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John Rich

Booted From Southwest Plane --

Allegedly Too Hammered to Fly

12/5/2011 11:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Country singer John Rich was 86'd from a Southwest airplane yesterday ... after crew members determined he was too inebriated to make the trip from Vegas to Nashville ... TMZ has learned.

Sources on the flight tell us ... the "Big & Rich" singer appeared drunk as he was boarding the flight, which was scheduled to depart at 10:50 AM.  Hey, it's Vegas ...

We're told Rich got into a verbal argument with a couple of passengers BEFORE boarding the plane ... and continued to display drunken behavior once he was allowed inside the main cabin.

Crew members approached Rich, determined they could not permit him to stay on the flight, and asked him to get off the plane. We're told the singer was cooperative and calm as he exited the aircraft.

A rep for Southwest confirmed a passenger was kicked off the flight, but would not release the person's name.

The rep tells us, "Our crew assessed the situation and determined that the passenger was not fit for travel under governing federal aviation regulations."

The statement continues, "The customer was rebooked on a later Southwest flight out of Las Vegas, but chose to make alternative travel arrangements.  We have processed a refund for the customer and his travel companion."

We reached out to Rich's rep, who denied there was ever an altercation -- but the rep wouldn't comment further.


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He is a moron!!!

962 days ago

PRO US    

This guy Rich pretended to be a caring, wholesome, decent, friendly humanitarian while on the show Celebrity Apprentice. When he's not on TV, he's getting drunk and arguing with people just before getting on an airplane when he knows it's illegal to get on an airplane drunk. Of course, they don't arrest him because he's a VIP. If he was a nobody, he'd be arrested for "drunk and disorderly conduct". The law is enforced on regular people,not on VIPs. Rich is a drunk, boorish fraud.

962 days ago

Blue Lake    

Worthless excuse for a man. Lock him in a room, give him booze and a gun, and don't check on him until you hear a gunshot.

962 days ago


Is this the same dude who was on Celebrity Apprentice a while back?

962 days ago


Leave John alone. He's a good man with a good name. He is a man of good character and a man of his word. He does not deserve to be trashed in the media. So what we all get drunk once in a while. Leave him alone.

962 days ago


Dumb a$*!

962 days ago

kim purdy    

Is he ever NOT drunk?

962 days ago


What's up with all the drunk/alcoholic country stars?

962 days ago


Mr. Goody 2 shoes from the apprentice, what do you know??

962 days ago

Jeff James    

First Of All..
If he So Big or Rich either One.,,, Why was he on a SOUTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT.. He Has Millions... Why Fly for Cheap.. They Dont Even Have First Class Or Assigned Seating..

Thats What The Cheap Bastard Gets... Spend More Damn Money On the Top Shelf Alcohol and Gambling than on a First Class Or if Hes Really A Country Star... Get a Fraction in a Airline for God Sake.. I Hear "Soldier Boy" May be Renting His Out... ha ha

Jeff James
Henderson, Ky

962 days ago


Don't be so quick to judge John on this one. Anyone who know the character of John will tell you this just is not who he is. I, for one, highly doubt he was in an altercation with anyone that was his doing and as for the too drunk to fly claim; that is a matter of opinion only.

962 days ago


He can't sing anyway.

961 days ago


i work in a casino in deadwood, sd & have dealt black jack to john rich on more than one occasion. he is RUDE, OBNOXIOUS, CRUDE & A LOW CLASS DRUNK! out of all the times i have dealt to him, he has NEVER been sober!

961 days ago


Why would someone with any level of celebrity be flying Southwest anyway? Its one of the worst airlines and if moneys not the issue fly 1st class on a real airline. On another note, don't get hammered, act like an idiot and then try to get on a plane. Sober up and take another flight.

938 days ago


@ Joe

What exactly is the race card? It's nothing more than a socially constructed way to dismiss someone's assertion that race played a factor in a given situation. You have no idea what minorities face in America! Is race always a factor? Of course not, but "Blacks" don't need you to interpret their experiences anymore than you need someone to make sense of yours.

Please read this and understand.

936 days ago
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