The Hollywood Reporter‘s newly named editor Elizabeth Guider was smack in the middle of today’s controversy. Though she was out of town, she first informed TV writer Ray Richmond that his article on Merv Griffin’s private life was taken down from his THR-branded blog and the trade paper’s website. Then she informed him later that it had been restored. But I see the teaser has been removed from THR‘s home page. No longer front and center, it’s under “TV” and then under “Columns”.
I’m told that Merv Griffin’s people were shocked by Richmond’s unsubstantiated claims and by THR‘s decision to publish them. And on today of all days when Merv’s funeral mass is being held with 500 people expected to attend including Nancy Reagan and Governor Arnold Schwarzeenegger who is giving one of the eulogies. So a shitstorm ensued: they complained to The Hollywood Reporter and wanted to axe a planned tribute ad for Monday. In reaction, the trade removed the article without even an editor’s note. Now it’s restored. I’ve got to say, given the friendly relationship between the trades and Hollywood, this isn’t exactly an unexpected development. I’m just surprised that a THR editor ran the commentary in the first place.
See my previous: Why’d The Hollywood Reporter Do That?