Mahalia Jackson Movie Producers apologize to Fantasia Barrino over Pregnancy remarks

Posted on October 13, 2011 /Film

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Producers of the forthcoming Mahalia Jackson biopic have issued an apology to it’s star, Fantasia Barrino, over false rumors of her firing from the project.

Double Dutch Productions, LLC., the production company behind Mahalia!, is responding to circulating reports that Barrino was booted from the project due to her out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Producers claim any statements regarding Barrino were “not authorized, approved or condoned by the producers of DDP.””

Barrino is the front-runner to play the gospel legend in the biographical film. However, news outlets began reporting her firing after the New York Post printed statements made by financial backer Adrian Taylor regarding Jackson’s family not wanting a pregnant Barrino to play the legendary gospel singer in the movie.

The former American Idol winner and Broadway star called into the Wendy Williams Show earlier this week to address the rumors. In the on-air interview, Barrino revealed that she was upset about the news and that there were no actual legal contractual agreement for her to play the role.

The production company sent the following statement to EURweb.com:

Double Dutch Productions, LLC. (DDP) extends apologies to Fantasia Barrino for the inaccurate, non-factual and disparaging statements of Ms. Barrino’s reputation, character and image, that was stated in the October 7, 2011 article of the NY Post’s Page Six column.

The comments made in the article by financing broker Adrian Taylor, were not authorized, approved or condoned by the producers of DDP. The information and comments expressed within this article regarding the project were solely those of Adrian Taylor.

Taylor is not an employee of this production company nor an active participant of any facet in the producing of this film. Taylor has been reprimanded on two previous occasions for speaking to the press about this project. He was told that he was not a spokesperson nor a producer of the film, nor involved in the production or publicity of the film. Mr. Taylor’s credit of Executive Producer will be valid only pending a final contract for financing. DDP and its producers disavow any statements or comments attributed to this article that were inappropriately made. Mr. Taylor does not speak for this company or the production of this film.

The Mahalia Jackson family has not made any negative comments non-what-so ever about Ms. Barrino and her participation in this film project.
We at DDP want to assure Ms. Barrino that in no way are we responsible for the information that was included in the article. ANY FUTURE COMMENTS FROM OUTSIDE PARTIES REGARDING THIS FILM THAT ARE NOT DIRECTLY PROVIDED BY DDP OR ITS PUBLICIST WILL BE DEEMED AS VOID, BOGUS AND INACCURATE.

Barrino’s acting credits include “The Fantasia Barrino Story,” “American Dreams,” and Broadway’s “The Color Purple.”