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NEW YORK – December 13, 2004 – SIRIUS Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) today announced that legendary motion picture producer Robert Evans will host a weekly talk show that will treat SIRIUS subscribers to his intimate, explicit and sometimes startling view of the world. In Bed with Robert Evans will originate from Evans’ home and will debut on SIRIUS in February 2005.
In Bed with Robert Evans will certainly not be for the timid. Evans lives life to its fullest – occasionally beyond full – and these experiences are the inspiration for the show. Listeners can become part of Evans’ unique circle and become part of his conversations with his varied friends and acquaintances (and don’t expect him to settle for pat answers to his blunt questions). He’ll also reach deep into the corners of society for a “unique” view of life. Best of all, SIRIUS subscribers can call in and interact with Evans and his friends.
The media has dug deep to uncover the Evans’ mystique. Details magazine said there was the “Cult of Bob.” The Los Angeles Times described him as a “Rogue in the Vogue.” A cover story in the New York Magazine called him “Hollywood Bad Boy.” And Vanity Fair hailed him as, “The Godfather.”
Evans’ new show with SIRIUS marks a return to radio. At 18 he hosted a show from the Caribbean Hotel in Miami Beach interviewing visiting celebrities. A career as a movie actor followed, and then a move behind the camera to head Paramount Pictures. During a ten-year run at Paramount, he produced such classics as Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Romeo & Juliet, Rosemary’s Baby, Serpico, and most notably The Godfather I and II. At a time when no one was taking chances, Evans did, and so took Paramount to first place from 9th place (when Hollywood had nine major studios).
Evans’ autobiography, The Kid Stays in the Picture, was an international best seller that was adapted into an award-winning documentary, and later a best-seller on video and DVD. He is the only living producer with the distinction of having two of his films, The Godfather and Chinatown, selected among 75 films of the 20th Century to be vaulted for preservation in perpetuity by the U.S. Library of Congress.
“What a ride,” said Evans. “I’ve done it all and I’m here to tell it all … and it ain’t no PG flick. Do I like being behind the microphone again? You bet your ass I do. I feel like I’m the wealthiest guy in the world to be on the airwaves again – uncensored – with the freedom of not being limited to what I can and cannot say. What a great way to come back to your old stomping grounds. There isn’t any greater opportunity than to have two hours of airtime – no holds barred – to stick a bolt of lightning where it’s not supposed to go.”
“For nearly 50 years Bob Evans has wielded tremendous influence over the entertainment industry with passion and creativity,” said Scott Greenstein, SIRIUS President of Entertainment and Sports. “He became successful in part because of his willingness to think and live unconventionally. This is a view through the window of Hollywood that until now only precious few have had.”
In Bed with Robert Evans will debut in February with a Valentine’s Day special. Be listening for Robert Evans Top 10 Tips for a More Romantic Valentine’s Day.About SIRIUS
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