He was once the toast of town and now he can’t even get roasted.
The Friars Club, which already postponed the formal skewering of Harvey Weinstein, has now cancelled the roast altogether, according to club sources who called that decision a “no brainer.”
“Given the nature of what’s happened, that’s unlikely,” according to a source close to the club. “I doubt he’d allow it either. It’s a dead deal.”
A second source added “one would think” that ongoing sexual harassment charges against Weinstein will be the nail in the coffin of a negotiation that had all but grinded to a halt in recent weeks.
Entertainment Tonight reported in August 2016 that the disgraced movie mogul would receive the club’s highest honor three months later, on Nov. 4. Weinstein accepted, telling ET “It’s an honor the Friars Club has deemed me worthy of roasting.”
Rosario Dawson and Harvey Weinstein attend the Friars Club roast of Quentin Tarantino in 2010.
Club Abbott Jerry Lewis, who died in August, confirmed then that the good spirited lambasting was a go, calling Weinstein “a giant among giants.”
Ironically, we’re told that original roast date was pushed back as the Friars Club found itself in a sexual harassment suit between a former club receptionist and TV producer, and Friar, Bruce Charet. We’re told that case has since been settled.
We’re also told that the club is days from announcing a November roast of a different entertainment bigwig.
Club reps could not be reached for comment.
The Friars Club, which boasts “We only roast the ones we love,” has bestowed their honorary lampooning upon stars such as Donald Trump, Hugh Hefner, Milton Berle and Quentin Tarantino.
But the bawdy comedy club finds nothing humorous about Weinstein’s alleged antics.
Jerry Lewis was excited to have the Friars Club host Harvey Weinstein in better times.
That doesn’t put the 113-year institution above toilet humor. On Tuesday, Richard Lewis will visit the Friars’ E. 55th Street clubhouse where a bathroom will affectionately be named in his “honor.” Perhaps there’s a toilet they can name after Weinstein.
The Washington Post reported on Monday that Weinstein’s name had also been scrubbed from a Nov. 2 Kennedy Center discussion where he was slated to be a guest.
Tom Cruise, Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and Jeff Zucker roasted Matt Lauer at the New York Hilton in 2008.
With Brian Niemietz