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News 06/03/2007

In reality TV news: Anthony Morrison, a 40-year-old Hertfordshire, England-native who works at Londoner Salon and Day Spa in Manhattan Beach, CA, defeated eventual third-place finisher Daisy Duchens, a 31-year-old from Hialeah, FL who works at Miami-based AVEDA concept salon Om Beauty Co.; and second-place finisher Ben Mollin, a 32-year-old from Chicago, IL who works as a freelance stylist with personal clientele, on Bravo's "Shear Genius" Wednesday night. On Thursday, John Lakness, a 25-year-old scientist/Chippendale Dancer from Carlisle, MA, was the first swashbuckler cut adrift on the series premiere of CBS's "Pirate Master."

Rosie O'Donnell posted a video blog on her Website stating that she does not expect ever to speak to Elisabeth Hasselbeck again in the wake of the on-air dustup that led to her early exit from "The View." "I haven't spoken to her, and I probably won't, and I think it's just as well," O'Donnell said. The former chat-fest co-host also confessed that her chief writer did indeed scrawl a mustache on a poster of Hasselbeck hanging in the "View" studio. "It was a joke on the way out," she said. In happier news for a former "View" co-host, Lisa Ling tied the knot with Chicago-based doctor Paul Song on Saturday in Los Angeles, People reports. Ling and Song announced their engagement in January.

Mischa Barton was hospitalized Sunday after suffering an adverse reaction to a medication, TMZ reports. The former "O.C." star apparently fell ill at a friend's Memorial Day barbecue and was rushed to the hospital for treatment. A rep for Barton said she was with her family and "feeling much better."

Miss Japan Riyo Mori, a 20-year-old dancer from the small town of Shizuoka at the base of Mount Fuji, was named Miss Universe 2007 Monday night, marking only the second time her country has won the competition. The first time was in 1959, when Akiko Kojima became the first Miss Universe from Asia.

NBC ousted its chief entertainment executive, Kevin Reilly, Tuesday and replaced him with the two-man team of Ben Silverman, the man responsible for bringing "Ugly Betty" and "The Office" to American television, and veteran TV exec Marc Graboff. Reilly has headed up the struggling network's entertainment division for the last four years and signed a new three-year contract in February.

A new study from Nielsen Media Research has unearthed the shocking information that more than half of DVR users fast-forward through commercials. The really shocking part? That close to half of DVR users don't fast-forward through commercials.

The various networks under the NBC Universal banner have the July 7 Live Earth concerts covered, with NBC airing a three-hour primetime event special, Bravo broadcasting 18 hours of live coverage and "best of" moments, and Telemundo and Mun2 airing specials focusing on Latin performers. "NBC Universal's sweeping coverage of Live Earth ensures that Americans from coast to coast will be able to tune in to the concerts and take action against the climate crisis," Live Earth founder Kevin Wall said in a statement.

Vanessa Williams has filed a police report after her beloved pet Yorkie, Enzo, disappeared from her yard in suburban New York Monday, marking the second time a dog belonging to a high-profile owner has vanished from the area this month. (Gus, a long-haired dachshund owned by former New York Post publisher Ken Chandler, has been missing for over two weeks.) The distraught actress has raised concerns that the pets fell into the hands of a dognapping ring, but authorities are convinced coyotes are the culprits.

Matt Lauer has issued an apology after "Today" aired his interview with presidential candidate Mitt Romney that was conducted in the back of an SUV where neither man wore a seatbelt. "I should have set a better example," Lauer admitted. The program received more than 100 emails about the oversight while the segment was still airing Wednesday, producers said.

Fred Thompson has asked to be released from "Law & Order" after playing New York District Attorney Arthur Branch for the last five seasons as he considers making a run for president, series creator Dick Wolf said Wednesday. Thompson, a former U.S. senator from Tennessee, has yet to announce he's seeking the GOP nomination but has taken steps toward entering the field.

Stephen Baldwin broke a shoulder and rib Thursday while riding a bull in a segment for the upcoming CMT reality show "Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge." Other celebrity participants include Leif Garrett and Vanilla Ice.

A Chicago man accused of posting episodes of "24" on LiveDigital.com before the FOX show's sixth-season premiere was charged Friday in federal court with one felony count of uploading copyrighted material that had been intended for commercial distribution. Jorge Romero, 24, has told FBI investigators that he found the episodes on another Website. Either way, he's facing three years in prison if convicted.

The executive producers of "Battlestar Galactica" have announced the series will end its run at the conclusion of its fourth season, which premieres in November. The news ends months of speculation from the show's devoted followers, who have been readying themselves for the worst. "This show was always meant to have a beginning, a middle and, finally, an end," the producers said in a statement. "Over the course of the last year, the story and the characters have been moving strongly toward that end, and we've decided to listen to those internal voices and conclude the show on our own terms."

Four Georgia women have filed a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles, alleging that a viewer participation contest that takes place on NBC's "Deal or No Deal" constitutes illegal gambling. The plaintiffs cite a 99-cent "premium" text message fee charged to viewers who take part in the "Lucky Case Game" by via cell phone, and claim that the contest can be considered a lottery under California, New York, and Massachusetts state law.

David Hasselhoff and his ex-wife Pamela Bach were due back in court Friday for another hearing on their ongoing custody battle over their two teenage daughters, but it was postponed because one of the actor's attorneys called in sick, according to a court official. The former "Baywatch" star reportedly has temporary custody of the girls, despite the leak of the infamous footage showing him drunk and struggling to eat a hamburger.

Dania Ramirez, who played A.J.'s fiancée on "The Sopranos," has been added as a regular to the second season of "Heroes," per the Hollywood Reporter. She plays a new Hero named Maya, but her powers are being kept under wraps.

Jeremy Sisto has signed on to join the cast of "Law & Order" for the 18th season, playing a detective, per the Hollywood Reporter. The "Six Feet Under" alum also made an appearance as a defense attorney in the show's 17th-season finale.

Paula Abdul says she is "deeply hurt" that a phone conversation she conducted with her reps was leaked to the press, then posted on YouTube. On the tape, the "American Idol" judge can be heard sobbing and complaining about poor treatment by her publicist. "I've never been treated this way, and I've never seen anybody treated this way," she says. In a statement to TMZ, Abdul called the release of the conversation "not only illegal but also highly unethical," and said she felt her privacy had been violated.

Katherine Heigl told Entertainment Weekly that she expected things to be awkward with Isaiah Washington after she publicly denounced his use of a gay slur, but that he actually came up and apologized to her on the "Grey's Anatomy" set. "He made a big mistake, and it was thoughtless and boneheaded, and I think he's very sorry and embarrassed," the Knocked Up star said.

News 05/27/2007

In reality TV news: Tessa Horst, a 26-year-old San Francisco social worker, accepted the final rose…and a marriage proposal…from U.S. Navy Lieutenant Andy Baldwin, a 30-year-old undersea medical officer stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI, over Bevin Powers, a 28-year-old Palo Alto, CA clinic research coordinator, during the final Rose Ceremony at the conclusion of Sunday's finale of ABC's "The Bachelor 10: Officer and a Gentleman." If the couple actually makes it to the altar, it will be only the second known marriage in "Bachelor"/"Bachelorette" history. On Tuesday, Two-time Olympic gold medalist speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno and professional partner Julianne Hough glided to first place on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars 4," edging out former N’Sync singer Joey Fatone for the win, while professional boxer Laila Ali took third. On Wednesday, Jordin Sparks bested Blake Lewis, a 25-year-old from Bothell, WA, to take the title in FOX's two-hour finale of "American Idol 6" that included performances from past winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Carrie Underwood, and Taylor Hicks, as well as seasoned pros like Bette Midler, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, and Tony Bennett. "I can't thank you enough!" an emotional Sparks said upon learning she had received the lion's share of the more than 74 million votes cast. The 17-year-old Glendale, AZ singer is the youngest contestant ever to win the competition. Also on Wednesday, Dr. Boogie, the 33-year-old owner of the Hair Studio Salon in North Hollywood, CA, was eliminated on Bravo's "Shear Genius."

Paula Abdul fell and broke her nose over the weekend while attempting to avoid stepping on one of her Chihuahuas, her rep tells "E! News." The injury is not expected to affect her appearances on "American Idol" this week.

Lane Garrison pled guilty Monday to felony vehicular manslaughter and two other alcohol-related charges stemming from the car crash that killed 17-year-old Vahagn Setian in December. He faces up to six years and eight months behind bars when he is sentenced on Aug. 2.

A judge has restored David Hasselhoff's visitation rights with his two teenage daughters after suspending them for two weeks in the wake of the release of footage showing the actor drunk and struggling to eat a hamburger. Hasselhoff's attorney disclosed the development Monday before a closed-door hearing concerning the videotape and other issues. Following the hearing, both the ex-"Baywatch" star and his ex-wife Pamela Bach said they were happy with the outcome, but were unable to elaborate due to a gag order in the case.

Jennifer Lopez has been ordered to give a court deposition on June 11 in a lawsuit filed by a man who has accused the singer-actress, UPN and CBS of stealing his idea for the now-defunct series "South Beach." Lopez was the executive producer of the show, which debuted in January 2006.

Farrah Fawcett's cancer has returned, three months after her doctors gave her the all clear. A rep for the erstwhile "Charlie's Angels" star confirmed that a small malignant polyp was discovered in the same area where she was treated for anal cancer last year. Physically, the actress is "doing great" and the cancer has not spread, according to Craig Nevius, the executive producer of "Chasing Farrah."

Al Franken's got somewhere between $4.3 million and $9.9 million in the bank, according to a disclosure form he filed with the Senate. The former "SNL" player launched his campaign for a seat in the Minnesota Senate earlier this year.

In a bid to cut costs, NBC has elected not to renew "Dateline NBC" anchor Stone Phillips' contract when it expires at the end of June. "It's been a wonderful 15 years," Phillips said in a statement. "I wish the people of NBC News all the best."

Donald Trump may be ready to quit "The Apprentice," but NBC might not be ready to let him go. After the mogul said last week that he was "moving on from 'The Apprentice' to a major new TV venture," the network responded Monday, saying that no decision had been made on the show's future. Should the series get picked up for a seventh season, Trump might be contractually obligated to return, per the Hollywood Reporter.

Boston radio station WRKO-AM has rescinded its offer to let former "Imus in the Morning" producer Bernard McGuirk audition for a spot on morning program "Finneran's Forum" this week after black community leaders said they would hold a protest outside the station. McGuirk was involved in the on-air racial banter that led to Don Imus' dismissal as well as his own.

Joe Francis pled not guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery stemming from an 18-year-old woman's allegation that he fondled her breasts, buttocks, and inner thigh at a party in January after she asked him not to touch her. "The Girls Gone Wild" guy, who is due to be extradited to Nevada to face tax evasion charges this week, was not required to attend the hearing, which took place in Los Angeles.

A musical version of "The Addams Family" is scheduled to hit Broadway during the 2009-10 season.

Nicole Richie's publicist has denied reports that the "Simple Life" star has checked back into rehab. "Yes, she did go see her therapist, but she is sober. Sobriety is an ongoing process," the rep said. "This is such a nonstory." Both the Star and the National Enquirer reported that Richie had entered the Beau Monde treatment center to deal with an eating disorder and substance abuse issues.

Paris Hilton tops Forbes magazine's list of the hottest billionaire heiresses, with sister Nicky checking in at number three behind Ivanka Trump. Julia Louis-Dreyfus makes a surprise entry at number four (apparently her father is worth $3.5 billion) and Ralph Lauren's daughter, Dylan, rounds out the top five.

"24" star Kim Raver is expecting her second child with husband Manuel Boyer this fall, shortly before the premiere of her new NBC series "Lipstick Jungle," her rep confirmed to "E! News." The couple already have a four-year-old son named Luke.

Oprah Winfrey told the New York Daily News she was "stunned" to learn that her father, Vernon Winfrey, was writing a book about her. "The worst part of it was him saying, 'I meant to tell you I've been working on it,' " she said. Appropriately enough, the Queen of Daytime's dad reportedly plans to call his tome Things Unspoken.

Tom Arnold has filed for divorce from his third wife, Shelby Roos, after five years of marriage. The actor cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split, according to court documents filed Monday. The duo previously separated in August 2006, but later reconciled in a bid to work things out.

His show may have been canceled, but George Lopez already has a new gig lined up. The comic will join Howie Mandel and Craig Ferguson as headliners of the inaugural Just for Laughs Toronto Festival July 26-28.

"Lost" wrapped its third season Wednesday with a number of startling developments. As predicted by Desmond, Charlie managed to shut off the jamming signal in the submerged station, before drowning. His efforts allowed Jack and the gang to use Naomi's satellite phone to make contact with her boat, though Locke killed her in an attempt to stop them. The episode indicated that the survivors of Oceanic 815 will get off the island, as Jack was shown in apparent flash-forward sequences...however, judging from the ruined state of his life, leaving the island might not be in their best interests, as both Ben and Locke tried to warn them. Devotees of the show will have a long wait for answers...the fourth season won't debut until early 2008.

In her first major acting role without her twin sister, Mary-Kate Olsen will join the cast of Showtime's "Weeds" as a series regular, playing a devoted Christian girl who becomes a love interest for Nancy Botwin's (Mary-Louise Parker) son Silas (Hunter Parrish), per the Hollywood Reporter. Olsen will appear in 10 of 15 episodes in the third season, which premieres Aug. 13.

NBC is rumored to be adding several new characters to "Heroes," including a romantic interest for Claire (Hayden Panettiere), a 28-year-old black surrogate mother for Niki's (Ali Larter) son, an Irish mobster, and a sexy Latina, per the Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, FOX will reportedly add a wrongfully imprisoned fisherman to join Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) and the "Prison Break" gang in the Panama prison, as well as a local woman (the fisherman's girlfriend), a Panamanian drug kingpin and a female operative with a government conspiracy organization.

Alec Baldwin is back with CAA after abruptly leaving the agency in the wake of his voicemail scandal, Variety reports. After his angry phone message to his daughter, Ireland, became public fodder last month, the actor dropped CAA and tried to quit "30 Rock," but NBC pointed out that he was still under contract to the series, which was renewed for a second season despite low ratings.

Isaiah Washington's public service announcement meant to combat intolerance based on sexual orientation, race, and gender will debut Thursday during back-to-back repeat episodes of "Grey's Anatomy." The PSA is the result of the actor's January meeting with representatives from GLAAD and GLSEN, during which he apologized for his public use of an antigay slur and expressed interest in making amends. Despite Washington's best efforts, it remains unclear whether he'll be back as Dr. Preston Burke next season. On Friday, his rep said Washington's deal wasn't finalized, but the actor had "no reason to believe he won't be putting on the scrubs."

A judge has ordered O.J. Simpson to turn over any money a Florida lawyer is holding for him to the family of Ron Goldman. Attorney Leonardo D. Starke is believed to be holding the princely sum of $3,500 for the fallen football star in a client trust account. Though the amount is small, a lawyer for the Goldman family said the legal victory could have broader implications, as it shows they are sniffing out Simpson's assets from across state lines.

A disorderly intoxication charge against David Faustino was dropped Tuesday, but the "Married with Children" star still faces a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge stemming from his arrest in Florida earlier this month. If convicted, he could face up to a year in prison.

Brandy denied in court documents filed Wednesday "each and every allegation" in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against her by the husband of a woman killed in a four-car crash allegedly caused by the "Moesha" star. The woman whose car actually broadsided the deceased's vehicle has also sued Brandy for negligence, per TMZ.

Rosie O'Donnell won't be back on "The View" after ABC agreed to release her from final three weeks of contract following on-air dustup with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Predictably, Donald Trump applauds the move, saying "a good service was done by getting her off the airwaves." Barbara Walters has denied speculation that the latest heated dustup between O'Donnell and Hasselbeck was staged as a ratings stunt, calling the suggestion "just absurd" on Thursday's "View." Walters, who was absent Wednesday when O'Donnell and Hasselbeck's on-air clash occurred, said she had things back under control. "Aunt Barbara is back, and there will be peace in the kingdom," she joked. O'Donnell was absent from Thursday's broadcast, but Walters said she was taking the day off to celebrate her partner's birthday, not to avoid Hasselbeck. Meanwhile, O'Donnell's chief writer was allegedly escorted out of "View" headquarters by security Thursday after she was caught drawing mustaches on photographs of Hasselbeck that hang on the studio's walls, the New York Post reports. ABC confirmed in a statement that "photographs at the "View's" offices were defaced," but said that O'Donnell was not in the building at the time. "ABC Legal and Human Resources are investigating the matter," the network added.

A federal judge says that he's leaning toward dismissing Carol Burnett's copyright infringement lawsuit against FOX. She claims that the creators of "Family Guy" did not have the her permission to use her Charwoman character and a version of the theme music from her eponymous variety show in an April 2006 episode, in which the character is working as a maid in a sex shop. Her attorney has argued that FOX is not protected by the fair use clause because the target of the parody was Burnett herself.

Ty Pennington has pled no contest to one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 percent or higher stemming from his arrest May 5 in which the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" host blew a .14 percent, nearly twice the state legal limit. A second charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs was dismissed.

Bindi Irwin launched her new Discovery Kids show, "Bindi: The Jungle Girl," in Australia Friday. "I'm proud to be showing kids that conservation and helping wildlife is a stack of fun," said the eight-year-old daughter of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. The show premieres in the U.S. June 9, one day after Bindi hosts the one-hour Animal Planet special, "My Daddy the Croc Hunter."

News 05/20/2007

In reality TV news: Earl Cole, a 35-year-old ad executive from Kansas City, Kansas, won CBS's "Survivor: Fiji" and the million-dollar prize Sunday night, while also becoming the first castaway to get all nine votes, the first shut out in the reality competition's history. He beat Cassandra Franklin, a 42-year-old civil engineer manager from Los Angeles, CA and Andria "Dreamz" Herd, a 25-year-old Wilmington, NC cheerleading coach who spent part of his life homeless, in the final Tribal Council. Also ousted were Kenward "Boo" Bernis, a 34-year-old construction worker from Lafayette, LA; and Yau-Man Chan, a 54-year-old computer engineer who currently resides in Martinez, CA but was born in Hong Kong and raised in Borneo, Malaysia. Also on Sunday, Vicki Barbolak of Vista, CA, was selected as the winner of Nick at Nite's "Funniest Mom in America 3," beating out Pat Candaras of Brooklyn, NY and Cathy Ladman of Santa Monica, CA. On Tuesday, despite earning a perfect score for the jive, which he performed wearing an Elvis outfit, former "Beverly Hills 90210" actor Ian Ziering and his partner Cheryl Burke were unable to outlast Laila Ali, Joey Fatone, and Apolo Anton Ohno on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars 4." On Wednesday, Melinda Doolittle, 29-year-old Brentwood, TN resident who had previously worked as a background singer, long considered the best singer on this season of FOX's "American Idol 6," was eliminated, leaving Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks to duke it out in the finale. Doolittle took her elimination in stride, keeping a smile on her face and belting out "I'm a Woman" before leaving the stage. Less composed was Simon Cowell, who had predicted that the singer would go all the way in the competition. The judge covered his face with his hands when he heard the result, saying, "My commiserations, Melinda, because you are one heck of a singer." "I think that two amazing people are in the finale right now and I couldn't be more proud of them. Those are still my babies, I'm still their mama. I don't feel cheated at all," Doolittle said to Ryan Seacrest on Thursday. Also on Wednesday, Jaslene Gonzalez, 20-year-old online college admissions advisor from Chicago, IL, was crowned the winner of the CW's "America's Next Top Model 8" during the season finale, beating out Natasha Galkina, a 21-year-old college student from Dallas, TX who is originally from Russia, and Renee Alway, a 20-year-old stay-at-home-mom from Maui, HI. Finally on Wednesday, both Tyson, the 31-year-old owner of Fauntelle in Salt Lake City, UT, and Tabatha, the 39-year-old owner of Industrie Hair Gurus in Ridgewood, NJ, were eliminated on Bravo's "Shear Genius."

The trial in the $10 million slander suit filed against Paris Hilton by diamond heiress Zeta Graff has been rescheduled to Aug. 22. Graff, who used to date Hilton's ex, Paris Latsis, claims the hotel namesake fed the press false stories about her. Graff has issued a statement questioning Hilton's ability to maintain her busy social schedule when she is supposedly too emotionally fragile to deal with the $10 million slander suit against her. "If Ms. Hilton was nightclubbing on Saturday night, she should not have been representing to the court on Monday morning that she was unable to participate in the trial," Graff said. Earlier this week, a judge rescheduled the start of the trial to Aug. 22, after Hilton's psychiatrist declared her too traumatized over her jail sentence to handle the pressures of another trial at this time. Meanwhile, an Arizona sheriff has generously offered to help out with Los Angeles' jail overcrowding problem by detaining Hilton in Phoenix's Tent City Jail for the duration of her 45-day probation violation sentence. The prison houses its 2,000 female inmates in Korean War era tents. Though Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca is reportedly considering the offer, it is unlikely to actually come to fruition. Also, Hilton will serve about 23 days of her 45-day prison sentence, and won't have to mingle with the masses on the inside, Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Wednesday. The heiress will be confined to a "special needs housing unit," reserved for high-profile inmates at the Century Regional Detention Center. Her sentence was shortened for good behavior, which was determined by factors such as showing up for her most recent court date.

Anna Nicole Smith's will and probate petition were filed Monday in Los Angeles with the latter listing just over $700,000 in assets and asking that Howard K. Stern be named the estate's special administrator. Larry Birkhead and Dannielynn were also listed as having an interest in Smith's estate.

Vanessa Minnillo and Mario Lopez have been tapped to host the Miss Universe 2007 pageant airing live on NBC from Mexico City on May 28. Both bring experience to the job...Minnillo as a former Miss Teen USA, and Lopez as a former host of the Miss America pageant. Meanwhile, Lopez told "E! News" Ryan Seacrest that he is not moving in with former "Dancing with the Stars" partner Karina Smirnoff, as previously reported by People. The pair came in second on last season's edition of the hit ABC show and have been dating ever since.

"Heroes" is getting a spin-off of its very own, focusing on characters not yet introduced on the series, NBC said Monday. "Heroes: Origins" will take over the original series' Monday timeslot when "Heroes" is on hiatus. The first season of "Heroes" will be released on DVD Aug. 28 in a seven-disc set featuring 50 deleted scenes and a never-before-aired 73-minute cut of the premiere episode, as well as interviews with the cast and secrets of some of the show's intense special effects.

All three "Law & Orders" will stay on the air, thanks to a last-minute deal reached Sunday between NBC Universal and series creator Dick Wolf. The mothership series and the top-rated "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" will continue to air on NBC, while "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" will air first on USA, then encore on NBC.

Warning: If you have not yet watched the latest episode of "The Sopranos" and do not want to know what happened, STOP READING. For those of you still with us, with the series finale just weeks away, Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) met his demise on Sunday's episode at the hands of his uncle Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) after they were involved in a car wreck that left Christopher critically injured. Tony, who had been increasingly concerned about his nephew turning State's witness against him, chose to smother Christopher rather than calling for help.

Drea de Matteo and her longtime boyfriend, Shooter Jennings, are expecting their first child together later this year, Us Weekly reports. The ex-"Sopranos" star confirmed the pregnancy after the "very rude and condescending salespeople" at Veronique Maternity in Manhattan tipped off the New York Post to her impending arrival, prompting her to boycott the store and advise her peers to do the same. "Shop at Pea in the Pod," de Matteo recommended. "The salespeople are lovely and helpful and know how to keep exciting news to themselves."

O.J. Simpson will not take legal action against the owner of a Louisville, Kentucky, steakhouse who ejected him from his restaurant the night before the Kentucky Derby, Simpson's lawyer said. Attorney Yale Galanter had initially claimed the incident was racially motivated and that he would potentially go after the eatery's liquor license, but later said he was dropping the matter so as not to give restaurant owner Jeff Ruby any more publicity. Ruby said he asked Simpson to leave because he was disgusted by the amount of attention the former football star continues to attract.

ABC has officially picked up the "Grey's Anatomy" spin-off, tentatively titled "Private Practice," according to Variety. The show centers on Dr. Addison Shepherd's (Kate Walsh) adventures in medicine in a Los Angeles setting.

Donald Trump became a grandfather over the weekend when his son Donald Jr. and wife Vanessa welcomed their first child, a daughter named Kai Madison. The newest addition to the Trump clan is just 14 months younger than her Uncle Barron, Trump's son with his third wife, Melania. Meanwhile, "The Apprentice" was nowhere to be found on the lineup NBC presented at the 2007-08 upfronts Monday, although the network says that the show has not been canceled and could still come back midseason.

XM Radio has suspended shock jocks Opie and Anthony for 30 days after they aired a contributor named Homeless Charlie's graphic remarks about wanting to have sex with Laura Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Queen Elizabeth on their satellite radio show last week. Though the duo initially apologized for the comments, they made light of the situation on Monday's show, leading the company to yank them off the air, effective immediately.

"American Idol" is having a secondhand sale. Clothing belonging to Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell, among others, is on the block as part of an online auction organized by Kimberley Locke and the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation. Bidding begins Monday.

"The King of Queens'" nine-season reign came to an end Monday, with Doug (Kevin James) and Carrie (Leah Remini) becoming parents twice over. The couple flew to China to adopt a baby girl, then learned they were pregnant. As the show ended, Doug was seen trying to comfort two crying infants.

Apparently, Joe Francis is not wild about prison. The "Girls Gone Wild" guy, who is due for release from a Florida jail cell this week recently told a psychiatrist that he would consider suicide if his imprisonment was extended, according to a report obtained by the Smoking Gun. After a two-hour evaluation, Dr. Ronald Markman, who was hired by Francis' defense team, determined the soft-porn impresario was "clinically stable," but demonstrated "significant psychiatric issues." The report was included in a defense filing seeking to have Francis transferred expeditiously from Florida to Reno, Nevada, where he faces tax evasion charges. Francis is headed to Nevada after prosecutors lost their battle to stop federal marshals from moving the "Girls Gone Wild" guru from a Panama City jail to Reno, where he will face tax evasion charges. Florida prosecutors wanted to keep him in custody and make him stand trial on state charges involving the sexual exploitation of minors before tending to his other legal problems. A U.S. Marshals spokesman said the soft-porn impresario would likely be sent to Reno before the end of the month.

The highly evolved Geico cavemen will be the subject of their own sitcom for ABC, centering on their attempts to live normal lives in Atlanta. The show, launching this fall, will not star the same guys from the commercials. Meanwhile, the network dropped the ax on "George Lopez" and "Knights of Prosperity" and left "According to Jim" off the schedule after five seasons.

With "Ugly Betty" sitting pretty, Salma Hayek has signed a two-year deal to develop and produce new series projects for ABC Studios through her company, Vetanarosa Productions, per the Hollywood Reporter.

Jennifer Garner is pitching a show described as "The View," but for moms. Lauren Sanchez-Whitesell, the host of "So You Think You Can Dance," would serve as host, while Garner would executive produce and make occasional appearances.

Prince Harry will not deploy to Iraq with his unit because of the excessive risk to him and his comrades, Britain's top general said Wednesday. The prince was said to be "very disappointed" by the decision in a statement released by Clarence House.

The clock will keep ticking on "24." FOX announced Wednesday that it has renewed the Emmy-winning series for two additional seasons, keeping it on the air through 2009.

Kate Walsh, star of "Grey's Anatomy" and its new spin-off, "Private Practice," is engaged to her boyfriend, Alex Young, Us Weekly reports. The actress confirmed the news on Tuesday, saying that the proposal "happened a few days ago" and she was "on cloud nine."

CBS will add five new shows to its fall lineup, the network said Wednesday. New programming includes "The Big Bang Theory," a comedy about genius geeks; "Moonlight," a romantic vampire thriller; "Cane," about a powerful south Florida Cuban family; "Viva Laughlin," a murder-mystery-musical drama; and "Kid Nation," a new reality series in which 40 kids try to build a new society in an abandoned ghost town.

"Jericho" won't be seeing a second season. CBS confirmed Wednesday that it had canceled the nuclear apocalypse drama after a long midseason hiatus resulted in a major ratings drop.

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott's reality show, "Tori & Dean: Inn Love," may not be quite as real as previously stated. Contrary to promotional materials provided by the show and to the couple's own statements, they do not actually own the Chateau La Rue, nor did Spelling sink her entire $800,000 inheritance into the property, the New York Times reports. In fact, the bed-and-breakfast in Fallbrook, California remains on the market for $2.6 million...meaning an interested buyer could really shake up plans for the show's second season on Oxygen.

FOX's 2007-2008 schedule will include a Terminator spin-off titled "The Sarah Connor Chronicles," centering on the main character's struggle to protect herself and her son from a new wave of robotic enemies. Also on the slate: "Back to You," a new comedy starring Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton; and "Canterbury's Law," a courtroom drama starring Julianna Margulies.

Jerry Lewis will hold his annual Labor Day telethon to fight muscular dystrophy in Las Vegas again this year after relocating it there last year because he felt it was being overshadowed by other events in Los Angeles. "'Back in Vegas!' is my mantra these days," the 81-year-old entertainer said in a statement. "It's great to have this super production telecast from my hometown." Last year's event raised a record $61 million.

Isaiah Washington's rep, Howard Bragman, says that "the deal's not done but we have no reason to believe" the actor won't be scrubbing into "Grey's Anatomy's" fourth season, despite the fact that Dr. Preston Burke packed his bags on the season finale this week after breaking his engagement to Sandra Oh's Dr. Cristina Yang.

Bernard McGuirk, Don Imus' former sidekick who also lost his job in the wake of the Rutgers women's basketball scandal, will audition for a new gig on Boston radio station WRKO-AM as a contributor to Finneran's Forum, a morning talk show hosted by fallen politician Tom Finneran. The live tryout is scheduled to take place Wednesday through Friday.

The CW has officially bid farewell to three of its flagship series..."7th Heaven," "Gilmore Girls," and cult fave "Veronica Mars"...while lining up a new slate of programming that includes "Life Is Wild," a drama about a family that moves from New York City to a lodge in South Africa; "Gossip Girl," a show about an unseen teen blogger who chronicles the lives of rich Manhattan socialites; and "Farmer Wants a Wife," a dating competition in which city women vie for the affections of a country boy.

News 05/13/2007

In reality TV news: Eric Sanchez, a 28-year-old waiter from Deerfield Beach, FL, and Danielle Turner, a 23-year-old bartender from Staten Island, NY, the boyfriend-girlfriend duo who met while racing against each other in season nine of "The Amazing Race," were first to cross the finish line on Sunday's season finale of CBS's "The Amazing Race 11: All-Stars," despite being the only team not to have competed together in a previous season. They beat out "beauty queens" Dustin Seltzer, a 25-year-old graduate student from Seattle, WA, and Kandice Pelletier, a 25-year-old New York University student from New York, NY who finished fourth on "The Amazing Race's" tenth season; as well as cousins Charla Baklayan Faddoul, a 30-year-old real estate investor from Towson, MD, and Mirna Hindoyan,  a 30-year-old attorney from Towson, MD, who finished sixth on "The Amazing Race's" fifth season. On Tuesday, country singer/actor Billy Ray Cyrus was eliminated from ABC's "Dancing with the Stars 4" after performing a foxtrot that judge Bruno Tonioli deemed "crap" on Monday's show. Cyrus seemed neither surprised nor disappointed by his ousting. "This is a celebration tonight," he said. On Wednesday, LaKisha Jones , a 27-year-old from Fort Meade, MD, sang her last note on FOX's "American Idol 6" after the Barry Gibb-fueled disco night proved to be her downfall. "No kiss tonight, baby," Simon Cowell told her, a week after rewarding a particularly impressive performance with a smack on the lips. In a follow-up interview with Ryan Seacrest Thursday, Jones said she "just could not get it together with the song selection this week," and that her biggest regret was missing out on the hometown visit. "I really just wanted America to know where I'm from and what LaKisha's all about." Also on Wednesday, Dionne Walters, a 20-year-old college student from Montgomery, AL, became the tenth girl sent packing on the CW's "America's Next Top Model 8." Finally on Wednesday, Danna, the 37-year-old owner of the Allen Edwards Salon and Spa in Brentwood, CA, was eliminated on Bravo's "Shear Genius." On Thursday, Stacy Kimball, a 27-year-old interactive Internet producer from Montpelier, VT, got her torch snuffed on CBS's "Survivor: Fiji" Thursday, leaving five players in the game.

NBC has issued "Medium" an early fourth season renewal, Peacock honcho Kevin Reilly said Monday.

The second "Dancing with the Stars" tour is due to kick off June 20, with cast members from the last four seasons of the show participating, including Joey Fatone, Joey Lawrence, and Joey McIntyre.

A Los Angeles judge suspended David Hasselhoff's visitation rights with his two teenage daughters Monday, pending further review of a videotape in which he appears to be intoxicated. The tape was reportedly made by Hasselhoff's 16-year-old daughter Taylor, who can be heard urging her father to lay off the booze. The actor has blamed his ex-wife Pamela Bach for leaking the footage, which he said was taken during a brief relapse. Another hearing on the matter is scheduled for May 21.

Paris Hilton was sentenced to 45 days in county jail for probation violation and expected to turn herself in June 5. The heiress was pulled over for speeding on Sunset Boulevard in February, whereupon cops cited her for driving with a suspended license. She was on probation stemming from her September bust for alcohol-related reckless driving. "I'm very sorry and from now on I'm going to pay complete attention to everything. I'm sorry and I did not do it on purpose at all," the "Simple Life" star said in court. Although Hilton's longtime publicist, Elliot Mintz, announced Sunday that he would no longer be representing the heiress, stating that he felt a "personal responsibility" for any misconceptions she had about her license being suspended, he told E! Online's Marc Malkin that he may have spoken prematurely and is "very optimistic" that he and the heiress will reconcile. (Hilton had testified that she was told by Mintz that her license had only been suspended for a month and that she could drive under certain work-related circumstances.) "For the record, I have nothing but love and respect for Paris and her family," Mintz stated yesterday. "Paris is a wonderful person and does not deserve the punishment that was handed down by the court." Meanwhile, Hilton's attorney, Howard Weitzman, has reportedly since been cut from the team and will be replaced by a lawyer who specializes in driving cases, according to In Touch. Prior to being removed from the case, Weitzman took the time to file a notice of appeal on Hilton's behalf Friday, a required first step before a more formal appeal of her 45-day jail sentence can be filed. Also, as Hilton's legal team readies an appeal, some of her more devoted fans have created the Website freeparis.org in protest of her jail sentence and are counting on accumulating 1 million signatures to submit to the powers that be before June 5, when she is due to turn herself in to begin serving her 45-day sentence. "No heiress deserves to go to jail," site creator Kyle Vincent said in a statement. Finally, the hotel namesake has taken to her official MySpace page to promote a petition that urges Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to issue a pardon. "My friend Joshua started this petition, please help and sihn [sic] it. i LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!" Hilton wrote. The Joshua in question is Joshua Capone, who penned an open letter to the Governator extolling Hilton's ability to provide "beauty and excitement" in "most of our mundane lives." Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Schwarzenegger told the Associated Press it was "premature" for the governor to get involved and that his office had not reviewed the petition, though it had received emails from citizens both for and against a Hilton pardon. Contrary to published reports, Hilton continues to be represented by attorney Howard Weitzman, the lawyer told "E! News." Though the heiress was supposedly planning to swap Weitzman for a legal eagle specializing in driving cases, reports to that effect were apparently premature.

So much for an "American Idol"-fueled Emmy Awards broadcast. The talent competition's executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick have pulled out of producing the awards show, claiming they are too busy to tackle the project. Ken Ehrlich, who has overseen several past Emmy broadcasts, will take over the show, airing Sept. 16.

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" host Ty Pennington was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol early Saturday morning in Los Angeles, TMZ reports. The hunky carpenter paid $5,000 bail and was released. Pennington was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor drunk driving stemming from his arrest last weekend. The L.A. city attorney's office said the hunky handyman had a blood alcohol level of 0.14 percent at the time he was stopped, well over the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Pennington has apologized to his fans, calling the incident "a wakeup call." If convicted, he could face up to six months behind bars.

ABC has ordered three more seasons of "Lost," with the series slated to wrap up in 2010. Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse said they already know how the show ends, but that the concrete timeline gives them a better sense of how to map it all out. Meanwhile, "Lost" fans have a frustrating time ahead of them. The third season finale airs this month, and the network has indicated the fourth season won't premiere until January or February 2008.

Oxygen has picked up a second season of "Tori & Dean: Inn Love," the reality series about Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott running a bed and breakfast and parenting their new son, Liam Aaron, per the Hollywood Reporter.

HBO chief executive Chris Albrecht is taking a temporary leave of absence and recommitting to Alcoholics Anonymous after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend Sunday in Las Vegas after the Oscar De La Hoya fight at the MGM Grand. In an email to staffers, Albrecht called his bust "a wake-up call to me of a weakness I thought I had overcome long ago." The exec also said that he has been "a sober member" of AA for the last 13 years.

Nick Cannon popped the question to Selita Eubanks Monday in New York by dropping to one knee with a 12-carat sparkler outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, then having a limo whisk them over to Times Square, where "Selita, will you marry me?" was projected on the MTV jumbotron. Luckily for him, she said yes.

A Wisconsin judge ruled Friday that a man who changed his named to Andy Griffith and ran for sheriff did not harm the 80-year-old actor by the same name who played Sheriff Andy Taylor on the "Andy Griffith Show" in the 1960s. Griffith (the actor) sued the former William Harold Fenrick for violation of trademark and copyright laws and invasion of privacy after the latter changed his name last year. The judge dismissed the case, ruling the public did not believe the actor had anything to do with the other Griffith's sheriff campaign...which was unsuccessful.

Unlike Helen Mirren, Elisabeth Hasselbeck isn't one to turn down dinner with Queen Elizabeth. "The View" co-hostess and her football player husband, Tim Hasselback, dined with Her Majesty at President Bush's state dinner Monday night.

Bravo has tapped supermodel-actress-writer-journalist Veronica Webb to serve as Tim Gunn's sidekick in the new series "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style," which begins production in New York this week. Gunn will offer fashion tips to style-challenged individuals on the show, while Webb will escort them on shopping trips.

Tom Selleck will make a return to the small screen as a charismatic casino owner on NBC's "Las Vegas" next season, the network announced Wednesday. Meanwhile, though James Caan previously announced plans to depart the series at the end of the season, he will now make his final appearance in the new season premiere.

O.J. Simpson was refused service at an upscale Louisville, Kentucky steakhouse on the night before the Derby because of the owner's distaste for the attention he still attracts. "He continues to torture the lives of the families whose lives he's ruined," Jeff Ruby told the Courier-Journal. Simpson's lawyer has claimed the incident was racially motivated and that he intends to pursue the matter, possibly by going after the restaurant's liquor license.

Nancy Grace announced Tuesday that she was leaving Court TV "after 10 wonderful years," claiming she wanted to spend more time focusing on her CNN Headline News segment and her charitable endeavors.

Nicole Richie's pretrial hearing for a DUI charge, stemming from her bust last December when the "Simple Life" star was caught driving the wrong way on Los Angeles' Ventura Freeway, has been moved from Friday to June 8.

"Lost's" Naveen Andrews, Yunjin Kim, and Daniel Dae Kim, "Grey's Anatomy's" Sandra Oh, and "Heroes'" Masi Oka are all among the nominees for the 2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards, taking place May 28 in Los Angeles. Also among the ceremony's more improbable nominees: Sanjaya Malakar.

A Los Angeles judge has allowed "Laguna Beach" alum Jason Wahler to enroll in a rehab program in lieu of surrendering for a 60-day jail term for assault stemming his September arrest for punching a tow truck driver and a Department of Transportation worker. Wahler was charged Friday in Seattle with assault, criminal trespass, and underage drinking, stemming from his arrest last month following a drunken scuffle at a hotel. Prosecutors have recommended that Wahler serve 10 days in prison, pay a $4,500 fine, and enter a treatment program. The former reality star, who is already in rehab as the result of a separate assault case, faces additional charges in North Carolina for underage drinking and resisting a public officer.

Paris Hilton is now expected to serve three weeks or less behind bars because of state law allowing for early release for good behavior, a Sheriff's Department spokesman said Thursday. The heiress' sentence could be reduced even further by overcrowding in the prison system, as in the experience of Michelle Rodriguez, who served less than five hours of her 60-day probation violation sentence last year.

The brain trust behind "American Idol" has a new reality series in the works for FOX: "The Search for the Next Great American Band," a show dedicated to discovering the hidden talent lurking in bars and high school talent shows across the nation. The series will basically operate exactly like "Idol"...panel of judges, viewer voting, etc....but with bands instead of individuals.

In a letter posted on her Website Tuesday, Tammy Faye Messner said that doctors have stopped treating her stomach cancer and that she is down to 65 pounds. The former TV evangelist thanked her fans for their support and said that her battle was now "up to God and my faith. And that's enough!"

A record-setting eBay bid of almost $10 million placed last week for the General Lee, the Dodge Charger made famous in the "Dukes of Hazzard," has turned out to be a hoax. John Schneider, a.k.a. the erstwhile Bo Duke, plans to re-list the car with an auction firm that prescreens all bidders and may file suit against the prankster, his spokesman said.

Jaime Pressly and her fiancé Eric Cubiche welcomed a baby boy named Dezi James on Friday morning, the actress' rep confirmed to "E! News." The new mom described her 6-pound, 11-ounce son as "gorgeous."

XM shock jocks Opie and Anthony apologized Friday for airing explicit comments made Wednesday by a regular guest named Homeless Charlie about how he would like to have sex with Laura Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Queen Elizabeth. "We apologize to the public officials for comments that we made on our XM show on May 9th. We take very seriously the responsibility that comes with our creative freedom and regret any offense that this segment has caused," the duo said. Because satellite radio is not bound by federal restrictions, it was unclear whether the matter would result in any disciplinary action against them.

LaKisha Jones and Sanjaya Malakar may not have won "American Idol 6," but they're still heroes in their respective hometowns of Flint, Michigan, and Federal Way, Washington. After her elimination Wednesday, Jones received a key to her city and a parade in her honor in recognition of the positive attention she brought to Flint. Malakar, on the other hand, created fan frenzy at a recent autograph signing at a local mall, to which he arrived escorted by both bodyguards and police, as well as his mother and sister.

Joe Francis' upcoming trip to Nevada won't involve any Las Vegas shenanigans. A federal judge ruled Thursday that the "Girls Gone Wild" founder should be sent to Reno to face tax evasion charges once he finishes serving his 35-day sentence for contempt of court in Florida.

In a new interview with the June 19 issue of The Advocate, T.R. Knight said he was encouraged by friends not to come out before publicly revealing he was gay last year, but that he ultimately decided to stick to his guns. "I remember saying to someone when I got one of those 'don't do it' [comments]—I just remember hearing my voice being calm and saying, 'No, it's going happen. It's going to happen. I'm just letting you know,' " he recalled. The "Grey's Anatomy" star said he was "definitely happy" about the decision.

News 05/06/2007

In reality TV news: "Best friends" Ozwald Mendez, a 36-year-old from New York, NY who works in advertising, and Danilo Jimenez, a 41-year-old paralegal from Miami, FL, who just like during "The Amazing Race's" second season, finished in fourth place during CBS's "The Amazing Race 11: All-Stars." On Tuesday, former "Cheers" star John Ratzenberger shimmied off ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars 4" Tuesday, leaving Billy Ray Cyrus, Ian Ziering, Joey Fatone, Laila Ali, and Apolo Anton Ohno in the running. The results show also featured a performance by Meat Loaf, who is fast becoming a reality show regular after appearing on "American Idol" last season. On Wednesday, FOX's "American Idol 6" said goodbye to Phil Stacey, a 29-year-old from Jacksonville, FL, and Chris Richardson, a 22-year-old from Chesapeake, VA, leaving beatboxer Blake Lewis as the only male in the running, along with female powerhouses Melinda Doolittle, LaKisha Jones, and Jordin Sparks. Also on Wednesday, Brittany Hatch, a 21-year-old bartender from Savannah, GA, became the ninth girl sent packing on the CW's "America's Next Top Model 8." Finally on Wednesday, Evangelin, the 32-year-old owner of Renaissance Salon and Spa in Cockeysville, MD, was eliminated on Bravo's "Shear Genius." On Thursday, Alex Angarita, a 28-year-old attorney who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and is originally from Colombia, who was the final member of the Four Horsemen alliance, got his torch snuffed on CBS's "Survivor: Fiji" Thursday, leaving six players in the game.

Tom Poston, an Emmy-winning actor known for his roles on "Newhart," "Mork and Mindy," and "Coach," died Monday night at his home after a brief illness, a family rep said. He was 85.

Federal officials have dismissed charges against Atlanta man accused of trying to extort $1.5 million from Oprah Winfrey. In exchange, the lucky duck must perform 50 hours of community service, undergo drug testing, stay in school or keep a job, and pay the FBI $3,000 in restitution. Keifer Bonvillain was arrested in December for allegedly threatening to publish the details of a supposedly scathing conversation he had about Winfrey with a Harpo Productions employee, if the talk show maven didn't pay up.

Roseanne Barr told a Las Vegas TV station that she would "love" to take over Rosie O'Donnell's spot on "The View" if given the opportunity. "I think I would do a real good job," Barr said, touting her ability to "stir up some real good controversy."

Gisele Bundchen is finished with strutting her stuff for Victoria's Secret. The lingerie purveyor announced that its "long and fruitful relationship" with the supermodel has come to an end, but declined to provide additional details. According to the New York Post, however, Bundchen called it quits after the company refused to increase her $5 million-a-year salary.

Larry Birkhead and Dannielynn departed the Bahamas via chartered plane Tuesday, bringing an "Access Hollywood" crew along for the ride. The flight stopped briefly in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, before continuing on to Lousiville, Kentucky, where Birkhead is scheduled to attend the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. In a poignant twist, the horse race was the site of the photographer's first encounter with Anna Nicole Smith back in 2004.

Jennifer Love Hewitt is being sued by her former management firm, which claims the actress reneged on an oral agreement to fork over a 10 percent commission for each deal brokered by the company, including her starring turn on "Ghost Whisperer." The fact that she paid up 10 percent of her earnings from the show's first season is evidence that she owes money from the second, as well, the plaintiff, Handprint Entertainment, states in its complaint.

Filming on "High School Musical 2," the sequel to last year's surprise sensation, is winding down in Utah after two months on location. The teen-friendly flick slated to debut on the Disney Channel on Aug. 17, right before its core audience heads back to school.

In his latest attempt to make amends for the anti-gay slur heard 'round the world, Isaiah Washington will film a public service announcement on behalf of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, his publicist confirmed Wednesday.

Jennifer Esposito filed for divorce from Bradley Cooper Tuesday after just four months of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.

"E.R." star Goran Visnjic and his wife, Ivana, have adopted a baby boy, who they named Tin Visnjic, People reports. The infant was born in Los Angeles on Apr. 19.

Sinbad, Howie Mandel, George Lopez, and Eddie Izzard are among the comics on the lineup for the 25th annual Montreal International Comedy Festival, running July 12 through July 22.

President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, made a brief taped appearance on "American Idol" Tuesday to thank Americans for their participation in "Idol Gives Back," which raised $70 million for impoverished youth in Africa and the States. "Say, Laura, you think I ought to sing something?" Bush quipped to the first lady, who replied, "I don't know, darling—they've already seen you dance."

Rory Gilmore may not always agree, but TV viewers think her mom is the coolest. "Gilmore Girls'" Lorlelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) was voted television's favorite mother in a poll conducted by tv.com. Marge Simpson came in second and Niki Sanders (Ali Larter) of "Heroes" landed in third.

Don Imus doesn't intend to let one little racist and sexist comment put him millions of dollars out of pocket. The radio host, who was fired last month for his offensive comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team, plans to sue CBS Radio for the sizable portion of his $40 million contract that was left unpaid, his attorney said Thursday. In response, CBS issued a statement saying it fired Imus for cause and would vigorously contest his claims.

In court documents filed Apr. 30, city prosecutors recommended putting Paris Hilton behind bars for 45 days for violating the terms of her probation on an alcohol-related reckless driving charge. Prosecutors also said they wanted Hilton to stay off the booze for 90 days and to wear a monitoring device to make sure she complies.

The CW and Warner Bros. announced Thursday that the current season of "Gilmore Girls" will be its last, with the series finale airing on May 15.

In an apparent cry for help, David Hasselhoff has distributed recent video footage of himself sitting shirtless and hammered on the floor of a Las Vegas hotel room, so out of it that he can't even feed himself a hamburger. The "Baywatch" star reportedly demanded that the footage be shot so that he could watch himself falling off the wagon.

Rosie O'Donnell, Justin Timberlake, and Tyra Banks are among the World's 100 Most Influential People, as determined by Time magazine.

Paris Hilton was sentenced to 45 days in county jail for probation violation and is expected to turn herself in June 5. The heiress was pulled over for speeding on Sunset Boulevard in February, whereupon cops cited her for driving with a suspended license. She was on probation stemming from her September bust for alcohol-related reckless driving. "I'm very sorry and from now on I'm going to pay complete attention to everything. I'm sorry and I did not do it on purpose at all," the "Simple Life" star said in court.

A 1969 Dodge Charger like the one used as the General Lee on the original "Dukes of Hazzard" TV series sold for more than $9.9 million on eBay Friday, making it the most expensive item ever sold via the online site, provided the winning bidder comes up with the cash. While this souped-up auto isn't the General Lee, it boasts signatures of the show's cast members, including John "Bo Duke" Schneider, who sold the car.

In an exclusive conversation with E!'s Ryan Seacrest Friday, David Hasselhoff said he was "really sad" about the leaked videotape in which he appeared drunk in a Las Vegas hotel room, explaining that his daughter simply forgot to erase the footage after she shot, but never meant for it to get out. The actor stated his belief that his estranged wife Pamela Bach was behind the leak, and said he planned to hire an exorcist for guidance.

In a new Gallup poll released Thursday, one-third of Americans said they had a negative view of "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric, putting her behind both Charles Gibson and Brian Williams in the popularity contest. Just 51 percent of those surveyed said they had a positive view of Couric, while 62 percent felt positively about Gibson and 59 percent about Williams.

The producers of "American Idol" are partnering with the CW on the dating show "Farmer Wants a Wife," in which 10 girls fed up with the big-city dating scene will vie for the attentions of a hunky farmer boy, competing in challenges designed to test their knowledge of topics such as livestock and tractors. The network has ordered eight episodes of the series, which is slated to debut in the 2007-08 season.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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