THE LATEST ON THE DEEN CONTROVERSY
After cancelling on the Today show Friday, Paula Deen has agreed to sit down with Matt Lauer tomorrow to discuss the controversy surrounding her admission that she said the N-word in the past. Paula was fired from the Food Network Friday, and yesterday she lost her gig endorsing Smithfield hams. She is also in danger of losing her line of products with QVC. Meanwhile, an African American man who worked for Paula’s brother Bubba says the two often treated employees like slaves. Sheldon J. Ervin, who worked at Bubba’s Oyster House from 2008-2010, tells Radaronline the restaurant staff were often forced to work parties at Paula’s Savannah estate and didn’t get paid. He says Paula and Bubba would give staff beer and alcohol for their troubles, and employees felt they couldn’t turn down the gig if they wanted to keep their jobs. Ervin says he was eventually fired for complaining. Meanwhile, one person coming to Deen’s defense is Reverend Al Sharpton. The civil rights activist told TMZ he is sympathetic to Deen’s case, explaining, “A lot of us have in the past said things we have regretted saying years ago.”
FOOD NETWORK CHEF SUPPORTS DEEN
Another person supporting Paula Deen is Food Network chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. "Paula has always been very helpful and supportive throughout my career, and as her friend I'm saddened to see that she is going through a tough time right now,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “We are all human and we should never be too quick to judge anyone."
BRAD & ANGIE FIGHTING OVER WEDDING GUESTS
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are reportedly fighting over their upcoming wedding. According to The Sun, Angelina is refusing to let Brad invite some of his hard-partying buddies, like Jonah Hill and Quentin Tarantino, and has also warned Brad that George Clooney needs to control himself at the wedding. “Angelina wants the whole affair to be very civilized and is concerned about the habits of some of Brad’s more raucous friends,” claims a source. “She thinks that if Jonah and Quentin come, they’ll hit the bar early on and cause a commotion.” The couple is also reportedly at odds over Brad’s Best Man. He wants his brother Doug to have the honor (rightfully so), while she wants her brother James.
WORLD WAR Z GETTING SEQUEL
Now that Brad Pitt’s World War Z turned out to be a hit, Paramount wants more. The studio’s vice chairman told the Hollywood Reporter that plans are in the works for a sequel to the zombie flick, which made $111.8 million worldwide opening weekend. Meanwhile, Brad was forced to cancel his appearance at the movie’s Brazilian premiere yesterday due to the unrest in the country. Brazil has been rocked by demonstrations, and Paramount felt it was unwise to go on with the red carpet premiere.
WHY KIMYE NAMED BABY NORTH
Apparently Kim Kardashian and Kanye West weren’t just being cute when they decided to name their daughter North West. Sources tell TMZ they chose the name as a metaphor for “up,” explaining to friends, “What’s North of North? Nothing?” In addition, the couple consider their daughter the pinnacle of their relationship; their “North Star.”
KANYE SAYS KIM IS HIS “TRUE LOVE”
In a new interview with W magazine, Kanye West opens up about his baby mama, calling Kim Kardashian his “true love.” He also defends his attempt to give her a fashion makeover, explaining, “Nobody can tell my girl what to do. She just needed to be given some platforms of information to work from.” He adds, “one beautiful thing is that as she discovers it the world discovers it. For her to take that risk in front of the world, it just shows you how much she loves me.”
KANYE AND KRIS HAVE ISSUES
Meanwhile, it sounds like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s momager Kris Jenner aren’t the best of buds. During Kanye’s W interview, the reporter witnessed an awkward exchange between the pair. After Kanye plays Jenner an unfinished version of the track “Awesome” which is about Kim, Jenner tells him “Great job!” Kanye appeared to be a bit offended by the comment, teasing Kris, “Great job? Great job, Baccarat, for making a glass that can hold liquid! Great job, belt loops, for keeping my pants up!" Jenner leaves the room, hugging West and telling him “I love you. You know where to find us…call us tomorrow if you want.” Writes the reporter, “It seems apparent to everyone, including Jenner that West will not call.”
GEORGE LUCAS WEDS
George Lucas is off the market. The Star Wars creator married longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson Saturday at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, CA. Journalist Bill Moyers officiated the ceremony, which was witnessed by several big name stars, including Steven Spielberg, who toasted the couple, Francis Ford Coppola, who read a Maya Angelou poem, Ron Howard and Samuel L. Jackson, who tweeted, “Let’s give a Galactic shout out to Master George Lucas & his Bride Melodie (sic) on This their WEDDING DAY. Congrats!!” Performers at the celebration included Van Morrison and Janelle Monae.
THE LATEST ON NENE’S WEDDING
NeNe Leakes’ weekend wedding to ex-husband Gregg Leakes sounds like it was quite an affair. According to Radaronline, 400 guests, including NeNe’s dog Playa, watched the pair tie the knot at the five-star InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, GA. Nene wore a white Gabriella Arango gown to the ceremony, which was officiated by Judge Greg Mathis from the syndicated TV show. During her vows, NeNe refused to say “For richer or poorer,” and instead only said “for richer.” The Real Housewives of Atlanta star had nine bridesmaids, including co-stars Cynthia Bailey and Marlo Hampton, Basketball Wives LA’s Laura Govan, Basketball Wives Miami’s Jennifer Williams and her BFF Diana Gowins. Star Jones’ ex Al Reynolds was one of Gregg’s nine groomsmen. As a special gift to his bride, Gregg presented NeNe with a crystal portrait of herself, telling the guests “we started from the bottom and now we here.” Guests, including many of NeNe’s Housewives castmates, and other Bravo stars, were then treated to a surprise performance by American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino, who sang three songs for the happy couple.