The New York Post’s Michael Riedel must have a lot of time on his hands — certainly enough to flip through the British papers and take their stories.

Over the weekend they lifted a story out of Britain’s Daily Mail, and from pre-eminent theater and celebrity writer Baz Bamigboye.

The story in question is about author Helen Fielding bringing her “Bridget Jones’s Diary” stories to Broadway and the West End as a musical.

Bamigboye broke the story on Friday, May 15th in his weekly column in the Daily Mail. He confirmed the musical with producer Eric Fellner of Working Title Productions. The famed London reporter — who recently got headlines in Cannes for challenging director Lars Von Trier over his horrifying “Antichrist” film,’ even wrote about a secret reading of a script. held at the insidery Ivy Restaurant in London.

The Mail story also noted that Stephen Daldry and Peter Darling, the award-winning director and choreographer of the “Billy Elliot” musical (and film), were in the audience.

You can read it here

All of this didn’t deter Riedel from stealing the scoop. He simply waited two weeks and posted it as if it were new on May 29th in the New York Post. He re-interviewed Fellner and pretended that he, Riedel, had the scoop. He didn’t, and he should be ashamed.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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