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One Million Moms Drop Campaign Against Ellen

Advocacy group One Million Moms has dropped their campaign against talk show host and JCPenney spokesperson Ellen DeGeneres.

Apparently, they have bigger fish to fry than getting DeGeneres fired from her gig with the retail clothing giant — all because she’s *gasp* a lesbian.

“[W]e have heard back from so many of our members,” director Monica Cole told One News Now. “We have heard back from men and women — not just moms — saying they will no longer shop there at JC Penney, as long as Ellen DeGeneres is their spokesperson.”

If that’s considered a win in their eyes, kudos, I guess.

Oscar Ratings Up Despite Beige Show

Last night’s Oscar telecast reminded this Fishie of a bowl of oatmeal–warm, bland, inoffensive and rather dull– but people watched it.

The LA Times has the numbers:

The telecast, which awarded best picture to “The Artist,” delivered a 25.5 household rating/38 share in 56 top U.S. markets, according to Nielsen. That was up 4% compared with last year (24.5 rating/37 share).

The top five markets were New York (36.9 rating), Chicago (33.8), West Palm Beach, Fla., (32.5), Los Angeles (31.9) and Boston (31.9).

Wonder what drew everybody in? Billy Crystal is a big name, but not with the under-30 set. This Fishie’s girlfriend didn’t even know he was Jewish. She figured it out, though, somewhere between the second and third Bar Mitzvah joke.

Anyway, you know things are bad when reviewers mention a macaroni and cheese ad as among the highlights of the night.

Veteran LA Reporter Greg Hernandez Transitions to Gaystarnews.com

Although Greg Hernandez (pictured) has logged many years as a reporter for the Daily News and LA Times, it was actually his personal blog Greg in Hollywood that led to his latest full-time gig. Since early December, he has been working out of his home office in Silver Lake as the LA correspondent for London-based website gaystarnews.com.

Hernandez, who posts an average of five stories per weekday, says a recent talk show host controversy sparked some of his biggest personal traffic stats so far. “That business about One Million Moms wanting JC Penney to fire Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson because she is gay was huge,” he tells FishbowlLA. “Another big story for me involved Howard Stern‘s passionate defense of Ellen and his tirade against some of the more socially conservative presidential candidates.”

On the gaystarnews.com website, there is an impressive listing of the principles anchoring the outlet’s “commitment to ethical, quality journalism.” Hernandez works via email and Skype with not just his editors in London but also some of the site’s other far-flung correspondents.

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Ricky Gervais is Hosting the Golden Globes to Spite the Press

Well, that’s as good a reason as any. Gervais explained his decision to return to hosting a third time during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show:

I wasn’t going to do it again, but there was loads of people in the press saying I’d never be invited back, and that’s why I said yes.

Gervais expressed astonishment that his appearance last year received so much criticism in the media. “I mean, you usually have to kill someone to get that many column inches.” He further defended his jabs at the audience: “I was just teasing them, you know. It wasn’t a room full of wounded soldiers. These are the richest, most privileged people in the world.” That remark elicited a round of applause from the crowd.

Catch a clip of Gervais’ interview with Ellen after the jump. The full episode airs this afternoon on NBC.

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Lindsay Lohan Misses Ellen Appearance

Lindsay Lohan had quite the Hawaiian getaway this past weekend.

Someone stole $10,000 from her Chanel purse, she strolled the beaches with her nipple hanging out and ended up missing her flight back to Los Angeles and as a result, her appearance on Ellen.

Lohan was booked on the syndicated talk show to reveal her Playboy cover, but the entire spread was leaked last week, killing any buzz around her interview with Ellen DeGeneres.

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Lindsay Lohan to Debut Playboy Spread on Ellen

Congrats (?) to Ellen DeGeneres for landing the debut of Lindsay Lohan‘s Playboy spread, which hits newsstands later this month.

“Lindsay has agreed to do one media interview during the on-sale period of her issue, and has chosen Ellen,” Lohan’s rep told the New York Daily News. “Lindsay will not be doing any additional interviews to promote her pictorial.”

Lohan will appear on Ellen Dec. 15. For two photo shoots and nearly $1 million, this spread better be freakin’ spectacular.

Ellen DeGeneres Treated for Chest Pains

Syndicated talk show host Ellen DeGeneres was treated for chest pains Monday on the Warner Bros. lot.

According to TMZ.com, DeGeneres experienced the discomfort during a producers meeting and someone from her staff called 911.

The 53-year-old was treated at the scene and was reportedly seen walking on her own shortly after the fire department left.

Let’s hope it was nothing more than indigestion. Stay out of that Warner Bros. cafeteria, Ellen.

Real Estate Writer Spotlights Home of DGA Trailblazer

Although a residence recently put on the market in The Oaks district of Los Angeles is probably not part any star-homes tour itinerary, it definitely belongs in the sights of just about every woman working in Hollywood. That’s because the two-story home at 2249 Mountain Oak once belonged to Dorothy Arzner, the first woman to be admitted to the Director’s Guild of America in 1938.

Mary Forgione spotlighted the property for the always entertaining LA Times feature “Home of the Week.” Arzner relocated to New York in the early 1940s, but until then, she overlooked a city where her on-set collaborators included everyone from Katharine Hepburn to Clara Bow. The home is remarkable in Tinseltown history terms for another reason:

Arzner shared the home with her lifelong partner, dancer-choreographer Marion Morgan.

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Increasing Number of Celebs Relying on Twitter Client WhoSay

The fingerprints of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) are all over WhoSay, a third-party app that is quietly becoming the go-to social media intermediary for A-list celebrities like Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sarah Silverman. In large part because the LA startup pays users for transmitted photos, video, and other content.

The application was incubated at CAA and has since received $6 million in seed funding from a group of investors that includes Amazon and High Peak Ventures. For a piece on AllThingsDigital.com, Silicon Valley based business reporter Liz Gannes spoke this week with WhoSay CEO Steve Ellis. Even though WhoSay has only a few hundred users, the combined Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Myspace reach of its membership exceeds half a billion followers and friends:

“This will never be a consumer application,” Ellis said, though he added that he can’t exactly specify the criteria for admitting WhoSay users…

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Charlie Sheen Gets a Comic Book

There’s not much left to laugh at when it comes to Charlie Sheen. Per tonight’s latest “Sheen’s Korner” Internet broadcast, the actor is still – albeit in a more scripted, Teleprompter form – desperately trying to channel the spirit of Hunter S. Thompson.

In lieu of accompanying illustrations from gonzo artist Ralph Steadman, Sheen fans can instead look forward to an upcoming graphic novel from Bluewater Productions. Other media stars given this treatment by the Vancouver, WA company include the much saner quartet of Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Barbara Walters, and Meredith Vieira, for the title Female Force: Women in Media.

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