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Ridiculous Riders and Diva Demands

August 11, 2010

Jennifer Lopez Blows American Idol Opportunity

Yesterday several outlets were reporting that Jennifer Lopez is officially out of the running to become a new judge on American Idol.  Shortly after the news broke, the rumor mill began speculating as to why the deal fell through. Surprise!  Our survey says…she had too many demands.  You don’t say.

That’s about as hard to swallow as jello, given the woman’s ridiculous history of unreasonable demands. Just recently for the World Music Awards, Lopez requested the following, As well as a helicopter ‘on stand-by’, Jennifer insisted on a custom-fitted speed boat – complete with love seat, faux leather seats and a champagne fridge – oh, and a pair of $5,000 diamond-encrusted headphones to keep the noise of the boat’s motor down.” Pop Crunch Diamond encrusted headphones? Really?

As for the American Idol situation, from The,

“She wanted the world,” said our source close to FOX, “We’re talking demands for ridiculous stuff like Jets, rights to review her bits prior to airing and over $100,000,00 in fresh flowers a season.”

Are you effing kidding me?  $100,000 in fresh cut flowers?  Isn’t that a bit egregious?  I guess that’s why she is called a diva.  I prefer to call her a greedy bitch.  This would have been a great career move, but her massive ego got in the way, so she squandered a great opportunity.

She’s not the only one.  What is it about celebrities that gives them such a sense of entitlement?  I sincerely hope (and believe) that even if I came into scads of money, I would never act like this.  I’m pretty sure we won’t have to worry about my theory being tested in this lifetime.

Let’s take a look at some other ridiculous celebrity demands that have surfaced over the years, it’s just so much fun.

"I need three nannies!"

Sharon Stone In 2004, Stone was sued over the collapse of Basic Instinct 2, partially due to her five page perk demands.

“That inventory includes everything from Pilates equipment and a $3500/week per diem to armed bodyguards and a prohibition against on-set cigar smoking (funny, considering Stone graces the August 2004 cover of Cigar Aficionado). Along with a chauffeured car piloted by a non-smoking driver approved by Stone, the actress also needs a convertible sedan for personal use. Then there’s the three nannies, two assistants, cell phones, pagers, presidential suite, first-class travel (if a private jet is unavailable), chef, and the deluxe motor home with air conditioning, heating, bed, private bathroom, shower, TV, VCR, refrigerator, telephone, stove, couch, stereo, and cellular fax machine. And, of course, Stone keeps all wardrobe and jewelry worn in a flick.”  The Smoking Gun (see original document here.)

Barbara Streisand Seems the funny girl doesn’t find it funny when people, you know, look at her.   Can you stand it?

"You people are all so wasteful"

“Barbra Streisand demanded rose petals in the toilet, peach-colored tissues, and 120 designer bath towels in peach too…because they matched her complexion, according to This Is London.

She also required 10 specific designer lamps, and requested that the hotel’s security team wear dark sweaters. We wonder if the singing superstar even knew she’d checked into a different hotel once she got to the celeb-centric Dorchester Hotel in London later on in the trip since she’d submitted the same rider to them. Still, all that’s a step above (or in a different direction) from the instructions given to the staff at the MGM Grand to enter and leave the star’s room backwards, so as not to look directly at her.” Hotel Chatter

Madonna In addition to requiring only Kabbalah bottled water backstage at her concerts, here is some of what she demanded during her Confessions tour.  Can you imagine shelling out hundreds of dollars to see her old ass live, and being denied air conditioning?  I also love that she thinks candles can protect her from “negative glances.”

“During her ‘Confessions’ tour last year, Madonna’s backstage demands reached new heights when she insisted that there should be no air-conditioning at her Wembley concert, because it affected her voice. During the gig several audience members fainted due to the heat, prompting Wembley chiefs to overrule the singer and swiftly order the air-conditioning back on.

On top of that Madge was also said to have requested a brand new toilet seat at every gig, dozens of white roses for her dressing room, candles to protect her from ‘negative glances and mean-spiritedness’, 12 dozen boxes of strawberries, eight full-length mirrors, a skipping rope, Yorkshire tea, organic green tea and vanilla room-spray! “ Handbag

Jessica Alba Not really outrageous demands, but really bitchy behavior toward extras on the set of  the 2008 movie The Eye. Karma is a bitch. The Eye went on to gross only $31M during its theatrical run.

“She reportedly has been a pain to the cast and crew by not showing up on time to set, demanding that no one look at her, walk near her, or take her picture…She refused to allow the extras to eat the same food as the rest. They were given oatmeal and donuts, while SAG members ate omelettes.”  Associated Content

Victoria Beckham Requires fruits and vegetables cut to her specifications if she is on a photo shoot. God help you if you bring the balsamic dressing instead of vinegar. I’m just shocked she eats anything at all.

“Chopped fresh fruit – cut pineapple with grated lime peel, green seedless grapes, red grapes (frozen), cut-up pear with lemon juice, apples, peeled pink grapefruit, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries. Please DO NOT MIX up the fruit but keep separate…Plain Green salad (no dressings on it) – balsamic vinegar on the side. This is NOT balsamic vinaigrette but PLAIN balsamic vinegar. The thicker version so either aged/glazed balsamic (buy at Wholefoods in USA) or take regular and reduce it on the hob.”  Celebrity Gossip

Justin Timberlake Bringing disinfectant back.

“Justin Timberlake insists someone go around every two hours disinfecting doorknobs. What’s more, Timberlake requires that the floor’s air conditioning filters must also be changed upon his arrival…Taking a page from Barbra Streisand’s playbook, Timberlake’s staff forbids hotel staff to address him under any circumstances.”  Hotel Chatter

Mariah Carey Supposedly she has tamed things down a bit, but last year two hapless souls had to risk their lives to lift the big boned diva onto a sofa at an appearance. They easily could have been crushed beneath her.

“In the interview with New! magazine, Garraway revealed Carey not only came with an entourage to ensure she looked picture perfect on air but needed two people to lower her on to the morning show’s sofa to keep from crushing her dress.”

Carey was apparently intent on pampering more than her frock.

“She brought her own toilet roll as well,” Garraway said. “Have you ever heard anything like it?” NY Daily News


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2 Responses to “ Ridiculous Riders and Diva Demands ”

  1. FrothyGirlzCJ on August 13, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Gawd I love reading stuff like this. I think I’ll ask my husband to lower me onto the couch the next time I wear that poofy skirt that wrinkles so easily. I’m sure it won’t happen, but just the asking is fun enough. Thanks for writing this!

  2. Charlie on August 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Ha! I knew I was better than them! Fun article – thanks!