Prince Michael Joseph Jackson, the first born child of the late Michael Jackson, is celebrating his 16th year of life with a new job — his first! And what kind of job, pray tell, does Michael Jackson’s son score as his first job … why, he becomes a a reporter for Entertainment Tonight. Now, considering how fiercely MJ protected his children from the media spotlight when he was alive, I don’t think that this job as entertainment news reporter would be something he would sanction but I guess that doesn’t really matter. Prince interviews the cast of Oz the Great and Powerful on tonight’s episode of Entertainment Tonight. Click below for a bit of a preview.
Michael Jackson’s eldest son Prince Michael will make his debut as the newest “Entertainment Tonight” correspondent. The 16-year-old sat down with the cast of “Oz the Great and Powerful” for a segment that will air during Tuesday’s broadcast. He sat opposite “Oz” actors James Franco, Zach Braff and director Sam Raimi. Jackson revealed to “ET” correspondent Brooke Anderson that he aspires to have a career in the entertainment industry. “I’m looking to become well-rounded as a producer, director, screenwriter and actor.” Anderson remarked that Jackson is mature for his age, to which he replied, “That’s what most of my people say. That was all thanks to my dad. He raised me right.” When asked by Anderson who he’d like to interview next, the teen replied, “Probably Peter Jackson because I love his movies. ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘The Hobbit,’ and ‘King Kong.’ I just love the way he shoots [and how] he brings things and depicts it back to life. I used to study his movies with my dad, put the volume off and just watch it, just the shots to see how he put it together.” During the interview, the Jackson scion asked Franco about how to succeed in Hollywood. Franco replied, “I always tell people, just go out and try, and stop waiting around or dreaming it’s going to happen. Just go and start doing things on your own.”
While I’m certain Prince is thrilled to be given the opportunity to work for ET, I can’t help but cringe at this entire thing. I just know that MJ would never let his children have this much access to the media spotlight. I dunno, I guess it’s just weird for me to reconcile that his kids are growing up. 16 is still too young for children to be considered adults but it’s clear, MJ’s kids are quickly becoming old enough to make their own decisions. I haven’t been a fan of Entertainment Tonight for many years now. Back in the 80’s and 90’s (during the Mary Hart and John Tesh days), the show was much more fun to watch. Now, IMHO, they go for cheap tactics in order to lure in viewers. I can’t help but recall that ET was the only media outlet that decided to show off a photo of Michael Jackson as he was dying in the back of an ambulance. Do you remember? Paramedics were desperately trying to save his life and someone managed to get a photo of MJ inside the ambulance and ET decided to broadcast it. I was pretty disgusted at the time but I had lost respect for the show long before that incident. Now MJ’s son is working for the show and, well, I can’t help but feel a little gross about it. That being said, Prince Jackson is growing into a self-assured young man. He will be afforded opportunities to do absolutely anything he wants with his life. If he’s serious about a career in show business, I guess starting out as an entertainment news reporter is a good way to go. I don’t think I’ll be tuning in to watch is TV debut tho. But I wish him all the luck in the world.