Forget Brad and Angelina, or even President Barack Obama. The one person whom Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Matt Lauer, Katie Couric and other top TV hosts are angling to interview is John Travolta.
“John is literally the most wanted person in the world right now,” one top TV executive told me. “Everyone wants him, and he can literally pick who he wants to sit down with, if he decides to ever tell his side of the story at all.”
Travolta was recently hit with a tabloid tsunami when two masseurs came forward in a federal lawsuit claiming the "Grease" star had fondled their private parts during separate massages in January.
One said Travolta had touched him during a massage at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Jan. 16 but withdrew his claim after flight records and photos placed him 3,000 miles away from the actor on that date.
The second masseur's lawsuit was dismissed, but now both men are working with lawyer Gloria Allred, who has yet to indicate what will happen next. Additionally two more men have come forward with similar claims.
"Up to now, his strategy has been to say nothing and let his lawyer talk," said an A-list publicist who does not represent Travolta. "But eventually, even if all the legal problems go away, John will have to say something or else this will follow him for the rest of his life."
"That’s when John will most likely agree to answer one or two questions about this in a very controlled environment and most likely with his dear friend Oprah,” the publicist added.
A senior vice president of communications for ABC News said, “We don't comment on booking efforts.”
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