Hollywood legend Jeremy Zimmer has said that he isn’t surprised that Spotify ended its deal with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Jeremy Zimmer, who is the chief executive of United Talent Agency, has issued a scathing verdict on Meghan Markle. The talent expert, who has guided stars such as Damian Lewis and Benedict Cumberbatch, verdict comes little more than a week after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s multi-million-pound deal came to an end. The couple signed the lucrative deal with Spotify in 2020, just a few months after their royal exit.
Speaking to the news website Semafor at the Cannes Lions advertising festival in France, Mr Zimmer said: “Turns out Meghan was not a great audio talent, or necessarily any kind of talent.”
He added: “And, you know, just because you’re famous, doesn’t make you great at something.”
Earlier this month, Spotify and the Sussexes’ own company, Archewell issued a joint statement announcing the end of the deal by mutual consent.
The statement read the decision had been reached mutually, with them both parties “proud of the series we made together.”
The series mentioned referred to Meghan’s 12-episode podcast ‘Archetypes’ – which was released last year.
Meghan launched the first episode of Archetypes last August, with tennis professional Serena Williams joining the 41-year-old as a guest.
The series, which saw Meghan being joined by a new female guest each week, explored “the labels that try to hold women back”.
Despite having numerous guests, it has been reported that some declined Meghan’s offer to appear on Archetypes.
Wall Street Journal reported that US singer Taylor Swift reportedly politely declined Meghan’s “personal letter” to appear as a guest.
The first, and only, series of Archetypes was released almost two years after the couple signed the huge deal.
According to Variety, it is said the Spotify had “expected more content” from the couple. This likely led to the company being willing to part ways with the Sussexes.
Despite the end of the deal, the Sussexes still hold onto other deals – Penguin Random House and Netflix – which they also signed in 2020.