The gossip mill is churning in the wake of the Rupert Murdoch-Wendi Deng divorce filing. As the Hollywood Reporter notes, Deng's friendships with prominent males from Tony Blair to Eric Schmidt are being poked at (Blair's rep firmly denies the former British PM and Deng "are having an affair"). But sources say Deng was surprised to be served with divorce papers, even though she and Murdoch have been growing distant in recent months (and have been sleeping in separate bedrooms for a while, according to the Daily Beast).
The BBC's business editor, Robert Peston, (who, the Daily Beast notes, is "usually sober and buttoned-down") tweeted last night, "Am told that undisclosed reasons for Murdoch divorcing Deng are jaw-dropping - & hate myself for wanting to know what they are." Writes Newser founder Michael Wolff in the Guardian, "We can only speculate about what he might mean." But, he notes, Peston is close with "key Murdoch lieutenant" Will Lewis. And we could be hearing more soon: Wolff tweeted last night, "I'm hearing the WHY, the big reveal, the scandal details, could come tomorrow." (Read more Rupert Murdoch stories.)