LAMAR ODOM ALLEGEDLY ADDICTED TO CRACK
Forget infidelity, TMZ reports the troubles in Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom’s marriage stem from Lamar’s drug problem. The site claims Lamar has had a problem with crack cocaine for two years, and last August, Khloe pushed him into rehab, which Lamar bolted after three weeks. Lamar was able to stay clean after rehab, but once the NBA season was over he slipped back into addiction. TMZ claims Khloe staged an intervention last week which failed and she then kicked him out of the house, which is why photographers caught luggage being loaded into his car. As of Sunday, Lamar had not contacted anyone for nearly 72 hours, and the family is concerned he’s hiding out somewhere doing crack. As for the infidelity rumors, TMZ says Khloe is convinced they are true, but for now divorce is not on the table. Said a source, “Khloe is more concerned about saving Lamar than ending her marriage. “ There has been no official comment from Khloe regarding the drug allegations although on Sunday she did tweet, “Really hard to sit here and listen to people talk sh-t about my family. F**k you and shame on you! I'm too protective for this sh-t!"
KIMYE RELEASE BABY PIC
As promised, Kanye West debuted the first picture of baby North on Kris Jenner’s talk show Friday. Kris and Kanye talked about the offers he and Kim Kardashian received for the first picture, but said he thought it would help with Kris’s ratings be nicer to do it on the finale of Kris’ talk show. "As everyone knows, it's sometimes difficult for me to deal with the press and at this point it's almost an agenda for them to write me into a story," he explained. "This was a safe place where I could express myself with love without an agenda." Kanye says he first met Kim when she was Brandy’s assistant and it was “definitely” love at first sight. “I was in love with her before I ever got to talk to her,” he explained. He says that since North was born he’s become a “brand new person,” adding, “my only goal is to protect my daughter.
PETITIONS STARTED TO RECAST BATMAN
News that Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel was met with extreme disgust Friday. In fact, some people are already trying to get him booted from the blockbuster. John Roden of Ludlow, Kentucky started a Change.org petition asking Warner Bros. to drop Affleck from the project and barely 24 hours later, he had more than 3,200 signatures. And he’s not the only one. Kev H. from Evanston, Illinois also started a petition that gathered more than 700 signatures by Friday morning. But not everyone is upset over the casting. London’s Phil Hoyle has a petition that asks fans to “calm down and have a cup of tea.” So far he’s only got five signatures.
COWELL STEPS OUT WITH BABY MAMA
Simon Cowell stepped out with baby mama Lauren Silverman over the weekend. The couple was spotted holding hands while walking on a French beach Saturday. It was the first time the pair has been seen together since news of Lauren’s pregnancy hit.
HELL’S KITCHEN WINNER FIRED OVER DRUGS
The winner of the most recent season of Hell’s Kitchen has lost her job after testing positive for drugs. According to TMZ, Ja’Nel Witt originally said she couldn’t accept the position at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas due to a “personal matter,” but the site later discovered the real reason. Apparently Caesars required Witt to submit to a drug test before she could take the head chef job and she “failed miserably.” When Caesars found out they fired her. On the plus side, Witt will still get her $250K salary, despite not doing a single day’s worth of work.
BALDWIN & WIFE WELCOME DAUGHTER CARMEN
Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria welcomed a baby girl on Friday. "We are overjoyed to announce the birth of our daughter Carmen Gabriela,” tweeted the first time mom. “She is absolutely perfect.” Hilaria, a yoga instructor and lifestyle correspondent for Extra, announced the couple was expecting in March. Baldwin’s 17-year-old daughter Ireland (from Alec’s first marriage to Kim Baisnger) responded to the news of her new half-sister with an open letter on the Internet. “You have been born into one crazy family,” she wrote. “Remember that your parents will always love you. Grown ups yell. I don’t know why, but they do. No matter what your mom or Dad says or does, simply remember that they love the sh*t out of you.”
DEEN LAWSUIT DROPPED
Paula Deen’s legal troubles seem to be over. On Friday, the sexual harassment suit brought against her by ex-employee Lisa Jackson was dropped. (The racial discrimination aspect of the suit, which led to Paula’s public downfall, was dismissed earlier this month.) Although rumors suggested the two reached a financial settlement the AP reported that both parties agreed to drop the case “without any award of costs or fees to any party.” No other details were revealed. "While this has been a difficult time for both my family and myself, I am pleased that the judge dismissed the race claims and I am looking forward to getting this behind me, now that the remaining claims have been resolved," Deen told Us Weekly in a statement. "During this time my faith has strengthened me and the tremendous outpouring of support as well as prayers from folks of all walks of life has been both humbling and overwhelming."
TAYLOR ARMSTRONG ENGAGED
Taylor Armstrong is ready to give marriage another go. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has gotten engaged to boyfriend John Bluher. According to reports, Bluher, an attorney, popped the question Thursday during a vacation in Mexico. The couple has been dating for two years. Armstrong was previously married to Russell Armstrong, who committed suicide in 2011.
TYSON ADMITS TO LYING ABOUT SOBRIETY
Mike Tyson gave a bizarre press conference over the weekend in which he admitted he’s been struggling with alcohol addiction. Tyson told reporters Friday he’s been lying for years about being sober. "I wanna change my life, I wanna live a different life now,” he said. “I wanna live my sober life. I don't wanna die. I'm on the verge of dying, because I'm a vicious alcoholic." The 47-year-old, whose been in and out of rehab over three times, said he’s been free from drugs and alcohol for six days and hopes to stay clean.
EVA LONGORIA SINGLE AGAIN
Eva Longoria is on the market again. TMZ reports the Desperate Housewives star has split from boyfriend Ernesto Arguello, who she met while producing her dating show, Ready For Love. Sources say the pair broke up sometime last week, after about four months of dating. According to the site, distance became a problem, since she lives in Los Angeles and he lives in Miami.
MODEL CLAIMING TO BE MASON’S FATHER FAILS LIE DETECTOR TEST
Sounds like Kourtney Kardashian may finally be rid of the male model who claims to be her son Mason’s dad. First a DNA test proved Scott Disick was Mason’s father, and now model Michael Girgenti has reportedly failed a lie detector test. According to Radaronline, Michael recently taped an episode of the syndicated Trisha Goddard Show, and agreed to take a polygraph. He was asked point blank if he’s ever even slept with Kourtney, and he said yes, but the man who administered the test said, “The polygraph determined that Michael was not being truthful.” Michael’s Trisha Goddard segment is scheduled air September 17th.
BROWN FUMING OVER COMMUNITY SERVICE RE-DO
Chris Brown unleashed a Twitter tirade Thursday against authorities who questioned the community service reports he submitted in the Rihanna beating case. On August 16th, a judge ruled Brown had to re-do his service, and sentenced him to 1,000 more hours. Well, needless to say, Brown isn’t happy. “Done 6 months community service wit police and the DA racist a** crying to the judge that I didn't do it. F**k the SYSTEM!" he wrote. (FYI, the DA was an African American woman.) He later added, "How about y'all take care of all the homeless kids and families on skid row…Family first! The LAW…last."
BREAKING BAD STAR DOESN’T GET THE HATRED
Breaking Bad star Anna Gunn can’t believe how much people hate her character Skyler White. In fact, on Sunday she penned an op-ed piece for the New York Times in which she reflected on how the hatred for the character soon turned into hatred for her. "At some point on the message boards, the character of Skyler seemed to drop out of the conversation, and people transferred their negative feelings directly to me," she wrote. "Male characters don’t seem to inspire this kind of public venting and vitriol." She then went on to speculate why people have such strong feelings about Skyler. "As an actress, I realize that viewers are entitled to have whatever feelings they want about the characters they watch. But as a human being, I’m concerned that so many people react to Skyler with such venom," she wrote, adding, "Because Skyler didn’t conform to a comfortable ideal of the archetypical female, she had become a kind of Rorschach test for society, a measure of our attitudes toward gender."
BELIZE OFFERS BREAKING BAD CAST FREE TRIP
AMC’s Breaking Bad has been using the phrase “trip to Belize” as a euphemism for murder and the Central American country is totally fine with it. In fact, they’re so flattered they’ve offered the cast, including stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, an all-expenses-paid trip to their country. “Some people may have perceived that to be somewhat of a crisis, but we really thought of it as an opportunity,” Alyssa Carnegie, of the Belize Tourism Board, told the New York Times.
EASTBOUND & DOWN STAR WANTS LINDSAY
Lindsay Lohan has a big fan in Danny McBride. McBride was so impressed with Lindsay’s work on the finale of his HBO show Eastbound & Down that he wants her for his next project. Sources tell TMZ McBride has had several serious talks with the Mean Girls star about a new pilot he’s developing for HBO. Lindsay is reportedly in favor of the idea and hopes it works out.
DR. LUKE IN AT IDOL
Sounds like we finally have our third judge on American Idol. After weeks of rumors, several sites are reporting that music producer Dr. Luke has signed on to join Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez at Idol’s judge’s table. So far there has been no official word from Fox as to either J. Lo or Dr. Luke. Only Urban has been confirmed for the show.
TEEN MOM COUPLE RAISING TEEN
Teen Mom stars Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra have become legal guardians of Tyler’s teenage sister. According to Radar, Catelynn and Tyler, who put their own child up for adoption, took guardianship of his sister earlier this month, and based on a Tweet by Tyler, the unidentified teen seem to be doing well. “2 days after taking the responsibility of taking guardianship of my lil sister, she got a job! Me & @CatelynnLowell are beyond proud of her,” he wrote, later adding, “Raising a teen is not easy!. But I love my lil sister & will stop at NOTHING to make sure she is well prepared for her future #FamilySupport."
NEW JERSEY HOUSEWIVES STARS WAITING FOR CONTRACTS
The future of the Real Housewives of New Jersey seems to be up in the air. Despite reports suggesting the sixth season has already started filming, Radaronline says the cast has yet to receive new contracts. “They’re all starting to freak out,” said a source. Apparently they won’t receive new deals until they’ve finished all their commitments on their current season, including a reunion show that won’t film until next month. And while you’d think Teresa Giudice’s recent fraud indictment could be a problem for a new season, insiders believe it’s actually going to help the show. “All the ladies know that Teresa’s court drama could be amazing for ratings,” said a source. “They all want to be a part of that and they’re hoping Bravo will quickly get them all new deals so they can start filming right away.”
MURRAY BLAMES MICHAEL
Dr. Conrad Murray, who is currently behind bars for the involuntary manslaughter death of Michael Jackson, seems to be siding with concert promoter AEG in Kathryn Jackson’s wrongful death suit against the company. In a voicemail to a friend, Murray insists it was Jackson who hired him, not AEG, and the company had nothing to do with the singer’s medical treatment. Murray says AEG didn’t know anything about Michael’s issues, and all requests for treatment came directly from the singer. He adds that Michael hated AEG, and called everyone who worked for the company “snakes.”
ANSARI LANDS BOOK DEAL
Parks & Recreation star Aziz Ansari has landed a $3.5 million book deal to write about dating in a modern, tech-obsessed age. “You know when you text someone you’re romantically interested in and you don’t hear anything back and then you see them post a photo of a pizza on Instagram? That’s exactly what I want this book to deal with,” the comedian said in a press release. “These are strange conundrums that no generation has ever faced before and it’s a fascinating jumping off point for what I hope will be a very interesting book about modern courtship.” The book is expected to hit stores in September 2015.
BROADWAY STAR JULIE HARRIS DIES
Broadway star Julie Harris died over the weekend from congestive heart failure. She was 87. During her 60-year career, Harris won five Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Play, and was honored with a special Lifetime Achievement Tony in 2002. For TV fans, Harris is probably best known for playing Lilimae Clements on the CBS primetime soap Knots Landing. On the big screen she played James Dean’s romantic co-star in East of Eden.