JetBlue Guy: Hollywood's most wanted

Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:43am EDT
 
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By Allison Hope Weiner

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - It was perhaps inevitable that the world's most famous flight attendant would enlist a Hollywood publicist.

Jetblue jumper Steven Slater's flak? Howard Bragman, whose clients have included tabloid fodder such as Monica Lewinsky and Oksana Grigorieva as well as gay celebrities including Meredith Baxter and Martina Navratilova.

Bragman told The Hollywood Reporter that Slater didn't hire him to come out publicly; the flight attendant is openly gay with a boyfriend.

"I know that people find the concept of a gay flight attendant shocking, but it's true," Bragman joked. "The fact that I've represented many gay clients merely helped Steven feel comfortable working with me. We actually went together last weekend to Las Vegas to see Barry Manilow."

Although Bragman believes that Slater has the potential to have more than 15 minutes of fame, he said his first job is to help his client deal with the pending criminal charges against him, then sift through the offers of reality shows, interviews and books.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO REPRESENT STEVEN SLATER?

I think that he's hit something in the Zeitgeist, and I think that I understand what he's hit. So I'm doing the media relations and also acting as manager.

WHAT TYPE OF OFFERS ARE YOU GETTING?   Continued...