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Ted Casablanca Bids Adieu to E!

The door has closed on a Hollywood gossip institution.

After many years at the helm of column “The Awful Truth,” Ted Casablanca (a.k.a. Bruce Bibby) announced last Thursday, right after Independence Day, that he was moving on from E! Online. This morning’s pick-up by TheWrap’s media reporter Lucas Shaw was the first we’d heard of it. From Casablanca’s farewell note:

When I first took this job at E! – in 1996, when the network founded E! Online – I was working at the established and respected Premiere magazine. Scores of people told me, “Online just isn’t the place to go.”

Everybody told me to pass on the job, and so I did. Then I called back the next day and an amazing man named Lew Harris said, yes, of course, I could change my mind. And I did.

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Media Take Their Shots at Brett Ratner

In the wake of Brett Ratner‘s resignation as co-producer of the 84th Academy Awards, FishbowlLA wondered how long it would take for a prominent journalist to raise the issue of Eddie Murphy‘s full F-word rant in Delirious. We now have the answer–this morning, New York Times media columnist David Carr touches on the comedian’s Mr.T-Honeymooners opening bit, suggesting that the routine makes Ratner seem “positively refined by contrast.”

Meanwhile, Jewish Journal columnist Danielle Berrin (a.k.a. “Hollywood Jew”), who claims she owes her full-time status at the publication to the controversy caused by a 2008 profile of Ratner, refreshed that infamous angle last night. It seems Ratner has never stopped inappropriately chasing after the reporter:

Every time I see Ratner, he hits on me again. Though only after he insults me: “You’re still at the Jewish Journal? Your piece on me was supposed to advance your career.” (Editor’s note: It did. I got salaried and health insurance.)

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Maxim Opts for ‘Hot 100′ Ringer

Even though the Maxim Hot 100 issue gives the publication’s editors, yes, one hundred beautiful gals to choose from, guess what? The silhouetted figure selected to adorn the inside section cover page is not one of them.

It’s not quite on the level of the Natalie Portman-Black Swan body double scandal. Still, per an exclusive E! Online blurb by Ted Casablanca and Aly Weisman, an uncredited Maryland model wants to make sure the world knows that those James Bond opening sequence-worthy contours are hers:

“I want people to realize it’s me!” Krista Mills reveals to E! exclusively. “It seems everyone thinks it’s Rosie Huntington-Whitely! I love her but that cover shot is me. People are reporting it’s her, but it’s not.”

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Live from the Oscars Press Room…

Thanks to this year’s nifty Oscars.com “All Access” app (pictured), it was possible to watch winners visit the backstage press room without actually having to be in the press room, suited up in journalist formal wear. So bravo to the Academy for giving FishbowlLA the ability – from the comfort of home – to track the various reporter tactics attempted deep in the bowels of the Kodak Theater.

NPR’s Amy Walters tried to get Best Adapted Screenplay winner Aaron Sorkin to bite on a Mark Zuckerberg tease, wondering how the writer felt about his subject now. But Sorkin expertly dodged the Q-trap, commending Zuckerberg for his Saturday Night Live appearance and suggesting that no one would want to have a film made about their behavior at age 19.

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Colleague Recalls Earlier Ronni Chasen Hold-Up

The murder of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen remains a mystery, with scant new details being publicly revealed about the investigation beyond the fact that traffic cameras at the intersection in question were removed by the city of Beverly Hills several years ago to save money and that the shooter was by all indications a marksman.

However, as those who knew Chasen think back to their conversations and experiences with her, new clues are possibly emerging. This one was shared yesterday afternoon by E! Online gossip columnist Ted Casablanca (pictured), based on a conversation he had with Chasen several years ago at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills:

Chasen was describing having just been robbed at gunpoint. “These two men came into my garage and held me up… And they had guns! I was horrified!” I assume Chasen meant the garage of her condo building…

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John Griffiths Talks Recovery In Pop Culture with Ted Casablanca

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John Griffiths, television critic for Us Weekly, is also the host of The Hollywood Pitch on CRNTalk. He has a great show set for tonight from 7-9 p.m. (PST). From the release:

Principles before Superstardom?

Screenwriter Bennett Yellin (Dumb and Dumber) discuss the media’s reporting of the rising spate of celebrities with high-profile drug and alcohol problems, from Mel Gibson to Lindsay Lohan. Is it informed or just salacious? Also, a rising number of personalities are “coming out” as sober (think talk show hosts Greg Behrendt, Glenn Beck and Craig Ferguson. Is the information age changing the way the recovery community looks at anonymity? Guest: E! Entertainment personality Ted Casablanca.

Yes, that’s right–the king of the blind item, Ted Casablanca. FBLA will be tuning in, and probably drunk dialing, er, calling in, as well. 866-587-5872