Canada's Pop Culture Source

News > Pop Culture

‘Entertainment Tonight’ gives birth to Babygate

The story could be found on every news and gossip site Friday morning: Angelina Jolie gave birth to the twins in France. Hours later, retractions were appearing and pages were vanishing. The world had the wool pulled over its eyes.

On Friday morning, Entertainment Tonight posted a story on its website and sent an e-mail alert to media outlets saying it had confirmed the birth of Jolie’s twins. The news spread like wildfire. The announcement was also made on-air by the show later that day.

ET later revealed they were given the inside scoop via email by a person they thought was Jolie’s long-time assistant Holly Goline.

However, sources told the Associated Press, shortly after the story was posted and hours before the broadcast, Goline contacted the show and informed them they had not been corresponding with her but rather an imposter and the reports were false. The sources say there were several conversations Friday, by e-mail, text message and telephone, between Goline and ET.

In addition to denials from both Jolie’s and baby daddy Brad Pitt’s reps, other media outlets began to challenge the validity of the reports.

Nevertheless, ET host Mary Hart announced on air Friday night, “Just this morning, a source who says she was inside the delivery room tells us yes, the babies were born and yes, mother and babies are fine.”

In a statement released Wednesday, a rep for the show said they were not aware of an imposter until they received a letter from Jolie’s attorney on Monday warning media outlets of the bogus employee.

Entertainment Tonight takes this very seriously and is, of course, concerned that the show may have been victimized by someone allegedly posing as a member of Ms. Jolie’s team,” the statement said. “We are actively investigating the matter and are reaching out to law enforcement agencies.”

According to an ET executive, one of the show’s producers obtained a Blackberry email address for Goline from a contact at CNN. The producer sent a message to the ersatz assistant, asking if the rumours that Jolie had given birth were true.

The reply was: “Yes she did. I was actually in the room with her. They are doing fine and so is mom.”

Goline has never had a Blackberry email account.

Filed Under

Share This

Related Posts

Industry

Inside the mind of Canadian radio’s most important executive

A one-on-one conversation with Susan Marjetti, CBC's executive director of Radio and Audio
Celebrity

Being Ben Mulroney

In a candid Q & A session, Mulroney talks about fame, family and the new season of 'Canadian Idol'
Books & Publishing

Meet Jann Arden, best-selling author

The prolific singer-songwriter talks music and chats up her latest collection of personal journals
Industry

Meet two people who invisibly influence the future of CBC

CBC union presidents Kam Rao and Jonathan Spence are presenting opinions from the public broadcaster's workers to decision makers
Journalism

One-on-one with Global National anchor Dawna Friesen

The Winnipeg-born journalist talks candidly about sexism, news bloopers, and the fine line between family and work
Music

Mae Moore’s real life

The Canadian singer-songwriter reflects on her 'Collected Works 1989-1999'
Comedy

Jessica Holmes makes a big return to CBC’s Air Farce

The comedienne dishes on impersonating Céline Dion & Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, opening for Seinfeld, Ellen and Oprah
Television

Everybody Loves George Stroumboulopoulos

Now that his program is on the main CBC network, 'The Hour' and its host prepare for a new set of challenges
Television

It’s not easy being Wendy Mesley

The CBC journalist talks about her TV newsmagazine 'Undercurrents', being a homebody and, yes, we went there, her bad hair days
Comedy

Inside the Mind of Rick Mercer

We speak to the comedian and Canadian icon, in the midst of the second season of his news satire show, 'Monday Report'