Rush returning to WPHT; Sean Hannity's coming, too

GETTY IMAGESIn style, for Style Singer John Legend hosted the Philadelphia Style Magazine Men's Issue launch party last week at Parx Casino in Bensalem.
GETTY IMAGESIn style, for Style Singer John Legend hosted the Philadelphia Style Magazine Men's Issue launch party last week at Parx Casino in Bensalem.
Posted: October 16, 2013

THE RUMORS were true.

I reported last week that Rush Limbaugh would be back at 1210 WPHT, and now sources are confirming it. And Sean Hannity is joining him. Morning-show host Chris Stigall is expected to announce Rush's return at 7:30 a.m. today.

My sources at the station say the hosts are "really psyched" to have Limbaugh back on WPHT. Hannity was more on the "meh" scale, but I heard they had to take one to get the other.

While Rush will get his noon-to-3 p.m. spot, Hannity won't be broadcast live, instead appearing on tape delay from 9 p.m. to midnight.

None of the local hosts are losing their gigs to make way for Limbaugh and Hannity. Stigall will run from 6 to 9 a.m., Dom Giordano from 9 a.m. to noon. Locals Dick Morris and Gary R'nel broadcast from 3 to 6 p.m., while Rich Zeoli will be on from 6 to 9 p.m.

Limbaugh has been airing since 2012 on IQ 106.9, which is switching to a Christian format later this month.

Barton's back

Former CBS3 reporter Judi Barton came back to town ("I think I've been gone since 1989, but it's crazy how many people I worked with are still here," Barton told me) this weekend to talk about her new book, The Angel Connection, a romance set in the heyday of the Pennsylvania Impressionist movement in the early 20th century and the present day.

"It's only 17 years in the writing. It was a long labor," Barton said. She said the book was inspired by her decade in Bucks County. "I wanted to write the quintessential love story. This is the book I wanted to read."

Although Angel took 17 years, Barton already has 300 pages of her next book, How the Property Lies, also set in Bucks County. It involves a world-famous actress (the character once worked with Grace Kelly at the Bucks County Playhouse) in decline from Alzheimer's and a dead body.

'Bones' bonding

Not only did "Bones" star David Boreanaz hit up Friday's Flyers game against the Coyotes at the Wells Fargo Center, I also hear another Philly celeb was in the house: former 6ABC weatherman Dave Roberts. Roberts, who retired in 2009, is Boreanaz's proud papa. We wonder which guy left Philadelphians more starstruck?

Chip's candy crush

Chip Kelly has a sweet tooth.

On Friday night, Kelly stopped by Mulberry Market (236 Arch St.), didn't stop to look at the many energy drinks and headed straight for the candy bars instead.

My tipster said Coach Kelly is a regular at the bodega. "I was laughing to myself thinking if the players could see this," my tipster told me.

OUT AND ABOUT

Rosie O'Donnell stopped by the Wayne Hotel (139 E. Lancaster Ave. in Wayne) last week for a getaway, taking time out to dine at the hotel's restaurant, Paramour, as well. General manager David Brennan said O'Donnell was quite a lovely guest. She didn't seem as if she was in town for business, but rather just a quick getaway, Brennan told me.

* Burlesque queen Dita Von Teese stopped by gay mecca Woody's (202 S. 13th St.) last week, with buddy, comedian and drag-king extraordinaire Murray Hill in tow. Von Teese and Hill stopped by before their show at the Tower Theater.

* Celeb chef and TV host Robert Irvine dined at Jones (700 Chestnut St.). A fellow diner said the host of "Restaurant: Impossible" looked as if he was in good spirits.

* Singer Eddie Bruce celebrated his debut with the Philly Pops this weekend with a few celeb buddies, including Ted Tally, Oscar-winning screenwriter for "Silence of the Lambs"; Arlene Sullivan, an original "American Bandstand" dancer; and the incomparable big Big Daddy Graham.


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