E! Gave Brangelina Charity Big Bucks, But for What?

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2009 1:40 PM CDT
E! Gave Brangelina Charity Big Bucks, But for What?
Pitt and Bill Clinton in New Orleans.   (AP Photo)

E! donated $250,000 to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation last year, but you wouldn’t know it from the cable channel's coverage of Brangelina, Fox News reports. Not only has E! not had the sort of scoops one might expect if it were really paying for access, but the celebrity news juggernaut also persists in reporting stories with headlines such as “Angelina—From Sex Kitten to Emaciated Mama.”

Too bad for E!, but bully for the foundation, which paid out a hefty $3.4 million in 2007, including $1,364,320 to Pitt’s New Orleans effort, Make It Right. Whatever E! did or didn’t get from the Jolie-Pitts for its contribution, it has the honor of being No. 3 on a list of four benefactors. Jolie gave the lion’s share, $1,194,911. Pitt followed with $956,951. And producer Jerry Weintraub ponied up $5,000. (More Brad Pitt stories.)

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