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Jeff Bezos Says Rings of Power Showrunners Ignored His Notes

The Amazon founder thanked the show's producers for taking his notes on scripts and early cuts — and for ignoring them at "exactly the right times."
  • (Photo: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)
    (Photo: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)

    Notorious micromanager Jeff Bezos poked some fun at himself at Tuesday night's London premiere of The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power as he thanked the show's co-showrunners Patrick McKay and John D. Payne.

    "Every showrunner’s dream — and I mean every showrunner — their dream is to get notes on scripts and early cuts from the founder and executive chairman," Bezos joked. "They loved that. I need to thank you both for listening whenever it helped but mostly I need to thank you for ignoring me at exactly the right times.”

    The Amazon founder went on to say that his own Tolkien-obsessed son warned him not to "eff up" the series.

    "After Amazon got involved in this project," he explained, "my son came up to me one day, he looked me in the eyes, very sincerely, and he said: 'Dad, please don’t eff this up.' And he was right. We know that this world is important to so many people, we know it’s a privilege to work inside this world and we know it’s a big responsibility."

    Reviews for the expansive (and expensive) new series have been universally positive, with Primetimer's own Joe Reid praising it as "an epic, gorgeous, and densely populated new Tolkien-inspired adventure."

    The first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power drop on Prime Video Thursday night at 9:00 PM ET.

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    Jed Rosenzweig is the Founder and Publisher of Primetimer. 

    TOPICS: Jeff Bezos, Amazon Prime Video, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power