Despite still being prominently listed on the Fandom Fest website, musician “Weird” Al Yankovic will not appear at this weekend’s pop culture convention. Last week, the event organizers announced that the con was being moved from the Kentucky Expo Center to the Jefferson Mall in the vacant former Macy’s space, although it is unclear whether or not the con ever had a contract with the Expo Center.
Insider reached out to the Expo Center for comment but has not heard back.
Yankovic’s booking manager told Insider that the iconic comedic singer-songwriter had canceled for “personal reasons.” When asked if the change in venue weighed on his decision, manager John Boitano, said, “I’ll have an official statement from his professional manager shortly.”
We will update this post when we have received it.
The question of whether or not Yankovic’s decision was due to the venue change arose because since last week at least nine of the celebrity guests have canceled.
Those guests include Chris Sullivan, who is one of the stars of the acclaimed “This Is Us” television drama. He also appeared in “Stranger Things” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”
Paul McGann, the eighth incarnation of the Doctor in “Doctor Who,” has also canceled.
Spencer Wilding has also canceled. He appeared in as Darth Vader in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Movie” (James Earl Jones voiced the character), “Guardians of the Galaxy” and other sci-fi movies and television shows. In a short video on the con’s Facebook page, Wilding says that he’s “gutted” not to make the festival, but that work calls.
“Weird” Al and Wilding’s cancellations are the only ones the con has announced via social media. This weekend the con announced via Twitter that Adam West’s Robin, Burt Ward, had been added to the lineup and based on the website, he looks to be the fest’s “headliner.”
The event has a very strict no-refund policy.
Other notable figures still attached to this weekend’s con include Skeet Ulrich, who is currently starring in the Archie Comics’ TV series “Riverdale;” several members of the casts of “Beverly Hills, 90210” and voice actors from “Beauty and the Beast;” the WWE wrestler Sting; and “Gilmore Girls” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” actor Sean Gunn.
Insider has reached out to Fandom Fest organizers and is awaiting a response.
This post may be updated.