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MAJOR shake ups in the American Idol judging line up.  Ellen DeGeneres announced late yesterday that she has quit the show, after just a year.

In a statement released to multiple media outlets, Ellen stated, “A couple months ago, I let FOX and the American Idol producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me. I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next.”

Ellen, 52, replaced Paula Abdul as a judge for the show’s ninth season.  “It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for,” her statement continues, before adding that “it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings.”

The AI news did not end there as TMZ then confirmed this morning that fellow judge Kara DioGuardi has been fired, and that the show will be going back to a three-judge format.


Jennifer LopezSteven Tyler

And who will be replacing Ellen and Kara on the judging panel?  According to GossipCop and TMZ, it will be none other than Jennifer Lopez aka Jlo and rocker Steven Tyler.

GossipCop was the first to report the news, when they ran a story last night stating that American Idol had offered the two spots to both Jlo and Steven.

TMZ also confirmed this morning that assuming all deals are finalized, the judge’s panel will consist of Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Adding that the only way Kara will get her job back is if Jlo rejects the offer.

American Idol is reportedly hoping to announce their new judging line up on Monday.

TELL US: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CHANGES IN THE AI JUDGING LINEUP?


An all new episode of Bethenny’s Getting Married airs tonight, as we finally get to see Bethenny Frankel and hubby Jason Hoppy bring home their baby.

After a long and tough labor, Bethenny and Jason are joined at the hospital by Jason’s parents to welcome baby Bryn into the world. Like most new parents, when it’s finally time to take Bryn home the two have no idea what is in store for them; they can’t even get the baby out of the car seat without the baby nurse’s help!

Sleepless nights and new motherhood turn Bethenny’s world upside, but with her patient husband and loving in-law’s, it’s nothing she can’t handle. How will Bethenny and Jason survive the first couple of weeks as clueless and exhausted parents? And will they ever master getting Bryn out of her car seat? Find out this at 10/9c on Bravo.

In other Bethenny news, though she has made her mark by doing reality shows, it seems Bethenny is very against her daughter ever following in her footsteps. She calls the idea “traumatizing.”

When asked by PEOPLE what she would do if Bryn grows up and tells her she wants to be on a reality show? “I will kill somebody,” answered Bethenny jokingly. “Not her, but I will kill somebody.”

Bethenny then went on to add that it might depend on the kind of show it is. If it’s a show like BGM which she describes as allowing you to be “really, totally honest and be yourself.”

She however dismissed the idea all together hoping “by the time she grows up, there won’t be even be reality shows.” But isn’t Bryn kinda sorta already a reality star, you know, considering she is about to become a regular cast member on Bethenny’s Getting Married?

Below is a preview clip of tonight’s episode.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S EPISODE OF BETHENNY’S GETTING MARRIED?

Jersey Shore 2

They’re baaaack! Tonight is the very long awaited season 2 premiere of the Jersey Shore!

The MTV hit show is back to give us more GTL, Gym Tan Laundry that is, with cast members The Situation, DJ Pauly D, Snooki, Vinny, JWoww, Sammi, Ronnie, and even Angelina is back. Angelina famously left the show early on during the first season.

So what can we expect during season 2? Well for one, many more hook ups, and this go around, a lot of the hooking up happens amongst the cast.  “There’s so much more hookups, make-ups, breakups, the whole nine, and you guys are definitely going to love season two,” promises The Situation to MTV. “Sit back and relax! You guys can see how to party!”

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE SEASON 2 TRAILER!

Based on the previews, Vinny will hook up with both Snooki and Angelina.

More fighting also occurred this season. Snooki and JWoww are described as the mean girls, and in one of the preview clips, we can see Sammi and JWoww getting into a physical fight. Angelina, who reportedly quit the show during the second season as well, will also get into fights with her co-stars.

Season two premieres tonight at 10 p.m/ET on MTV.


Deena Nicole Cortese

In other Shore news, a new cast member has been added to the cast.  Deena Nicole Cortese is the newest ‘Giuidette’ on the block and is currently filming the all new season 3 with the cast in Jersey Shore.

Deena Nicole is described as a 23-year-old New Jersey party girl who loves to drink and party.  She is said to be a friend of Snooki’s with her mom telling NJ.com that “they’ve known each other for a couple of years.”

“All I need is beats, my broads, and booze,” is what Deena posted on Facebook page before she began filming.

TELL US – ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT A NEW SEASON OF JERSEY SHORE? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S EPISODE?

CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS OF DEENA NICOLE! –

Kim Zolciak boyfriend Kroy BiermannLisa Wu Hartwell

There was a report this week about the drama that ensued at the wedding of new Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey.

According to the NYPost, Kim Zolciak has moved on from the still married Big Poppa as she reportedly got into a tiff with her new blonde boy toy boyfriend when she caught him “checking out a hot redhead while puffing a cigar. Kim caught him in the act,” said a witness.

Well the said boy toy has now been revealed. He is Kroy Biermann, a 24-year-old NFL player who plays for the Atlanta Falcons. InTouch magazine reports “they’ve been dating for about two months.”

An insider tells the mag Kim and the 6’3″, 260-pound defensive end were seen “laughing, kissing and have a great time together,” during Cynthia’s wedding on Saturday despite their drama.

In other Atlanta news, Lisa Wu Hartwell’s publicist is now confirming she is indeed leaving the show this upcoming season.

Carlos Scott tells the AJC Lisa “doesn’t want to just be a reality star.” It seems Lisa is trying to get her foot into acting. A few months back, she had a small role on a “Meet the Browns” episode. She just did a fitness DVD. And she’s working on a film with Robert Downey Jr., added her publicist.

And despite the widespread rumors than Lisa got the ax from the Bravo network for being too boring, her publicist insists the decision was mutual.

A new report by the Black Voices Web site also reveals that Lisa won’t even be on the opening credits and may only pop up in a handful of episodes as the show introduces the two new cast mates Phaedra Parks and Cynthia Bailey.

Black Voices also gives another reason for Lisa’s exit from the show, stating that Bravo “basically wanted to script elements of Lisa’s life and make her amp up the drama. She wasn’t with that at all. Lisa felt like if her real life alone wasn’t enough for the network, then maybe it was time for her to go.”

Bravo is not commenting on the news.

Monet Stunson of Big Brother

Monet Stunson, a 24-year-old model from Glen Carbon, IL found herself the second house-guest to leave the Big Brother 12 house last week.

In a new interview with PEOPLE, Monet opens up on being ousted, why she shouldn’t have trusted Matt, and why winning the $10,000 prize made her a target.

Excerpts from Monet’s interview is below -

To the casual observer, it didn’t seem like you had any strategy at all. What was your game plan?
I did have a strategy and that was not to win the first HOH and not to win a large prize early on in the game. However, I did win the money so that changed my strategy and put a huge target on my back.

Matt seemed to play you and everyone else in the house. Did you see it coming?
Yes and no. My initial reaction to Matt was that I didn’t trust him, but I kind of let that slide. I trusted him a little too much once he was put up as a replacement nominee. I should have expected it.

Besides Britney, is there anyone in the house you see yourself keeping in touch with?
I might attempt to keep in touch with Kathy or maybe Lane. I will definitely keep in touch with Britney.

You called just about everyone in the house “stupid.” Do you think you played a smart game?
I don’t think I called them stupid to their faces. I tried to play a smart game, but having such a huge target on your back makes it hard.

Rachel’s case against you was that you had already won $10,000 and that you never tried to warm up to her. Knowing what you know now, would you have passed on the money? Would you have been friendlier to Rachel?
I didn’t want to win the money — don’t get me wrong, I’m happy I have it now — it’s just kind of what happened. As far as Rachel goes, I probably would have pretended to like her more … pretended we were long lost friends.

What are you going to do with the money you won?

I’m going to save it.

Looking back, what would you have done differently?
I would have aligned myself with the other girls. I would have been nicer and pretended to like them.

Tonight’s episode will show a third house-guest leaving the BB house. The HOH Matt nominated Andrew and Kathy, with the intention of backdooring Brendon. Brendon however won the POV competition, meaning Andrew or Kathy will be leaving the show tonight.

TELL US – WHO DO YOU WANT TO SEE EXIT THE SHOW? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S EPISODE?

Rachel Uchitel Celebrity Rehab Eric Roberts

The all new 4th season of Celebrity Rehab only started filming a little over a week ago and there is already drama on the set.

RadarOnline is reporting that professional mistress Rachel Uchitel walked out on the show while filming this week.  Rachel told producers “I quit” and ran away from the set, getting away to a swanky Beverly Hills hotel after an intense day of filming drove her over the edge.

So what drove Rachel over the edge?  According to TMZ, it was an intense talk about her father’s death. Sources tell TMZ that Rachel’s breaking point came during a recent one-on-one therapy session where the main topic was her dad.

Rachel’s father died of a cocaine overdose in his 40s, and Rachel was 15 at the time.  Rachel’s exit was however short lived as she returned the next day because her ‘Rehab’ castmates called and urged her to rejoin them.

In other Rachel news, TMZ also reported a while back that Rachel has a major crush on Dr. Drew Pinsky, and her infatuation with him is what led her to sign on for the show.  Something tells us Dr. Drew’s wife will be making more frequent visits to the set.

It was also revealed last week that actor Eric Roberts had joined the cast, much to the surprise of many.  While Eric remains in Rehab, his wife is now speaking out on his behalf, and revealing his addiction.

“Eric quit drugs and alcohol in 1995,” his wife, Eliza Roberts (an actress and casting director), tells E! News. “He has no interest in anything, other than marijuana.”

As for how his addiction to marijuana came about, his wife adds, “He uses marijuana as a medication. He has a prescription.  However, a dependency is a dependency and he doesn’t want to be dependent on it anymore.”

So how is Eric’s famous daughter, Emma Roberts, and sister, Julia Roberts, reacting to the news? “Everyone in the family is very supportive of each other and of each other being their best self and being healthy.”

Money is likely the motivating factor for Eric’s appearance on the show, as the “celebrities” do get paid.  According to TMZ,  Rachel Uchitel is receiving $500, 000 while Jeremy London is only getting $40,000.  No word yet on how much Eric will be receiving, but one has to assume it will be more than what Rachel is getting.

Shamed and bankrupt Bravo housewife Teresa Giudice is now speaking out on the upcoming August 22 auction, which intends to sell practically all majority of her home items, including her bed, furniture, TVs, and even her gas range, to recoup some money for her debtors. You know, the ones she owes $11 million.

In her latest Bravo blog, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star touches on a lot of different topics. Below are excerpts -

On having to file bankruptcy for her $11 mil debt – “As you know, Joe and I filed for bankruptcy protection back in October 2009 primarily because of real estate deals gone bad in a bad economy. We didn’t spend millions of dollars on gold toilets or private planes. We bought buildings, fixed them up, and tried to help other people start their own businesses or be able to afford an apartment. The economy crash trickled down to everyone. We worked so hard for so many years and it was heartbreaking to file, and not something we took lightly. Of course you can’t sit in your bed and just cry all day, so we moved forward, got new jobs, and are working hard once again. The point is to get a fresh start so you can move forward.”

On the upcoming Aug 22 auction to sell off her belongings – “But it’s not a fun or an easy process. If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to be involved in a legal situation, you know it’s a lot of back and forth between both sides. Right now, our bankruptcy trustee is trying to get an auction going, and our lawyer is objecting it. Every day, there are new tactics used, stories circulated, and details “leaked” to the press, but it’s all part of the legal wrangling. All I can do is rise above it, keep my head high, and know that at the end of the day, I have my family, my health, and I’m in God’s hands. Nothing else matters, certainly not a lamp.”

On Charitygate (a story she demanded $3000 to attend a charity event) – “As for the story that I wanted money to appear at a charity event, completely false. I have never charged to appear at a charity event, nor do I accept anything for helping charities… I’ve never heard of the shelter that’s complaining about me, but they called the person who books me in clubs and he told them he doesn’t do charity, and to contact me directly. It’s very easy to get a hold of me at my website, and I do check every email. I can’t help every single charity that asks of course, but I do as I many as I can. I have no idea why this charity would try and bash me in the press, unless they were looking for press, which they obviously got. I did notice that Danielle was in attendance at this particular event…. Coincidence? Hmmm….”

On Danielle Staub and her daughters – “I also really liked seeing Christine’s Sweet 16 Party. She is a beautiful girl, but you can tell she’s counting down the days until she can leave that house. Poor Jillian has a little longer to wait. We finally got to meet their dad, and I think it’s obvious where they got their good looks from! Jillian singing was so sweet, but it nearly broke my heart that Danielle was pushing her so hard. Of course, Danielle turned everything back around to her. Typical. I thought it was creepy that she would wear her engagement ring just to make a statement to her ex-husband’s new wife. Sad.”

On writing new book – “I’m hard at work on my next book, a follow-up with Skinny Italian. It’s going to be fabulous! I can’t wait!”

Interesting that Teresa still found the time to discuss Danielle, but yet failed to address the outrage of her demanding diamonds for her 10th anniversary just weeks after filing bankruptcy. Even more interesting that Teresa states she and Joe did not waste their money on “gold toilets or private planes.” Guess their Faux marble Chess set, Jet boat, Pool table with Leather Pockets, and Suit of Armour statue were all necessities.

And now that Teresa’s 12,000 square foot mansion is about to be empty, wouldn’t it be smart for she and Joe to sell the home and buy something smaller for a “fresh start?” It however seems Teresa is more concerned with saving face than being financially responsible. Perhaps waking up to an empty mansion on August 23rd will help the delusional housewife realize the gig is up.

In other NJ news, Jacqueline Laurita had this interesting tweet regarding Danielle’s implication that Tom Staub is a bad father to her daughters. “Their Dad goes to EVERY track meet, dance recital,everything! He also gets them every weekend so I don’t get why she acts like he doesn’t on tv,” tweeted Jacqueline. Not surprised Danielle would try to paint someone else in a bad light to further her life long plight of being a victim.

And since we’re on the topic of Danielle Staub, she appeared in last week’s issue of Star magazine, telling the mag she loves being a villain. “Every show has to have a villain,” Danielle told Star. “It might as well be me!”

The 47-year-old sometime porn actress then goes on to add that her cast-mates need her to make RHONJ a success. Danielle stated, “They do, or the show would be like watching paint dry.” She does made a valid point there no?

TELL US: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TERESA’S COMMENTS? PLUS WOULD RHONJ BE BORING WITHOUT DANIELLE?

Tye Strickland and Melissa Rycroft

UsWeekly is reporting today that former Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft Is Pregnant!

Melissa, who tied the knot with hubby Tye Strickland last December, confirms the good news to the magazine.  “It was a shock. We weren’t even trying,” says Melissa, who is due in February.

“It’s the most wonderful surprise in the world,” she adds. “It’s such a blessing.”  Melissa, who was famously dumped by then fiance Jason Mesnick on national television last year, has since had her streak of good fortune.  She appeared on Dancing With The Stars last year and is now set to co-host the upcoming Bachelor Pad which debuts August 9th.

Melissa also credits hubby Tye, 29, with helping her stay calm, saying she can’t imagine having a child with anyone else.  “He’s actually cried more than I have,” she tells Us. “Tye is caring, he’s funny. He’s going to be a great dad.”

As for the sex of the baby, Melissa who just bought a new home near Dallas with Tye, says she’s hoping for a boy while Tye wants a girl. “We’re going to find out as soon as we can,” she adds.

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