Ovitz trip: Big Apple to big ankle?

The hottest couple in New York this week just happens to be the subject of the hottest rumor in Hollywood. They are, of course, Disney president Michael Ovitz and his boss, Disney chairman and CEO Michael Eisner. Although both were spotted at the Gotham gala opening of “The Preacher’s Wife” earlier this week, and are scheduled to attend a dinner tonight honoring Roone Arledge and Saturday’s Shrine Auditorium premiere of “Evita,” it didn’t stop the persistent – and still unconfirmed – rumors that Ovitz would be leaving the Burbank company, perhaps to head for Culver City.

The absence of concrete information either confirming or denying the speculation only fed the increasingly frantic round of dishing. One story even had Ovitz segueing back to Los Angeles between events to clean out his desk. No one at Disney’s offices seemed to be aware of these moves, however. The company’s spokesman couldn’t be reached for comment, which only prompted more speculators to reiterate “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

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