When we recently spoke to People magazine executive editor Liz Sporkin about next week’s cross-promotion on ABC-TV for the 2012 “Sexiest Man Alive” issue, she told us that the celebrity selected and their entourage are under strict NDA orders each year not to blow the publication’s newsstand cover. And that the magazine is fully prepared to switch honorees if such a leak is confirmed.
In the wake of gossipcop.com’s Monday exclusive that Channing Tatum will be announced next week as People’s 2012 SMA, FishbowlLA can’t help but wonder if this year’s sexiest runner-up is being hustled into service. It’s hard to envision anyone at the magazine passing on the top secret info, which logically leaves the printer or a member of Tatum’s inner circle.
Gossip Cop is very good about updating their items. At press time, there is still no word from either People or the actor’s camp.
In the meantime, the Michael Lewittes shepherded scoop is being picked up left, right and Web center. Among the funnier reverberations so far is an item on thestir.com. “Mommyologist” Mary Fischer is of the mind that if it’s all true, then Tatum MUST also be cast as Christian Grey in the Hollywood adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey.
Update – 12/14/12: Tatum was announced this morning as People’s 2012 “Sexiest Man Alive.”[Photo courtesy Warner Bros.]
Previously on FishbowlLA:
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