Richard Williams is reportedly being tapped for a reality TV show in a deal said to be worth around $500,000 amid his messy divorce from his wife Lakeisha.
The father of tennis champions Serena and Venus, known as King Richard, has reportedly been “inundated” with offers for a career in Hollywood.
According to his son Chavoita LeSane, the patriarch has recently been “getting calls from multiple TV and radio stations” amid news of a potential future book deal too.
It’s all eyes on Richard following the release of the Oscar-winning movie King Richard, which saw Will Smith play the father – watching his daughters’ sporting success.Now, his new documentary On The Line is set for release soon and Chavoita had already teased at a memoir on his life and many marriages.
He claims: “We’ve even been approached by a British TV network for a reality show focused on the work I do in producing films and partnering with charities, and my dad’s life after tennis.”
“The budget is allegedly around $500,000, and there may be other offers from elsewhere so we’re chatting through our options, but it’s an exciting proposal,” Chavoita told The U.S. Sun.
“My dad is a real character and would certainly make good TV. He seems interested in the idea, and I have a lot of different businesses, there’s always something going on.”
The Mirror has contacted Serena’s representatives for comment.
Amid the excitement of a potential future media career, Richard is still dealing with his ongoing divorce battle with ex-Lakeisha Graham, the mother of his son Dylan, 10.
He’s now frail after surviving multiple strokes and admitted he was fed up with his battle.
“I just want a divorce. It’s been six years, man. Just a bunch of junk, junk, junk. [I’m] so tired of that junk now,” he told the outlet. “I don’t trust women anymore.”
He added: “I just want to keep to myself, I might live a quieter life.”
King Richard is thought to be the father of at least nine biological children, with additional stepchildren. His first wife was Betty Johnson from 1965 to 1973.They had five children together, including Sabrina, Richard III, Ronner, Reluss, and Reneeka, before their subsequent divorce in 1973.
He had a son Chavoita with a previous partner, who Richard has never mentioned. It was in his second marriage to Oracene Price in 1980 that the pair had Venus, 42, and Serena, 41.