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Posts Tagged ‘Joanna Molloy’

Rush & Molloy & Many Delightful Memories

ScandalCoverThere’s a new book out today from George Rush and Joanna Molloy. Scandal: A Manual is written mostly from Rush’s point of view and offers 256 pages of breezy anecdotes from the pair’s separate and combined days in the trenches of NYC celebrity gossip.

One of the main takeaways is how much more fun this beat was before the Internet took a firm 24/7 hold. It was never quite a noble profession, but pre-Gawker, TMZ and the rest, the pair only had to compete with the New York Post, most of the time in playful ways:

We tried not to yank people out of the closet. But we did sometimes give clues.We once ran a photo of ‘N Sync’s Lance Bass with Jamie Lynn-Sigler and Shannon Elizabeth as they picked out free stuff at a hospitality suite. Bass’ then-secret partner, Reichen Lehmkuhl, was with them.

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Capital New York Adds Three Weekly Columnists

And according to The Huffington Post’s senior media reporter Michael Calderone, the model for all three will be more “Jimmy Breslin than Joe Scarborough.” Sounds good to us.

25 Hours website photos - reporters & editors. George Rush and Joanna Molloy.From Calderone’s item:

Capital’s first three columnists will be Jim Windolf, a Vanity Fair contributing editor who has written for several publications and started the New York Observer‘s “New York World” column; Joanna Molloy (pictured), a veteran Daily News gossip writer and co-author of a new book on the subject; and Glynnis MacNicol, a writer and co-founder of TheLi.st and former media editor at Business Insider and Mediaite.

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Daily News Cuts Over a Dozen Staffers

The New York Daily News just cut about 15 staffers, according to Capital New York. Two veterans of the paper — Albor Ruiz and Joanna Molloy — were among those let go. Ruiz had been with the Daily News for 19 years; Molloy for 15.

Other names in the bunch include Christina Boyle and Robert Gearty, both reporters for the Daily News.

The unlucky staffers were being told that the cuts were part of a “restructuring,” which is pretty much what they always say.

Daily News Uncovers Story of Ted Williams’ Ex-Wife

Joanna Molloy at the Daily News has a piece on Patricia Kirtley, the ex-wife of media darling Ted Williams, in today’s paper. Kirtley’s tale is one that has been glossed over, but it’s one that should be told if we’re all going to celebrate Williams as much as we have.

23 years ago Williams abandoned Kirtley and their four young daughters when he got caught up in the addictive world of drugs and alcohol. Kirtley, who is partially blind, then raised the girls, and another son Williams had with a different woman, mostly by herself. She tells Molloy that her sisters and mother helped in any way they could, including driving her and her kids places because Kirtley isn’t allowed to drive.

Williams has apparently turned his life around now, and we’re not trying to take anything away from that. But Kirtley’s story is one worth knowing. It reminds FishbowlNY that just because a story is the biggest, it doesn’t mean it’s the best.