The showman tells ITK in an email, “As an entertainer who performs tributes to both Elvis Presley and Wayne Newton, I am disappointed if indeed the ricin-laced letters were part of a plot to frame a rival performer.”

Brenner writes, “It does indeed cast the national attention unfavorably on celebrity impersonators and somewhat solidifies the opinion of some that impersonators are a joke. That conclusion is far from the truth.”  

Calling the majority of impersonators he’s met in his line of work “good people” and “down-to-earth, law-abiding, responsible citizens,” Brenner says, “As far as my career impersonating Wayne Newton and Elvis Presley, I don't believe that in this case that any publicity is good publicity.”