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NYP’s Page Six Misses Allbritton Brunch

In an odd turn of events, NYP‘s Page Six scribe Tara Palmeri missed the much talked about Allbritton brunch for the less exclusive John McLaughlin/Thomson Reuters brunch at the Hay Adams Hotel.

The Allbritton brunch was expected to turn out an A-List of celebrities while the McLaughlin/Thomson Reuters brunch typically turns up the same Creative Coalition cast of actors that many reporters have worn out by Sunday.

Palmeri stayed at the Hay Adams too late to make it over to the Allbritton’s Georgetown home. It’s unclear at this point whether the pub’s gossip pages will still somehow write on the brunch.

NYP’s Page Six to Cover Allbritton Brunch

If Robert and Elena Allbritton are trying to keep gossip at bay from their private brunch today at their Georgetown home, they have a funny way of handling their media: Call Page Six.

That’s right. NYP‘s Page Six reporter Tara Palmeri (pictured here at the Washington Hilton during last night’s WHCD pre-parties) has been privy to details about the brunch and its guest list and learned fairly early on that she’d be attending. Palmeri attended the highly sought after invitation-only brunch last year when she worked for the Washington Examiner. She wasn’t invited, but went as The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove‘s plus one.

Meanwhile, we’re hearing more chatter that some Politico reporters feel slighted about not being invited to the Publisher’s home while stars and other colleagues, such as those with more perceived clout, get in. Even Politico reporters who have been invited have been hesitant to breathe a word about going. Like any special perk within a workplace, some don’t want to brag about it.

We look forward to seeing what Page Six does with the brunch.

A King-Size Comeback

There’s no debate that CNN’s John King USA” had trouble finding its footing in the first year of production.  Anxious to blast the program, critics and bloggers hit “publish” on reviews even before King signed off his debut show in March of 2010. Bashed for being too straightforward in a sea of 7pm opinion journalism and then trashed for adding controversial contributors like Redstate.com’s Erik Erickson, it seemed King couldn’t catch a break.  Sure, ratings have been rocky but his magic wall, his wardrobe, even King’s all-American good looks have become targets of critical fodder.

And then there’s Tara Palmeri – the former CNN desk assistant turned gossip columnist who now grinds her axe with King on the pages of the News Corp-owned NY Post.  Palmeri, who in 2009 left her entry-level gig with the network, heads up efforts to humiliate CNN for Page Six.  Although she spent less than a year as a contract employee in the network’s DC bureau, Palmeri has managed to conjure up inside sources to fuel rumors of “John King USA’s” demise since July of last year.  This week (8 months later), she reported that network execs are searching for a minority host – comedian Chris Rock, the piece strangely suggests – to fill King’s 7pm hour.

But whether or not there’s any truth to the ever-churning rumor mill, King’s recent spike in ratings has surely caught the attention of CNN brass.  For the month of March, the program’s one-year anniversary, “John King USA” enjoyed its best numbers ever, topping MSNBC’s “Hardball” in both total viewers (850k vs. 722k) and in the key demo, adults ages 24-54 (315k vs. 207k).  Despite the catty gossip columns and broody blog posts, King’s viewership grew a whopping 132% in the demo (25-54) and 64% in total viewers vs. the same period one year ago.

A strong start to John’s King-size comeback, last month’s success seems to be carrying over into April.  For the first two weeks of this month, “JK USA” gave Chris Matthews a run for his money by winning the demo (211k to 176k) – a 92% increase in key audience compared to last year (110k) .  Only time will tell if CNN can hold on to its belated success in the 7 pm time slot but if you’re counting on Chris Rock to push King from his throne, brace yourself for a long and fruitful relationship with John’s magic wall.

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QUOTES of the DAY

Palmeri breaks bread with Spitzer

“My night has been so random — first a dinner hosted by Eliot Spitzer, next Paris Hilton‘s bday party #pagesix.” — NYP and ex-Examiner scribe Tara Palmeri in a Thursday tweet.

A scribe boasts of 10,000th tweet

“Seems fitting that my 10,000th tweet had the word “Hitler” in it.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in a Thursday tweet.

Fake Jim lashes back against news of semi-secret newsroom

“@mollyesque @kasie @jeneps so they found the capitol hill bureau. bfd. They’ll never locate the Politicave #newscycleman.” — @FakeJimVandeHei in a Thursday tweet referencing the FBDC report of Politico‘s “clandestine” newsroom at 101 Constitution Ave.

Mediaite‘s Christopher embarrassed by commenters

“I am embarrassed by the comments on the Lara Logan story,” Mediaite‘s White House reporter Tommy Christopher in a tweet earlier in the week. He also wrote, “I’m not handling moderation on that post. I stopped reading at the first page.”

Journo enjoys premature spring weather

“The guy blasting Bob Marley and playing a bongo drum in Dupont Circle has the right idea. Delusions of spring.” — RealClearPolitics’ Scott Conroy in a Thursday tweet.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“I’m kind of thinking maybe we need legislation to ban the all-caps key.” — Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg in a Thursday tweet. This is a shocking FishbowlDC first for Bugg, who typically occupies the slot of “Unnecessary Tweet of the Day.”

I’m a writer Goddammit

“Almost exactly five years ago, amidst the NYC transit workers strike I wrote this essay about #solidarity.” — The Nation‘s Chris Hayes in a Thursday tweet. He links to this piece he wrote for In These Times Magazine.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Fact: on a 3-plus hour drive from DC to Newport News, you can hear ‘No Hands’ 5 times.” — Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman in a Thursday tweet.

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QUOTES of the DAY – (In Part, The New Year’s Edition)


Note to readers: After taking a few days of R&R, we’re diving head first back into the Fishbowl. We’re catching up on what happened over the New Year’s holiday and will proceed from there.

Important news: We did not see ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in Miami — and that’s tragic. But, we did catch up with him to ask how his New Year’s Eve went. He told FishbowlDC last night: “My BlackBerry screen went haywire, so it made communicating tuff [sic] and tweeting impossible.” Of course, we believe him. Tschida had intended to spend the evening at the opulent AltaMare, but wound up at Barton G‘s cabaret show where the new star of Fox’s “Glee”, Cheyenne Jackson, performed. “It was great food and an incredible show,” he said. “Very intimate.”

Weird journo-political comparison

“My God, Jim Moran is looking more and more like my father every day.” — Bloomberg TV‘s Lizzie O’Leary in a Monday tweet regarding the Virginia Democratic congressman.

Whisper vs. limited whisper

“Is there a difference between a ‘whisper’ and a ‘limited whisper’? #marcconductorisms” — The Hill‘s Erika Niedowksi in a Monday tweet.

Reporter’s first time at IHOP

“At nameless fmr employer, top boss used to write staff memos in Comic Sans. I now know why. http://bit.ly/gXJJPX @reidwilson” — Politico Ben Smith‘s assistant Byron Tau in a Monday tweet. More importantly, in other Tau news, he had his virgin IHOP experience over the weekend: “This is my first time ever in an IHOP. #awe” > Update: Asked what he ate, Tau replied, “I ate the steak tips and eggs combination — because if that isn’t enough food it also comes with two pancakes.”

Gibbs expresses gratitude for ‘joinging’

“Happy New Year everyone – thanks for joinging [sic] – trying to get my typing faster! See you all again soon!” — White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in a Monday tweet.

Dickerson’s got wild Wanda on his hands

“Digging out from email during vacation. Many are from a woman named Wanda. I do not believe she has my best interests at heart.” — Slate and CBS’s John Dickerson in a potentially unusually precarious Monday tweet.

Washingtonian‘s technical difficulties

“Sorry about the problems with the new health blog, folks. We’ve got our developers working on this.” — Washingtonian in a Monday tweet.

Off to a good meta start

“Happy New Year! My New Year’s Resolution is to talk about myself less.” — HuffPost Hill‘s Eliot Nelson in a Monday tweet. Shortly thereafter, he added, “I’m bored.”

Scribe stuffed into dresses

“Spending my day off being stuffed into bridesmaids dresses in New Jersey.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab in a weekend tweet.

Palmeri’s version of ‘My Cousin Vinny’

“My cousin Vinnie is driving me back to New York after a big Italian dinner.” Ex-Washington Examiner gossip scribe and NYP‘s Page Six Tara Palmeri in a Jan. 2 tweet.

Chris Hayes and Brokeback Mountain Tacos

Finally, a quote from the oh so eloquent The Nation‘s Chris Hayes that actually sounds like English. In a weekend tweet he writes, “Back from beautiful wedding in Oaxaca. A magical city w some of the best food I’ve ever had. Duck tacos w mole, I wish I knew how to quit u.”

Weingarten praises the female species

“Women do not know how wonderful they are. It is one of the reasons they are so wonderful.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten in a Jan. 2 tweet.

Gossip girl likes her caffeine

“Back to work after two weeks away. Gonna need a lot of coffee and about 10 diet cokes today…” — Roll Call HOH Writer Elizabeth Brotherton in a Monday tweet.

Grand Oprah admission

OK I’ll admit it – I watched a little #OWN this weekend. The Behind-the-Scenes show is kind of cool, and the Lisa Ling thing looks decent. – Chris Reed, copyright lawyer, photog and “general media guy.”

Journo has ‘sexy’ new look

“Bearded and tanned, I’m back in dc.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman in a Sunday tweet. To which Capitol Hill radio correspondent for The Takeaway Todd Zwillich remarked, “#sexytweets.”

Only in Washington…

“Most excited about three DVR’d episodes of The McLaughlin Group awaiting me on home DVR.” — GOP Consultant Matt Mackowiak in a Jan. 2 tweet.

Journos: Will They Sleep Tonight?

We posed a question to a mass of journalists, many covering the midterms, and most everyone obliged. One reporter, who will remain genderless, wished to be anonymous because of fear of his or her PR department. We thank everyone for participating, especially Mr. Weigel from Slate – no FishbowlDC roundup would be complete without him. And then Politico‘s Mike Allen, who finally sheds light on that perennial ‘Does he sleep?’ question. But there is no pecking order here. You’re all our favorites (except when we fight with you).

Enjoy.

THE QUESTION: Will you sleep tonight and how will you stay awake and alert?

Politico‘s Mike Allen: Vandy has promised I can sleep the first three years when I’m dead.

The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack: I hope to. I have a couple television interviews at 1 am and 7 am so the plan is to catch a power nap in between. But trying to fall asleep on Election night is like trying to fall asleep as a kid on Christmas Eve: very hard.

The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson: Of course not; Nicorette.

FNC’s Greta Van Susteren: Coffee and more coffee.

HuffPost‘s Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington: Even when I was a little girl in Greece, and had no idea who any of the American candidates were, I’d refuse to go to bed until the last vote was counted.  This year will be no different, which means I’ll probably be up until Veteran’s Day.  I’ll stay awake by practicing saying “Speaker Boehner,” “Senator Angle,” “Senator Rubio,” and “Senator Paul” with a Greek accent.

Slate‘s Dave Weigel: I’m in Nevada, so I’m three hours behind the east coast, allowing me to stay up into the witching hours with no problems. Next election: Fiji.

The Hill‘s White House correspondent Sam Youngman: I plan on sleeping like a NyQuil-drunk baby. I’m far more geeked up for POTUS’s presser tomorrow than tonight’s results. That said, the junkie in me will probably be glued to the TV late into the night with nothing but my nerdiness to keep me awake.

Roll Call‘s John McArdle: I brought my sleeping bag and some other camping gear in case I get a chance to grab a bit of sleep. Whether that will actually happen is still up in the air. If I start to get tired I’ve got this cued up on my computer. Watch here. (The color of the sleeping bags? “One I brought for myself is grey and orange. Brought a red one for one of my co-workers. Both from REI.”)

The Atlantic‘s Joshua Green: Yes, I intend to sleep tonight–and prefer to do so the old-fashioned way, not awake and alert, but soundly, with Ambien CR and lots of pillows.

TWT‘s Eli Lake: I am in New Orleans for a conference on geospatial intelligence. I will sleep well with the knowledge that many government agencies and defense contractors are watching.

FamousDC: Some of us are already in bed, the rest are armed with RedBull and champagne.

HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim: I will deviate from my norm and drink light beer. It’s a necessary sacrifice I make for readers.

C-SPAN’s Steve Scully: This is the night we LIVE for.  It’s a Political High, combined with a few
Triple shot venti lattes from Starbucks.

Politico‘s John Harris: I will intend to get at least a few hours sleep but past experience suggests there’s a good chance I won’t be successful. Tonight will be no problem even if I don’t. Ancient experience in college and more recent experience with three kids makes it not that hard for me to go on short sleep rations. But by Wednesday evening I’ll be a wreck.

The Daily Caller‘s Mike Riggs: Funny you should ask. I just completed the final task in my election night pre-game game plan. First, I metro’d home, then I smoked a spliff, took off all my clothes, and did three sets of jumping jacks in front of a full-length mirror. I’m putting myself down for a nap now. Around 11 p.m., I’ll head back to the office and carry on straight through to lunch tomorrow. Cigarettes, diet red bull, and a fear of sped-up dreams will keep me sharp. (Note to readers: A spliff for the uninformed is half weed, have cigarette tobacco, rolled up like a joint.)

Yahoo! News’s Michael Calderone: I’m hoping to get to sleep shortly before the Sun comes up, but we’ll see how things play out. I’m at Yahoo’s election headquarters in New York where coffee and soda are plentiful, so I think that’ll help with staying awake. Also, there’s a Foosball table nearby that may prove crucial for regaining concentration (and preventing insanity) in the early morning hours.

TBD Editor Erik Wemple: Well, primary night was a 2:30 a.m. proposition. I am hoping that general election night works harder and keeps us here much later. There’s nothing quite as fun as updating the site into the wee hours. For alertness, I rely on clean living and push-ups. Perhaps a little caffeine but not much.

The Washington Examiner‘s Julie Mason: I am so hopped up on cold medicine it’s hilarious. My editor is going to have to chug NyQuil to even make sense out of the incoherent mess I will be filing shortly. And then I plan to sleep like the dead.

WaPo‘s Paul Kane: I hope to be in bed around 3 am. I’ve got the House-race beat, so the yes-no on majority status should be known early enough and the rest is just updating the numbers. Caribou Coffee — unofficial sponsor of the late-afternoon break for all Wash Post employees — is doing its job. In ’08 I was up till at least 5 am watching the Coleman-Franken race get closer and closer and closer.

FishbowlDC and QGA’s Matt Dornic: Yes, I will sleep but for journos hoping to go all night, look no further than the supermodel 3C diet- cocaine, cigs and celery.  It’s a great way to stay up and kill a few lbs.

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin: Sleep? Sleep?!? Anyone who’s worked around puppy-kicking porn producers knows that sleep is but an unattainable dream…

NYT‘s Brian Stelter: I plan to sleep between 4 and 5am. Coffee, then sugar-free Red Bull, then then coffee, then sugar-free Red Bull.

MSNBC and NBC Producer Andy Gross: I’m playing the role of “co-pilot” for Nightly News in DC tonight…we also call it “Dr. Downstairs” because I will oversee the production process in our video editing area, which happens to be downstairs here at NBC.  Once we are clear and network Specials takes over the election night coverage, I should be heading home to Clarendon by 9:30pm.  I will however, go out for a drink and watch the returns come in.

Anonymous reporter: I’m forcing myself to take a power nap at midnight and then wake up around 3:45 a.m., drink a  sugar free Red Bull/ diet Sprite combo and do some speed reading of the latest results.

Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni: I am not counting on sleep tonight, but packed an overnight bag just in case, and there’s plenty of room in our newsroom to curl up in a corner with a blanket.  I’m on the early shift tomorrow so if I am able to get home for a few hours, I have to be back here at 7:30 a.m.

Al Jazeera‘s Avi Lewis: A nice Argentinean maté if things get desperate. But generally – actually, genetically – adrenaline kicks in on election night, and I never have any problem staying up. Getting to sleep, well, that’s another story. At a certain point in the evening, you just have to realize that you cannot affect the results by watching every minute of the coverage! If you can remember that and drag yourself to bed, you can read all about it as soon as you wake up.

NJ The Hotline’s Amanda Munoz-Temple: A: What is sleep? B: staying awake tonight by consuming as much caffeine as my body will allow me. On top of candy, diet coke, chips… Basically the diet of a 13 year old, to keep me happy and sane.

The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio reporter Todd Zwillich: Three hours if I’m lucky. I’ll stay awake by hosting The Takeaway’s live online election coverage at www.thetakeaway.org with with guests and analysts from all around the country, including Jay Newton Small and Studio 360′s Kurt Andersen. Otherwise I’ll exist on coffee and Diet Dr. Pepper. I may dip into my stash of Four Loko as the night goes on. Just sent the intern out for Four Loko by the way.

Human Events Editor Jason Mattera: No, I’m not sleeping tonight. I’ll stay up thanks to four locos, anything with the nickname liquid cocaine will keep me wired. Then again, its other nickname is “blackout in a can” so I may not remember the midterm election even took place.”

Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller: Mattera needs his locos, but I’ll be wide awake on adrenaline waiting to see Harry Reid weeping like a little girl and Nancy Pelosi sneaking her gavel past Capitol Police in the dead of night.

HuffPost‘s Sam Stein: Only time will tell.

The Daily Caller‘s Executive Editor Megan Mulligan: The real question is: Am I awake now? I’m pinching myself to make sure I didn’t dream this whole thing up. When Christine O’Donnell, Jimmy McMillan and Alvin Greene go down, I’ll rest.

The Daily Caller‘s Jonathan Strong: I do plan to sleep tonight, though not much. My wife helpfully gave me a “5-hour Energy” drink to take to work this morning, so that should help.

CBS News’s Nancy Cordes: Sleep is for the weak…we wrap up our live coverage at 2 a.m. and then I start preparing for the Early Show at 7 a.m. They’ll have to prop open my eyeballs for tomorrow night’s Evening News.

Roll Call‘s Andrew Satter: Will I sleep? Depends on how much grief Final Cut Pro wants to give me tonight (2008 wasn’t pretty). How will I stay awake and alert? Well I don’t drink coffee or much caffeine, but I did live in New Orleans which is pretty much like getting a Master’s in Watching the Sun Rise.

The Disenchanted Journo‘s Christian Bourge: My plans are to start drinking around 4:30pm then go to bed early before waking to watch who is on television pontificating around 2 AM. By then the needed twists to the already established Election Day narrative should be figured out. I can then write the real story Wednesday and talk about it on my show, The Capitol Hill Blues. Either that or I will end up arrested by Joe Miller’s campaign staff.

CBS News’s Christine Delargy: “We’ll be on the web practically all night with special coverage so I’ve conditioned by actually not going to a cocktail party with Matt Dornic and Kiki Ryan last night.”

WhiteHouseDossier.com‘s Keith Koffler: I will not be going to sleep tonight. I’ve trained my border collie sit by the TV and bark every time he hears the words, “we are now projecting.”

HuffPost‘s Eliot Nelson: I’m just high on the peaceful transition of power.

Politico‘s Dave Catanese: I imagine I’ll sleep at some point. Probably sometime after the cable chatter goes dark. I’m addicted to the blabber. Like potato chips after a night out, can’t put the bag down. But with all the wacky reports out of Alaska, it’s gonna be hard for me to stop reclicking on the returns from the Last Frontier. I will power through on pure adrenaline. This is it right? I can sleep Saturday, oh wait, forgot about Alaska.

NYP Page Six Reporter Tara Palmeri: I’m going to Cuomo’s election party but staying up isn’t that hard for someone who has to be out every night for their job.

Politico‘s Ben Smith: Hmm. Yes, surely, the Courtyard Rosslyn awaits. And they’ve actually added extra oxygen to the air here at POLITICO, so it won’t be hard.


Ask Miss A – Airbrushed?

<img alt="Andrea.jpg" src="/fishbowlDC/files/original/Andrea.jpg" width="275" class="alignleft" hspace="3" vspace="3"/ Washington Examiner‘s Yeas & Nays scribes lay into philanthropist/blogger Andrea (pronounced Andreyya) Rodgers today, wondering whether her picture in September’s Vogue has been cleaned up. Her blog is “Ask Miss A.”

The insinuation is that Rodgers’s picture has been airbrushed in the SK-II skincare feature.

“SK-II Facial Treatment mask immediately hydrated my skin, leaving it cool and refreshed,” Rodgers told Vogue. “It’s a great way to relax and unwind!”

Hydrated skin or not, Rodgers doesn’t know if her photograph was airbrushed. “You’d have to ask Vogue and SK-II if the photos of me … were airbrushed or photo shopped,” she wrote to FishbowlDC. “They have the rights to use them in Vogue, Glamour, Allure and W, so the images are theirs to do with as they like.”

How does Miss A feel about the Examiner piece? “I’m a woman who can both dish it out, and take it,” she said. “It comes with the territory, and I accept that. I do find it interesting that the writers comment on how I look ‘in-person’ when I don’t actually see them in-person. I’m attaching a few snapshots from the day with Vogue if you want to run them. I know for a fact that these photos aren’t photo shopped or airbrushed.”

Note to readers: The photograph above is among the pictures Miss A sent to Fishbowl that she says have definitely not been airbrushed.

Mystery averted. We sought comment from Yeas & Nays on whether they have seen Miss A in person. What we know for certain because FishbowlDC was there…

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Happy Birthday to…

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Today is ex-Washington Examiner gossip scribe Tara Palmeri‘s birthday. She recently fled to Manhattan, where she’s a reporter for NYP‘s Page Six. But we know she still misses the Washington scene. We wish her a very happy birthday and hope that no publicist feels the need to snap at her today. Happy Birthday to Tara from friends in the Fishbowl. We hear she’s celebrating at Underbar, a lounge under the W, and a new lounge called Travertine.

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In other birthday news… We also offer birthday wishes to Rep. Aaron Schock’s (R-Ill.) flack Dave Natonski, whose birthday is today, and soon-to-be ex-reporter for The Hill Jared Allen. His birthday is Saturday.

> Update: We’ve just learned that today is also The Hill‘s publicist Tricia Barba‘s birthday. All the best to her!

Two former D.C. Journos to Appear on ‘Real Housewives of D.C.’

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We’re hearing that two former members of the D.C. press will appear on Thursday night’s episode of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of D.C.”

1. Former TWT gossip scribe Stephanie Green.
2. Former Washington Examiner and NYP Page Six reporter Tara Palmeri.

Witchy housewife Lynda Erkiletian (who threatened to sue D.C. blogger Carol Joynt, as we’ve reported) approached Green at a fourth anniversary party for Kate Michael‘s “K Street Kate” blog at Luxxery Express medspa last night, and gave her the news. Our spy also informs that Erkiletian and her boyfriend, Ebong Eka, sadly, stole the limelight from Michael.

We’re told that the scene filmed by the ‘Housewives’ that included the reporters likely comes from a fashion event at the Mayflower Hotel back in February. Guests had to sign away to attend the event.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quote(s) of the Day

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Penn, Palmeri, rectal cancer wish

“I know Sean Penn’s birthday wish this year — rectal cancer for all.” – Former Washington Examiner and now NYP Page Six gossip writer Tara Palmeri in a Tuesday tweet. Palmeri got thrown out of a Penn event earlier this year for asking Penn a question on rectal cancer, something he said he wished on those who disagreed with his involvement in the Haiti relief fund.

Frustration at a glance

“Just saw ANOTHER driver go the wrong way down my one way street. Pay attention people.”
- PR associate Courtney Cohen, formerly a production coordinator for ABC’s This Week, in a Tuesday tweet.

Stop playing games with my heart

“I didn’t know you were jut going to cut my heart up on this show.
…Yeah, I’ve been dumped and it hurts. Don’t play games with my heart …stop playing games with my heart.”
- Comedian Kathy Griffin on CNN’s Larry King Tuesday night when discussing Levi Johnston’s breakup with Bristol Palin. Griffin has long (jokingly) claimed to be romantically involved with Johnston. She recently featured several D.C. journalists on an episode of “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” which taped in Washington.

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