JENNY McCARTHY TO JOIN THE VIEW
Barbara Walters confirmed the rumors yesterday – Jenny McCarthy is joining The View. “We are delighted that Jenny will be joining us as a permanent co-host on The View starting in September," said Walters. "Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor. She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an exciting new chapter for The View." The 40-year-old McCarthy has already appeared on the daytime talker 17 times, and guest co-hosted on eight occasions. "I'm beyond thrilled to be joining Barbara and the other amazing women at the table," said McCarthy. "I look forward to helping make hot topics a little bit hotter, and showing my mom that my interrupting skills have finally paid off."
GLEE STAR HAPPY & HEALTHY IN DAYS LEADING UP TO DEATH
Cory Monteith’s friend and mentor Maureen Webb had dinner with the 31-year-old just two days before his death, and says she didn’t see any signs of trouble. She told People they enjoyed “a quiet night with a lot of laughing,” adding, “he looked so good, so healthy. I hadn’t seen him look that good in a long time.” Joining Maureen and Cory was the actor’s manager Elena Kirschner. Apparently Cory set up the dinner, telling Maureen he wanted to get more involved in her non-profit arts program for children, Project Limelight Society. "I told him, 'I remember everything we talked about when we first talked about this project. Now it's happening,’” she said. “His face just lit up. He was in great spirits." Meanwhile, TMZ got a hold of pictures taken of Cory on July 6th, the same day he checked into the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, where he’d be found dead just a week later. Cory was hanging out with friends at The Shop, a local coffeehouse and biker clothing store. He was reportedly very friendly, and was seen drinking a few beers, but sources say he didn’t seem out of control or wasted.
CORY & LEA WERE PLANNING TO MOVE IN TOGETHER
Meanwhile, sources tell Us Weekly that Cory Monteith and girlfriend Lea Michele were about to take their relationship to the next level. "Lea and Cory were planning on moving in together after he got back from Vancouver," said an insider, adding they, “weren't talking engagement or marriage yet but it was heading that way." Although there were rumors Cory and Lea had been estranged at the time of Cory’s death Saturday, the sources says that’s not true. “"They were 100 percent happy and together and in love at the time of his death," says the insider. "They never broke up."
KIM’S BABY DOESN’T MAKE DEBUT ON JENNER TALK SHOW
Kris Jenner had teased that we may see baby North on her new talk show, but in yesterday’s premiere Kim Kardashian’s baby was nowhere in sight. At the end of the episode, Kris walked out with a one-month old baby, but it turns out the tot belonged to her stylist. “I couldn’t do that to Kim. That would be kidnapping,” said Kris, adding that daughter Kim would debut North “on her own time.”
KELLY OSBOURNE ENGAGED
It’s been rumored for a while now, but Kelly Osbourne is finally confirming that she is engaged to boyfriend Matthew Mosshart. The 28-year-old tells Hello! magazine Matthew popped the question during a recent vacation in Anguilla. “I never felt this close to another human being, ever,” she said. “People say we’re co-dependent but we just want to be together all the time.” Kelly reveals that her engagement ring was designed to look like one of her father Ozzy Osbourne’s pieces of jewelry. “I designed it to look like an earring that my father wore,” she explained. “I used to hold my finger up to his ear when I was little and say, ‘I want a ring like that.’ Now I have one!”
DINA HAPPY OPRAH WILL BE LINDSAY’S MENTOR
Dina Lohan seems very excited her daughter Lindsay will be doing an interview and reality show with Oprah Winfrey and her OWN network. “Oh it’s fantastic,” she told E! “If anyone is going to help mentor you, it’s going to be Oprah.” And, not surprisingly, it sounds like Dina will be on the reality show. “Possibly,” said Dina, when asked if she’ll turn up. “It’s about family…and I’m family.” But Dina won’t be around all the time, because contrary to rumors, she says Lindsay won’t be moving back home with her in Long Island. “Lindsay is 27, my kids all have their own places," Dina said. "She's not going to move back home. She'll be getting an apartment in New York."
ABRAHAM SHOT DOWN BY PLAYBOY - TWICE
Farrah Abraham may be good enough for porn, but she isn’t good enough for Playboy. TMZ reports the Backdoor Teen Mom star reached out to Playboy about possibly doing a fully nude spread for an upcoming issue, and they turned her down. But she didn’t take rejection well and actually reached out again last month, only to be shot down a second time. But Farrah has found a way to keep busy in the meantime. Zap2it reports she’ll appear as a “sexpert” on a panel for the adult film industry expo EXXOTICA.
STEWART NOT DATING BOARDWALK EMPIRE STAR
The Sun claimed over the weekend that Kristen Stewart was secretly dating former Boardwalk Empire star Michael Pitt, but it turns out the story is totally false. The tab claimed Kristen met Michael last week during Paris Fashion week and “they hit it off” and are now a couple. But Gossip Cop says the story’s not true, and points out that Michael was actually at Fashion Week with his long-term model girlfriend Jamie Bochert.
SEINFELD NAMED TOP EARNING COMEDIAN
Seems Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t need a hit show to make a boatload of money. Thanks to a 70-date tour, plus syndication royalties, Jerry has topped the list of Forbes’ highest-earning comedians for the third year in a row, pulling in $32 million between June 2012 and June 2013. Coming in at number two is Las Vegas headliner/ventriloquist Terry Fator ($24 mil), followed by Canadian comedian Russell Peters ($21 mil) in third. Rounding out the Top Ten are: Jeff Dunham ($19 mil), Louis C.K. ($16 mil), Kevin Hart ($14 mil), Larry the Cable Guy ($13 mil), George Lopez ($12 mil), Daniel Tosh and Gabriel Iglesias (tie) ($11 mil) and Ron White ($10 mil).
MASSEY DOESN’T HAVE CANCER
Former Dancing with the Stars contestant Kyle Massey is denying an internet rumor that he has been diagnosed with cancer. "Overnight it was trending on Twitter that I am dying of cancer. I want to say first, 'I do not have cancer' and I don't know where this inconsiderate and insensitive rumor originated from," the That's So Raven alum said in a statement to JustJared. "Cancer is a disease that is very personal to me and my family…So, making light of any illnesses that a person has no control over getting is not something to joke about or make light of!"
TOP MODEL CONTESTANT IN JAIL AFTER POLICE STANDOFF
Renee Alway, a finalist on Cycle 8 of America’s Next Top Model, is currently behind bars following a six-hour standoff with police in Palm Springs, CA. The 27-year-old was arrested June 28th for investigation of burglary, fraud, narcotics possession, and committing a felony while on bail. Locals had called police about a “suspicious female” wandering around a vacant home. When cops arrived, they found Alway in the garage with a gun, and then searched the house for hours because they thought someone was with her. They never found another person. Alway is currently in custody with bail set at $150,000.