Koppel Offers Dan Rather Support, Well-Thumbed Copy of ‘The Secret’Ted Koppel got kind of gushy about Dan Rather at a Fordham University forum put on by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences this morning. According to TV Week, Koppel said he “hurt” for the former CBS News anchor, who recently filed a $70 million lawsuit against the network and Viacom. Koppel characterized the situation as “a travesty” and said he hopes the lawsuit will give Rather “relief from his [emotional] pain.” And why wouldn’t it? Personally, we can’t think of a better way to heal one’s emotional pain than a nice roll around in a giant pile of money.
Koppel on Rather Suit: Squeezing Out of Newsman was a ‘Travesty’ [TV Week]
Thy Neighbor’s Wife, and Thy OwnNan and Gay Talese are at work on his and her memoirs about their allegedly open marriage. Jon Bon Jovi is not pleased an energy drink named Mijovi is selling well near his New Jersey residence. Ted Koppel dropped the asking price for his Potomac, Maryland, residence from $4.1 million to $2.3 million. Hillary Clinton complained about the traffic in the Hamptons during her fund-raising stint out east. Stand-up comic Phil Stellar entertained an audience at the Ziegfeld after a movie projector broke during a showing of Hairspray. Meryl Streep says she was kicked out of Yale Drama School for not working hard enough. Gwyneth Paltrow uses face cream that contains snake venom.
Jay McInerney Breaks His Foot on a ClichéJay McInerney broke his foot running to hail a cab. Outside the Waverly Inn. Martha Stewart and Cosmo editor Kate White were among Glamour’s “Top 10 College Women.” Pete Wentz and girlfriend Ashlee Simpson cut the bathroom line at Wentz’s bar, Angels and Kings. A documentary adaptation is being filmed of Crimes Against Nature, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s indictment of President Bush’s environmental policy. Hugh Hefner praised a story in Elle that trashed some of his girlfriends, even though he told the girls he’d write a critical letter to the editor about it. Katie Couric had breakfast with Ted Koppel.