After producer Burt Kearns of Frozen Pictures set the record straight with the E! gossip reporter, Lohan came clean this evening:
...the elder Lohan is clarifying his remarks... after being called out by the clip's producer, who claims Lohan is having second thoughts because of scenes featuring Lindsay."The shots of me talking about those terrible pictures of Lindsay, that was to show my honest reaction to what happened, what abusing drugs and alcohol can do to one person's life, and it was all for Teen Challenge," he (left, dressed for the reality shoot) says, adding that he's called his daughter to explain he was no longer pursuing the project.
"It was shot as a documentary, documenting what I was doing for Teen Challenge (a youth-outreach ministry). It's not a reality show at all, that's the truth"...
"This is not a reality show like Dina's show. Not like The Simple Life. It's a documentary that follows Michael as he tries to rebuild his life, tries to rebuild other people through his ministry work and tries to rebuild his own family," Kearns said...
"Michael Lohan is a little embarrassed by it. He's very afraid of going against Lindsay. He's worked very hard to stay on the right path with her. And so, unfortunately, Michael isn't telling the truth."
"There is no shooting going on right now... And I promise, even if the show is picked up, I don't care, I'm not participating," he said.
Kearns also thinks the Lohans' troubled history is what's coloring Michael's recent comments.
We spoke exclusively to Kearns this evening:
TB: Michael's calling you a liar. Are you a liar? Liar?
Kearns: "I really like Michael. I feel for him. And I really like working with Michael. I think he's a really special person. Sadly, both our fathers are ill. He's been very supportive. Everything Michael is saying and doing shows why he is such a great subject for this documentary reality series."
TB: But he called you a liar! Liar!
Kearns: "We're cool. We're all like family here. A big Irish-Italian family. Every step closer to the truth that Michael takes is a great step forward."
TB: Yeah right. He says he's not working with you. Contract or not!
Kearns: (laughs ruefully) "No worries, mate. Today Michael admits it was a documentary project. Tomorrow he'll admit we're pitching it as a series. And hopefully next week, he'll be starring in it. "