Britney Spears manager Larry Rudolph cuts ties, citing retirement
At the risk of emphasizing the obvious, the latest development in Britney Spears’ saga makes it clear that her future as a Las Vegas headliner is over, until further notice.
Larry Rudolph, the man who orchestrated Spears’ headlining residency on the Strip and has been managing his career since the mid-1990s, is breaking up with the pop superstar. Rudolph brought Spears to Las Vegas about eight years ago and has been the staging post for all of his live performances for 25 years.
Nonetheless, Rudolph published a letter published Monday night in Deadline that said Spears’ apparent decision to retire led him to separate from the partnership.
“It was over two and a half years since Britney and I last communicated, when she informed me that she wanted to take an indefinite break from work,” said Rudolph, who has a home in Las Vegas, in the Monday letter. “Earlier today I learned that Britney has expressed her intention to officially retire.”
He added: “As a manager I think it is in Britney’s best interests that I resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed.”
Rudolph said his decision to step down was prompted by a recent New York profile of Spears. In the lengthy article, her representatives indicated that she was planning to retire if the court did not fulfill her wishes.
“It was the first time I had heard of it,” Rudolph said Tuesday, adding that he had not had contact with Spears since January 2019. “If she wants to work, she knows where to find me.”
Rudolph released his official letter to Spears’ co-curators: his father, Jamie Spears, and court-appointed Jodi Montgomery. On June 23, Spears ‘co-curator, Bessemer Trust, stepped down from Spears’ career and personal management framework, in place since 2008.
That day, Spears said in open court in Los Angeles that she wanted to take full control of her assets, valued at more than $ 50 million.
“It is my wish and my dream that this will all end. I want my life back,” she told Los Angeles Superior Court judge Brenda Penny. “I really believe this guardianship is abusive… I want to end the guardianship without being assessed I want to petition to end the guardianship.
On June 30, the judge dismissed her request to remove Jamie Spears from guardianship, a move that appears to have prompted Britney Spears to stop performing altogether.
Aside from a two-year period from 2007 to 2008, when Spears ‘erratic behavior prompted the creation of his Guardianship, Rudolph had been Spears’ senior manager since 1995. As he long stated and reiterated in the letter Monday’s official, Rudolph is not directly involved in its trusteeship arrangements.
“As you know, I was never a part of the Trusteeship or its operations, so I’m not aware of many of these details,” he wrote. “I was originally hired at Britney’s request to help manage and support her career.”
Rudolph directed Spears’ highly lucrative “Piece of Me” production in Las Vegas during the Zappos Theater (first Axis Theater) residency at Planet Hollywood from 2013 to 2017. According to resort owner Caesars Entertainment, the show grossed 137 $ 695,392 with 916,184 tickets sold at 248 shows.
Fueled by this success, Rudolph had also made a deal for Spears’ next planned residency, “Domination” at the Park Theater at Park MGM, announced in October 2018.
Those plans were halted in January 2019, after the Spears team announced that Jamie Spears had suffered from life-threatening health issues. According to Rudolph’s timeline, this was the last correspondence he had with Spears.
Rudolph continues to run the rock icon Stephane Tyler, and Aerosmith is expected to return to the Park Theater in 2022, possibly as early as the spring. Rudolph is also part of the production crew for the Luxor Theater’s upcoming stage show “America’s Got Talent Live!” and joined Simon Cowell in this project.
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