This spat isn’t nearly as exciting as some, but I feel compelled to mention it anyway: Oprah Winfrey plugs Jerry Seinfeld’s wife Jessica’s cookbook. Missy Chase Lapine says she wrote it first. From USA Today (“Cookbook author says Seinfeld book ‘Deceptively’ similar,” by Deirdre Donahue):
Moreover, she adds, “I’m concerned and troubled that Oprah credited and applauded someone else for a technique that was out there six months earlier.”
Six months? In the cookbook biz, that must be an eternity. Lapine claims she submitted the book to HarperCollins (and Oprah, for that matter), who turned her down but published Seinfeld’s similar selections. But much of the complaint seems to be centered around the fact that Seinfeld received preferential treatment because of her famous name, which is Seinfeld.
Wait a minute–someone received extra publicity because they’re sleeping with a famous person? What is this, Russia?
I mean: this isn’t Russia!