The creator of Entourage has a bone to pick with the writers who ended up selling the Showtime drama Billions — they can "burn in hell."
According to Doug Ellin, the creators of the successful TV series took his idea after he enlisted their help to make a show about hedge funds.
Speaking out about the ordeal on his podcast Hollywood Wayz, Ellin didn't hold back, giving an uncensored version of what he claims went down.
In a preview of the upcoming episode obtained by Radar, the man who rose to fame for his genius HBO series alleges two of his friends backstabbed him by using his idea and cutting him out of the lucrative deal.
Calling their actions the most "low rent, lowlife s--t" that can possibly be done, Ellin refrains from naming names. He does, however, give one giant clue when he claims they wrote the beloved '90s drama Rounders.
We'll let you figure that out.
Ellin says when Entourage was getting ready to wrap up, he already had an idea for the next best thing — a show about hedge funds.
Ellin claims he took over the role as producer and sought out two of his friends to write it. "We sold it to HBO," he recalls, later revealing the network ended up "passing on it."
This is where he alleges things get messy.
Two years later, he allegedly met a then-journalist named Andrew Ross Sorkin, who told Ellin he wanted to do a show "set in the hedge fund world."
Ellin claims he decided to introduce Andrew to the writers who helped him with the concept years prior. According to Ellin, the idea was that Andrew would work with the writers and make the half-hour show that Ellin allegedly created into a full hour.
After attempting to put the trio together, Ellin says they blew him off. He allegedly "never heard about it again" until more than a year later when he appeared on one of the writer's podcasts.
When Ellin asked his so-called friend what he was working on, the unnamed person responded that he's "doing a show set in the hedge fund world called Billions."
Imagine Ellin's surprise!
Despite it allegedly happening years ago, the famous producer hasn't forgotten.
“Now, I want everyone to be clear on this. I want nothing about this. I haven’t seen the show — maybe it’s great. I thought those guys were talented so it wouldn’t surprise me," Ellin says before he changes his tune.
"But this was like kind of as low rent, lowlife s--t as can possibly be done.”
He then compares the situation to cutting Entourage executive producers Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson out of their HBO deal.
Ending his storytime with a powerful message, Ellin makes it clear: "I want nothing out of this. I want the universe to take care of itself and burn them in f---ing hell."
Radar has reached out to Sorkin's rep for comment. So far, no word back.