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Cruise Axed Over Shields Cracks?

Tom Cruise was allegedly fired by Paramount over his criticism of Brooke Shields' use of post-natal antidepressants. Paula Fortunato, the wife of Paramount's ultimate boss--Sumner Redstone--was enraged when she heard Cruise's comments on live TV, and warned her 83-year-old husband that the star's Scientology-inspired tirade is off-putting to female fans. Last week, Redstone said: "As much as we like him personally, we thought it was wrong to renew his deal. His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount." And he hinted that his decision was largely because of Cruise's bizarre antics on TV shows like "Oprah" and "Today." But insiders from Paramount parent Viacom claim that Redstone's 43-year-old wife has great influence in the decisions of her aging husband.



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