Author Cries Foul, Claims ABC’s 'Shaq Vs.' TV Show Was His Idea

Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O’Neal at a press conference for his new TV show, Shaq Vs.

Author Todd Gallagher is demanding justice after he says the William Morris Endeavor Entertainment agency ripped off him television show idea.

Gallagher, who is represented by William Morris Endeavor , claims he was approached by exes at the talent agency to turn a book he had written into a television show. In the book, “Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan” Todd competed against a number of professional athletes who agreed to play with handicaps, such as Roddick using a frying pan instead of a tennis racket – hence the titled of the book.

Gallagher contends William Morris Endeavor pitched the show idea to ABC without him and replaced the main character, him, with basketball star Shaquille O’Neal. A letter to William Morris Endeavor sent Gallagher’s attorneys states the company “intentionally cut him out … creatively and financially.”

The Shaquille O’Neal show, titled Shaq Vs., has since been picked up by ABC and debuted last night (Aug 18).

Gallagher lawyers are said to be seeking a settlement with the agency.

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