Disney has yet to make any official statements regarding Billy Ray Cyrus‘ not-so-nice comments about “Hannah Montana,” but an insider tells The Hollywood Reporter that the media giant is not surprised.
“We saw it coming for a long time,” the Disney source says. “She wanted to mature herself, but it kind of backfired. Her future without Disney is TBD.”
In the March issue of GQ, Cyrus goes on record saying “I’ll tell you right now — the damn show destroyed my family,” in reference to the Disney hit.
“I’d take [doing the show] back in a second. For my family to be here and just be everybody OK, safe and sound and happy and normal, would be fantastic,” he continues. “Heck, yeah. I’d erase it all in a second if I could.”
The Disney insider says that both Miley and Billy Ray had been clear about their intentions to distance themselves from the squeaky clean Disney image for some time. Miley currently has no movies in the works with Disney’s Touchstone label, which grossed $60 mil domestically for her Nicholas Sparks’ romance, “The Last Song.”
Instead, Miley is opting to go for a more adult image in the high school comedy “LOL” and will follow up with “So Undercover,” in which she takes on the role of private eye turned sorority sister.
In Billy Ray’s GQ interview, he claims to have never made money off his daughter. A “ludicrous” suggestion, according to the Disney source.