Jason Lee Says Hollywood Unlocked Won't Retract 'Queen Is Dead' Story

Jason Lee is continuing to insist that Hollywood Unlocked's report on the death of Queen Elizabeth II is true, saying a retraction posted on Twitter came from a "fake account."

Lee, the founder and CEO of Hollywood Unlocked, has twice stood by the gossip site's "exclusive" article.

On Wednesday morning a Twitter account purporting to be the Hollywood Unlocked page posted an apology and blamed the mistake on an intern, but Lee has distanced himself from the account and the retraction.

Lee wrote on Twitter: "Woke up to some fake account posting a retraction. We do not know that account and we have not retracted our story. There has yet to be an official statement from the Palace. Staying tuned."

In an earlier tweet, Lee claimed that Hollywood Unlocked doesn't "post lies" and he would "always stand by my sources."

The retraction tweets on @HollywoodUL have now been deleted. The account uses the Hollywood Unlocked logo but it has only 5,400 followers—compared to the 2.8 million followers for the gossip site's verified account on Instagram.

When Hollywood Unlocked first published its report on February 22, many readers raised questions about some of the details mentioned and the language used. The story cited "sources close to the Royal Kingdom" to claim the queen had died shortly before she had been due to attend the wedding of British Vogue editor Edward Enninful.

It was widely pointed out that the 95-year-old queen does not attend celebrity weddings—and is in any case isolating at Windsor Castle after testing positive for COVID-19.

Media commentators have also said royal protocols are in place to break the news of the queen's death, with Buckingham Palace informing the U.K. prime minister before an announcement is made on the BBC.

However, "Queen is Dead" and Lee's name are both trending on social media as a result of the Hollywood Unlocked story.

Lee has suggested his site's report could still be true because Buckingham Palace has not released a statement confirming that the queen is alive.

However, the palace has told Newsweek it never responds to rumors of this kind.

In its latest statement on Tuesday, the palace said the queen had "mild cold-like symptoms."

Another piece of evidence that appears to discredit Lee's theory is the public appearance today of Kate Middleton, who is on a royal tour of Denmark. The Duchess of Cambridge was photographed smiling for the cameras as she continued her schedule of visits and events.

Hollywood Unlocked has yet to reply to Newsweek's request for comment.

Update 02/23/22, 12:30 p.m. ET: This article was updated to add extra information.

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Hollywood Unlocked caused alarm online when it posted an "exclusive" report claiming that Queen Elizabeth II had died. Steve Parsons-WPA Pool/Getty Images / Instagram @HollywoodUnlocked