Janet talks family drama, La Toya gets reality show
Just as the drama surrounding the Jackson family hits big in the media, La Toya announces a new show about her own life.
The Jacksons have had quite the dramatic few weeks. First, the matriarch of the family, Katherine Jackson, was reported missing. She showed up a few days later saying she had been at a spa. But by then, another member of the family, TJ Jackson, had been given custody of Michael Jackson’s children.
The family has been given a piece of good news though. La Toya Jackson, one of Michael’s sisters, has been given her own reality show. But not just any show; this one will air on OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s TV network.
“Life with La Toya is described as a ‘candid look’ inside Jackson's life as she juggles family, friends and business,” said The Associated Press.
The Jacksons have dabbled in reality television before. According to the AP, The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty followed Jermaine, Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson and aired six episodes on A&E.
La Toya was also a competitor on the Celebrity Apprentice last year.
Meanwhile, another Jackson child is not very happy with the publicity the family received in the last few weeks’ events.
Friday, Janet Jackson, along with her brother Randy and sister Rebbie, issued a statement on Friday. The siblings claim that the executors of Michael Jackson’s will are trying to divide the family.
“The negative media campaign generated by the executors and their agents has been relentless,” wrote Blair G. Brown, a Washington attorney for Janet Jackson, said the Los Angeles Times.
The statement claimed that the executors are simply attempting to distract from the argument that Michael’s will may be invalid.
“They stand to gain nothing financially by a finding that the will is invalid,” said Brown, according to the Los Angeles Times. “What will be gained ... is that the executors will be replaced and the estate and the guardianship will be managed in a manner that is in the best interest of the children, which is what Michael wanted.”
On Wednesday, Jermaine issued his own statement about the recent family drama.
“Michael Jackson's brother Jermaine Jackson called for a truce among the siblings Wednesday,” said Linda Deutsch with The Associated Press. “He expressed regret for the public turmoil and urged peace, love and healing.”
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