Ann Coulter and Bob Guccione Jr. Engage in Some Point-Counterpoint

They dated once.

We thoroughly enjoyed Lloyd Grove’s 30th anniversary look back at Spin magazine. The mid-to-late 1980s were a time when print magazines mattered a great deal more and, in the case of Spin, Ike Turner having a lot to do with the publication’s early success.

At one point in The Daily Beast feature interview with magazine founder Bob Guccione Jr., the topic of a certain ex-girlfriend comes up:

In the late 1990s, Guccione even had a serious relationship with conservative firebrand Ann Coulter.

“It was shtick when I knew her,” he says of his ex-girlfriend’s penchant for provoking liberals with outrageous remarks. “She became infatuated with her exploding celebrity, and really got caught up in that Republican heroine thing, and forgot that it was shtick.”

To which Coulter retorts: “Guccione’s greatest achievements were creating Spin magazine in the ’80s and getting me to date him briefly in the ’90s. I see he’s still living off those aging laurels.”

Ha ha. For Coulter, evidently, love means never having to say you’re shtick-y.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.