Friday, July 12, 2024

Slimed: Dan Aykroyd Skipped Tonight Show and “Ghostbusters” Press Today for an “Out of Town Commitment”


Dan Aykroyd was AWOL today from doing press for “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.”

Tonight the rest of the main cast appears on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, but not Aykroyd. The balance of the cast was told Dan had to cover an “out of town commitment.”

This part is unusual because Lorne Michaels produces the Tonight show, and Aykroyd got his start with Michaels on “Saturday Night Live.”

But Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Ray Parker Jr — who sings the famous theme song — appear with Fallon in Ghostbusters outfits.

Honestly, Murray looks relieved. On Thursday when the gang was on CBS Mornings and doing other interviews, Murray and Aykroyd didn’t appear to so chummy. Dan was his usual cryptic self, I’m told.

Aykroyd has roots in Chicago and Toronto, but lives in Los Angeles where he’s been separated for two years from long time wife, actress Donna Dixon. What could take him from New York in the middle of a press tour for a big studio movie? Good question.

Meantime, early comments on Twitter haven’t been so warm for “Frozen Empire.” Actual reviews are embargoed until next Wednesday, just 24 hours before the latest iteration opens in previews.

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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