WALTERS ADDRESSES RETIREMENT RUMOR
Barbara Walters refused to confirm reports that she plans to retire in May, 2014. In her first appearance on The View since the story broke, Barbara seemed upset by the rumors. "There were many reports last week saying that I was retiring from ABC, and there was an assumption that I would be making an announcement today,” Barbara said yesterday on The View. "However, here I am, and I have no announcements to make." She then added, "I do want to say this, that if and when I might have an announcement to make, I would do it on this program, I promise, and the paparazzi guys, you will be the last to know.” [See About Last Night Afternoon for audio.]
LINDSAY WON’T QUIT ADDERALL
Lindsay Lohan was willing to accept a stint in rehab as part of her recent plea deal, but on one condition. Sources tell TMZ she’d only agree to go if the facility would allow her to continue taking Adderall. Adderall is prescribed to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and Lindsay has allegedly been taking it for years. Insiders say Lindsay insisted she’d rather take her chances with a trial than have her Adderall taken away. Those close to Lindsay think this is a bad deal, since many believe it was Adderall that led to her downfall. Meanwhile, Lindsay will visit the Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday, April 9th. It is her fifth visit to the show, but her first since May 9th, 2007.
MICHELE SUPPORTS MONTEITH
Glee star Lea Michele is supporting her boyfriend/co-star Cory Monteith’s decision to check himself into rehab. “I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this,” she told People. “I am grateful and proud he made this decision.” Monteith, who has a history of drug addiction, announced his decision to enter rehab Sunday night. Filming on Glee is expected to continue as planned and the absence of his character Finn will be explained. “Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family and we fully support his decision to seek treatment,” said Glee producer 20th Century Fox TV in a statement. “Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return.”
BIEBER PRANKS TMZ WITH APRIL FOOLS JOKE
Justin Bieber is probably sick of all the publicity he’s getting from TMZ, because yesterday he pulled an April Fools Day joke at their expense. Bieber tweeted to his 37 million followers that he would be taking fan phone calls, and posted the number, “(888) 847-9869,” along with the note, “talk to you soon.” Well, that wasn’t Justin’s number, it was TMZ’s tip line. And since it’s a toll-free number, the site will be responsible for picking up the bill for all the calls. The folks at TMZ seemed to take it in stride. Reporter Dax Holt later Tweeted, “Best April fools joke goes 2 @JustinBieber. He tweeted out TMZs phone # saying he would be taking fan calls. Well played Bieber, well played.” Holt added, “The phones here at TMZ won’t stop ringing!!#BieberAprilFoolsJoke LOL! So funny.”
KLUM RESCUES SON AND NANNY FROM RIPTIDE
Heidi Klum and her bodyguard boyfriend Martin Kirsten are life savers. The Project Runway host tells Us Weekly that the pair saved Heidi’s 7-year-old son Henry and a nanny from drowning Sunday after they were swept up in a large riptide while vacationing in Hawaii. "We got pulled into the ocean by a big wave. Of course, as a mother, I was very scared for my child and everyone else in the water," said Heidi. "Henry is a strong swimmer and was able to swim back to land. We were able to get everyone out safely."
FLAVOR FLAV’S FIANCEE OVERDOSES ON PILLS
TMZ reports that Flavor Flav’s fiancée Liz Trujillo was hospitalized yesterday after overdosing on painkillers. The pair is currently filming the new season of VH1’s Couples Therapy, and sources say she was “acting strange” on the set and it was obvious “she took too many pills.” Insiders insist the OD was accidental. The 39-year-old Trujillo, the mother of one of Flav’s children, was taken to the hospital, where she was expected to be released.
GOSLING PROTECTIVE OF MENDES
Ryan Gosling certainly is protective of his girlfriend Eva Mendes. The New York Post reports that at last week’s New York premiere party for their new movie The Place Beyond The Pines, a fashion photographer who worked with Eva shouted, “Hey Baby” to her and Ryan didn’t take it well. “Ryan completely flipped out and it got heated,” said a witness. “Ryan got in the guy’s face and said, ‘who are you calling baby?’ Eva had to jump in and calm everyone down before it came to fisticuffs.” The spy adds that eventually, “Ryan made nice and shook the guy’s hand.” Ryan and Eva are infamously secretive about their relationship and sources at the party say that extended to the event. Ryan and Eva arrived and left the party separately and during the bash, witnesses say they “didn’t interact once.”
CRAWFORD DATING CANADIAN MODEL?
Looks like Chace Crawford may have a new girlfriend. The former Gossip Girl star was seen getting cozy with Canadian model Rachelle Goulding at a New York Knicks game last week. The couple cuddled courtside as they watched the game, although sources tell Us Weekly there “isn’t anything serious” going on between them.
MAJOR WALKING DEAD NEWS [SPOILER ALERT]
SPOILER ALERT: Anyone who watched Sunday’s The Walking Dead season finale was left asking one question – what happened to The Governor? After massacring most of Woodbury, he rode off, leaving fans to wonder if we’ll ever see him again. Well, the answer turns out to be yes. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Governor portrayer David Morrissey will be back for the zombie show’s fourth season. It is unclear whether he’ll return for every episode or just pop up at some point. The fourth season of The Walking Dead is expected to return in the fall.
KIMMEL TO MARRY IN JULY
Jimmy Kimmel is expected to tie the knot this summer, according to the New York Post. The comedian and fiancée Molly McNearney have sent out save-the-date cards for the ceremony, which is expected to take place the weekend after July 4th. Kimmel popped the question back in August. In November, he told Us Weekly about the wedding, “it will be mostly a family affair, and there will be a Catholic priest officiating…I’m not that involved with the wedding planning, but I will be there.”
BIEBER FLIRTED WITH VICTORIA’S SECRET MODEL
Victoria’s Secret model Jourdan Dunn revealed on Britain’s Jonathan Ross Show that Justin Bieber “kind of” flirted with her after she accidentally flashed him during last November’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Dunn said she wore a very low cut top without a bra on the runway, and at one point her breast popped out. "He said to me, 'You're really cute. You got nice t---s. You flashed me and my dancers and made my day,’" said the 22-year-old Dunn. "So then after the show, we was chilling with Justin and he was kind of flirting with me, and I kind of felt a bit awkward because he's this little boy. He was 18, but I'm old enough to be his older sister. It's kind of a bit weird."
BRADY BUNCH STAR PAYS TRIBUTE TO TV DAD
Former Brady Bunch star Susan Olsen (Cindy) posted an open letter about her TV dad Robert Reed on Facebook last week, saying that his struggles as gay man in Hollywood led to his death. Saying that Reed was as much of a father as her biological dad, Olsen wrote, “I really can honestly say, ‘my dad was gay,’” adding, “I can also say that being gay killed him.” Olsen penned her tribute to coincide with the Supreme Court’s recent hearings about gay marriage. “Because it was so taboo, he could never make peace with himself. He never allowed himself to have a genuine love. He was forever taunted by his own disdain for the natural inclinations that he was BORN WITH,” she wrote. “Bob was a family man. Had he been allowed to form a relationship with another man, he would have been the best husband ever and might still be alive.” Reed died of AIDS in 1992.
MEKHI PHIFER WEDS
Former ER star Mekhi Phifer got hitched over the weekend. The actor married longtime girlfriend Reshelet Barnes at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday. One hundred guests witnessed the ceremony, which left the groom in tears. “When she made her entrance into the courtyard, Mekhi was completely overcome with emotion and you could tell she took his breath away,” said a source. “He had to wipe tears from his eyes for several minutes.”
BILSON DISCUSSES RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRISTENSEN
Rachel Bilson opens up to Cosmopolitan magazine about her six-year relationship with Star Wars actor Hayden Christensen. “I’m a really good girlfriend – I always put all that first in my life,” she says. “I’m definitely the person who would make him his favorite dinner to come home to. I love to cook, so we make dinner at home a lot and watch movies.” The couple has been dating since 2007. They got engaged in 2010, but called things off, before eventually reconciling. Although she doesn’t talk about marriage plans, the Heart of Dixie star does tell the mag she sees kids in her life one day. “I definitely have family on the brain,” she says. “Having kids is something I want to see in my future – I hope.”
BLOOM MAKING BROADWAY DEBUT
Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom will make his Broadway debut in a new production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Condola Rashad, daughter of Phylicia Rashad and Ahmad Rashad, will play Juliet in the production, which will unfold in a modern setting, but with the text’s original language. Previews will begin August 24th at the Richard Rodgers Theater, with the official opening set for September 19th.
DUGGAR SON EXPECTING A BOY
There will be another male added to the Duggar clan. Josh Duggar, son of 19 Kids and Counting’s Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, and his wife Anna announced they are expecting a baby boy in June. They are already parents to daughter Mackynzie, 2 and son Michael, 21 months.