As Part Of Jerry Hall’s Divorce Agreement With Rupert Murdoch, She Can’t Give Story Ideas To The Writers Of “Succession”
Vanity Fair just dropped a cover story about Rupert Murdoch. According to Jezebel, buried in a paragraph about how Jerry Hall was blindsided by Rupert ending their marriage (via text!), it’s revealed that one of the terms in the couple’s divorce settlement was that Jerry couldn’t give any story ideas to the writers on Succession. Cuz, clearly, HBO’s billionaire bastard was inspired by Jerry’s billionaire bastard. Bummer. Jerry could’ve given the writers intimate details only a wife would know. Like, is Rupert a sleep farter?
Rupert and his fifth wife, Jerry, got married in 2016. She was 59; he was 84. Last July, Jerry filed for divorce, and it was finalized the following month. Here’s the Vanity Fair paragraph getting into the nitty gritty:
At the age of 91, Murdoch blew up his fourth marriage. Hall was waiting for Murdoch to meet her at their Oxfordshire estate last June when she checked her phone. “Jerry, sadly I’ve decided to call an end to our marriage,” Murdoch’s email began, according to a screenshot I read. “We have certainly had some good times, but I have much to do…My New York lawyer will be contacting yours immediately.”
Hey, at least it’s better than Sex and the City’s Berger leaving Carrie a break-up Post-it that said, “I’m sorry. I can’t. Don’t hate me.” Still, Jerry told her friends that she was “blindsided”:
“Rupert and I never fought,” she told people. There had been disagreements over his antiabortion views and some friction with the kids over Hall’s rules about masking and testing before they saw Murdoch, according to sources. But Hall never felt Murdoch treated these as major issues. Hall and Murdoch finalized their divorce two months later. (One of the terms of the settlement was that Hall couldn’t give story ideas to the writers on Succession.) Hall told friends she had to move everything out of the Bel Air estate within 30 days and show receipts to prove items belonged to her. Security guards watched as her children helped her pack. When she settled into the Oxfordshire home she received in the divorce, she discovered surveillance cameras were still sending footage back to Fox headquarters. Mick Jagger sent his security consultant to disconnect them.
Succession’s final season is airing right now, so it’s too late for any of this to make it into the show. I’m more fixated on the footage of Jerry in her house being sent to Fox headquarters. Jesus, Rupert! After the phone hacking scandal, you think he’d be careful about who he secretly films. I wonder if Rupert watches all the footage back at night drinking a scotch, just like Succession’s Logan Roy. Speaking of Rupert’s similarities to Logan, here’s another one from Vanity Fair:
He long wanted one of his three children from his second wife, Anna—Elisabeth, 54, Lachlan, 51, and James, 50—to take over the company one day. Murdoch believed a Darwinian struggle would produce the most capable heir. “He pitted his kids against each other their entire lives. It’s sad,” a person close to the family said. Elisabeth was by many accounts the sharpest, but she is a woman, and Murdoch subscribed to old-fashioned primogeniture.
Rupert must be shaking in his very expensive crocodile leather boots after (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT) Sunday’s Succession episode. If the writers got so much right about his life, then did they also predict his lonely death in an airplane toilet? That’s it! Going forward, Rupert Murdoch will either have to hold it until the plane lands or piss and poop in his seat like a goddamn king.
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