About an hour ago I received an email ID PR, criticizing Entertainment Tonight and The Insider‘s plans to air tomorrow a January ’06 video of Heath Ledger at what they are calling a Hollywood “drug party.” According to a three minute promo tonight, the tape, which will air soon on Channel 9 in Australia and is being covered in OK Magazine and People Magazine this week, apparently shows Ledger doing cocaine at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood two years ago. ID PR are encouraging email recipients to contact Linda Blue and Brad Bessey at Entertainment Tonight and Paramount to ask them to pull the video from the show. In their promo, ET and The Insider are inexplicably saying that the tape may offer insights into how Ledger died.
Subject: Entertainment Tonight and Heath Ledger
Date: January 30, 2008 7:09:23 PM EST
Tonight Entertainment Tonight/The Insider are previewing an extremely distasteful segment regarding Heath Ledger. The segment centers around a two-year old video ET purchased for a large sum of money in the hopes of stirring up a salacious and exploitive story about Heath, which would win them big ratings on the first day of sweeps. The two outlets did not even have the courtesy to wait until after Heath’s burial to broadcast this segment. They intend to air the full segment tomorrow.
For the sake of his grieving family and friends, his child, and common decency, we hope to pressure Entertainment Tonight and The Insider to do the right thing and pull the spot. This is not journalism, it is sensationalism. It is a shameful exploitation of the lowest kind, to a talented and gentle soul, undeserving of such treatment.
We are asking the Hollywood community to pressure Entertainment Tonight to pull the segment. Please take action so that Heath’s family can grieve in peace. Please forward this message to everyone you know and ask them to personally call Linda Bell Blue at Entertainment Tonight and Brad Bessey at Paramount to express their outrage and request Entertainment Tonight to pull the distasteful spot. Their information is listed below. Thank you.