The Weeknd hits back at Rolling Stone report, says his series ‘The Idol’ is in turmoil

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Los Angeles. ‘Blinding Lights’ hitmaker The Weeknd has responded to Rolling Stone’s recent report on his upcoming series. The music star responded to a Rolling Stone report that claimed that his upcoming series ‘The Idol’ with ‘Euphoria’ Sam Levinson was “disgustingly” derailed, reports Variety. Has been.

Posting a clip from the series on Instagram, The Weeknd’s Abel Tesfaye tagged Rolling Stone and wrote, “Did we bug you?” In the scene a character played by Dan Levy pitches Tesfaye and Lily-Rose Depp’s pop star character Jocelyn to do a photo shoot for Rolling Stone. Tesfaye, who plays a modern-day cult leader named Tredos, said, “Isn’t Rolling Stone a little irrelevant? .. Rolling Stone has 6 million followers on Instagram, half of them are probably bots and Jocelyn has 78 million followers. So she does a photo shoot, she tags them, they get her followers. More money for Rolling Stone, nothing for Jocelyn.”

“There’s a lot for Jocelyn,” Levy’s character says, to which Tesfaye’s character replies, “Not in Rolling Stone”.

When asked for comment, Rolling Stone editor-in-chief Noah Schachtman asked, “Did we bother you?” Tesfaye then pointed to his Twitter reply: “Absolutely not!”

According to Variety, HBO is also protesting the Rolling Stone story The Idol: How HBO’s Next Euphoria Became Twisted Torture Porn, which claims the show is in turmoil due to a poor working environment.

“The Idol” first showed signs of trouble when director Amy Seimetz abruptly exited the show in April 2022, with six episodes already completed.

Variety reported last year that the series would be overhauled “due to a change in creative direction — along with changes to its cast and crew.”

Reports at the time claimed that Tesfaye felt the series was leaning too heavily into the ‘female perspective’.

According to a Rolling Stone report, Levinson then took over as director and “almost scrapped the $54-75 million project to rewrite and reshoot the whole thing.”(IANS)

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