Michael Wolff Chooses Not to Tip Mediabistro Lunch Columnist

Lunch At Michaels

Did you catch Michael Wolff’s latest piece for USA Today? We here at Mediabistro sure did.

DianeClehaneLunchUnder the headline “Media is Fat and Happy at Michael’s,” Wolff marked this week’s 25th anniversary of the 55th Street establishment with a look at how the restaurant has maintained an admirable hold as a favorite gathering place of “top-tier, or would be top-tier television, book, magazine, advertising and PR people, associated celebrities, mogul-class types, anchormen and women, and prominent bylines.” Sound familiar?

While there’s no hard and fast rule that suggests Wolff was obligated to include a mention of our longtime Michael’s media-beat “Lunch” columnist Diane Clehane (pictured), the lack of professional courtesy in this particular case is especially puzzling. After all, when Wolff recently returned to Michael’s following a banishment some years prior, he was seated at Table 17 directly across from Clehane.

“I was curious why Mr. Wolff was keeping such a close eye on the comings and goings around my table on his return to Michael’s on a Wednesday a few weeks back,” Clehane, who took over our “Lunch” beat in October 2006, tells FishbowlNY. “I would have been only too happy to introduce him around if only he’d come over to say hello.”

If necessary, Wolff can get pointers on how that is done from Richard Johnson.