Bad Behavior Dooms Cruise's Paramount Deal
Redstone disses 'Mission: Impossible III' star in the press
The actual severing of ties between the Viacom company and Cruise/Wagner Productions wasn't stunning. Their pact expired at the end of July, though negotiations had been ongoing.
The shocking part of the WSJ interview with the media mogul was his candid confession that Cruise's erratic off-camera behavior put the kibosh on the professional relationship.
"As much as we like him personally, we thought it was wrong to renew his deal," Redstone is quoted as saying. "His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount."
It's unclear if Redstone if flashing back to Cruise's conduct in the summer of 2005 while promoting "War of the Worlds," when the movie star denounced antidepressant drugs and jumped on Oprah's couch. He may also be calling Cruise a poor sport for not giving pictures of newborn daughter Suri to the media.
One way or the other, this tops Morgan Creek Head James G. Robinson's recent letter to Lindsay Lohan on the list of mogul/celebrity smackdowns.
Copies of the Journal story were mailed to a number of reporters on Tuesday (Aug. 22) afternoon. As of that time, Cruise's people had no comment for the paper.