The Vienna Girardi and Jake Pavelka he-said-she-said battle has gone from 0 to 60 in the past 24 hours. The couple managed to grace the covers of 3 of 5 major tabloids this week. First Vienna went to Star, who supposedly paid her a whopping $90,000 for her side of the story—that their engagement was a sham, that Jake was cruel, and that he wouldn’t have sex with her—as she was packing her bags to leave him. In retaliation, Jake spoke to People, refuting her claims and saying that the real reason for the breakup was A) her hookup with Gregory Michael of “Greek” and B) her talking to Star behind his back. But what has me the most interested here is that $90K price tag. Is it ethical for tabloids to pay people of note for their breakup stories, especially before the breakup has even happened? This seems to add a whole new dimension to already tenuous Hollywood relationships—that your significant other could be broke and decide to dump you for a big pay day.ABC is, naturally, totally unenthused about this ruckus. Not only does it steal thunder from Ali’s season of “The Bachelorette,” but it makes the show look even less credible. PopEater points out that the franchise is 2 for 19 when it comes to successful relationships versus breakups—and one of those two is Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, who wasn’t even his choice in the final episode. An insider says, “Once people stop believing the show is about finding true love and instead making these awful people famous, they will stop watching.”
Exactly what we determined yesterday. Although our Amelia insists she is a fan for life. But she’s nuts.