What is the obsession with Kendra Wilkinson from “The Girls Next Door”? She has been on 2 reality TV shows one she is currently starring in and now she has a memoir that is going to be published. I mean she is 24 years old, how much can she have to say? The book which is scheduled to be released next summer is said to talk about her childhood, as well as her time in the Playboy mansion and the time she spent with Hugh Hefner. She will talk about her new life with Hank Baskett and the impending birth of her new baby. She is definitely the “it girl” of the moment. She also made a statement the other day about how she is no longer going to be watching “Jon and Kate Plus 8” anymore. She liked it better in the old days when they were just a happy regular family and not all Hollywood and drama like now. She says, “I feel bad for the kids.” Ironically she says that “she would never allow her new baby to appear on her hit E! show ‘Kendra’. That will all be private.” Funny on that same day she signed on for another season of her show with 12 new episodes. We will see how long that sentiment lasts.
Ok and while I am on the whole “Jon and Kate Plus 8” story, I have to make mention of the latest news. Yesterday I shared with you that there seems to be a new woman in Jon’s life, a reporter from the Star Magazine. Well this morning she resigned from her position, stating a conflict of interest. Basically she went to do a story on him and ended up dating him instead. The story however is getting more twisted and convoluted each day. Now it seems that Jon has been telling friends that him and Kate Major are not dating or romantically involved. It is being reported that he even told a friend, “Oh my God, I can’t believe she did this to me. What do I do? She’s totally (bleeping) me over.” Hmmm…what the heck is going on here? Then there are others who were with them in the Hamptons saying they are “definitely dating”. Then there is girlfriend #1 Hailey Glassman, who told People Magazine, “That’s news to me”, when told about the news about Gosselin and Major. People magazine states that Hailey had known the two were in the Hamptons together but had no idea that the two had become romantically involved. Hailey says, “I still love Jon and Jon loves me.” Wow this stuff is a real life soap opera. I can’t wait to tune in tomorrow.
Good news and bad news for rapper Nas. Yesterday I shared with you the news of the birth of his new baby, with ex wife Kelis, which is the good news. The bad news is that he now has to pay $44,000 a month in child support. Wow, I know newborns are expensive but that seems a bit excessive. Can you even imagine that much money a month for child support? Amazing! On a sweeter note Taylor Swift sent her BFF Selena Gomez the biggest bouquet of flowers for her birthday you could ever imagine. It was so large that Swift called ahead to the Disney Channel to make sure it was ok to send it to the studio where Gomez was shooting her hit show, “The Wizards of Waverly Place”. Two men had to help Gomez get it into her car. Selena turned 17. In addition to the flowers Gomez received cards and gifts from her fans and she sent out a video message to thank all her fans.
This story is really quite bizarre and surprising. Actor Rupert Everett did an interview with “The Mirror” of the UK and had some disturbing things to say about Michael Jackson and the U.S. Here are a few of his statements. He says that “The King of Pop is probably better off dead. He was a freak. He looked like a character from Shrek. He was a black to white minstrel.” He says, “Jackson personified the pain and anxiety of a black man in a slave country. We all watched as he changed from black to white. He was living performance art. I think it was fortuitous that he died.” He then goes on to make some statements about Obama as well. He says, “We have Michael Jackson, a black man who has gone white, and we have President Barack Obama, who is a half- white man gone black. It’s absolutely fascinating to watch.” He was just way out there and awfully inappropriate if you ask me. I have always liked him as an actor but some of his statements really make me rethink that. Just odd things to say, don’t you think?
Are you kidding me??? It seems that Jon Gosselin needed to get away again and this time he is doing it with another new woman. There is a new Kate in Jon’s life and the two have been in the Hamptons for 3 days together so far. Ironically this Kate is Kate Major, a tabloid reporter for the Star. She must be in heaven with all this good stuff to write about!! The story gets even better; the two are staying in Michael Lohan’s house (yes that is Lindsay Lohan’s dad). The two are said to both be friends with Michael and when they needed a place to stay he opened up his home to them. Hmmm….I wonder what the Hailey Glassman thinks about this arrangement and I don’t even want to know what his soon to be ex wife thinks about the whole thing. Glad he is having such a blast while his 8 kids are at home with mom.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating its 25th Anniversary! In honor of the celebration there will be two all star concerts held at Madison Square Garden on October 29 and 30. Everyone performing is already an inductee into the Hall of Fame. Some of the performers who will be there are U2, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Metallica, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel will both be there and will perform together and separately. In addition to the big concerts a 9 DVD set which will show highlights from all the induction ceremonies of the last 25 years as well as a book of profiles of all the inductees. Proceeds from the concerts will go to establish an “endowment for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation”.
A Baldwin files bankruptcy. Stephen Baldwin and his wife Kennya are in way over their heads and owe a lot of money to a lot of people, starting with the banks. They owe $1.2 million on their home, plus $70 thousand in credit card debt and over $1 million in taxes….gulp!! Their home was scheduled for auction today and is valued at $1.1 million and they bought it for $515,000 back in 1997. The actor most recently appeared on the controversial season of “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here” and was also on “Celebrity Apprentice."
“Project Runway” is finally getting close to returning after a way too long hiatus. Good news though, the season 6 premiere is less than a month away. In addition to the premiere Lifetime is treating us to a two hour “Project Runway All Star Challenge” airing right before the premiere on August 20. They have just announced who will be competing for the $100,000 prize and it should be a great 2 hours. From season 2, Daniel Vosovic and Santino Rice, and from season 3, Uli Herzner, Mychael Knight,and Jeffrey Sebelia. From season 4 Chris March and Sweet P, and Korto Momolu from season 5. Joining them will be Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia. I can’t wait!!!
Happy News for the “Millionaire Matchmaker”, Patti Stanger, she is engaged to her boyfriend Andy Friedman. The two met 5 1/2 years ago and were set up by a matchmaker. Singer, Kelis welcomed a baby boy on Tuesday named, Knight. Kelis will be raising the baby herself since her and the baby’s father, rapper Nas are no longer together. The couple filed for divorce when she was 7 months pregnant, “citing verbal abuse, and infidelity.” It is official; Eddie Cibrian’s wife has left him. She says that, “Eddie and Leann (Rimes) deserve each other.” That is just an ugly ugly situation. Eddie has two young children ages 6 and 2.
Conan O’Brien welcomed his first cast from a Broadway musical to perform on his show last night. The cast from “Hair”, all 50 members flew from New York to L.A. to perform on their day off. The performance was choreographed special just for Conan’s shows and new set. They looked like they were having a great time and if you haven’t seen the show, just watching the cast made you want to run out and do so. There is something about all the peace and love of the 60’s that is just magical, not to mention those clothes. “Hair” actually won a Tony Award this year for Best Revival of a Musical. Watch the cast sing the title song, “Hair” and “Let the Sunshine In” from Conan last night.
Kenny Chesney says he is in a relationship, but this time he is with a regular person not a celebrity and that is making a huge difference. He is also keeping this relationship more private, which he says is hard to do. All he will say is that she is a nurse and “levelheaded”. He also says that,” She’s a real normal girl. Which is what I need, because my life isn’t normal.” Chesney is currently on tour and has some pretty crazy stuff going on during the tour. One thing he does is”soar over the audience in a flying chair” which was inspired by Van Halen, who in the day did something similar but on a surfboard. A tiki bar is also a staple backstage and was inspired by Sammy Hagar (formerly with Van Halen) and his Cabo Wabo bar. Life is going just find these days for the superstar. Other country news that should excite many country fans, Big & Rich the country duo are back together for a summer tour. The two promise plenty of their old hits but will also include songs from each of their solo careers as well.
No one knows better than Jon Gosselin how harsh the media and the public can be and his new girlfriend, Hailey Glassman, is finding this out the hard way. After being spotted in France with Jon Gosselin the internet and media immediately went into a frenzy to find out about this new woman in Jon’s life and what they found and had to say was anything but kind. Not only is she being called a wild party girl, there are actually pictures on line to prove it along with a mug shot from 2005 when she was arrested for possession of marijuana, hashish and hashish oil. In 2007 she was also in some trouble for drinking underage. Both cases were dropped and she ended up on probation for the drug charges. IT’s not exactly a pretty picture in general but especially for someone hanging out with the famous father of 8. It is also being said that she is just with Jon to become famous. Hailey was so upset by all the media bashing that she laid low during her last night in France and left Jon to go out partying by himself. Jon also arrived solo at JFK airport today. Can you even imagine what Kate has to say about all this?
It is almost time for the “MTV Video Music Awards”. The show is scheduled for September 13 in New York and the host this year will be comic Russell Brand for the second year in a row. He is a very controversial choice and really stirred things up last year with some comments about the Jonas Brothers, which he even ended up apologizing for afterwards. So as always it should be an interesting evening with a little bit of unexpected to go with it. The show is also starting to line up its talent for the evening and Taylor Swift is the first to sign on to perform during the show. At this point it is being said she will sing a “never before heard version” of her song, “You Belong With Me”.
Bono, from U2, is just full of surprises. In an upcoming broadcast on BBC Radio, on May 13th, Bono will be reading a poem he wrote about Elvis Presley more than 10 years ago. Bono is a huge Elvis fan and truly realizes what a groundbreaker Elvis was in his time. Like many, Bono was influenced by Elvis as a child. In his poem he talks about Elvis’ early years as a truck driver and how he basically revolutionized the music world. In his poem he says, “Elvis was made by America so America could remake itself”, he also writes, “Elvis woke up my heart”. The poem seems really incredible and a wonderful way to honor Elvis during the poetry season on the BBC. It has taken a while to figure out the best venue for the poem and how to present it to people and that is one of the reasons it has basically sat on a shelf for all these years. Along with the poem there will be a 15 minute presentation surrounding it that will include some of Elvis’ music along with other Elvis information to compliment the poem.
Just as Michael Jackson is trying to unbury himself from all his debt, his publicist has decided to sue him for $44 million dollars that she claims he owes her from the past 5 years. Raymone Bain helped Michael though his molestation charges, with the release of the 25th Anniversary edition of his “Thriller” album, worked with him on refinancing his Beatles song catalog and even helped him with his negotiations for his current concerts that is his doing right now in London and she claims she has not been paid. Unfortunately for Michael she is not the only one to claim that Michael owes her money. I am thinking Michael better add some concerts to his schedule to start paying back some of these people.
Oh and like I said yesterday the “Jon and Kate plus 8” saga continues and just gets uglier and crazier. This morning Kate was on the “Today Show” to promote her new book sans hubby, who was at home with the kids. The poor woman looked stressed and miserable and who could blame her. Everywhere she turns this ugly story, true or false is everywhere. The paparazzi are hunting her down and following her everywhere. Kate told Meredith Viera that “she is hesitant to believe” the stories she is hearing about her husband. She said they are trying to “deal with it privately”. John is still vehemently denying the alleged affair and the woman in question; Deanna Hummel is also speaking out. She is saying her brother is a liar and there are issues between them and he is making all of this up to hurt her and get back at her. I may have on my rose colored glasses but I have to say I am still hoping all the stories are not true. It is hard to believe it is not thought with all that is being said and video being shown, but like Kate, I just don’t want to believe it.
What is it about Victoria Beckham and hottie husband David Beckham posing in their underwear? Victoria has a new campaign ad that has just been unveiled and the 34 year old mother of 3 looks amazing. She is literally larger than life in her 20 foot banner that was unveiled yesterday at Macy’s in New York City. The super couple has signed a multimillion dollar deal to do these incredible underwear ads for Armani and I would definitely say the company and the Beckhams are getting their money’s worth. Did I mention she is a mother of 3??? WOW!!!
Sadly the Jon & Kate Plus 8 plot thickens…US Magazine is confirming that Jon Gosselin has been having an affair for 3 months, with Deanna Hummel, a 3rd grade teacher. The news comes straight from Deanna’s brother and roommate, Jason. In addition to Jason, the magazine is reporting that they have talked to 5 additional people who are also confirming the story. I have to say I am sitting here shocked, and although I wrote two stories about his late night mishaps, I was really hoping in my heart that his denials were true. The brother gives detailed descriptions of times the two have been together and it seems that they have been able to spend a lot of time together. Wow, pretty shocking…I wonder what this will mean for the Gosselin family and next seasons show. I am sure Kate does not want to be raising that family on her own. Good luck guys. I am sure we will be hearing more on the Jon & Kate saga.
Good news for Kylie Minogue fans, she is finally going to come and do some concerts in the United States and Canada. At this point she is just going to go to 6 cities including New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago and Toronto. Her tour will start at the end of September and you can catch her this Friday with Hoda and Kathie Lee on the “Today Show” .Paula Abdul is finally coming clean and admitting that she has had a dependency on pain medication for years and last Thanksgiving she got clean. Paula’s pain was officially diagnosed as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, which is basically a very real condition where she was suffering from chronic pain all the time. It all started years ago from all her years as a professional dancer and a back and neck injury from a plane crash back in 1993. In addition to the pain killers she has also had 15 surgeries over the years to help her. Now with the help of yoga and spiritual workshops she is almost 100% better. At least this finally explains all her weirdness over the years. You knew it had to be something making her act that way. You can read all about Paula’s struggles and recovery in the June issue of “Ladies Home Journal” and you can also hear Paula sing her new single, “I’m Just (Here for the Music)” on “American Idol” tonight.
Hollywood loses another legend, Dom DeLuise died Monday night at the age of 75. DeLuise was a household name back in the 70’s and 80’s when he appeared in movies like “Blazing Saddles”, “Cannonball Run”, “Smokey and the Bandit ll” and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”. He leaves behind his wife who he has been married too since 1965 as well as 3 sons who are all actors. On a happier note I have two marriages to report. Drummer, Meg White from the group The White Stripes just got engaged to Jackson Smith, who is the son of the singer Patti Smith. They plan to wed sometime this year. Also a famous actress/Broadway star tied the knot this weekend… Bebe Neuwirth who played Lilith on the hit show “Frasier” married Chris Calkins in Manhattan. Most recently Neuwirth has spent her time on Broadway in shows like “Sweet Charity” and “Chicago” and next year she will join the new musical “The Addams Family” where she will play Morticia. That should be a great show.
Happy news for Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Matthew Broderick – the couple is expecting twin girls this summer via a surrogate. The “Sex and the City” star has a 6 year old son James and the entire family is very excited! After hearing some gossip last year about Matthew cheating with a 21 year old I am very happy to hear some good news about one of my favorite actresses. Sarah Jessica is 44 and Matthew is 47 and it is said that the surrogate is a 26 year old divorcee. Other good news about a couple that has been dealing with bad news and bad publicity about an alleged affair are Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scailfa. The 2 however seem very happy and Patti joined her husband on stage Monday night during an event honoring Tom Hanks. The Boss called up his wife and then in front of everyone gave her a big kiss. Everyone cheered. Not only were people happy to see the couple together but that Patti was doing just fine after having fallen off her horse earlier in the month.
Teenage love, why can’t we just not stop talking about the break up between 19 year old Taylor Swift and her ex Joe Jonas, 19 of the Jonas Brothers? Well we all know singers like to release their sorrow and pain through their songs (just ask Pink and Alanis Morrisette) and it seems that Swift is no different and her song “Forever and Always” is about the break up between her and Joe. Joe is not mad to hear about the break up in a song and in fact he says “it’s flattering” and “it’s always nice to hear their side of the story. More bad news for Jon Gosselin from the TLC reality show “Jon and Kate Plus 8”. The rumors are swirling again about Jon and his cheating ways and this time it seems that he was caught and photographed with another woman coming out of a bar together at 2 in the morning. Witnesses also say they overheard him call her “babe” on more than one occasion. Jon is still denying any form of cheating and sent an email to US Magazine claiming that the woman is just a friend of his. He writes “Yes, I have female friends – but that‘s all she is. I’m not going to end my friendships just because I am on TV.” Where was Kate during all this? She was actually out promoting her new book called “Eight Little Faces” and was in Washington during the night in question. The show has been renewed for a 5th season which should be interesting since in the finale the couple did admit they were going through a bit of a “rough patch”. But hey who doesn’t, especially with all those kids and your life being filmed all the time for a TV show? They are a good family and those kids need their daddy. I hope they can get through the rough patch and work it out.
And last but not least….fact or fiction? Star Magazine is reporting that Jennifer Aniston has started the adoption process in California and is planning on adopting a little boy. The Star says she is even getting help from her friend Sheryl Crow who also went through the adoption process 2 years ago. I think we have heard this story 100 times already but I hope for Anniston it is true. She is 40 and not dating anyone so the time is now if she wants children in her life. I am sure if this is true or not we will be hearing more about it.