AdAge reports that alleged Jann Wenner paramour Neal Boulton is out as the editor of Men's Fitness; his replacement is Roy Johnson, who took over "temporarily" while Boulton was in the hospital with a mysterious stomach ailment. (Radar speculated a couple weeks ago that Johnson would be taking over for good.) Couple odd things here! One is that Boulton is leaving, the company announced, to "write a book and pursue his humanitarian issues, such as obesity." Obesity as a humanitarian issue! It's one of our favorites, too. More interesting is that this whole Jann Wenner business may have been a figment of someone's imagination.
We hear that the item that ran in Page Six last month—which read, in part, that Jann Wenner "has been spotted around town with Neal Boulton, the editor-in-chief of Men's Fitness magazine. Boulton is married, to a woman, with kids."—was in fact planted by Boulton himself. Sadly, there was no affair between Jann and Neal—and the general impression is that this was some weird press play by Neal. Curiouser and curiouser! Well, it seems to have worked, whatever it was. Except for Mrs. Boulton, maybe. Oh and jobless Neal. —Doree
Men's Fitness Editor Neal Boulton Leaves Title [AdAge]