The Gail Posner case has crashed into reality - Reality TV that is. Her estate's lawyer discovered that the millionaire heiress had added an unusual clause to her will, providing that her dogs would be taken care of by the winner of a reality TV show, with a judge from New York politics.
Gail Posner stunned the world a few days ago when she left her dogs with millions of dollars along with $27 million to her staff of housekeepers and bodyguards. The will includes only $1 million for her son, Bret Carr, who is now suing to get his fair share of the estate.
While legal commentators on the news were predicting that Carr would win the suit, the new codicil may change things. It provides that $10 million will be spent to produce a reality show where the winning contestant would take care of the dogs. The provision also calls for Bret Carr to produce and direct the show. Carr has produced and directed a few minor projects.
The new provision may be enough to sway Carr out of his lawsuit. He has reportedly been talking with a number of celebrities about serving as judges on the show, including Paula Abdul. But there is one specific provision that may be a deal-breaker. Gail Posner indicated that she wanted Warren Redlich to be one of the judges. Redlich, a little-known lawyer and New York Governor candidate, is apparently fond of Posner's favorite Chihuahua breed.
The estate's attorney said that Posner had reached out to Andrew Cuomo and Rick Lazio first, but neither liked Chihuahuas. She also rejected Carl Paladino because he gave money to Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton, and felt that Kristin Davis was a tramp.
Interviewed Tuesday morning, Carr said he was surprised by the Redlich choice. "I never knew mom was interested in New York politics," he said, "but Redlich has done a little work in independent film, so maybe we can work with him."
Your correspondent was able to get a hold of Redlich this morning as well. He admitted that he likes Chihuahuas but wasn't sure about his role: "I'm focused right now on finding ways to save New York's budget, and making cheesy PowerPoint videos about my opponents in my basement. But I think I can find time for this."
The Cuomo and Lazio campaigns did not return calls. Kristin Davis denied being a tramp, "unless that'll get me on the show." Michael Caputo said that his candidate, Carl Paladino, would kill the dogs with a baseball bat and drag Bret Carr and Warren Redlich to Attica. He then accused your correspondent of being part of a liberal conspiracy to destroy America. He's probably right about that.