Allen Has Reportedly Refused To Appear On MSG Networks To Introduce Films
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – According to the New York Post, Knicks owner James Dolan has banned popular funnyman and filmmaker Woody Allen from Madison Square Garden’s VIP lounge.
Dolan reportedly requested that Allen appear on MSG to introduce some of his famous films after the network bought the rights to air several of Allen’s movies. It was a request that Allen was uncomfortable with according to the Post report.
“He got a call from someone at MSG saying they had bought the rights to air several of Woody’s movies on the MSG channel and wanted Woody to go on the air and talk about his movies or introduce them,” a source told the Post. “Woody said he would not be comfortable doing that. He has never done that for any show or network. They then said that this was a ‘reciprocal arrangement’ and that if Woody couldn’t go on TV for them, he should not eat in their VIP restaurant anymore. Woody said fine and thanked them for the many years he had enjoyed the space there.”
Allen has been attending Knicks games for years and frequently visits MSG’s Suite 200. The VIP section allows celebrities and athletes to mingle with one another during halftime and before games while enjoying complimentary food and drink.