Earlier this year, we heard rumors of a revolt brewing among dissatisfied employees at AMI, publisher of Star and The National Enquirer. This prompted every last AMI editor and executive to email us, insisting in the most strenuous terms that AMI is just fine! For example, Star editor Candace Trunzo (pictured, at left) wrote, "What revolt? This is a crock! Your source clearly has an axe to grind. At Star, we are committed to the magazine, AMI and most especially David. He is a superb leader!"
What's conspicuously missing from this week's Star magazine? Sure, you could make a case for "anything remotely interesting"—that "Brad and Angie might not be together forever" cover really must represent a new low—but we're actually talking about the magazine's Editor's Letter. It's gone! Why? Was it that a bunch of readers picked up last week's issue, read new ed-in-chief Candace Trunzo's enthusiastic endorsement of some celebrities' "smooches and seaside frolics," and thought "Ewww, Mom! We don't talk about that stuff!" That's our guess. That or something to have to do with the layout. Anyway, we'll be anxiously waiting to see whether Candace and her scarf return next Wednesday.
Earlier: You Suck, Trunzo! Bring Back Dolce!
What's that unfamiliar face peering out at all us trashy housewives from the masthead of Star? Why, it's former Globe editor Candace Trunzo, who took over the reins from our beloved punching bag Joe Dolce on April 1st. How will Star be different under Candace's leadership? "I'm on a mission," she declares in her first editor's letter, promising "more celebrity news stories, more revealing must-see photos, more fun, more pop!" Oh boy! Unfortunately, when Candace says "more," she seems to mean "less" — her first Star contained only three Normal/Not Normals (there are usually at least five!) and only three "Worst of the Week" fashion violations! Even a particularly gruesome shot of Courtney Love's fresh lipo couldn't compensate. Bring us the trash we crave, Candy! You're veering dangerously close to In Touch territory here.
Former Globe editor-in-chief Candace Trunzo has been appointed editor of Star. Most famous for naming Kobe Bryant's sexual assault accuser in 2003 on that mag's front page, Trunzo replaces long-time Gawker enemy Joe Dolce. She'll take her fight against Janice Min's Us Weekly to the streets beginning April 1.