Talk about a grave error.
A psychic stunned viewers of Drew Barrymore’s talk show by summoning the spirit of one of the actress’ dead relatives on-air. And none could have been more stunned than the relative in question — who turns out to be alive and well in Boston.
Now Barrymore’s ex-husband is calling the medium “a submental hack.”
Psychic Anna Raimondi gave her a reading on the show last week, and said she sensed the aura of a “judge.”
Barrymore burst into tears, identifying the judge as David — a relative of her ex-husband Will Kopelman — whom she said had died.
The psychic stoked Barrymore’s emotions, saying the presence of Kopelman’s family was evidence that “you are … a part of that family — it doesn’t matter [that] the two of you are not together anymore.”
A small problem with the revelation: Judge David Kopelman is 82 and doing just fine.
Art consultant Will — who was married to Barrymore from 2012 to 2016 — told us, “Drew and I have a close and highly amicable co-parenting relationship; I have and always will continue to cheer her on from the sidelines. That being said, the segment was a solid laugh considering my uncle Judge David Kopelman is still very much alive.”
He added, “And I’m a little surprised that Drew chose to give oxygen to someone like this, because self-entitled mediums who prey on vulnerable bereaved people with claims they can communicate with their dead loved ones in exchange for fame and compensation all belong in jail. None of my dead relatives — all of whom I’m sure would have really liked Drew — are speaking with some submental hack working the talk show circuit. This I assure you.”
A rep for Barrymore told us, “The grandfather of Will is Frank, who was a judge and is deceased. David is … Will’s uncle, who’s alive and also a judge. That was the confusion.”
The psychic could not be reached for comment on any physical or metaphysical plane.