Barb & Jenna: Twice the Attention
It's Bush twins mania. (We're beginning to conclude that what Monica Lewinsky was to the Clinton administration, the Bush twins are to their dad's administration: the gift that keeps on giving.)
It seems their recent flashy spread in Vogue has gotten some firms thinking. Us Weekly reports this week that New York-based Ambassador Promotions has offered the 22-year-olds a possible "multimillion-dollar" modeling deal.
Well, that's news to them! "Barbara and Jenna were interested to learn that they'd been offered a modeling contract," first lady Laura Bush's spokesman, Gordon Johndroe, told us yesterday, adding with a laugh: "Anyone with additional information, if they could please come forward."
And it's not just Ambassador Promotions that lusts after Dubya's girls. We hear that 19-year-old Baltimore swimming sensation and world record-holder Michael Phelps -- who is expected to kick some major booty during the Summer Olympics, which begin next week -- has a thing for Jenna. A couple of weeks ago, Fox Sports' "The Best Damn Sports Show Period" told viewers the rumor was that Jenna had a crush on Phelps. A few days later, the swimming stud was having breakfast at his fave joint in Baltimore, Pete's Grill, and casually mentioned the flattering tidbit to owner Louis Sharkey. "So did you hear that Jenna Bush has a thing for me?" Sharkey recalls Phelps saying. (Side note: Conveniently, guess who's expected to accompany their grandfather to Greece to cheer on our teams? Jenna and Barbara!) "She's going to be poolside," Phelps said gleefully, according to Sharkey. "And she's so hot!"
Meanwhile, in other Bush family love stories, George P. Bush, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's handsome 28-year-old son, is getting married this weekend (sorry, ladies) to fellow lawyer Amanda Williams in Kennebunkport, Maine. The Prez and fam will take a time out from campaigning to attend.
Opie & Anthony's Satellite Gig
Remember Opie & Anthony? The shock jocks who got canned by Infinity after concocting a stunt that had a couple having sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, outraging Catholics and earning whopping fines from the FCC?
Well, after two years of being ostracized in the radio world, Greg Hughes and Anthony Cumia (that would be their real names) have finally found a new home, reports The Post's Jennifer Frey. And it's one where they can do and say whatever they want without any fear of the FCC!
XM Satellite Radio -- which just inked deposed NPR anchor Bob Edwards to a deal last week -- has announced on its Web site that the duo will have their own channel starting Oct. 1. The four-hour show will air live in the morning drive-time period (6 to 10 a.m.), then repeat throughout the day. There is one catch: XM, which costs $9.99 a month, has declared the Opie & Anthony channel (Channel 202) a premium channel, which means it will cost all you penny-pinchers out there an additional $1.99 a month.
Noted . . .
WTOP listeners -- and the six television camera crews that set up shop inside the studio -- had a rude awakening yesterday morning when they learned that Bill Cosby would not be calling in to D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey's show, "Ask the Chief," as anticipated. Sadly, the Cos had "scheduling conflicts," his rep said -- a realization that came via e-mail late the previous night. But not all hope is lost, Cosby fans. His camp maintains he'll try to reschedule for September.
. . . and Quoted
-- Meryl Streep, citing the House majority leader when asked on whom she based her brash character in "The Manchurian Candidate," trying to dismiss theories that it was Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), as reported by MSNBC's Jeannette Walls.
-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder
from staff and wire reports
Richard Leiby is on vacation.