He became an internet sensation and was instantly memed following his appearance in Netflix’s Fyre Fest documentary, released in January.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Andy King is set to follow up that disastrous event with something much safer: his own TV series.
The 57-year-old event planner struck a deal with Spoke Studios to create his own reality series, according to Deadline.
Pay off: Andy King, 57, who gained infamy for offering to perform oral sex to keep the Fyre Festival running, was announced to star in his own reality series on Wednesday; pictured in February
Though he’s best known to the wider public for his failed attempts to save Billy McFarland’s fraudulent festival, King was previously known as a respected event planner.
He was hired to produce Global Green’s annual Oscar gala held earlier this year, and he has previously put on events for Leonardo DiCaprio and The Rolling Stones.
Spoke Studios is shopping around a series that will model King as the ‘Tim Gunn of the event production world.’ The potential show hasn’t yet found a buyer.
The event planner’s years of experience in multiple facets of the entertainment industry, as well his compelling appearances in Netflix’s Fyre and subsequent TV and podcast appearances have given them confidence that he could excel on his own series.
Industry veteran: Though he’s best known to the wider public for his failed attempts to save Billy McFarland’s fraudulent festival, King was previously known as a respected event planner; Still from Netflix’s Fyre
Wise elder: Spoke Studios is shopping around a series that will model King as the ‘Tim Gunn of the event production world.’ The potential show hasn’t yet found a buyer; shown June 13
‘No one was more surprised than I was that a documentary spotlighting my only professional strike-out would result in an unbelievable outpouring of love and support, and overwhelming amount of interest and offers,’ King said in a statement.
‘I’ve had a long, successful career as an event producer, and took an extraordinary leap of faith sharing openly and honestly my unique personal experience on Fyre Fest, and the phone has been ringing off the hook ever since. The barrage of memes notwithstanding, I’ve been granted an opportunity that’s impossible to pass up.
‘While, lately, I’ve said a word I’m not really used to ever saying, “no,” I am excited to get behind brands of all types, after such a great experience with Ryan Reynolds and Aviation Gin, and I’m in great hands with Spoke Studios and excited to push the envelope with new business and media ventures, while continuing the work that I love and remaining 100% true to myself.’
Humbled: ‘No one was more surprised than I was that a documentary spotlighting my only professional strike-out would result in an unbelievable outpouring of love and support, and overwhelming amount of interest and offers,’ King said in a statement; pictured in February
King became the breakout star of Netflix’s film after he confessed that he was willing to perform oral sex on a custom’s agent in order to get a truck filled with Evian water released after McFarland asked him to ‘take one big thing for the team.’
‘I literally drove home, took a shower, I drank some mouthwash, and I got into my car to drive across the island to take one for the team. And I got to his office fully prepared to suck his dick,’ King confessed in the documentary.
He poked fun at the story while appearing in a commercial alongside Ryan Reynold’s for the actor Aviation brand gin.
The Deadpool star showed off his love of the newly acquired brand by claiming he was involved in blowing the glass bottles himself.
Memeable moment: King was the breakout star of Netflix’s film after he confessed he was willing to perform oral sex in order to get a truck filled with water released; pictured with director Chris Smith in June
Spoke Studios Co-President Joe Weinstock also praised the event planner in a statement.
‘It’s not every day that lightning strikes the zeitgeist as it has with Andy, who has resonated with viewers across the spectrum, but especially with younger demos that strongly identify with his realness, charm and unfiltered delivery,’ he said.
‘Everyone can relate to something going sideways, but Andy’s unflappable, unapologetic approach and the response from viewers and the whole industry is undeniable. He’s had an illustrious event-planning career for more than 25 years and we’re happy Andy has chosen Spoke to help harness his talent and life experience and share it with the world.’
King seems to have been a pawn in the fraudulent festival, but festival co-founder Billy McFarland was ultimately arrested on fraud charges. He was sentenced to six years in federal prison after pleading guilty to two charges of wire fraud.
He and fellow co-founder rapper Ja Rule were also sued in May 2017 for $100 million in a class action lawsuit.