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AND MOVING OUT: Married reporters George Rush and Joanna Molloy have given up their daily gossip column in the New York Daily News in lieu of a Sunday one, but the move sacrificed another Daily News gossip reporter. Jo Piazza, who penned the paper’s Sunday column Full Disclosure, quit on Friday after management decided to dump her column, according to two sources close to the Daily News. Piazza started as an assistant to Rush & Molloy, and later wrote features for the paper. She left briefly in 2007 to help launch Bauer Publishing’s Cocktail Weekly, but when the magazine’s launch was scrapped, she returned to the paper. Piazza did not respond to an e-mail for comment.
Rush and Molloy’s daily column will be replaced by Gatecrasher, originally launched by Ben Widdicombe, who left the paper in the summer and is now an editor at large at Star. Gatecrasher will be run by former Rush & Molloy assistant Sean Evans and Laura Schreffler, formerly Widdicombe’s assistant.
The reduction in frequency on first glance may have looked like a downsizing, but Molloy insists otherwise, telling WWD the move was initiated by her and her husband. According to sources close to the couple, Rush and Molloy had been thinking about scaling back their workload for months. “Gossip, after all, can wear a body down,” they wrote in their Friday column. The duo will write their once-a-week column and other news stories for the paper and its Web site. — S.D.S.