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CNN Vet Alan Duke Jumps to Radar Online

AlanDukePhotoFor the past five and a half years, for all but one month, Alan Duke‘s byline has been the number one desktop-views attraction at CNN Digital. During that one month in question, Duke went on vacation for three weeks.

More specifically, for the first nine months of 2014, Duke’s byline attracted a staggering 300 million desktop page views. His most notable recent CNN item was a September 18 report, with Susan Candiotti, that Yorkville Endoscopy clinic workers told investigators they saw and heard Joan Rivers‘ personal doctor take a selfie with the unconscious entertainer.

Although Duke was spared in the latest round of CNN layoffs, the journalist – who had been with CNN since 1989 – decided it was time to leave. As of this week, he is the Los Angeles-based national correspondent for revamping AMI website Radar Online.

“Last month, there was an event that really told me this was the time to leave,” Duke tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “We had an internal “huddle” [meeting] for CNN Digital, which was both a pep talk and an update on business affairs. In the executives’ statements and voices, I just picked up panic and chaos.”

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Outed by TMZ, New York Doctor Scrubs Her Facebook Page

Facebook is where TMZ grabbed a pair of large photos to run with its Wednesday exclusive identifying a New York ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist as the doctor allegedly responsible for initiating an unauthorized biopsy procedure on Joan Rivers at Yorkville Endoscopy. Today, that same Facebook page is blank.

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The 24/7 drumbeat of online gossip sites and social media has pushed us into a new phase of American jurisprudence – “Guilty Until Proven Innocent.” Even though there is still much to be determined and confirmed by investigators, half the world is calling for this individual’s head. People can still comment to the blanked-out Facebook page and one California doctor is espousing the minority view:

Michio Abe: I’m here for you Dr. Gwen Korovin. I’m simply here to stand beside you because there is zero evidence that you did anything to cause Joan Rivers’ death but yet your FB page has been so full of hatred towards doctors in general. We, doctors, do not deserve that kind of treatment. No, not at all.

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Internet Reacts to Jack Nicholson Retirement Report

Some, like breakingnews.ie’s Dave Molloy, felt the best way to go was a gallery of Jack GIFs. Others, including al.com’s Madison Underwood, have sparked up dialogue with readers, under what will surely be an oft-repeated headline: “We Can’t Handle the Truth…“.

All because of today’s exclusive report by Radar Online EIC Dylan Howard that Nicholson has quietly decided to stop acting. According to Howard’s source, the issue – or at least, one of the issues – is that it has become too difficult for Jack to memorize dialogue.

As one commenter on Radar points out, Nicholson could always go the Marlon Brando route and start using an ear piece on set. But somehow, given the unwavering commitment to the craft of acting that Nicholson has always displayed, that seems like a fallback he would never be comfortable with.

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Radar Online Scoops Up Whitey Bulger Prison Letter

At the Plymouth County House of Corrections in Plymouth, MA, Whitey Bulger is known as Inmate #1428AZ. A designation that also appears on the envelope of a letter sent out from prison and shared today by Radar Online.

The most intriguing portion of Bulger’s missive to an unnamed pal on the outside is the idea that this guy can still be shocked. The convicted Boston mob kingpin, who will be sentenced in November, writes that he had no idea until his trial about a certain double-double-cross aspect of the FBI informants he once relied on:

“These two [informants] were clever guys,” Bulger admitted. “Unknown to me, they faked a file to cover themselves in case (they were) seen in my company or loose lips on the phone that may compromise them.”

He said the files also got the crooked agents “bonuses, prestige and career enhancement.”

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David Perel Out at American Media

Florida gossip king Jose Lambiet has the exclusive on the end of an era at American Media Inc. Longtime employee David Perel is out.

The only question, since AMI wouldn’t comment to Lambiet for the item, is whether Perel was forced out or has left of his own volition:*

Perel’s contract is believed to run until April, but two sources at AMI tell Gossip Extra Perel was told not to bother showing up for work. The way Perel tells it, he’s pursuing other opportunities.

Regardless, the news should delight a few celebs, and their loved ones!

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Bankruptcy on the Horizon for National Enquirer Publisher

American Media Inc., publisher of several titles including National Enquirer, Shape, Star, and Radar Online announced today plans to file for bankruptcy in about two weeks. Last year AMI also took over certain publishing functions for Playboy. Pending approval from the requisite number of creditors, the company will initiate a prepackaged Chapter 11 plan that involves some kind of debt-for-equity deal.

Said CEO David Pecker of the bankruptcy:

The reorganization should not affect American Media’s operations. Publications will function seamlessly, staff will be unaffected by the reorganization and customers should not notice any difference during the 60 day process.

Yeah, this damn well better not affect my Playboy subscription, buster.

Playboy Strikes Deal With AMI

9d2d2009d7d44d03dAM5 playboy magazine April  2009.jpgTwo weeks ago, news leaked that Playboy Enterprises was in talks to sell their holdings to London Fog owner Iconix Brand Group Inc. Hugh Hefner‘s publishing empire’s stock has fallen drastically in the last five years, and the recent economic downturn dealt a major blow to the magazine industry, and drew speculation that Playboy was no longer a sustainable enterprise. (In September alone, Playboy‘s ad pages fell 35 percent.) Turns out, the rumors were only half right.

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