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Roger Friedman Sues News Corp. For $5.1 Million

Friedman_6.30.jpgHuffPo reports former FoxNews.com entertainment columnist Roger Friedman has gone ahead with a lawsuit against News Corp. seeking $5.18 million in damages for wrongful termination, tortious interference and libel defamation.

News Corp. fired Friedman in April after he reviewed a copy of 20th Century Fox’s “Wolverine” that had leaked online.

Friedman was a guest on the Today show this morning reporting, not on his own case, but on the legal issues unfolding in the Michael Jackson story.

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Roger Friedman To File Wrongful Termination Suit Against News Corp.

Fired FoxNews.com entertainment columnist Roger Friedman says it wasn’t watching a pirated copy of the 20th Century Fox film “Wolverine” – and then writing about it – that got him fired, it was actress Kelly Preston, and other members of the Church of Scientology. That’s the claim Friedman is expected to make in a wrongful termination lawsuit. The news of the suit was first reported by Nikki Finke. Friedman talked to Rush & Malloy in today’s New York Daily News. And the suit is expected to involve News Corp. execs Roger Ailes and John Moody.

Friedman was fired in April, but he claims his troubles began last year.

Last August, Friedman went to Memphis for the funeral of his friend and R&B legend Isaac Hayes, who was a Scientologist. Preston was also in town for the funeral. Friedman tells us that when Preston saw him at the Peabody Hotel, Mrs. John Travolta loudly blasted him for his columns criticizing Scientology.

The following month, says an ally of Friedman, Preston voiced her complaints about Friedman to Fox News chief Roger Ailes and his then-EVP, John Moody.

“Moody talked to her on the phone,” says the source. “When she couldn’t get Moody to fire Friedman, she called him a [obscenity].”

The Daily news reports that Ailes and Moody later agreed to meet with Preston and a Church of Scientology spokesman.

The Ticker (FNC Edition): Gutfeld, Friedman, Beck…

> The libertarian magazine Reason has posted a video of Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld‘s appearance during Reason Weekend. He talks about Bill Maher, The Huffington Post and his “surreal” FNC program.

> Fired FoxNews.com entertainment writer Roger Friedman has joined The Hollywood Reporter, effective immediately. Friedman left Fox News in early April after he “promoted piracy.”

> Expect some fireworks on “The View” tomorrow, as FNC’s Glenn Beck is a guest during the week of Hot Topics. CNN’s Larry King is on Thursday.

FoxNews.com’s Roger Friedman Fired For “Promoting” Piracy

friedman_4-5.jpgDeadlineHollywoodDaily’s Nikki Finke reports FOX has fired FoxNews.com entertainment writer, Roger Friedman.

A column by Friedman, which has since been removed, seemed to endorse watching pirated DVDs in the wake of the “Wolverine” leak this week.

According to Finke, Friedman wrote he had watched the upcoming movie by downloading it illegally, adding, “It’s so much easier than going out in the rain!”

Although Friedman told ABC News “there was no action taken against me,” Finke writes action was taken immediately — from the top:

I’m told that Fox News’ actions were swift and severe. First, Roger Ailes, who overseas Fox News, deleted the offending post after he was contacted by 20th Century Fox about it. And then Ailes fired Friedman as a freelance Fox News entertainment writer. I hear the move was done with the full support of News Corp. “He promoted piracy. He basically suggested that viewing a stolen film is OK, which is absolutely intolerable. So we fired him,” a source told me Saturday. “Fox News acted promptly on all fronts.”

(h/t Johnny Dollar)

Update: The Huffington Post reports there is a meeting between FNC and Friedman tomorrow morning.

> Update at 6pmET on Monday: Well it’s official — as already reported, Friedman has been fired. Here’s FNC’s statement (via HuffPost):

Fox News representatives and Roger Friedman met today and mutually agreed to part ways immediately. Fox News appreciates Mr. Friedman’s ten years of contributions to building foxnews.com and wishes him success in his future endeavors. Mr. Friedman is grateful to his colleagues for their friendship and support over the past decade.

Around the Fishbowls: Obama, O’Reilly, Cruise…

• FishbowlNY’s Glynnis MacNicol reports today’s shocking news — President-elect Barack Obama was selected as Time magazine’s Person of the Year. Noticeably absent from the “people who mattered” section was any media figure.

• FishbowlDC’s Patrick Gavin has the video of a heated exchange between Megyn Kelly and Bill O’Reilly during Monday’s O’Reilly Factor.

• FishbowlLA’s Dan Cox writes about Foxnews.com movie critic Roger Friedman being “banned” from the premiere of Tom Cruise‘s new film, “Valkyrie.”

Rosie: Proud As A Peacock?

rosie.jpgFoxNews.com’s Roger Friedman “guesses” Rosie O’Donnell is going to NBC/MSNBC.

Johnny Dollar has the audio

“My guess is that she will get a daytime show on NBC with a package deal to do a night-time talk show on MSNBC.”

“What she wants is a daytime show with a night-time show mixed in. The night-time show will be on MSNBC, and it will be a very liberal show, and during the morning she’ll be the happy, friendly Rosie.”

Friedman writes since O’Donnell left “The View” on May 25, the ABC talk-fest has lost over 400,000 viewers.

>An emailer wonders: “Could this take the place of Scarborough Country if Joe Officially begins Morning Joe?”