In 1994, Wayne Newton sued Gary Snadon, the owner of the Shenandoah South theater in Branson, Missouri, for allegedly mismanaging the theater and failing to pay him as promised. Shenandoah countersued. While Newton had been paid more than $5 million in 1993, Shenandoah South had lost more than $500,000. Moreover, Snadon said, Newton had violated a contract clause against damaging the company's reputation. How so? The company claimed that Newton had offended audiences with too many "fat jokes" and jokes about the state of Pennsylvania.
[Newton settled for an undisclosed amount. The theater closed later that year.]