I’ve always said that, in Hollywood, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. First, came the blind item on April 29th in the New York Post: “Which studio biggie is in danger of losing his job and his wife? His bosses are unhappy with recent flops and his spouse just found out he’s been having an affair with a female underling…” A bunch of emails and phone calls to me insisted this was about Brad Grey (I’d written that his Paramount pics have under-performed only to be saved by DreamWorks product) and supplied the name of the female executive who worked for his studio. Normally, I don’t care or report what the moguls do in their private time unless it’s work related, but this was about an office relationship that may have turned personal. So I contacted Paramount and received up and down denials (words like “ridiculous” and “hideous” were used). Then, the Chris Albrecht scandal happened, and the rumors about Grey intensified. The buzz about Brad even became the talk of a high-level Hollywood dinner party. And still I received denials. On May 20th, I inserted into a Pellicano posting that Brad had been “the target of vicious rumors which have been denied by his studio.” So today comes Liz Smith’s column and this announcement: “Direct from Hollywood — Jill and Brad Grey will be seen at a wedding this very day in La-La Land; they aren’t canceling, although their own actual marriage, of 25 years, is in an iffy state. They gave me this statement, ‘We are sad to say we are taking a trial separation from our marriage. We have been together since we were in college, and it’s our hope that we will be able to work things out for our sake and the sake of our three children.'” Let’s just say that burning questions remain…
Is This A Separation Or Showbiz Scandal?
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