Press is an entertainment news and gossip blog co-founded by Elaine "Lainey" Lui. The primary voice of, she is also co-host of CTV's daytime talk show "The Social", and a reporter on CTV's "etalk", Canada's number one rated entertainment news show.

The site started as an email to small group of friends and colleagues in 2003 and spread by word of mouth to thousands of now loyal readers. It launched as a website in December 2004 and has since grown into an immensely popular entertainment destination visited by over 1.5 million monthly unique readers. Generating over 18 million monthly page views, it is now a leading international celebrity gossip source and a must read for well-read, educated females across North America.

Aside from securing hot tips and exclusive party access on its own, the site has benefited from the access associated with Lainey's role on CTV's etalk, which she joined in 2006 as a special correspondent. With etalk Lainey has covered the Red Carpet at the Oscars, SuperBowl XLII, Cannes and Toronto International Film Festivals, and other top tier events worldwide.

In April of 2014 Lainey fulfilled a lifelong dream when her first book Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When a Mother Knows Best, What's a Daughter to Do? A Memoir (Sort Of) was published (by Random House in Canada and Penguin in the USA).

Bored yet? If not, below is a selection of clippings from a handful of magazines and newspapers over the past few years.

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Toronto Star, February 10, 2023
Loved up couples share their date-night rituals and favourite Toronto restaurants
By Briony Smith

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, there's no better time to pay homage to a time-honoured tradition: date night. Thankfully, Toronto is a world-class city for dining out, offering tons of cosy local spots where you can share a plate or three and create memories to savour together. Here, food-loving couples share the local spots they’ve fallen for... Link to full article

Buzzfeed, April 2021
Perez Hilton And Lainey Gossip Were Famous For Their Mean Blogs. Now They’re Trying To Change
By Saachi Koul

Every day after I came home from high school, I’d run to my bedroom, turn on my enormous, whirring black Dell desktop, and read Perez Hilton — the up-to-the-minute celebrity gossip blog — for hours. Paparazzi hunting young famous women and bloggers updating their whereabouts by the second created the feeling that every It girl in Los Angeles was publicly spiraling... Link to full article

Toronto Star, Jan 2021
TV sensation Lainey Lui’s dogs, Barney and Elvis, may the best-loved beagles in Toronto. You have to meet them
By Jillian Vieira

There are dog people, and then there’s Lainey Lui. Along with husband Jacek Szenowicz, she’s pet parent to Barney, 10, and Elvis, 5, a pair of brotherly beagles who The Social co-host, eTalk co-anchor and founder of fully admits are beneficiaries of an ultra-spoiled situation... Link to full article

ELLE Canada, May 2020
15 Inspirational Asian Canadians to Know
By Patricia Karounos and Hannah Zeigler

All of our best gossip comes from Elaine Lui – or Lainey, as she is better known. The Toronto-born writer launched her eponymous blog, Lainey Gossip, in 2004 while still working at Vancouver’s Covenant House. Two years later, she quit her job to preside over the site full time, and she’s been a regular fixture in our pop-culture routine ever since... Link to full article

Chatelaine, Sept 2019
Elaine Lui On Aging: Some Women Want To Embrace Their Wrinkles, But That's Not Me
By Courtney Shea

I’m on TV several times a week for The Social and etalk, and one of the things I’m constantly hearing from audience members or on social media is, “Cut that hair!”—that it’s too long for my age. First of all: If you had my hair, would you cut it?... Link to full article

The Cut, Nov 2018
How I Get It Done: Elaine Lui of LaineyGossip
Lisa Ryan

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who understands gossip better than Elaine “Lainey” Lui, the Canadian maven behind She’s been running the site for more than a decade, and parlayed it into a career as an entertainment journalist.... Link to full article

BBC News, Sept 2017
Canadian blogger Lainey Lui on why gossip is political
By Jessica Murphy

Elaine "Lainey" Lui is keeping a sharp eye on Colin Farrell. The Irish actor is a few tables over in the lobby of a downtown hotel being interviewed for a film he's promoting at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff). The festival, which runs until 17 September, is a busy time for Lui.... Link to full article

The Ringer, October 2016
Lainey Is Yours in Gossip: How a 12-year-old celebrity blog became essential again
By Allison P. Davis

Elaine Lui has had her back to me for about 20 minutes, typing away on her Surface tablet. We're tucked into her broom closet of an office in Toronto's Bell Media complex, where Lui sits amid an immense but well-organized pile of stuff. A heap of designer shoes is stashed in a cubby; the walls are decorated in the style of collage-obsessed 19-year-old - there's a Slytherin banner on her front door... Link to full article

Slate, July 2016
A Celebrity Gossip Expert Explains the Summer of Taylor Swift
By Heather Schwedel

Taylor Swift is having quite the summer - from her breakup with Calvin Harris to the birth of Hiddleswift to Kim Kardashian's receipts-apalooza, plus or minus a Nils Sjoberg, she's been consistently dominating headlines. But what does it all mean? is where many of the smart women I follow online turn for informed interpretation of the latest celebrity scandal... Link to full article

The Walrus, March 2015
IN DEFENCE OF LOW CULTURE: And praise of love, hate, discovery, jealousy, obsession, betrayal, and mean-girling
By Elaine Lui for The Walrus Talks Creativity

Elaine Lui is a Canadian television personality, reporter, blogger, and author. She runs the celebrity-gossip website, reports for CTV's etalk, co-hosts CTV's daily talk series The Social, and wrote the mother-daughter memoir Listen to the Squawking Chicken... Link to see video

Toronto Life, November 2014
Toronto's 50 Most Influential: the people who changed the city in 2014
By Toronto Life

She's the quirkiest, funniest and most watchable member of The Social, CTV's answer to The View, and the active ingredient in its success. The show, now in its second season, reaches 2.4 million viewers weekly (up 300,000 from Season One) and has reeled in such high-watt guests as Katy Perry, Jessica Alba, Jane Lynch and Daniel Radcliffe. Her website, LaineyGossip, attracts... Link to full article

FLARE May, 2014
Mother Clucker
By Maureen Halushak

In her new "sort of" memoir, Lainey Gossip's ELAINE LUI divulges her most personal scoop yet: the inner workings of her insanely close relationship with her mom, semi-affectionately known as the Squawking Chicken. Over dim sum, MAUREEN HALUSHAK observes the dynamic. Read on for the full experience, plus an exclusive excerpt... Link to full article

Chicago Tribune April 17, 2014
Elaine Lui dissects the Celebrity Industrial Complex: Raising an eyebrow to celebrity image-making
By Nina Metz

Two weeks ago when Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced they were divorcing, many focused on the labored "conscious uncoupling" argot used in their announcement, which was posted on Paltrow's lifestyle website Elaine Lui, the entertainment reporter and force behind Lainey Gossip took a different tack and analyzed the ever-shifting boundary... Link to full article

Huffington Post April 11, 2014
Elaine Lui Opens Up About Her Chinese Squawking Chicken in Her Debut Book
By Kelli Catana

Elaine Lui is the genius behind the ridiculously successful celebrity gossip blog Lainey Gossip, a correspondent on ETalk and most recently one of the hosts of the very successful CTV daytime talk show The Social. Lui now gets to add "author" to that list of accomplishments with the release of her first book titled Listen To The Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best...Link to full article

Toronto Life April 2014
In Lurv With Lainey: Elaine Lui's rise to the top of the gossip pantheon
By Emily Landau

Elaine Lui is 40 but has the bearing of a 16-year-old, boundless and brash, her body language filled with aggressive eye rolls, giggles and wild gesticulation. Sitting in a green room at the CTV studios on Queen West, writing a post for her blog,- LaineyGossip, she takes a long drag from her e-cigarette, a bejewelled bauble that looks like a tube of lip gloss and emits a trail of vanilla-scented vapour...Link to full article

Toronto Star, April 10, 2014
LaineyGossip blogger Elaine Lui reveals all in her new book
By Dianne Rinehart

No one will ever have to "out" celebrity gossip blogger Elaine Lui of LaineyGossip on her own life. The contributor to etalk and co-host of The Social has already dished it up - raw, spicy, unvarnished and uncensored - on a silver platter for everyone to digest and pick over in her new memoir, Listen to the Squawking Chicken...Link to full article

Vancouver Sun, April 9, 2014
Q&A: Elaine Lui loves her mom, but life lessons were hard

Elaine Lui is best known for her website: LaineyGossip, where she spills all about movie stars, royalty and other celebrities. She gave a TED (Technology, Education and Design) talk in which she said: "My name is Lainey and I talk sh-t for a living," and then proceeded to explain how gossip is really a more profound discussion about societal values....Link to full article

Ottawa Life, April 8, 2014
Gossip Girl: Lainey Gossip Teaches Celebrity Studies in Ottawa
By Alexandra Gunn

Is there such thing as Celebrity Studies? Celebrity reporter for CTV's eTalk and co-host of the talk show The Social, Elaine Lui offered a convincing lecture at an intimate event in Ottawa bringing together media, bloggers and entertainment aficionados. Better known as Lainey Gossip, she certainly thinks the culture of gossip says a lot about who we are as a society...Link to full article

The (Georgia) Straight, March 31, 2014
LaineyGossip's Elaine Lui gets personal in Listen to the Squawking Chicken

A WEEK BEFORE the release of her debut memoir, Elaine Lui is understandably nervous. While she has gabbed about dozens of celebrities on her blog for nearly a decade, Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When a Mother Knows Best, What's a Daughter to Do? A Memoir (Sort Of) (Random House Canada) marks the first time Lui has written in detail about herself and her family...Link to full article

The Grid, June 2013
Elaine Lui: Gossip Guru

A decade ago, Elaine Lui started LaineyGossip as an email blast among friends. Today, her blog is one of the most successful gossip sites in the world. Next week, she'll appear at the eighth annual SMUT Soiree (a one-night-only celebrity gab-fest), and this fall she'll be back in Toronto to co-host a daily talk show called The Social... Link to full article

MacLeans, March 4, 2013
Canada's gossip magnate

A vital player in the new Hollywood hype machine, Lainey Lui is building an empire out of 'smut'. On Feb. 24, the day the entertainment complex gathers for the lucrative popularity contest known as the Academy Awards, Elaine Lui will wake in her Los Angeles hotel room before 6 a.m. For Lui, who produces Canada's pre-eminent celebrity gossip website,, this is a big game day ... Link to full article

Globe and Mail - Sunday, February 17, 2013
Lainey's secret to success? Hard work and a mom who didn't varnish the truth

A decade ago, Vancouver's Elaine Lui was fundraising by day and honing her gossip chops by night, writing e-blasts on topics like Britney or Jennifer Aniston's marriage prospects. Her cheeky take was so popular she launched LaineyGossip, which she's built into one the world's top celebrity gossip blogs. The Globe and Mail asked her what principles have helped her succeed... Link to full article

The Walrus
Gossip Girl
By Sarah Selecky

A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, CTV flew me from Victoria to Vancouver to shoot an interview for an eTalk special on the Scotiabank Giller Prize. A producer emailed me a week before the taping: Lainey ( eTalk reporter) will be hosting the special. Curious, I followed the link... Link to full article

Canadian Hairdresser International - Nov 2012
Gossip Guru
By Iain Christiansen

With more than one million readers and Twitter followers visiting every month, it's fair to say that Lainey Lui is the voice of reason when it comes to celebrity (mis)conduct. We caught up with the ETALK reporter and self-professed gossip maven to talk some smut. ... Link to full article

Globe and Mail - Tuesday, July 10, 2012
How Vancouver's Lainey Gossip got the scoop on Katie Holmes
By Steve Ladurantaye

When it comes to celebrity gossip, bigger isn't always better.Some of the biggest news about the Biggest Celebrity Divorce Ever hasn't come from the weathered hordes of American celebrity bloggers and megasites such as, but from the Vancouver home of Lainey Lui, a Canadian blogger who has run her own site at since 2005. Since her first big scoop ... Link to full article

NATIONAL POST, Saturday, August 6, 2011
By Amoryn Engel

"Girls just want to have fun!" was the collective battle-cry heard from the Evergreen Brickworks as more than 600 ladies gathered for the sixth annual Smut Soiree presented by The Society and Lainey Gossip. The beautifully appointed, openair venue surrounded by a lush ravine provided the perfect backdrop for the colourful crowd, who were coiffed, super-styled and ready to gossip ... Link to full article

Vancouver Observer, October 9th, 2010
Gossip queen Lainey Lui channels bitchiness into blogs
By Emily Barca

Which Vancouver-based blogger and self-proclaimed "opinionated bitch" has become a big-name in the world of celebrity gossip? To smuthounds around the city, the answer should be obvious. Elaine 'Lainey' Lui, is the writer and creator of LaineyGossip, a site that bills itself as the source for "advanced celebrity gossip". "Lovers, Cheaters, Homewreckers, Superstars, Famewhores ... Link to full article

LifeStyle Magazine, December, 2009
Q&A with Lainey
By Julia LeConte

Lifestyle Magazine: Is TIFF the best or the worst time of your for you? Lainey: The best moments happen at TIFF, how about that? etalk has the most complete coverage, and it means that we basically handle everything and we're everywhere. So I can't say to you that the best time of my life is when I'm run down, but I can tell you that the best moments I have working as a blogger ... Link to full article

Globe and Mail, November 20, 2009
Hunted and haunted by the Twi-Hard hordes
By Elaine Lui

Vancouver gossip blogger Lainey recalls the hormonal hurricane surrounding the making of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Instead of spending quality time with my husband at a Vegas blackjack table, there I was in a bathroom at Caesars Palace, whispering with another manover the phone. There was a Twilight cast party going on back in Vancouver, and the man - an on-set source of mine ... Link to full article

National Post, September 18, 2009
On the Town: Lainey: Once a gossip, always a gossip
By Lia Grainger

Lounging on the patio of the Park Hyatt hotel's rooftop lounge, sipping a $10 vodka soda, Lainey looks at home. The 35-year-old author of her own celebrity blog,, seems unruffled by the gown-clad crowd that murmurs about the candlelit party, and she's equally unfazed by the fact that in less than an hour she'll be on the TIFF red carpet with a mic in her hand ...Link to full article

MacLeans, July 24, 2009
The case against having kids
By Anne Kingston

Elaine Lui was 29 years old and had been married for a year when she and her husband, Jacek Szenowicz, decided that they didn't want children. "Before that, we didn't give it a lot of thought," says the Vancouver-based eTalk reporter who writes the popular celebrity gossip blog "It was just an assumption, 'You get married, you have kids.'...Link to full article

Metro, April 2, 2008
Gossip going to blogs?
The Canadian Press

Readers turning to websites for celebrity dirt: Is our appetite for celebrity gossip waning, spurred on by the mystifying fame of cookie-cutter reality stars and a preponderance of speculative stories that rarely come to pass? Some are suggesting that a 10-year tidal wave of Hollywood celebrity news has crested and is beginning to recede - though others counter...Link to full article

Globe and Mail, February 2008
Interview: Elaine (Lainey) Lui: Gossip Girl
By R.M. Vaughan

While Hollywood wrings its expensively moisturized hands in frustration with the continuing writers strike, one group of tinsel- dependent workers are gleefully clapping their paws to red, raw stumps: gossip columnists. Stars with loads of money and access to the best vices are the bread and butter of scandal- mongers, but stars with all the above plus months of time off to misbehave?...Link to full article

InStyle UK, January 2008
What's HOT 2008
By InStyle

Celeb Blog: The new Perez. Forget Perez Hilton - here comes Lainey, right. Full name Elaine Lui, the Canadian TV reporter's daily, spiky musings on celebrity new are devoured by millions of fans worldwide. For every star she loves (Gwyneth Paltrow), there's another she just can't help poking fun at (like Posh). Sign up at to full article

Chatelaine, March 2007
The Gossip Hound
By Denise Balkisoon

Hungry for the latest Brangelina and Britney-Federline news, 150,000 readers a day flock to the Vancouver-based site catty, the gossip hub was founded in 2005 by webmaster Elaine Lui, 33, then a development officer at the child-welfare agency Covenant House. She's since quit her job to devote her days - and nights - to the project...Link to article

BC Business, December 2006
Celebrity Pay Dirt
By Jessica Werb

Video killed the radio star, so the song by one-hit-wonder The Buggles goes. And bloggers, it seems, may just kill the entertainment magazine. Take Elaine Lui, a Vancouver-based celebrity gossip whose decidedly irreverent blog,, has garnered her thousands of fans across North America and landed her a regular TV spot on CIV's eTalk. It's not just Lui's unique brand...Link to full article