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News 12/16/2006

In reality TV news: Erik Chopin, a 36-year-old deli owner and father of two from West Islip, New York, was crowned the winner of NBC's "The Biggest Loser 3" Wednesday. After losing 124 pounds during his stay at the ranch (an all-time "The Biggest Loser" record), Erik lost another 90 pounds after returning home, giving him a total weight loss of 214 pounds and a finale weigh-in weight of 193 pounds. Also on Wednesday, Mia Gaines-Alt, the 32-year-old owner of Feed the People Restaurant from Oakdale, CA, voluntarily quit rather than be eliminated to save Elia from apparent elimination on Bravo's "Top Chef 2." On Thursday, Parvati Shallow, a 23-year-old boxer and waitress who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, became the fifteenth castaway voted out of CBS's "Survivor: Cook Islands." There are five castaways left going into Sunday's three-hour season finale.

Former "Arrested Development" star Jeffrey Tambor and wife Kasia welcomed their second child Sunday, a daughter they've named Eve Julia. The couple also have a two-year-old son, Gabriel, and Tambor has an adult daughter, Molly.

Anna Nicole Smith returned to the U.S. from the Bahamas Friday to appear at a mediation hearing in San Francisco over her share of the vast fortune her late husband, J. Howard Marshall II left behind. It's the first time Smith has set foot in the States since the birth of her daughter and death of her son.

ABC has suspended production on "Show Me the Money," the game show hosted by William Shatner, and are yanking it off the schedule effective immediately. "America's Funniest Home Videos" will take over the slot. Its Wednesday night partner, the Groundhog Day-like thriller "Day Break," starring Taye Diggs, has been pulled as well (it will be replaced with reruns of "According to Jim" and "George Lopez.")

"Six Degrees" star Bridget Moynahan and New England Patriots QB Tom Brady have called it quits after three years of dating. "They amicably ended their three-year relationship several weeks ago. We ask for your respect and consideration of their privacy. No further comments will be made," Moynahan's rep, Christine Papadopolous, said in a statement to "E! News."

Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, two brothers from Aruba who were once suspects in the Natalee Holloway case, are suing Dr. Phil for libel and slander, alleging that a private investigator for the show secretly recorded conversations with them, then aired them on the show. Meanwhile, Holloway's parents are filing a wrongful death suit against the brothers on Thursday.

"Skating with Celebrities" finalist and "Good Day L.A." co-host Jillian Barberie is expecting her first child with husband Grant Reynolds, per People. Their new edition is due July 7, the couple's first wedding anniversary.

Oprah Winfrey is developing two reality series for ABC, one titled "Oprah Winfrey's The Big Give," where people will be given money to be used to help others, and another titled "Your Money or Your Life," where the Queen of Daytime will give a deserving family a complete makeover.

News 12/12/2006

Peter Boyle, the crabby father on CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond," died Tuesday night at a New York hospital. He was 71.

In reality TV news: Former drug addicts and models Tyler Denk (age 29) and James Branaman (age 27), both from Los Angeles, crossed the finish line first and claimed the competition's $1,000,000 grand prize on CBS's "The Amazing Race 10."

Nicole Richie was booked for alleged DUI early Monday morning, after she was spotted going the wrong way in her SUV on a freeway in Burbank, according to a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol. Police say Richie admitted to smoking pot and taking Vicodin after she was pulled over...a point her manager disputes. Charges were not filed against Richie Tuesday; a Feb. 7 hearing has been tentatively set in the case, assuming charges are eventually filed. "This is a difficult time for Nicole but she is prepared to accept whatever responsibility is appropriate," Richie's attorney, Howard Weitzman, said in a statement.

Rosie O'Donnell is taking fire from Asian leaders for remarks she made about the international impact of Danny DeVito's drunk appearance on "The View." "You can imagine in China it's like, 'Ching chong, ching chong, Danny DeVito, ching chong chong chong chong, drunk, 'The View,' ching chong,'" O'Donnell joked Thursday. The Asian-American Journalists Association issued a statement calling the riff "a mockery of the Chinese language and, in effect, a perpetration of stereotypes of Asian-Americans as foreigners or second-class citizens."

Bob Barker has pledged $300,000 towards housing an elephant from the Los Angeles Zoo in an animal sanctuary.

Nickelodeon has greenlit "Mighty B," a new animated series co-created by and starring "SNL's" Amy Poehler as the voice of Bessie Higgenbottom, a determined 10-year-old girl "who believes she can grow up to be a rock star, actress, politician, and brain surgeon all at the same time," the comedian said in a statement.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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