Friday, April 19, 2024

Ricky Gervais, Regis Stories Lifted by Other Web Sites


In my interview with Ricky Gervais that ran on Monday morning after the Golden Globes, Ricky told us to watch “The Office” on January 27th. He implied he would make a guest appearance as his British character David Brent, the UK influence of Michael Scott.

Of course, a new website under the Deadline Yesterday banner is counting this as their scoop today. Something about the Deadline bunch: stealing infects each new hire.

In that interview, Ricky also told us that his visit would somehow give a tip as to who might replace Michael Scott as the manager of “The Office.” Who did Ricky want? “Will Arnett,” he told me.

Deadline also lifted an entire story out of this column yesterday, about Regis Philbin not retiring from his career but simply leaving his show. This Nellie Andreeva is really a piece of work.

The Deadline steal is the second this week for People magazine put together a lame cover story on Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s new baby. There is no interview. There are no pictures. The one nugget of info in People was divined right here also on Monday: why the baby is named Faith Margaret.

Maybe¬† I should just start lifting material from these other sites without credit. It’s so much easier than doing original reporting. Of course, if I stole from them, I’d be stealing from myself and who knows who else. Too confusing!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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