How appropriate that the woman at the center of the Hewlett-Packard scandal that led to the exit of CEO Mark Hurd should have a past in reality TV.
As described in news accounts star Mark Philippoussis.”, Jodie Fisher “appeared in some racy R-rated movies in her 30s and most recently was on
a dating show called ‘Age of Love,’ in which women competed for the
attention of tennis star Mark Philippoussis.”
Given the gleeful link of a CEO’s fall being connected to a potential scandal related to sex, harassment and possible misappropriation of funds — although Fisher, through her ubiquitous lawyer Gloria Allred, has denied there was any sexual relationship — Fisher has inadvertently landed herself another shot at a kind of stardom. When your picture is splattered across newspapers and the web (including, of all places, the Wall Street Journal), the temptation among reality producers will surely be to cash in — unless, of course, someone wants to do sequels to some of the films in which she appeared, including “Sheer Passion” and “Intimate Obsession.” (Seriously, what would we do without imdb.com?)
In fact, I’d be stunned if she doesn’t turn up somewhere — a new edition of “The Cougar,” perhaps? — faster than you can say “H-P.”