Wednesday, March 27, 2013
State Fair of Texas fired Bill Bragg, the voice of Big Tex
"I'm broken-hearted," he said.
Bill Bragg, the voice of Big Tex, has been kicked to the curb.
State Fair of Texas officials confirmed that they aren’t renewing the contract for Bragg, the voice of Big Tex since 2002.
Bragg said his departure partly stems from the requests he gets to speak at charity events, where he’s introduced as the voice of Big Tex. Bragg said he forwards those requests to the fair for approval, and he’s often allowed to attend those events.
But a recent request to appear at an American Cancer Society event in Coppell seems to have ruffled fair officials.
Bragg said that the fair told him that he is only the voice of Big Tex during the State Fair of Texas.
“They got very upset,” Bragg said.
The cancer society request came in the middle of negotiations between Bragg and the fair for this fall’s contract.
Bragg said he received confirmation on Tuesday afternoon that his contract wasn’t renewed. The news came in an email.
Sue Gooding, State Fair spokeswoman, declined to discuss the reasons behind his departure, but said it didn’t involve money.
Bragg said he’s disappointed.
“I’m broken-hearted,” Bragg said. “It’s just the most important thing, the thing that I’m most proud of, is gone.”
The search for a new voice is on – just as the fair is working to rebuild Big Tex in time for this fall’s fair.
“The voice of Big Tex is a big deal,” Gooding said. “We will have another outstanding talent to serve as the voice of Big Tex.”
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