Richard Johnson Returning to New York As a Post Gossip Columnist

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Writer/editor of the New York Post's Page Six Richard Johnson arrives at the Fox Business Network launch party at the Metropolitain Museum of Art on October 24, 2007 in New York City.
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Richard Johnson's nearly quarter-century reign as "Page Six" editor ended in late 2010, when he moved to Los Angeles to head up a gossip section called "Flash" for News Corp's tablet newspaper The Daily. When The Daily folded, Johnson stayed on in L.A. for the Post, but now that he's returning to New York, things will be a bit different: Johnson won't be editing Page Six, according to a Post memo shared with Daily Intelligencer. Rather, he'll be writing a new column this fall that "will be a mix of gossip from both coasts, society news, business and politics in the legendary style of Neal Travis." Emily Smith will stay on as Page Six editor, along with deputies Ian Mohr, Stephanie Smith, and Mara Siegler. Cindy Adams will keep her column as well. The full memo from acting Post editor Jesse Angelo follows.

It’s my pleasure to announce that Richard Johnson will be coming back from his beat in LA to the great city of New York to author a new column starting later this fall that will give people yet another reason to love the New York Post and nypost.com.

The column will be a mix of gossip from both coasts, society news, business and politics in the legendary style of Neal Travis.  It will be a great complement to our already excellent Post coverage in those areas.

Emily Smith will continue her outstanding leadership of our flagship Page Six brand, together with her deputy Ian Mohr, Stephanie Smith and Mara Siegler.  Cindy Adams will continue to offer up her unique mix of dish, scoop and sauce.  And they will all be involved as we grow and expand our fantastic new pagesix.com.  We have always had the premier names in this space, and broken the biggest stories, but no we will set the bar even higher for those who aspire to compete with us.

As I’ve said before, the New York Post is one of the best brands in the business and there’s a lot more cool stuff in the works. Stay tuned.

Jesse