Morning Quickies: Sarah Palin Co-Hosting “The Today Show” Tomorrow

  • Sarah Palin will co-host “The Today Show” on Tuesday in what I think we can all agree is a brazen ploy for ratings. Katie Couric will be co-hosting “Good Morning America” on the same day. Well played, “Today,” well played. [Dlisted]
  • Alec Baldwin is engaged to his 28-year-old yoga instructor girlfriend, Hilaria Thomas. Mazel tov! [Huffington Post]
  • Today in Casting Decisions We Don’t Approve Of: Ashton Kutcher will play Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs in an indie flick, “Jobs.” [Variety]
  • On April Fools Day, Gwyneth Paltrow proved she does have a sense of humor about GOOP after all. [Evil Beet Gossip
  • Naked Norwegian dudes are promoting tourism … or public humping. It’s hard to say. (NSFW) [Queerty]
  • Researchers are developing a Facebook app that could tell you if one of your friends has an STI — presumably so you can better protect yourself from infection. Hmm, that still sounds like a major violation of privacy. [Nerve]
  • TMZ claims MTV repeatedly threatened to kick Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino off “Jersey Shore” due to of his drinking and drug use and that producers had sit-down talks with him several times warning him to sober up. Sitch recently checked into rehab. [Evil Beet Gossip]
  • Carrie Brownstein from “Portlandia” and the band Sleater-Kinney will publish a memoir. [NY Times]
  • A new book claims that O.J. Simpson’s then-24-year-old son murdered Nicole Brown Simpson. [Us Weekly]
  • Meet Anori the polar bear cub, half-sister of Knut. She is worthy of your squees! [The FW
  • Octomom is now receiving $2,000 a month in welfare from the state of California. Without any snark whatsoever, I am sincerely surprised it has taken this long. [TMZ]
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