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Hellena Taylor has responded to Bayonetta 3 backlash

Hellena Taylor, the original voice of Bayonetta, has responded to the recent backlash in relation to the pay she was reportedly offered.

Right, not for the first time, let’s do a recap.

In September 2021, rumblings were making the rounds that Taylor would not be reprising her leading role in the third Bayonetta game. It’s a role she’s played ever since the series launched back in 2009.

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The Hellena Taylor Bayonetta debacle is a mess!

In October 2022, it was officially confirmed that Taylor was no longer the voice of Bayonetta. Instead, that role now belonged to Jennifer Hale.

Just a few weeks later, however, Taylor claimed to have been offered just $4k to be the voice of Bayonetta, an offer that she deemed to be an “insult”.

PlatinumGames then said that Taylor was unable to voice Bayonetta due to “overlapping circumstances”.

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Taylor reportedly rejected this offer of $4k, denied claims of “overlapping circumstances” and called for fans to boycott Bayonetta 3.

Right, you’re still with me? Because this isn’t over yet.

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Credit: Nintendo/PlatinumGames

Angered by the allegations made by Taylor, PlatinumGames president Hideki Kamiya made his feelings towards the claims known, and his Twitter account was consequently suspended.

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Upon his return, seemingly out of frustration, Kamiya then deactivated his Twitter account. However, just a few hours later, he then reactivated his account.

Hellena Taylor claimed Hale had no right to be Bayonetta

During her initial plea to fans to boycott Bayonetta, Taylor suggested that Hale had “no right” to claim the role of the vixen witch.

Apparently being thrown under the proverbial bus, Hale received a lot of backlash from fans that sided with Taylor.

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While speaking under a strict NDA agreement, Hale issued a statement in response to the allegations made by Taylor. “Anyone who knows me or has followed my career will know that I have great respect for my peers and that I am an advocate for all members of the community,” said Hale.

We’re nearly caught up, so bear with me a little longer. In a most recent development, PlatinumGames finally released a statement of its own.

Unfortunately, that statement didn’t really say all that much. It was very corporate and very generic.

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Perhaps this story wasn’t black and white?

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However, it was actually another recent story that is the most relevant to this topic at hand.

According to Jason Schreier of Bloomberg and sources of VGC, we were led to believe that Taylor was offered more than the $4k she first suggested.

Looking from the outside in, it seems that the story may not have been as black and white as it was first assumed.

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Depending on what source of information you read, it’s been claimed that Taylor was offered four to five recording sessions for Bayonetta 3.

The reported fee per session was allegedly between $3k to $4k. Those numbers suggested a minimum payment of $12k overall.

OG Bayonetta voice actor denies claims

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However, a common number being thrown around is $15k to $20k for all recording sessions in payment to Taylor for Bayonetta 3.

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It was also claimed that Taylor asked for a “six-figure sum as well as residuals on the game.

That being said, however, we should always take all sources of information with a pinch of salt, no matter how reliable it appears to be.

Right, now we’re caught up. For now, at least.

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In a new Twitter thread, Taylor stated that she feels “a need to defend myself and my reputation in the industry.” This is in response to the reports by Bloomberg as well as VGC.

How much was Taylor really offered?

In the most recent Twitter thread, Taylor claims that she was offered $10,000 initially.

Previously, Taylor stated that she wrote Kamiya asking for what she believed to be her worth.

Taylor then claimed to have heard nothing for 11 months, until she was offered $4,00 (flat fee) to “voice some lines”.

Taylor stated that reports of 5 sessions at $4k each were “lies” and “total fabrications.

Of course, we know nothing of what goes on behind closed doors. However, it seems that by the time Taylor was offered this $4k 11 months later, Hale was already hired as Bayonetta.

Yet it seems that Taylor has invertedly confirmed reports from the likes of Schreier of Bloomberg.

So, it seems this reported $4k would have been for a cameo in Bayonetta 3. Looking at the previous videos from Taylor and what she’s tweeted recently, there is a lot of conflicting information.

While not mentioning them by name, Taylor also appears to throw shade at the journalists that cited their sources. “There are people who are attempting to throw shade and discredit what I say.  The industry is powerful, they have powerful journalists too,” she claimed.

Bayonetta 3 is out this week!

Again, we’re sure that this won’t be the last development of this story. It’s just a shame that the whole situation has gotten so messy.

We’ll update you should we hear of any further developments.

What are your thoughts on this story so far? Let us know across our social media channels. Bayonetta releases this week for the Nintendo Switch on October 28th.

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Featured Image Credit: PlatinumGames/Source: Nintendo Life