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$100 Million Puppeteer Strings Out Manager

8/18/2008 11:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The puppeteer who won "America's Got Talent" last year just struck a deal to make a fortune, but not before allegedly firing his manager because he wasn't "a bastard."
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According to the suit just filed in a Las Vegas courthouse, Terry Fator was eeking out a living as a painter until he met John Raymond. But according to the suit, after Raymond signed on as manager, Fator's fortunes changed dramatically. After getting lots of gigs and getting noticed, he was a contestant on "America's Got Talent" last year and won.

Now here's the most shocking news -- maybe ever. According to the suit, Fator has just inked a 5 year, $100,000,000 deal with the Mirage. And of course, Raymond claims Fator showed his gratitude by firing him as manager, claiming he was "too nice" and Fator needed a manager who was "a bastard."

Raymond, who says he's entitled to 20% of everything Fator pulls in, is suing for unspecified damages. Eat your heart out, Geppetto.

Fetor's rep told TMZ, "John Raymond was never involved with negotiations for Terry Fator and his upcoming 5 year contract with the Mirage Hotel. Raymond was terminated, and we are looking forward to resolving this matter in court."

22 COMMENTS

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DUH    

TMZ, it is Fator, not factor!!!!!

2258 days ago
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Ned    

Terry Fator is a DOUCHEBAG!!

2258 days ago
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Kat    

it's not eeking out a living, it's eking.....from "to eke"

2258 days ago
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i hate hollywood    

100 million to play with puppets for 5 years in Vegas??? WTF is wrong with this country?????????

2258 days ago
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carol    

Geppetto will be paying on this one.

2258 days ago
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Tim    

"...Fator has just inked a 5 year, $100,000,000 deal with the Mirage..."

You're kidding, right??

2258 days ago
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johnnyradd19    

America doesn't need another crappy douchebag.We got enough of them!Nobody deserves that much money.F-him.Let him go play with himself!

2258 days ago
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northern gypsy    

H.W.G.A. (here we go again)...forget the bs about "to nice"...it's all about $$$ (in this case some serious coin)...only socking thing here is that mirage is willin to pay...

2258 days ago
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Animal Lover    

Terry Fator is a brilliant ventriloquist who had nothing and because he lives in Amerioa he won a pot of gold. Why can't you be happy for him. Tmz you will do nothing to dig dirt and mud sling..shame on you!!!

2258 days ago
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agent smith    

You could have signed this ahole to 100 grand for 5 years and he would have took it. What else did he have to do, lol. A puppeteer that makes 20 mil a year...that is f*cked. Someone needs to lay a huge sh*t in the Mirage lobby and see how much they will give u for it.

2258 days ago
11.

Democrats are evil    

Must be a life long democrat. Just ask Joe Lieberman about loyalty these days.

2258 days ago
12.

Abby    

ehh...well he's no Jeff Dunham

2258 days ago
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the_turk    

$100M for a guy using a puppet? This is the sign of the apocalypse I was waiting for.

Smoke'm if you got'em

2258 days ago
14.

Fan    

Terry Fator is awesome! So leave him alone jealous bitches !

2258 days ago
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meme    

if this is true I am very disappointed with Terry
I watched him on Americas got talent and enjoyed him. He did not really come across as a greedy man
I guess the old saying money changes things is TRUE

2258 days ago
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