The media world has mocked Rogers Communications Succession-like drama that entangled the Canadian cable and mobile giant during a recent board battle that offered a fair share of slander among members of the Rogers family.
So it only seems appropriate that the fictional world of Succession and the real world of Rogers Communications collided this week on Cameo, a service that allows professional athletes, actors, and other celebrities to send personal video messages … for a fee.
Brian Cox, the award-winning actor who plays Logan Roy, the unfair patriarch and CEO of media conglomerate Waystar Royco in the popular HBO series, was apparently paid to deliver a comic and rather colorful message to Rogers chairman Edward Rogers for his role. in dismissing former Rogers CEO Joe Natale.
“Edward. This is from Suzanne,” Cox says in the video, in an apparent reference to Edward’s wife, Suzanne Edwards. “Congratulations on your real life Succession at Rogers Communications. And also to have Joe Natale to fuck off. ”
The Globe and Mail secured access to the 19-second video clip, which, as mentioned above, is sprinkled in some not-quite-safe-for-work language.
A spokesman for Edward Rogers told CTV News that “the video was shared with Edward as a practical joke … He did not write nor was aware of the review on Mr. Cox’s Cameo page.”
Okay. But did Edward Rogers laugh at least?
According to Cameo, anyone can book a personal message from Brian Cox for $ 689.
Martha Rogers, a sister of Edward, who fought against her brother’s power movements in the company, seemed to take the joke in stride and offered her own snippet on Twitter:
Huh. I got mom a vase for Christmas. https://t.co/Ib9v720U0Z pic.twitter.com/mqcCWbB1bM
– Martha Rogers (@MarthaLRogers) January 13, 2022
Back in the real world, Rogers Communications installed Tony Staffieri, the company’s former CFO, as interim president and CEO back in November, a move that subsequently led Natale out the door.
This transition took place about two weeks after Edward Rogers, the once deposed chairman of Rogers Communications, was reinstated in the role, and his move to replace more corporate directors was approved by the British Columbia Supreme Court.
Martha Rogers and Melinda Rogers-Hixon (Edwards’ two sisters) and Loretta Rogers (the trio’s mother) voted against Staffieri’s appointment and issued a general statement of disapproval regarding Natale’s dismissal as the company’s CEO.
– Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor, Easy Reading