Prince Michael Jackson Is Now A Reporter For ‘Entertainment Tonight’


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.


  • nicole

    you know what really irritates me about the whole thing? these kids know there dad was against all this. im not saying they hide for the rest of their lives, but almost everything that these kids have done since their MJ passed – he would have never let happen. i know the kids need to live their own lives, but their father worked hard to make sure they were able to live a normal/private life, and its like they just threw that away without a care.

    • Alicia Mayo-White

      It’s great MJ was a protective dad, but if this is really what his children want to be doing (being a part of the entertainment industry) why not let them? It’s not like they are still small children being exploited, Prince Michael is 16 and he got a job. Pretty normal for a 16 year old. He just happens to be working for TV instead of McDonald’s.

    • Krissy

      But I think part of Michael’s position was that kids (like himself) don’t understand what they are sacrificing in order to be famous. Kids see the perks, but it isn’t until they are older that they know what they have to give up in order to get that perk. They might see the opportunity, but they don’t understand the limitations that come with that. Prince might be old enough to get a job, but is he old enough to understand what it is like to lose all of your privacy, etc.?

    • Serenity

      @Alicia I think that the problem is that these children don’t have anybody to properly advocate for them. If there was somebody who could step in and guide them, make sure they wouldn’t be exploited, that would be one thing. As it is, without Michael to completely squash this (which could be a whole other debate: should he have been a little more lenient with them? Would he have allowed them to slowly wade into the industry under his guidance now that they’re older?), I think the children are being exploited. How many people – both adults and children alike – are able to see beyond the glamor? Behind the platitudes of people who want to push you into the spotlight for their own benefit?

  • blaqfury

    MJ is rolling in his grave…

    • Dezden

      Absolutely. I’m not even an MJ fan, but… yeah.

  • JCZ

    Why would the son of the biggest male musician of the past 50 years, who was tormented, scrutinised and attacked viscously by the media outlets akin to ET, take up a job there to report on the gossip of other celebrities? Well money obviously, but this is such a kick in the face to his father – regardless of whether MJ tried to protect them from the media or not – it just adds to the disappointment of all this. No matter what people say about MJ’s personal life – one cannot argue he wasn’t one of the most protective celebrity parents, it’s sad his children (or pressure from the Jackson family) are now lapping up the attention. Fair enough when they’re of more mature age, but looking at HIS upbringing/child stardom, you’d like they learn more from the history within their own family.

  • Krissy

    I am all for getting the kid experiences…but ET is such a trashy, low-grade show. He has such a unique position that he could probably get better quality experiences if he truly valued information and not just being in front of the camera. Like, he could try intern type positions with well respected directors, etc. I could see someone like Ron Howard or Steven Speilberg letting him shadow them for a bit.

  • Sandy!

    Noooooooooo!!! Sorry for the dramatics, but I can’t help it.
    This is horrible. You would think if he wanted experience he’d go somewhere where he would actually get experience :/
    This is great for ET, but is he going to learn? The art of tearing down other people? ET is trash. Why doesn’t he just go to school for this or intern somewhere useful?
    Between him and Twitter addicted Paris, MJ is definitely rolling in his grave.
    This whole thing is sad. Their father tried so hard to give them a sense of normalcy and it’s just been thrown away.

  • Absurdist

    Pretty little thang, ain’t he?

  • randomdreamer01

    This is all Latoya’s doing!!!! ahhhhhhh!! : (

  • Ella

    It’s hard to tell who is pulling the strings here or if there are any strings being pulled at. It all just reminds me of Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter modeling now at six. At some point an adult in these kids lives need to say “Nope. Off to school with you.”
    Do his guardians really think it’s in his best interest to take on a job like this…that he got solely based on who his father is?

    Also, not to speak ill of the dead, but I find it funny how many people are shaking their heads and saying MJ wouldn’t want this. No one was extolling MJ’s dad skills when he was alive. He didn’t just want those kids to live a normal life. Getting dangled over a balcony isn’t normal. Wearing masks and blankets over your face to go to the grocery store isn’t normal. Wonderland isn’t normal. So while I have to question the motives of the adults in these children’s lives right now, I also have to wonder how much of this is just them rebelling a little and really living and being seen the way they never have before. Does that make any sense?

  • Josh

    He looks so much like his father, whoever that may be!

  • ashley81614

    How ironic that in overly sheltering his kids, MJ only instilled in them a thirst for media/fame. Had they been more exposed, would they have the same reaction? All teenagers have that dream at some point to be a famous movie star, but that’s a hard road to follow and at some point there needs to be a responsible adult in the background capable of helping to make the right decision. Sadly, I don’t think these kids will find any adult like that for them in the background :-/