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August 30, 2007

Thursday Gossip Bites


--The dance cards for season five of ABC's Dancing with the Stars have officially been filled with a Spice Girl, an Abercrombie & Fitch model, a boxer, a billionaire and a Las Vegas icon all part of the 12-person mix. The names were revealed on Wednesday's Good Morning America by DWTS host Tom Bergeron, show judge Carrie Ann Inaba and season-four champ Apolo Ohno.

And, they are:

Melanie "Mel B" Brown, 32, Spice Girls ("Scary Spice") singer (pro partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy);
Sabrina Bryan, 22, actress/singer (The Cheetah Girls) (pro partner: Mark Ballas);
Helio Castroneves, 32, racecar driver (pro partner: Julianne Hough);
Mark Cuban, 48, businessman (owner of NBA's Dallas Mavericks) (pro partner: Kym Johnson);
Jennie Garth, 35, actress (Beverly Hills, 90210) (pro partner: Derek Hough, older brother of Julianne Hough); (Go Team Kelly Taylor!)
Josie Maran, 29, supermodel (pro partner Alec Mazo);
Cameron Mathison, 38, actor (All My Children) (pro partner: Edyta Sliwinska;
Floyd Mayweather, Jr., 30, boxer (pro partner: Karina Smirnoff);
Wayne Newton, 65, singer (pro partner: Cheryl Burke);
Marie Osmond, 47, singer/doll designer (pro partner: Jonathan Roberts);
Albert Reed, 22, supermodel (pro partner: Anna Trebunskaya; and
Jane Seymour, 56, actress (pro partner: Tony Dovolani). (Wonder if she'll ask to be called "Kitty Cat")

--Soul singer Toni Braxton has hit back at tabloid reports she's battling breast cancer. The singer has issued a statement dismissing rumors that surfaced in the National Enquirer last week and spread online. Braxton writes, "There has been a rumor circulating that I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. After feeling something uncomfortable in my left breast, I went in for a screening. I was very fortunate that they did not find anything and I am in great health." Braxton has chosen to take the high road on the hoax health crisis, hoping the shocking story will persuade women who have been holding off cancer checks to get serious about the disease. She adds, "I encourage women to take their annual tests and suggested precautions to prevent this disease that continues to affect so many women."


--David Letterman will make his first appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" next month, another sign the talk-show titans have buried the hatchet after a rift that lasted more than a decade. Letterman will tape the interview, a rare appearance on someone else's show, on Sept. 10 at Madison Square Garden in New York, Winfrey's production company announced Wednesday. Their reconciliation began in 2005 when Winfrey appeared on CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman." It was Winfrey's first guest appearance with Letterman, though she twice appeared on his NBC show before the comic jumped networks in 1993.

--Heavily-pregnant actress Salma Hayek has ruled out moving to Paris to become a housewife after she gives birth to her French fiance's child - she wants to continue working at her production company in the U.S. instead. The Frida star is due to give birth to her first child with partner Francois-Henri Pinault any time now. But despite impending motherhood, Hayek plans to keep herself busy professionally by working on new projects with her Ventanarosa Productions business partner Jose Tamez. She says, "I'm going to stay (in the U.S.) and run this company. I could just say I will give it all up and be a housewife in Paris. But I said, 'No.' I was so lucky because I found myself a man who is a great businessman. And he loves it that I work this hard. He has a lot of respect for what I do."


--Julia Stiles is a good girlfriend. The beauty was spotted this week helping her sweetheart, Jonathan Cramer, install his new geometrical sculpture at 111 Central Park North. "A construction worker asked if she was 'that actress,' " said our spy, who overheard Stiles respond, "No, but I get mistaken for her all the time." Stiles isn't Cramer's only celebrity helper - Josh Lucas did "the dirty work" and "spent all afternoon bolting and holding the 2,000-pound metal sculpture in place," said the insider.

--A conservative media watchdog organization charged Wednesday that the network morning news shows have spent considerably more time this year on Democrats running for president than on Republicans. Network news executives rejected any suggestion of bias, and said they have a considerably harder time getting Republican candidates to appear on their shows. Through July 31, the ABC, CBS and NBC morning news shows devoted 284 campaign segments to Democratic candidates and 152 to Republicans, according to the Media Research Center. Another 81 stories discussed both parties or a possible independent run by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "The double standard has got to stop," said L. Brent Bozell, the group's founder. "What you hope is that there would be fairness. If you are going to give that much coverage to the Democrats, give it to the Republicans, too." (Ha. File that under "Duh")


--Bobby Brown claims he lived in his car while Whitney was in rehab. In Browns declaration, he claims, Since Whitney has been awarded sole legal and physical custody of Bobbi Kris, she has attempted to eliminate me from Bobbi Kris life. He also states, I did all I could to see my daughterI also paid approximately $10,000 for Whitney and Bobby Kris to live in a nice hotel while Whitney was going through rehabI basically lived in my car. He concludes, I have not seen or spoken to my daughter since early June and I have no prospect of speaking to her or seeing her anytime soon due to Whitneys actions.

--Wrestler Hulk Hogan's teenage son Nick Hogan was racing another car moments before he lost control of his own vehicle and crashed into a tree, according to a witness. Frances Vitalis, who was riding a motorcycle with a friend behind the two cars, claims the drivers were revving their engines and racing between each set of traffic lights on the road in Clearwater, Florida on Sunday night. Vitalis says, "We knew something was going to happen. You know that this is a bad situation and these guys are hotdogging." According to website Tmz.com, police officers have interviewed the driver of a silver Dodge Viper that may have been involved in the accident. Local law enforcement officials have so far only confirmed Hogan's son Nick was driving a Toyota Supra at high speed when he lost control and struck a palm tree. Nick and his friend John Graziano were flown by Medivac helicopters to a hospital in St. Petersburg. Nick, also known as Nick Bollea, has since been discharged after being treated for minor injuries, but Graziano remains in a critical condition. Nick has been caught speeding three times in the 12 months before Sunday's accident.


--"Your man should not upstage you. He is there to highlight you. Guys don't like to be told they look nice, pretty, or cute or that they clean up well." "We want to feel dirty, rugged, and, most important, that you feel safe when you are in our company," he continues. "So when your guy finally tries on something that you like, tell him that he looks like James Bond or Tony Montana. Feel free to be even more vague than that: 'Wow, that suit makes you look like that hot football player!' Trust me, say any of this and you won't be able to get him to take the damn suit off. When it comes to getting dressed, men are a little bit more important than handbags but less important than shoes," he writes. "At any rate, we are merely accessories." --Ashton Kutcher

Random Thought of the Day:
My fave song of the moment is "When Did Your Heart Go Missing" by Rooney. Click here to listen and watch the video. The video is terrible, although it does feature Talia Shire, the mother of one of the band members. Oh, and guess where they got the name for the band? You guessed it. "ROOOONEY!" (Name that movie).


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-Nick Hogan needs to be "held to the fire" for his b.s. actions and hurting/endangering others. Perfect example of some kid born to privelage who abuses the gift.

-I don't know exactly what kind of father Bobby Brown is but if "mom" is trying to clean-up her act for herself and her daughter, maybe "dad" shouldn't be in the picture too much until he does the same.

-Yeah, that's just what I want...a "dirty" guy who takes a backseat to me.

Says: nanc' at August 30, 2007 11:54 AM

p.s. Just listened to the clip.
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I wondered whatever happened to her.

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