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Fullerwatch: Day 1705.30.08

It’s been a little over two weeks since Bonnie Fuller’s abrupt departure from AMI and still no news on what her next move will be.

tjndc5-5e5byllsz1lshgqwlzz_layout1.jpg Today’s Kieth Kelly column in the Post says that she was “trying to hook up with 3i, a global private-equity and venture-capital firm with more than $5.6 billion in assets,” but that such a deal might have stalled right out of the gates. Even though she was reportedly bringing an assistant from her old employer to the VC firm, a company receptionist told the Post, “She is not using our offices anymore.”

Kelly also points out that Conde Nast Portfolio is planning a Fuller feature in next month’s issue. The main question, it seems, is whether that’ll be the venue that the Hastings resident reveals her latest and greatest media venture, or whether Portfolio is just looking to join the NY Mag pile-on, proclaiming the end of the Bonnie era in a long-form essay.

MORE: Ongoing Bonnie Fuller coverage

(Photo: Mark Vergari/InTown Westchester)

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in 3i, AMI, Bonnie Fuller, Conde Nast Portfolio, Hastings, Us Weeklywith 1 Comment →

New York Mag’s Bonnie Fuller obituary: tabloid queen was an ‘idiot savant’05.22.08

Given that Bonnie Fuller just announced her resignation from American Media Inc. about a week ago, it seems a little early to declare her career over. Still, that’s pretty much what New York Magazine said in this week’s article about the Hastings resident’s “tragic” rise and fall (what, she doesn’t even get a feature story treatment, just some measly FOB thing?).

tjndc5-5e5byipar8g6ufx3oto_layout.jpgThe piece stopped short of singing “ding, dong, the wicked witch is dead,” but it was all too happy to point out that Fuller’s memoir is now going for 1 cent on Amazon and that she’s been called everything from “the Devil” to “evil genius.” The author, Simon Dumenco, ultimately gave the cruelest epitaph of all, “She was really something of an idiot savant: the perfect media power player for our uniquely idiotic times.” All I have to say is, watch your back, Simon.

True, Fuller may be done with tabloid magazines — after stints at Us Weekly, Star, Glamour, YM, Marie Claire, and Cosmo, we’d be burnt out, too! — but as we related earlier this week, she may be headed to Hollywood or to some Tina Brown-type Internet venture. Wherever she ultimately ends up, you’d be a fool to count her out of the media biz. As the New York piece itself charted out, every time Fuller has quit or been fired, she always managed to rebound. Call her the Hillary Clinton of magazine editing. Or, as Portfolio put it yesterday, “the Bill Parcells of publishing.”

The tabloid queen is dead. Long live the tabloid queen.

“Just How Tragic is Bonnie Fuller?” [New York]

(Photo: Mark Vergari / InTown Westchester)

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in AMI, Bonnie Fuller, Hastings, New York Magazine, Star, Us Weeklywith 1 Comment →

Bonnie Fuller heading to the celebrity tabloid mothership?05.20.08

Now that Hastings resident and tabloid queen Bonnie Fuller is out of a job at AMI, what’s her next move? MediaWeek’s theory: She’ll be heading to the Hollywood, where she’s been reportedly meeting with TV execs.

So does this mean she’s angling for her own tabloid TV show to go up head-to-head against longtime arch nemesis Jeanine Pirro on daytime TV? Not quite. For starters, I’m kidding about nemesis thing (though they would be perfect enemies, don’t you think?). Plus, “She wants to be a TV producer,” said a former colleague. “She is a mass communicator. The same things that drive her as an editor would work as a producer.”

On the other hand, Fuller friend Bob Guccione Jr. (not the Penthouse guy — his son, who founded Spin and now publishes Discover) suggested, “I can see her in TV or online. Online is a more open field. Online, she could easily own her own business.”

And, we might add, you could be a Suburbarazzi correspondent! Remember, the offer is on the table. We’ve been looking to open an L.A. bureau for some time now.

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in AMI, Bob Guccione Jr., Bonnie Fuller, Hastings, Star, Us Weeklywith 1 Comment →

Editors: They quit their jobs, just like us! Bonnie Fuller out at AMI05.14.08

Is Bonnie Fuller era as the queen of tabloids officially over? It would seem so, now that Bonnie Fuller is no longer running the Star shop over at American Media Inc.

tjndc5-5e5byllsz1lshgqwlzz_layout.jpgAccording to FishbowlNY, Fuller, who lives in Hastings, said the decision to leave was “100 percent” hers and that she’s currently “thinking about the next stage in her life and the new, exciting adventure I’ll pursue.”

“My next venture will be in media. I really can’t give you any details… but there’s something specific I want to do.”

OK, we’ll just throw it out there. Ever since losing Robert, we’ve been looking for another blogger here on Suburbarazzi. Bonnie, if you’re reading, the offer is on the table.

(Photo by Mark Vergari / InTown Westchester)

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in AMI, Bonnie Fuller, Hastings, Star Magazine, Tabloidswith Comments Off on Editors: They quit their jobs, just like us! Bonnie Fuller out at AMI

Olbermann finally tops O’Reilly09.13.07

tjndc5-5djfjv8q3rt1csw07aov_layout.jpgWait, what’s that I hear? Oh yes, angels singing. (Or, if you’re Robert Cox of Olbermann Watch, angels weeping.)

As TV Newsr reports, “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” finally became the top rated cable news show in the 25-54 demo for the first time in its history. More important, the Hastings-bred MSNBC ancor beat out Fox News’s “O’Reilly Factor” for the first time ever.

I suppose this has been a long time coming, and what with his recent exposure after Sunday night football, Olbermann has never been hotter. As Phil Griffin, the NBC News exec responsible for MSNBC put it, “For years MSNBC struggled to find someone to be the tent pole and lead the way. … In 11 years, I dont think there has been a better moment.”

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon, file)

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Fox News Channell, Hastings, Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, Robert Cox, Uncategorizedwith 4 Comments →

Olbermann is smarter (and more popular) than a 5th grader08.29.07

tjndc5-5b4dl4iamz9sxta7nb6_layout.jpgEven if the ratings for Keith Olbermann’s debut on NBC this weekend — his first “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” in the pre-game Sunday Night Football slot — might not be high enough to justify transitioning the show from MSNBC permanently, let’s look on the bright side. The former Hastings resident got over 4 million viewers, beating out FOX’s “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” Alas, according to TVNewser, that wasn’t high enough for “Countdown” to top “60 Minutes” or “America’s Funniest Videos.”

Still, given that Olbermann averaged 721,000 viewers most nights for his cable show this July, that amounts to an exponentially larger audience. And, of course, all the more reason for our disgruntled New Rochelle blogger friends at Olbermann Watch to keep on keepin on.

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Hastings, Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, Olbermann Watch, Robert Coxwith 4 Comments →

A LoHud-tastic Thursday on Gawker05.31.07

bonnielikeus.jpgToday, it seems, all Gawker posts lead back to the Westchester and Suburbarazzi’s own Robert Zeliger.

It began this morning when the site was good enough to link to an InTown Westchester article written by Robert. The InTown piece was a June profile of the Hastings resident and Star magazine editor, but our celebrity-stalking sisters were observant enough to notice that in our photo of Fuller, which was taken in her office, the website on her computer screen is none other than Us Weekly, her former employer. Yes, look closely, and you’ll see it.

Gawker’s headline — “Take me back, Jann! Bonnie Fuller’s Homepage is Just like ‘Us'” — pretty much says it all. We’ll try to ignore the fact that they credited the story “Lower Hudson Online” instead of InTown, or the blatant theft of our hard-earned photography. Just so long as you keep those plugs coming, G-money, we’re all square.

Following the Fuller post, Gawker had two other interesting tidbits with LoHud/Zeliger ties …

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Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Bonnie Fuller, Chappaqua, Dana Vachon, Hastings, InTown Westchester, New York Times, Nicholas Kristof, Scarsdale, Sheryl WuDunnwith 1 Comment →

Keith Olbermann is the most honest man in news—according to Rolling Stone Magazine02.23.07

tjndc5-5djfjv8q3rt1csw07aov_layout.jpgWhy is he the most honest man in news? Apparently because he hates George W. Bush and Bill O’Reilly. In Mark Binelli’s profile of the Hastings-bred cable news brawler, the writer points out the “general impression� of the public is supposedly that Olbermann will say anything and that he doesn’t give a “f***�. “Yeah,� Olbermann agrees, “but I’ve always gotten that…I think that’s always been my attitude.�

Here’s a fun fact we learn from the piece: “There was a time when all but four or five of the Baskin-Robbins stores in the United States� were designed by Olbermann’s dad.

After the break, the host of “Countdown� discusses Anderson Cooper, Rush Limbaugh, Nancy Grace, and, of course, Bill O’Reilly.
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Keith Olbermann gets animated with ‘Family Guy’ creator Seth MacFarlane01.22.07

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann invited “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane onto “Countdown” on Friday to recap the showdown between Fox News conservative Bill O’Reilly and Comedy Central faux-conservative Stephen Colbert.

O’Reilly and Colbert had appeared on each other’s shows, leaving MacFarlane and Olbermann — a frequent O’Reilly critic and target — quite content with Colbert’s quips.

MacFarlane’s connection to the O’Reilly-Colbert event was a stretch at best; he said O’Reilly once turned down an invitation to parody himself on “Family Guy.” Olbermann, a former Hastings resident, at first justified MacFarlane’s appearance by saying that the showdown was funny, giving “Countdown” an “excellent excuse” to have on the guy who voices Peter, Brian and Stewie. But later in the interview, we found out that Keith is a big fan of “Family Guy,” and that he would be appearing on an April 15 episode of the show as an oil tycoon.

Apparently, appearing on each other’s shows is the “in” thing to do this spring. Here’s hoping that, for just one day, Steve Carell leads an episode of “Extras” while Ricky Gervais takes over the American “Office.” Comedy platinum.

(Photo by Michael Yarish/FOX)

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Keith Olbermann does not like ’24’01.22.07

tjndc5-5d09mm7je8z1coxi1lta_layout.jpgSo the plot is hackneyed, the writing uneven, the characters one-dimensional, and the hype overrated. You know you’re still going to be watching 24 tonight. They just set off a frickin’ nuke in L.A.!!

But, according to Hastings-bred MSNBC talker, Keith Olbermann, the show is nothing short of right-wing propaganda. Last week, he suggested the producers exploit our fear of terrorism to get ratings and possibly advance an agenda.
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It’s a familiar tactic for grabbing and holding the public’s attention, beloved by both the Bush administration and, just as another example, Fox News Channel. Step 1: Fear, and if step 1 does not work, Step 2: More fear…it is also evidently how the producers of the Fox series “24” plan to keep viewers during the show’s sixth year, as evidenced by the first 30 seconds of the season premiere [when terrorists blew up a bus in L.A.]…If that wasn’t enough to scare or outrage you, the rest of the four-hour, two-night show featured a mall attack, a would-be suicide bomber on the subway and a successful suicide bombing on a passenger bus — not in places where these things have already happened, but in a country called the United States of America… In case you missed the point, the show finished up with a nuclear weapon detonating in a major American city, literally conjuring up the administration’s imagery for the war in Iraq: the good old mushroom cloud.
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He’s probably right. The producers have always –proudly, believe it or not—bragged about how they don’t know where the show is going each season, and are usually only a few episodes ahead of the rest of us. In place of plot development, they rely on the outrageous and shocking. It’s also a bit unnerving how the show has slowly anesthetized the audience to the idea of torture. Of course torture is worthwhile when it’s seemingly done against would-be terrorists and there is LITERALLY a ticking clock!

Still, the show is like an addiction. And I’m not the rehab-type. So, I’ll be watching with the rest of you tonight. Because, they just set off a frickin’ nuke in L.A.!!

(AP Photo/2006 Fox Broadcasting Co., Kelsey McNeal)

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Annoying Lohud…12.27.06

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Leave it to Star Magazine and its editorial director, Hastings’ Bonnie Fuller, to come up with a year-end list that has no redeeming value to it whatsoever…the 10 Most Annoying People of the year. Representing Lohud were Nyack’s Rosie O’Donnell (#9: “Rosie did a spectacularly offensive imitation of people speaking Chinese and initially refused to apologize, saying it was a joke. Sorry Rosie, I thought jokes were supposed to be funny�) and Verplanck-native Mel Gibson (#4: “What was worse? The anti-Semitic rant Mad Mel unleashed while being arrested for DUI on July 28 or the mea culpa the writer/director gave Diane Sawyer in which he smirked his way through an explanation of his actions?�).

The top three, in case you were wondering:

1. Britney Spears

2. Lindsay Lohan

3. Jessica Simpson

Posted by: Suburbarazzi - Posted in Bonnie Fuller, Hastings, Mel Gibson, Nyack, Rosie O'Donnell, Verplanckwith 2 Comments →

Year-in-Review Haiku: Keith Olbermann12.22.06

MSNBC

Hears Special Commentary:

Four million for Keith?

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