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Simon Fuller nearly managed Michael Jackson: 'Would've been extraordinary'

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Simon Fuller has revealed that he nearly managed Michael Jackson.

The manager - who famously masterminded the careers of the Spice Girls and S Club 7, as well as creating Pop Idol and American Idol - admitted that it was "a shame" the partnership didn't transpire.

Michael Jackson Press conference and tour announcement held at the O2 Arena
London, England

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"There was a minute there where I was going to become his manager," Fuller says in BBC Radio 2 documentary The Fuller Picture.

"I had lots of ideas, and I think about it actually every now and again about what I was going to do with him and they were very different to anything he'd done previously and it wasn't about touring for sure."

He added: "I actually advised him not to do touring because I felt that he'd already been seen touring and I felt there was more to offer in a different way.

Simon Fuller

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Simon Fuller


"It was quite a complicated situation and complication isn't something I crave in life but the people around him would have made it challenging.

"If it had been just down to me working with Michael I think we'd have done something extraordinary but I thought better to just let it go, it was a shame."

The second part of The Fuller Picture: The Simon Fuller Story will air on BBC Radio 2 this evening (January 15) at 10pm.

Meanwhile, Fuller revealed he had further plans for the Spice Girls before they fired him as their manager back in November 1997.

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