TMZ caught up with Steve-O to discuss all things Jackass during a short conversation outside of LAX. The newest installment of the series was set to release this October. It’s bringing the group of pranksters back together for the first time since 2011. Yet the new movie, Jackass Forever, has been delayed until next year.
As news spread of the film’s setback, many speculated as to why. Some fans assumed Margera’s lawsuit is the main reason the movie got pushed back to 2022. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case according to Paramount Pictures. The studio said they delayed Jackass Forever due to rising Covid cases. Of course, fans decided to keep pushing the Bam lawsuit theory instead. But Steve-O is here to hopefully correct everyone’s false narrative that currently surrounds the film’s new release date.
“The release date for Jackass was pushed from October 22nd to February 4th,” Steve-O told the outlet.
“Right. Absolutely. Because of Bam or what?” TMZ asked Steve-O.
“No. A lot of people speculate that it was because of Bam and his lawsuit. But, no, it’s just because of Covid,” Steve-O explained about the new Jackass movie delay. “Like the comfort level for people to go to movie theaters has dropped down.”
Steve-O was then asked about Bam further. The pair have been friends now for decades, but he thinks his old pal’s lawsuit is a joke.
“I’ll tell you this man, I love Bam but I have no idea how he managed to get anybody to file a lawsuit. I read it, and it’s just absurd. I mean it’s literally absurd,” the Jackass star added.
‘Jackass’ Star Bam Margera Sues Paramount, Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze Over Firing
In early August, Jackass star Bam Margera filed a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures Studios, his cast member Johnny Knoxville, and director Spike Jonze for wrongful termination. Margera is suing them because of his recent ousting from the fourth installment of the comedy franchise that is now delayed until February 2022.
The former skateboarder is an original member of the Jackass television series on MTV. All three previous films included him as well. However, after many years of drug and alcohol-related issues, his positive test for Adderall in the fall led to his immediate termination from the new movie.
Producers had Margera sign a “wellness agreement” before he joined the Jackass Forever cast to film the new movie. According to a Variety article, his lawsuit alleges that the parties named coerced him into signing the “wellness agreement.” At the time of signing the agreement in 2019, Margera was in rehab. Supposedly, producers told him that he couldn’t join the movie crew if he didn’t agree to the wellness contract stipulation.
In addition, Margera is suing because he says he didn’t have time to allow his lawyer to review the agreement. His contract required him to pass frequent alcohol and drug tests. It also included a prescription medication regime. The lawsuit states that executives fired Margera even though doctors have prescribed Adderall to him for 10 years.