Also, Julia Roberts makes out at the Waverly Inn, Chuck from the Greatest Show of Our Time gets crunk, and Katie Couric is a plagiarist — all in today's roundup of the dish from the city's gossip columns.
We were just tipped off to GQ's list of "the twenty-five most emasculated, disempowered, henpecked husbands on the planet" by Portfolio'sJeff Bercovici. He was fascinated by the fact that Wendi Deng, our best friend, pushed Rupert Murdoch around so much. Well, yeah. Doesn't everyone know that it's the powerful men who love to be dominated? But what other New York men did GQ out as submissives? Despite the obvious and frankly just-for-show sexism (because everyone knows that all dudes who work for GQ are either gay or Sensitive) we clicked over, and we were not disappointed.
Roger Clemens's friendship with the black sheep of the Bush family, Sharon Bush, may cost him a pardon from George W. if he is convicted of perjury. Both HarperCollins and Random House are set to come out with books about George Steinbrenner. A "Page Six" spy thinks Howard Stern's fiancée, Beth Ostrosky, wants to have a baby because she, uh, stopped to say hello to one. Will Ferrell and Tom Brokaw did an onstage bit together at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday for Ferrell's Funny or Die tour. The New Yorker reveals that the late Bishop Paul Moore was a closeted homosexual. Tracy Westmoreland, owner of erstwhile dive bar Siberia, may play a bouncer in a movie called The Bouncer.
Listen, we think she seems great and all, but how on earth has Sophia Bush managed to get invited to shows all over town this season? Either she has frighteningly effective people working for her or she's cashing in on one of the several hundred karmic IOUs she earned during those months she had to spend married to the king of the asshats, Chad Michael Murray.
A diner at the Waverly Inn overheard Judith Regan claiming that Rupert Murdoch is regularly hit by wife Wendi. Marilyn Manson may or may not have been asking for coke and Adderall in the bathroom of Bette last week. Helena Christensen's 7-year-old son, Mingus, is a chess genius. Howard Stern thinks Beth Ostrosky has invited too many people to their wedding. Lance Armstrong chatted with Blackstone's Pete Peterson at the Four Seasons. Cindy Adams claims that Colin Powell told friends that he sympathizes with General Petraeus but that he's "digging his own foxhole" (or some approximation thereof).
As one might've predicted, the marquee celebrity holding court in the Badgley Mischka front row was Teri Hatcher, America's most desperate housewife and the boys' latest muse. Let's hope Teri liked what she saw, since the entire second half of the show was basically a preview of the flowing gowns she'll be given for parading up and down any red carpet she can find in the coming months. As we only had a glimpse of her profile and the back of her head, all we can report is that she seemed more raven-haired than usual. And a trifle orange.
There was the usual phalanx of celebs at the Ross School in East Hampton Saturday for James Taylor's penultimate concert in the Hampton Social series — the Olsens, Richard Gere, Jimmy Buffett, Daryl Hannah, even Paul McCartney — but, as it turned out, they weren't all necessarily there to see Sweet Baby James. "I don't know much of his music," James Blunt admitted to us before the show started, "but I'm looking forward to it." So no favorite songs, then? "I'll have to get back to you at the end of the night," he said. Mischa Barton was equally flummoxed. "Um, I don't know," she admitted. "Everyone's been asking me. I put it on my iPod before we left, but I haven't listened." Beth Ostrosky, there with her boyfriend, Howard Stern, was one of the few who could answer the question. "'You've Got a Friend,'" she said proudly. And local gal Christie Brinkley eventually came up with an answer, too. "I sing the kids this song at night to help put them to sleep," she said. "I don't know what it's called, but it goes, 'There is a young cowboy ' Oh, 'Sweet Baby James,' that's it." Yup. —Brett Amelkin
At Betsey Johnson's show Tuesday afternoon, her granddaughter made her runway debut. Johnson handed the baby off to daughter Lulu before turning her trademark cartwheel. At the end of the runway, stylist Patricia Field joined the designer for a little boogie, which exposed a bit of Johnson's black thong.