According to our source at celebrity weekly Star, staffers showed up on Monday to find a desk with former Daily News gossip columnist Ben Widdicombe's name on it. Editor-in-chief Candace Trunzo sent out a welcome e-mail today. The blog Cover Awards reports that the Aussie will be taking Julia Allison's well-paid gig — i.e., making TV appearances on behalf of the magazine. He'll also lend his genius gossip reporting skills, we hear.
Congrats to Ben!
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