As I reported yesterday, Diesel fired his agent David Forest following his appearance at the Forest-produced “Cocktails In The Forest” at Micky’s. Well, it’s two slow news days in a row, so here’s David Forest’s response!
Come on folks…this is so silly. I’m being fired after giving Diesel a great L.A. debut. Only flaw was him being late to arrive at Micky’s and not communicating with us about his whereabouts. I mentioned that in a “wrap up” memo about the night. He hated me talking about it. AND, there’s been NO offers or interest from any clubs or studios …so, he just decided to fire me. When I signed Washington I told him I could put him on the opening night of my “Cocktails in the Forest” series, Sept. 2 at Micky’s. I made it crystal clear that, unfortunately, he’d have to provide his own transp to LA, his own ground transp. to Micky’s, his own lodging, etc. He absolutely wanted to do the appearance. It was a great way to show off in L.A., where he hadn’t appeared. He knew that there were NOT any club dates available in the So.Calif. area…nor San Diego or elsewhere on the West Coast. The Micky’s gig IS a major deal when it’s promoted like I’ve done. I expressly asked Diesel to phone me when he arrived in L.A….which he didn’t. He was also told, in writing, that his “report time” was 7:45pm. My production man phoned him about 7:30, since we hadn’t heard anything from him. He told us that he WOULD be there by 7:45pm. He showed up at 8:15pm. We were running early, so we were really ready for him at 8:00pm. We put him on at 8:20pm and he did great. I told Micky’s that the NO COMP DRINKS policy was going to come back to hurt them. But, it’s just not my place to tell them how to run their bar.
I’m not going to get into a pissing war with Diesel. He said he would be on time. I trusted him. He goofed up. I called him on it. To put a spin on things…”he fired me”… Oh well . There wasn’t any demand for him (clubs, privates, studios). Then, he messed up the pacing of my 1st Cocktails. Sorry, just doesn’t work for me.
You know what doesn’t work for me? NO FREE DRINKS. What kind of bar doesn’t offer its stars complimentary adult beverages when it’s those very stars who are bringing in all the fans–who are spending money at the bar!? I’m outraged. And apparently an alcoholic.
Meanwhile, Diesel Washington and David Forest can settle their differences on Naked Kombat (could be hot), because I have got to go.
P.S. The second of five special “Cocktails” events is tomorrow (Thursday), featuring Jason Adonis, Cody Cash, Johnny Castle, and Dempsey Stearns. Who will fire David Forest after tomorrow night!? Stay tuned.