September 29, 2009

Tonight: Michael Jackson in his own words

Posted: 04:54 PM ET

art_jackson_afp_giDon't miss this primetime exclusive – Michael Jackson's taped confessions revealed! Find out who he calls the love of his life, which fellow pop star he says was "not a nice person", and hear his reflections on his relationship with his father.

Michael Jackson's friend and adviser Rabbi Shmuley Boteach- Larry King Live tonight. That's at 9pmET/6pmPT!

And we want to hear from you:

What aspect of Michael Jackson's life is most interesting to you?

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MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 5:03 pm ET

******* To My Beloved Michael *********

In MY own words:

I miss you, dearly Michael. It is certainly a constant painful reminder to know that you are no longer existing in the world that I am familar with. I know you are at peace; enjoy now the endless time you have waited for with your Creator. Your dedicated fans and your loving family will wait until justice prevails. Know that you will never EVER be forgotten and many of us wait until we can hear your angelic voice again.

IHYMJFAE.... xoxo

sarah   September 29th, 2009 5:08 pm ET

No real friend of Michael would make money out of Michael misery ....

Nothing can change how millions of fans feel about Michael, Michael was the greatest humanitarian, caring person music legend of all time ... Miss u MJ <3

Anne   September 29th, 2009 5:09 pm ET

I love his creative genius. I love to hear how he writes a song from beginning to end. I love to listen to him talk about classical music and his favorite album the Nutcracker. I love seeing/hearing about him as a regular person. And as a dad. He was so intelligent. His favorite people were great inventors, thinkers, artists. I would like to hear more of his thoughts on art and film making. He had so much he could have taught the young musicians. He knew almost ever single famous person during the last 45 years from Sinatra to Reagan. He was part of our nation's culture for 45 years.I would love to have read an autobiography of what it was like to know all these important leaders in politics and culture. I greatly admire his interest in social justice . He loved Africa. I would like to hear more about that and his ideas on the environment.

No matter how much abuse this world heaped on him he still had so much love for everyone.

lex   September 29th, 2009 5:13 pm ET

larrys gonna play the tapes again

Luda   September 29th, 2009 5:13 pm ET

"confidential confessions revealed"

It sounds so disrespectful.....

Lori   September 29th, 2009 5:13 pm ET

Rabbi Shmuley is exploiting Michael Jackson and is out for money – just like a long line of people did that were "close" to Michael when he was alive. Whether or not he claims that MJ wanted this book published is a MUTE point. MJ is dead and not hear to speak for himself – if MJ was so "desperate" for Shumuley to publish this book as he claims on his website, then why didn't he do it while he was alive?? – because MJ would have sued him that's why and he would have never been able to publish it. MJ wouldn't have wanted to hurt his family members with his words and I have no doubt they would have been edited. Why was Shumuley on Michael's Jackson's list of names of people that he wanted no association with?? What happened to the $100 000 dollars that was supposed to go to the Heal the World Foundation...? Why does Schumuley have to write his negative commentary in the book? A lot of questions – The whole idea of him publishing these intimate confessions of someone who is no longer with us if disgraceful. I'm not a crazy MJ fan and I don't really care what's in the book – it is all just more trash headlines for the media to make money.

Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   September 29th, 2009 5:15 pm ET

Is it written "Michael Jackson’s taped confidential confessions" for sure?

does "confidential" mean "public" nowadays?

Maria G   September 29th, 2009 5:16 pm ET

I would love to hear all about his humanitarian work. I have read he did some much for the children everywhere he toured but the media never focused on that.

Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   September 29th, 2009 5:17 pm ET

i'm confused, as long as i'm portuguese, did i miss something meanwhile? lol

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 5:17 pm ET

If Michael felt that way back then... he had every right... Write Modanna and ask her what she feels about what Michael said what happen then....... What he said.... Michael didn't like advances.... so what.... why is everyone carrying on about... It was something he said and it's out... If someone made an advance on you and you didn't want it... I'm sure you would say something about it to you friend... on write it in a journal... the only difference is Michael is on Tape.....ask the Jackson Family how they feel about the tapes......

lex   September 29th, 2009 5:19 pm ET

im sick of these so called friends of michael's coming out and putting his business out thr like its nothing...these tapes were recorded 9 years ago thngs hav changed if michael was still alive shucmely wouldnt evn be thinkin bout releasin thm

Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   September 29th, 2009 5:20 pm ET

in my own words ("not taped confidential confessions"):

To Michael

If I only could...
I'd pick up the brightest star
to enlighten your path
In the middle of the dark
If I only could...
I'd bring you a sun beam
To warm your heart
When you feel cold inside
If I only could...
I'd fly to the sky
To give you the most coloured rainbow
And paint your face with a sunshine smile
And throw away any trace of sadness
If I only could...
I'd rock you in my arms
For you to sleep
like the baby inside your heart
If I only could...
I'd hold you tight
And whispered in your ear
Don't worry, everything's all right
If I only could...
I'd bring back
The childhood You've lost
If I only could...
I'd look deep in your eyes
For you to know how much I believe in you
If I only could...
I'd take your pain away
If I only could...
I'd have stopped time
On 25th June
And begged God to take me instead
If I only could...

Love you more and forever.

sandy   September 29th, 2009 5:20 pm ET

The so called “rabbi” exploits MJ’s privacy. I was very dissapointed in reading his book. I’m sure if ever MJ wanted that book out in public, he surely wouldn’t have want the rabbi judge him like that. Ans i doubt it that MJ wanted this book out. MJ was a very private person and the conversations were very private. It was more like MJ thought he was talking to a cousellor or a therapist. It is common nowadays that therapists tape their patient’s conversations. But as many others, this “rabbi” was NO friend of Michael. He doesn not even respect MJ’s wishes.

The book was very dissapointing. The only interesting parts where MJ was talking because you can see MJ honesty and his deep love and loneliness.

I wonder how this man calls himself to be a follower of God when he doesn’t even follow the commandments and God’s message. That’s a scandal to me! I think the one who needs repent in this Shmuley because it is he who is seeking fame and celebrity. He goes saying in the book that people should not make themselves idols or gods or create a perception of a “messiah”. And that MJ was trying to make himself a “messiah”. I think the one who is doing so is him, because it is him (shmuley) who is seeking to be a celebrity and have fame.

Shame on him!!

I’m sure he did not have MJ’s permission to publish this book. If so MJ would have published it himself in the 9 years he was still alive. The rabbi took the perfect opportunity to publish this now, because MJ is dead and he would make profit. Also he created the perspective that he was going to talk postively about MJ, to make fans buy the book, but all he does is judge negatively!

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 5:21 pm ET

Rabbi you thought you were doing what ever... but it was a mistake..... The Jackson Family should of had say so in this... then we wouldn't be here angry.
..................... Here a question .......
Now if the Jackson Family put these Tapes out would people be this angry????????

Cathy   September 29th, 2009 5:21 pm ET

I would like to hear about his philanthropy and all the charities he helped. He contributed more than $300,000,000 to charity during his lifetime and 20% of his estate.. He never gets credit for all the help he gave people during his lifetime.

PS Boteach was not MJ's friend and if the tapes are confidential, don't air them.

sandy   September 29th, 2009 5:26 pm ET

yeah i agree with Maria G.

I would like to hear of all the humanitarian work and charity MJ has done. It seems that the negative things are discussed but liitle is talked about MJ's love to others and how much time he spent visiting hospitals and orphanages and how much money he donated. MJ was all about giving and helping, and yet the media only focuses on other negative stuff.

MJ is the biggest humanitarian besides being the biggest entertainer.
I really wish to hear more about this, and the number of people he reached to give them a helping hand.

sarah   September 29th, 2009 5:26 pm ET

@ mary u from ohio, Jackson family would never do that to destroy Michael image, and even if they did i think people would be more angry then they are right now, coz if that would happened it, people would be saying look how the Jackson Family is destroying their own family member image, no wonder Michael was strange from them .... it would be more heart breaking... in my opinion

Luda   September 29th, 2009 5:28 pm ET

Sorry to say it again but... "confidential" and "revealed"... 2 words that bugs together...hum... No, doesn't match.....

Stacey   September 29th, 2009 5:29 pm ET

I can't say there is a aspect of Michael's life I am most interested in, but it's more of a aspect of understanding and caring about Michael......Even though I love his music.......I love Michael as a person, a human more than anything....... He was just a kind, and caring person and people don't give him the credit he deserves......He did so many good things and helped so many people......... People want to just believe what they see on the cover of a magazine or whats on the news and they didn't and still don't want to believe in the truth...... But I guess thats their lost........ I may have never met Michael, but I didn't have to, to see who Michael really was........ A kind, loving, caring, person........

Michael rest in peace, there are no goodbyes, just I will see you later......

MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 5:34 pm ET


I'll keep it real for you. I'm not a lawyer, a representative or have any affiliation with the Jackson Family. However, to answer your question in your previous post, I will tell you how they feel: greif stricken, heart sickened, traumatized, overwhelmed, shocked, paralyzed... I'm quite sure it's implied they feel guilty, remorse, betrayed, and double crossed as well. Of 30 hours of the recordings allegedly vaulted, he, the public have have 15 minutes total? Imagine: The most valuable, famous, most loved Entertainer on the planet Earth had no access to his family- his parents, his brothers and sisters. I'm sure they feel abandonded. Michael- crying out silently,, through his lyrics, his music, his absence; no one came, he thought. I'm sure he felt abandoned as well. We feel scarred, devestated, even frozen- unable to move forward. Imagine, one day when his children finally learn that their loving, devoted father died at the hands of someone to just "make him go to sleep for a while". They may fear to ever close their eyes again....
MARY- The family also released a statement stating that they refuse to "dignify the tapes with a statement".

Luda   September 29th, 2009 5:36 pm ET

I don't think people are angry at what Michael say in the tapes, they're angry at the fact someone is making money again with his death, not knowing if Michael would have really approved this being released. It's not the same.

Luda   September 29th, 2009 5:40 pm ET

Anabela Guedes,

it's exactly why people are angry. Because they know Michael's words will be TRANSFORMED... for the worst...

sarah   September 29th, 2009 5:40 pm ET

oh yes that what i meant LUDA ......definitely not implying that people are angry on what Mike is saying on those tapes but How Rabbi is taking advantage of the situation is very uncomfortable to the people .....

Lori Quebec Canada   September 29th, 2009 5:43 pm ET

If these tapes were confidential and ment only for you to hear Rabbi Shmuley Boteach then they should of stayed that way.......

lex   September 29th, 2009 5:44 pm ET

shcumely probably edited alot of these recorded tapes mj...i still think he shouodve talk 2 the jackson b4 releasing these tapes

Lori Quebec Canada   September 29th, 2009 5:46 pm ET

Where is the proof that Michael wanted this book writen?

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 5:52 pm ET

I can't believe how many blogs we have on the topic of the Rabbi. Is our opinion going to change? I do not think so. The Rabbi is not a true friend to Michael. A true friend would not exploit Michael's memory this way. This is all about the money and a few minutes of fame.

If Michael was on board about this project there would be written documentation - a contract, an agreement, a memorandum – something. Michael was a businessman – he didn't work from verbal agreements or handshake deals. So prove it, Rabbi.


lex   September 29th, 2009 5:54 pm ET

ur signature keeps gettin better lori lol

MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 5:56 pm ET

What aspect of Michael Jackson’s life is most interesting to you?

His humanitarian aspect – His love of peace, his call for all of us to help make the world a better place. His gentle nature, his passion for helping the underprivileged. The music was great to listen and watch, but his humanity is what made him great as a human being.

cherubijne, The Netherlands   September 29th, 2009 5:57 pm ET

Dear Anabela,

Thank you for 'your own words'.

With love

Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   September 29th, 2009 5:57 pm ET

shcumely is feeding "tabloid junkie" ... and his bank account too... not from me, not from me...


Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   September 29th, 2009 6:02 pm ET

cherubijne, The Netherlands

It's very kind of was written from the bottom of my heart... i don't intend to publish any book. LOL

(wish my mother language was english so i was able to express my inner feelings the way Michael deserves).

Lori Quebec Canada   September 29th, 2009 6:02 pm ET

MaryRM September 29th, 2009 5:56 pm ET

What aspect of Michael Jackson’s life is most interesting to you?

His humanitarian aspect – His love of peace, his call for all of us to help make the world a better place. His gentle nature, his passion for helping the underprivileged. The music was great to listen and watch, but his humanity is what made him great as a human being.
I agree with you MaryRM and it is what made all his fans love him so much......

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 6:04 pm ET

Hi Lex 🙂 Thanks.

The most interesting aspect to Michael Jackson's life, to me, is his creative process, and the man was brilliant. I so wish I had been granted the opportunity to know the world's best entertained as the person he was.


Meyling L.   September 29th, 2009 6:05 pm ET

True fans want to hear about true people on Michael’s life, not people like this Rabbi who seems to be more concern about public attention and perhaps the money! I must say the title of his book is the most disturbing and worst I could ever image, “A Tragic Icon”??? come on! and this guy was his friend?? If I have some private tapes of Michael, and I was his real friend, I would keep them with me as a treasure. Why give them to the press??? If I already know they will mix all the content up?? I just don’t get it.

Snuggy   September 29th, 2009 6:05 pm ET

The most interesting aspect of Michael's life is EVERY aspect of it! Never have we seen a more brilliant display of perfection in music and dance on this planet. Rarely have we seen a more generous, devoted and consistent display of pure love in our lifetime. And absolutely we have seen misinformation, judgement, and destruction of a person's life and reputation for another's personal gain. Michael was and IS a bright light that we are blessed beyond words to have experienced in our life time. We should feel nothing but gratitude when we think of Michael for all he has given us.

Gabrielle   September 29th, 2009 6:06 pm ET

I think it was intresting how much he had to go through and deal with and how he never showed it on the stage. He was always very professional when it came to performing.

Maria   September 29th, 2009 6:08 pm ET

"What aspect of Michael Jackson’s life is most interesting to you?"

I would like to hear about MJ's view about his own music. The conversations with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach occurred in 2000-2001, around the time "Invincible" was prepared and released. So how did he see that phase of his existence as a musician? Did he comment on his reason of making music? Was he happy with his new songs? Was he confident about his creativity or was he afraid that there wouldn't be another "Thriller" for him?

Judie   September 29th, 2009 6:10 pm ET

My questions for the so called Rabbi....

Do you exploit all of your friends or just the ones that make you some money?

Do you betray everyone who you counsel?

Do you think these tapes will change the fans minds?

Please let me answer the last one.....

We the fans of Michael Jackson DONT CARE, you can never tarnish his name to us and we will fight to the end of time to clear his name for his family &children.

Peddle your goods elsewhere to someone else, we don't want them here.

One last question would you publish these tapes for free?
I Don't think so....

RIP Michael Jackson we love you, and we will never abandon you.


Lori Quebec Canada   September 29th, 2009 6:14 pm ET

Very well said Judie.......

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 6:17 pm ET

I would most like to hear about the one thing Michael strived to protect – what he was like when he wasn't performing...but since he wanted that to be private, I am content with knowing what I already know about him –his brillance, his talent, his love and his empathy and compassion....and the lost goes on....


Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   September 29th, 2009 6:20 pm ET

What aspect of Michael Jackson’s life is most interesting to you?

the answer is right here: the most commented blogs ever, the most dedicated fans ever...

just wondering why: perhaps because Michael was the most interesting, amazing, loving, caring, generous, true, innocent, beautiful person that ever walked on earth?


Allure   September 29th, 2009 6:24 pm ET

Hi girls

I still cannot believe that this happens........... poor Michael, they still don't leave u alone

Barbara   September 29th, 2009 6:24 pm ET

Shmuley better keep it positive!

Maria G   September 29th, 2009 6:24 pm ET

Anabela Guedes, from Portugal- "Michael Jackson admired Hitler"

Please clarify this !! Micheal's words are being twisted again. Please set the record straight.

Jakki   September 29th, 2009 6:25 pm ET

Very Simple, As my fellow Fans Say!!


That Rabbi is nothing but a "JUDAS" 🙂

Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   September 29th, 2009 6:26 pm ET

What aspect of Michael Jackson’s life is most interesting to you?

know that Michael was so much above those "so called friends" who sold their soul and friend for money


SoCalGal   September 29th, 2009 6:26 pm ET

To everyone on this comment thread, the answer is to NOT buy Boteach's exploitive book, but to run Boteach out of town on a rail. He's despicable and most certainly not a man of God. Take the message far and wide, at, Barnes & and everywhere you can think of to post the truth about Boteach. The man is a snake. When Mike found out Boteach stole from Mike's children's charity, Mike kicked Boteach to the curb. Now Boteach is trying to make money from knowing Mike!

sherry   September 29th, 2009 6:27 pm ET

Rabbi Shmuley is a money grabbing person!~ I am so tired of EVERYONE cashing in after Michael's passing!~NO ONE was there for him the last few years!~ So, now EVERYONE is MICHAEL's BEST FRIEND, or true confidant,or councler or Doctor!~ NONE OF THESE people WERE REALLYlooking out for MIchel!~

The media again Haunts Michael "Stories" in death as they did in lofe. Trying to get the most outragious.or exclusive,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,It saddens me I cringe now when the media talks about Michael, you never know what is going to come out next!~Mainly trash!~ THE MEIDA should have celebrated Michael's life, the charities he supported, the music he made to make be dance, be happy ,,,uplift the world,,,,,,,,,NOT look for a cash cow

Jakki   September 29th, 2009 6:27 pm ET

"MJs Truth Army"

Will Defend Michael's Legacy Always!!!!!!!

Lori Quebec Canada   September 29th, 2009 6:28 pm ET

Michael was the most interesting, amazing, loving, caring, generous, true, innocent, beautiful person that ever walked on earth?
That is was Anabela and every time I think about how he died my heart breakes all over again........I just can not understand how anyone could or would let something like that happen to a person like Michael....

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 6:30 pm ET

GENE - where are you?? Please, please come back to the bloggy!!


Lori Quebec Canada   September 29th, 2009 6:31 pm ET

is+he typo

Lori Quebec Canada   September 29th, 2009 6:32 pm ET

I canot type tonight for some reason

Maria G   September 29th, 2009 6:33 pm ET

Anabela Guedes, from Portugal- “Michael Jackson admired Hitler”

Please clarify this !! Micheal’s words are being twisted again. Please set the record straight.

Anabela Guedes, from Protugal, I was not directing this to you. I am asking LK to please set the record straight concerning this quote. Who actually said this, was Michael lead into making this statement? And if Michael did say it I understand where he was coming from.

Maria G   September 29th, 2009 6:35 pm ET

What aspect of Michael Jackson’s life is most interesting to you?

Everything except what would be considered fodder for the tabloids.

sherry   September 29th, 2009 6:35 pm ET

this alll makes me sick

VICKI   September 29th, 2009 6:36 pm ET

I find Michael's creativity in all levels of artistic expression to be the most interesting aspect of his life. His personal drive and passion for his musical creativity to be perfect enabled him to be a superstar with monetary success that exceeded others. In an era where black artists were not taken seriously beyond R&B, Michael Jackson broke barriers because of his faith in his talent to overshadow color. His perseverance, dertermination, hard work ethic, high standards and smart business sense fueled his ability to give back not only through music and dance, but to give to the world through his humanitarian contributions a sense that we could make the world a better place. His poetry and the many genres of music that his voice could capture will mesmerize many generations to come, but his love for mankind, often overlooked, makes him someone we can all learn from.

Judie   September 29th, 2009 6:36 pm ET


It makes all of us sick!

Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   September 29th, 2009 6:37 pm ET

Maria G

Beg your pardon, im so angry with this "parasite" that i misunderstood you, please accept my apologies

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 6:38 pm ET

@Larry King - could you please have a POSITIVE and PRO Michael Jackson panel? We are SICK of hearing from all these loosers.


tammy   September 29th, 2009 6:38 pm ET

What kind of "man of God" continues to exploit someone who went to him for counseling?
Michael jackson went to Shmuley for counseling and Shmuley betrayed his trust.
Michael would have never wanted this material made public.
Also, Rabbi went happened to the money – that Michael gave you to start a children's charity ? Isn't that the real reason – why Michael not you – ended his association with you.
Michael was used and abused by all these "so-called" friends – who are not, wasting any time to profit from his death!
Rabbi Shmuley is no man of god! He is a disgrace!

sherry   September 29th, 2009 6:38 pm ET

Im actually ashamed for calling myself human when people act like this LKL should do something POSITIVE!~~~~~~~NOT DRAG more Enquire like stories and people to bagger Michael once again!~~~~ WILL ANYONE ANYONE IN THE MEDIA EVER TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT MICHAEL!!!

Judie   September 29th, 2009 6:38 pm ET

GENE SOS Help us figure out why someone would do this to Michael after all these years.

ps Lori is very sad 🙁

Barbara   September 29th, 2009 6:39 pm ET

The part that ISN'T a lie...

dessy359   September 29th, 2009 6:39 pm ET

Day after day only crying and crying every sigle day....
that pain will never stop. Every time i smile for something i know that there will never be real happiness again cause you are not with us my sweet angel.
I'd love to exchange my life for yours!

I'll love you forever and will devote my life following all your advices as i have always done!

Miss you so much Michael! ;((((((((((((((

janice   September 29th, 2009 6:42 pm ET

We want to hear about his humanitarianism, his charitable work, his never-ending desire to make this world a better place. It's easy to say you want to change the world....HE DID! God, I wish someone would tell the truth about this beautiful human being, how loving, how generous, how kind he was!

sherry   September 29th, 2009 6:43 pm ET

Lori – Justice For Michael I agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

M I C H A E L !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

N O T A L L T H E S E $$$$$$$$$$$$$$


mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 6:44 pm ET

MourningMJ.......wait a minute aren't you the one who told me to move on and here your saying you stuck... you can't move forward.... The Family is angry the people twisted every word that Michael had said most of his life.. and the people accused him of being a Child Molester.. instead of believing Michael they chose to believe those Families........Michael was glad he was/is an entertainer. and wouldn't have change any part of his life.... That don;'t sound like a person in Misery to me... I have been spanked and whipped... and I'm sure other here have been that how it was back 50 years ago... Look at Michael... who was he... This is Michael.....Sweet, Charming, Shy, Caring. Devoted. Love for the Child all over the world.... That gave his earning to to help the Children of all Cultures.... he could of kept the money.... but he help others.... This is the Michael that i see... Not what the Media is seeing..... Let the Media say what they want.. I listen to Michael.. and Believe in Michael..... I listen to the Truth ...not the Liars..

sherry   September 29th, 2009 6:45 pm ET



Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   September 29th, 2009 6:46 pm ET


you're so right, Michael DID CHANGE THE WORLD FOR BETTER, that's why we stand here blogging from all over the world, to beg for



mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 6:48 pm ET

What are we Doing... Talking about the Negitive... We forgot about the Positive.... We need to get back on that track.

Judie   September 29th, 2009 6:51 pm ET


You still can redeem yourself.... {part of the way}

If you make any money off of this garbage donate all of it to charities & Michaels children.

The Fans of Michael Jackson

tammy   September 29th, 2009 6:52 pm ET

ask shmuley about this news story:
Jacko's 'Ex-Rabbi': Did $100,000 Go to Charity?

The list of con men and hustlers who've taken advantage of Michael Jackson continues to grow, especially where charity causes are concerned. Jackson has been in Washington this week talking about raising money for new charities, but his old ones are still dogging him.

You will recall that Jackson was involved in something called Heal the Kids with Rabbi "Shmuley" Boteach. I've told you before that the most recent filing for Boteach's charity, L'Chaim Society, under which Heal the Kids fell, listed as one of its directors James Meiskin, a man currently in trouble with the Manhattan District Attorney's office for extortion.

But it now turns out that when you call the number for the L'Chaim Society, all you get is a recorded message that says the charity is gone and so is the rabbi. There are no forwarding numbers, according to the message. There is an old, non-working number listed in Boston for the man who signed the last L'Chaim Society tax return, one Arash Farin, and no listing anywhere for its other director, Avri Vantman.

You can always hear or see Boteach on TV or radio giving his opinion about something or other and plugging one of his books.

But one thing he doesn't seem able to opine is where all the money went from the short-lived charity. And one person who might be interested is Denise Rich, who wrote Boteach a check for $100,000 in the fall of 2000 for the L'Chaim Society right around the time Boteach and his then pal Michael Jackson came to two of her own fundraising events.

That $100,000 shows up in the L'Chaim Society's 2000 tax return. The same return shows no money whatsoever was spent on anything remotely charitable, just salaries and expenses.

Rich, who is the victim in this case, thought she was giving the money to one of Jackson's charities at the time. But a source of mine who was with Jackson at the time says Jackson never saw the money or the check. It went straight to Boteach and the L'Chaim Society.

Now, there is an even more interesting connection between all these people: Boteach's American benefactor is famous stock trader and philanthropist Michael Steinhardt. Steinhardt has been one of the staunchest supporters and business associates of Rich's ex-husband, Marc, a financier convicted of tax evasion and racketeering who was then pardoned by President Clinton in January 2001. Steinhardt lobbied hard for the pardon.

Like Michael Jackson, Steinhardt — whose father was the famous criminal "Red" Steinhardt with heavy ties to the mob and Meyer Lansky — has his own zoo, too. Steinhardt financed Boteach's mortgage for a $1.5 million home in New Jersey four years ago. Somehow, he managed to get him a cash loan from a local bank. Why did he do it? According to my sources, Boteach may have saved one of Steinhardt's sons from involvement in a cult, and Steinhardt was grateful. I mean, really grateful.

Yesterday when I spoke with Steinhardt, he denied that either of his sons had had problems with a cult. He said, "I financed Shmuley's mortgage." Why? "Because I liked him. And he needed a big house for socializing."

"He's an odd figure, Shmuley," Steinhardt said. "He has good and bad qualities. He's done things where his judgment is not so good, like being involved with Al Sharpton and Michael Jackson. But his intentions are good."

Steinhardt voiced surprise that Boteach had been running a L'Chaim Society here in New York for the last several years. And that was kind of interesting since he was one of the forces behind the Boteach/L'Chaim fundraiser in February 2001 at Carnegie Hall that featured a panel discussion on children starring Jackson, game show host Chuck Woolery, and others. The money made from ticket sales that evening has never been accounted for. The organization that hosted it — the Seminar Center — folded soon after.

Boteach — who is banned by the United Synagogues in Great Britian from having a pulpit — is best remembered for a quote he gave the London Independent in 1996. He said there is an 11th, unwritten Commandment: "Thou shalt do anything for publicity and rec

Raymond davis   September 29th, 2009 6:52 pm ET

excellent singer. the best cannot be replaced

Allure   September 29th, 2009 6:52 pm ET

IMMAGINE how the Jackson family must feel about this book? IMMAGINE how Michael's kids must feel when they grow older and start reading books written about their father?
IMMAGINE how true friends like ET or BS, to whom MJ probably revealed the same thoughts, must feel at the moment?

It's disgusting!!!

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 7:04 pm ET

But the thing is the kids know there Father so what they read ... they know what the Truth is.... The Media can say what they want.... the Kids know better.

Joan Murphy   September 29th, 2009 7:04 pm ET

His Vitiligo and how he lived with this disease. And the Media Witchhunt and how it killed him.

jannike   September 29th, 2009 7:06 pm ET

What interests me most is why Michael Jackson was attacked all the time and why people claim that he was lying. Don't get it and don't understand it.

Maria G   September 29th, 2009 7:07 pm ET

Anabela Guedes, from Portugal- Don't worry about it, I know you meant no harm, I guess we are all so angry we can't seem to see straight.

Allure   September 29th, 2009 7:08 pm ET

yes they know their father but they're still kids

Mike   September 29th, 2009 7:09 pm ET

This Rabbi is nothing but a publicity hound. He is no friend of Michael's. It was said that Michael saw him as an enemy who wanted to harm him. Why does CNN continure to give this creep time to name drop and further his own wanna be career? Smooley is a despicable character.

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 7:10 pm ET

@Mary U – 7:04pm - I agree with you about that. Michael's children did know about their daddy – and no amount of negative press, rumors, gossip, or media reports is going to change that for them. They loved their daddy and they knew he was the best daddy in the world. Just wish the media would be more considerate of the children, though.


Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   September 29th, 2009 7:10 pm ET

Maria G

we're all here for love.

have a good night sleep, ladies

love you all, see you tomorrow

Brigida, Italy   September 29th, 2009 7:13 pm ET

I agree with you! Michaels name must be cleared for all times and it will! I have faith that Larry will ask the right questions to this worm and let him feel like on a burning fire under his ... you know what.

Is there no chance to the family and their attorneys or the estate to stop all this madness?

When comes a LK-Show with whitnesses of his charities, people that have saved their lifes with Michaels help or simply changed it because of Michael? Real friends testifying all the good things he did?
May we wait for a long time to hear/see something like this? I don't hope so. Please Larry, many times we begged you to invite Aphrodite Jones and similar people to speak the truth. Could you please do that? Love you!

(sorry, my english today is terrible... too tired)

sherry   September 29th, 2009 7:16 pm ET

well, Im off to get ready for another day,,,,,,,,,,,,,I honestly do notknow if I will watch this tonightor not, I cant stand allthe negitive stories,,,,,,,,,,its to hard

cpwee   September 29th, 2009 7:17 pm ET

I am not mj fan but ever since his passing, I do some reading and watched some of his documentaries on his life. I find it is sad that how people like to cash on him with all kind of stories. I think this conversations with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is another person is trying to cash on him. The conversation between mj and him supposed to be confidential, how can he exposed it in a book, just like if a person were to confession to a priest or father would he or she wants it to be known to the whole world. If mj really want the tape to be out there he would have said it in the many interviews he had in the past why would he wants it to come out from a third person? Why do people always forgotten how to respect others privacy. People all over the world come to know Michael Jackson through his music,
humanitarian work and charity not all these scandalous allegations of him. The rabbi was saying how mj orphaned his children, did he see how he and many others who are cashing on him are out there to destroy the life of his 3 children? Did the rabbi wants this happen to his own children should he be in mj's shoe? SHAME ON HIM SO CALL HIMSELF MJ,S ADVISOR AND A RABBI.

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 7:18 pm ET say the Kids will know who killed there father... But what lead up to this...are people forgetting... What took the toll on Michael..... 2005... and what people the Media was saying about his Changes etc.... all this lead up to what happen to him.....

lex   September 29th, 2009 7:20 pm ET

somebody needs 2 come out and say somethng bout all mj's buisness bein put out like its nothing im surprised somebody from the jackson family needs 2 say somethg

MJ's Truth Army   September 29th, 2009 7:21 pm ET

Shmuley is another person in a long line of people who are just here to make a buck off of Michael. This man is no friend of Michael's, he admitted on National TV that he dumped him 10 years ago rather than remain by his side and help him. Yup, another one of those too.
A Broadcast of MJ`s Confidences is appalling. Anything For Money as Michael said...anything.
Shame on you Shmuley and Shame on you CNN for being a party to this.
Maybe do a Tribute to Michael`s Charitable work...don't worry, you'll get the ratings 😉

Elly   September 29th, 2009 7:25 pm ET

I don't like this rabbi guy at all. I don't like his opinions and I believe the tape should not be made public. What he felt about Madonna is between them especially after Madonna’s speech in MTV VMA. This tape is only another way to destroy his image. Think about his children and his family before you make this public. They have not had the chance to mourn his death because they are constantly battling with the media and the negative things that are being said about Michael. So please stop hurting his family and his fans. I would like to know about his humanitarian work, what he did for people, who were his real friends, what he liked, and his creativity in music.

jennifer ratliff   September 29th, 2009 7:26 pm ET


jennifer ratliff   September 29th, 2009 7:29 pm ET


Todd   September 29th, 2009 7:30 pm ET

why now ,all this crap is coming out and i do mean crap..........more garbage.wheres all the good stuff he did for the world????????

brian   September 29th, 2009 7:30 pm ET

"Taped Confessions" that says it all. Nice work Rabbi – you've managed to take advantage of the dead – releasing this book is not in good taste. Why wasn't this published when he was alive?? MJ wrote a couple of songs about people like you "Tabloid Junkie" and "Money" – I think "Money" suits you better.

Elly   September 29th, 2009 7:30 pm ET

instead of revealing his tapes why don't you find the way to clear his name forever of the accusations. why don't you talk about why he was found innocent. You could talk about the evidence that points to his innocence like those videos on youtube or the books that have been published about this matter. Larry you could interview his real friends instead of this rabbi.

Ariel Spirit   September 29th, 2009 7:45 pm ET

What aspect of Michael Jackson’s life is most interesting to you?

His true understanding of Art's usefulness......

puppi   September 29th, 2009 7:49 pm ET

this Rabbi is a disgusting human being,
he sold his sole to the devil , he is only after money money money.
he is a lier, Michael Jackson did not let him publish this at that
time. Shamuley promised him not to print it .
otherwise he would have done it himself to make money,
since he was cash short recently. LIER LIER LIER.
SHAME on you CNN.

Luda   September 29th, 2009 7:50 pm ET


the children won't need to read books about their father... they already know him better then any book....

MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 7:50 pm ET


Mary, when I suggested you "move forward" I was simply implying that you accept that Michael has passed away- At that time, you were conflicted, or perhaps you still are, what position to take if Michael was alive or had indeed, passed on. Of course I'm paralyzed with grief- I can't move forward until I am entertained with some reasonable answer; which will probably be never. Of course NO ONE will forget what lead up to our Beloved's ultimate demise. His children remember Michael for the devoting father who sang them beautiful songs with his angelic voice and spent endless moments of childhood bliss with them. Michael's problems, and we all know what problem I'm referring to without saying it out loud, started way before the trials surfaced. His phoney "entourage" gave Michael very little time and space to make his own decisions before another one of "hitmen medical staff" was shoving poison down his throat and up his veins. It saddens to know the suffering the children will endure when they are old enough to realize why daddy was taken away so needlessly and senselessly. We know the truth- the blood of Michael Jackson is on the hands of many. Those hands will leave prints on whatever they touch.... IHMJ XOXO FEAE HLMM

Luda   September 29th, 2009 7:57 pm ET


When will you have La Toya?

She said on her own blog she's going to be on LKL.... but no date yet...

Honorine   September 29th, 2009 7:59 pm ET

Shmuly Rabi or whatever u call yourself, ur book is not going to sell ok. U're merely wasting ur own precious time. U are such a hater i just don't know what to say. and u call urself a spiritual therapist. rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrh!!!

lex   September 29th, 2009 8:00 pm ET

larry needs 2 hav some of the other jacksons on his show like randy or tito cuz ik sick of jermaine no offense 2 jermaine

Judie   September 29th, 2009 8:01 pm ET

I would love to hear from Janet she is hurting so bad you can see it in her face.

This would put a positive spin on things.

She, like us loved Michael.

Gretchen   September 29th, 2009 8:05 pm ET

Sadly, Michael Jackson sought out love that he thought he didn't have. Do you think that if he knew how much the world loves him which is evident in the outpouring of grief in his death, that he would have taken better care of himself and feel as though he had the love he so desperately sought?

Always loved ya,

MourningMJ   September 29th, 2009 8:05 pm ET


Jennifer you asked the question- where were the children the morning Michael died?- The children were at home the day Michael died; all three of them. They were playing in the living room when Conmany Murray came down and instructed Prince (the eldest) to come upstairs and "assist him". According to Kai Chase, one of Michael's personal chefs who witnesses the event, stated that Prince did go upstairs with Murray with a slew of security staff while Kai, Paris, Blanket and a few housekeeps stayed downstairs, began to cry, panic and pray. While the ambulance was being called, Frank DiLeo (Michael's manager) rushed to the home (I do not know who informed him for certain, it's my understanding it was one of Michael's security team), where the children were escorted with Frank to the hospital where they were met by Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Jackson's assistant. Later to arrive to the hospital was LaToya and Jermaine (Jermaine was actually notified by CNN that Michael was reported to have a heart attack). Tito was questioned by his son who heard on the radio that Michael was en route to UCLA; Tito had not heard, and called Janet who was in Atlanta filming her movie. Tito was driving and Janet told him to pull over; Tito confirmed his worst suspicion when Janet told him this, he knew that Michael had died. Joe Jackson was notified by LaToya by phone because he was in Las Vegas; of course, he came home immediately. Randy was also phoned by his manager who heard it on the radio (I'm not sure how Jackie or Marlon discovered Michael's death). Jermaine was the last Jackson Family to hold Michael, kiss him and tell him that he was greatly loved and would be deeply missed. Jermaine admitted that he held Michael who was only wearing a pair of pants- nothing else. Michael had on no make up or other enhancements for his appearance. Jermaine said his skin was soft and he looked peaceful. Jermaine also said that he just could not let go of Michael. But Jermaine also stated he would never erase the image of holding Michael for the last time. Paris, Blanket and Prince were allowed to visit Michael before being flown to the Cororner's office. Frank Dileo was the person who informed Michael's children that he passed away.
I, myself, learned from the media; as most of us probably did. I'll never forget that day: Thursday, 06/25/2009 4:57 Central Standard Time. IHMJ XOXO

Susan   September 29th, 2009 8:06 pm ET

It's normal for anyone to be curious about a mega star's life and to see what they're like on a regular day like the rest of the world. But the thing I would like most to know is about Michael is his romantic relationships. Did he have one as I've heard he did when he died. I've heard Michael had a long time relarionship with someone not in show business. That the family knows the woman and that they're going to leave it up to her if she wants to come forward. Is there any way to find out who she is?

ERNIE C.   September 29th, 2009 8:14 pm ET


silly cnn watcher   September 29th, 2009 8:16 pm ET

I would love to hear all the positive things about MJ... what a concept!

first and foremost his music...always love to hear of his creative process

second,his hmanitarian overlooked

third, love to hear from people who really know him friends relating silly, fun, touching stories about him.....

sheila   September 29th, 2009 8:23 pm ET


Sandy-Houston   September 29th, 2009 8:30 pm ET

What aspect of Michael's life do I find most interesting?
His absolute, unchanging belief that he could make the world a better place.
His devotion to children. All over the world, but especially his own. For a single man to choose to have and raise 3 beautiful children is unheard of in our world today. What a privelege for them to have Michael for a daddy and the life lessons they must have learned from him will stay with them forever.
His brillance and creativity. His determination to always do better. His work ethic is unheard of in today's music industry. I loved to hear him speak about how he creates. Brillant mind!
I will also remember Michael for what I think is the most important thing. His devotion to his God and to always "do the work" that Jesus asked us to do. The values that Michael had were what made it so difficult for him here on Earth. Because of this,I believe Michael is with his God in Heaven reaping his rewards.
I will miss you, Michael. But I know I will see you soon..."it won't be long and we'll be going Home".

Barbara   September 29th, 2009 8:32 pm ET

That was absolutely beautiful Sandy-Houston. Truer words could not be said!

Jennifer   September 29th, 2009 8:38 pm ET

The tapes are almost a decade old.

Sandy-Houston   September 29th, 2009 8:40 pm ET

Forgot to add "and He definitely did make the world a better place."

Patty Anderson   September 29th, 2009 8:42 pm ET

Hi everyone.

lex   September 29th, 2009 8:44 pm ET

hey patty

Patty Anderson   September 29th, 2009 8:44 pm ET

Yes he did Sandy

This Rabbi is starting to really bother me. He's cashing in on something very private. These people make me sick. Please everyone do not buy his book

Jennifer   September 29th, 2009 8:44 pm ET

The Rabbi has no understanding of Art. The power of music indeed moves and changes us.

Daisy   September 29th, 2009 8:44 pm ET

Fatherhood....Michael was born to be a daddy. Michael was the most famous person in the world, but he was truly humble. He loved children and just being a kid himself.

Patty Anderson   September 29th, 2009 8:45 pm ET

Hi Lex

sarah   September 29th, 2009 8:46 pm ET

hi every1 again.... hi patty

Yazmeen   September 29th, 2009 8:48 pm ET


I am very disappointed in so called "journalists" like yourself. Recently a Thome Thome tape emerged yet you didn't cover the story. But when it comes to WORTHLESS PEOPLE taking advantage of MIchael's CORPSE, you wanna give air time, why?

GET BACK TO REAL JOURNALISM. I spit on "rabbi" s face. He's NOT a rabbi, he's NOT a good moral human being, he is embarrassment to Jewish community & humanity, he's NOT a friend of Michael....No wonder Michael felt more secure with mannequins and animal. IF YOU CAN'T TRUST A "MAN OF GOD" WHO THE HELL CAN YOU TRUST?


I wish MIchael was alive so HE can spiritually advise the "rabbi". It seems "rabbi" sold his soul to Satan and now WORSHIPS MONEY AS HIS GOD.

Daisy   September 29th, 2009 8:48 pm ET

I would advise everyone who thinks about buying Boteach's book. Do a little research first. Boteach stole from the charity he and Michael started. This man is a crook.

Lori in Massachusetts   September 29th, 2009 8:49 pm ET

Michael is now resting in peace, no more pain, no more rabbi shmuley's. His FAMILY are the ones that are suffering now. Leave him alone already. Larry, I've been watching your show since I was 18 years old and I'm 46 now, that's right since you started on CNN...I WON'T BE TUNING IN TONIGHT! Please enough with making his private life public...he gave enough to the world since he was a little kid and his kids will see all of this some day. SHAME ON ALL WHO ARE TRYING TO GAIN OFF HIS DEATH exept for his family and the numerous charitys who have that right. May Michael & those who truly love him get justice.

Maria G   September 29th, 2009 8:50 pm ET


Michael Jackson's estate has filed a lawsuit against the Heal the World Foundation.

The Special Administrators, John Branca and John McClain, have alleged in the suit the Foundation is using Jackson's name and likeness without permission.

According to the lawsuit the Foundation and other related entities have registered 6 trademarks and have applied with 41 additional ones, all suggesting a connection to Jackson.

The legal papers acknowledge Jackson founded his own Heal the World Foundation in 1992 but it has no connection to the defendants.

The suit alleges the defendants cybersquatted various domain names, including "," "," and ""


Please let us know which charities really were supported by Michael.

DES   September 29th, 2009 8:56 pm ET

I hope this makes it on Larry's show...I bought the book, and it is well written and very intersting read in about 2 days, but the more I read and the more I thought about seems like this was a question and answer session that you would have with a psychatrist

Jennifer   September 29th, 2009 9:00 pm ET

Michael was doing better the last couple of years, its not fair to view or judge him from 9 years ago.

Yazmeen   September 29th, 2009 9:00 pm ET



Jacko’s ‘Ex-Rabbi’: Did $100,000 Go to Charity?

The list of con men and hustlers who’ve taken advantage of Michael Jackson continues to grow, especially where charity causes are concerned. Jackson has been in Washington this week talking about raising money for new charities, but his old ones are still dogging him.

You will recall that Jackson was involved in something called Heal the Kids with Rabbi “Shmuley” Boteach. I’ve told you before that the most recent filing for Boteach’s charity, L’Chaim Society, under which Heal the Kids fell, listed as one of its directors James Meiskin, a man currently in trouble with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for extortion.

But it now turns out that when you call the number for the L’Chaim Society, all you get is a recorded message that says the charity is gone and so is the rabbi. There are no forwarding numbers, according to the message. There is an old, non-working number listed in Boston for the man who signed the last L’Chaim Society tax return, one Arash Farin, and no listing anywhere for its other director, Avri Vantman.

You can always hear or see Boteach on TV or radio giving his opinion about something or other and plugging one of his books.

But one thing he doesn’t seem able to opine is where all the money went from the short-lived charity. And one person who might be interested is Denise Rich, who wrote Boteach a check for $100,000 in the fall of 2000 for the L’Chaim Society right around the time Boteach and his then pal Michael Jackson came to two of her own fundraising events.

That $100,000 shows up in the L’Chaim Society’s 2000 tax return. The same return shows no money whatsoever was spent on anything remotely charitable, just salaries and expenses.

Rich, who is the victim in this case, thought she was giving the money to one of Jackson’s charities at the time. But a source of mine who was with Jackson at the time says Jackson never saw the money or the check. It went straight to Boteach and the L’Chaim Society.

Now, there is an even more interesting connection between all these people: Boteach’s American benefactor is famous stock trader and philanthropist Michael Steinhardt. Steinhardt has been one of the staunchest supporters and business associates of Rich’s ex-husband, Marc, a financier convicted of tax evasion and racketeering who was then pardoned by President Clinton in January 2001. Steinhardt lobbied hard for the pardon.

Like Michael Jackson, Steinhardt — whose father was the famous criminal “Red” Steinhardt with heavy ties to the mob and Meyer Lansky — has his own zoo, too. Steinhardt financed Boteach’s mortgage for a $1.5 million home in New Jersey four years ago. Somehow, he managed to get him a cash loan from a local bank. Why did he do it? According to my sources, Boteach may have saved one of Steinhardt’s sons from involvement in a cult, and Steinhardt was grateful. I mean, really grateful.

Yesterday when I spoke with Steinhardt, he denied that either of his sons had had problems with a cult. He said, “I financed Shmuley’s mortgage.” Why? “Because I liked him. And he needed a big house for socializing.”

“He’s an odd figure, Shmuley,” Steinhardt said. “He has good and bad qualities. He’s done things where his judgment is not so good, like being involved with Al Sharpton and Michael Jackson. But his intentions are good.”

Steinhardt voiced surprise that Boteach had been running a L’Chaim Society here in New York for the last several years. And that was kind of interesting since he was one of the forces behind the Boteach/L’Chaim fundraiser in February 2001 at Carnegie Hall that featured a panel discussion on children starring Jackson, game show host Chuck Woolery, and others. The money made from ticket sales that evening has never been accounted for. The organization that hosted it — the Seminar Center — folded soon after.

Boteach — who is banned by the United Synagogues in Great Britian from having a pulpit — is best remembered for a quote he gave the London Independent in 1996. He said there is an 11th, unwritten Commandment: “Thou shalt do anything for publicity and recognition"

lex   September 29th, 2009 9:00 pm ET

i really dnt wanna watch larry 2nite only b/c of this schumely dude

michael armstrong sr.   September 29th, 2009 9:03 pm ET

So we have us a Judus Rabie this shows Michael should have chose a differant religion to confess too

Justice for All!!!   September 29th, 2009 9:03 pm ET

I just hope that you tell the truth Rabbi Schmuck... Yom Kippur was just yesterday.... don't make an ass out of yoursel... MJ was a great human being... don't make this interview about your book sales....
or not one of MJ's true fans will buy your book... too bad, so sad...

Wayne's Music Journey   September 29th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

Just wanted to drop by and say I am saddened by the death of Micheal Jackson and shocked. I too was a fan and admired Michaels great talent. Seen him only once in concert. Great concert too. I too found Micheal to be quite a genesis for such a shy person as they say he was. Like Elvis Presley Micheal Jackson loved people. When I hear the story from when he was a child you can sense the great pain that was inside the child that almost makes me want to cry. I mean it gives me that feeling of sadness & joy at the same time. He was blessed with a gift that takes a lot of energy and willpower to manage. There was a book written about Elvis that talks about not judging the man unless you walk in his shoes. I think through his music and great gift he found an out let. As others have been saying.. his children... You can hear the sincerity in his music and the way he expressed him self.
He sued to break down and cry on stage when singing some of these sad songs. And I had no idea what he was going through with all the stress and complex situation he was going through and perhaps trying to suppress in order to function. He suffered a great deal even though he made others happy using his great gift. I guess that much
fame is not an easy think to handle. Even though one may be overwhelmed when reaching such heights. Seems like Elvis went through a similar situation. Only they can know of the pain that goes with that. It seems both Elvis & Micheal has relationship troubles. No matter how much money or fame like everyone else they were ordinary people in that regard. They till were human! Is there anything that can be learned from the trails and tribulations of Micheal Jackson or even Elvis Presley? I wish his family the best and they are still the Jacksons and will carry his light forward forever I guess. I think
Michaels broth Jermaine is really cool and especially the way he always looked out for his brother. Seems after this court thing he wanted to set things aside and start touring and giving again. And that in it's self is a great thing. Maybe he needed relaxation first instead of touring. Who knows. In any event hoping Larry King Live is not too
much of a shocker tonight. Wishing for the best.

Paul McCartney said it best about the others when awarded a grammy or what ever it was. He said "Without Whom" it would have not been possible. And so I leave you with the same concept "With out "Whom"
it would not have been possible.


Yazmeen   September 29th, 2009 9:05 pm ET


If you reach out and SPIT ON "RABBI"S FACE

I will keep the spirit of Christmas in my heart all year long


chris   September 29th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

I'm most fascinated by MJ's artistry – both his musical genius and his dance genius. Wow! It was mind-blowing the first time I heard him beat-box. His lyrics were deeply personal and so very inspiring. I love the progression of his music styles, so listening to Q. Jones, Rodney Jerkins, Teddy Riley and anyone involved in his recording sessions is quite interesting.
Michael's interest and knowledge of the works of other great performing artists seemed to be very deep and influential.

One thing that I would love to know about him is if he ever watched figure skating. Over the years I have seen a few great figure skaters skate to a medley of his songs. Some of his great dance moves looked like they could be performed by ice skaters.

lex   September 29th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

now schumely sounds all sympathetic on larry king but on dateline he didnt sound so caring jus like he was promotin himself

Yazmeen   September 29th, 2009 9:08 pm ET


michael armstrong sr.   September 29th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Gosh this guy likes Michael Koodoes dude rabbit.

Jennifer   September 29th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Why didn't Shmuley stay by Michael's side during the worst time of his life?

Dodie ~ California   September 29th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

The majority of famous people travel down that path due to the need to be loved and accepted most often resulting from abandonment issues. Michael Jackson is an excellent example of how you can live with your parents and still feel abandoned!!!

Yazmeen   September 29th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Oh, ask this schmuck why he REMOVED all comments we left for him on his blog and DISABLED comments on Michael related articles 🙂



Mara   September 29th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Hi lex

I was just thinking the same thing. 2 different people. The show is still early though so we'll see where it goes,,,

mytake   September 29th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

This Rabbi is actually thinking that he's doing Michael a GRAND GESTURE by sitting on TV spilling SENSITIVE THOUGHTS of Michael's from NINE YEARS AGO.

How much of this could still be Michael's frame of thought?

Nobody knows because Michael isn't here to DENY this UNJUSTICE upon his PRIVACY.

How much money has this RABBI already stolen from Michael?

I've heard that Michael STOPPED communicating with the man because of his thieving ways from a charity that Michael donated money to.

Why is he still getting paid? Why buy his book of Michael's blood on his hand?

I won't buy it and I won't accept his POOR EXPLANATIONS and SELF-INDULGENT IDEAS of who he wants us to believe who MICHAEL was.

This man is a liar and a thief. DON'T LISTEN TO HIM.


Donna   September 29th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

How is this anything different than what Dateline just aired?

Lynn   September 29th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Sorry Larry but I wont be watching tonight. I have no interest in taking part or reinforcing the explotation of Michael and his private thoughts and conversations. For myself, I wont be helping your ratings this evening. There have been many REALLY GOOD suggestions on this blog for shows. Take any one of them and then I will watch. I would like to see more of the real Michael. The one that gets talked about everyday on these blogs and I would be interested in hearing from anyone who can tell us more about that Michael.

Dodie ~ California   September 29th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

I, for one, will NOT be purchasing this book about Michael's taped conversations with this Rabbi! I think it is an infringement on the privacy of Michael Jackson.

I am disgusted that this Rabbi chooses to make money off Michael Jackson. Even in Michael's death, the sharks are out there.... wanting a piece of Michael! How very sad~!

Christy   September 29th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Rabbi, if you fell out with MJ back in 2001, how would you have such intimate knowledge about his desires, such as saying he lost his will to live?

JIM Carroll   September 29th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

California could create its own money by making it good only in the state of
California and exchangeable with the dollar in California. Since the Federal Government
has a stupid money policy, there is no need for California to be broke when money is only
a medium of exchange for good an service. California could withdraw from the United States
and become a new country. It could then create its own money supply like 191 other countries– which
would be good anywhere in the world. This would get the USA of the off of a gold standard mentality.
Article 1, Section 8, Constitution gives the Federal Government the power to keep a balanced money supply. New money
should be made available to all the states without any matching funds required for creating jobs and funding new
businesses which produces new jobs. Goods and services have real value. Money is only numbers on a computer chip
which exchanges goods and services.

Joe shmo   September 29th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

where is the money from the book going? If those taped sessions were counseling, this guy has no ethics.

lex   September 29th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

how dare he say he sit thr and say y did michael take all these prescription drugs if schmuley card he wouldnt hav jus left michaels side a "true friend" stick with u through thick and thin and apparently schumely didnt want anythng 2 do w/ mj

Yazmeen   September 29th, 2009 9:16 pm ET


Dodie ~ California   September 29th, 2009 9:18 pm ET


I am sorry, but I have turned the channel. I do NOT want to listen to Michael's private statements!

See you tomorrow night!

Good Night Larry Staff and other bloggers!!!

Dee in Canada   September 29th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Rabbi Boteach is an opportunist. What kind of spiritual advisor would betray the confidences and conversations of his friends or clients in this way. Please leave this man's book alone so that he doesn't make a fortune from his betrayal of Michael.

Patty Anderson   September 29th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

This creep makes me sick. Turn the channel click click

Mara   September 29th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

He seems like a street hustler.

Patty Anderson   September 29th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Can the family go after him for this? Just wiondering

Meyling L.   September 29th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I don't CARE about what this Rabbi has to say about Michael. He is betraying his confident with his. I can't believe he's doing this to him now, after Michael thought he was his friends. MY GOD, PEOPLE WOULD NEVER CHANGE.

Larry these are not the people who we want to hear talking about the King of Music.

tammy   September 29th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

when is larry going to stop kissing shmuley's ass?
c,mon larry ask him – some real questions! you are supposed to be a journalist!
why did michael put shmuley on his enemy list?
answer: because shmuley stole money from michael

sonja moore   September 29th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Rabbi: the public can now "judge him charitably" – the words JUDGE and CHARITY don't belong in the same sentence.

maybe MJ wanted some of the comments and the general sentiments of these conversations to be released, but all the stuff he and janet talked about – idk...that just seems tasteless. Why would Rabbi S. release negative comments about Madonna and the way she atoned with him at the VMA's? What kind of Rabbi is he? In the spirit of Yom Kippur why is he causing rifts and drama? Are rabbis NOT bound to secrecy like priests?

He is NO friend of Michael! He could've waited a year or two to release this book...he wanted to capitalize off MJ....he's another that looked at him like an atm!!! So sad!!!

Donna   September 29th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

These tapes were recorded almost a decade ago! I'm sure Michael's views on a lot of things changed over the last 10 years. That the rabbi released these tapes now is not appropriate unless he had Michael's recent authorization. That Shmuley is passing himself off as an authority on Michael is a joke. They were only friends for about two years and then became estranged. He basically abandoned Michael. He has no credibility. Okay the transcripts of these tapes may be of some interest but Shmuley's vapid and judgmental comments and insights are of no interest and many of them are not true.

Yazmeen   September 29th, 2009 9:21 pm ET




"MJs Truth Army"   September 29th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Nicely Put Lynn

nasfarato   September 29th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

In a time of technological perfection, I must question the quality of these recordings. Not to say that it is not Michaels voice rather, weather he new he was being recorded. If the recorder/microphone was visible, why then the muffled sound which is exactly how the results of a concealed recording device would sound upon play back. This then leads to many more questions of the Rabbi's objective. Money as he will capitalize on it now. Why now? We know all that is being said on the tape just as we know everyone is STILL trying to capitalize on..

michael armstrong sr.   September 29th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Michael evedently didnt give a care any more just a rich heart broken dude that never found true love but instead found greedy friends this goes to show monney cant buy you true love unless your me.

Yazmeen   September 29th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Here's the "morality lesson" I learnt, "rabbi"


mytake   September 29th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Larry, WHY are you BUYING INTO this MAN's NONSENSE?

He's talking like he's FEEDING EVERYONE a part of Michael's life.

THESE TAPES were taped NINE (9) YEARS AGO!!!!!

Who do anyone here know, that thinks the same way about their lives and situations in their lives from NINE YEARS AGO?



Schumley is trying to COVER HIS ASS from the DATELINE broadcast. He has read all the complaints about that show and now he's PATCHING IN NOTES from those complaints.


Michael and his father HEALED their differences and now this is all over the NEWS AGAIN.

Why don't they PLAY THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY in England SPEECH from MARCH 2001, instead of YOU, Schumley telling it like you should get a huge pat on the back?

Why don't they play that tape????? MY GOD!

NBC was national network TV, now CABLE CNN wants a bite of Michael's SOUL.

Will he ever get to REST?

Carmen69   September 29th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I love you Michael, doesn't matter what they say.

Sandy-Houston   September 29th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I get the impression that Larry is not impressed with this Rabbi.

michael armstrong sr.   September 29th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I guess Madoff left a bad imprescion on the Jewish people because these bloggers dont seem to like you rabbit dude.

Anthony T   September 29th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I've been feeling like crap the whole week but that Rabbi Shmuley's talk about Michael Jackson on the King's show lift me up a whole lot.

Yes, even a hard ass political junkie like me needs a little recharge.

Thank you the King.


lex   September 29th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

this is really pissin me off...wen michael was alive was schumuly thinkij about releasin these tapes, no b/c he knew dat michael didnt want thm released but since mj's dead (sadly) rabbi guy didnt hav anythng 2 worry bout and decided 2 release the tapes but the jackson need 2 get him

Meyling L.   September 29th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

When is it gonna be over???? All these people trying to twist everything around!!! It's like Michael said once, that he had just very few real friends. Can't believe this, how come all these people were around him?

Mara   September 29th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Oh hell no I know he didn't just start talking about prescription drugs.

Yazmeen   September 29th, 2009 9:36 pm ET




stella   September 29th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Rabi Smuck,
shame on u a day after Roshshashana

Meyling L.   September 29th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

What really comforts me is that all of us tonight are not biting these Rabbi and that we'll always do our best to keep Michael's name clean!!!

lex   September 29th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

i really wanna find where this shucmely guy lives in jersey and slap him in the face 4 michael

michael armstrong sr.   September 29th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

God bless Michaels internal soal but hes taking longer to die then the king of soul old whats his name .

Cristina   September 29th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Love Larry King, I'm really impressed with Rabbi Boteach, he seems to know so much and express himself so well. I'd love to see more of him perhaps he could sub for Larry from time to time or better yet he should have his own show?

Diane   September 29th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Why does Larry have this guy on? The tapes are the Michael's words but I could do without the rabbi's comments. Why isn't the rabbi talking about the false allegations which is the real cause of his death? Why not do a show about the truth regarding the allegations with Tom Mesereau, Larry Nimmer and Aphrodite Jones? This is want your viewers really want to see. Is it because the truth doesn't sell? At the time of the allegations there was almost no coverage of how Michael was innocent.

AndreaLuna   September 29th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I want to hear about how he thought. How music danced in his head and became a song. I want to hear about how he saw the world, and the people that live in it. I want to hear how he unleashed his sensitivity to speak about human rights, the need to nourish children and to save the planet we live in. I want to hear how his genius worked and how he saw himself on this earth. I want to hear how people close to him loved him and how he felt loved. I do NOT want to hear about his plastic surgeries or mundane things like this. Michael was a genius in music and he was a man that saw the bigger picture of life. I want to have a glimpse through his eyes.

mytake   September 29th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Michael was like a LAMB in a DEN OF WOLVES...and they are CHOMPING away at every last bit of HIS SOUL.

I switched my channel, because I didn't want to hear Larry passing the ball to this RABBI so he can keep attempting to SCORE off of Michael's LEGACY.

Hell awaits those who are making a path there.

chaney   September 29th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Can we please let Michael Rest in Peace.....

Yazmeen   September 29th, 2009 9:40 pm ET




michael armstrong sr.   September 29th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Could it be a hidden secret that Michael had the AIDS

Kim from MN   September 29th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Michael endured alot in his life but he faced and dealt with it with strength, courage and heart. Constantly being the target of negativity and now even with him not being able to defend himself he is still being targeted by so called 'friends' (who really arent).

The aspect of Michaels life that is most interesting to me is his entire life because he showed how he could persevere no matter what was dealt to him. Did he stumble along the way? Yeah, but wouldn't you? I know what I've had to deal with in my life and it is nothing compared to Michael. I admire Michael – I wish everyone could have gotten to know his other side – the side his fans saw (even though at a distance) – and maybe even a few real friends saw. I wish I could have been the shoulder for him to lean on.

Michael, if you are with us tonight we love you, miss you and want you back. Wherever you are may God keep you safe.

Love you so much, peace Michael.

Donna   September 29th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

What aspect of Michael Jackson’s life is most interesting to you? HIS INNOCENCE and how human greed, the sensationalist media and the grifter Arviso and Chandler families robbed the world of the greatest artist who ever lived or will ever live.

lex   September 29th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

rabbi really called michael a naiive jeesh this man is ridiculous

gigi   September 29th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

So one call in can ask Larry to ask Schmuley what happened to that money he stole. I'm not watching it myself, don't care to either.

Meyling L.   September 29th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Yazmeen you're right. He'll let you.

michael armstrong sr.   September 29th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Yazmeen thats just to funny .

Donna   September 29th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Please do a show about Michael's innocence with Tom Mesereau, Aphrodite Jones and Larry Nimmer.

Vassie Brame   September 29th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Larry you need to be a journalist and hammer the truth out of the phony Rabbi. Michael found out he was a crook and cut him off. Shmuley is taking his revenge on Michael now that he is no longer here to defend himself. I am tired of Michael being exploited. Bahsir, Chandler, now Shumley. How many more? The comments about Madonna prove Michael did not want the tapes published because Michael never put down other artist in public. Michael was a gentleman and unlike Shumley. Michael had class.

mytake   September 29th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

What aspect of Michael Jackson’s life is most interesting to you?

Michael's life was most interesting to me through his ability to thrive for greatness and to find the mastery of his craft through every aspect of his existence.

He saw the world in a whole new dimension. He explored complexity and exploded the possibilities of what COULD BE DONE when no one else had ever thought of it.

The aspect of Michael's life that GOD gave him to challenge his talent to give all of himself to his desires and his wonderments is forever a memory of him that I will always cherish.

karen   September 29th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

his ass is going to get sued
that s ........t

Meyling L.   September 29th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I'd really like Michael's family to talk about these and to end this once it for all.

Yazmeen   September 29th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

liar liar liar liar


MICHAEL cut ties with "rabbi" after he STOLE money from CHARITY


mytake   September 29th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Donna, that show probably won't get on the air until a year from now, if any time at all.

michael armstrong sr.   September 29th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Is this guy kin to that rabbit dude Bugs Bunny.

Vassie Brame   September 29th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Larry, you owe it to the public and Michael's children to do a show with Tom Mesereau and Aphrodite Jones. We don't want to hear any more lies about Michael. We want the press to air the truth!

Donna   September 29th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

If Michael was guilty, he would have never admitted to sharing a bed with children. How is it "deeply immoral" to share a bed with other people, especially when it's purely innocent? Not the wisest thing to do given his fame and fortune but nevertheless completely innocent. And I'm sure Michael knew the difference between right and wrong!

Lulu   September 29th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I have the book and have started reading it. Before anyone makes comments about the book, I think they should read it. I think it was well written and has extreme honesty. I am glad this book was published and hope someday the actual recording is available to hear this all in Michael's voice. It is not the kind of book that is about smut like alot of the other books that are and have recently been written.

michael armstrong sr.   September 29th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Rabbi arnt you breaking rules of religion by revealing your information do you love money more then God.

Meyling L.   September 29th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

We should create a Facebook fan group: I want to spit in liar Rabbi's face. Become a fan.

marie   September 29th, 2009 9:58 pm ET


i believe that rabbi shmuley is a shameful man. i am disappointed that you as a respected journalist have not pointed out that rabbi shmuley introduced michael to the child who accused him of child molestation. i am also disturbed by the comments shmuley made in print recently. i do not believe rabbi shmuley about michael wanting ALL his comments published, and that shmuley broke away from michael. rabbi shmuley was on a list michael wrote of people he believed wronged him. as was revealed by his former manager. rabbi shmuley is nothing more than an opportunist taken advantage of michael even in death. i am also curious to understand if michael's estate is receiving proceeds from the book. another question you failed to ask of the rabbi. you are friendly with the jackson family did you reach out to them for comments given you knew you were going to interview shmuley tonite?

sheila   September 29th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I agree with Lex and Mara, the "rabbi" is changing his attitude from when he appeared on Dateline. He's trying to sound a little more kind about Sir Michael. I guess the book is NOT selling fast enough, so he has to try a different strategy to get peoples CASH !!!! Don't fall for it people !!!!!!

Donna   September 29th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

It just kills me because if people or the media bothered to do about 30 minutes of research into the Jordan Chandler and Gavin Arviso cases, they would see how obviously innocent Michael was of the charges and how tragic that he had to live with such a horrible reputation.

carol   September 29th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Dear Larry
With all due respect I must say that I’m very disappointed in your show…why oh why are you having this snake on the show???!!! He is NO different from the Bashirs, Gellers and Dimonds….all these people have been attacking Michael for years….that’s the MAIN reason they were on his persona non-grata list. Why haven’t you contacted Aphrodite Jones or Thomas Meseareau…..we want to hear from people who REALLY knew and respected MJ. Please ask the good Rabbi whatever happened to the $100,000 that went missing from the Heal the Kids foundation…and please oh please it was Michael who distanced himself from this thief and NOT the other way around like he claims.

karen   September 29th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

my blood is still boiling

the aspect of micheal life that intrest me the most was the love that he gave he was the most god like person we will ever see
people could't understand this so they try to distroy him with their greed and love for money
but who god bless no man curse

sorry to say but while there is mankind there will be greed and we will continue to distroy each other money is the root of all evil

Donna   September 29th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Yea, the media isn't really interested in the truth. That Aphrodite Jones who wrote Michael Jackson Conspiracy couldn't even get her book published (she had to self publish) but yet Diane Dimond had Simon Schuster re-issue her sensatioanalist book filled with lies, is tragic.

Michelle Dunford   September 29th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

The MOST interesting part of Michael’s life seems to be the least known aspect; the extensive amount of his heart and resources he devoted to charity and helping others. I have only read about this since his death, and only in brief.

It is quite amazing the amount of donations he made (and continues to make via his estate) and the many people and causes he’s helped.

Unfortunately, good deeds do not go unpunished when it comes to Michael in the media. It puzzles me that this area of his life has been completely omitted in media discussions and coverage. People like me deserve to see the ‘whole’ picture. In death Michael deserves as much.

I would like to hear more about Michael’s extensive charity involvement, Larry.

Yazmeen   September 29th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Larry, I used to watch your show religiously, NOT LATELY

After his death was ruled a homicide, you along with mainstream media STOPPED MJ coverage. A tape surfaced where Michael expresses concerns about a Thome Thome, you didn't do no story about it. You do absolutely no stories about Michael unless it's someone who wants to slander Michael's good name.....


If you can't get back to REAL journalism Larry, maybe you should retire!
If you host 1 more worthless person that exploits MIchael's death, I WILL BARF

Kelly   September 29th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I didn't see the whole show..I'll tune in again at 9 tonight..where are the proceeds of the book going? Hopefully, a charity that Michael would be part of? It is interesting to hear Michael's stories, however, if he didn't give his permission, is this someone who is cashing in on Michael's death? I'm confused. I'll watch again later.

Larry, are you feeling okay? You seemed a bit "off" tonight..not the Larry I usually see! Take care!!!

Meyling L.   September 29th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I condemn all these people who are taking advantage of Michael now that he's not here to defend himself, and they pretended to be FRIENDS when he was alive. I feel SICK for those people.

tammy   September 29th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

i just wasted an hour of my life that I will never get back.

Larry's interview with the Rabbi was a disgrace. Why ask for viewer questions – if you are not going to use them?

what about asking the rabbi about the money ...michael gave to start a children's charity. shmuley never used the money!!

why did michael put shmuley on an enemies list? if they were such good friends?

all larry did was to help shmuley sell books

listen up media – is you continue this biased trashing of michael jackson . you are going to lose viewers..we have had enough of this crap.
Michael, his children and his legacy deserve the truth and deserve better than they received tonight!

michael   September 29th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

could someome please, please, please prevent larry from grunting & moaning while a guest in the middle of an articulate answer. it is so disruptive and annoying. shmuley was one of the smartest, well spoken guests larry's ever had on, and larry made the show almost unbearable.

thank you

sherry   September 29th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Larry seems odd,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I kept expecting for him to say whatever,,,,,,or somethng,,,,,,,,,,,,,he seemed weird???? did anyone notice that?

I felt it went better then I expected,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,still to many plugs for the book but at least it wasnt an all out mean slander ect........

Barbara   September 29th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Larry seems very tired or maybe ill? He did not look good. 🙁

sherry   September 29th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

WE WANT Aphrodite Jones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lex   September 29th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

larry didnt look 2 happy durin the show either and i loved wen larry asked y is he releasin these tapes after 9 years if he cutt of ties w/ michael and schumely studdered and nvr answered the question

sarah   September 29th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

i didn't watch it. ...don't want to hear anything bad about Mike....

karen   September 29th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

the media have no intrest in things that are truthful
people love gossip that is how they come by their ratings who is going to give them high ratings if they talk about the good things that micheal did we the fans have to keep him alive
some day he is going to get his redemtion
we just have to have some faith aand pray through the darkness
there is calm after every storm this their storm the calm will be our time we will put them to shame

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Now that this travesty with the Rabbi is over... Larry could you put on some actual friends of Michael? You know, friends that were current? Friends in 2009? Ones who did not betray him? I would like to see that show.


sherry   September 29th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

WE WANT Aphrodite Jones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! p l e a s e

sherry   September 29th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

what is THE JAX CHAT????

moonsruface   September 29th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

I can't believe that CNN is giving time to this Rabbi. Where is MJ's signed authorization to release these tapes? This so call rabbi is violating his clergy for publicly putting this tapes out there when they where done in confidence and in a format of counselor/spiritual adviser.
I can't wait for the Jackson Family to sue this so call rabbi plus all the new outlets for airing this PRIVATE conversation out.

mytake   September 29th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Can anyone see the links that I posted for the Ebony/Jet Interviews from the 80's?

It is saying that it is awaiting moderation.

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

@Mytake – sorry I don't see those links - you may have to type them in code to get them to post. 🙂


chris   September 29th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Way to go, Sherry!
We really do want Aphrodite Jones on your show, Larry!

lex   September 29th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

how bout larry has a show bout the goods things of michael like his charites and artists dat hav worked w/ mj like or ne-yo dat would be great

alyssa   September 29th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

what channel???
i miss you michael!
its been 3 months and i still cant stop crying!!!
miss and love you very much!!!
r.i.p Michael Jackson aka King Of Pop!

toronto8086   September 29th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

in our hearts frever you will never die yor the birds i see soaring in the sky free free free to go where u want and when keep laughing michael at all the attention u so deserved and desired

until we meet again

Luda   September 29th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

Ok. Now I know why the book. He pluged his website for his projects... He needs Michael's Fame....

There was a lot of interpretation, but what Michael really meant, there is just Michael himself who could say it!

Marmoura   September 29th, 2009 10:23 pm ET didn't look like you are feeling good tonight. Please drink lots of water, rest and make sure you are taking your vitamins. Be good to your heart. I am worried about you.

Jenna   September 29th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

OMG, I never knew the Rabbi stole from a Charity. OMG!!!! So MJ was the one who cut the ties. So this Rabbi guy is lying on TV, so he's gonna undoubtedly lie in his book.OMG and he called himself a friend to MJ. The only thing that I'm loving is that when this Rabbi passes away, he will have to answer to a higher authority. OMG

mytake   September 29th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

I guess they took it off because they it's no longer there.

Luda   September 29th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Sherry I'm with you: Aphrodite Jones!

sherry   September 29th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Luda !!!!!! yahoo

Jennifer   September 29th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Shmuley was actually saying really good things, and defending Michael. Maybe now he is trying to do what he should have done before.

sherry   September 29th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Jennifer i know

Marmoura   September 29th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

there were several redemptive pieces in that interview. but, the circumstances surrounding the release of this info is very questionable.


"You can't fool the fans"

Luda   September 29th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Forgot to say:

I was glad Larry asked the question I had since I've heard those tapes:
If Michael was holding the microphone why the sound is so bad???

Did he really knew?

Marmoura   September 29th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Bring Aphrodite Jones and Tom Mesereau on your show, please.

sherry   September 29th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

: Marmoura i agree

mytake   September 29th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Lori, the links were for these videos from the 80's on MJ Tube dot com from Ebony/Jet.

chris   September 29th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

@ Vassie Brame,
Good point! The fact that MJ never dissed other artists/ musicians publicly proves that he did not want these tapes released.

lex   September 29th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

luda i hav a feellin too dat mj didnt noe he was bein recorded cuz the quality of the tapes do sound bad

sarah   September 29th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

its so odd , People who surrounded Michael have or had some sort of financial troubles, Rabbi, Dr. Murray.....

SpringPM   September 29th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

Tonight show was very important for this society.. Thank you. 60 minutes was not enough.. I can see that Michael Jackson could touch Adolph Hitler’s heart. Most extreme leaders in any fields have the same character. They got the power to be the TOP from out of LOVE from parents. My father was like that too…

Anyway, I knew all the greedy money makers out of Michael Jackson destroyed him… I really wanted him to have a normal life but that never had happed.. However, we really have to learn from him to save some people..

Even some so called evil person never wanted to be that way.. it was not their choice sometimes.. there is always behind it why they become like that..

Well, Michael Jackson was truly had a pure sensitive heart.. he could not heart anyone.. since he feels that..

He will return again with a wonderful normal family 🙂
I really want to see him smiling again.

sherry   September 29th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

good night everyone,,,,,,hugs

Luda   September 29th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

I had always heard it was Michael who stopped seeing Rabbi not the opposite...

Now why was Michael thinking Rabbi wanted to destroy his life?
What happened?
If only Micheal would still be here, it's what HE thinks I want to hear, not what people think he thinks!!!

Pat Schenk   September 29th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

I just finished watching the interview with the rabbi. I wonder why there Why were there no call in questions. Afraid of embarrassing the rabbi because of the questions about the rabbi's charity that may come up?

I don't understand why on earth the tape from the trial wearing pajamas was run ad nauseum. What was the point of this? To make Michael Jackson look strange? If you look on the Internet you will find his lawyer taking responsibility....Michael was coming quickly from the hospital because his lawyer told him to get to court immediately. You can also find video with Michael talking about the police brutality he suffered.

Of all the probably hundreds of clips that could have been shown, WHY this one? It just shows the media continues to crucify him in my opinion.

Anne   September 29th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

If you didn't watch it, you missed something really good. I cried when MJ talked about taking care of Ryan White at Neverland when he was sick and saying good bye to him when he died.

Larry King was in top form tonight. I swear they read every one of our posts. It was like the Rabbi read them, too, and was determined to portray Michael in a sympathetic and positive light.

I would love to listen to all 30 hours of the tapes. I want to hear what MJ says in his own voice not on a page. I do believe MJ wanted us to hear what he was saying at the time the tapes were made because he wanted to do something good in this world with his celebrity.

I think the post on the Rabbi's website shows a misconception. I do not love MJ for his dancing and singing or his being a star. I love him for his vulnerability and his huge heart and caring about people that other people do not even notice.

I would not love MJ if he were not so human. If he were just a celebrity who died, I would have forgotten all about it the next day. But he was special. He felt everyone's pain – the poor, the sick, the starving, the disabled. He was all of our pain in one person. I see a person who tries very hard to do the right thing and is treated very cruelly but still he does not give up. He wants to redeem himself even though people should have known he was innocent.

Luda   September 29th, 2009 10:35 pm ET


I just saw your post about Rabbi stealing...
Thanks, you confirmed me what I thought : MJ left....

Thank you again for this article: we learn so much on these blogs!

Gerald Jolly   September 29th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Hey! Folks, I hope you watched tonights show with Rabbi Shumley Boteach.

I would really like to have your opinion on the Rabbi, GOOD or BAD.

I question why, he held these taped conversations for (8) years and has decided that now is a good time to release them??


I think so.

One has to read the psychology behind his words.

On one hand he talks nicely about M.J. and on the other he berates his actions.

He speaks at length about the beattings that M.J. suffered from Joe, and then says, "BUT MICHEAL LOVED HIS FATHER"??

Great fodder for selling his book Hu!

Rabbi Shumley Boteach talks about how many people have exploited Micheal's death??


I enjoyed listening to some of the excerpts from the tapes and how Micheal spoke so lovingly about his mother and children and how and why he so loved all the children of the world.

I will only accept and believe Rabbi Shumley Boteach's sincerity when I hear that he will donate all the proceeds from his book to charities that Micheal supported.

Otherwise he still is a "LEACH" in my mind

Luda   September 29th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

@ "MJs Truth Army",

I really like your name!! 😉

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

Michael...Your were ahead of your time... you seen things as innocent... couldn't understand why being grown up that you couldn't still play hide -in-seek... have water Balloon Fights.... Because of your innocent... of this thinking... to the innocent of keeping the fountain of youth in your eyes you did no wrong ... But...the World says you have to grow up... because it is not right.. to do those things... There are no laws saying you have to stop doing this... people themselves that tell you this or you are a Freak....
Look today when a child wants to have water balloon fights.. Hide in seek the father says i am to old to play that game.. in his mind he is thinking ..i like to but what if someone see me... Michael you worn't weird the World is.....

Lucero (Mexico)   September 29th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Dear Bloggers 😀

I agree with you.

“I DONT’ CARE ABOUT what this Rabbi has to say about Michael “ .
I turned the channel.. Enough!
It's not fair! Michael is not here to defend himself.

I believe in God.!! The truth will prevail.

God bless MICHAEL 🙂



chris   September 29th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

Great post, Anne!
I mentioned before that I love MJ's artistry BUT his love, his kindness, his integrity and his gentle spirit took my love and admiration for him to a whole new stratosphere. We will always love him because he maintained his honour and goodness even during adversity. MJ seemed always so vulnerable, but he did persevere. I think MJ fans will always carry a part of MJ's pain in our hearts – and we'll be proud to do so.
Yes, this is the land where people have the right to their own opinions, but if I know individuals who do not like MJ it tells me something about their character.

Maria G   September 29th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

I missed LKL.

Marmoura   September 29th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

Sherry – goodnight!

Anne – I couldn't agree more.

Gerald Jolly – glad to hear from you 🙂 I am torn...on the one hand I believe Michael was well aware he was being recorded and wow...he had a lot of very profound things to say that SHOULD be heard, but the Rabbi is walking on thin ice. The fans have had enough of opportunists. I appreciate much of his commentary, BUT I don't give a bleep about his opinions on the accusations and what is 'moral'.

Raychil   September 29th, 2009 11:04 pm ET

Okay Rabbi , now you want to try to defend him after you see the uproar. You are two-faced. You condemned him during the trial and now release tapes without his consent but now you're defending him. You said he had a death wish, you called him stupid. By the way , that was on TAPE that you authorized.

You probably say I have twisted your words. Not a good feeling is it. Imagine how the Jackson family after your so-called "analysis" of Michael on TV and in your book.

You have shown exactly what you are. This is the second time in less than a week that you have altered what you said. The first was the Hitler thing where you scurried to write a blog so people would still buy your book of betrayal. Now here we go again, say a few nice things about Michael so those books will sell.

Sorry, I'm not buying it or you. Anyone who could allegedly misuse funds from a charity for children, insinuate on more than one occassion that Michael was guilty is nothing but an opportunist.

Okay what part of your story will you change next week the next time you read something on a blog and you think it threatens your sales? You are pathetic and I doubt seriously that you are actually a practicing rabbi.

Meyling L.   September 29th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

Maria G: NOBODY interesting and worthy was interviewed tonight! You did not miss anything.

marguerite   September 29th, 2009 11:12 pm ET

He isn't a real friend, because real friends keep their mouths shut when you tell them things. They don't go and tell your secrets in a book to make money from it.

Mara   September 29th, 2009 11:12 pm ET

Hi Lucero!

How are you doing today?

Anne   September 29th, 2009 11:14 pm ET

I was expecting the interview tonight to show Boteach was very critical of MJ and he did not come across that way so I was relieved.

But I just realized I was conned into believing he was sincere in defending MJ. He is a salesman trying to tell us what we want to hear to sell his books and quiet all the criticism!

Gosh, I can't believe I fell for it! How many other people will also? In any case, I would never have bought his book.

Raychil   September 29th, 2009 11:20 pm ET


When are you going to have people on to talk about Michael for the genius he was? How about some people who didn't abandon him during the past nine years. Let's hear the Oxford speech. Replay his interview with Geraldo.Talk with the folks at Ebony.

If you do these things the world will get a sense of who Michael was in 2009 as opposed to going backwards in time, This makes no sense! I want to know about recent times. I will not participate in this revenge tactic of the alleged rabbi. No one who doesn't speak to someone for that many years should have any credibility. He is obviously in it for the money!

Janice Lee   September 29th, 2009 11:21 pm ET

I hate these self promoting leeches! Michael Jackson would probably be horrified (but not surprised) to know that private counsel and conversations that he had with a Rabbi that he trusted, were put into a book for the world to see! Don't people have any shame?? I loved Michael and think that he deserves respect for his music, his dancing, his hunanity, the millions he gave to charity, the countless people whose lives he helped and saved, the children in hospitals and orphanages who he tried to make happy, and the hugs and love that he tried to give this thankless, ungreatful world. Love was his being. He gave up so much for his art, and was villified much like Jesus was in his time, because LOVE to too many people is cause for suspicion, even today! It breaks my heart even further that so many people that he trusted would betray him for a buck- especially a Rabbi, who should know better!!

sarah   September 29th, 2009 11:21 pm ET

any chance of TI **mj** coming 2nite...

Lucero (Mexico)   September 29th, 2009 11:22 pm ET

Hi Mara 🙂
I have a busy day, but Im fine. Thanks for asking. And you?


gigi   September 29th, 2009 11:23 pm ET

Here's a book I just bought Schmuley!, the Michael Jackson Opus. I had some extra funds this is a treat for myself. I really wanted to get one so I figured I might as well get it before the half price is gone, which is tomorrow. The shipping is $28 bucks.
The shipping gets you every time :O)

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 11:24 pm ET

Hi Sarah - one just never knows, does one? Are you Sarah from Pakistan??


Mara   September 29th, 2009 11:25 pm ET

Great Lucero did you watch LKL tonight?

sarah   September 29th, 2009 11:26 pm ET

yes i am sarah from pak but no longer in pak....i live in Minnesota but was in pak for summer vacation .....

Donna   September 29th, 2009 11:26 pm ET

Schmuley got a lot of flack for the Dateline interview where he came off more judgmental. He had to soften it up a bit tonight to sell this book to MJ's millions of fans...

sarah   September 29th, 2009 11:26 pm ET

i just don't write FANS OF MJ FROM PAKISTAN coz i am no longer their ...

Barbara   September 29th, 2009 11:27 pm ET

Let's all think **mj** together-really, really concentrate, and maybe he will drop in for a visit...

Okay c'mon now 1-2-3!

Lori in Massachusetts   September 29th, 2009 11:27 pm ET

I said earlier that I wouldn't watch tonight and I didn't. Reading the posts since the show aired, I have the impression most that watched felt the same as I, this so called rabbi (call him so called because a true person of God would never do this) is cashing in and raping Michael yet once again.

Gosh Larry, I have been watching you on cnn for 25 years and to be honest I'm growing tired of you giving air time to those that are coming out of the woodwork to gain from Michael's death. Who will be next...Matin Brashir, Gloria Allred, maybe Tom Snedden?

With the body of work Michael has done, not just music and dance, but with charity you could fill hours of airtime, not to mention how he was set up with those horrible allegations and proved to be INNOCENT!

You have the highest rated show on CNN for a reason, you usuallly ask tough questions, you get the guests people want to see most of the time. From reading this blog you didn't ask any questions regarding the rabbi's integrity and your audience didn't want to tune in to see this money grubbing vulture!

Please show the class and smart journalism you have had in the past Larry, not just plug books, ask those tough questions.

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 11:27 pm ET

gigi - I am ordering my copy of The Opus tomorrow. I submitted a poem. I am hoping it will get selected. Wow $28 for shipping? Are they sending it by private jet with a limo to my door?


Mara   September 29th, 2009 11:28 pm ET


You're right but I'm still not giving him my dollar.

Lucero (Mexico)   September 29th, 2009 11:36 pm ET

No, I didn`t watch it. I would like to hear about positive things Mj.. 🙂


Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 11:38 pm ET

@ **MJ** is it time for the next installment of clues? We are all waiting breathlessly for your next appearance. Or in the alternative, if you are otherwise occupied, we would also appreciate a visit from
The Informer.... 🙂 It would be illuminating to hear your thoughts about the program on LKL tonight. Thanks. 🙂


tatiana   September 29th, 2009 11:41 pm ET

Hi Lucero, Mara, how are you?

mytake   September 29th, 2009 11:43 pm ET

This is weird, I put in Part 1 first and it was deleted after I put in Part 2.

So now, Part 1 is after Part 2. Maybe they both will be deleted this time.

Honorine, I liked the little boys doing Dangerous. They were so cute.

I can't say it was dancing they were doing but it was pretty close. haha

Marmoura   September 29th, 2009 11:43 pm ET

awe....thanks mytake!

i remember seeing this a while ago. he is soo cute.

i don't like that interviewer though...his questions are kind of stupid and obvious. Michael seems kinda like, 'duh, why is he asking me such obvious questions."

he is a very good listener, isn't he!

mytake   September 29th, 2009 11:46 pm ET

Lori, I found the way to put the interviews here, (I guess you can still see them).

mytake   September 29th, 2009 11:48 pm ET

They took them off again. What did I do wrong? Where they too large for this page or are the moderators F-ing with me?

DEB   September 29th, 2009 11:50 pm ET

i can see that the rabbi's intentions were good with his sharing
michael jackson 's tapes , to help us to understand him as a person , brilliant with talents , with so much depth , yet troubled deeply by wounds of childhood , far more serious than any of us know , but that openness with such intimacy , will open up a can of worms for the tabloids to play around with , and , once again , michael will end up looking wacko jacko , even in death .. they wont leave him alone .. they are too narrow-minded , bent on making money on the dirt that people seem to want ... some people , but enough to keep these slim times in business sad that such a brilliant man's virtues get drowned out by negativity .. michael , rest in peace .. and may your children remember you as their loving dad .. i understand you , as many do ..

mytake   September 29th, 2009 11:51 pm ET

Marmoura, Yea, I figured most people had seen them but they are more positive than the crap that LKL had on tonight. I guess that's why they won't let them stay here.

It doesn't erase the fact that that interview was 200% betterr than anything LKL has done in months for Michael.


Mara   September 29th, 2009 11:53 pm ET

Hi tatiana!

I'm doing good. Nice to see you on LKL.


I agree with you!!! Are you going to MJ's movie next month?

MJLover   September 29th, 2009 11:55 pm ET

I sincerely hope that Rabbi Schmuley is not exploiting Michael's vulnerability in an attempt to coin a quick buck. Where will the proceeds of the sales of this book go? Hopefully it will be used in a manner that would honour the late King of Pop's wishes – the Heal the World Foundation, or the many other charities he supported in his lifetime, perhaps. What I really don't appreciate is Schmuley's ad nauseum 'psychoanalytical interpretation' of Michael's words. Let Michael's words speak for themselves. That's how powerful his words really are. We don't need someone to 'interpret' Michael's words to us. If the breakdown of this 'friendship' was mutual (which I sincerely believe it was), then I don't blame Michael for ending it – Schmuley was probably trying to psychoanalyze and dissect Michael's every thought. How terrible! All I know is that Michael was a wonderful human being – a fabulous entertainer, a dedicated father, a passionate philanthropist, and a victim of false allegations and media hating. And no matter who comes out with new 'revelations' about his life – Michael Jackson will always be just that...Michael Jackson, King of Pop.

tatiana   September 29th, 2009 11:55 pm ET

Nice to see you too, but as usualy Lucero disappeared!

gigi   September 29th, 2009 11:56 pm ET

Here's a letter I sent to Shmuley via his website.

Hi Shmuley, My name is Gigi Moore I am 28 yrs old Christian woman.

Just bought a great book, I apologize it wasn't yours. I bought Michael's Opus instead. I have also bought and have already read the book by Aphrodite Jones, Geraldine Hughes, and watch the documentary footage by Larry Nimmer, who was the witness for the defense in 2005 and provided the virtual tour for the jury, allowed by the judge I might add.

Quick question what did you do with that $100,000 you stole from the Heal the Kids charity? A lot of people have been asking that question. I would like to know as well.

I pray that you will come to know that you contributed to the pain towards Michael and the ones you are now hurting are his 3 children. Just to let you know that Michael did speak with a Christian Pastor and did accept Jesus. The Pastor publicly stated that he is confident that Michael know the Lord. And I thank God that their was a Christian in his life and that this pastor shared the Gospel of Jesus with Michael upon Michael's request. Michael knew this pastor from the 90's and worked with him on several of his songs. "Man in the Mirror", "Will You Be There", "the invincible album, and Michael wanted to work with this pastor again. They were working on 2 unreleased songs that were to be on his "This Is It" album. And the pastor met with Michael twice, 3 weeks before he passed away.

So I am joyful, at peace and thankful because my prayer was confirmed for me.

God Bless,

mytake   September 29th, 2009 11:57 pm ET

I'm leaving the blog.

I'm not impressed at all. The repeat showing of this Rabbi branding Michael with a hot poker on his sacred backside has left me LIMP and feeling quite empty inside.

I'm going to play some computer solitaire or something else.

I'm done for tonight. I will fight for Michael another day.

Svitlana   September 29th, 2009 11:58 pm ET

This this very beautiful poetry from the loving heart of Anabela Guedes, Portugal.

Michael Jackson is loved all around the world not just because of his music but because of his true nature as child-like innocent soul and unique openness and wish to help people and change the World. He was "all about Love". And here we are – we love him very dearly...As he said: "I'll not let you a part for your always in my heart"...

Victoria J   September 30th, 2009 12:00 am ET

Again, Boteach came across for the most part as a genuine friend who cared for Michael. But then came a few zingers regarding Michael's character, the ones that cut at the very fabric of a person's soul. I wish I had written them down, but I do remember Boteach saying that Michael rejected the help offered him. I have a very difficult time understanding trained men of God who do not have a clue about how to go about helping people. I found Boteach to actually be very unsympathetic or "charitable" in judging Michael when a man of God knows that a person with an addiction cannot make good decisions. Yes, it would have been wonderful if Michael had that grounded person in his life, such as a loving, caring and very strong wife who could have taken him to the place to get help, but excuse me, Mr. Boteach, Michael had no such person and it seems maybe he was reaching out to you with a friendship. Get real. Friends lay down their lives for their friends. You did not do that, sir, and you are just as guilty as the other enablers who let Michael get too lost to be saved. Remember, too, Michael died at the hands of another who knowingly gave him medications that could kill him. Where was your sympathy and charity in regards to this very real issue in the death of Michael Jackson?

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 30th, 2009 12:15 am ET

Still no sign of our Gene?? Gene please come back.


Lucero (Mexico)   September 30th, 2009 12:15 am ET

Hi Tatiana 🙂
Nice to see you!

Im very busy. Sometimes I read your comments, but you know.. my english is not good. But, I really enjoy this blogs... Ya tienes tus entradas para la peli ?

Mara 🙂
My boyfriend, friends and me, we are waiting to get a tickets for the movie.. :-(. (I live in small city).. I'll be patient...


vallary   September 30th, 2009 12:18 am ET

At whose request was it to get this stuff on tape, so that it could be used against MJ later, I wish they would just leave the man a lone. He was a great talent and I hate to see that his kids won't see that on stage in person instead of tape. where are the docs you don't hear much about where they are and charges. It seem like that has flashed

Darla Luke   September 30th, 2009 12:18 am ET

Michael Jackson is not a tragic figure. Many things you report about him are not shocking-you just say they are. Most human beings are motivated by their want of love. Michael's fans adored, loved and sympathized him before he died in spite of the allegations made. You never asked the fans...

tatiana   September 30th, 2009 12:21 am ET

where do you live Lucero?

spirit   September 30th, 2009 12:24 am ET

BRING APHRODITE JONES ON TO THE SHOW.. If its all about being impartial & objective then all the parties should be invited over for a conversation why only those who have nothing better to do but mailgn Michael's name & feed the tabloids...

Lucero (Mexico)   September 30th, 2009 12:26 am ET

You are very lucky. 🙂 No tengo los boletos aun. En mi ciudad, aun no tienen las entradas a la venta. Im so sad.


Bella   September 30th, 2009 12:27 am ET

Michael's true fans will never buy such a garbage from any of the so-called "Michael's friend".

spirit   September 30th, 2009 12:28 am ET

And I'm really disappointed in this man, Shumley...Wonder how he calls himself a rabbi... He is doing what Martin Bashir did some years back, winning Michael's confidence & then betraying his trust & that too in such a brazen way...
I also wonder that how come this man's conscience doesn't prick him at all when he is making all of his dead friend's private confessions public...

Rasheed   September 30th, 2009 12:28 am ET

Please show us the proof that this rabbi had consent to tape Jackson, either play a tape of michael acknowledging that he is being taped and or written signed consent to be taped. Otherwise I only wonder if they were secretly taped for the Rabbi to profit later. Is the Rabbi profitting from the whole thing with his book, or is he donating it to a charity?

Amy   September 30th, 2009 12:29 am ET

September 30th, 2009 12:21 am ET

I think the fact that Scmuley didn’t publish before Michael’s death makes it highly suspicious. Could be Michael didn’t give his permission after the “taping”.

Also, it’s been 9 years. Michael’s thinking could have changed.

Schmuley should not have released something “taped” 9 years ago without seeking the interviewee’s permission. Michael has no chance to defend himself or edit it to reflect his current thinking

spirit   September 30th, 2009 12:29 am ET

And Anabela Guedes, from Portugal!

That was such a beautiful poem that you posted here... Thank you for those lovely thoughts about Michael...
God bless him

tatiana   September 30th, 2009 12:30 am ET

Lucero, los compré por teléfono, el primer dia, espero que puedas pronto comprar los tuyos! Mucha suerte

Julia   September 30th, 2009 12:32 am ET


RIP Micheal

GOD Bless you and yer children:)

spirit   September 30th, 2009 12:34 am ET

this is what makes it look so suspicious...Why did the rabbi take 09 years to share this with the world... & one more thing... Weren't these tapes supposed to be confidential... Does this rabbi know the meaning of the word 'confidential'??? Or is it that for the sake of money he's left every moral consideration behind him???

marguerite   September 30th, 2009 12:37 am ET

He isn’t a real friend, because real friends keep their mouths shut when you tell them things. They don’t go and tell your secrets in a book to make money from it.

Rasheed   September 30th, 2009 12:39 am ET

I wonder if the Michael Jackson family will sue the
rabbi for illegally taping MJ and trying to profit from it.
I doubt there was consent to make them. I dont think
he should profit from them. Donate the profits to charity
at least.

spirit   September 30th, 2009 12:41 am ET

I also fail to understand that no charges are brought against those responsible for Michael's death as yet... Its outrageous! Had these so-called friends like this Rabbi been Michael's true friends, they would have asked for justice being brought to Michael...
How come this rabbi is not bothered about the way his friend died... Does it show that he is a true friend? No way! He too is another leech, another parasite seeking 15 minutes of glory...
God is watching, rabbi!

Betty   September 30th, 2009 12:48 am ET

How could you put this greedy, Benedict Arnold on your show? The Rabbi does not have a shred of proof that MJ gave him permission to publish these private discussions. Yet you take his word at face value. The Rabbi's story about not wanting to get "sucked" into Michael's life, again, went unchallenged. Why didn't you do your research and bring up the fact that MJ broke up his friendship with this opportunist because he stole money from the charity they were both working for? Where you born yesterday? Do you believe everything every shmuck tells you? Where is the balance to this story? This guy is a con artist. Why didn't he publish this book when MJ was alive? Was he afraid that MJ would have gone after him? Also, in MJs more recent Oxford speech, he publicly stated that he forgave his father and encouraged others to learn to forgive as well. Why wasn't that bought up? That was more recent and would have been a more accurate description of his feelings than than those described in the9 year old tapes. This interview is a perfect example of how MJ's "friends" betrayed him and why he was justified for despising the one-sided, sensationalist media. They both continue to slander him, even in his death, Disgusting.

spirit   September 30th, 2009 12:51 am ET

And plz plz plz focus on all the good that Michael did all his life... For Heaven's sake, he was the biggest contributer to so many charities all over the world... He did sooooooo much for the deprived, the terminally ill, the underdogs... Why don't you just focus on that too!!!... What about his Heal the world foundation? Why doesn't somebody ask about that? What about him being the greatest entertainer, the greatest humanitarian & the greatest dad ... all in one... Where on earth do you find such a rare combination? Why isn't this highlighted???

And confessions? For Heaven's sake! Who doesn't have one! And if priests, rabbis and counsellors start going public with the confessions of their clients & friends then heavens would fall for sure...
There is something by the name called trust which should never be betrayed... & if these people are not concerned about such ethical considerations, they don't deserve to be called humans...

Lyn   September 30th, 2009 12:56 am ET

I don't know Larry does the Rabbi realize that every interview with Michael sounded basically the same . I think at some time if you are or were a fan or even just interested in Michael Jackson you knew all this stuff already. I think the only new information he had was his interview with Katherine.One chapter in a book probably won't get me to buy a book.I think you should tell him too that when he says immoral he is talking as a conservative Rabbi maybe not the most open minded person to be making that judgement.

Lucero (Mexico)   September 30th, 2009 1:00 am ET

Tatiana, Mara 🙂

It's late to me. See you tomorrow.

Good night and sweet dreams!!


melissa   September 30th, 2009 1:01 am ET

i always thought that when you talk to a person of the church such as a pastor or priest that conversation is between you and the pastor or priest and god. i think this is wrong of this rabbi telling the world about the private conversation that they had... this just breaks my heart that this man is telling the world about the private conversation that he had with micheal .. i think this is very wrong..

Idzam Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   September 30th, 2009 1:01 am ET

What's not to love about Michael.
So lovable, so adorable, so huggable.
I love him from when he was black to when he was white.
On others, I will be first to call him freako, wacko, stinto.
But on Michael, its perfecto.
To me, nothing Michael did is wrong.
He's inimitable, an original. His own man.

tatiana   September 30th, 2009 1:02 am ET

Good night Lucero, it was very nice to see you, sleep well

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 30th, 2009 1:03 am ET

I guess there will be no late night visit from *mj* or The Informer tonight.


Anne   September 30th, 2009 1:10 am ET

Two more thoughts after watching the show a 2nd time.

The Avizos set Michael up. They were con artists and preyed on his loneliness and his desperate desire to be seen as a beloved father figure. They should be in jail.

It is entirely possible MJ scrapped the book project himself and not the other way around when he realized Boteach was not a good person to start a charity with.

sarah   September 30th, 2009 1:11 am ET

i was really hoping for **mj** or TI would come, next time i guess.



delsie   September 30th, 2009 1:18 am ET

This rabbi certainly got me mad as can be with his stupid book. I don't care if Michael wanted him to write the book or not, but why would someone you trust decide to release "confidential" conversation and write a book based on that after you passed away?
What happened to respect for the dead? or even plain old love for a friend? I wouldn't do that to someone i did not know, how much more someone who trusted me.
I see no point for this book/tape release except the exploitation of Michael. A true friend and person with dignity would NEVER do that. For crying out loud, his family's still mourning as well as his fans.
I hope someone tapes this rabbi's conversation and writes a book that reeks of negativity for him and his family. He is nothing but a greedy, inconsiderate and selfish person.
I love you Michael and your music and dance were the magic of my youth. If only they would leave you alone and truly RIP...

Sadie   September 30th, 2009 1:21 am ET

This is unbelieveable that this man would release this crap, it's clear you dont know michael at all, he may have problems but he'd never want to leave his children and if you knew any better, it wasnt a suicide. Many of his fans are familar with his pain, know he wanted to be seen as Michael the man, not the famous Michael Jackson. -_-

Meyling L.   September 30th, 2009 1:28 am ET

Definitely Michael had really few friends in his life, sadly. At this point I just want to hear about his family, and friends like Eli Taylor, Macauly Culkin, Christian Audigier and people like this. People he always carried around him and very curious these are the people whose voice I haven't heard, cause they are not interested in selling interviews like crazy.

Lisa   September 30th, 2009 1:33 am ET

I want to hear everything about MJ's life and music. I will never grew tired of it. He was so nice, altruistic, very intelligent, sensitive and extremely talented. Genius should be a word attributed to Michael.

I knew the press was going to misinterpret the Hitler conversation. I heard the tape session about Hitler on Dateline and MJ said that if he had been allowed to talk to Hitler he could have stopped what happened. I think he just might have been able to pull it off...

Lynn-IL   September 30th, 2009 1:39 am ET

I just finished watching tonights LKL and what I thought was really strange was the see-saw job the rabbi seemed to be doing in repect to the tapes. He would say really ignorant things about Michael and then follow them up with glowing praise about Michael. His central focus seemed to be how HE was trying to "help" Michael what HE thought. . .It was clear that he felt he needed to temper his criticisms with enough positive statements to make it believable to the audience that he still cared for Michael. If you were really interested in giving Michael a voice Rabbi then why did you feel the need to undercut his message with your misguided musings. Pick a side and deal with the consequences of your sell-out but please get off the see-saw.

joy   September 30th, 2009 1:49 am ET

Even if I would love to hear every word Michael had to say after reading some of the comments here, I will not buy this book because I to do not believe the Rabbi is a friend but a person who is trying to make money off of Michael. I agree that if this was a spiritual man he would not publish a book unless he had the familys permission to do so, no spiritual person would want to cause family members to hurt more, or want to tarnish a persons memory by publishing something that would hurt Michael or the people close to him.

TL/Huntington Beach   September 30th, 2009 1:54 am ET

MJ's voice sounded genuinely his in the first two comments of the confessional tapes however after listening to the remainder of the show I did not feel that it was his voice. Voice actor perhaps?

Wouldn't it be fantastic if Rabbi Shumley Boteach's had been interviewed by LK along with Joe Jackson, Madonna, Brook Shields, and any one else that he discusses in his book all on the same show! It would be great to hear their responses to these tapes and his book.

As far as Joe's oiling MJ down preparing him for a beating? I've never heard any one interview Joe on the specifics of these allegations. Has the Jackson family verified that Joe did in fact strip MJ naked, oil him down and then whip him?

Goodnight Everyone It's been a long day.

Lisa S   September 30th, 2009 1:55 am ET

I would liketo know/understand why Michael had so few "real" friends. With real friends I mean friends that connects with you on an emotional spiritual level. A person who loves you for who you are and has no economical bond, just a pure friend to relay on.

And why did he hang out with all, excuse me, odd people? Did he have a bad judgement when it came to people? Was he naive?

But I guess the rabbi will not be able to answer those questions.

Maria G   September 30th, 2009 1:59 am ET

When will people realize that Michael was more than an entertainer ?
I have noticed that his fans do not refer to him as Michael Jackson, they endearingly refer to him as just Michael. Why? Because they know there was man , a real person behind the legend.

marguerite   September 30th, 2009 2:04 am ET

I have a feeling it wasn't really bad judgement on Michael's part but he just believed what these con men said to him.

Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   September 30th, 2009 2:36 am ET

What a nice holiday I am going to have with all the Shmuley stuff. I am glad I am taping LKL’s this coming week, 7 in a row.


As I said before, I don’t endorse the publication for the reason Michael is no longer here to edit, if he would have wanted that, and most of all, and as a fellow JEW I accuse the rabbi of breaking the confidentiality code (Rabbi, if you want shall we both approach your actions halachically, and see if you are still right?), but Gigi, unfortunately all those Christians in Michael’s life, including Andrae Crouch, did not seek medical help for him either and apparently didn’t keep him from taking OD’s. I wish Michael would have pointed himself more activally towards Jesus and I agree with the rabbi when he says he lacked having regular fellowships with others (like he had e.g. with the Jehova Witnesses) . Two of his former producers who wrote an very nice and long piece of him in one of the more serious media, said they never heard the word Jesus in his house. I know it was in Michael’s heart, but I guess he would have needed more structure in this. Instead of keeping on taping, the rabbi would have done a better job by bringing in a Christian pastor.

Nicole S. -- North Carolina   September 30th, 2009 2:47 am ET

Hi Eli - I don't know who the "former producers" were, but Michael acknowledged Jesus.

And what you mean by "all those Christians in Michael's life, including Andrae Crouch?" Michael was murdered, so how could they have stopped THAT?

Just because Michael didn't yell the name of Jesus from the rooftops didn't mean that he didn't love the Lord.

A personal relationship with God is just that - between Him and that person.

Enough already.


Deb   September 30th, 2009 3:15 am ET

I am truly disgusted by the 'rabbi' selling Michael out..this is no man of God..he has disregarded the fact that Michael's family is greiving and has suffered a huge loss and it helps no one to hear these tapes now, especially SO SOON after his death! So many fans of MJ felt like they knew MJ but his family knew and loved him in a way no one can really know and the hurt they must feel breaks my heart in having to hear these tapes. Yes I have no doubt Joe was not a good father and may even have regrets I hope but how does it help him in his sadness and loss to hear all the negative things said about him? MJ's kids will hear this too one day and it just makes me sick that someone who claimed to be his friend would profit off of Michael's private thoughts/torment...sad..sad..sad and shame on you Shumley!

Nancy Endari   September 30th, 2009 3:25 am ET

I don't understand what is Rabbi's intention for revealing this supposedly secret tape conversation? Ok, Michael may not be all nice guy, but hey he was a human only, so Rabbi needs no further action to picture his other side to public. If and if only that what Rabbi said that Mike was so eager to publish this, why didn't Mike do it when he was still alive? and that tape was recorded 8 years ago! hello? Mike totally forgot he ever revealed this in record?

Debbie Kaufman   September 30th, 2009 3:29 am ET

I am a Michael Jackson fan having followed him since the Jackson Five began. I thought the dateline interview to the be the same as on Larry King. No difference.

I think Rabbi Schmuley is sensitive to Michael, is trying to show who he really was, and is not "cashing in" but being a friend. We should want to know who Michael Jackson was, who at the time did want to be liked for who he really was, a sensitive, caring soul. He did not molest children, but instead found them to love him for who he really was. They allowed him to be a kid. The kid he could not be 45 years ago. That is something I thought was true, and this book confirms that.

jacqueline from holland   September 30th, 2009 3:30 am ET

hi there hou are you all

Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   September 30th, 2009 3:35 am ET

Nicole, you have to see it in a wider perspective.

Michael had serious mental problems and because people looked away, he finally could not get rid of destructive behavior. There is no use in denying that . He was not murdered in the way you mean it. Apart from Murray, he was in great problem as well. His family tried to intervene several times, Lisa Marie spoke about it, many people spoke about it. Christians around him, if there were any, should have forced him to look into the mirror regarding his behavior. Even though his bevhavior was very understandable, considering his inner pain, somebody showed have taken the lead and give him no alternative than to go into extensive rehab and other type of counseling. Not the rabbi's way, but something more disciplined and substantial. He could not get back on track again by himself, which is understandable, so he would have needed somebody else to do it. That's what I blame the rabbi, where is the follow up, Boteach?

I have to go now, hopefully I will be able to blog here again somewhere this week.

jacqueline from holland   September 30th, 2009 3:41 am ET

My memorie about michael
Michael has a great big haert for everyone,specialy for his children and also he loved every child on this planet
he was a graet singer
wonderfull entertanor
he loved his fans
he worthschipt his mother and the rest of his famely
he donated mijons of dollars to cheratie
but he was a human whit feelings just like us
Michael you are loved right here by all your fans ,for now and forever
Michael you will allways in my heart , i love you and miss you

jacqueline from holland   September 30th, 2009 3:43 am ET

hoi eli hoe is het met jou?

jacqueline from holland   September 30th, 2009 3:52 am ET

is someone here

susan seidman   September 30th, 2009 3:53 am ET

i am an older woman who also happens to be jewish. i think rabbi shmuley ought to be ashamed of himself. a true friend friend especially a religous one does not betray that friendship in life or in death. not only did the rabbi dishonor michael in life by deserting him when he was needed most b ut now he exploits him for money in death. shame on you rabbi andd i use the term very loosely. shame on you too larry for giving him the opportunity

Lori Quaresimo   September 30th, 2009 3:56 am ET

I think Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is very unethical by releasing the Michael Jackson tapes. Those tapes were made in privacy. Not for the whole world to hear. It's nobody's business. I wouldn't want my therapist to tell the world about my life after I died. I believe the only reason Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is doing this is for the money.

Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   September 30th, 2009 4:03 am ET

What aspect of Michael Jackson’s life is most interesting to you?

The most interesting thing is the MAN himself, the whole "package".

it seems that now every "cat" and "dog" is publishing books about Michael.

why don't we collect the poems and beautiful thoughts of Michael's fans and give all the money to His estate and the charities He supported?

I bet it would be a best seller and Michael would be given another guiness award!

Love you all

Maria   September 30th, 2009 4:10 am ET

I find plausible that MJ and Rabbi had recorded all the tapes for a future "tell-it-all" book and after the trial both of them saw the opportunity vanishing. And I don't see a problem that the tapes reflect MJ's thinking at that time; Moonwalk is even older (and not written by MJ himself either) and people still find it interesting.

BUT there must be a contract, a document that stipulates how exactly and how much of the tapes will be used and how the confidentiality on some aspects must be preserved. I'm sure such a signed paper exists, if I remember that most people who have entered various sorts of relationships with MJ were required to sign such papers. For example, the families of children who were at Neverland. Or Susan Etok, who said she signed too a confidentiality agreement about some things. Or the ghostwriter of Moonwalk. I'd be curious if Boteach did observe the terms of his contract. And I guess if he was perfectly "clean" on this respect, he'd have mentioned it to Larry King or on other interviews, or at least on his personal site.

The question of the contract came into my mind when I thought about Stephen Davis, the ghostwriter of Moonwalk. He claims he has 20 hours or so of old taped interviews with MJ; so far, he sold to the tabloid News of the World the small part with MJ calling his brothers "lazy moaners". I think this is a breach of contract.

Have a nice day/good night everyone!

Rest in Peace   September 30th, 2009 4:12 am ET

Dear Mr. King,

What aspect of Michael Jackson's life is most interesting to me? His creativity and his artistry. This man was a genius who was sensitive to sound, light and motion. Michael had the ability to transform the sounds in this head into songs and into movement.

In addition to his creativity, Michael was a businessman and a humanitarian.

On a side note, it is unconscionable that a friend of Michael's would "reveal" confidential tapes.

Shame on Rabbi Boteach. I will boycott his book.

Peace Out!

Celeste Maxwell   September 30th, 2009 4:19 am ET

Michael was a great entertainer, BUT... unwilling to take Responsibility for the Quality of his own Life.
Michael could of gone into therapy and changed his life to be more normal, but he didn't. His fans are not responsible for him not eating or not sleeping. These problems were his own, and he should have cared for himself better! Every time someone wanted to help, he listened to the "users" and "handlers" instead.
I don't think the Rabbi is out for money especially, if some comes his way he will take it. I think the point of the book is to show the problems and challenges Michael had, because of Celebrity and Family Abuse.
The Comments on all these blogs are illustrative of the "destructive" type of worship that his Fans, did and are doing Now... Stop saying that Michael was like a "Jesus" and that everyone talking about his problems is a "Judas". No wonder he had a "Messiah" complex, said and did Bizarre things! Reasoning with Hitler?!

BTW: What the hell was that stuff about Joe having them strip and oil them down?! That sounds totally Gay, except for the Beating part.

Gail in Claremont, CA   September 30th, 2009 4:25 am ET

What aspect of Michael Jackson's life is interesting to me?

Michael rose to prominence from a humble background. Throughout the years, as he continued to create masterpieces of popular music and singular dance performances, his audience grew with him, and at times seemed to grow apart from him, but still, his audience, his fans thought of him as one of their own.

The fact of the matter is, through his trials, triumphs and tribulations, Michael Jackson was loved by billions, and sadly, it seems as though his inner circle was tragically unable to shelter this vulnerable, sensitive and impressionable genius from the harshness of the world.

Michael's death reminds us that our culture does not allow us to celebrate life's transitions, easily. Aging seemed to be a challenge for Michael.


Still, we mourn.

We mourn because this man was so human. We mourn because this man was so alone. We mourn because we would like to think that he had the world in the palm of his hands. And yet, somehow, that world betrayed Michael Jackson.

We lost a hero and a brother, when we lost MJ.

Alicia from Hawaii   September 30th, 2009 4:40 am ET

Susan Seidman, thank you, I agree with you completely. Shame on both of them. It really makes me angry, this whole thing. Deplorable. He needs to be stripped of his title.

Larry, please, please, please, like so many of Michael's fans have asked you, have someone on your show that has good things to say about him, not just controversial crap. Come on, have some balance and integrity.
E.g Tom Messerau, Aphrodite Jones, Geraldine Hughes (I think)...heck, have a panel of his fans on your show! A lot of us would be watching!

Emmy Lalonde, Belgium.   September 30th, 2009 4:52 am ET

RABBi BOTEAC Schumley is a traitor doing that chantage to Michael Jackson. He is also a kind of a killer, a criminal RABBI, willing by his own will, to kill Michael for the seconde time, after his dead, by his attention for whatever the raiosons to publish the tapes and books, certainly for his on profit, for money, on taking advantage after Michael dead. A kind of a very bad liar rabbi, unfaithful and unloyal as friend, who is no worth at all to be a kind of a close person to Michael Jackson's lifetime, mostly not worth at all to be an sprirituel adviser for Michael Jackson. He could not even able to help Michael to survive but he likes now to blow Michael's name away. What the hell he do that to Michael? We love you Mj, we all stand by you, as you are the only ONE in our hearts, even more, till the END of our life.
Go To HELL stupid RABBI. Let Michael alone and to rest in peace.

Maria , Europe   September 30th, 2009 5:05 am ET

His talent , his faith , his pain !
Everything is a lesson for the next generation.
The earth is not a pleasent place to be , the world could be better place ,he said , but we are so blind. He was greatest then our imagination and understanding .

Samantha - South Africa   September 30th, 2009 5:26 am ET

I've just read the transcript from last night' show and nothing that Shmuley says will make me change my mind sbout his intentions behind this book because the fact is that he has had the tapes in his possession for 8 years and even if the allegations in 2003 made it 'impossible' for Shmuley to have the book published,well he had enough time since 2005 when Michael was exonerated but no,its like he waited on Michael to die so not only would he cash in but also no one will be there to object to the stuff that has been released.

Sandy   September 30th, 2009 5:31 am ET

Dear Mr. King, I am very surprised that you did not ask Rabbi Shmuley Boteach if he had in his possession the taped conversation of Michael giving him permission to publish his words onto book form and permission to release these audio recordings to be made public to the world. I truly believe the Rabbi is doing this for his own personal gain. I did not feel at all from your guest any warmth, but a nervous rattling of words as he needed to explain away why he had just betrayed this most innocent beautiful soul. If he had genuinely wanted to publish his book in the best interest of Michael wishes; he most definitely should have left out the obvious unnecessary and very personal intimate detailed information that has nothing to do with helping children. He is like all the rest of the media, he knows what kind of tabloid gossip information will draw people in to buying his book. He knows very well that people have "itchy ears". It is a very sad story. And it is people like him, the Rabbi, why Michael ultimately left this earth. There was nobody to trust, not in Michael's world. This Rabbi proves his own point that Michael opened up and trusted all the wrong people, especially to him, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. I won't support Mr. Shmuley in buying his book, but will remain a faithful supporter of the truth of Michael Jackson in an adult sensible way. Michael deserves better than this distasteful twist of professed philanthropy from this alleged friend and spiritual advisor. I don't trust his motives for a moment. Thank you for reading this post. I do enjoy your show and watch it daily, but was more than shocked about this episode for the lack of more direct questions to your guest.

Maria   September 30th, 2009 5:38 am ET

Stop saying that Michael was like a “Jesus” and that everyone talking about his problems is a “Judas”.
I agree with you on that... especially when the "Judas" who is talking about his own problems, on the record and not coerced by anyone, is MJ himself.
I dislike too the comparisons between MJ and God, the habit of using capital letters ("give all the money to His estate and the charities He supported") and the kind of comments like the one above, that "He was greatest than our imagination and understanding".

Maureen (UK)   September 30th, 2009 5:43 am ET

Samantha SA
Yes, he should have released the book after michael was exonerated in 2005, he's trying to making excuses. I don't believe he couldn't have found interest in the book at any time in the past. anything with mJ is always popular.
It's on TV now in the UK Samantha.

Miriam   September 30th, 2009 5:45 am ET

After seeing the Rabbi's interview, I do not believe that he was trying to betray Michael in any way! I believe that he was trying to show us who Michael was as a human being and I applaud him for that. My heart's broken for Michael! All he wanted was love.

Melanye   September 30th, 2009 6:03 am ET

I'm sure most of us know... However, for Maria and any others who may not be sure...

"Moonwalk" is indeed the result of Michael's work. He wrote all of the notes and collaborated with ghost writer Stephen Davis on all drafts.

Furthermore, Michael had final editing authority before copy was submitted to the publisher.

"Moonwalk" is Michael's book.

Michael also wrote "Dancing The Dream," a collection of poems and reflections that he released in 1992.


Cocovelvet   September 30th, 2009 6:09 am ET

This man Boteach is really something i CAN'T DESCRIBE......... WHY IS HE GETTING SOOOO EXCITED AND HYSTERICAL WHEN HE SPEAKS ???!!!!!

I really tried to avoided listening to all this junk this man talked about especially this publicising of the tapes, but my curiosity to get to face this man and see what kind of a person he really is, drove me into that edge to watch the show. Now I saw what kind of a person MJ really took into his life wholly trusting that being a man of God he will put his trust on him......only to get the exact opposite.

Who knows ???, maybe thats why their frienship and MJ's trust on this man ended and he blacklisted him as he did......probably by then he wanted to release the tapes which MJ didn't want him to do. Why did he otherwise wait all these years to release them and do it only now when MJ is dead ???!!! Does this man honestly think we don't have heads and brains inside them which work quite adequately to see what he is up to ??!!!

I am so sick I feel so dizzy from what I've experienced what people can do to others and how hard it shows these days to really find anyone to trust..... even an obvious man of God ??? 🙁 🙁 🙁

saman   September 30th, 2009 6:12 am ET

....................michael was such a nice person i hv ever seen......i love him from the core of my heart ....his songs always take a message of love,peace,humanity,equality......he is a great man wid a heart of gold...if michael is hearing i would like to say him that" i love him sooooooooooo much".......may his soul rest in peace..
frm ur ever loving fan

Maureen (UK)   September 30th, 2009 6:18 am ET

i haven't come accross any fans saying Michael was like a Jesus & I've been blogging here since the 25th of June.

Do you mean that the fans express & admire Michael as a great philanthropist who had strong religious convictions ? That's not quite the same & it's not "destructive fan worship," it's called, giving credit where it's due. We're entitled to express our opinions, what's the point in blogging if you can't ?

Maureen (UK)   September 30th, 2009 6:19 am ET

Hi Cococvelvet ! 🙂

Samantha - South Africa   September 30th, 2009 6:22 am ET

Hey Coco&Maureen

danielle   September 30th, 2009 6:22 am ET

i love you micheal and forever ): ): ):

Susan62509   September 30th, 2009 6:23 am ET


Glad you are back. I agree with your last comment.

Maureen (UK)   September 30th, 2009 6:34 am ET

Maria 5.38 am
I think we all at times make typing errors e.g. the word greatest was maybe meant to be greater, (you referred to above).

I'd have to give a pat on the back to all the people who blog in English which is maybe their 2nd or 3rd language. Many English speakers would find it difficult to blog in another language.

Norah   September 30th, 2009 6:36 am ET

Larry,I want to answer to your question:I wanna see all the boys and girls "molested' by Michael Jackson's charity work.Why not to invite the mother of the 'gone too soon" boy,for example. Would it be so interesting!

Allure   September 30th, 2009 6:38 am ET

Maureen!! 🙂
Thank u!!

Allure   September 30th, 2009 6:38 am ET

Hi Coco........ 🙂

Maureen (UK)   September 30th, 2009 6:42 am ET

Ciao Allure ! 🙂
You're welcome. Have you had the chance to see the interview about the tapes ?

Allure   September 30th, 2009 6:45 am ET

No I have not, but maybe it's better otherwise I wouldn't have been able to sleep......

Maureen (UK)   September 30th, 2009 6:54 am ET

I thought of not watching it, in protest, but in the end, I thought I'd try & watch it without any presumptions, (not easy). I'm not buying the book. BTW i assume the money isn't going to Michael's charities ?

akshara   September 30th, 2009 6:54 am ET

I am sure michael would be up in heaven laughing at all the people around who are coming out and claiming to be his friends.......

Jill   September 30th, 2009 7:36 am ET

Michael Jackson was a music genius with a heart of gold, although people and the media made a fool of him or tried, why???when he was the only celeb that did so much for a lot of people and sick children, if you ask celebs who have met MJ they were so honored to meet him , he inspired many people, So now he is at peace finally away from scavengers and the horrible media, I dont think Schmuley , is doing this for money, he seems very sincere and just wants to show the world who Mj really was, I dont think there is anything wrong with that, he seems like a great person and I think would of of loved to help Mj, you can see has he spoke about Mj he had tears in eyes, so I think Schmuley is showing these tapes to us to let us see what a great person he was!!

MaryRM   September 30th, 2009 7:38 am ET

sonja moore 9:20 pm ET – he’s another that looked at him like an atm!!!

That is one of the best metaphors I have seen to date – people treated Michael like an ATM.

Brigida, Italy   September 30th, 2009 7:47 am ET

Good morning everybody.
I saw the show and I'm rather speechless. How did this ... change his opinions so fast from one show to another! I fear for some part of Larry's audience to believe him. There's so many people out there watching only TV without a chance to follow the whole thing also in Internet. And the book might be sold fast to this people. They might be convinced to read about the real Michael and his "friend" loving him. It is so sad... reminds me on my country's situation with the majority influenced by TV and almost brainwashed. Guess, you all know what I mean.

Now, Michael was a very religious person and could stand his whole life and tragedy only because he took Bible litterally (spell?). Jesus said: if you believe in me/in God and His Holy Spirit, you can do anything you want like heal persons, move mountains and so on. But Jesus also said: if you live that way and "fight" for me, keeping yourself clean and refuse the evil... people will hate you, beat you and even kill you. But you will then seat forever near His heart and be blessed.
(sorry, I don't know the Bible in english so I translate very poorly)

So, Michael lived this way or tried to do so and we know how it ended :/
We all should try to understand this basics and stop the greedy vultures to exploit him, telling the truth out there to his "only-TV/tabloid-fans" and try also to convince the others. I don't like to call them "haters", they only didn't have so much ways to do serious research on internet. Somebody should show them the way, so they surely would change their minds on many points.

Justice For Michael!

MaryRM   September 30th, 2009 7:54 am ET

Kelly 10:04 pm ET
where are the proceeds of the book going? Hopefully, a charity that Michael would be part of?

I'll tell you what charity – Schmuley Boteach's bank account

akshara   September 30th, 2009 7:58 am ET

so true mary, Micheal was an ATM! especially a mobile ATM not a stationary one 'cause he was used by the world

MaryRM   September 30th, 2009 7:58 am ET

Oh, and Kelly, I didn't watch the show (couldn't bring myself to do it, I had already seen Schmuley play God and judge of Michael on another show), but I think that if Larry was a bit off tonight, he probably found Schmuley as distasteful as we do. After all, Larry was born Jewish, not sure if he is practicing or not, but can you imagine having to sit opposite this man and behave in a civilized manner towards him?

I sometimes have to work with snakes – Larry, I congratulate you on your self control

Judie   September 30th, 2009 8:01 am ET

Morning everyone,

Hopefully with all the comments the Rabbi will take a look at himself and try to do what is right.

He did have a few good comments.

mariau   September 30th, 2009 8:02 am ET

As a Christian we should act and follow Jesus, we are all advised to be like Jesus.. do good deeds and help people.. MJ had done this for many many years .. i could see nothing wrong if Mj acted like Jesus, and doing his best to be a good followers of Christ.. as a matter of fact we should all this as a Christian..

Remember Life is not perfect.. God don’t give everything perfectly there's always missing, Michael was fortunate enough; he was famous, rich and talented. Unfortunately, he missed something in his life and his childhood.. Michael reached the star and leaves his childhood... He was sad and lonely because inspite of his fortune still happiness still was far from his life..

Michael Jackson was sick.. yes.. he was sick and tired of his life..
he was sick of Media Bashing, he was sick of continuous lies, he was sick of users and extortionist.. He was sick and tired for those people who cash and sell his name... He was human being... not God..
he was deeply hurt emotionally and physically.. he was drowned because they made him drowned. They could not even reach their hands to save him..

boteach reached his hand but never pulled Michael out of the water.. he left him and now he betrayed MJ
no one attempted to help him because that’s out of their plan.. it should be Michael was vulnerable and lonely.. it should be this way.. They needed Michael to be vulnerable so they can stay with him.. like Deepak and Boteach.. They called themselves as a spiritual advisor but never spirited Michael in many ways..
boteach was with Michael listening to his deeper emotions so in return he can sell it to the media.. No one’s reach their hands to Michael.. because there's no one’s with him in his darkest time in his life. No one would be there for him to help him.. He had lots of so called friends that stays with him only for their own interest.. we are all human beings and the truth we never satisfied in everything what we had.
WE should not judge anyone … they should not judge Michael .. Only God can judge us.. no matter what he did.. no matter what he said..

denise   September 30th, 2009 8:06 am ET

good day Judie 🙂 , Maureen (UK), MaryRM, Brigida, mariau, and everyone

Eli – you are back 😉

Judie   September 30th, 2009 8:09 am ET

Morning Denise

Hope to see you later @ Jax chat!

denise   September 30th, 2009 8:13 am ET

Judie yb 😉

denise   September 30th, 2009 8:15 am ET

morning Lori, iwwfyafa cu2nite @jx 😉 happy blogging

Brigida, Italy   September 30th, 2009 8:24 am ET

Hi denise 🙂

Just seen: there are several new blogs on... go to check them, good for me I've a day off today but you all actually write too much ^____^

Sheryl   September 30th, 2009 8:29 am ET

I agree with so many on this blog. Larry King needs to do some real journalism and invite some real journalists on his show. APHRODITE JONES would be a very good guest because she's a journalist that came to realize what she'd been doing during the trial. She became "one of them" and slowly she came to that realization that she was sucked in by media (mob) mentality. She published her book about his innocence BEFORE everyone was trying to cash in on Michael Jackson. She couldn't even find a publisher that was interested in the positive side of Michael, but she pursued writing it anyway.

Judie   September 30th, 2009 8:31 am ET

Ciao Bella 🙂

mariau   September 30th, 2009 8:34 am ET

hi good morning denise/judie/Birgida/sheryl how are you ladies? 🙂 🙂

Judie   September 30th, 2009 8:39 am ET


Morning to you too! 🙂

I'm fine and you ?

mariau   September 30th, 2009 8:45 am ET

i think the more they tell lies, the more they defame Michael, people come to love Michael more and more.. to honor him more than before, here in this country they dont know about all those bashers.. like Dianne Demond, Nancy Grace, and esp. Boteach they dont know him and they were not interested.
it's enough for them they Knew Michael Jackson as the Legend king of Pop, the greatest entertainer, he was acquitted and not guilty, they knew he was a victim of extortionism.. that's all.. and they dont really care about his personal life.. they've said it's personal.. He will remember as a good humanitarian and best entertainer ever..
People in this country they hate tabloids.. tresspassing of privacy and destroying confidentiality.. they hate people putting lies on tabloids..
They will honor Michael Jackson and the more they were destroing Michael, the more they were honoring him.. They give respect to Michael more than any celebrity.. period..
In Return.. still the negative is on the Vultures.. not for a victim..
Michael.. people will love you more and more.. they will understand you more than before.. Now.. they knew that you are great human being.

mariau   September 30th, 2009 9:08 am ET

you've heard how Michael Jackson said about his feelings,
sometimes he wanted to disappear to get out on his anxiety.. it's normal to say that especially when we had encountered deep depression in our life.. we all comes from this.. and there's noone will be exempted. because we areall human beings.
Michael was a late bloomer, he was too naive to choose his friends and people who will trusted. He was fooled by friends.. he trusted this man.. Boteach.. but he was betrayed.
Betrayal is the most common to this world, betrayal from a friend, from a family members, from co – worker, from government people.. that's why the world is sick.. Michael was so lucky in so many things, but not lucky enough to find true friends and true happiness in life.
People near him they took advantaged his name. they used him and they ride on his popularity. the sad things here.. Michael has billion of fans that trying to reach out for Michael darkest day and his happiest moment in his life. We are here Michael.. never will leave you no matter what.. we will support you.

JudyG   September 30th, 2009 9:36 am ET

I guess I missed something in watching the Rabbi tonight that everyone else got. I was so heartbroken when Michael left us and as I type this I have tears in my eyes. I didn't look at this interview as negative. The Rabbi showed us that Michael was as human as the rest of us. That he was a beautiful man. Michael gave him permission to tape him. Just like he gave that lady spirtualist that was helping him. He got to tell how he was treated and what he felt about it what he missed in having a loving father. If you don't want to buy the book so the Rabbi doesn't make a profit, but you still are interested in reading it pick it up at the library. That is what I am planning on doing, because I am sure there is a lot more in the book then we have heard on the tv shows that had invited the Rabbi to appear on.

Céline - FR   September 30th, 2009 9:39 am ET

Hi mariau
you're right

I think this rabbi is a miserable opportunist who's ultimate aim is money and fame

I read somewhere that he took advantage of Michael's kindness and generousity and stole his – money which was supposed to go to charity – and then ran
no wonder he's in Michael's enemies list

ironically this rabbi and martin basher were introduced to Michael by an other opportunist – the israeli uri geller –

and all three of them were in the list ....

Cocovelvet   September 30th, 2009 10:05 am ET

Hi Maureen, Allure and Samantha , and everybody in the blog!!! 🙂 🙂

Real interesting stuff in here pals.....but I'm indeed so surprised at that comment from Celeste and Maria who say we should stop taking MJ as a GOD. Is there anyone who has ever said or expressed that fact in the blogs ???

A little less ordinary   September 30th, 2009 10:10 am ET

Only got a few things to say with regards to the media and so called friends of Michael.

To the media – The papers are only good for 2 things IMHO cleaning your windows and stoking the fireplace with. SORRY you won't fool me (A.L.L.O Scotland)

To Michaels so called friends and confidents – Obviously you never have never will be Michaels true friends.

PEACE and Blessings

A little less ordinary

Cocovelvet   September 30th, 2009 10:35 am ET


Quite true what you say.....all the three opportunists were in MJ'S blacklist. I am very interested to know how this Uri Geller snaked his way into MJ'S life.........whilst the other two snakes were introduced by him to MJ .

But if I'm not wrong, I think I listened to one video clip from Geller saying something like him and MJ got to know each other after MJ saw one of his spoon-bending tricks, and MJ liked watching magic shows ofcourse. But I wonder if MJ really befriended him just like that coz he was a magician ????

Anyway, he seems to have really played his multi-tasking quite good this Uri Geller, for him to go from those spoon-bending tricks to being some kind of contact person to MJ.

kiki   September 30th, 2009 11:42 am ET

His passion for music. I heard he was working on an instrumental classical composition with Composer David Michael Frank this year. I would like to hear from him about their project. (I want to know how he didn't throw away his life...)

Céline - FR   September 30th, 2009 11:56 am ET

Hi Cocovelvet

well said

personally I think M.J's blood is on this Uri Geller's hands
he ruined his life

Maria   September 30th, 2009 12:08 pm ET

Maureen 6:34 am – oops, I'm sorry – I didn't mean to criticize anyone's English, in fact I didn't even notice the "greatest" instead of "greater"; my point was only the meaning of that quoted phrase.

Cocovelvet 10:05 am – yes, there are people on these blogs who say MJ was God-like or "neither more nor less than Jesus" (this is a quote).

Kiki: I dream about a tv show or a more detailed article about MJ's relationship with classical music. This is perhaps the more fascinating thing I want to hear and read about when it comes to MJ's creativity.
For those interested:

irene gavilan   September 30th, 2009 12:28 pm ET

For me, Michael has always been a fascinating human being.
But in my wiew he was above all else precisely that: a human being.
Someone who had to go through a lot (and, i mean a lot of pain!) during his lifetime, and that very few people in this materialistic world of ours ever really took the time and/or trouble, to try to understand and/or help maybe just by trying not to judge him so much and so often and instead give him a little bit of the huge amount of unconditional LOVE that he Michael, has been giving to all of us in this ungreatful and easily manipulated world we live in.
From Madrid Spain, where we love you and miss you eternally Michael.

Cocovelvet   September 30th, 2009 12:45 pm ET


Probably I missed that....but I won't judge or disagree with what others thought of MJ coz its in anybody's interest to make any comment, but as far as I'm concerned, i remember reading sometime back that MJ's own sister LaToya was the one who actually made a statement about his brother that he was " almost God-like". To me, that was an indication of how good-hearted and a pleasant person MJ was towards others.

Celeste Maxwell   September 30th, 2009 12:58 pm ET

To those who have commented on Michael being portrayed as a "God" or "Jesus", and those who criticize the Rabbi as being a "Judas". IT"S A METAPHOR! Look the word up...

People have said that Michael was a "Hero". Please... A hero is someone who lived an good, honorable life and did something extremely brave, putting their own life in danger. I can name several Celebrities that have done that.

Michael was a completely frustrating to the Rabbi, that's why he stopped counseling him. The Rabbi could have taken advantage and stayed with him and exploited him, but he left Michael, because Michael was HARMING himself. A self destructive person is not a "Hero"! Michael pushed away, anyone who tried to get him to live a healthy life.
I applaud, the money Michael gave to charity and visiting sick children. But even that may have been to garner the Extremely emotional celebrity worship and Immaturity portrayed in these blogs.

I AM a fan of his music and videos, his talent and creativity are beyond compare! He will be like Elvis and Marilyn, in the public's mind.

lola   September 30th, 2009 1:06 pm ET

The Oxford Speech is the same as these tapes.......which is nothing new. The proceeds of this book should go to one of Michael's charities to show the Rabi's food faith. He should not make one penny off of this book. I loved hearing Michael's gentle voice last night on CNN. He bares his soul and is so honest and revealing. I don't understand why he is such a "mystery" to the media when he is so forthcoming with his innermost feelings and thoughts.

Barbara   September 30th, 2009 1:10 pm ET

**mj** maybe you would share with us what Michael would have liked us to know about him.

Love you Michael

lola   September 30th, 2009 1:31 pm ET

I would love to see Aphrodite Jones on LKL to discuss her book "Conspiracy". Any positive aspect of Mj's life – such as, his charity work, people he has helped throughout his life, creativity, his innocence....ANYTHING positive! Please!!!!!!! This man had so much love to give...he has been such a positive force in all our lives..let's celebrate his life and stop condemning him. There is much we do know about him that is worth celebrating.........

alex lyrics   September 30th, 2009 1:46 pm ET

It is interesting how many people still kling on to him to make money

ann   September 30th, 2009 1:47 pm ET

I know, right!!!
I am 3/4 the way through the book now...can't hardly put it down.
There is so much the public doesn't least those who never took the time to really find out details of the whole thing.
I would LOVE to see her on Larry King and discuss some things in depth

ann   September 30th, 2009 1:57 pm ET

It's unfortunate that we can't ask Micheal just how much of those tapes he wanted the public to hear.
Maybe he wanted it all published, but maybe not
There was a reason he was recording it all.
Who knows why this Rabbi is doing this now....I mean, he has some nice things to say about Micheal, which is good, but I don't get the feeling that he is a friend. There are some things that I think he shouldn't have released. They are just hurtful and serve no purpose

Lisa S   September 30th, 2009 1:58 pm ET

mariau September 30th, 2009 8:02 am E

Im on your line, even if I am not christian. One christian rule of life is to not hit back when somebody hit you but to turn the other cheek.

All of you who write all these bad things about the Rabbi is doing exactly the same thing as he is. Judging a person you dont know much about and in your case probably never have met.

I know you dont like this Rabbi and I understand why but that is no reason for bashing him or typing in all those horrible words.

Remember tha Michael said "dont judge someone until you have talked to them face to face".

You always have a choise of lower your self to the others level or raise above. The choise is always yours.

Greet   September 30th, 2009 2:13 pm ET

About the tapes.

to Rabbi Shmulley : would it not have been a great idea to have given the tapes to Prince, Paris and Blanket ?? Without publishing anything, not even mentioning it . This is what a real friend should do, what I would have done. It was their daddy. They were there when it was recorded.It could have been a comfort to them when they were older. Now it is the opposite.....

Mila   September 30th, 2009 2:18 pm ET

LKL – thatnks for asking – up until a month ago what I was most interested to learn about Michael was if he played the piano.

You see I just kept thinking it wasn't possible that such beautiful hands as his didn't play the piano. Thankfully an Irish newpaper publish a wonderful article about his 2008 stay in Ireland and I got to know I was right – he did play the piano very well. I also got to learn he was great with the guitar too.

Now what I'm most interested in to know if he did ballroom style of dancing too.

Get it ?
It would be great if you could concentrate of these kind of thing and leave sensationalism behind you already !

b   September 30th, 2009 2:26 pm ET

He was a a genius with the most kind heart. I knew things I never knew about Michael after his death. It fascinates me there wasn't anything he can't do. He do beat boxing, can play drums, guitar, piano. Makes his own videos. Choreographs and write wonderful lyrics. He was so funny, could have been a good comedian if he wanted to. Change his character and talk in any voice. He was such a talented and creative man. Full of knowledge and had so much strength. Everything is interesting. But MJ"s strength and his kind heart to help those in need is the most interesting. Because despite all the negative things, he was courageous and strong. And helped so many people, not only just with money but with compassion and love.
When Larry asked Dave Dave if Michael payed for his medical, he said no he had good insurance. Larry asked then how did he help? And he said He was like the father I never had. Those were the most touching words.

Sandy - Glendale, CA   September 30th, 2009 2:44 pm ET

Mr. King, please have this Rabbi back on your show and ask him the tough questions. Please ask him to show proof in audio form or written consent by Michael that he did indeed give him permission or that he even wanted him to share all or any of his confessions with the world. Logically, there are some of it that Michael would have wanted to keep private, EVERYONE KNOWS THAT! The Rabbi is so blind by greed right now, that he cannot even see how he is coming across to the public eye, especially MJ's fans. He actually believes his own lies! His intentions are clear and he needs to confess his sins to GOD.

I say, THIS RABBI NEEDS TO SHOW US; Michael's faithful fans and the entire world PROOF! Michael's voice just makes him more lovable than ever. It's not what Michael confesses that is shocking to any of us, all that is normal human emotional behavior being expressed. What is shocking, is the Rabbi's ugly ultimate betrayal of a innocent human being. PLEASE Mr. King have him back and ask him the questions Michaels fans want to know. Thank you.

bob   September 30th, 2009 2:54 pm ET

Larry you and your rabbi buddy call michael a friend,what you two money grubbers did to him was not what friends do to friends.That was a hidden micraphone,were was the contract larry that showed mike wanted this out.Were is the money from the charity rabbi ran useing mikey.You sure asked the tough questions lol.i hope your getting a cut larry because your credability went down the drain,what was left of it.Boteach is a parasite,like his inner group,they are thieves in high places.

Lee   September 30th, 2009 2:56 pm ET

Rabbi Shmuley, you are the one who needs a spiritual advisor. Do you not know that love protects, not exploits? I'm glad your book is doing horrible. EVERYONE KNOWS WHO YOU REALLY ARE.

Celeste Maxwell   September 30th, 2009 3:02 pm ET


BTW: Joe Jackson is so much in denial and so cruel, he can burn in hell if the is one.

Lee   September 30th, 2009 3:08 pm ET

Hey Celeste, go away, no one want you here.

dak   September 30th, 2009 3:16 pm ET

Michael Jackson is still dead. What we need to do is carry on his work. To help children and teach parents that they need to show love and interest in their kids. That is what took away from the show with Rabbi Shmuley.

Paulina   September 30th, 2009 4:06 pm ET

This Rabi speaks a though MJ was some sort of charity case.

When you're friend you stick by someone. It's pretty self-righteous to think that because you couldn't help someone the way you would've liked to that all of a sudden that person does not deserve your friendship.

If he was really MJ's friend, he would've supported him through thick and thin because that's what true friends do, not bail when things things get tough.

This man is no friend of MJ.

Paulina   September 30th, 2009 4:10 pm ET

Bob, I just saw your post, you hit the nail right on the head, it was a hidden microphone, he did not have it up to his lips as the Rabbi said because then it would not be so hard to make out the context. Sad.

Cocovelvet   September 30th, 2009 4:17 pm ET

Paulina and Bob,

........and where did he hide the microphone ???..........possibly under his tie , his shirt collar or jacket pocket??? 🙂 🙂

Cocovelvet   September 30th, 2009 4:21 pm ET

......... or the Rabbi had hidden the microphone in between those bushy beard of his ????.... 🙂 🙂

Luz- Connecticut   September 30th, 2009 4:43 pm ET

Rabbi Boteach shouldn't have revealed those tapes or written a book about it. He was a spiritual advisor to Jackson, and I see what he did as a betrayal of trust. I am sure a lot of people agree! It's like a priest profiting on a famous person's confesion! He shouldn't have done that.! His actions say more about him than about Michael Jackson.

Maureen (UK)   September 30th, 2009 4:48 pm ET

Hi All, hi Cocovelvet 🙂
Did you notice the poor sound quality of the tapes ? Most of the sound was poor (distant) & some was clearer. It was as if the tapes were edited. Larry actually asked Rabbi Boteach why the quality was so poor.
That's because the microphone was hidden.

Cocovelvet   September 30th, 2009 5:00 pm ET

Hi Maureen 🙂

Yup!!! , Larry should have exactly asked him why the quality was so poor if it was a legal taped conversation. But I think his answer would go something like.....its coz they were made long time back ; 8 years back.

You know, that guy seems to have every answer ready whenever he opens his mouth......

Paulina   September 30th, 2009 5:02 pm ET


When you mention Martin Bashir in the same breath of this Rabbi, it makes perfect sense, birds of a feather stick together... money grubbing crooks.

Paulina   September 30th, 2009 5:06 pm ET


No doubt the microphone was hidden, the words were so muffled, that's a clear indication. The interview also seem rehearsed as if the Rabi knew exactly which question was next.

Larry, you're busted!!!

Pam   September 30th, 2009 5:08 pm ET

Why did the media always play up his eccentricities and "allegations" but hardly mention the good things he did? What did he do to be targeted like that? Was it the sick thrill of tearing someone down or kicking them when they are down...or what.
That's what I am interested in. The fact that they write it because people read it makes me think that we need help as much as he did because we were the victimizers or indifferent observers.
He was the victim.

MourningMJ   September 30th, 2009 5:10 pm ET

** To all of Michael’s loving fans **

Please note, that I am not endorsing or supporting the Rabbi. I simply processed his possible intentions and motivations of publicly revealing the tapes of our beloved late Michael Jackson since last evening on LKL. I removed all my anger and feelings of betrayal and watched and listened carefully with an open mind. I took note that the Rabbi actually illustrated some critical points that we may have overlooked because our inundating committment to Michael- myself included.
The Rabbi identified that Michael was in desperate need of an ordinary, common lifestyle; a lifestyle, however, that was consistently uncommon and unfamiliar with Michael. A lifestyle that us fans took for granted and took far great advantage of. Many of us assumed, unfairly, that because he was the most sought after human on the planet, his cravings for normalcy would be something Michael would have to suffer with unsatisfied. Michael was well aware that he was being taped during his interview, as he confirmed it himself vocally. To unbury the secrets and torture that he deposited so long ago was not only courageous but a simple plea to hear him. – LISTEN to him. Listen to what he is saying.
We cannot be so naive to believe that Micheal’s masterpieces such as Morphine and Childhood are nothing but a mere brillant musical coincidence. The depth of these songs are far beyong any scope that you or I can wrap our minds around. Many of Michael’s compositions were not intended for the sole purpose of relating the lyrics to our own life. He gifted us with the opportunity to look into his soul and catch a blemished glimpse at the pain and anguish he endured and the peace of mind he sacraficed so others would “Love Him”.
Of course we loved him and will continue to love Michael- Unconditionally. But the Rabbi demonstrated another trenchant point that was often overlooked in the most paralyzing last years of Michael’s life- Michael did not need his fans- Michael needed his family.
Who has the courage to dispute the Rabbi in identifying that crucial error, we commonly neglected? I, myself, as I’m confident many others, cannot challenge this disturbing reality because Michael did need his family- desperately- not us. He needed his father to tell him how proud he was of his perpetual hard work and success, his blood, his sweat, his tears. He needed his mother to reinforce his humanness; his soul. He needed his siblings to stand independently and to stop riding on the coat tails of his success. He needed his doctors to tell him “NO”. “No, Michael, you can NOT have this”. “No, Michael, this is NOT good for you, it will hurt you, it is dangerous”. “No, Michael, I will NOT be your enabler any longer”. He needed his parents to follow through with the plan they originally designed along with other family members to save Michael from himself- to have him committed involuntarily for substance abuse and mental health treatment. This would have been one of the few times in Michael’s life when he did NOT have a choice- BUT, it would have saved his life.
His siblings could have went further with their intervention- Tito admitted himself that he absolutely did not believe Michael when Michael told him he was no longer using drugs. But no one wanted to say “no” to him.
But you know who did say “no”? His heart sickened mother- When she learned of Michael’s death, she screamed “NO, not my Michael!”, and all the other family members followed suit- “No, not their Michael”. Jermaine Jackson, Michael’s older brother, the fourth eldest of the Jackson children has recalled during several interviews the day Michael passed away. He and LaToya were called in the cold, empty hospital room to identify Michael’s body. Jermaine held Michael’s body, caressed his face and kissed his forehead repeatedly, cried into Michael’s body and whispered “No, Michael, not you. I love you Michael. I’m going to miss you Michael”. Holding his baby brother in the flesh- nothing but a pair of pants and a paperthin hospital gown that was falling off his body. Jermaine was the last person to see Michael- his soft, angelic skin- no make up. No enhancements. He left our world the same way he came in. It’s a tragedy that his scars penetrated deeper than his flesh. His veins pumped the blood of the most spectacular human I will ever keep close to my heart.
So profit or not off the book- were were offered some priceless words to live by.
IHMJ XOXO hlmm feae

Maureen (UK)   September 30th, 2009 5:17 pm ET

Cocovelvet & Paulina
I wonder if the tapes could be tested in a lab for editing ?

Samantha, SA
Thanks for the post. Do you remember the letter Anthony posted a while ago ? It was the letter about how Michael had told the dancers he was stressed about having to do 50 concerts & they had tried to pass on a letter to him about their concern for his health.

There was also a youtube film of Michael telling a group he didn't know if he could do all 50 concerts & after a couple of days the youtube film was removed.

Maureen (UK)   September 30th, 2009 5:29 pm ET

Mourning MJ
There have been a few conversations on the bloggs about that very subject. We discussed that if Michael had married a "good woman" & had a family he would have been fine.

I always thought Brooke was the love of Michael's life but as that didn't work out i wondered about Tatiana.

So I would agree with Rabbi Boteach on that topic.

MourningMJ   September 30th, 2009 5:52 pm ET


I agree that he may have been more content- married with a family unit together as he grew up. I'm not sure if everything would have been fine though- the pressure to remain perfect was a boundary that he challenged himself to cross multiple times and failed (with the help of his enablers).
Michael was the love of Tatiana's life; not the other way around. Michael's real love was Lisa. They shared an understanding beyond ours- The ultimately abandonded each other.
I have never been a supporter of Rabbi Boteach- but what he said last night made alot of sense; and I can not argue the truth. Michael did, over and over again- and he lost. A true tragedy and a perpetual mystery.
IHMJ xoxo

evah   September 30th, 2009 5:58 pm ET

the mystery in his personna

Lee   September 30th, 2009 6:16 pm ET

MourningMJ, Of course the Rabbi is going to say some honest truthful things, this is the way he can justify what he has done and he thinks we are dumb enough to believe him. He wants us to think he is doing this for the benefit of Michael and his fans. His book is about what? We don't need to know about Tatum, Madonna or LIsa or how he personally felt about them, that is not going to help children, that is totally unnecessary info. He doesn't need to share that with the world. He is trying to draw in the public's interest using the same tactic as the tabloid gossip media does, it is quite obvious. None of this personal information is needed in order to help parents treat their children better, because that is what he is proclaiming why he wrote this book. It does not serve Michael's cause.

MaryRM   September 30th, 2009 6:20 pm ET

MourningMJ 5:10 pm ET

yes, I agree, however, Michael did ask for normalcy from time to time but still people went crazy and mobbed around when he was in public. I always thought that sad. He had to shop in closed stores and his cousins had to pretend to be customers just so that he would know what it was like to go to a store. I always think of the lyrics of Man in the mirror
"I've been the victim of a selfish kind of love... I always though of fans when he sang that.

I also agree that he needed his family but they are also scarred by life and may not have had the 'ability' to do what was best for Michael, accepting his promises instead of understanding that an addict will say anything, manipulate if needed to get what they want. I am sure they tried their best, many had good intentions, but everything still went wrong because Michael was successful in getting an unqualified shopped doctor and getting him to do whatever he asked for resulting in his dealth.

It feels like the Titanic, so avoidable and so tragic.

Lee   September 30th, 2009 6:30 pm ET


Maureen (UK)   September 30th, 2009 6:50 pm ET

No doubt you've seen the film, Sliding Doors," with Gwyneth Paltrow.
So if Michael had married, would he have been fine ?

I think if he had married the right person he would have felt more secure & maybe not have worried & stressed as much in general. Then there is obviously a knock on effect. Would there have been so many controlling greedy people around Michael if he'd been happily married ?

Would the Beatles catalogue have been in jeopardy ? That seems to have been the biggest problem with Sony's help.

Michael would still have been a perfectionist & a genius but with less hassle ! If only 🙂

Patty Anderson   September 30th, 2009 7:44 pm ET

Hi everyone.
Check this out everything we've been saying and more.
He sold Michael out.
Friedman: MJ Sold Out By His "Friend" Shmuley

MJ(30-09-09) As we reported a week ago, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has chosen to try and cash in on "his friend" Michael Jackson by publishing a book about the singer. Now Roger Friedman has posted the following in his Showbiz 411 column about the good Rabbi:

It’s sort of amazing watching Shmuley Boteach, a rabbi with no congregation other than an unwitting public, selling out Michael Jackson. He’s just published a book of interviews he taped with Michael back in 2000-2001. All the money goes to Boteach. There’s no charity involved. (Ironically, Boteach also recently published a book called “The Blessing of Enough: Rejecting Material Greed, Embracing Spiritual Hunger.”)

That wasn’t the case in 2000 when I met both Michael and Boteach together one November night. It was at the home of PR guru Howard Rubenstein. Boteach had convinced Michael to start a new charity with him called Time for Kids. They were going to teach parents to spend time with their children.

There were about 3o people in the Rubensteins’ Fifth Avenue living room. Boteach gave a long speech about Michael being the “most misunderstood” celebrity in the world, said he loved children so much he had mannequins of them in his Neverland bedroom. That revelation went over like a lead balloon.

On February 14, 2001, Time for Kids had its first and only get together, People bought tickets to see Michael, Boteach and assorted celebrities like Johnnie Cochran, Mother Love, Judith Regan, Chuck Woolery and Dr. Drew Pinsky talk about spending more time with children. The event was called “Love, Work, and Parenting: Can You Be a Success in the Bedroom, the Boardroom, and the Family Room?” It was only 70% full. The tickets were $40, $30, and $20.

Michael told the crowd, when he finally spoke: “I’m having trouble finding a date for myself even though Rabbi Shmuley tells me he’s going to find me the perfect woman. And I tell him, as long as it’s not a journalist!” Here’s a transcript of Michael’s speech.

When the accounting for the event finally came in on a Form 990, it showed (I reported then) a total of $203,185 collected from direct public support. At the same time, the charity’s expenses totaled $259,432. All but $20,000 of that was spent on staff salaries and office expenses. No money went to children of any kind.

Listed on the IRS filing were an organization president, secretary and treasurer. The latter two, this reporter discovered after making some calls, were Boteach’s sister and mother. The sister, Ateret Diveroli, repeated exactly what the mother had: “I’m not part of that anymore.”

Mrs. Diveroli insisted to me that her brother was “very honest” and had stopped working with Michael Jackson “because nothing was happening. He wasn’t doing anything.”

That was pretty much it for Michael and Shmuley’s friendship. There was a trip to Oxford a couple of months later, but by June 2001 Jackson’s “Invincible” album came out. In September he performed his 30th anniversary shows. Shmuley was gone. From the time Jackson was arrested in 2003 until his death, Boteach was out of his life. Jackson surely had no memory of making tapes with Boteach, and no desire to have them published.

And yet, Shmuley is back. He will flog his short, unheralded relationship to Michael Jackson for as long as the public — or TV bookers– can bear it. The real kicker: that his publicist sent out press releases yesterday, on Yom Kippur, offering copies of the book and excerpts. While every other rabbi in the world was praying, Shmuley Boteach was busy marketing Michael Jackson for profit. Buyer beware.

Source: MJFC /

mightypower   September 30th, 2009 8:17 pm ET

I love mj much, YES, he was ONE LONELY person. sad and unhappy. I fill he was looking for love in the wrong places. And yes I do fill that all of his sadness was because of his Daddy. But we do have to learn how to forgive. that is something I no from expreince. I do believe that the Rabbi was truly MJ friend. maybe we can learn something from this. That is one book I may buy. It is nothing like happyness and a peace of mine. Sooooo sad out of all the FAME and MONEY he was unhappy, he is gone now but my heart goes out to him.

Maureen (UK)   September 30th, 2009 8:22 pm ET

I think everyone's sussed him out.

Patty Anderson   September 30th, 2009 8:36 pm ET

Maureen I sure hope so.

Janice thanks for that. I won't hesitate to leave a comment

MourningMJ   September 30th, 2009 8:46 pm ET


I'm not quite sure if you understood my point, Lee with my blog. But I'm not going to entertain it further. I'm not clear why of all the intimate personal things that Michael shared on the tapes- you selected to focus on Tatum and other other women in Michael's life. Who cares? Michael didn't care about them. Concentrate on Michael's message- not the rabbi's. The rabbi was the middleman, Lee. And regarding your 6:30 p.m. comment: Michael was GENUIS. He would never put information- especially personal intimate information on tape he would never want us to hear. Michael was not a fool.
IHMJ xoxo

Patty Anderson   September 30th, 2009 8:49 pm ET

Well said MMJ. Michael was definately not a fool!!!

Janice   September 30th, 2009 8:53 pm ET


Just my personal opinion...I don't believe Michael ever intended to have these conversations published for a book. Michael documented everything in his life by video camera and tape recorders. When I watched Dateline, there was a clip played about Madonna that was not very flattering and where he said "I hate to say that on tape." When they played this, I thought to myself...that's proof right there that he did not intend for this to be published. When Rabbi said last night on LKL that there were two tape recorders, a primary and a backup, that was more proof to me that Michael simply was having these taped so that if the rabbi ever tried to publish what was said, Michael would have his own copy for proof of what was said so that it could not be distorted. I am CERTAIN that Michael had no intention of this information being made public in the form of a book. We all love Michael and he had a significant impact on our lives through his music, his humanitarianism and his I certainly don't want to argue amongst ourselves...but I have studied this man for 40 years and I am absolutely certain he would not want his privately taped conversations aired or published. May he forever rest in peace.

MaryRM   September 30th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Some of my favorite footage is Michael in his own words – like the MTV footage – *RARE* Micheal Jackson MTV complete interview 1999 [1of2]

on youtube:

this is the kind of Michael in his own words interview I am interested in, not about don't want to grow old (we all don't like wrinkles) or Madonna or the explosive truth behind post-its or what brand of tissue he prefers or that his bedroom furniture didn't match ..... whatever

I love creative people, I love their personalities, their hearts their minds. I love to hear Michael talk about his work or about fixing what is wrong with the world.

That is what I want to hear in Michael's own words.

Lillian   September 30th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

The creativity of Michael jackson's mind is what inspires me the most, how he use his creativity to maximize his genuis through his life, not just his music, but how he branded his creativity, also, as a HUMAN being of a simple life, His love for children to replace his unlived childhood through them, he is right people misunderstood him as a person, you became a person first before you become a star, most importantly of all. lots of love for him and I can't replace the big hole in my heart of him not here anymore, I'll will mourn him for a lifetime.

Luda   September 30th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

“I’m having trouble finding a date for myself even though Rabbi Shmuley tells me he’s going to find me the perfect woman. And I tell him, as long as it’s not a journalist!”

I love Michael's sense of humour!!
"as long as it's not a journalist!" LOL

even about sad things like trying to find the right soul.....

MaryRM   September 30th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Luda – I watch body language, always have, maybe I'm wacko. Anyway, when Michael says that about the perfect woman, he hits his hand on the podium. I've been trying to figure out what that means. It's just my curiosity, maybe he's thinking about writing that one down on a post-it note. 🙂

Raffy   September 30th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

I'm so angry that I missed this! Larry I really hope you do a re-run. please !

And to your question-every aspect of Micheal's life was interesting to me. He was a wonderful , kind person with an amazingly unique talent that no one can surpass.

Janice   October 1st, 2009 12:15 am ET

I’m actually flabbergasted that anyone could actually buy Rabbi Smelly Buttcheeks sob story about Michael desperately wanting this published. The Rabbi sold his “friend” Michael Jackson after his death. Truth is the Rabbi stole from Michael’s charity in 2001 and Michael had him put on his “enemy list” afterwards. They had no contact after this. Google it from credible sources….you can’t believe anything that comes out of Smelly Buttcheeks’ mouth. He was ousted from his synagogue, has had many questionable financial dealings including the tax returns filed for “Heal the Kids” and is just out to make a buck off of our beloved Michael. My empathy for Michael Jackson just multiplies with every passing day. No wonder he had mannequins for friends….it was a very good idea….he was right….at least the mannequins could not betray him. Rest in peace, Michael…our beautiful God-given angel.

Lee   October 1st, 2009 12:18 am ET

I won't mention who this is intended to because I don't want to keep an ongoing fight, it is disrespectful to myself and others.

Somehow some of us think we have some kind of authority over knowing what Michael would have wanted. We are failing to realize just what confidentiality is. Everyone knows how trusting Michael was, this has nothing to do with his intelligence. It has to do with emotional vulnerability. Michael placed his trust in this so-called spiritual advisor and opened up his heart. No one really knows if he (Michael) knew he was being taped or not. We only have the word of the Rabbi. Most people agree with me on this subject, this is not just my opinion, it is common sense. It's very clear that this is a form of ultimate betrayal. The reason why I mentioned Tatum, etc. was just an example of many topics that were unnecessarily needed for his book. If indeed his motives were pure and to help parents raise their kids emotionally healthy as this was the wish of Michael, then he simply didn't have to mention his love life and his complaints about his family, etc. What good comes out of us knowing these things? Nothing. It is just plain hateful. I'm sure most people will agree. I have read many posts here and posts on many websites, everyone is angry about this. He is not a middle man, he is a evil man taking advantage of Michael like everyone else did, why can't we see that? I guess I believe in privacy and some people don't. Some things are just plain logic.

Wayne   October 1st, 2009 12:26 am ET

What aspect of Michael Jackson’s life is most interesting to you?

I just seen a clip of Larry's show last night. Did not watch it but I may seen it some other time. I heard some of the things Micheal said. I don't know too much about the guest Rabbi so I cannot comment about that. I guess the folks would want to have proof that Micheal did agree to the tapes being recorded. I noticed some of the folks question that. Perhaps that would be a good thing. In any event the things Micheal said are sad and other people experienced these things too. I know what it's like to have a father who never tells you he loves you, and that he is proud of you. Fame & money don't change that. I can relate. I often wondered what makes a man so hard up.
Perhaps with time Micheal would of healed the wounds with his dad.
In any events I'II pass on the Madonna thing but what Micheal said about Ms. Monro growing old and ugly. I think the point of growing old is just that. Should we just admire you for your looks or for whats under the hood. People still would have loved her and she probably would have grown into the older wiser Ms. Monro. Perhaps in time he would of realized that it's not old age that is the problem, it's not looks that is the problem... It's the beauty of the person inside. Remember Micheal wrote a song called "The man in the mirror". Great lyrics in that tune too. Princes Diane was beautiful but her true beauty was her elegance and the way she seemed to love people. And she too was suffering some sort of pain like Micheal. Elvis too. And I believe him when he says the love of the world was not enough. It goes back to your routes. Your parents. I don't know it's so hard to get over those things for some people. And I too experienced some of this. Lots of people do.

The aspects that were interesting is the whole story and when you take the songs Micheal sang and the relationships with people he admired and look over the meaning as he saw it in his own eyes. – That's interesting. I mean he was given this enormous talent from when he was a little child and man could he sing. He had such a wonderful voice. I recall being in a club and a tune came on with Micheal "Got to be started something". And I listened how good it sounded and the various instruments comes from various speakers
and was just in aw of the talent "musically speaking" in this song and how it was so crafted with the hands of someone like Beethoven.
He danced like no one else. And the body language on stage was unique. The child from the grown on person. Almost two separate people. And the signature voice and licks in his music are all something. He wrote great songs. It's a sad story in the end and it seemed like he identified with the things prior to the success. When things were innocent as he was a young child. I can hear this & that but I did not know him personally. But some how the sincerity seems real when he talks. So I can be saddened by the whole thing but celebrate the greatness of the music. The music is great and has a lot of healing in it. Music is a universal language as they say and
so I will admire him for that.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   October 1st, 2009 1:10 am ET

In one of the Martin Bashir Living With Michael Jackson on Youtube – there is a clip that shows Martin and Michael in a shopping mall, I think, where they go past a Jewellery Shop........and they're talking.........and Michael says.........I like buying jewellery for mother and Liz Taylor........and I would buy it for a girlfriend, but I haven't found one yet.

I found that quite endearing and he was so matter-of-fact.

Lee   October 1st, 2009 1:22 am ET

Janice, you could not of said it better.

bERTHA CECILIA URDINOLA ALJURE - Wageningen - Holland   October 1st, 2009 2:47 am ET

MJ was a spiritual and visionary man. His statements about American society does not surprise me. Now I love him more!

THELMA   October 1st, 2009 3:11 am ET


Maria , Europe   October 1st, 2009 4:39 am ET

Because of Michael's life , contemporary with me I understand now better Jesus life. I did nener understand how could the people crucified Jesus. Now it is very clear for me everything. And because of Michael i understand better me life , my pain , my anguis , my trials. Thank you God for sending us Michael. YOU DO CARE about us.

Laura,from Romania   October 1st, 2009 5:16 am ET

To Anabela.... THANK YOU ! Your beautiful words make me cry but the same time makes me happy.I hope that people never stop loving Michael and keeping his spirit alive.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   October 1st, 2009 5:25 am ET

For goodness sake – why would his father oil him down to whip him. I really find this hard to believe. Sorry. I can't understand why he would tell us all this. None of the others have come out about this.

Maureen (UK)   October 1st, 2009 6:13 am ET

Jessie, Auckland, NZ
You're right. The "whipping" comments have never been mentioned anywhere before and why with oil ? It sounds "made up."

The tapes need to be tested by an expert.

MaryRM   October 1st, 2009 7:08 am ET

Lee October 1st, 2009 12:18 am ET

very well put Lee – I agree 100%. When I see things in this world, I try to find a parallel within my experience so that I can understand. I rarely have to look far. My brother is like Michael in that way – highly intelligent but very trustful of others. He is 47, not a child, nor does he have a child's mind. It gets very frustrating, he tells me I am jaded and he would rather see the good in people, even when I'm trying to convince him they are cheating him in business.

MaryRM   October 1st, 2009 7:14 am ET

Jessie – he didn't tell us, Schmuley did. Michael told Schmuley in private. God only knows the things the clergy hears.... Well God should be the only one that knows. I don't pretend to know for certain what Michael wanted or thought, but we can see what type of man he was, what were his overriding character traits. We had him in view for decades and can look to the past for clues. He did not put people down in public.

Look to the Geraldo interviews and his comments on Eminem. That is about as critical as I have heard him and it was pretty mild. That is a pretty good interview, once more his attempt to get his side of the story out in the face of a mountain of media hate.

irene gavilan   October 1st, 2009 12:31 pm ET

Love letter to Michael.
Dear Michael,
dearest Michael,
I do not want to be a widow anymore,
come back to earth and marry me again.
Yours forever and beyond forever,
Now, here is the Spanish version.
Carta de amor a Michael.
Querido Michael,
queridísimo Michael,
ya no quiero ser más una viuda,
vuelve a la tierra y cásate conmigo otra vez.
Tuya para siempre y más allá de para siempre,

Alicia from Hawaii   October 1st, 2009 9:20 pm ET


I am behind in my reading, so this is about your post from yesterday (9/30/09) at 6:18 pm HST (9:18 PST). Thank you for saying all of that. I agree with you completely. This is a betrayal, PERIOD. There is no other way to look at it. Bottom line is by him bringing all of this up (the"rabbi") , it hurt people. That is inherently wrong. People got hurt, Michael got betrayed, the "rabbi" is probably making money. It's horrific. It truly sickens me. OK, yes, it's "nice" to hear Michael's voice, nice to hear some of his deepest feelings and thoughts, but that doesn't make it right. It doesn't make it OK. Go on you tube and listen to his Oxford Speech if you want to hear his voice, read his books, Moonwalk and Dancing the Dream if you want to hear is deepest feelings and thoughts, or wait till you know for sure Michael said it was OK to share these things. I haven't even heard the tapes or seen any interviews with the "rabbi", but I have read articles about it and read all of your opinions. And I know this was wrong.

Celeste Maxwell   October 2nd, 2009 12:05 am ET

Some of you guys sound delusional, mentally ill!

I think that you are assuming things about the Rabbi's relationship with Michael. I think if you read the book you would realize that Michael was speaking "On the Record" and he knew, and he wanted to be taped.
Oh, and BTW you can get the book at a library or read the review on I have not looked it up yet so I do not know what the opinion is. I also think that there is a lot of Anti-Jewish sentiment here.

Unfortunately, only the MJ hardcore's are posting and refuse to listen to reason... I think YOU are the ones that helped Michael slowly kill himself. YOU put the pressure on him! He did it all for the love of his fans and it KILLED him!
Live With It!

Lee   October 2nd, 2009 12:41 am ET

Wow, I see some people here believe that under certain circumstances, it's ok to betray another human being, especially by your spiritual advisor. Lets see, Michael wanted the world to know that what he felt about himself was that he looked like a lizard! Because they are now mocking him for that and of course many many other things. How do you explain that? Yeah, that kind of news will help humankind and help children. No, It's people like you and the Rabbi who helped put Michael into an early grave. His true fans, felt clearly that this was a direct willingful assault on Michael's character. He (the rabbi) used the guise of helping Michael in order to try and sell his book. Yes, Michael was innocent and naive, that is why he probably agreed to do it that way, thinking it was therapeutic. Just like a therapist tells her patient to write things down in a journal.

The Rabbi still has not shown any proof that Michael agreed to wanting these tapes put into book form or, of all places released on national television!

Someone needs to go read their Bible again.

Celeste Maxwell   October 2nd, 2009 1:44 am ET

OK, just to let you guys know...
People like me, put no pressure on MJ as I am not a "NUT". Also I am an Agnostic, so I won't be going to a Bible to figure out what was wrong with Michael. Michael wanted to be understood, that's why he did the interviews. If the Rabbi really wanted to take advantage, he could have released the tapes when the child molestation charges happened...AGAIN. Let's just say that I think Michael was very, very troubled. None of you knew Michael, you assume that because his music was great that he should be idolized! Isn't there something in the Bible about IDOLATRY? Again YOU so-called FANS put the pressure on Michael. He thought that he could never measure up!

Lee - Glendale, CA   October 2nd, 2009 2:14 am ET

Here is one meaning of Agnostic:

Agnostic – Agnostos
The English term "agnostic" is derived from the Greek "agnostos," which means, "to not know." An agnostic is one who admits, "I don't know." The term is applied specifically to those who don't know for certain whether or not God exists. An agnostic is one who believes that the existence of God is unknown and most likely beyond human ability to discover.

FACT: Claiming to be not a "NUT" does not make you not a nut.

FACT: The majority of the population believes in a God, a higher power. A creator who exists, and sustains the universe.

Michael was raised a Jehovah's Witness, and he did believe in God, although his views may have changed through out his life, he had always thanked God for his gifts.

Idolatry is one who worships someone/some other entity other than the "GOD" of the Bible as the God of the universe. I don't think his fans do that. His fans simply recognize when Michael is clearly being betrayed and it angers us.

Michael said over and over again that he loved his fans, or maybe you won't believe him but you would believe the words of "the Rabbi". Michael put preasure on himself as a performer, because in his own words he said he was a perfectionist. He said this many times on his own accord. Obviously, his need to be loved by his father is what fueled his need to be perfect, it was not because of this fans. Again, he had said these openly to us, to the world while he was yet alive. He said many things to us because he wanted us to know. If he wanted any of those tapes to be heard, then they would have, then.

Alicia from Hawaii   October 2nd, 2009 4:45 am ET

Lee from Glendale....THANK YOU!

Lee - Glendale, CA   October 2nd, 2009 5:01 am ET

Yes, thank you back Alicia

ladyofthelake   October 2nd, 2009 1:26 pm ET


Tapes (Is this thing on!_   October 4th, 2009 4:02 pm ET

Huge blog.. Great responses ...

Well I only caught a small portion of the interview. Not sure if it was the full hour but I missed it. It's hard to judge in totality right now..

Well Larry did have Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on but I did not see the reaction from Michell's family. I think lots of people here got it right that Micheal was troubled. He's human. Lots of people are. They played the tapes on the air so I am not aware of the legal ramifications or proof that Micheal wanted this to be so. He sad Micheal talked in the mike. Is this on film? And is there any proof that Micheal wanted and gave his permission for this?

Just thinking for a moment it would have been just as mad to release them then because Micheal was going through a court battle. Perhaps his lawyer would have not wanted this. Got to hear from the lawyer.
You know when you have been accused of something so terrible as Micheal was that he may have wanted to come forth and tell everything. But he would not have gotten a fair trial unless as in court which he seemed to come out okay. Was watching a show about Micheal the other day where they were saying that despite his Court clearance & victory is tarnished his reputation. Thats not good because a talent like Michaels brings in big money for taxes,
for jobs (employment of people) and so on...

Micheal's talent was not just so. Where ever it came from it was.
And if his father did abuse him as he said then his father will have to live with that. Because he knows in his heart that he was given this very special child and if this is the way the special child was treated only he and whom he may have to give an account to one day will be just that. The truth is the truth and we can only speculate.

Celebrate the greatness of Micheal Jackson and his music.
Thanks Micheal for the inspiration and may you always be blessed.



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