A fine day to you, listeners. Leslie Gornstein here. Not the Fame Fatale, not the Answer Bitch (or even the Answer B!tch). It’s just me. And I have some sad news.
After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to put the Fame Fatale podcast on hiatus.
I’m close to tears as I write this. Those of you who discovered me during my stint at E! know that I’ve been doing this gig for a very long time. It’s hard to let go, but here’s the reality: A podcast like The Fame Fatale requires in-depth reporting and source development, the kind of intel that you just can’t get by skimming Deadline Hollywood and The Wrap every morning. And as the months have gone by, it’s grown increasingly more difficult to find and cultivate those sources without a major entertainment brand like E! at my back. People hear you’re from E! or Yahoo! TV or even the Los Angeles Times, and they’re ready to play. But the Fame Fatale podcast — it just doesn’t have that same ring to Tom Cruise’s lawyers.
I didn’t want to continue the podcast without being able to deliver the level of reporting I think the Fame Fatale, and its listeners, are worth.
And thank you—really, thank you—for being the smartest, most plugged-in, critically thinking listeners a reporter like me could ask for.
I hope to come back to you someday.