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These days, no national newscast is complete without a segment on Anthony Weiner. But with the embattled congressman's resignation from his post on Thursday, it's about to get more difficult for news outlets to keep this salacious story alive. Maybe that's why Friday's Weiner headline is more like a rumor -- one that's already being denied.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Doug Ellin, producer of the HBO series Entourage (Sundays starting July 24 at 10 p.m. ET) offered Weiner a cameo on the show's upcoming -- and final -- season. When asked what Weiner said in reply, Ellin said, "Nothing." (Earlier this year, Charlie Sheen also ignored Ellin's request for a cameo.)
But the idea itself might be much ado about nothing. CNN reports that Ellin says that no such cameo offer was made. The cable network did, however, confirm Larry Flynt's offer to hire Weiner as a political contributor to his porn magazine, Hustler. (This tawdry tidbit should keep news producers happy for a day or so.)
It's easy to picture ways to incorporate Weiner into the show. After all, Eric (Kevin Connolly), Drama (Kevin Dillon), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), Vince (Adrian Grenier) and the rest would no doubt look up to this high-powered lothario, or at the very least defend him.
But this isn't the sort of image rehabilitation that Weiner needs right now. For the sake of his pregnant wife Huma Abedin, he shouldn't even consider such an offer. According to The New York Times, Abedin supported his decision to resign because she was "convinced that the embarrassing disclosures would not stop until he left office." Making light of the scandal on a TV show would only prolong the situation.