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Say what you will about Joe Jackson, the old man does not mince words.

The late King of Pop's dad raised eyebrows in an interview with Extra by saying point blank that his son is making a bigger impact now than when he was alive.

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“He’s worth more dead than when he was alive,” the 80-year-old Joe said.

Hmm ... Maybe he's the one with the Michael Jackson autopsy picture.

In fairness to Joe, he later qualified that statement by saying “I’d rather have him alive.” Deeply touching words from grieving dad if ever there were any.

Michael and Joe Jackson in 2005.

After This Is It pulled in $2.2 million in just its first few showings late Tuesday night, Joe noted that ”When [Michael] was living, they didn’t show this.”

Well, that's true. That's because it's just a compilation of rehearsal footage from what was to be Michael’s last tour, which would have likely been better.

Joe Jackson admits he was confused about the film's concept at first.

“I didn’t know what This Is It means,” says Joe, who added the film depicted his son “as I knew him best: performing and dancing, entertaining people.”

Joe admits that he gets “very emotional” when he hears MJ’s songs, and cries “when I’m by myself and start thinking about things we went through.”

Then he swan-dives into a pile of money and it's all good!

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"Am I angry? No, I'm not angry. I'm mad!" - Joe Jackson

Carefully guarding words, but at the same time sounding like a deranged lunatic, Joe Jackson spoke out this morning on the Today show about Michael Jackson's death, saying he was unaware – until now – "there was foul play done."

"I didn't know all this was going on," the late King of Pop's father said in reference to Michael's drug use, which ultimately led to his demise June 25.

"I'm not angry, I'm mad ... Because I didn't know all this was going on."

Now, the family patriarch and sometime spokesman "wants justice."

What exactly he meant by "justice" remained unclear.

Asked if he would like criminal charges to be brought against those responsible for Michael's death (Dr. Conrad Murray), Joe replied, "I don't know."

He may also not know where he is at this moment in time.

Joe Jackson was equally elusive on the topic of his relationship with Michael's three children: Prince Michael, Paris and Prince Michael II (Blanket).

"I'm their grandfather," he said, truthfully.

Asked how often he sees the children, who he signed a legal document saying he would not be responsible for raising, he said only, "I see them enough."

No insight on today's Macaulay Culkin rumor, sadly.

Check out the video of Joe Jackson's interview ...

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Michael Jackson will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles at 10 a.m. on August 29 on what would have been the King of Pop's 51st birthday.

So says his father, Joe Jackson.

Michael Jackson, Children

The elder Jackson, who never misses an opportunity to cash in pay tribute to his late son, indicated that the burial plans were made final in the past few days.

Joe, who now resides in Las Vegas, has spoken out on several occasions since Michael's death, including a really odd conversation with Larry King and another interview during which he claimed Omer Bhatti was his grandson.

Jackson said he is supportive of the Los Angeles Police Department probe into his son's June 25 death so far - but also said that cops and the DEA may end up making Dr. Conrad Murray "the fall guy for a whole lot of people."

He did not elaborate.

Joe Jackson says Michael will be buried August 29.

Conrad Murray was Michael Jackson's personal doctor and with him the day he died. Murray's lawyer has confirmed the doctor is being investigated for administering the anesthetic Propofol and possibly other drugs. He denies wrongdoing.

Joe Jackson, who lives apart from the singer's mom, Katherine Jackson, says she's taken Michael's death particularly hard, and frequently bursts out in tears.

Having had a contentious relationship with his son, Joe said he tried to see his son months before his death, but "security guards wouldn't let me get to him."

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The late Michael Jackson had a contentious relationship with his father, who he said abused him mentally and physically. The dude is also kind of insane, so it stands to reason that people don't want him near Michael's children.

Well, he won't be. Much, anyway.

A declaration from Joe Jackson, filed in court this week, makes clear that the family patriarch supports Michael Jackson's decision to make his wife Katherine the legal guardian of his three kids, and that he will keep his distance.

Joe says in the declaration: "I have had a close family relationship with the grandchildren since their birth. I do visit the family residence from time to time and will continue to do so, however I will not be involved in raising the children."

Joe and Michael Jackson in 2005. [Photo: Fame Pictures]

Joe continues, "I understand that all decision-making authority regarding the children will rest with Katherine Jackson. Katherine is a wonderful caretaker and guardian, and has done an excellent job raising our children and other grandchildren."

Katherine Jackson was awarded full custody of Paris, Prince and Blanket at this week's hearing, as stipulated in Michael Jackson's last will, signed in 2002.

Joe seems more or less cool with that, even if he wants to stop by from time to time. He had no further comment on whether Omer Bhatti is Michael's son.

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Two weeks ago, rumors began circulating that a Norwegian dancer, Omer Bhatti, is the secret son of Michael Jackson, a love child resulting from the King of Pop's one-night stand with his mother, Pia Bhatti, a quarter-century ago.

Speculation then increased when photos surfaced of Omer Bhatti sitting with Jackson's brothers at his memorial service July 7, and when it was revealed that Bhatti lived at Neverland Ranch with Jackson when he was a kid.

But last week, according to The Mirror (UK), Omer said that while he and the star were very close, and he was "like a son" to him, they are not related.

That made sense ... at least as much as anything regarding Michael Jackson can. But now, Michael's insane father, Joe, is weighing in on the subject.

In an interview with NewsOne, Joe Jackson is now saying Michael Jackson is the father of Omer Bhatti, and that he always knew Omer as his son.

Compelling, yes. But there are a couple of problems with this account:

  1. Joe Jackson is typically not lucid.
  2. When Joe Jackson does have a coherent thought, it more than likely is based around a shameless attempt to cash in on someone or something.

More than likely, Joe either has no clue where he is at this moment, or is angling to make money off of this story somehow. A pimp always finds a way.

The kid himself has explained the relationship with Michael, and with a lack of anything more concrete to go on, it's still hard to believe that the 25-year-old is the secret love child of Michael Jackson. Oh, and Omer Bhatti is WHITE, people.

Here's the recent Joe Jackson interview in question ...

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Last night, Michael Jackson's father Joe was on Larry King Live, where he was asked about the allegations that he physically abused his children.

He first brushed off the question by claiming any such reports are "a bunch of bull$h!t," but when King asked a second time, Joe wasn't as direct.

King mentioned that Michael himself made allegations of emotional and physical abuse at the hands of Joe, which rattled the 79-year-old creep.

What started off as a denial bizarrely morphed into a claim that he "didn't make no mistakes" as a parent and ended, after a brief aside, as a passionate, albeit slightly incomprehensible social commentary on slavery in America.

And you wonder why Debbie Rowe and all of America is appalled by the idea of this guy even being in the same room as Paris, Prince and Blanket.

Check out this clip of Joe Jackson's rants on CNN ...

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