David Alan Gest (born May 11, 1953) is an American concert promoter and media personality, perhaps best known for his turbulent marriage to Liza Minnelli, friendship with The Jackson 5 and appearance on the 2006 series of the British reality television show I'm a Celebrity... He currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee and the United Kingdom. Gest was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Southern California where he counted Tito Jackson and his brothers as childhood friends.
Gest finished in 4th place on the 2006 series of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here!on ITV in the UK and proved to be popular, with his stories and "Get me outta here song" with fellow contestant Toby Anstis.He was "evicted" from the show on November 30, 2006.In January 2007, Gest appeared as a judge on ITV1's Soapstar Superstar, for one night replacing Michael Ball who was coaching the singers.Later that month it was announced that Gest had signed a one year deal by ITV to appear in his own reality series entitled This Is David Gest. Viewers were treated to hairdressers covering David's baldness with black make-up and various shots of David in bed.
He also took cameras for a rare glimpse of the Jackson family house in Encino, California, where he met Tito and his children as well as matriarch Katherine Jackson.He was one of the four judges on ITV1's entertainment series Grease Is the Word.Gest was released from his ITV contract in July because they had no idea what to do with him and both shows he appeared in with the network did not do well in terms of ratings.In April 2007, his autobiography, titled Simply The Gest, was released.The book is a mixture of memoirs, and Gest's personal views on life.In June 2008, Gest contributed a monologue to the song 'Bring You Down' by Attic Lights in which he delved into his split from Liza Minnelli.