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Dr. Oz Grilled by Senate Because He’s Wacky

Dr. Oz of The Dr. Oz Show and Hearst’s Dr. Oz’s The Good Life fame is finally being forced to come clean about the medical advice he doles out to millions of people. To paraphrase Seinfeld, the prognosis is negative. A panel of senators grilled Oz on his many wacky claims that certain products can lead to weight loss, even though they definitely do not.

The panel, led by Claire McCaskill, repeatedly questioned Oz on why he would promote products that have zero science behind them. “The scientific community is almost monolithic against you in terms of the efficacy of the three products you called ‘miracles,’” said McCaskill. ”I don’t get why you need to say this stuff when you know it’s not true. When you have this amazing megaphone, why would you cheapen your show?”

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Kanye West is Upset with Annie Leibovitz

BREAKING: Kanye West is upset. Again. According to Page Six, West’s latest beef is with Annie Leibovitz. West told a crowd at the Cannes Lions Festival that his wedding shot with Kim Kardashian took four days to produce because Leibovitz pulled out of his wedding the day prior to the event.

According to West, Leibovitz dropped out because “She was afraid of celebrity.” Now, this is an odd thing to think — considering all Leibovitz does is work with celebrities — but hey, maybe West was right. Whatever the reason was, we do agree with West that it was a shitty thing for Leibovitz to do.

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Dean Baquet has Malignant Tumor Removed

Dean Baquet GIt has been an interesting couple of months for Dean Baquet, to say the least. The executive editor of The New York Times had a malignant tumor removed from his kidney on Saturday, only two days after doctors discovered it and felt it required immediate attention.

In a memo to Times staffers, Baquet sounded upbeat about the situation. He described the surgery as “minimally invasive” and “completely successful.” “My doctors have given me an excellent prognosis,” added Baquet.

The Times’ top editor also wrote that while he would be spending a week away from the paper to recover, he would “remain in touch with the newsroom leadership.”

Baquet was named the executive editor of the Times just last month. As you’ve probably heard by now (several times, we imagine), Baquet’s ascension came under murky circumstances in which Jill Abramson was fired.

Hopefully the next couple of months are a lot calmer for Baquet than the last two.

Matt Lauer Extends Contract with Today

Matt Lauer, everyone’s favorite (uh, okay, not everyone’s favorite) morning show host is going to be around for a few more years.

Lauer has signed a contract extension with Today, a show he first started co-anchoring in 1997.

The specifics of the deal weren’t disclosed, but keep in mind that his current contract was supposedly pocketing Lauer about $20 million a year. So this extension is likely paying him more than that. Hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

For more on this story, head over to TVNewser.

Jill Abramson to Teach at Harvard

Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of The New York Times who was unceremoniously fired last month, has a new gig — teacher. Abramson is joining Harvard University’s English Department this coming fall to teach undergraduate courses on narrative nonfiction.

“I’m honored and excited to be teaching at Harvard in the coming academic year,” Abramson told Harvard. “Narrative non-fiction journalism is more important than ever.  Its traditions and how it is changing in the digital transition are fascinating areas of study.”

This just goes to show you smart people will find their place somewhere. Plus, this seems like a match made in heaven. Not only is Abramson a Harvard grad, she also has the school’s “H” as a tattoo.

Yes, she also has a Times “T” tattoo, but we’re not talking about that anymore.

Joe Ripp Discusses Time Inc.’s Future

Now that Time Inc. is an independent company, its CEO — Joe Ripp — is going to have to expend some energy discussing what lies ahead. Those talks began with an interview with The New York Post. Ripp was quick to shoot down a couple items — the possibility that the publishing house might buy a big brand, and the chance that Time Inc. could (once again) consider merging with Meredith.

“There will be opportunities for acquisitions, but I don’t see a transformative acquisition in the near future,” Ripp said. He then added that the once-storied romance of Time Inc. and Meredith was completely dead. “I’ve had no conversations with Meredith and I have no plans to talk with [Meredith's CEO] Steve Lacey in the near future,” Ripp told the Post.

As for the rumors that a rash of layoffs are on their way, Ripp commented, “It’s not about downsizing, it’s about are we making the appropriate investments in our products.” Which is a great way of saying nothing at all.

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Journalist Asks Important Question

If you have to ask…

Chase Carey Extends Contract with 21st Century Fox

Chase Carey GChase Carey is going to be the president and COO of 21st Century Fox through at least 2016. The Wall Street Journal reports that Carey has agreed to a two-year contract extension mere weeks before his original one ended.

Carey’s contract was set to expire June 30, and — according to the Journal — that ”had attracted some attention and speculation on Wall Street.” Well, we guess the rumors have officially been squashed.

Carey, who has held the roles of president and COO since 2009, won’t see much of a pay bump over the course of his new deal. Not that he really needs it. Last year Carey’s total compensation was $27 million. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Gloria Steinem, Queen Latifah Talk Careers at the 2014 Matrix Awards

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The New York Women in Communications held its annual Matrix Awards in April, and our MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi was on hand to chat with powerful women in media on their careers. Presenter Gloria Steinem remarked on the importance of female mentorship; honoree Eileen Naughton, vice president of sales at Google, revealed what makes an outstanding Googler; and Grammy winner and actress Queen Latifah, also honored that night, shared why she made the leap from performer to daytime host. Also doling out nuggets of advice: Today show co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Watch:

Paul Carlucci to Retire from News Corp.

carlucciPaul Carlucci, who served as The New York Post’s publisher from 2005 to 2012, is retiring from News Corp. Carlucci has been with the company for 23 years, most recently serving as chairman and CEO of News America Marketing. Carlucci has also served as a member of News Corp.’s executive committee since 1996.

“Paul has been a close confidant and trusted colleague for more than two decades, and his contributions to our company and the people we serve are incalculable,” said Rupert Murdoch, News Corp’s executive chairman, in a statement. “I am grateful for his friendship, his leadership, and his counsel through the years, and wish him all the best in the future.”

Carlucci will be succeeded by Martin Garofalo, currently News America Marketing’s president.

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