Take the case of gay promoter, blogger and Atlantan Jonathan Jaxson and Kim Zolciak, the buxom blond and token white women from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” They’ve been bitch-slapping each other around the city and the courtroom recently over claims that he hijacked her website and she didn’t pay him for his work as a publicist. Seems to us that they both got what they deserved—drama and a big fat mess.
Nevertheless, the pair has put away the claws, dropped their legal claims against one another and are all like kissy kissy now. At least that’s according to a post on kimzolciakonline.com, which Jaxson says he will keep live until March 30.
My former client Kim Zolciak and I have settled our differences which includes voluntarily dismissing all pending legal claims against one another. Our past grievances were due to a misunderstanding that regrettably got blown out of proportion. Going forward, I wish Ms. Zolciak the very best with respect to her acting and overall entertainment endeavors.
Zolciak hasn’t responded to the Atlanta Journal-Consitution’s Radio & TV Talk blog, which has followed the spat with near delight. So, too, has David Atlanta, which featured Jaxson in the June 2008 cover story “Who the hell is Jonathan Jaxson?”
And by “fame,” Jaxson means doing anything it takes to get his face on TV and name in the headlines. Anything.
Jaxson’s improbable route to fame began in 1999 when, at age 15, he was a guest on “Forgive or Forget,” a former talk show hosted by Mother Love. The show connected Jaxson with his long-lost father, whom Jaxson came out of the closet to a year later — on a “teen secrets” episode of the “Sally Jesse Raphael Show.”
Jaxson’s Sweet 16 turned out to be quite a year: In addition to the “Sally” appearance, he met his future husband — who at the time was 36 — and he won backstage tickets to a Backstreet Boys concert while driving through Orlando listening to the radio.
“I was backstage, and I just ‘mingled’ with the right people, and they offered me a position with them,” says Jaxson, who claims he became the record label’s “head of publicity” from his contacts that night.
“Not long after that, I began working with the Diana Ross family, O-Town, Mya, Kim Kardashian; I did some things for Paris,” Jaxson says.
Jaxson’s alleged publicist duties didn’t stop him from becoming a recurring guest on the “Ricki Lake Show,” or marrying his partner on the Bravo reality show “Party/Party,” or being rejected on “American Idol” in 2002.
Jaxson then got into a spat with the magazine, who in February labeled him “a fame-seeking leech.”
Instead of the puff piece he wanted, we decided to run a cover story asking, “Who the hell is Jonathan Jaxson?” The answer to that question was that he was a fame-seeking leech who as a teen used TV talk shows like “Forgive or Forget” and “The Sally Jesse Raphael Show” to destroy his family; claimed to have become head of publicity for the Backstreet Boys at age 16 after winning backstage tickets to a concert; and sent X-rated videos of himself to Perez Hilton with the hopes of cozying up to the gay gossip blogger.
Now, we have another question: Who the hell is Jonathan Shelton? That’s right, Jonathan Jaxson is now calling himself Jonathan Shelton, and is working as a publicist for Kim Zolciak from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
What’s up with the quizzical alias?
My first guess was that maybe he got married on a reality TV program — again — and took on his husband’s last name. But more likely, he’s trying to escape the tragedy that was his opportunistic-but-oh-so-brief stint as an entertainment correspondent on CBS-46’s “Better Mornings.”
Gawker, by the way, labeled Jaxson the “world’s worst publicist” earlier this month.” That’s quite a list to top, given that they routinely cover celeb scenes in Hollywood and New York.