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Posts Tagged ‘Merv Griffin’

Fallon’s First Month: 120M+ Social Media Impressions

RelishMIXLogoForget Nielsen. The company that matters when it comes to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is the one called RelishMIX.

Per a report by AP television writer David Bauder, Fallon is not just topping the other Jimmy in traditional metrics, but also in the all-important social media counted sphere:

During his first month, Fallon generated more than 120 million YouTube views, Twitter mentions and Facebook posts, the research firm RelishMIX said. That’s more than double Kimmel, who had 57 million in the same social media metric. Letterman had 2.3 million.

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Ray Richmond On Merv Griffin, Intolerance and Secrets

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Ray Richmond, on both his Past Deadline blog and in his Hollywood Reporter column, tells the truth about Merv Griffin:

Merv Griffin was gay.

Why should that be so uncomfortable to read? Why is it so difficult to write? Why are we still so jittery even about raising the issue in purportedly liberal-minded Hollywood, in 2007? We can refer to it casually in conversation, but the mainstream media somehow remains trapped in the Dark Ages as relates to the gay label.

And more:

You can count on the fingers of one hand, or at most two, the number of high-powered stars, executives and public figures who have come out. Those who don’t can’t really be faulted, either, as rarely do such honesty and vulnerability prove a boon to one’s showbiz livelihood.

Richmond writes with affection and respect about Griffin, and about the uneasiness still lingering in the corridors of Hollywood power. And of course, he’s got a reader who’s shocked.

Merv Griffin Dead of Prostate Cancer at 82

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Merv Griffin, TV legend, is remembered by everyone.

Semi-legend Ray Richmond, who worked for Griffin, has the best anecdotes, recounted at length. The Ramtha story is fabulous.

Cynthia Littleton reminisces, and has a Karen Carpenter clip, too.

PopWatch’s Steve Korn blogs a fan’s notes.

TMZ exhibits an unaccustomed restraint.