(Sigh). Seriously, this is beyond ridiculous. I am still trying to wrap my head around this American Idol News Item.
In other words, he is suing them for doing their job. Yes, many of their decisions were made without Philipp’s consent but without 19E fuelling his career would we have ever heard of this singer again? Seriously?
Here are some of the details (via The Hollywood Reporter):
“Before Idol viewers voted him the winner that year, Phillips signed a series of contracts governing his management, merchandising, recording and publishing. The deals are quite favorable to 19 Entertainment, a company founded by Simon Fuller that also produces other shows such as So You Think You Can Dance.
For example, according to the complaint, when Phillips does endorsements, 19 gets as much as a 40 percent cut.
Nevertheless, Phillips tells the California Labor Commissioner that 19 has a fiduciary duty to him, and that the company has breached such duty by compelling him to take jobs that are of benefit to the company and its affiliates rather than to him.
In the time since he’s been on the show, his managers at 19 have lined up gigs like performing at the NBA All-Star Game, singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a World Series game, and appearing on such shows as Letterman, the Today show, Ellen and The View. The appearances are said to have been “procured” by 19 despite not being licensed as an agent. This, the petition argues, amounts to a “pattern and practice of flagrant violations of the [TAA].”
Alrighty then. Did Phillip actually think he was going to obtain those gigs on his own merit? If so, he is living in la la land.
Look, I know how binding these contracts can be – it’s all or nothing. But, at the end of the day, 19E made him a star and he should just wait out his time and quietly part ways once his contract is up. This is what many before him have done while still remaining loyal to the American Idol franchise.
You’ve had a nice ride, Phillip. Let’s see how you do without the Idol Machine Limousine in your back pocket.
Comment away – but be nice.