MAN ARRESTED IN EXTORTION ATTEMPT ON DEEN
A New York man was arrested Friday for allegedly trying to extort money from Paula Deen. Thomas Paculis reportedly sent an email to Deen’s attorney in June, saying he would release “true and damning” statements by Deen unless he paid her $250,000. Reports that Deen had used the N-word during a deposition hit the media around that same time, causing Deen to lose her job at the Food Network, as well as several endorsement deals. Deen’s attorney went to the FBI after he received the threat, and Paculis was taken into custody on Friday. He is due to go before a Savannah, GA judge next week.
DEEN SPLITS WITH AGENT
Meanwhile, also on Friday, Paula Deen announced she had parted ways with the agent that made her famous. Deen had worked with agent Barry Weiner for over ten years, and he was responsible for landing her her show on the Food Network. "Paula Deen has separated from her agent," Deen's spokeswoman, Elana Weiss, said in a statement. "She and her family thank him for the tireless effort and dedication over the many years."
NIGELLA’S HUSBAND DIVORCING HER
Nigella Lawson’s husband Charles Saatchi revealed Sunday that he is divorcing The Taste judge. The news comes just weeks after Saatchi, 70, was photographed choking her at a London restaurant. In his announcement, Saatchi says he decided to end their 10-year marriage because he was disappointed she did not publicly defend him during the fallout from the incident. "I am sorry to announce that Nigella Lawson and I are getting divorced," he said in a statement to The Mail. "I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so, and I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way." Saatchi went on to say that he and Nigella had drifted apart over the years, and had the nerve to add, “The row photographed at Scott's Restaurant could equally have been Nigella grasping my neck to hold my attention -- as indeed she has done in the past."
KERRY WASHINGTON SECRETLY WEDS
Kerry Washington is married. The Scandal star secretly wed San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha last month. The couple, who had been dating since last summer, filed a marriage license on June 24th in Blaine County, Idaho. According to reports, they actually got hitched in Hailey, Idaho, with Washington’s parents as witnesses, and Asomugha’s sister, a minister in Maryland, officiating the ceremony.
CLOONEY & KEIBLER SPLIT RUMORS
Sounds like George Clooney may be looking for his next gal. Sunday People claims the Oscar winner has split from his girlfriend of two years, Stacy Keibler. The report suggests Clooney dumped Keibler after they opted to celebrate the Fourth of July separately. “It's not like George and Stacy couldn't find time to get together if they really wanted to,” claimed a source. “George is quietly backing away from the relationship. It's always the same. As soon as he feels a woman is getting too close he pulls back.”
LONGORIA DATING FORMER READY FOR LOVE CONTESTANT
Eva Longoria has a new boyfriend. Several months ago it was rumored she was dating Ernesto Arguello, a contestant on her now-defunct dating show Ready for Love. While Eva insists they weren’t a couple at the time, they apparently are now. "I think that's why our relationship is so special – we truly started as friends,” she tells People, insisting they only recently started dating. “I guess we have the press to thank for pushing us to see something we didn't see!"
BIG BROTHER CASTMATES LOSE JOBS OVER OFFENSIVE BEHAVIOR
The Big Brother racism controversy has had some consequences for the houseguests. After several were shown during the live feed making offensive comments, CBS released a statement saying they don’t “condone” the cast’s behavior, adding, “We certainly find the statements made by several of the Houseguests on the live Internet feed to be offensive” But now that offensive behavior has cost some of the cast their real-life gigs. GinaMarie Zimmerman has been fired from her job as pageant coordinator with East Coast USA Pageant Inc., after referring to welfare as “n***er insurance.” In letting her go, the company said they were shocked to find out GinaMarie could “display such acts of hate and racism.” In addition, contestant Aaryn Gries was fired from her modeling agency over her homophobic and racist remarks. She was heard calling a gay houseguest “queer,” and telling an Asian houseguest to “shut up and go make some rice.”
McCARTHY MAY REPLACE BEHAR ON THE VIEW
Jenny McCarthy is reportedly in talks to replace Joy Behar on The View. The former Singled Out host has frequently appeared on the ABC daytime talker, and now rumors claim she may become a permanent member of the panel when Behar leaves in August. So far there has been no comment from ABC.
ELISHA CUTHBERT MARRIES
Happy Endings star Elisha Cuthbert married Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf Saturday in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Reports claim 300 people witnessed the couple say “I Do” at the St James Catholic Church in Summerfield, followed by a reception at Phaneuf’s waterfront estate. This is the first marriage for both Cuthbert and Phaneuf, who got engaged last September after dating five years.
SETH MEYERS ENGAGED
Seth Meyers is off the market. The Saturday Night Live head writer, who will take over for Jimmy Fallon on Late Night next year, has gotten engaged to longtime girlfriend Alexi Ashe. According to Us Weekly, the couple met several years ago at a wedding.
50 CENT CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
50 Cent was charged with domestic violence last week after he allegedly kicked the mother of one of his children last month. The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, also reportedly caused $7,100 worth of damage to the victim’s California home. The 37-year-old allegedly got into a fight with the woman who then locked herself in the bedroom. He got mad and kicked down a door, broke chandeliers, furniture, a TV and a lamp. 50 Cent left before cops arrived. An attorney for 50 Cent denies the allegations, adding, “It is important to note, Mr. Jackson has not been arrested and there is no warrant outstanding for his arrest."
BUSY PHILIPPS WELCOMES DAUGHTER
Busy Philipps is a mom again. The Cougar Town actress and hubby Marc Silverstein welcomed their second daughter on July 2nd, announcing the news on Twitter. The actress posted a picture of herself and her newborn, with the caption, “so this happened…” It was the same caption she used to announce her pregnancy, along with her positive pregnancy test. So far a name for the baby has not been announced. Their first child, daughter Birdie, is almost five.
BEYONCE & SOLANGE SKIP DAD’S WEDDING
Beyonce’s dad got married again over the weekend, although his famous daughters were not there to witness the happy occasion. Matthew Knowles married former model Gena Avery on Sunday in Houston Texas, although both Bey and sister Solange couldn’t make it. Matthew explained, “Unfortunately, Beyonce and Solange had previous engagements which made it impossible for them to attend.”
ELI MANNING & WIFE WELCOME DAUGHTER
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and his wife Abby welcomed their second child last month. “We welcome another Manning to the @Giants Family, Eli and Abby's second daughter, Lucy Thomas born June 17, 2013," the official Giants Twitter revealed last week. The couple is already parents to daughter Ava Frances, who is two.
POSH FEELS GUILTY ABOUT WORKING
Victoria Beckham admits that sometimes it’s hard juggling motherhood and her career. “It’s a huge juggling act, when you are a working mother and looking after your family,” the mother-of-four tells Vogue China. “Millions and millions of women around the world are doing this every day, but it’s not easy and yes, you feel guilty every time you walk out of the door to go to work.”
BYNES SAYS DRAKE IS UGLY AGAIN
Amanda Bynes is back to insulting Drake. The trainwreck goes back and forth as to whether she finds him sexy or ugly, and apparently she’s now back in the ugly phase. On Sunday she tweeted, “Drake Looks Like He Has That Disease Where He Ages Quickly. He Looks 80 Years Old,” followed by “Drake is ugly.” Just two days prior she tweeted, “Drake Is The Most Gorgeous Man On The Face Of The Earth.”
BENSON NOT DATING CO-STAR
Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson is denying an Us Weekly report that claimed she was dating her PLL co-star Tyler Blackburn. While the pair plays sweethearts on the ABC Family hit, Ashley took to Twitter to deny they were a couple in real life. “Haha @usweekly what are you gonna come up with next???,” she wrote. “Hilarious. Although I do love you @tylerjblackburn.”