After Donald Trump wrote a scathing letter to the comedian for pulling out of his son Eric’s charity golf event — Bret steps in to save the day!
Bret Michaels, 48, the Poison frontman has just agreed to take Jerry’s place at the Fifth Annual Eric Trump Foundation Golf Invitational on Sept. 13 due to Jerry backing out. The funny man felt as though Donald Trump‘s bashing of President Obama has gone too far and he said he didn’t want to be associated with the potential Republican presidential candidate. But Bret, who won Donald’s Celebrity Apprentice reality show last year, has agreed to lend his support.
“Donald Trump and his family have been wonderful to me and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital is one of my favorite charities, so I’m honored to have been asked by Eric and the rest of the Trump family to be a part of this event and help raise money for such an admirable cause,” Brett says. “We should never allow the spirit of generosity to be overshadowed by divisive political beliefs — and when it comes to saving the life of a child, there is absolutely no room for political rhetoric. Regardless of political views, the only thing that should matter is the lives of these children and their families, so I’m eager to offer my assistance to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in any way that I can.”
Donald’s son Eric Trump thanked Bret for stepping in: “Bret Michaels is an amazing family friend, father, philanthropist and real American for stepping up to the plate to keep the focus where it belongs – on terminally ill children at St. Jude Research Hospital and not political views. We cannot thank him enough for performing what will undoubtedly be the concert of a lifetime this Sept. 13 at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester.”
Donald was burning mad after learning Jerry had backed out of Eric’s event.
“I just learned you canceled a show for my son’s charity because of the fact that I am being very aggressive with respect to President Obama, who is doing an absolutely terrible job as our leader,” Trump wrote in a letter that appeared in the NY Post‘s Page Six. “We don’t care that you broke your commitment, even though the children of St. Jude are very disappointed, and despite the fact that your manager clearly stated you are ‘truly a man of his word.’ What I do feel badly about is that I agreed to do, and did, your failed show, The Marriage Ref, even though I thought it was absolutely terrible … Despite its poor ratings, I didn’t cancel on you like you canceled on my son and St. Jude. I only wish I did. You should be ashamed of yourself!”
But Jerry’s camp reveals why he felt so strongly about pulling out of the event, which is five months away.
“Jerry feels this kind of demagoguery has no place in public discourse,” his rep said in a statement. “He has respectfully withdrawn from the event, and is making a contribution both to the Eric Trump Foundation and to [St. Jude].”
— Chloe Melas
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