Ben Widdicombe Exits Gossip Industry, Leaving Gaping Aussie Void
In a "this wouldn't even be a cute April Fool's Day joke," Ben Widdicombe is leaving the gossip pages of the New York Daily News after something like a decade in the rumormongering industry. "Oh no! After four years (which is 28 in liver years) Gatecrasher has crashed its last gate for the Daily News. I hope you've had as much fun reading the column as I have had writing it, but today I am leaving to pursue my ambition of becoming the world's first plus-size hand supermodel. Wish me luck!"
• What will Widdicombe's next gig be? Voice-over work?
• Since his Gatecrasher column took over the daily void left by Lloyd Grove's Lowdown, will the News be looking for another daily column to run alongside Rush & Molloy? And will that honor go to the Sunday-only Full Disclosure from News gossip veteran Jo Piazza? So far, we hear that plan hasn't been made.