Spade Got $200K for Farley Ad

Controversial DirecTV commercial is a 'tribute,' reps insist
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2009 9:49 AM CDT

(Newser) Why did David Spade agree to the recent DirecTV ad that uses a scene from Tommy Boy, starring his departed costar Chris Farley? "To honor Chris's memory," his publicist tells the New York Postbut the $200,000 sources say Spade was paid probably didn't hurt. The commercial stirred up quite the controversy, but a DirecTV rep says Farley's family was "on board with the concept from the very beginning." (Read more David Spade stories.)