Grumpy Cat Story 'Completely Inaccurate'

Express reported earnings of $100M over 2 years for her owner
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2014 9:27 AM CST
Updated Dec 8, 2014 4:30 PM CST
Grumpy Cat Makes More Than Gwyneth Paltrow
Grumpy Cat, an Internet celebrity cat whose real name is Tardar Sauce, is photographed on Friday, April 4, 2014 in New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

A cat with dwarfism hasn't made her owner rich after all. The Express reported that Grumpy Cat, the Internet sensation who recently starred in a film, had made almost $100 million over the past two years—but the cat's owner, Tabatha Bundesen, tells the Huffington Post that that number is "completely inaccurate." She provided no details, but says she will likely reveal Grumpy Cat's earnings on Lifetime because Bundesen has a TV deal with the channel. Still, the original story was a doozey, placing the cat's income above that of Nicole Kidman, Matt Damon, and Matthew McConaughey. "What she’s achieved in such a short time is unimaginable and absolutely mind-blowing," Bundesen was quoted as saying.

"I was able to quit my job as a waitress within days of her first appearance on social media and the phone simply hasn’t stopped ringing since," the 28-year-old from Arizona added. Grumpy, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, stars in Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever and has a book out that's been translated into 15 languages. The YouTube video that helped bring her to fame has garnered some 15.7 million views. She's two years old, the Daily Mail reports, meaning she's been famous most of her life. The cat's frown comes from having dwarfism and an underbite, the Telegraph notes. In other words, she's not necessarily that grumpy—unlike a cat who earlier this year prompted its family to call police. (More cats stories.)

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