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Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford gave Taylor Swift a "pep talk" the day after she was ambushed by Kanye West at the MTV VMAs, a source reports.

What are friends who want to get in your pants for?

At the Kings of Leon concert in New York Monday night, Crawford spotted her and gave her a huge hug, telling Taylor Swift, "I'm so proud of you."

"Don't let anyone ever take your spotlight ever again."

She thanked Crawford, who, the source says, is "like an older brother type and is very protective over her" (although Taylor Swift once told Your Prom magazine that the Gossip Girl star was her "celeb dream date" for prom).

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Chace Crawford supports Taylor Swift. And man-bangs.

Besides Chace, Swift's other pals chipped in on the pep talk front in the aftermath of Kanye's VMA meltdown, which the Prez even called him out on.

After the show, the Best Female Video went to dinner at Del Frisco's at midnight to meet a group and received a standing ovation, an insider says.

"Taylor's friends ordered her favorite dish, macaroni and cheese, to cheer her up," the source adds. "And nobody brought up Kanye West."

We're glad Chace started this trend. It makes us wonder ...

Should Taylor Swift and Chace Crawford date?

 

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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, creators of 18 kids and stars of 18 Kids and Counting on TLC, i.e. the Weird People Reality Show Cannel, really are good parents.

At least according to the National Parents' Day Council, which named the Duggars its 2009 National Parents of the Year. Congrats to the Arkansas couple!

The Council assures the public that the selection was the result of the Duggars' quality parenting, not just quantity, in praising their high standards:

"Their highly organized household centers around spiritual principles and is obviously filled with huge amounts of love, grace, joy and mutual respect."

Yes, they have a reality show, but you have to give Jim Bob and Michelle credit for at least living debt free and seemingly like fairly grounded people.

Congratulations to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar!

The Duggars picked up their accolade (and counting) at Maryland's Tontitown City Hall, with their 10 boys and 8 girls in attendance for the honor-bestowal.

Their eldest is now married and expecting a baby of his own next month, and Michelle is also pregnant with their 19th child, due early next year. Yes, 19.

Jim Bob and Michelle narrowly beat out Jon Gosselin, Octomom, Dina Lohan and Kris Kardashian. Just kidding. Those peeps weren't even nominated!

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Despite rumors that she's itching to get back on MTV, despite the fact she was dying to get off it, two reality shows really were enough for Lauren Conrad.

In Touch recently reported that MTV has offered the former Laguna Beach and The Hills star a Newlyweds-style show if she and Kyle Howard tie the knot.

Lauren Conrad Hair: Take Two!

"No," Conrad said Wednesday when asked if the report was true.

Little room for misinterpretation there.

Lauren, who attended Nanette Lepore's NYC fashion show last night in New York, said it's been nice not having the cameras follow her every move.

She says that she probably won't even watch the new season of The Hills, which starts September 29 and now stars former rival Kristin Cavallari.

"When you've been a part of a show, it's different," Lauren Conrad said.

"It takes the entertainment factor out of it."

Will you watch The Hills without Lauren?

 

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Philadelphia Phillies fan Steve Monforto took his little daughter Emily to his favorite team's game last night. Maybe next time he'll take a friend.

Steve made a terrific catch of a foul ball off the bat of the Phillies' Jayson Werth, only to hand it to Emily and watch her toss it back on the field.

The reaction on his face is priceless. Pure pain.

Just the same, Monforto is an even better dad than he is a fan, as he immediately comforted his daughter, to "let her know she didn't do anything wrong."

Hey, she might be a future player herself. Check out the arm on Emily ...

After a month that has included an Oregon-Boise State fight and a Serena Williams meltdown, it's nice to post a lighter moment from the world of sports.

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Chris Brown may have avoided jail time for his assault on Rihanna in February, but at least his detractors can rest assured the judge that let him off with probation and community labor wasn't kidding about the labor part.

Brown was placed on roadside cleanup duty for the day in Virginia, spending 3-5 hours pulling weeds and picking up trash on the side of the road.

Brown Outside Court

Plus, lest you think the Commonwealth of Virginia is horsing when it comes to Brown's punishment, he also cleaned up the grounds in and around a Virginia horse stable where the police horses are kept. That stinks. For him.

No, really, they smell bad.

The next time Chris reports for hard labor, which may or may not be tomorrow, he could be assigned different tasks. Here he is on the job today:

Reflective vest and all, Chris Brown repays his debt to society.

The singer, who recently appeared in an hour-long interview with Larry King to apologize for the act, Tweeted today: "On my way to community service."

Brown's sentence, which amounts to more than 1,400 hours, will include "graffiti removal, washing cars, and cleaning and maintaining other grounds."

He will also serve a five-year probation sentence, attend a year of domestic violence classes, pay fines and stay away from Rihanna for five full years.

Better than serving time behind bars, for sure, but not exactly a walk in the park, either. Talk about having to bust your a$$. Those weeds look tall!

Do you think it's an appropriate sentence?

 

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President Barack Obama's candid thoughts about Kanye West have provoked a debate over standards of journalism in the age of social media such as Twitter.

They're also sparking some hilarious parodies.

ABC News says it was wrong for its employees to Tweet that Obama called West a jackass following the rapper's ambushing of country star Taylor Swift.

The network said its employees overheard a candid discussion between the president and CNBC's John Harwood that it didn't realize was off the record.

E-mails shot around among ABC about Obama's comments, with at least three employees Twittering to spread the news before the interview even aired.

When ABC authorities found out about the Obama Tweets, they had them taken down after about an hour. But the news was out and the damage done.

ABC apologized to the White House and CNBC.

During informal banter before an interview began, Obama was how his two girls felt about Kanye hijacking Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs.

No one can accuse the President of being out of touch on this issue.

"I thought it was really inappropriate," Obama says. "The young lady seems like a perfectly nice person. She's getting her award. What's he doing up there?"

A questioner chimes in, "Why would he do it?"

"Eh, he's a jackass," Obama said, and was met with laughter from several people, prompting the President to quickly realize he may have gone too far.

"Come on guys," he said, subtly urging them to keep the comment private and to "cut the president some slack. I've got a lot of other stuff on my plate."

It's fitting that Obama was overheard commenting on Kanye, whose outburst was described by some outlets as giving Swift "the Joe Wilson treatment."

Wilson, a South Carolina Republican Congressman, was issued a formal rebuke by his colleagues following his heckling of Obama's speech last week.

Here's a brief, but hilarious video of Kanye's outburst interspersed with the President's health care speech, right as it was interrupted by Wilson ...

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The ongoing Michael Jackson homicide investigation is nearing its end, and will be presented to the L.A. County District Attorney in ... 3-4 weeks.

Hey, no one said it was moving quickly. Just almost done.

The bulk of the investigation is completed and Michael Jackson's personal doctor at the time of his death June 25 remains the singular target, sources say.

LAPD detectives have requested opinions from several medical experts who will analyze the evidence and offer their opinions on Dr. Conrad Murray's conduct.

Several glaring inconsistencies and suspect findings regarding Murray's actions on the above date have police pondering what to believe and how to respond.

Will Dr. Conrad Murray be charged in the death of Michael Jackson?

Medical experts usually submit their findings in 2-3 weeks, and detectives need another week to compile evidence for their formal presentation to the D.A.

Law enforcement sources also say an arrest will not be made before Dr. Conrad Murray is charged with a crime, assuming he is charged with a crime at all.

A manslaughter charge seems the most likely crime he would be charged with, a;though less serious - and more serious - charges have not been ruled out.

The case is complicated by the fact that Jackson was taking various drugs, even with compelling evidence that Propofol was the direct cause of his death.

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Christie Prody, who dated O.J. Simpson for 13 years and somehow survived to tell about it, told Good Morning America that there were some close calls.

The Minnesota-born Prody, who was just 19 when she met O.J. after his 1995 acquittal, says he subjected her to constant emotional and physical abuse.

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As for the million-dollar question of why the f*%k any sane human would get involved with O.J. Simpson, she said she was "very young, very naive."

Apparently O.J. wanted Christie Prody to look like his deceased wife, which is so creepy we don't even know what to say, "making" her get breast implants.

She now believes he killed Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend.

"Yeah, I do," Christie Prody said, noting that O.J. said Nicole "had it coming because of her lifestyle - people she hung out with, namely Ron Goldman."

"It took me many years to realize and face that hard, terrible truth."

Christie Prody says O.J. admitted it "in as many words," mentioning details only a killer would know, although she did not reveal any of these on GMA.

She says she couldn't leave O.J. because "he would find me." Sadly, she's probably right, and is lucky he got convicted of kidnapping and robbery first.

Her attorney, Gloria Allred, was by her side, and said Prody's life was in danger with O.J. Simpson, and that "Christie fortunately got out with her life."

Both women reiterated their desire for Simpson not to be free, even on bail. Somehow we doubt they'll encounter much opposition to that viewpoint.

Saying her life is "absolutely great," Prody says she is in love with a wonderful man, and they apparently have a "beautiful baby daughter" together.

She got pregnant and had a kid? O.J. is not gonna like this.

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It took 13 years for O.J. Simpson's girlfriend Christie Prody to escape his clutches.

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It was only a matter of time. Stephanie Santoro, former Jon Gosselin nanny and alleged play thing, has opened up to celebrity gossip magazine In Touch.

Her allegation? That she and America's favorite estranged husband bachelor had sex nine times (not that she's counting). What a player this guy is.

Not surprisingly, the King of Pimps "wasn't terrible," but, by the same token, "it wasn't the best I ever had." Oh, quit downplaying it, Stephanie Santoro.

The whole thing started when Jon called her and asked for a massage. Anyone who's been to a Chinatown massage parlor knows what that's code for.

She obliged, obviously, because it is useless to try to resist Jon Gosselin, and the two ended up in his hot tub, where he uttered the following line:

[Drum roll, please, this one is an all-timer]

"Whatever you do, don't fall in love with me ... because it's going to be impossible for me not to fall in love with you."

Try to hurl into a paper bag, or at leas aim away from the keyboard.

Kate's divorce lawyers are gonna have a field day with this one.

After the hot tub session, the dutiful dad "ran in to make sure all of the kids were asleep, and we went back into the apartment that is over the garage."

You know what happened after that. They had sex while his kids slept. She was photographed leaving the next day, so this is probably at least partially true.

These revelations come a day after Marci Santoro, Stephanie's mother, told Radar Online that an unstable Jon threatened to kill himself (he denies that).

Marci also told Radar that none other than Hailey Glassman, Jon Gosselin's new girlfriend and everlasting "soul mate," found out about Stephanie Santoro.

Jon's plan of action? Ask Stephanie to lie for him to save his relationship with Hailey. Hey, why not keep the revolving door of loose women open, right?

Says Marci: “He asked her if she would call Hailey Glassman, calm her down and tell her they never had a relationship, that they never did anything."

"He told Stephanie that he cared for Hailey, but didn’t see her as a person he wanted to spend his life with. He didn’t see her as a mother figure for the children, but said he couldn’t end it now because there was too much stuff."

What that "stuff" is remains to be seen. We're guessing he means "tail."

Stephanie Santoro in In Touch

Stephanie Santoro is definitely up to Jon's mediocre standards.

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Linda McMahon has just announced she intends to run for U.S. Senate in her home state of Connecticut. Can the government smell what the WWE CEO is cooking?

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., says the wife of Vince McMahon is resigning as CEO to seek the Republican nomination for a spot in the U.S. Senate in 2010.

No word if Triple H will serve as campaign director, but he could be a vital addition if Team McMahon wants the Pedigree to finish off Democrat Christopher Dodd.

Bad wrestling jokes aside, Vince McMahon will take over CEO duties while Linda McMahon, 60, seeks to be the Republican candidate against three opponents.

In announcing her run, Linda McMahon said Washington is "out of control" and that Dodd has "lost his way and our trust." Dodd plans to run for a sixth term.

Watch out, Chris Dodd: Linda McMahon is gunning for your job!

Linda and hubby Vince McMahon, himself a professional wrestler, announcer and promoter, and currently the company's chairman, co-founded WWE in 1980.

Linda McMahon has served as CEO since May 1997.

With deep pockets and an established presence in the state, McMahon could actually be a force in the race. Based in Stamford, Conn., WWE reported $526.5 million in sales in 2008 - that's even more than Dodd's sketchy mortgages!

Besides, if Jesse Ventura can be elected Governor of Minnesota, Linda at least stands a decent chance to win a U.S. Senate seat. Especially if she adopts Ric Flair's famous motto, "To be the man, you need to beat the man."

Dodd is currently the man. Linda is taking this message to heart.

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