Later today, “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher will finally get her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Although the dedication is long overdue, her brother, Todd Fisher, recently spoke out about the ceremony, and claimed that he was not invited. He is not the only one, it seems. A day later, her sisters – Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher – released a joint statement claiming that they also weren’t invited.
Although Todd previously said that he was told that Disney controlled the guest list and there were only thirty seats up for grabs, the sisters are blaming their niece – Carrie’s daughter, actress Billie Lourd, who will accept the dedication on her mother’s behalf.
Carrie Fisher’s Sisters Blame Carrie’s Daughter For Hollywood Walk Of Fame Snub
On Wednesday, the two sisters released a joint statement on Instagram alongside several photos of the two sisters posing together with Carrie. They began their lengthy statement, writing, “In response to all of you asking whether or not we will be part of the celebration….”
“Strangely we won’t be in attendance to celebrate our sister , whom we adored. For some bizarre, misguided reason our niece has chosen not to include us in this epic moment in our sister’s career,” they wrote. “This is something Carrie would have definitely wanted her siblings to be present for. The fact that her only brother and two sisters were intentionally and deliberately excluded is deeply shocking.”
“We have all been grieving the loss of our favorite human for some years now…we have given Billie the space to do that in her own way,” they continued. “We have been nothing but loving and open, consistently. This isn’t about a photo op on Hollywood Blvd…this is about celebrating the permanency of Carrie’s legacy in this industry , taking her place with a star on the iconic walk of fame along side our parents.”
“We thank the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for honoring our sister in this way. May the Fourth Be with you. Joely and Tricia Leigh Fisher,” they concluded including over a dozen hashtags, including one that read #growingupfisher and another that read #threelittlefishesinanittybittypool.
However, this seems to be at odds with what Todd Fisher told TMZ yesterday. He claimed that he was informed that Disney was in charge of the guest list and there were only thirty people who were invited to the ceremony.
He told the outlet that the snub is “extremely hurtful and distressing as I was always a big part of everything my sister and mother did historically over their lifetimes” and pointed out that they had attended several of their mother’s events together.
Their mother was “Singin’ In The Rain” star Debbie Reynolds and their father was “The Eddie Fisher Show” host, Eddie Fisher.
“Frankly, it’s a distressing situation and I don’t deserve to be put in this position,” Todd told the outlet. “As the only brother of Carrie Fisher, being omitted from this special day is truly hurtful.”
Carrie Passed Away In 2016 Following A Medical Emergency On A Flight
On December 23, 2016, the “Wishful Drinking” author was on a flight from London to Los Angeles when she suffered a medical emergency about fifteen minutes before the plane landed. Paramedics rushed her to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, but she passed away in intensive care four days later.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only tragedy that the family suffered that holiday season. Only one day after Carrie’s death, on December 28, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, suffered a stroke while the family was making funeral arrangements. She was rushed to the hospital but passed away that afternoon.
Carrie’s cause of death was listed as “cardiac arrest/deferred” by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health shortly after her passing. A few months later, the coroner’s office admitted they could not determine the exact cause of death, but listed “sleep apnea and the buildup of fatty tissue on the walls of arteries were among the contributing factors” to her death.
The Hollywood Walk Of Fame website announced that iHeart Media personality and Walk of Famer Ellen K will emcee the event. Billie Lourd will accept the star at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard near the El Captain Theatre at 11:30 AM local time on Thursday, May 4.
For those unable to make the dedication of the 2,754th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the ceremony will be streamed live on walkofffame.com.