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Guess what Rodney Dangerfield is claiming he isn’t getting from a Texas hotel chain? Right: respect. The chain hired an actor to impersonate Dangerfield’s voice in a radio advertising campaign launched in the summer, without permission from Dangerfield or his agent, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles. In the suit, Dangerfield claims that--even though there’s an on-air disclaimer identifying the impersonation--the impersonator “confuses” the listener by following the disclaimer with a statement that says, in Dangerfield-esque diction, “You mean this guy ain’t a real announcer? He really had me fooled.” The radio ads have been taken off the air until the suit is settled. Dangerfield’s suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages against Park Inns Hotels, based in Irving, Tex., which paid for the spots.


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