Andy King, who became a hot topic of discussion after Netflix’s Fyre Festival documentary premiered is now being offered television deals.
King, one of the event’s producers, revealed during the documentary, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened that he was, “fully prepared to suck d***,” in order to save the festival, which caused him to go viral and become the subject of a slew of memes on social media.
Both the Netflix documentary and another documentary on Hulu on the same subject described how 26-year-old Billy McFarland partnered with rapper Ja Rule on the failed music event. As we now know, the festival was a disaster which provided neither the luxury accommodations promised nor the music performances that were advertised. Last March, McFarland pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud in a Manhattan federal court and agreed to serve up to a decade in prison for lying to investors of Fyre Festival who lost over $26 million, according to the Associated Press.
King told Vanity Fair in an exclusive interview that he initially hesitated to share the anecdote on camera, but due to his own naivete, he proceeded to share the story. McFarland requested that King fly to the Bahamas to help salvage his debut music festival, but the fraudulent young entrepreneur had an unusual request. He asked King if he would perform fellatio on a Bahamian customs officer to obtain four 18-wheeler trucks filled with Evian water for the festival because $175,000 in fees hadn’t been paid.
During the interview with Vanity Fair, King said that he had three TV show offers from notable networks.
“You’re too young to remember this, but in the old world of TV it was The Carol Burnett Show and these fun, light-hearted shows that weren’t all crime-related,” King said. “You see the attractiveness of HGTV today. People love Flip or Flop or Fixer Upper. Let’s just say it’s going to be a show about hosting crazy events—what it takes to make them happen. There will be cliff-hangers, and you’ll get to follow me around and see how I pull them off.”
King seems elated about his newfound opportunities.
“You’re not going to see me launching a handbag line or makeup,” King said. “I think I’m being given a platform that a lot of people, at age 58 especially, don’t get the opportunity to have. And I’m kind of excited about it.”
Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth.