Jerry Hall 'banned from giving Succession writers storyline ideas'

Jerry Hall was reportedly banned from suggesting any ideas of storylines to Succession writers, as part of her divorce settlement from Rupert Murdoch.

The hit HBO drama, which stars Brian Cox as family patriarch and media-mogul Logan Roy, has long been rumoured to be inspired by the Murdoch family, despite executive producer and showrunner Jesse Armstrong previously insisting it was all fictional.

The series, reaching an end in a matter of weeks, follows the tug of war going on between the Roy children as they battle to take over their father’s empire.

However, according to reports, Murdoch’s ex-wife Hall was banned from giving the writers any ideas.

Hall, 66, and Murdoch, 92, who tied the knot in 2016, divorced after six years of marriage in 2022.

Weeks after Hall filed for divorce, it was claimed Murdoch had informed her that he no longer wanted to be in the marriage electronically – either via email or a text message, sent while she was reportedly waiting for him to arrive in the UK. 

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Vanity Fair has now reported that Murdoch’s email stated: ‘Jerry, sadly I’ve decided to call an end to our marriage.

‘We have certainly had some good times, but I have much to do… My New York lawyer will be contacting yours immediately.’

Hall reportedly told friends that they had ‘never fought’ despite ‘disagreements’.

The publication reports that one of the terms of their settlement included Hall being banned from giving story ideas to the writers on Succession.

It adds that Hall also told friends she was only given 30 days to move out of their Bel Air estate, and had to show receipts to prove which items belonged to her.

It was the first marriage for Hall, who was previously in a 22-year relationship with Sir Mick Jagger and while the former couple said their vows in a marriage-like wedding ceremony, it was never made official.

Murdoch had been married three times before, with media magnate having previously wed Wendi Deng, Anna Murdoch Mann and Patricia Booker.

From his previous marriages, Murdoch had six children: daughter Prudence from his first marriage to Booker, and three children from his second: daughter Elisabeth, son Lachlan, the executive chairman of Nova Entertainment, co-chairman of News Corp, and executive chairman and CEO of Fox Corporation, and son James, who was the CEO of 21st Century Fox from 2015 to 2019.

Murdoch also has two daughters from his marriage to Deng, Chloe and Grace. has approached reps for Armstrong, Hall and Murdoch for comment.

Succession continues on Monday on Sky Atlantic and NowTV in the UK and on Sunday on HBO in the US.

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