'She’s just a jumped-up dancer with no talent' - Paul Daniels' son says Debbie McGee cut him from father's €1.6m estate
Published 16/10/2016 | 16:41
Paul Daniels' son Paul Jr has said that he hasn't received "a single penny" from his father's €1.6m estate following his passing in March.
The famous magician died aged 77 from a brain tumour, and Paul Jr said his entire fortune had been left to his father's wife Debbie McGee.
The net value of the €1.6m estate amounted to less than €555,000 after debts and costs, however.
Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, Paul Jr said about McGee that he wants "nothing to do with her."
“Debbie McGee will struggle to survive without my father’s name attached to her," said the 56-year-old.
“Now she’s just a jumped-up dancer with no talent."
“I’ve put up with her for years for the sake of my dad but now that he’s gone I want nothing to do with her.”
The father and son set up the Paul Daniels Magic Party Shop in Wigan in 2007, but Paul Jr claims that McGee shut it down two months after his father's death.
“She came to the shop unexpectedly in May and said she was closing it. She just said, ‘Get your stuff and go.'"
“I only had three minutes to grab my things and get out."
“She had told me I could keep the shop going, because my dad had always enjoyed keeping it alive. We opened it together."
“It struggled sometimes, but there were always booming periods around Halloween and New Year. But she couldn’t care less about the legacy or the business."
“She told me she would look after me and help pay my rent and bills afterwards."
“But, I’m yet to see a single penny."
Paul Jr said he was "close to being homeless" until he "worked something out with his landlord" and is now on the dole.
He said he contacted employment experts following his redundancy and was given a €3900 payout by McGee.
"She promised that she would look after me and my brothers."
Paul Jr is the eldest of three sons from the magician’s first marriage to Jacqueline Skipworth, which ended in 1975.