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Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison ‘want money’ to promote themselves

Doug Hutchison and Courtney Stodden on their wedding day, pre-$3 million demands. (Via E!)

As Gawker already reported, the e-mail exchange that ensued was both amusing and a little shocking. The initial comment on Baumhower’s offer to hook up Stodden with tons of free publicity? “We want 3 million to appear.” (Baumhower also forwarded to me the entire e-mail thread, which can be read after the jump.)

When he explained that there would be no payment for the interviews and that they would serve as a way for Stodden to promote her music, the ensuing responses said “too bad” and, later, in case it wasn’t clear the first time, “we want money.”

It’s unclear exactly who sent the e-mail messages since Baumhower was sending his communications to an address representing Stodden’s management team. The responses indicate they are from Hutchison.

But Baumhower is convinced that Stodden was personally responding (“I have a 17-year-old daughter,” he noted, adding that the e-mails definitely had a teen-like tone.)

As to why Baumhower contacted America’s favorite May-December couple, he explained that his booking business is paid the equivalent of a subscription fee by radio stations, to which he then delivers talent. Hence, it’s common for him to reach out to potential guests that he can deliver to his clients; in the past, he’s booked radio gigs for everyone from Ohio Gov. John Kasick to Dog the Bounty Hunter to J. Woww from “Jersey Shore.” But he’s never received a response like this one, which amused him so much that, after waiting two hours for another response and not getting one, he leaked the e-mails to Gawker. (For the record, as Gawker already noted and in case this wasn’t already clear, $3 million is an enormous sum to request for what Baumhower was proposing.)

Baumhower makes it clear that he’s not angry about the couple’s apparent demand for cash.

“I’d still give [Stodden] a tour tomorrow,” he said. “I’m not mad about it.”

Stodden might be, though. Like Gawker, I reached out to her and Hutchison for comment but have not yet received a reply.

Here’s the e-mail thread, with addresses and phone numbers omitted.

-----Original Message-----

From: Jeremy Baumhower
Sent: Fri, Aug 5, 2011 7:11 am
Subject: Radio Tour Request for Courtney

Doug, Krista, Courtney,

My name is Jeremy Baumhower and I am the executive producer of Mass Media Prep, which consists of 660 radio morning shows across the country.  We would LOVE to get Courtney, or any combination of you three for a radio tour.  A tour is back to back interviews via the phone with the biggest shows in the country.  We would ask for 2-3 hours and you would be in front of 10 to 20M people.  We would make every show play Courtney's music and you can promote anything you wish.  Please call me when you get this email.  Congratulations on your wedding!!

Jeremy Baumhower
Mass Media Prep
Executive Producer and Writer
Professional Booker


On Aug 5, 2011, at 10:53 AM, Doug Hutchison wrote:
we want 3 million to appear.

-----Original Message-----

From: Jeremy Baumhower
To: Doug Hutchison <>
Sent: Fri, Aug 5, 2011 10:55 am
Subject: Re: Radio Tour Request for Courtney

it would be numerous radio shows at 8-9 minutes a hit.. I would love to pay that amount but we do not have any funds.  Really trying to help her music career is what my thought was ..



On Aug 5, 2011, at 10:56 AM, Doug Hutchison wrote:
too bad

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeremy Baumhower
To: Doug Hutchison
Sent: Fri, Aug 5, 2011 11:06 am
Subject: Re: Radio Tour Request for Courtney

Thanks for responding and considering.  I really want to wish you the best of luck and love in your world.  I love your work, and respect it greatly.  Kudos for you for following your heart.


On Aug 5, 2011, at 11:12 AM, Doug Hutchison wrote:
we want money

-----Original Message-----

From: Jeremy Baumhower
Subject: Re: Radio Tour Request for Courtney
Date: August 5, 2011 11:15:35 AM EDT
To: Doug Hutchison

I understand.  Thought we could help Courtney's career by putting her music first.  If you have a change of heart… please do not hesitate to call or email.

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