Fasting and Gossip
Father Ernesto Obregon (Orthocuban) has a very good post on fasting and gossip here Gossip and justifications | OrthoCuban:
Do you fast?
Let the ears fast by not listening to evil talk and gossip.
For what good is it if we abstain from birds and fishes,
but bite and devour our brothers and sisters? (St. John Chrysostom).
He also gives some good guidelines on how to avoid gossip in circumstances like the following: