Steve Wynn Calls George Clooney, Other Stars 'Mollycoddled' (Video)
UPDATED: The casino mogul also denies that he and the star exchanged insults over a recent dinner.
Steve Wynn is speaking out about his recent spat with George Clooney and using the opportunity to bash those who are successful in Hollywood.
"Artists, actors, people like that -- they live in a very strange bubble of their own. They're mollycoddled. They're very privileged," Wynn said in an interview with Bloomberg's Stephanie Ruhle on Market Makers. "We're talking about successful artists like George, Barbra Streisand or any other successful artist. They live in a very small world. The people around them are very solicitous and caring for them. They have a world view that everything should be given to everybody because everything has been given to them."
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Wynn added that despite the negative qualities of many stars, he and others in Las Vegas "love them anyway."
"I mean, George Clooney is fun to be with … you just have to watch your timing," Wynn said, alluding to his recent dustup with the actor.
Clooney's rep confirmed that during a recent dinner in Las Vegas, he and Wynn got into an argument, with the casino mogul calling the president an asshole and Clooney calling Wynn an asshole.
Wynn now says those words weren't used.
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"I didn't call the president an asshole, and George didn't call me an asshole," Wynn told Bloomberg. "He was a little into the tequila. But he is fun to be with. He's a good storyteller."
Clooney's rep released a statement to People's website on Friday in which the actor slams Wynn's remarks. He once again insists that the argument included the reported insults and says he hadn't had any tequila.
He also takes issue with Wynn saying he's "mollycoddled," arguing that Wynn lives in more of a bubble than he does and that he understands hardship and the importance of hard work.
"I did not attend a private boys' school, I worked in tobacco fields and in stock rooms, and construction sites," the statement reads in part. "I've been broke more of my life than I have been successful, and I understand the meaning of being an employee and how difficult it is to make ends meet."
Watch Wynn's interview below:
Clooney's full statement: "Steve Wynn and I have met three times, two times for dinner. That is the extent of our knowledge of one another, so I will refrain from trying to categorize him based on the little time we've spent together, but I will not let his version of the truth go unchallenged.
"He now says he didn't call the president an 'asshole.' That is false. He bellowed, 'I voted for the asshole' and then called him the same thing several more times as the dinner came to an abrupt end.
"Again there were eight people at the table, eight witnesses. I did in turn call him the same body part and walked out. Again he can make up whatever story he wants, but these are the facts. He said I drank 16 shots of tequila. I didn't drink one shot of tequila, not one. We were drinking, but it was early and we still had two events to attend.
"He said I live in a bubble. More of a bubble than Las Vegas? Honestly? He says I'm 'mollycoddled,' that I'm surrounded by people who coddle me. I would suggest that Mr. Wynn look to his left and right and find anyone in his sphere that says anything but 'yes' to him. Emphatically. I did not attend a private boys' school, I worked in tobacco fields and in stock rooms, and construction sites. I've been broke more of my life than I have been successful, and I understand the meaning of being an employee and how difficult it is to make ends meet.
"Steve is one of the richest men in the world and he should be congratulated for it, but he needs to take off his red sparkly dinner jacket and roll up his sleeves every once in a while and understand what most of the country is actually dealing with … or at least start with the fact that you can't make up stories when eight people who are not on your payroll are sitting around you as witnesses."