Party Pooped Already? Pt. 2: Crisis at Purple Ball
One of the few inaugural galas with a solid celebrity lineup -- for so many parties, the stars are still TBD -- suffered a leadership crisis today when Lou Gossett Jr. announced he was severing ties with the Purple Ball.
The Oscar winner was one of the first Hollywood types out the gate to announce a splashy inaugural ball, on Jan. 20 at the Fairmont Hotel -- guests to include Ashley Judd, John Cusack, Angela Bassett, Ed Harris, tickets ranging from $300 to $5,000.
But on Friday Gossett issued a statement saying that neither he nor his Eracism Foundation would have anything more to do with it, saying he and the organizers were at odds. "There is a notable lack of diversity both on the host committee and the entertainment, which does not reflect either the mission of the Eracism Foundation or President-elect Obama's vision for America."
By mid-afternoon, a rep for party organizer Asal Masomi was insisting that Gossett back on board. "All disagreements ..... are bygone," said Ilene Proctor. Really? A rep for Gossett, Colette Philipps, remained coy, saying both sides were back in discussions but that Gossett will release a statement Monday.
So we'll see! Tickets were said to have sold out a while ago, but Proctor said yesterday that demand inspired a move to a larger ballroom, so it's still possible to get in. She also said that actors Terrence Howard and Djimon Hounsou have now confirmed they will attend... so there's some more diversity for you.
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