Containing Celebrity Leaks: Good Luck
June 26, 2007 12:55 PM
If you were an on-air TV news talent would you tell the gossip-filled New York Post before telling your employer that you secretly married in April and were now expecting twins in January?
I doubt it. But that’s what Nancy Grace, 47, did when she told the Post that tonight she would announce her big news on her CNN Headline News show and that she had not yet informed CNN of her happy news.
My pals in public relations say handling on-air “talent” is the most thankless part of their jobs, and that there’s just no way of stopping somebody who wants his or her name in the papers, prior to a company’s plans on making an announcement.
Just last month, Nancy Grace negotiated to opt out of her other gig on “Court TV,” telling the Post that she knew at that point something had to give, given her new life situation. Like most on-air talent, Grace also has her own personal publicist, in this case, purportedly, a former “Court TV” employee who is said to be friends with the Post’s reporter who got the leak.
So what’s next? Will the press-hungry Nancy Grace have her publicist shop around for first dibs on pix when the babies are born in January?