What a bad decision by The Hollywood Reporter to move Ray Richmond’s screed about Merv Griffin’s private life from the scribbler’s blog into the print edition today on the occasion of the TV legend’s funeral mass today. (Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger will be eulogizing, and Nancy Reagan will be attending.) Sure, Richmond, who’d worked as a talent coordinator/segment producer on The Merv Griffin Show in 1985-86, had every right to express his opinion. But publishing it was unworthy of the Industry friendly trade and more suited to a sensation seeking tabloid. I have to wonder now what does this mean for the future of THR obits: that the trade will continue to report cowardly about moguls while they’re alive, but then publish unsubstantiated claims about their private lives once they’ve died? Despicable.
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