Casting News for “The Hills”

Its official – Lauren Conrad from the hit reality show, “The Hills”, will not be returning for season 6. However fear not, that doesn’t mean there will be any less drama, especially since Kristin Cavallari will be joining the show and bringing plenty of drama with her. Cavallari is responsible for introducing Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag and look where they are now. It should be an interesting season since Cavallari told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM radio show that she is “on the manhunt, and that her focus will be drinking, fighting, and hooking up”, so let the filming begin. Wow, is it me or is that just quality TV programming in the making?

There is tragic news for the former boxing champ Mike Tyson. His 4 year old daughter somehow got her neck caught in the cable of their home treadmill. Tyson’s 7 year old son found her there, got the mother, who untangled her and called 911. It seems that the cable acted like a noose and the little girl could not get it off herself. She is currently on life support. Mike Tyson was in Las Vegas at the time of the accident and of course immediately returned home upon hearing of the accident. In some other sad news, the sister of Natalie Cole passed away after losing her fight with lung cancer. The ironic part of her death is that she died while her sister Natalie Cole was undergoing surgery to receive her new kidney. Natalie Cole has been released from the hospital and will spend about 3 – 4 months recuperating and getting back her strength.

And here is a little baby news for you this morning. Beach volleyball, gold medalist, Kerri Walsh and her husband Casey Jennings, also a volley ball player, welcomed a son Joseph Michael Jennings. Both mom and baby are doing great. And baby number eight is on the way for Mel Gibson. Gibson shared the news officially with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” as he made his 21st guest appearance. Mel looked handsome and relaxed as he talked about the news of his new baby on the way with 39 year old girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva. Since it will be baby number eight for the superstar, he joked with Jay and said he could call him “Octo – Mel.” This is Jay’s final week as “The Tonight Show” host and his final guest on Friday will be Conan O’Brien, who takes over the show starting June 1st. Jay will start his new primetime gig on the network in the fall.

And last but now least, I watched it and it was painful. The “Jon and Kate Plus 8” season premiere was brutal to watch and not even the least bit enjoyable. Kate just seemed sad and Jon just seemed checked out. The couple did most of the couch interviews apart and when they were together it was just awkward and painful to watch this couple going through this rough time right in front of our eyes. In this first episode Jon was actually away for the weekend, leaving Kate to plan the sextuplet’s 5th birthday party all by herself. When Jon did finally show up in the episode at the party, he drove by himself and had very little contact with Kate. Although only the first episode, repairing their relationship looks a long way off.   

Check Out Cher in a See Through Bodysuit

Big honors for the country duo Brooks and Dunn along with Dierks Bentley who were honored in Sydney Australia for promoting their country music abroad. They were honored by the Country Music Association and Bentley actually won the International Artist Achievement Award. So it was a pretty big achievement for all of them. In the past some winners have included Keith Urban, Shania Twain, Dwight Yokam, the Dixie Chicks and Trisha Yearwood. Congratulations guys!

I have to admit this is getting a bit ridiculous. There are new rumors swirling around the Gosselin family of “Jon and Kate Plus 8”. This time the rumors are aimed at Kate saying that she is having a “more – than- platonic” relationship with the body guard that travels with her and her family. How ironic that this is being said right after all the stuff they are dealing with from her husband’s alleged indiscretions. Honestly they are the “it family” at the moment and it seems that the paparazzi just can’t leave them alone. Kate is fighting mad and in an exclusive interview with People Magazine, says these are just complete lies. She does say that yes they are friends with the people around them like their body guards, publicist, managers etc. because that is who they spend a lot of time with and these work relationships naturally evolve into friendships. She is also very upset and scared that they will lose the friends that they do have because the paparazzi are camped out at their houses. Kate feels that, hey we signed up for this, (we may not like it but it was our choice to put ourselves in the public eye) but their friends did not and it’s just not fair to them. I have to say I am a fan of the show and feel bad for Kate. Who knows what is really going on in her marriage but regardless; she is raising 8 kids and doing the best she can under the circumstances. She is just a regular mom so really, give her a break. Can you even imagine having your life – the good, bad, and ugly played out in front of millions? How did this sweet little show about her sweet kids turn into this? I am sure she asking herself the same thing.

Do you remember Shirley Jones from the Partridge Family? Well if you can believe it she is 75 and looks fabulous. In fact yesterday there was some talk that she was in talks with Playboy Magazine to pose nude. However Playboy has said that is not true, she will not be posing nude. If she had she would have been the oldest woman to do so for the magazine. So Nancy Sinatra will still hold that record posing at 54 along with Farrah Fawcett and Joan Collins who did it at the age of 50. And speaking of some of our favorite aging celebrities, Cher performed this weekend in Las Vegas and appeared in a black see through body suit just like the one she wore almost 20 years ago when she did her “Turn Back Time Video”.  And it looks like if anyone can turn back time it is Cher…she looked amazing and it was hard to even believe she is 62 years old.

Who do you think is going to be this year’s “American Idol” Winner? Simon Cowell told Oprah Winfrey on Monday that he thinks it will be Adam Lambert. It’s hard to believe the season finale is next week already and along with Simon, Randy Jackson is also predicting that Adam will be the winner. We shall see. Tune in tonight for the semi finals and we will see if these guys are right.