HASSELBECK'S VIEW DEPARTURE CONFIRMED
It’s been rumored for months, but it’s finally official– Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving The View. “We have had ten wonderful years with Elisabeth and she will now be swimming in new waters," said Barbara Walters. "We will miss her and wish her everything good.” Hasselbeck is leaving the ABC daytime show to move to Fox News where she’ll replace Gretchen Carlson on Fox & Friends. Carlson recently received her own one-hour daytime show on the network, which will begin in the fall. Hasselbeck's last day will be today She joins Joy Behar who will leave the show at the end of the season, and Walters who’ll retire next year.
BIG BROTHER OFFENDS CHEN/SPENCER DEFENDED BY MOM
Big Brother host Julie Chen is not happy about the racist comments made by some of the houseguests this season. "Personally, I was offended," Chen told TMZ. "I was offended by all the comments -- the anti-gay, the anti-black, but especially the anti-Asian ones ... for obvious reasons." Meanwhile, the family of BB houseguest Spencer Clawson claims he’s not a bigot, despite the Hitler-loving and anti-gay comments he’s made. "Spencer really is a great guy," his mom Donna tells TMZ. "This is not a guy that’s a bigot or a racist. And he’s not that way at home." As for why he’s made such offensive comments, Donna suggests it’s just part of the game. "If you're in a group, you go along with the group talk and that is what is happening with him,” she says. "This is a reality show. The purpose of the show is scheming behind each other's backs. Spencer might not be perfect but he's my son. All those kids are somebody's child. He's a good guy."
BYNES WEARS BLUE HAIR TO COURT
Amanda Bynes was in a New York courtroom yesterday in connection with her bong tossing case, but she certainly didn’t dress for the occasion. The troubled 27-year-old appeared before a judge wearing a blue wig and sweats. Her entire hearing lasted just minutes, with prosecutors filing paperwork saying they’re ready to go to trial. Bynes is due back in court September 26th.
BYNES CAN’T BREATHE
In other Amanda Bynes news….The 27-year-old has had several nose jobs, and apparently she’s still having issues. “My Nose Is Broken I'm Bruised I Can't Wait For My Next Surgery," she tweeted Monday, adding, “My Surgeon Broke My Nose During My Surgery But Hasn't Finished My Nose! It's Still Broken And I Can't Breathe!" Bynes first revealed she was having her nose done last month, and said she was planning at least one more procedure after that.
GLANVILLE HAS NIP SLIP IN L.A.
Brandi Glanville appeared to have had one too many at dinner Monday night. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star was photographed stumbling out of the London Hotel in West Hollywood Monday. Glanville was such a mess, she actually had a nip slip in front of paparazzi, and at one point she fell down and had to be picked up by a male companion.
MESSAGE LEFT ON KRISTEN’S DIRTY CAR
Kristen Stewart probably wishes she washed her car more often. The actress got a bit of a shock when she returned to her dirty pickup truck to find someone had written “I (heart) Rob” in its dust. Of course Rob is Kristen’s ex-boyfriend Robert Pattinson. The couple reportedly ended their relationship in May.
KEVIN JONAS IS GOING TO BE A DAD
Looks like we have a storyline for next season’s Married to Jonas. People reports that Kevin Jonas and his wife Danielle are expecting their first child. “Dani and Kevin are thrilled that Dani is pregnant with their first child. They are, of course, elated, and so excited to share this news with their fans,” says their rep. “They are very much looking forward to building a family together.” Kevin and Danielle married in December 2009. Their E! reality show airs Sundays at 10 pm.
RYAN TAKES NEW GIRLFRIEND ON VACATION
Ryan Seacrest’s new romance seems to be going well. The American Idol host was spotted on vacation in the South of France with his reported new girlfriend, Sports Illustrated model Dominique Piek, ex-girlfriend of Star Trek’s Chris Pine. The couple has been vacationing on a luxury yacht with friends, and they looked quite cozy as photographers snapped pictures of them chatting on the deck.
FARRAH ABRAHAM BOOTED FROM REHAB
So much for Farrah Abraham’s attempt to get help for alcohol problems. Radaronline reports the Teen Mom-turned-porn-star was kicked out of rehab early because counselors at her facility thought she was a “disruptive influence” on other patients. The 22-year-old had signed up for a 10-day stay at the Lukens Institute in Palm Beach Florida, but was asked to leave two days before she finished the course because, according to an insider, “her behavior became challenging.” She reportedly got into an argument with a nurse, and also tried to take a photo of fellow patient Patricia Krentcil, a.k.a. the Tan Mom, who was in therapy with her. Upset patients reportedly complained to management that Farrah was acting like a bully.
JERSEY SHORE STARS’ PHONE NUMBERS LEAKED
Jersey Shore stars Snooki and Pauly D had to change their cell phone numbers earlier this week, after JWoww’s Twitter account was hacked and the hacker posted their digits on the site. The anti-Semitic hacker also changed JWoww’s Twitter avatar to a swastika, and posted numbers of Deena and Perez Hilton as well. JWoww eventually regained control of her site and took down the Nazi symbol.
GROUP CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OF ENDER’S GAME
A gay organization named Geeks Out is urging the public to boycott the upcoming movie Ender’s Game, over the anti-gay marriage views of the book’s author Orson Scott Card. "By pledging to Skip Ender’s Game, we can send a clear and serious message to Card and those that do business with his brand of anti-gay activism — whatever he’s selling, we’re not buying," writes the group on their Skip Ender’s Game website. "The queer geek community will not subsidize his fear-mongering and religious bullying. We will not pay him to demean, insult, and oppress us." Card actually addressed the controversy in an interview with EW.com, suggesting the Supreme Court’s recent overturning of DOMA makes his opinion meaningless. "Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984," Card said. "With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. … Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute." Ender’s Game opens November 1st.
FIRTH GETS A DARCY STATUE
For most people, Colin Firth is the ultimate Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice and now he’s been immortalized with a 12-foot fiberglass statue. The piece depicts the memorable scene from the 1996 BBC miniseries in which Darcy emerges from a lake and declares his love for Elizabeth Bennet. The statue is currently in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, London but will tour the UK and end up in Lyme Park in Cheshire, where the scene was filmed.
PERSONAL HOGAN ITEMS ON EBAY
Hulk Hogan’s ex-wife Linda is upset that some treasured family keepsakes have somehow turned up on eBay. Linda tells TMZ the items, including pictures of son Nick’s christening and a CD of Brooke’s first single, went missing from her L.A. storage unit, and are now for sale. The seller claims he found the items at a local thrift store, and Linda thinks they were taken when she hired guys to move some of her other stuff to Goodwill. Linda is hoping the seller will give the items back.