Joan Rivers gets the boot

You know things are looking bleak when you've been let go by the TV Guide Channel. No reason cited for not renewing the contracts of Rivers and her daughter Melissa. In case you're wondering, they did those celebrity blabfests on the red carpet of the major award shows. In their place will be Lisa Rinna - and don't pretend you don't know who Lisa Rinna is. She began her career on "Melrose Place" and has covered these kinds of things for "Access Hollywood." Joan and Melissa worked E! before taking the TV Guide Channel gig. By the way, a very different spin was coming out of the Rush & Molloy column in the NY Daily News earlier this month - that Joan and Melissa were ready to bolt from the TV Guide Channel because they were getting offers elsewhere in the cable world. Preemptive gossip column strike, perhaps?

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