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RIP, Isabella

The death of Isabella Blow by either cancer or suicide dominated conversation at the Costume Institute Gala last night. (We've got a Costume Institute slideshow and a tribute to Blow by Harriet Mays Powell and Amy Larocca.) Tom Brokaw won't return to the anchor's seat at NBC News despite the network's slip in the ratings. While out shopping, Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson had difficulty getting into Tom Ford's new store. The widow of Dr. Robert Atkins is embroiled in a legal battle for her late husband's $100 million trust. Rosie O'Donnell is angling for the host slot on The Price Is Right. Amy Poehler and Will Arnett upgraded their West Village digs. Dan Abrams broke some cuff links, so he had to use dental floss to fasten plastic clips on his shirt. Like every other actor in New York, Cynthia Nixon will appear on an episode of Law & Order.

Larry King Celebrates 50 Years on Air With Bad Jokes, Old Celebrities

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Like all Peggy Siegal–run caviar-and-Champagne parties at the Four Seasons, last night's celebration of Larry King's 50 Years of Broadcasting was meant to be an enormous schmoozefest. But then the entire TV-news firmament was called away to Virginia, and so the planned red carpet was canceled, video crews were turned away, and reporters, or at least Party Lines reporters, were instructed to keep the questions "appropriate." But, still, King wasn't going to give up on the chance to wring a few laughs from the three remaining (aged) newspeople in town: Barbara Walters, Andy Rooney, Walter Cronkite. Longtime King friends Sid Young and Neil Simon were there, too, as well as many of his interviewees, including Ron Howard, Sandra Bernhard, and Mario Cuomo. "I'm honored that so many people are here, especially because I get to break news to you," King joked from a podium. "Donald Trump bought the building. He was here 22 minutes, and if Donald is here 22 minutes, he buys the building." Can't imagine why people didn't stay in town for material like that. —Miriam Datskovsky

New CNN Morning Anchor Was Fox News Rebel

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Last week's shake-up at CNN, in which not-related American Morning anchors Soledad O'Brien and Miles O'Brien were "reassigned" within the network, marked a happy turn of events for Fox News Channel refugee Kiran Chetry, who's becoming a co-anchor of the show. In February, Fox News accused Chetry, who'd been in talks with CNN, of demanding it fire her Fox & Friends co-anchor Gretchen Carlson. Chetry says that didn't happen, but Fox had her escorted from the building, and her husband, Fox weatherman Chris Knowles, had to raid her office to recover her personal belongings. Knowles was released from his Fox News contract the following day. CNN president Jonathan Klein says that Chetry's adjusting well. "I was blown away by her almost encyclopedic knowledge of CNN," he says. "I was amazed that she was even getting reception behind the iron curtain." Watching CNN at Fox News? That alone was probably enough to get her fired. —Emma Rosenblum