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More Exits At Tribune Co. Following Michaels’ Departure

On the heels of Tribune Co. executive Randy Michael‘s much-publicized exit from the company comes news that three of his high-ranking former associates — and members of the headline-inspiring “Clear Channel group” — are doing the same. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Tribune Interactive president Marc Chase, senior vice president and chief operating officer Jeff Kapugi and executive vice president Carolyn Gilbert are all stepping down from their respective positions.

Sources tell the paper that more departures are underway, with former Clear Channel radio traffic reporter John Phillips set to leave his job as the Tribune Tower’s director of facilities, and his wife, Betsy Phillips, leaving her as Tribune Broadcasting’s vice president in sales. If Phillips’ name sounds familiar, it’s likely because the pictures he posted on Facebook of his fellow Tribuners playing poker, drinking and sacrificing adorably tiny lambs* (*possible fabrication) in Tribune Tower’s hallowed inner sanctum have been forever etched into your brain.

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Celebrity Scandals Rock The Menu On This Steamy Fall Thursday

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FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst joined Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu today to talk celebrity scandals in the media.

The two biggest stories of the day were actress Mackenzie Phillip‘s new memoir “High on Arrival,” which chronicles her long incestuous relationship with her father, The Mamas & The Papas founder John Phillips. Phillips has appeared on Oprah Winfrey‘s talk show and the “Today” show this morning and Jason, Matt and Amanda wondered how these dirty secrets remained under wraps for so long.

Also discussed: news that celeb couple Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart had sued Gawker Media for publishing a sex tape featuring them and another woman a few weeks ago. What implications will this suit have on freedom of the press? And are the claims of copyright infringement going to stand up under legal scrutiny?

Lastly, there has been talk of Hallmark launching a celebrity Web site that only features good news. While this new site might become an outlet for publicity hungry flacks, it will also give be platform for those things that sell celebrity magazines so well: celebrity baby and wedding photos.

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