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James Van Der Beek sues Sirius XM after the satellite radio service pulls the plug on his podcast… after he was set to be paid $700K

James Van Der Beek’s plans for a podcast have apparently been squelched, so now he is letting his lawyers do the talking.

The 45-year-old actor is suing Sirius XM and Stitcher after they pulled the plug on a deal he said was supposed to guarantee him $700 thousand for 40 episodes.

In legal documents obtained by The Blast, the Pose actor alleges the satellite radio company reneged on the deal.

Suing: James Van Der Beek, 45, is suing Sirius XM and Stitcher after they pulled the plug on a podcast deal that would have paid him $700K for 40 episodes; pictured in LA in 2019

Suing: James Van Der Beek, 45, is suing Sirius XM and Stitcher after they pulled the plug on a podcast deal that would have paid him $700K for 40 episodes; pictured in LA in 2019

The filing claims, ‘In late 2021, (James) began to pursue an opportunity for creating a podcast based on his longstanding acting career, onscreen characters, and life as a husband and father of six.’

Van Der Beek has been married to his wife, Kimberly Brook, 40, since 2010 and they are parents to Olivia, 11, Joshua, 10, Annabel, eight, Emilia, six, Gwendolyn, four, and Jeremiah, 10 months.  

‘He would serve as the podcast’s host, conduct interviews, provide commentary and behind-the-scenes insight on past work, and share the kind of unique perspective as an artist, seeker, and public figure that has become the hallmark of his social media presence,’ the document continued.

Damages:  The Varsity Blues star is seeking damages in the amount of $700K or more. The suit claims when Sirius XM made its offer, he stopped shopping the podcast and turned down acting jobs to focus on the project

Damages:  The Varsity Blues star is seeking damages in the amount of $700K or more. The suit claims when Sirius XM made its offer, he stopped shopping the podcast and turned down acting jobs to focus on the project

The Bad Hair star has more than one million followers on Instagram and more than 300,000 followers on TikTok.  

The suit continued, ‘This was a lucrative business opportunity that undoubtedly would have been a huge commercial success, given his worldwide fanbase.’

The Varsity Blues star is seeking damages in the amount of $700,000 or more.

Format: The busy actor had planned to include insights on his  'life as a husband and father of six' in the podcast as well as information about his career. He also planned to conduct interviews

Format: The busy actor had planned to include insights on his  ‘life as a husband and father of six’ in the podcast as well as information about his career. He also planned to conduct interviews

Married: The CSI:Cyber actor has been married to his wife, Kimberly Brook, 40, since 2010; pictured in Los Angeles in July 2019

Married: The CSI:Cyber actor has been married to his wife, Kimberly Brook, 40, since 2010; pictured in Los Angeles in July 2019

His legal team reports that after receiving an email confirming that they were about to close the deal, upper management decided to call it off.

The company allegedly walked away after a Zoom call while claiming to have ‘new policy of having their finance team review the deals, and the finance team rejected this deal.’ 

The CSI: Cyber actor claims he’s owed damages because when Sirius and Stitcher made their offer, he stopped shopping the podcast to other outlets.

‘He stopped negotiating with other buyers and affirmatively rejected those other offers (as well as other acting opportunities) in order to devote his full time and attention to creating the podcast with Defendants.’

Finances: The lawsuit claims the podcast deal was close to closing when management pulled the plug after the finance team reviews the deal

Finances: The lawsuit claims the podcast deal was close to closing when management pulled the plug after the finance team reviews the deal

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Originally posted 2022-08-27 16:34:46.