Legendary gossip columnist Liz Smith is leaving the NY tabloid pages: CityRoom spoke to the 86-year-old who explained that NY Post editor-in-chief Col Allan sent her a letter that he was not renewing her contract for her three-times-a-week column, stating, “Like so many other newspapers around the nation, we are buffeted by unprecedented economic gales." Smith joked, “I figure that without having to pay my salary"—$125,000/year—"The Post will immediately go into the black" and did admit to meeting with Rupert Murdoch to protest, "He said he wouldn’t interfere with Col Allan. Well, isn’t he right? Shouldn’t publishers believe in their editors?” (And Murdoch does believe in Allan.) But this gives Smith more time to work on Wowowow.com, the website she co-founded with other female boldface names (and where she just asked New Yorker editor David Remnick his thoughts on the newspaper business conundrum)—plus she plans to syndicate a five-day-a-week column.