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Dustin Hoffman

TMZ Caused 'Luck' Cancellation

1/31/2013 11:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0131-dustin-hoffman-luck-tmzDustin Hoffman says the TMZ reports surrounding the deaths of 3 horses on the set of "Luck" last year are to blame for his show getting canceled ... claiming our facts were wrong. 

Dustin just gave an interview to, saying the "real" reason the show was canceled was due to a collaboration between PETA and TMZ ... and NOT because the public was upset that THREE horses died during production.

Hoffman said, "It’s completely distorted. Anyone who raises horses know they break their legs. The accusations they made were distorted."

He also directs people to the horse racing website Paulick Report for the "real reason the show was canceled."

Truth is, the TMZ stories are in sync with what was reported on the Paulick Report.

Here are the facts that we published on

-- THREE horses died during the production of the show
(Confirmed by Paulick Report)
-- Horse #3 was euthanized on the set ... and production continued a few hours later
(Euthanasia confirmed by Paulick Report)

-- HBO acknowledged the deaths ... and released a statement saying “accidents unfortunately happen."

And the kicker ... the ratings for "Luck" weren't that great to begin with ... and there were MULTIPLE reports that HBO used the horse deaths as an excuse to cancel the show without having to admit failure. 
(You can also read about that on the Paulick Report)


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Honestly, Dustin? You haven't cranked out anything worth watching since The Graduate...and that was borderline.

576 days ago

al baby    

What did one Gay horse say to the other?


576 days ago


Well Dustin just lost a fan. What a complete ass. Hopefully he doesn't have any pets. Horses don't just break their legs... It's pretty obvious to everyone but him they were being mistreated. That show was nothing special in the first place. Suck it dusty.

576 days ago


The show sucked. Dustin sucks. That's why it was cancelled

576 days ago

I am Spartacus    

You people saying Horses don't just break their legs clearly don't pay attention to horse racing. Horses breaking legs or having injuries in horse racing is not an uncommon thing. Its the nature of the sport. It comes down to the way they are built. You put something that big on 4 tiny legs and ask it to run at a high level, it is not unlikely that an injury will occur. The only way to fully prevent this is to get rid of Horse Racing. Otherwise, there will always be injuries. So it's not hard to imagine that a show on horse racing is going to experience horse racing related injuries.


575 days ago


Off subject trivia:
Dustin really farted in the phone booth scene with Tom Cruise in Rain Man, Tom smelled it and just improvised, it was all unscripted

575 days ago


He's absolutely right. You guys COMPLETELY blew this out of proportion, which is what you always do. This would not have been a problem except for TMZ grandstanding as usual.

575 days ago


If I was Dustin I'd just answer every reporter's questions always with..."These are definitely not Kmart underwear!" and leave it at that

575 days ago


It's a copout to merely say ratings weren't that good. Compared to what? Subscription ratings and TV ratings are not comparable.

How about posting some numbers to back up your assertion?

575 days ago


I hate dustin hoffman and ANY actor/actress who uses their celebrity to endorse politicians

575 days ago


GLUE&food to many people in the world...Only glue in the USa dusty is Great but if three horses went down so should the show and the ranglers some horse heads have to roll even if they are HUMAN?

575 days ago


Shut up TMZ. You know what you did. And here you are trying to make a new story out of that story. You are what you are. At least have some balls and own up to it.

575 days ago


C'mon TMZ, enough with the coy act. You were gunning and spun the headlines and got exactly the response you were hoping for. At least be honest about it.

575 days ago


citys folks don`t know smit about livestocks in the USa everyday 1,000s of old or sick horses are turned into DOG food sick!!! horses sicks cows sick pigs sick chickens are mixed in with other meats to grind and cook into dog&cat foods.Most cows&horses are shot by rifle to put them down,sad about any mistreatments of any livestocks or mishanding by trainers sure as smit shut it down and don`t forget about mean people whom should`nt be allowed around any livestocks or pets.

575 days ago


Tmz awful defensive eh?? That's because this is a terrible company that reports on the worst news Witt terrible satire

575 days ago
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