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Bill Hoffman Leaves Page Six

P6 masthead.pngAfter reporting on the newest hire at New York Post gossip column Page Six last week, The Wrap and Gawker noticed yesterday that longtime contributor Bill Hoffman has been taken off the column’s masthead (at left).

Hoffman joined Page Six in June 2006 from the Post‘s city desk, filling the spot vacated by Jared Paul Stern after Stern became involved in a scandal with billionaire Ron Burkle.

At the time, Stern told FishbowlNY: “Bill’s a nice guy. And he’s been writing about stupid celebrities and sparring with publicists for years.”

As for why Hoffman decided to leave his post after more than three years, one insider told Gawker, “Hoffman, who’s in his 50s, may have just outgrown caring about the celebrity detritus that made up his beat on P6.”

Last week news broke that Life & Style Weekly editor Emily Smith had been tapped to replace Paula Froelich as Page Six’s deputy editor.

Earlier: Emily Smith Leaves Life & Style For Page Six

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Post To Give Page Six: The Magazine Another Shot

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It’s back: Looks like the New York Post wants to run Page Six: The Magazine as a weekly Sunday supplement. The last time the paper did a magazine version of Page Six, it was a bit of a crash and burn. Anchored by an article about a thirteen-year-old Angelina Jolie, the magazine also featured pieces on fake names celebrities use to check into hotels, Dita Von Teese and Heidi Klum as well. Most importantly, that was more than a year ago — and the Post hasn’t tried the idea since then.

That is a long time in newspaper years, especially for the Post, as the whole Jared Paul Stern scandal proves. Now the big question is whether editor Col Allan will use an established Post staffer to run the supplement, or opt for outside talent.

Stern, by the way, is available.

Daily News‘ Dunn Fires Back At Post‘s Keith Kelly

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From Jared Paul Stern, Monday:

Is Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman shopping for his own ethically-challenged Brit editor to give the New York Post a run for its money? The “Spectator” column of London’s Independent on Sunday is reporting that ousted News of the World editor-in-chief Andy Coulson was recently offered the top spot at the Daily News, which is currently occupied by “limp-wristed” limey Martin Dunn.

From today’s Keith Kelly column in the Post:

It could be that time is growing short for Editor-in-Chief Martin Dunn at the helm of Mort Zuckerman‘s struggling Daily News. The Independent, a London daily, said that Andy Coulson, former News of the World editor-in-chief, was approached about the job recently, but turned it down. Dunn’s current contract expires at the end of the year, and talks about a new contract have not even begun. Nobody is expecting that they will.

From our inbox this morning:

From: Martin Dunn
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2007 9:16 AM
To: mediabistro.com
Subject: mediabistro.com: General questions, comments, or crises

Rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated. As always, Keith Kelly has one fact right — my name. It was MY call, not Mort‘s, to offer Andy Coulson an opportunity to come to New York as AN editor, not THE editor, if he wanted to. One small word, so much meaning. The rest of the Post article is, sadly, as fanciful as Keith Kelly becoming the next editor of the Wall Street Journal if Rupert succeeds in buying it.

What Does $1,000 Buy You At Page Six?

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Following the latest wrinkle in the Jared Paul Stern-Page Six Fix scandal, Nello’s Nello Balan defended his $1,000 gift to Page Six‘s Richard Johnson in this week’s New York magazine.

“Parties, strippers, $50,000 trips, and what everybody focuses on is that Christmas gift in 1997. It’s impossible that I was thinking if I give a Christmas gift that would influence someone’s opinion of me or do something for me. There’s nothing behind that Christmas gift. It’s not an obligation. It’s a thought.”

We asked three former Page Sixers — Jared Paul Stern, Fernando Gil, Ian Spiegelman — what, exactly, $1,000 could buy you at Page Six.

Stern said something about Col Allan‘s “y-front” pants. Gil dodged the question (“I think that money would be better spent on weed.”) Spiegelman, though, gave us this answer:

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Jared Paul Stern Wants Post Job Back

jared_paul_stern_sm.jpgToday’s Page Six slammed its former scribes Jared Paul Stern and Ian Spiegelman after alleging that Stern was threatening to sue the Post and make public a four-page list of “lies and smears” aimed at his former colleagues.

Post editor Col Allan said the paper, “as a matter of principle, wouldn’t pay even one cent to the litigious Stern,” although it’s unclear whether or not Stern was seeking money.

We asked Stern — who filed a lawsuit against Ron Burkle and Bill and Hillary Clinton earlier this year — what, in fact, he was seeking. It appears Stern wants the Post to reinstate him after federal prosecutors did not charge him with the extortion of Burkle.

Here’s his response via e-mail:

The statement they issued originally was that I’d been “suspended pending the outcome of the investigation,” so we asked that I be re-instated when I was exonerated. This is yet another of their desperate attempts at a pre-emptive attack where they just end up shooting themselves in the foot.

We’ve been asking that they make good on their promise and re-instate me as Books editor, editor of the Page Six magazine and Page Six contributor since I was exonerated.

Ian’s statement was provided merely to demonstrate that the Post’s claims that I was some kind of “abberation” or “rogue” (their exact words) who violated company policy were not true and held me in a false light. We were only interested in coming to an amicable resolution.

FishbowlNY’s Selected Coverage of the Jared Paul Stern Case:

  • Finally: Jared Paul Stern Sues Billionaire Ron Burkle — Bill & Hillary Too
  • No Charges For Jared Paul Stern In Burklegate
  • Burkle Divorce Docs Reveal Allegations of Sex, Lies & Videotapes
  • Times Issues Jared Paul Stern Correction; Jared Paul Stern Issues Memo To Times
  • Jared Paul Stern, 3 Others Out at Page Six
  • Jared Paul Stern: The FishbowlNY Interview
  • BREAKING: Jared Paul Stern to Guest-Edit Gawker
  • Exclusive: Jared Paul Stern’s First Video Interview Since Page Six Scandal
  • Jared Paul Stern on Jared Paul Stern
  • Daily News Prints Stern’s Tad More Measured Comments
  • Primedia Sells Gun Dog, Enthusiast Mags For $1.2B To Ron Burkle-Owned Co.

    superstang_primedia.jpgBreaking: Primedia, the once-powerful niche magazine publisher on Fifth Avenue, has agreed to sell its 70-plus enthusiast magazines — with names like Hot Rod Bike-Works, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords and Practical Horseman — to Source Interlink for about $1.2 billion in an all-cash deal. It would appear to end well for Primedia, which had been reportedly seeking $1 billion for the group from a handful of bidders, including Bono‘s Elevation Partners.

    Source Interlink is owned by Yucaipa Cos., a supermarket-holding company owned by billionaire businessman-cum-Jared Paul Stern lawsuit target Ron Burkle.

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  • Primedia’s Price Tag: $1 Billion?
  • Jared Paul Stern Still Planning Burkle Suit

    The reporter’s in the clear, but is the billionaire? As FishbowlNY exclusively reported last summer [above], ex-Page Six reporter Jared Paul Stern is still planning on suing West Coast billionaire Ron Burkle over accusations of Stern’s alleged shakedown that led to his ousting at the New York Post.

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  • Exclusive: Jared Paul Stern’s First Video Interview Since Page Six Scandal
  • No Charges For Jared Paul Stern In Burklegate
  • No Charges For Jared Paul Stern In Burklegate

    jared_paul_stern_sm.jpgJared Paul Stern‘s lawyer Joe Tacopina, via the New York Observer: “I have been informed by the U.S. Attorney’s office that they are not proceeding with any case against Mr. Stern. We have said from day one that this was a campaign to spread lies based on false accusations fueled by Burkle’s personal vendetta against the New York Post, and that there was never any evidence of wrongdoing on Mr. Stern’s part.”

    FishbowlNY’s Selected Coverage of the Jared Paul Stern Case:

  • Times Issues Jared Paul Stern Correction; Jared Paul Stern Issues Memo To Times
  • Jared Paul Stern, 3 Others Out at Page Six
  • ‘Free Jared Paul Stern’ Would Now Rather He Not Be
  • Jared Paul Stern: The FishbowlNY Interview
  • BREAKING: Jared Paul Stern to Guest-Edit Gawker
  • Exclusive: Jared Paul Stern’s First Video Interview Since Page Six Scandal
  • Jared Paul Stern on Jared Paul Stern
  • Daily News Prints Stern’s Tad More Measured Comments
  • Times Issues Jared Paul Stern Correction; Jared Paul Stern Issues Memo To Times

    jps_times_correction_sm.jpgFrom today’s TimesCorrections“:

    An article on Sunday about some of the more captivating events in the New York region in 2006 referred incorrectly to a federal investigation of Jared Paul Stern, a former contributor to the Page Six section of The New York Post whom Ronald W. Burkle, the supermarket magnate, has accused of an extortion attempt. The investigation came to light when it was reported by The Post; it was not announced by federal authorities. In addition, allegations that Mr. Stern had been caught on video demanding a $100,000 payment, as well as monthly stipends, for keeping negative accounts of Mr. Burkle from the press were made by Mr. Burkle, not by federal authorities.

    Jared Paul Stern’s original memo (Dec. 31) obtained by FishbowlNY:

      ———- Forwarded message ———-
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      jps_times_correction_sm.jpgFrom today’s TimesCorrections“:

      An article on Sunday about some of the more captivating events in the New York region in 2006 referred incorrectly to a federal investigation of Jared Paul Stern, a former contributor to the Page Six section of The New York Post whom Ronald W. Burkle, the supermarket magnate, has accused of an extortion attempt. The investigation came to light when it was reported by The Post; it was not announced by federal authorities. In addition, allegations that Mr. Stern had been caught on video demanding a $100,000 payment, as well as monthly stipends, for keeping negative accounts of Mr. Burkle from the press were made by Mr. Burkle, not by federal authorities.

      Jared Paul Stern’s original memo (Dec. 31) obtained by FishbowlNY:

        ———- Forwarded message ———-
        From: Jared Paul Stern
        To: NYTimes
        CC: Bill Keller, Barney Calame
        Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2006 15:16:20 EST
        Subject: Retraction / Apology Needed

        Gentlemen: Alan Feuer‘s story today, “A Trapped Cat, a Fleeing Bull and a Few Human Tragedies, Too” contains some gross inaccuracies in the section regarding me, “A Gossip, More Idle.”

        Let me address each false statement in turn:

        1. A much more common ailment — avarice — was in the news in April when federal authorities announced they were investigating Jared Paul Stern, a gossip broker and longtime contributor to the Page Six scandal section of The New York Post.

        Federal authorities have announced no such thing. No authorities or officials of any kind have ever commented on nor confirmed anything regarding an alleged investigation whatsoever. This has been noted previously in published reports.

        2. No charges have been filed in the case, in which investigators say that Mr. Stern tried to blackmail Ronald W. Burkle, the supermarket magnate.

        Again, “investigators” have said no such thing, and this statement is libelous. In addition, there is no “case” whatsoever and it is false to state that there is.

        3. They say Mr. Stern was in fact caught on video demanding a $100,000 payment, as well as monthly stipends, for keeping negative accounts of Mr. Burkle from appearing in the Post.

        See # 1 & 2. The only person who has made any such allegations is Burkle himself.

        4. Not too long ago, it was reported that Mr. Stern (who denies the charges) received a book deal for his inside-the-fence account of the celebrity gossip world tentatively titled, “Stern Measures.”

        In #2 above, you state that “no charges have been filed.” How then can I “den[y] the charges”? You have already stated there aren’t any. What I deny, and intend to seek legal redress for, are Burkle’s accusations and defamatory conduct, as well as derogatory articles such as this.

        I have notified you in the past of demonstrably false and misleading statements in the unending series of articles you’ve seen fit to devote to Burkle’s smear campaign. That includes emails to the Times reporters and editors involved, as well as Mr. Calame in May and October, and Senior Editor Greg Brock in October. You have issued various corrections along the way, including the one on April 11th regarding the false statment that I was “cooperating” with an investigation, though many other such reckless, malicious and innacurate statements have gone uncorrected. No doubt that has contributed to the injuriously false impression of events which even your own reporters have formed, to say nothing of your readers.

        Please inform me as soon as possible what measures you intend to take to remedy this situation.

        Sincerely,
        Jared Paul Stern

        cc: Joseph Tacopina, esq.

        Note: Nothing stated herein is intended as, nor should it be deemed to constitute, a waiver or relinquishment of any legal or equitable rights or remedies, all of which are hereby expressly reserved.

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