Dustin Hoffman: TMZ Killed My Show!

Dustin Hoffman (right) starred, with Dennis Farina in HBO's "Luck" (Photo: HBO)

Apparently, Dustin Hoffman is not happy about the cancellation of his HBO series “Luck,” and he is naming names.

In an interview with Fox News, Hoffman pointed the finger at TMZ and PETA for publicizing what he says was false information about the show’s treatment of horses.

PETA (The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) had accused producers of the show of not taking proper care of their horses. When a third horse died during production of the second season, the show got canned. TMZ, of course, made headlines with its own reports on the care of the animals.

“If you Google ‘Paulick Report’-it’s a site for horse racing-and in that report is the real reason why the show was canceled,” he said. “It was a collaboration between PETA and TMZ. It’s interesting, sites like TMZ, they’re mistaken for news. We did All the President’s Men, and you had to have two sources — and they don’t need any sources. They’re gossip. But the general public believes what they say.”

Hoffman goes on to say that those reports caused an entire crew to lose their jobs.

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“It still deeply wounds me,” Hoffman added. “Not for myself, not for the show, but the pain they caused 400 crew people to have. And I don’t think they lost a moment’s sleep. It’s completely distorted. Anyone who raises horses knows they break their legs. The accusations they made were distorted. Every time we’d race the horses, we’d rest them. They’d race 20 seconds, then we’d rest them for an hour.”

TMZ and PETA, however, saw it differently and both issued responses to his accusations.

On its site, TMZ wrote “Truth is, the TMZ stories are in sync with what was reported on the Paulick Report.”

PETA has issued the following statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Dustin Hoffman must have a really cold streak running through his heart, as he isn’t hesitant to disrespect whistleblowers and animals to advance his agenda. PETA wrote to him on two separate occasions urging him to use his position to help improve welfare conditions for the horses on the set of Luck after we were contacted by a dozen whistleblowers who were part of his production. Had he taken PETA’s warnings seriously instead of ignoring them, the life of the third horse could have been spared, the show might still be on the air, and his crew might still have their jobs.”

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