All indications are that New York Knicks owner James Dolan will not be giving thanks this holiday weekend for the friendship of longtime fan Woody Allen.
According to a frivolous but fun item by Richard Johnson, Dolan has lowered the VIP boom on the Woodman, banning him from Suite 200 at Madison Square Garden. Why? Here’s what Johnson’s “Woody source” told the New York Post columnist:
“Allen got a call from someone at MSG saying they had bought the rights to air several of Woody’s movies on the MSG channel and wanted Woody to go on the air and talk about his movies or introduce them,” a Woody source told me. “Woody said he would not be comfortable doing that. He has never done that for any show or network.”
“They then said that this was a ‘reciprocal arrangement’ and that if Woody couldn’t go on TV for them, he should not eat in their VIP restaurant anymore. Woody said fine and thanked them for the many years he had enjoyed the space there.”
In other words, to Dolan’s accusation of Crimes and Misdemeanors (an MSG spokesperson told Johnson there has also never been any Allen assists to Dolan’s Garden of Dreams Foundation), Allen responded with Whatever Works. Something tells us this foolish decision will be rescinded in time for Allen to enjoy many more Knicks 2013-14 season losses from the plush confines of Suite 200.