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Shaq Vs. ... A Man Claiming the Show Is a Rip-Off

8/18/2009 2:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

ShaqThe idea for Shaquille O'Neal's new show "Shaq Vs." is already accused of being stolen -- and it hasn't even hit the airwaves yet.

Author Todd Gallagher alleges William Morris Endeavor Entertainment -- the agency repping Todd -- approached him to turn his book "Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan" into a TV show sometime last year ... then hijacked his idea and turned it into "Shaq Vs."

Todd's book was based on him competing against professional athletes who agreed to play with handicaps -- such as Roddick using a frying pan instead of a tennis racket.

The allegations are part of a letter fired off to Endeavor, in which Todd's lawyers claim the company "intentionally cut him out ... creatively and financially" and then got another one of their clients -- Shaquille O'Neal -- to fill in for him.

Todd's lawyers want to meet up with Endeavor for a possible settlement discussion -- if this doesn't happen, they intend to file a "lawsuit prior to the Show being aired on August 18th."

Time is tickin'.

We got a "no comment" from both sides.

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17 COMMENTS

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1.

Peter Dunn    

If you don't use HaveProof.com--for free even--this is what happens.

1825 days ago
2.

Simone    

First!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P

1829 days ago
3.

iwanttoholdyourbigtits    

FIRST........Bitches.......now cry about it.

1829 days ago
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Wombat    

Maybe Bobby Riggs can sue both of them?

1829 days ago
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iwanttoholdyourbigtits    

DAMMIT!!!!

1829 days ago
6.

Simone    

I don't know if this show, even with Shaq, will be interesting. It seems to be kind of boring, actually. Hehehe.

1829 days ago
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RENEE ANTOINETTE    

I dont know if it is even a novel concept because it is just like Dhani Jones'(pro football player) tv show on the travel station. He goes to different countries and plays their popular sports in order to train for the upcoming NFL season.

1829 days ago
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Alex    

Michael Jackson funeral and burial set for 51st birthday, on 29th August. More details and a new released VIDEO with MJ's kids on:
http://news-and-stars.blogspot.com/2009/08/michael-jackson-funeral-and-burial-set.html

1829 days ago
9.

balls    

balls

1829 days ago
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tom baker    

The entire concept has already been down by SpikeTV with Pros vs Joes.

I suppose I could start suing people for coming up with my show about Cops, or my other big idea of a show about doctors.

1829 days ago
11.

OOWEEE    

The St. Louis Missouri Filming of the Shaq Show had thousands of Fans receiving Free Tickets, and Hundreds of Fans outside the Stadium. It was Shaq vs. Pujols in a Home Run Hitting Contest. Shaq lost only 22-10. The show was nice, and even though the Fans knew Shaq couldn't hit more Home Runs than Albert Pujols(Baseball Cardiac Cardinals), Fans thought it was a nice Competition. Buttttttttt......People did get the impression that the Show was done for Charity, and it is not. JUST DONT STEP ON MY FOOT OR SIT ON MY LAP SHAQ.

1829 days ago
12.

doc murry    

shaq rules

1829 days ago
13.

yay    

Even if it is similar to other shows like Pro's Vs. Joe's it seems fishy that Shaq's show is from the same agent. Why do Hollywood people need to steal ideas? That sucks. They should fess up to borrowing or stealing an idea and pay the man!

1829 days ago
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johnny    

1828 days ago
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Alexander Fridman    

That's fu*king BS!

The idea came to life after Shaq started thinking about joining the UFC.
Here, watch the vid:

http://www.myvideofight.com/Other/Shaq-MMA-Training-Video

1827 days ago

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