August 13, 2010

What’s that old saying? Oh, right: Marry rich, then divorce even richer. Kelsey Grammer’s soon-to-be ex-wife Camille Donatacci is expected to get a huge payout from her seven-year marriage to the Frasier star. The couple split earlier this year, and Donatacci looks like she could walk away with $30 million, quite a chunk of Grammer’s rumored $85 million worth. (Syndication really pays off.) Donatacci’s no stranger to the limelight—she’s on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which she should use as a stepping stone to finding her next romantic interest. Grammer’s already moved on. His new girlfriend was pregnant six weeks after the longtime couple filed for divorce.

Lindsay Lohan’s biggest supporter, her very own mother, is speaking out on her behalf. While on the Today show Friday, Dina Lohan said Lindsay’s grown up after “living life” and “knowing life,” then took aim at the judge who has recused herself from the case. Judge Marsha Revel apparently went “overboard” and was “playing hardball” by sending LiLo to jail for 90 days. “I’m not condoning drinking and driving, but she’s still paying the price for what she did in 2007,” Mama Lohan said. Maybe she should stop all the complaining, though, because it seems
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could be released from rehab as early as this week. The staff at the UCLA Medical Center says Lindsay could be transferred to an out-patient facility. This after she only served 13 days out of a 90-day sentence. So how soon before Lindsay can be found at a theater near you?

Welcome to the weirdest celebrity feud of the month. Jennifer Aniston spoke out earlier this week about single moms (even though she’s not one…yet), saying “Women are realizing more and more that they don’t have to settle with a man just to have a child.” (Unsurprisingly, her latest film The Switch is all about a single woman having a baby on her own.) Bill O’Reilly took offense and said the actress is telling young teens that families don’t need fathers, a message that’s “destructive to our society.” Aniston responded, tongue firmly in cheek, with “Many women dream of finding Prince Charming (with fatherly instincts), but for those who’ve not yet found their Bill O’Reilly, I’m just glad science has provided a few other options.” Back to you, Bill.

Although it seems Jennifer Lopez has lost out on sitting in a judge’s chair on American Idol because producers grew tired of her increasing demands, country singer Shania Twain looks poised to slide into her place. According to a source, Idol producers have been trying to woo her since she was a mentor last year. Other names floating around including Mariah Carey, Steven Tyler, and even a return by Paula Abdul.

Everyone beware of Brigitte Bardot. The French actress is hopping mad over a director’s decision to film a biopic of her life. “I’m not dead!” she said. “They wouldn’t dare do it without talking to me. If they do sparks will fly.” Director Kyle Newman wanted to move ahead with the film and cast his wife Jaime King as the former sex symbol. Bardot’s come under fire in recent years for controversial comments—she’s ripe for a biopic, but it doesn’t seem like it’ll come to pass.

Thank you, Dr. Laura, for bringing drama back to radio. The radio show host reminded everyone she was still on the air this week after repeatedly saying the N-word on her show—and now she’s taking some heat. After a caller who was in an interracial marriage asked the good doc if the N-word was offensive, Dr. Laura said “black guys say it all the time” and that people shouldn’t automatically be offended by it, then said the word on air several times. “I guess you don’t watch HBO or listen to any black comedians,” she said. Dr. Laura apologized before the end of the show and then issued a mea culpa on her website as well. Rev. Al Sharpton was still angered by the incident, calling it “despicable.”

Congratulations are in order for Jason Schwartzman. The Bored to Death star is expecting his first child with wife Brady Cunningham. The pair married last summer. It’s nice to see that this generation’s favorite slacker is all grown up.

Fergie needs a friend, so she’s apparently hired one to do the duty. The Duchess of York has been dogged by rumors of bankruptcy in recent months, and she’s yet to recover from the pay-for-access scandal during which she drunkenly offered for an undercover reporter to meet her ex-husband in exchange for thousands of dollars. So in comes Mia Dolan, Fergie’s latest “spiritual guru” who is telling her all will be right in her life by October. A sign in her house reads “I will rise again like the phoenix from the ashes” and Fergie added to the end “…in October.” A few who will likely not rise again anytime soon—the dozen or so staffers laid off by the Duchess after she couldn’t afford to pay their salaries. Mia Dolan is probably grateful to be back in the news again. She won the paranormal edition of Celebrity Weakest Link in the UK, and says she counts many of her A-list clients as friends. But, of course, she doesn’t talk about any of them. Fergie and Mia, a match made in heaven!

After returning from their honeymoon, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel have been hit by corruption charges for accepting lavish presents for their wedding. Business mogul Bertil Hult allegedly let the couple use his jet and yacht during their post-wedding bliss. One Swedish newspaper took offense, writing “It is strange that Sweden’s heir to the throne would allow a Swedish billionaire to provide transport and housing during her honeymoon when the same person through his (business) can potentially be interested in having the favours repaid.” Three complaints have been filed, but an investigation has yet to be launched. The royal family’s response is curt: “This was a private trip and a wedding gift from an old friend of the royal family.” It’s a bad summer for the Swedes.


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