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Michael Jackson Tribute Concert

Jennifer Hudson Left Us

In the Lurch!

10/9/2011 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Jennifer Hudson's no-show at the Michael Jackson tribute concert yesterday caught the show's producers completely off-guard ... especially since she was already paid to do the gig ... this according to sources close to the show.

JHud tweeted Saturday afternoon she wouldn't be doing the show -- citing "major production issues."

According to our sources, Hudson is claiming she felt the show's producers didn’t give her enough time with the music she was supposed to be singing. According to our sources, Jennifer received her music the same time as all the performers.

Our sources say JHud signed her contract and was paid in full.

A rep for Hudson confirms the reason she cancelled, but says producers "completely understood." Our sources say that's not the case at all.


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46.

Durelle    

Jennifer used to be a nice respectable person. Now she's a douchy diva. The fans made you and we can break you too.

1077 days ago
47.

LiveOutLoud    

Her time is up anyway. All the American Idol alums were never ready for stardom and they took it all for granted. Her talent is boring and she needs serious grooming / coaching. I'm sick of seeing her droopy face arse. There are some celebs you can't get enough of and you want to see all of their performances, Jennifer's not one of them. I can do without her, and her portrayal of Winnie Mandela is tragic.

1077 days ago
48.

barf    

This tribute was organized very badly, the majority of performers is barely known outside of the UK, the brothers performed old songs, with old choreographies, to celebrate themselves... If this really was about Michael and getting the fans together, why was the live stream on facebook cancelled on short notice, why was there no broadcast to any TV station????

Jennifer did the right thing to pull out, she was not the only one... I respect her for not selling her name to a shameless money-raking event like that.

Out of 50.000 tickets, only 40.000 were sold. That sounds a lot, but, in the end, this didn't even cover the expenses.

The next tribute will be organized by fans. And this time, it really is about Michael. And not about no-names and money.

1077 days ago
49.

Ramiel    

Give the money back you big lipped hoe.

1077 days ago
50.

Dave    

Who cares......a tribute for a pedophile, drug addict ??

Karma is a b i t c h

1077 days ago
51.

keepnitreal    

jhud be a funky irresponsible beyotch. she pulled that **** with oprah and she called her on it. why does anyone hire this loser? she got cut from idol for a reason!

1077 days ago
52.

brenna lee roth    

Where on her body is a size 4? Her wrist?!

1077 days ago
53.

Jay    

She's let the fame and weight loss go to her head. I've read other articles where she has pulled the same thing or shown up when she wanted too. That's okay though, let her continue to act a fool and no one will want to book her.

1077 days ago
54.

jnr    

She was most likely going to lip sync any songs anyways.

1077 days ago
55.

Sandra     

Enough of the money grabbing tributes!! She changed her mind and needs to return the money. End of story!!

1077 days ago
56.

weird al yankovich    

There's always 3 sides to a story , their side, her side and the truth ..

If it is what it is, someone needs a piece of that humble pie

Some people need to remember where they came from and where they can end up if they don'*****ch it :)

1077 days ago
57.

getrealz    

"major production issues" = her autotune machine is in the shop for repairs...

AND.

she didnt get permission from rahm emmanuel.

1077 days ago
58.

Anon    

Regarding this MJ Tribute, I'm siding with JHud because too many acts backed out of this thing. Something just doesn't smell right about this so called shady tribute. Personally, I think it was a money grab by the producers and the non-working Jackson family. Think about Michael and Janet were the only two successful working Jackson family members, the brothers hadn't performed in years (Marlon was bagging groceries). When Mike died, so did the money... they have to manufacture ways to keep that money flowing in and this was their latest scam. Other than Ne-Yo, Jamie Foxx, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce on tape and a few other big named acts... the producers charged 40,000 people $100+ apiece to see Marlon, Jackie, Tito, LaToya, Tito's kids and a bunch of second rate acts and former UK X Factor contestants perform. They made a ton of money and paid very little out, and I'm sure Jennifer returned the money before she left town.

1077 days ago
59.

Linda    

Same stuff she did to Oprah last year. I've lost all respect for Jennifer.

1077 days ago
60.

BNWW    

I believe she also pulled this no-show number on Oprah.

1077 days ago
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