Mike Tyson is a household name in the boxing community around the world and it was handed a shock when the former pugilist publicly bashed popular streaming service Hulu over their production of ‘Mike’, a series based on his career. The 56-year-old also alleged that the Walt Disney owned streaming service tried to get UFC president Dana White, who is a close friend of Tyson, to promote the series.
Tyson has always been a vocal character on social media, however, his outburst against the new Hulu series made boxing fans curious enough to find out what exactly happened. According to the former boxer, Hulu did not pay him any royalties regarding the series and accused them of stealing his ‘story.’ Let’s find out what really made Tyson become furious.
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What is Mike, Hulu’s new series?
Popular streaming service Hulu is releasing a web series based on the career of legendary professional boxer Mike Tyson, named after him. Mike, the series is set to premiere on Hulu on Thursday, August 25, 2022. The series will see 12 Strong, Birdbox and Moonlight star Trevante Rhodes portray the character of Mike Tyson, who also gave a tribute to the boxing great a few days ago.
What did Mike Tyson say?
While many fans, including Trevante Rhodes, thought that Mike Tyson will be delighted on the Hulu series, the 56-year-old reacted very differently. The former boxer accused Hulu of not paying him any royalties and said he will not forget what the streaming service stole from him.
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“Hulu tried to desperately pay my brother @danawhite millions without offering me a dollar to promote their slave master take over story about my life. He turned it down because he honours friendship and treating people with dignity. I’ll never forget what he did for me, just like I’ll never forget what Hulu stole from me,” Tyson wrote on his Instagram handle.
He also urged his fans to not be fooled by Hulu while saying he does not support the story they have portrayed of his career in the series.
Tyson also captioned the post by calling Hulu a streaming version of the ‘slave master’ and said they did not pay him and stole his story.
What did Dana White say about Tyson’s accusation?
Mike Tyson accused Hulu of trying to get UFC President Dana White to promote the upcoming series on his career. The 53-year-old also confirmed the accusation but said that he passed on the offer in respect for Tyson, who is a close confidante of him.
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“We were about to do a deal, or on the verge of a deal with Hulu, to promote this Mike Tyson unauthorized biography or whatever it is,” the UFC president said earlier this month.
White also revealed that his head of production Craig Borsari told him that Mike Tyson is unhappy with the series. This prompted him to call the boxer to notify him of the deal. However, after hearing Tyson’s version of events, he backed out from the deal.
“I killed the deal and told them (Hulu) it was over, that I killed it, and we won’t be promoting that show for Hulu,” White said.