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Octuplets Mom's PR Group Quits

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FOX News: The public relations group that has represented octuplets mother Nadya Suleman is stepping down because of death threats, its president said Saturday.
Joann Killeen also said the mother now has an agent: Wes Yoder, the same man who arranged book and music deals for the McCaughey septuplets a decade ago and publicity for controversial pastor Rick Warren.

The Killeen Furtney Group was ending its free representation after receiving at least 100 graphic e-mailed threats and swarms of nasty voicemails that went to the Los Angeles agency and even to some of its other clients, Killeen said.

Some messages threatened Suleman but others were aimed at her spokespeople.

"They'd put me in the wood chipper and throw me in the bottom of the ocean and hope I die," Killeen said.

"We've gotten her through the worst part of it and now they are putting their venom and anger toward us," Killeen said.

Word that the 33-year-old single unemployed mother is receiving public assistance to care for the 14 children she conceived through in vitro fertilization has stoked furor among many people.

West Los Angeles police are investigating the threats.

"We've never had a public reaction to us representing a client pro bono like this, ever," Killeen said.

Suleman, who gave birth last month, is living at an undisclosed location. She has set up a Web page to accept donations to help the octuplets, who remained hospitalized.

Meanwhile, Killeen said Suleman told her that she had reached an exclusive representation deal with Yoder.

His Ambassador Agency, Inc., bills itself as the oldest Christian-based talent agency in the United States.

The agency, which has a Nashville mailing address and a street address in Franklin, Tenn., promotes speaking engagements, publicity and media deals for clients.

Killeen said the agreement with Yoder and her agency's decision to step down were unrelated. She had not yet contacted Yoder and was unclear on the specifics of Suleman's deal with him, Killeen added.

A call and e-mail left for Yoder before dawn on Saturday were not immediately returned.

A decade ago, Yoder was the spokesman and agent for Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey, the Iowa couple who had the world's first surviving septuplets on Nov. 19, 1997. They were later involved in book, music and TV commercial deals.

He also has represented Rick Warren, pastor of the evangelical Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest and best-selling author of "The Purpose Driven Life." Warren gave the invocation at President Barack Obama's inauguration -- a choice that drew criticism from gay activists because Warren supported last year's successful California ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriages.

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nope February 14, 2009, 2:45 PM

I will not buy any book about her or written by her nor will i tune in to any tv shows or movies. That would be rewarding her for being a money hungry woman.

Karen February 14, 2009, 3:47 PM

I doubt they quit because of death threats. It’s more likely they quit because they realized what a joke this woman is and how having her as a client will be very bad for future business.

audrey February 14, 2009, 8:02 PM

i am trying to have one. i dont understand how someone can have 14.i wonder if she could help me

Anonymous February 14, 2009, 8:04 PM

Good. She doesn’t derserve any more publicity.

ashley February 15, 2009, 9:42 AM

They probably quit because they realized she wasn’t going to get the kind of money and deals they thought she would. And that she probably wasn’t going to pay them. They said they gave her free representation, yeah, because they thought in the long run it would pay off.

cynthia hunt February 15, 2009, 6:59 PM

I think the mom is amazing and if I had money I would send it to her. I wish I could help her take care of them. She needs a reality show and I am a film maker and I would do it. People need to keep their nasty comments to themselves. This woman is real and a good mother. Back off America. That is a record breaker 8 babies and she needs help. What do you want her to do back out now. I am so ashamed of you Americans.

Vanessa February 16, 2009, 3:39 PM

Cynthia hunt, it is NOT a record when she has already ad 6 of them and 3 of them have disabilities. It is horrid, that she was getting money for back problems and at the same time was carrying 8 children. You stupid woman. What kind of childhood will any of these kids have from a single mother with 14 kids, 3 of which have special needs, and that is if any of the other 8 do not have any disabilities. I will NOT send her money because she will most likely spend it on herself or a Nintendo wii. Money hungry horrible woman.

Britt February 17, 2009, 10:54 PM

Yeah, what about that back injury. Too disabled to work but not too disabled to carry around 8 welfare mutts. She is psycho and shameless.

Anonymous February 28, 2009, 1:56 PM

damn “welfare mutts?”. Isn’t this a little extreme.

Anonymous March 10, 2009, 12:33 PM

Cynthia, you are crazy as hell. I feel that Naydia should be able to take care of all those damn kids because she had them. Our country is in the middle of a crisis & this fool goes out & gets 8 more babies on top of the 6 she already couldn’t raise without my help. I am a middle income parent of three whom qualifies for nothing, no high income tax breaks nor lower income tax breaks. However taxes are constantly going up, thousands of people are losing their jobs daily and schools are closing for lack of funds. Yet, we are expected to help someone single & unemployed with 6 children who chose to have IVF. Whether she thought it was going to be 1 or 2 more, that is just plain selfish. There is not enough time in a day to spend with those 6 babies & to add 8 more she is sick. I can think of many other ways to spend my money & helping a selfish fool is not one of them.

dot April 3, 2009, 8:01 AM

enough time has passed where everyone knows what she is. crazy, selfish and NOT a loving mother. her shopping and interviews bear this out. her 6 children are undiciplined and unruly, reflecting no time spent with nurturing and training. it is much easier to let them do what they want than to take the time to teach them proper behavior. the money sent to them will filter to octomom to spend on herself as proven by the news articles. did she get the jacuzzi for the kids, NO, not to mention the danger for the little ones that are not being supervised (they are right now due to care of nannies but that will not be for too long.)

christenGSU April 13, 2009, 8:20 AM

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christenGSU April 13, 2009, 8:21 AM

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