The celebrity appearance fee world is a crazy ecosystem of fame, lime light and cash, where the talentless (Scott Disick) and infamous (Ray J) can make bank for just showing up places. In a new piece for GQ, Carrie Battan dives into how it all works, and there are a number of gems, mostly from Disick’s sometimes-manager David Weintraub.
Through interviews with those in the know, Battan outlines which celebrities get the most money for the least work, and why. For his part, Weintraub—who also reps Ray J, but says that’s no issue—has built his company upon this system, and has the scars from his badly behaved client to prove it.
“My attitude with Scott right now is: I’ll make money with you and bring you deals. But just know where you came from.” I can see he’s getting more incensed with every word. He leans into my audio recorder and begins to shout: “Without [Weintraub’s former business partner] Sean Stewart and David Weintraub, you would never know these motherfucking people! I grew up with them. NOT. YOU.”
He goes on:
“I’m being really real,” he says. “Without Ray J’s dick, there’s no Scott Disick. Without O. J. Simpson, there is no business for this family.”
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