Elton and David Furnish may be the stars of Sunday's AIDS Walk: Live at Home, but they won't be seen on the telecast, claims the New York Post's Page Six column.
Actor Erich Bergen had been hired to make a pre-taped video of the couple accepting a lifetime achievement award from the organisation. But as reported earlier this week, MZA Events filed a suit against Erich, claiming he was ''holding the footage hostage.''
Since Bergen still hasn't shared his footage, there will be a string of celebrities congratulating Elton and David, but, says an insider, ''you won't have them accepting the award. The program has to forgo the acceptance speech because they don't have one that isn't watermarked.''
Bergen shot the speech, but only submitted a watermarked version of the clip before ''going AWOL,'' say sources familiar with the situation.
AIDS Walk: Live at Home 2021 is a virtual fundraising event hosted by GMHC of New York and AIDS Walk San Francisco Foundation. It airs tomorrow on local TV stations as well as on streaming services.
Hosted online because of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the ceremony will combine seven AIDS Walk events from cities around America--Austin; New Orleans; San Francisco; Seattle; New York; Milwaukee; and Los Angeles--into one fundraising show. Dozens of AIDS organisations will be the beneficiaries.