Irving Azoff's Wife on Ari Emanuel Feud: 'I Wish Ari Success and Happiness'

Ari Emanuel and Irving Azoff
Ari Emanuel and Irving Azoff
 Courtesy of WME; Getty Images

Irving Azoff's wife, Shelli, is responding to an e-mail feud between her husband and WME co-CEO Ari Emanuel that went public Tuesday. In the e-mail exchange, which was prompted by a Financial Times news story about the performance of Live Nation stock in the wake of Irving Azoff's departure from the company (Emanuel is on the board), the two executives fired off pointed barbs about each other. Emanuel called Azoff (whose son works at WME rival CAA) a "horrible person," and Azoff deemed the top agent a "psychopath."

The exchange became public because the messages cc-ed several top executives, including Paramount's Brad Grey, Cablevision's James Dolan, Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, Universal's Ron Meyer as well as agents at several WME rivals.

And now in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Shelli Azoff is setting the record straight on her back-and-forth with Emanuel.

"Anybody who knows Irving and I know that we try to live our lives in a fair and honorable way," she says. "I think that all of our e-mails to Ari show that. I wish Ari success and happiness, now and always."

It's unclear whether Emanuel feels the same way. Read the full e-mail exchange below (read from the bottom) … 

 From: Irving Azoff
Date: June 21, 2013, 11:30:19 AM PDT
Subject: RE: (4 NEW) RE: Live Nation revels as clamour for gigs reaches crescendo - FT.com

Thanks for the fun morning ari but I gotta go back to work now. I bought shelli a new 450 today for her early hannukah present. Go torture Peter Chernin or something.   Love and Kisses.

From: Ariel Emanuel
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2013 11:27 AM
To: ILA; Shelli Azoff

Subject: RE: (4 NEW) RE: Live Nation revels as clamour for gigs reaches crescendo - FT.com

Lie one billion from the biggest criminal.  You ain’t getting away from me.

From:Irving Azoff
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2013 11:25 AM
To: Shelli Azoff; Ariel Emanuel
Cc:
Subject: RE: (4 NEW) RE: Live Nation revels as clamour for gigs reaches crescendo - FT.com

Now is this the pot calling the kettle black or what?    You lie at hello ari.   I love you.  I want to get away with criminal behavior just like you.

From: Shelli Azoff
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2013 10:34 AM
To: Ariel Emanuel
Cc:
Subject: (4 NEW) RE: Live Nation revels as clamour for gigs reaches crescendo - FT.com

Your halo is shining bright baby!!

-------- Original message --------From: Ariel Emanuel Date: 06/21/2013 11:29 AM (GMT-07:00)
 

To: Shelli Azoff
http://FT.com

I am getting you a coffee machine.  Your husband is a horrible person.  He lies when he says hello.  He cannot keep up with all the lies he tells.  Everyone knows he is not to be trusted.  Wake up

Coffee machine on its way.

From: Shelli Azoff
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2013 10:24 AM
To: Ariel Emanuel

Subject: Re: Live Nation revels as clamour for gigs reaches crescendo - FT.com

Are u having a slow day my love?  Seriously ari, u r being silly, we only wish u well, your life is great, be happy..

If I don't answer immediately, I will soon! 


On Jun 21, 2013, at 11:17 AM, "Ariel Emanuel" <> wrote:

Never

I am the only person telling you to your faces what they think.  Everyone else thinks it but says nothing.

 

From: Shelli Azoff

Sent: Friday, June 21, 2013 10:11 AM
To: Ariel Emanuel
Cc:http://FT.com

Ari, 

Stop it.

If I don't answer immediately, I will soon! 


On Jun 21, 2013, at 10:50 AM, "Ariel Emanuel"  wrote:

You have no idea. You are just going to begin to understand. I do not feel bad for you

From: Irving Azoff
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2013 9:40 AM
To: Ariel Emanuel
Cc:
Subject: RE: Live Nation revels as clamour for gigs reaches crescendo - FT.com

Irene.  Please block this psychopath from sending me further emails.  Love you tons Ari.  I understand your illness. I forgive you. 

From: Ariel Emanuel
To: Irving Azoff
Cc:

Fun times to come

From: Irving Azoff
To: Ariel Emanuel

Subject: RE: Live Nation revels as clamour for gigs reaches crescendo - FT.com

Perfect.   Just the response I was hoping for.    Put your despicable behavior in writing.   I , for one, will laugh at your downfall. 

From: Ariel Emanuel
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2013 9:10 AM
To: ILA
Cc:
Subject: RE: Live Nation revels as clamour for gigs reaches crescendo - FT.com

I don’t want to wish you well. You are fundamentally a liar and selfish. You also take no responsibility for your actions and their impact on people. After repeatedly lying to me after I was loyal and defended you, you tried to take clients from this agency and never took responsibility for it. You can lie to other people and think you’ll get away with it. That’s not happening with me. I’m not from this town. My roots are elsewhere, and let me tell you something: I don’t forget and won’t forget. I keep grudges for a lifetime, and you’re one of them now. I look forward to the relationship that we now have. 

 

From: Irving Azoff
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2013 8:09 AM
To: Ariel Emanuel
Cc:
Subject: RE: Live Nation revels as clamour for gigs reaches crescendo - FT.com

Thanks honey. Always good to hear from your friends who want to wish you well. Have a great day .love you Irving

-----Original Message-----
From: Ariel Emanuel
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2013 7:46 AM
To: Irving Azoff'

The article says since you left stock has continued to grow.....interesting

How much money you lost by selling. Stupid move

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/a60b03fa-d73f-11e2-a26a-00144feab7de.html#axzz2WrU55xoE

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