Mega producer Timbaland has come forward to speak out on going off on television network Lifetime over its decision to air a biopic on his late protégé Aaliyah this past weekend.
Tim said the decision to put Aaliyah’s life story out for the first time as a TV movie upset him the most.
“I don’t know whose fault it it,” Tim responded when asked about the Lifetime production before saying the fact Aaliyah’s life story would be told for a made-for-TV upset him the most. “That’s what made me kinda go off the way I did. It was the first initial time and it was like, ‘Wow. This is how y’all are gonna really do it? Y’all are really gonna put this out?” I always thought it was a rumor. I thought it was a joke. Evidently it wasn’t then I started to realize, ‘Wait a minute, this is really real.’ … I shouldn’t have never paid it any attention.” (Hot 97)
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Tim also explained how his outburst still had a positive impact on the broadcast’s overall ratings.
“It was just done wrong,” Tim added. “I feel like I let my emotions get the best of me because everybody watched that. If I’m a business man and I have a TV show, whether it’s good or bad, I got viewers. All you gotta do is put it on.” (Hot 97)
According to the executive producers, their only intent was to remember and honor Aaliyah’s short-lived life.
Executive producers Howard Braunstein and Debra Martin Chase, along with author Christopher Farley (whose book “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman” was the basis for the movie) explained that they aimed to create a very tasteful tribute to a star who “led an incredible life in 22 short years.” (Washington Post)
Timbaland showed no mercy to Lifetime over its production this past weekend.