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The Schmooze

$1 Million For a Bar Mitzvah? No Way, Kanye

Former NBC CEO Jeff Zucker threw his son Andrew a lavish bar mitzvah at the Four Seasons this weekend — complete with sushi, a celebrity guest list that included Katie Couric and customized Converse sneakers handed out to Andrew’s pals as party favors.

But if there was one thing missing from the bash, it was an appearance by Kanye West, who demanded a staggering $1 million when the family asked if he would perform at the event. The New York Post reports that Zucker briefly considered offering West a mere $800,000 — but then came to his senses and offered the gig to Jewish rapper Drake instead (who accepted, presumably for a more reasonable price).

Kanye or no Kanye, The Shmooze’s heart doesn’t exactly break for young Andrew, who reportedly celebrated his transition to adulthood with pastries by “Cake Boss” chef Buddy Valastro and customized drinks coordinated by event planner Colin Cowie.

The event is said to have cost Jeff Zucker a grand total of over $250,000.

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