Nikki Finke is back! Again! The famed and “feared” founder of entertainment blog Deadline Hollywood, short fiction site Hollywood Dementia, and the now-defunct Deadline competitor NikkiFinke.com is reportedly returning to the website she founded in 2006 after making a deal with its current owner, Jay Penske.
Page Six reports Finke was in final talks to begin a column at Mediaite, owned by Dan Abrams, for a “massive” paycheck when Penske apparently offered her “what must be big bucks” to return to her former home instead. It’s a funny move, given the endlessly complicated love-hate working relationship Finke and Penske have had over the years, which has involved several legal threats.
Finke’s new role is designed to see her breaking Hollywood news once again back at the site she founded, Deadline Hollywood, where her relentless reporting earned her a reputation as the most feared reporter in town.
A source said Finke is expected to be “writing and breaking Hollywood news” in the position, and I’m sure executives like Amy Pascal are already preparing for the worst.