To be fair, the last part is just something I got from well-placed sources. But Karl Rove has announced that he’ll be leaving the White House at the end of August, adopting the same reasoning for his decision that Buddy Bell gave for his: the wish to spend more time with Buddy Bell’s his family. K-Ro probably should’ve checked with his family before making that choice, but I’m not going to tell the guy what to do.

Between his departure and the death of Merv Griffin over the weekend, two CSTB favorites have left the scene in rapid succession. The good news is that Rove will probably return to GC’s adopted hometown; one hopes that his presence won’t cut into our host’s lucrative DJing sideline. If you see him on the street, Gerard, tell him I say what up.