No Reality Show for Minnelli and Hubby
On Tuesday, comeback queen Liza Minnelli’s latest CD, titled “Liza’s Back” and produced by recording legend Clive Davis, hit record stores.
That’s the good news.
On the same day, the New York Post reports, Minnelli, 56, and her husband since last March, producer David Gest, 48, were informed by lawyers for VH1 that their much-discussed reality-TV show, “Liza & David” — which would feature the couple having dinner in their New York apartment with assorted guests — was getting canned.
The show reputedly was scheduled to debut Dec. 8. But the Post reports that the production ran into continued problems when Gest allegedly restricted access to Minnelli. (An unnamed staffer for the show went so far as to tell the Post’s Page Six column that Gest was a “control freak.”)
Because of the “inability to cure … breaches” in the agreement between the network and Minnelli and Gest, “it is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you that we have no choice but to terminate the agreement,” VH1 lawyers wrote to Gest, in a letter quoted by the Post.
A VH1 spokeswoman confirms to PEOPLE.com: “Liza is amazing and talented but we were not given the cooperation needed to make this show a reality.”
Gossip columnist Liz Smith wrote in her column last week about the first taping of the program, on which the dinner guests included herself, ABC news correspondent Cynthia McFadden, author Dominick Dunne, fashionista Isaac Mizrahi, comic Sandra Bernhard and singing legend Ray Charles.
The Post now reports that producers of the show were never shown the guest list. Reps for Minnelli did not immediately return a call for comment.