brinks truck up to his wallet.

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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