The best thing about Nikki Finke’s writing is that you can really tell how she feels. Her latest post on Sumner Redstone’s canning of Tom Cruise: Who’s Crazier: Viacom or Tom Cruise pretty much lays out every pecadillo that’s every happened on the Paramount lot since the days of the silents.
Here’s the money shot:
My god, Sumner himself was openly shtupping one of his producer girlfriends on the lot for years. And let’s not forget he looked the other way when Les Moonves carried on a long adulterous affair with employee Julie Chen and then married her after dumping his wife in the process, which is a violation of so many corporate codes of conduct that I don’t think I can count that high.
She also manages to get in Robert Evans, Heidi Fleiss, Anthony Pellicano, Brad Grey, and even more, as she says:
I could reel off for you 10 people now with rich studio deals, some at Paramount, who should be in jail or rehab or the Funny Farm but instead are well-paid miscreants.
Considering Redstone was quoted as saying about Cruise in the Wall Street Journal report e-mailed to reporters:
His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount.
what did he think was going to happen? It’s Body Thetans vs. lawyers in a grudge match: this time it’s personal.