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Star's Bonnie Fuller Eyeing the Exits

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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SIGNING OFF? Fuller

Is Bonnie Fuller getting ready to make a quick getaway? Sources say the American Media Inc. editorial director has been quietly making inquiries in hopes of finding a new job. "She's making calls to friends at major publishers to learn if there's any interest in her services," says one source. Another notes that Fuller, who's been at AMI since 2003, has recently been in touch with an executive placement firm.

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Fuller, via a spokesman, calls those claims "bullshit." But there's no question life has been getting uncomfortable for her—or as uncomfortable as it can get for someone who receives $2 million a year to oversee exclamation mark placement. Joe Dolce, who has served as Fuller's deputy in charge of Star since her arrival, is leaving the company in a few weeks. His replacement, Candace Trunzo, is a longtime tabloid hand rather than a handpicked Fuller hire. Though AMI chairman David Pecker has insisted there's no truth to rumors that Star will relocate operations to Boca Raton, Florida (where AMI has its corporate headquarters), Trunzo's family is there, and she has told Star staffers she has no plans to move to New York permanently. "Everyone expects there's going to be layoffs and movement," says one insider.

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