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MJ Estate:

Discovery Channel is

'Debased, Sick'

12/29/2010 5:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson's estate is unleashing its fury on Discovery Channel for advertising an upcoming TV special set to run in the UK featuring a reenactment of MJ's autopsy.

Discovery Channel Michael Jackson Autopsy
Co-Executors John Branca and John McClain fired off a vitriolic letter to the Prez of Discovery -- obtained by TMZ -- in which they accuse the network of operating in "shockingly bad taste ... motivated solely by your blind desire to exploit Michael's death, while cynically attempting to dupe the public into believing this show will have serious medical value."

The Co-Executors are particularly outraged by a print ad, depicting a corpse sprawled on a gurney, covered by a sheet with a sequined glove sticking out.

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Branca and McClain apparently realize they can't legally stop the show -- set to air on January 13 -- but they are appealing to Discovery's moral decency to cancel the program.

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61.

dd    

The poor kids if I saw a reinactment of that on our Dad I would have a nervous breakdown..

1341 days ago
62.

tiger is a fraud    

nan, karma has bitten you a long time ago. You're uneducated lacky with no class and most likely a giant arzz. Wacko the jacko didn't trust his loser fans that's for sure. That's why he checked out daily on propofol. Karma got him too. He was an evil fraud who diddled boys. Now he's rotting in hell. Hey, just think. One day you'll join him. That's where bad people go.

1341 days ago
63.

Kash    

It is a vulgar display of what goes for decency on tv these days. Because you can put on any program does not make it right. Yes, I can choose not to watch, but that is not the issue. When did we stop being human beings with common decency and respect for the deceased? What about his little children? That is basically what is wrong with society today, some people think it is okay to do anything.
Here are the addresses, emails and phone numbers if you would like to express disgust with Oprah and the Discovery Channel.

1: Write a letter to:

Nicolas Bonard
Senior Vice President
Discovery Enterprises International Discovery Networks Europe/Oprah Winfrey Network
Chiswick Park Building 2
566 Chiswick High Road
London,
W4 5YB
UK

and:

David Zaslav
President and CEO
Discovery Communications
1 Discovery Place
Silver Spring, MD
20910

and:

Dr. Hunter who will perform the mock MJ autopsy

Michael D. Hunter, M.D.
3737 Frankford Avenue
Panama City, Florida 32405

theforensicdoc@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This is Dr. Hunter's email address

2: Email

david_zaslav@discovery.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Absolute head of Discovery. President and CEO

Nicolas_Bonard@discovery-europe.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 2nd in command & Senior Vice President of Discovery Europe

Lucy_Radcliffe@discovery-europe.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Lucy Radcliffe is the assistant to Nicolas Bonard.

mark_hollinger@discovery.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Mark Holilinger is president of Discovery Networks International.

http://corporate.discovery.com/contact/viewer-relations Discovery's Viewer Relation in-house complaints area.

*Once you have written and sent your letters, please also send a copy to mjj@innocent.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a mass mailing to Discovery which is planned for January 2nd. Time is of the essence!


3: Calls
Mr. Bonard's assistant Lucy Radcliffe has a direct phone line.
From US call: 011 44 208 811 3033
From UK call: 0208 811 3033

Finally, as stated previously, the Estate has no legal recourse against the program but perhaps the Los Angeles District Attorney might be able to speak to UK authorities and request them to intervene. It’s worth a shot.

LETTER TO LOS ANGELES DISTRICT ATTORNEY - UPDATE: The email address we posted for the LA District Attorney was incorrect! Please see the correct email address below.


http://da.co.la.ca.us/ This is the site of the Los Angeles District Attorney. You can leave a message here and email.

The site says that they will not discuss any impending criminal case with anyone, and rightly so. However, that does not mean WE cannot communicate with them regarding this DiscoveryUK program, it’s possible airing on youtube in the United States and how it may prejudice the pending case of Dr. Conrad Murray.
Please use their webmail address: webmail@da.county.gov This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

UPDATE: There is another step to this plan.

4. Ask Your Cable Provider
Contact your Cable providers and tell them you want to remove Discovery from your TV lineup and explain to them WHY. We want the Cable provider to know we are NOT happy. If removal is not possible, ask how to use your Parental Control option on your TV to actually block Discovery. This will affect the sponsors of their programs and their corporate bottom line.


Source: MJFC / MJJJusticeProject / CNN.com
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1341 days ago
64.

Siggisis    

Yet MJ's enemies wanted the world to think he was broke and a wash. A person such as this could not generate this kind of non stop media frenzy and economics around the world in death. MJ fans around the world should boycott all Discovery Networks. If possible drop discovery and their affiliated networks from your cable/satellite packages. Or boycott anyone who advertises their products with these jackals.

BTW: Did the executors fire off such a letter to Oprah's OWN network? OWN is a part of the Discovery Channel family of stations.

Posted at 12:53 PM on Dec 29, 2010 by mymjj5

disgusting and actually unbelievable that it's happening. what has the world come to?? boycott discovery, write letters, make phone calls and give them a real headache.. sad state of affairs. love you michael jackson. miss you. rip. hope you're in heaven free from this nonsense and oppresion.

Posted at 12:57 PM on Dec 29, 2010 by maizieful

Hear, hear to both of you! This is too disgusting and I am glad the estate has reacted.
But we, Michael´s fans can do more: BOYCOTT Discovery - eliminate them from you cable packages (in my case I will lose some other channels too by doing that, BUT I WILL, trust me, I am NOT going to give them a DIME if they choose to air this! Wrong, they already made that terrible poster public, too late. I will cut the connection!)
Write letters, mails, this cannot be happening!!! SICK DISCOVERY CHANNEL!!!!!

1341 days ago
65.

Renate Richter    

His children does not need to see any thing even connected to that. It was bad enough that Prince had to see his father after he had already died. Katherine does not need it either. She is still grieving and will probably be until she passes.

1341 days ago
66.

cawobeth    

tgrfan42069 ? ?
What bait ? don't pride yourself.
You're just an ignoramus that believed continuing lies over MJ.
Get with the facts & spare us your prejudice rather than support the perverse sensationalism of media over MJ.
Read the court transcripts once & for all or shut-up.

One not need be a fan of MJ to appreciate truth.

1341 days ago
67.

dd    

#50 Oprah is and AMERICAN U IDIOT!

1341 days ago
68.

tiger is a fraud    

MJJJusticeProject??? Oh I know who you are. You're the nutbag in the UK pretending to be a writer and pose as a female online. The one with the fake resume. Guess you can't find a job huh? Well duh? you're a pathological liar who will never prove wacko wasn't a pedophile. Wait till the trial. Your fugly head is gonna spin when wacko's evil deeds are exposed. We caught you big time on Topix. You are one sick puppy for sure. We already told you that Discovery Channel has been told who you are and what a fraud you are and how you signed some lame petition 500+ times. Clearly you are ignored. You'll never win. They think you are a joke, that's because you are. All your whining complaints go in the trash. You are a netwhore harassing people and companies who know wacko was a pedophile and a junky. Isn't it past your bedtime?

1341 days ago
69.

susie    

Time to know the truth, more to come...

1341 days ago
70.

nan    

nan, karma has bitten you a long time ago. You're uneducated lacky with no class and most likely a giant arzz. Wacko the jacko didn't trust his loser fans that's for sure. That's why he checked out daily on propofol. Karma got him too. He was an evil fraud who diddled boys. Now he's rotting in hell. Hey, just think. One day you'll join him. That's where bad people go.

Posted at 2:05 PM on Dec 29, 2010 by tiger is a fraud


well,since u decided to choose me today maybe u will lay off somebody else LOL
tiger ...u are the fraud..how many names do u post under anyway??
why dont you just come out of the closet and use the name we all know u by...LOLOLOLOL
and by the way michael is in heaven and i will be too...:D

1341 days ago
71.

jb    

AM I the only one who just falls to the floor everytime a lawyer says someone else is "immoral?"

1341 days ago
72.

MiMi    

Re: John Kennedy's autopsy

Yes, there was a televised reinactment of it, but it was televised 40 some years or more after his death.


I'm sorry to say this but I don't believe this letter will have any bearing on the show not being televised. The only option the attorneys may have is to sue the Discovery channel after it has aired, but I really do not think the Estate would pursue something like that.


Where is Mjuls?????

1341 days ago
73.

Che    

Why act out the autopsy of Michael Jackson?

They never did this to Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith, James Brown, Elvis etc...

Why would anyone want to watch a fake body resembling MJ being cut up and messed with?!

So shameful.

1341 days ago
74.

kim    

well tmz you are late in posting about the hearing today. let's see if you post the whole story or bits and pieces that fit your fancy. the fans would love to know how flan****n lied to the judge about when he received some of the discovery and got caught lying. let's see if tmz posts the whole story or not.

1341 days ago
75.

mysteria333    

COME ON THE PARAMEDIC WHO SO CALLED ASSISTED AT MJ'S HOUSE SAID HE KNEW WHAT MJ LOOKED LIKE AND SAID MWHAT HE SAW WAS A LITTLE OLD ELDERLY MAN ,, HE SAID THEY HAD TO CONVINCE HIM THAT IT WAS MJ.... NOW WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU??? MJ IS SOMEWHERE HEALING AND ENJOYING SOME PEACE AND QUIET,, AND I HOPE HE'S HAVING THE BEST TIME OF HIS LIFE NO ONE DESERVES IT MORE.. THE ONLY THING THAT DISTURBS ME IS THAT HE WAS A PURE GENIUS AT MAKING,, WRITING,, AND SINGING MUSIC.. SO I HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT HE MISSES IT TERRIBLY...HOW I RATHER HE BE WHERE NO ONE CAN EVER HURT HIM AGAIN AND HOPEFULLY HE'S WITH SOMEONE HE CAN COMPLETELY TRUST ,, SOMEONE WHO IS ABSOLUTELY LOYAL TO HIM,, I COULD NOT STAND IT IF I THOUGHT HE WERE LONELY....LOVE YOU SO MUCH MICHAEL,, AND I'AM ABSOLUTELY LOYAL TO YOU ALWAYS ...

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