Holy Moly

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Holy Moly
Web addresshttp://www.holymoly.com
http://www.goalymoly.co.uk/
Commercial?Yes
Type of siteEntertainment News website
RegistrationOptional
Available language(s)English
OwnerHoly Moly Entertainment Ltd
Created byJamie East
Launched2002
RevenueUnknown
Current statusActive
 
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Holy Moly
Holy Moly
Web addresshttp://www.holymoly.com
http://www.goalymoly.co.uk/
Commercial?Yes
Type of siteEntertainment News website
RegistrationOptional
Available language(s)English
OwnerHoly Moly Entertainment Ltd
Created byJamie East
Launched2002
RevenueUnknown
Current statusActive

Holy Moly, often known as "HM", is an entertainment website and weekly email based in the UK and has similarities to Popbitch, Anorak and B3ta. It publishes (often scathing) gossip items related to celebrities, notably Amy Winehouse, Sienna Miller, Britney Spears, Tom Cruise and Paris Hilton. The website's scoops are often copied in the gossip pages of British tabloids such as The Sun the Daily Mirror and the Daily Star[citation needed]. Sometimes Holy Moly announces news before tabloids, for example, Madonna's divorce from Guy Ritchie 4 months before The Sun's front page 'exclusive'.[citation needed].

Its content is usually extremely scathing, for example a typical news item reads, "Lady Gaga covers up her face with gimp mask, improves".

The phrase "Holy Moly" is an exclamation of surprise that dates from at least 1892.[1]

The MediaGuardian website claims that the gossip is "supplied by an army of around 100 industry insiders".[2] In November 2007, Sky News' James Silver interviewed Mr. Holy Moly[3][citation needed] – the interview revealed that he had started the website on a secret laptop whilst working at Sky News. Recently, he has appeared frequently on BBC Radio Five Live's Richard Bacon show as the presenter's friend and has maintained his personal anonymity, albeit revealing a distinctly Derbyshire accent. February 2008, he appeared on Channel 4's chat show The Richard & Judy Show, attacking photos of celebrities[4] such as Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse and Heather Mills-McCartney and declaring that these paparazzi are damaging the business.[5]

Other sections[edit]

As well as the main section, the website used to contain other sections which no longer exist:

Goaly Moly[edit]

This is a spin-off website [10] (formerly at http://www.goalymoly.co.uk) from the same team, focusing on "breaking football news, transfer and sacking gossip, WAGs & pictures". This has similar features to the main site, namely The Korner, The Heroes and The Rules. It was briefly launched in 2007 but went on hiatus for four years, and has since relaunched in April 2010.

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