Just confirming that that is indeed correct - well, we'll see how we feel come May-ish but that's what is currently in mind.
I have had an idea, but it's a fairly general idea.
Why not, since you're essentially moving CG to Chat, create a nice sticky in Chat called Celeb Gossip? The sticky would update with any members wishing to share the latest gossip, and it could be kept pretty active.
However, I know moderators are wary of stickies/megathreads and it could take away from threads being posted on their own, just an idea...