The Jacksons are living up to their reputation as one of music's most controversial families.
After a few days of mudslinging, the billed Jackson 5 reunions at New York's Madison Square Garden in September will now technically be a reunion of the Jacksons, according to a spokesperson for the event.
In other words, Jermaine is out, Randy is in.
Randy replaced Jermaine when the Jackson 5 left Motown in 1975 and became the Jacksons. The other members include Tito, Marlon, Jackie and, of course, Michael.
Jermaine sent a letter to the media on Friday criticizing the "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years" concerts for pricing tickets as high as $2,500, bringing in nearly 20 other acts and not naming a charity to benefit from the event (see "Michael Jackson Gala Criticized By Jermaine, Randy Jackson").
On Monday, David Gest, president of the concerts' organizers, World Events LLC, said Jermaine would not be performing. Jermaine, however, said he never meant to drop out of the reunion.
"David is pointing me out to be a bad person who's twisted this whole thing up," Jermaine said Monday. "I just want the show to be a special moment. It was my understanding that it was just going to be a reunion and that the profits would go to charity."
Randy's name was on the letter with Jermaine's, though Marlon Jackson issued a statement Tuesday that said Randy never even saw the letter.
"I am very sorry for the confusion my brother Jermaine has caused by his statement which he also attributed to my youngest brother, Randy," Marlon said. "The statement from Jermaine was totally false regarding Randy's non-participation in the show. Randy is as excited as all my brothers about this reunion and we all look forward to singing with 'NSYNC on 'Dancing Machine.' We love 'NSYNC and are so glad they are part of this tribute to Michael."
The Jacksons' manager, Danny O'Donovan, confirmed Marlon's statement and said Randy had signed his contract to perform. He added that he was hopeful something would get worked out with Jermaine.
Jermaine had claimed in his letter that he and Randy "had not formally signed a contract to participate in the concerts and dinner celebrations for a number of reasons," though he stopped short of saying they weren't planning to take part.
John McLaughlin, a spokesperson for the Jackson family, said, "They are a family and I am confident they will work it out." He would not elaborate.
Marlon noted that Jermaine did not sing with the group on the singles "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Lovely One," "Show You the Way to Go" and "Blame It on the Boogie." "We look forward to performing many of these songs as well as a number of the Jackson 5 classics," he said.
'NSYNC, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Shaggy, Usher and more are on the lineup for the September 7 and 10 concerts, which will feature Michael Jackson performing in the U.S. for the first time in 11 years (see "Missy Elliott, Ricky
Martin, Mary J. Blige Added To Michael Jackson Tribute").