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News 10/07/2007

In reality TV news: Leslie Nease, the 38-year-old Christian radio talk-show host from Tega Cay, SC, was deemed weak by her fellow Fei Long tribe members and as a result, she became the third castaway eliminated Thursday from CBS's "Survivor: China." Also on Thursday, celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton and his rap mentor Tone Loc were eliminated on MTV's "Celebrity Rap Superstar."

Pamela Anderson said her "I dos" for the third time Saturday in Las Vegas, tying the knot with Rick Salomon, whom she's described as a "friend for 15 years." Salomon is best known as Paris Hilton's ex and costar in the mattress romp One Night in Paris. "Rick and I are truly grateful," Anderson wrote on her blog before walking down the aisle.

Balthazar Getty and his wife Rosetta welcomed their fourth child, daughter June Catherine, on Tuesday in Los Angeles, People reports. The newborn has one brother and two sisters.

Montel Williams tied the knot with former flight attendant Tara Fowler on Saturday in Bermuda, People reports. It's the third marriage for the talk show host and the first for his bride.

A senior BBC official resigned Friday over the editing of documentary footage that seemed to imply that Queen Elizabeth II had abruptly walked out of a portrait sitting with Annie Leibovitz. Controller Peter Fincham stepped down after an independent inquiry criticized "misjudgments, poor practice and ineffective systems" at the BBC. The BBC previously apologized to the queen in July after it aired a trailer of the forthcoming documentary for journalists. In the clip, the queen seemed to leave the room in a huff after Leibovitz asked her to remove her crown for a photo, when in fact, she was entering the room as oppose to exiting.

News 10/04/2007

In reality TV news: Kimberly Leemans, a 20-year-old student from Ocala, FL, was the odd poser out on the CW's "America's Next Top Model 9" Wednesday night after her rock-climbing prowess failed to inspire Tyra & Co. Eleven aspiring catwalkers remain. Hung Huynh, a 29-year-old sous chef at Guy Savoy in Las Vegas, won Bravo's "Top Chef 3" Wednesday night and will receive $100,000, a spread in Food & Wine magazine, a spot at the Food & Wine Aspen Classic, and a culinary dream tour of the French Alps.

CBS and "Price Is Right" icon Bob Barker were sued Thursday by a former contestant screener who claims that she was eventually forced her to quit after testifying against Barker on behalf of a former colleague who was suing him for wrongful termination. Deborah Curling, who worked on the show for 24 years, alleges that Barker "made it his life mission to destroy the livelihood of every person who contradicted him." She's seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

A Las Vegas judge has scheduled a Nov. 8 hearing for prosecutors to present evidence against O.J. Simpson and his five alleged cohorts in their attempted robbery case. Simpson and the other defendants have been ordered to attend the court date. Each man faces 10 charges, including kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a weapon, burglary, and conspiracy. If convicted, they could face life in prison.

America Ferrera has been named Hispanic Woman of the Year by the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, the publications announced Thursday. The "Ugly Betty" star and the 25 most powerful Hispanic woman in film, television, and music will be honored at the inaugural Hispanic Woman in Entertainment breakfast at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel on Tuesday. It's just the latest award for the actress, who has already picked up Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG awards for her work on the ABC show.

Frankie Muniz guest stars on the Nov. 28 episode of "Criminal Minds," playing a famous comic book artist who becomes involved in the search for a serial killer in Los Angeles. The CBS show was Wednesday's most-watched program, drawing 14.4 million viewers.

Comedy Central has picked up "The Root of All Evil," a new series in which Lewis Black will put pop culture on trial and preside over the comic proceedings. The show is set to premiere in March 2008.

The new season of "Desperate Housewives" is off to an inauspicious beginning. A scene in Sunday's episode that poked fun at Filipino medical education has drawn outcries from viewers, inspired an online petition demanding an apology, and prompted criticism from Philippine officials. The exchange in question involves Susan's (Teri Hatcher) discussion with a doctor about the possibility she may be going into menopause. "Okay, before we go any further, can I check these diplomas? Just to make sure they aren't, like, from some med school in the Philippines?" the character says. An unknown number of viewers called the network to complain and the petition had drawn more than 30,000 names as of Wednesday evening. ABC issued a mea culpa, stating, "There is no intent to disparage the integrity of any aspect of the medical community in the Philippines."

The owner of the classic ditty "When You Wish Upon a Star" has filed a lawsuit against FOX, the Cartoon Network, and others over a spoof of the song used in a 2000 episode of "The Family Guy." The episode, titled "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein," centered on the premise that the main character could not manage his finances and needed to hire a Jewish accountant to take over. Music publishing house Bourne Co. claims the song's lyrics were twisted into the anti-Semitic ballad "I Need a Jew," performed by Peter Griffin in the episode. The company is accusing the defendants of copyright infringement and seeking unspecified damages. According to the lawsuit, FOX initially withheld the episode from broadcast due to its content, but it later aired on Cartoon Network in 2003.

News 10/03/2007

In reality TV news: Supermodel Albert Reed and his professional partner Anna Trebunskaya were revealed to be the second couple eliminated from ABC's "Dancing with the Stars 5" Tuesday, following in the footsteps of last week's eliminee, fellow model Josie Maran. Also on Tuesday, Patty Gonzalez, the 34-year-old from San Diego, CA, became the fourth contestant cut from NBC's "The Biggest Loser 4." Finally on Tuesday, Josh Bishop and Hollie Winnard were deemed the least in need of a transformation, and as a result the 21-year-old UC Berkeley mechanical engineering student from Oakland, CA and his partner, a 26-year-old theme park performer from Orlando, FL, became the second couple eliminated from the CW's "Beauty and the Geek 4."

Decade-old explicit photos of Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, taken when the now famous sisters were underage, were offered for sale Wednesday by a San Fernando Valley photographer, according to the New York Daily News. A criminal investigation is being launched over the dozen images, some of which include a naked man. It's not clear whether the photographer knew that the siblings were just 16 and 17 at the time the pics were taken. The sisters star in the new E! series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."

Nick Cannon, 26, and Victoria's Secret model Selita Ebanks, 24, have called off their engagement, People reports. "Selita and Nick are taking a break to focus on their careers but still very much love each other and remain the best of friends," Ebanks' rep, Melissa Raubvogel, said. Cannon popped the question in New York's Times Square five months ago after a whirlwind courtship.

"Survivor" alum Johnny Fairplay was worse for the wear after getting bodyslammed by Danny Bonaduce at the Fox Reality Channel Really Awards Tuesday night. Fairplay, whose real name is John Dalton, reportedly lost one tooth and broke another after Bonaduce jumped on stage and decked him. "Johnny is recovering right now and that's pretty much where we are at this point," his manager told "E! News" Wednesday. Police said the matter was still under investigation and no arrests had been made.

John Stamos is ready to report for diaper duty. The "Full House" alum tells OK! magazine that if he doesn't have kids soon, "I am going to adopt." Stamos, 44, also says he is "embracing" dating since his marriage to Rebecca Romjin ended in 2005. "I think I'm probably easier to date," he says. "I'm certainly not as wild as I used to be."

The International Astronomical Union Committee on Small Body Nomenclature has approved a name change for an asteroid hurtling its way between Mars and Jupiter, dubbing it 7307 Takei in honor of "Star Trek's" erstwhile Sulu, George Takei. It joins fellow Trekkie space debris 4659 Roddenberry, named after show creator Gene Roddenberry, and 68410 Nichols, for Lt. Uhura's Nichelle Nichols.

News 10/02/2007

Hulk Hogan has signed on to host NBC's upcoming remake of "American Gladiators," slated to debut sometime midseason, tvweek.com reports. The final deal is still being hammered out but the "Hogan Knows Best" patriarch is onboard, sources say. In addition to featuring average super-fit Joes competing against the show's professional athletes, the new incarnation will also delve into the back stories of the competitors.

"America's Next Top Model 8" winner Jaslene Gonzalez has signed on as a spokeswoman for Liz Claiborne's "Love Is Not Abuse" campaign, which provides information to educate men, women, teens, and children about recognizing signs of abuse and how to prevent it.

Jane Seymour will be absent from "Dancing with the Stars 5" Tuesday after traveling to England to be with her family following the death of her mother Mieke Frankenberg at age 92. "Her spirit was indomitable and will continue to live forever in our hearts," Seymour said in a statement. As for whether the actress will return in time for next week's competition, her rep said, "Those aspects are uncertain at this time."

Andrew Firestone, whose doomed proposal to Jen Schefft was memorialized on "The Bachelor" on 2003, has gotten engaged again without the assistance of reality television. The wine heir is now betrothed to model-actress Ivana Bozilovic and slated to wed this spring, his father said.

A judge has ordered O.J. Simpson to turn over his Rolex and other assets to satisfy the judgment against him in the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. In addition to the watch, the judge ruled that any future royalties from a video game featuring Simpson must be turned over to Fred Goldman, as well as any of the disputed memorabilia items recently seized by Las Vegas authorities that are found to belong to Simpson.

News 10/01/2007

In reality TV news: Jessica "Jes" Rickleff, a 23-year-old licensed cosmetologist from Naperville, IL, defeated Heather Chadwell, a 32-year-old former stripper at Scores Las Vegas, won the 44-year-old Poison lead singer's heart on VH1's "Rock of Love with Brett Michaels."

Ellen Pompeo will receive a Special Achievement Award at the National Italian American Foundation's 32nd Anniversary Awards Gala on Oct. 13. The Grey's Anatomy star will be joined by fellow honorees Martin Scorsese, Rudy Giuliani, Nancy Pelosi, William D. Novelli, and Connie Stevens.

Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon (best known as Paris Hilton's ex-boyfriend and X-rated video costar) were granted a marriage license in Las Vegas Saturday. If the duo weds, it will be the third marriage for Anderson, who was previously married to Tommy Lee and Kid Rock. Salomon was briefly married to Shannen Doherty in 2002, but their union was later annulled.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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