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Sumner Still Cruise Bashing

Sumner Redstone fired Tom Cruise this summer and in an interview in December's VF he continues to bash him. He calls Tom a total embarrassment to Paramount and said his wife helped him make the decision to fire him. Page Six sums it up for us. Here's more:

Confirming a Page Six exclusive, Redstone admits it was his wife, Paula, who first soured on Cruise, which resulted in his decision not to renew Paramount's megabucks deal with Cruise's production company. "Paula, like women everywhere, had come to hate him. The truth of the matter is, I did listen to her . . ." Redstone says. "His behavior was entirely unacceptable to Paula and to the rest of the world. He just didn't turn one [woman] off. He turned off all women, and a lot of men."

Redstone estimates that Cruise's antics - acting wacky, ripping into psychiatry, firing his professional publicist - were the key elements in the star's downfall: "When did I decide [to fire him]? I don't know. When he was on the 'Today' show? When he was jumping on a couch at 'Oprah'? He changed his handler, you know, to his sister [LeAnne Devette] - not a good idea."

Redstone estimates that Cruise's bizarre behavior cost Paramount "$100 million, $150 million on 'Mission: Impossible III.' It was the best picture of the three, and it did the worst." He isn't sorry he embarrassed Cruise publicly: "The explosion was good. It sent a message to the rest of the world that the time of the big star getting all this money is over. And it is! I would like to think that what I did, or what we did, has had a salutary effect on the rest of the industry."

Stay Tuned. We bet Tom's people will react to these statements. Another fire Tom has to put out right before his big wedding day.

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Fantasia1 Fantasia1 10 years
why cant anyone be free to believe what they want and not be called a nutcase. its what he believes in its up to him who are we to judge
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 10 years
What can I say??? Paula was right
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 10 years
It's also been well documented Tom's descent into crazytown, and if paramount feels brad is a better bet to be their big star, I can't disagree with that.
EdwinaTheLovely EdwinaTheLovely 10 years
carolina carolina 10 years
I know a lot of you disagree with me but I enjoy seeing Tom Cruise on the big screen. MI3 was a great movie. But I find it interesting to hear what Redstone said about stars and their value. He's not being totally honest about why he dropped TC. Paramount didn't have room for two big stars on their lot. Brad Grey and Redstone have moved Pitt into that spot( I didn't make this up- it's documented). This has been discussed a lot in Hollywood - so I know it's not just gossip. Pitt's next movie is to the tune of 120 million to make- so much for cutting costs. Getting rid of Tom Freston wasn't a smart move either-it will come back to haunt Redstone- some people are saying it already is.... Tom has apologized to Brooke. Matt Lauer even came out and said what Redstone did was not fair, etc.Lauer even said that he respected Tom and his views. I've seen and heard about other actors having done worse. I still will go see Tom Cruise's movies.
Ginger Ginger 10 years
Guess Sumner and the Mrs won't be attending the wedding.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 10 years
i agree with him... but why bother stating the obvious?
Imabeliever Imabeliever 10 years
Tom turned me off with the whole dumping Nic while supposedly pregnant and trying to lie about when he left even though he had celebrated their anniversary with family already..assholio!!! The whole Katie shenanigans and Brooke Shields/Oprah/Matt Laurer crap just convinced me that I was right. What a Colossal Assholio.. King of the crazy assholes!!! All I can hope is that everything he has a hand in fails miserably until even the church of alien creators scientology don't want to affiliate themselves with him anymore... NOW that would be worth the cost of admission!!
sashak sashak 10 years
I wouldn't be surprised if TinyTom never made a movie again. & god knows katie can't act for shit...
AlisunMarCo AlisunMarCo 10 years
He made his bed and now he has to lay in it. Too bad he went from an uber private guy to an uber NUTCASE. If I were Katie, I'd be embarrassed!
yiddidea yiddidea 10 years
Toronado - I couldn't agree with you more. My mom was saved by her psychiatrist and bi-polar medications when I was younger, so hearing bat-sh*t crazy Cruise slam things he knows nothing about made me hate him with a fiery vengeance. People sometimes ask me why his opinion matters, and it is simple. He was the biggest movie star in the world and unfortunately, there are people who listen to this man and think everything he says is truth. Luckily, there are enough of us that are smart enough to call him out on his pyramid scheme of a "religion" and realize he is out of his mind. Maybe if he was medicated with something other than vitamins he might stop jumping on couches.
Toronado Toronado 10 years
I think his tirade about psychology and anti-depressants is what irritated me the most out of every stupid thing he's said and done. I've got a looooong history of anxiety/panic/depressive disorders, so it was like he was telling me that everything I've endured for almost 20 years was total bullsh-t. Nope. Didn't like that, nope nope. Someone needs to stuff his face into an ice crusher.
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 10 years
Gotta love crotchety old men! He's near death so he just doesn't give a crap anymore.
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 10 years
he really hit a nerve with the post pardum depresson and the use of anti depressants.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
i wouldn't want tom representing my company.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
ditto Tor
Toronado Toronado 10 years
Can't say I disagree with him. Tom is a penis.
paigesweetkisses paigesweetkisses 10 years
very interesting.. I just love the fact that Redstone doesn't care about what people think - he's just all about stating facts! :)
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