Given The New York Times Page One story linking Paramount studio boss Brad Grey to Anthony Pellicano, it’s natural to wonder what Brad’s longtime talent management and production partner and mentor Bernie Brillstein thinks of it. Here’s what he told me this afternoon, all on the record: “I just want to say I read the article. There was no reason for the article. There was no conclusion. I can’t figure out why they even did it. There’s nothing new that hasn’t been said for the last two years. I have my own opinion of Garry Shandling. I’ve always said not good things about him. And now Linda Doucett is involved, it’s getting crazier and crazier. They were allegedly not the most rational people. And when I called her [one of the NYT reporters on the story, Allison Weiner] and said, ‘Is there anything I can do to help you?’ She said, ‘No.’ Because I could have given her some facts she didn’t have. I love Brad. I always will love Brad. And he needs no defending by me ever. He’s a great guy.”

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