Ask — nay, demand — and Lorne Michaels will listen, sort of. For the last month or so, fans of Betty White have been clamoring for the “Golden Girl” to host “Saturday Night Live,” and according to Michael Ausiello at Entertainment Weekly, producer Lorne Michaels is game. However, he’s apparently not sure that White, who is 88 years old, will be able to carry the show on her own, so he’s supposedly assembling a roster of funny ladies to host together. Molly Shannon is on board, and Michaels is going after “SNL” alum like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as well. The idea of all these women on “Saturday Night Live” totally excites me, but I totally think White could pull off the hosting gig on her own. I mean, would Michaels not allow Clint Eastwood — who is turning 80 this year — to host on his own? Betty White, while up there in years, is a professional, and a hilarious one at that — I say she should get the coveted hosting gig all for herself, unless she feels like sharing. [EW] Keep reading »
This is way too much of a bulging good thing, but it’s sure to get viewers to notice the premiere of HBO’s “Hung” in New Zealand. [Copyranter] Keep reading »
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her daughter, Bristol Palin, were in the headlines again this week, railing against Sunday’s episode of “Family Guy” featuring a character with special needs. In the episode “Extra Large Medium,” the elder son, Chris, goes out on a date with Ellen, a mentally handicapped woman who tells him, “My dad’s an accountant and my mom’s the former governor of Alaska” — an obvious reference to Palin’s son, Trig, who has Down syndrome. The Palins, of course, interpreted it as such; both Bristol and Sarah took to the ex-governor’s Facebook page, where Bristol wrote, “If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed. All they proved is that they’re heartless jerks.” Boom boom pow!
And yet … Andrea Friedman, the 39-year-old actress with Down syndrome who read the voiceover for Ellen on the “Family Guy” episode in question, said peeps needs to chill. In an interview yesterday with The New York Times, Friedman spoke out and said, “It’s not really an insult. I was doing my role, I’m an actor. … I was laughing at it.” She added, “[I turned on the TV and] I saw Sarah Palin with her son Trig. I’m like, ‘I’m not Trig. This is my life.’ I was making fun of Sarah Palin, but not her son.” Keep reading »
In certain couplings, it’s hard to tell who is the crazy one. Is it him? Is it her? With Vienna Girardi of “The Bachelor” and her ex, Brian Lee Smith, most people assumed the latter, just because everyone likes to hate on Vienna. Rumors have circulated that she was still dating Smith when she left to film “The Bachelor,” and that since returning from the show, she’s been following him and his new girlfriend around, harassing them. But RadarOnline.com has uncovered some info that tells another story—that he’s the crazy one. They recently found out that Smith was arrested in October for trespassing at Vienna’s parents’ house and they have the mug shot to prove it. Sources back this up. “They broke up at spring break of last year,” says a friend. “Vienna has not even seen Brian since he was arrested in her front yard.” She just got another degree more believable to me. [RadarOnline.com]
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Here is a “Jersey Shore” twist. They may wear Italian flags, say they’re looking for muscled-up Italian men and call themselves Guidettes. But it turns out that neither J-Woww or Snooki is actually Italian. In a radio interview for Fox News, J-Woww revealed that she is Spanish and Irish—her last name is Farley. And Snooki is Chilean by birth, though she was adopted and raised by an Italian family. She also said that Ronnie is half Italian. When the DJ asked Jenni to explain why they use the term Guido so often on the show, Jenni explained, “That’s a stereotype that people misconstrued with Italians. It’s a lifestyle. Like, the scene that we’re in. It’s not, like, Italian.” Huh? I’m confused. [PopEater] Keep reading »
I know what you’re thinking: AGAIN?!?!
Oh, yes! Kirstie Alley
, the woman behind “Fat Actress” and oh so many weight loss
commercials, has let reality TV cameras into her home to do a show about losing weight. (And, apparently, her pet lemurs.) Keep reading »
Back in December we got word that Bravo was considering dumping NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast and replacing them with other wealthy and powerful Atlanta women. Now, we’re hearing that entertainment lawyer Phaedra Parks, who counts Bobby Brown as one of her celebrity clients, could be one of the replacements. Sounds exciting … another self-made housewife who isn’t trying to jump-start her career while taping the show. But what’s most intriguing and could result in some major drama is that Parks’ husband is a convicted felon. A few months ago, Parks married Apollo Nida, who is on parole stemming from a conviction for his involvement in an auto theft ring. And he spent six years in prison for two unrelated crimes. Sounds like a whole lotta drama, especially if the other housewives start talking trash about Parks and Nida. [Media Takeout] Keep reading »
On last night’s episode of “The Bachelor,” Ali Fedotowsky, who tearfully left the show last week because she was going to get fired from her job at Facebook if she didn’t go back to work, called to tell Jake Pavelka she made a mistake. However, in the 10 seconds (OK, few weeks, probably) that has passed since she bid him adieu, Jake had “fallen in love” with the three remaining women and didn’t think it was a “good idea” to let Ali come back for a second shot. Ali shed even more tears as she declared that leaving was the biggest mistake she’d ever made, and, I believe, her “performance” likely earned her the title of the next “Bachelorette.” While nothing is confirmed, Ali paid a visit to “The Ellen Show” and hinted she might be interested. Keep reading »