REVEALING QUOTE: Did Heidi Klum almost reveal that “Project Runway” contestant Michael Knight was eliminated from the show before the finale in mid-October? In an interview for Life’s Aug. 18 issue, the pregnant model and host of the reality series was asked to name her three favorite garments made by the contestants from each season. Replying via e-mail, Klum said her pick from the current, third season was Knight’s coffee filter dress from the first episode. She wrote “he didn’t make it into the top three, but the dress was beautiful, really original and as well constructed as something could be from such delicate material.” Since Klum could have meant Knight didn’t make it to the top three of that particular challenge or of the entire show, Life’s editors checked back with Klum to clarify. The host indeed meant the former. Life executive editor Maggie Murphy said something could have gotten lost in translation. “Heidi’s a pretty precise person. My instincts say she was probably talking about that episode, but I don’t know that we will know for sure until the next few weeks unfold.” Klum’s additional responses will be posted online today at lifemagazine.com.
— Stephanie D. Smith
REVOLVING DOOR: Apparently new Maxim editor in chief Jimmy Jellinek has nothing better to do on a summer Friday in August than to get rid of six staffers, including associate editor John DeVore, associate editor Steve Mazzucchi, fact checker Bart Morrisroe and production editor Andrij Witiuk, who had been with the men’s monthly for nine years. Jellinek is bringing in fresh blood as he puts his stamp on the title after three months at the helm. Former Page Six reporter Chris Wilson will join as deputy editor, Stuff associate editor Jeff Foss will come on board in the same role and deputy editor Seth Kelly, who also worked at Stuff under former editor Greg Gutfeld, joined Maxim two weeks ago. — S.D.S.
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DISCHARGED: After almost 18 years at Newsweek, veteran foreign correspondent Joshua Hammer has been recalled from Cape Town, where he was serving as the magazine’s Africa bureau chief and correspondent at large. Though Hammer had long freelanced on the side for publications such as The New Republic and The New York Times, sources say the last straw for Newsweek was a June 26 New Yorker piece on Zimbabwe he wrote while on vacation. After offering and then promptly rescinding an offer for Hammer to serve as a New York-based online correspondent, Newsweek is said to have fired Hammer for “gross misconduct,” though there have been no allegations made.
Hammer wrote in an e-mail to WWD that he “hope[s] that someday we can all get over the ill feelings caused by this unfortunate incident. I’ve had a fantastic career at Newsweek and it’s painful to have it end this way.” His third book, “Yokohama Burning,” will be released by Simon & Schuster in September.
A spokeswoman for Newsweek confirmed Hammer was no longer with the magazine, but said it does not comment on personnel changes. — Irin Carmon