(NEW YORK) — Michael Jackson’s son Prince recently signed on to be a correspondent with Entertainment Tonight — reportedly under the watchful eye of his aunt La Toya Jackson.
Writing for the New York Post, a close friend of the Jackson family, Stacy Brown, says La Toya has signed all three of Michael’s children exclusively to her Ja-Tail Enterprises talent agency.
Brown claims that while La Toya’s siblings battled over the King of Pop’s $2 billion estate following his death, La Toya took Prince, Paris and “Blanket” to the family’s Calabasas, Calif., mansion where, according to a family insider, “they needed comfort with everyone showing their wild side, so they watched television together, they listened to music and they talked about what Mike would want. Mostly, it was Toya doing all the talking.”
As well as the ET gig, Prince has signed a deal to appear on the CW’s 90210. His sister Paris, meanwhile, has a movie deal that will see her shooting later this year in London. It’s believed that La Toya will get a standard 15 percent commission on each deal.
She reportedly is also currently negotiating a reality TV show deal, featuring all three kids. Insiders claim bidding has approached $10 million, with Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network leading the pack.
One potential problem for the 56-year-old La Toya is Paris’ refusal to shoot a reality show, but insiders say La Toya’s power of persuasion over the children is strong.
One source is quoted as saying, “Prince wasn’t exactly eager to do ET, but could you tell? When the money is on the line, Toya is going to cash in. I wouldn’t bet against her.”
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Chandrika Narayan, CNN
Lisa Respers France, CNN