- The Washington Times - Monday, December 2, 2019

Las Vegas ventriloquist and stand-up comedian Terry Fator said the Mirage hotel where he has been headlining for 11 years recently asked him to scrap his President Trump puppet due to its potential divisiveness.

Mr. Fator, who launched his seasonal showcase “A Very Terry Christmas 2, The Sequel” on Friday at the Mirage’s Terry Fator Theater, said he was recently forced to remove the Trump puppet with the pop-up hairpiece after it had been part of his act for nearly four years.

“It was kind of one of those things where the Mirage came to me, and they have never told me what to do, ever,” Mr. Fator told The Las Vegas Review-Journal after his show Friday. “But they asked politely, and when they ask politely, I do it.

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“We have a good relationship,” he added. “It’s a give and take. I’m not a diva. I’m not going to go off and say, ‘Screw you’ when they ask me to do something. But they said, ‘This political season is very, very, very rough, and it’s going to get nastier. Would you mind?’ I said, ‘Fine, I’ll do it.’”

Mr. Fator said he will instead use his Trump puppet for a web series he hopes to launch on Instagram and YouTube next year, the Review-Journal reported.

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