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Laura Ling and Euna Lee are safely back on American soil, a day after the two American journalists were released from custody in North Korea.

"We're home and free," Ling said in her first comments after landing.

Lee, 36, and Ling, 32, came back with former president Bill Clinton, who met with North Korea's leader Kim Jong II and helped secure a pardon for the two women, who were sentenced to 12 years for illegally entering the country.

They flew home on a private plane owned by Steve Bing, a wealthy Clinton friend and donor (and reported former boyfriend of Jennifer Aniston) who is the owner of Shangri-La Entertainment, which owns the Boeing 737.

After departing Pyongyang, North Korea, their plane touched down shortly before 6 a.m. at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California.

Family members there to greet them included Ling's husband Iain Clayton, her parents, her sister Lisa Ling and Lisa's husband Paul Song. From the Lee family were Lee's husband Michael Saldate, and 4-year-old daughter Hana.

At 6:16 a.m. the two journalists deplaned and both separately embraced their families in what could only be categorized as highly emotional reunions.

"We're going to let these families have a proper and full reunion," former Vice President Al Gore, who was also instrumental in their return, later said.

Bill Clinton chose not to speak, but released a statement.

"I am very happy that after this long ordeal, Laura Ling and Euna Lee are now home and reunited with their loved ones," it read.

"When their families, Vice President Gore and the White House asked that I undertake this humanitarian mission, I agreed. I share a deep sense of relief with Laura and Euna and their families that they are safely home."

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In breaking news, Octomom, a.k.a. Nadya Suleman, the mother of 14 children, admits that: "I think it was a mistake - in terms of the well-being of the octuplets and of my other kids. I can't give myself to them 100 percent."

"If I'd known that, I never would have fathomed having eight more."

As if one is artificially inseminated with eight kids by accident. Really, she is just the victim here. If only she realized that six kids was already a lot, and that 14 might be slightly more of a burden. Especially when one has no freaking job.

We'll make a mental note to not repeat Nadya's innocent mistake.

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Tell us something we don't know, Octomom. [Photo: Fame Pictures]

Lawyer Gloria Allred, who represented nonprofit Angels in Waiting, which provided free nanny service to Suleman, is particularly livid about the comments.

"I think it's very, very sad when any mother calls her child, or in this case, eight little babies, a mistake," Allred said. "How are the babies going to feel when they grow up and read one day that their mother calls them a mistake?"

"That is just very, very sad to me as a person who is an advocate for children. Even if she thinks it, the fact that she sad it is very, very troubling because has she even considered the impact that would have on the children long-term?"

The attorney said she remains very skeptical of Nadya Suleman's plans to exploit her kids show her life and earn $250,000 for a new reality show.

"First of all, we have a petition seeking guardianship over the estate of the octuplets pending in the Orange County Superior Court," Allred said.

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The date was June 4.

That's eight full days after Ed Swiderski got down on one knee and popped the question to Jillian Harris on the teary season finale of The Bachelorette.

That was when he railed Lindsey Johnson, according to Us Weekly.

A day later, he sent a flirty text to Bethany Steffen, texting her to "bring beer and condoms" over to his place, Steffen herself tells the gossip magazine.

Smooth line, Ed.

The scorned, humiliated women are speaking out now to warn Jillian Harris about her new fiancee's two-timing ways, which were rumored for months.

"Ed's not worth my time, but if I can help someone avoid heartbreak, I'm gonna do that," Bethany Steffen said of her lying, cheating cad of an ex.

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The Bachelorette, Jillian Harris, has apparently been betrayed by fiance Ed Swiderski. In other news, Nick and Vanessa are back on and Jon Gosselin is a "bad dad."

Ed Swiderski was reportedly dating both Steffen and Lindsey Johnson behind each other's backs prior to filming The Bachelorette, which began in late March.

Even while he was on the hit ABC show, he texted Lindsey Johnson that Harris wasn't his "type" and that he prefers "all blondes." He also wrote, "I love you." Cold.

According to the report, Ed lied to Harris when he said he had to bow out of episode five because he thought he'd lose his job as a Chicago software consultant.

Ed eventually returned to the show, and went on to win the final rose. But during his time back home, both Steffen and Johnson say they slept with Swiderski.

He then told them he was off to "a business trip in Texas," when in reality he returned to film episode seven of The Bachelorette and declare to Harris that he had "reprioritized" when it came to balancing work and tight shorts romance.

Reported Ed Swiderski playthings Bethany Steffen and Lindsey Johnson.

Jillian herself has denied the women's claims in an interview, saying "It's not possible ... This is a bump in the road. We are a team and we'll get through it."

But Bethany Steffen warns, "Lindsey and I are both smart girls, and Ed just has this way of making people believe what he wants. Jillian needs to be careful."

Adds Lindsey Johnson, "I feel gross, used and completely violated. It shocks me that he was able to do something like that to me."

Will Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski last?

 

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Maybe you've heard. Jennifer Aniston is so unlucky in love! The poor thing! Single at the ancient age of 40, will totally never meet and date another decent guy.

Get real.

Jennifer Aniston Baby Bump?

We're not sure if it's celeb news publications' obsessing over this oversimplified point, or Aniston playing into the caricature, or a little of both. But somehow, despite dating numerous hot guys, she became the poster child for pathetic loneliness.

People break up all the time, including celebrities who have been married before. Stars who are married right now will also get divorced. She is not alone.

Just because she was dumped for Angelina Jolie four years ago doesn't mean people have to feel sorry for Aniston indefinitely. Let the woman move on!

Judging by Jennifer Aniston photos like this, courtesy of her new spread in Elle magazine, she shouldn't have a problem landing a good man eventually...

She's known as much for her traumatic romantic past as for her acting. But if this is the picture of loneliness, Jennifer Aniston is doing something right.

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The late Michael Jackson had a contentious relationship with his father, who he said abused him mentally and physically. The dude is also kind of insane, so it stands to reason that people don't want him near Michael's children.

Well, he won't be. Much, anyway.

A declaration from Joe Jackson, filed in court this week, makes clear that the family patriarch supports Michael Jackson's decision to make his wife Katherine the legal guardian of his three kids, and that he will keep his distance.

Joe says in the declaration: "I have had a close family relationship with the grandchildren since their birth. I do visit the family residence from time to time and will continue to do so, however I will not be involved in raising the children."

Joe and Michael Jackson in 2005. [Photo: Fame Pictures]

Joe continues, "I understand that all decision-making authority regarding the children will rest with Katherine Jackson. Katherine is a wonderful caretaker and guardian, and has done an excellent job raising our children and other grandchildren."

Katherine Jackson was awarded full custody of Paris, Prince and Blanket at this week's hearing, as stipulated in Michael Jackson's last will, signed in 2002.

Joe seems more or less cool with that, even if he wants to stop by from time to time. He had no further comment on whether Omer Bhatti is Michael's son.

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Why would Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey ever get back together?

To help OK! sell magazines, obviously!

Wooo, Jessica!

According to that reputable publication, which apparently decided to take a week off from speculating on the love life of Robert Pattinson, Jessica has been going out and partying lately to make her ex-husband Nick Lachey just a little bit jealous.

Not her ex-boyfriend of 18 months, Tony Romo, but her ex-husband, who she separated from in 2005. And who has already said they're not back together.

According to OK!, while John and Tony may have each been the perfect Mr. Right Now - "she knows her true Mr. Right was, is and always will be Nick Lachey."

Which is why they got divorced. Remember that, OK!? Great juxtaposing of those separate pictures to make it look like they're together, too. Very real ...

As every woman knows, having a public affair with a sexy rocker would make any man jealous. Not that Jessica has done this, but hey, if she did, OK! says it would be "just what she needs to make Nick take notice."

Well, if he weren't dating Holly Letchworth.

“Nick is the guy Jess knew she should be with, but they were too young and their lives catapulted so quickly into fame that they never were able to catch up,” a pal says.

“She’s changed so much since then and found out a lot about herself.”

“He’ll always hold a special place in her heart. It was her first love,” the pal says of their marriage. “Jess isn’t sure if Nick would give her a chance at this point, but she’d love to be friends. She says a part of her will always love him.”

Mmm hmm. Friends will probably have to do.

Should Jessica and Nick get back together?

 

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Columbia Pictures has purchased the rights to Michael Jackson's final days - as in the King of Pop's 2009 rehearsal footage - for $60 million, according to reports.

Concert promoter AEG Live agreed to sell the footage for a feature-length film. A judge still needs to sign off on the transaction before any film can be made.

The plan is for Columbia to craft a PG-rated, feature-length film revolving around Michael's preparations for what was supposed to be a 50-show comeback.

The $60 million encompasses merchandising rights, product tie-ins, a special director's cut, etc. AEG has said that more than 100 hours of footage exists.

The movie is allowed to be no longer than 150 minutes.

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Michael Jackson announcing what would have been his comeback tour.

Jackson's will executors, John McClain and John Branca, spoke about what they called "significant value" in hammering out various deals to enrich Jackson's estate and beneficiaries in the wake of his passing and the worldwide interest in him.

Of course, that's assuming there will be a demand for such a film - and that Michael's mother Katherine Jackson, who has signed a confidentiality agreement allowing her access to the estate's future business dealings, has no objections.

Why would she? Not only does the contract dictate that the film must show Jackson in a positive light, but 90 percent of the profit will go to her son's estate.

The singer's estate will be divided between Katherine, Jackson's three children (two of whom Dr. Arnold Klein may have fathered) and various charities.

Sounds like the green light will be granted to us.

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Amid repeated reports that she and Chris Brown are sneaking around together, Rihanna says there is no need to keep her ex half a football field away.

Brown, who will be sentenced today after pleading guilty to assauling the "Umbrella" singer in February, is under court order not to communicate with her at all.

Moreover, he is not to come within 50 yards of her – and 10 yards if they're both at the same event. Rumors suggest the two have hooked up in NYC recently.

"If asked, we will tell the court that all that's necessary is a level-one order: That Brown not annoy, molest or harass her," Rihanna's lawyer Donald Etra said.

"No stay-away order was ever requested by Rihanna."

Could this legally clear the way for the reconciliation some believe has already begun in secret? It will be up to judge Patricia Schnegg to decide that issue.

At the last hearing, Schnegg said she'd consider Rihanna's request for a less-restrictive order against Chris Brown, which could allow the pair to be together.

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Will Rihanna and Chris Brown soon be together as a couple? [Photos: Fame]

Etra wouldn't comment on whether the singers are still romantically involved. Rihanna will not be attending the hearing. Brown is required to be there.

After pleading guilty to felony assault, Brown is expected to be sentenced to five years probation and 180 days of community labor to be served in Virginia. He will also complete a year of domestic violence classes, and pay fines.

In exchange for the plea, he will avoid serving any time behind bars, and a second felony charge of making criminal threats is expected to be dropped.

Last month, Brown publicly apologized for the incident for the first time, saying, "I have told Rihanna countless times, and I am telling you today, that I am truly sorry and that I wasn't able to handle the situation differently and better."

Is Chris Brown's sentence fair?

 

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The Bachelorette star Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski would like to simply be celebrating their engagement, but he finds himself being hit with allegations that he was not faithful - and was in two (!) relationships while filming the show.

Lindsey Johnson and Bethany Steffen both claim that Ed, a Chicago computer software consultant, was stringing them along while he was wooing Jillian on TV.

And that he continued to do so even after he and Harris got engaged.

Some reports have claimed Jillian Harris feels "betrayed" by her final rose recipient and that her relationship with Ed Swiderski has been "destroyed."

Not so, says the Canadian cutie.

“I am not destroyed!” Harris said in an interview. “There’s a little bit of anxiety that comes with this news, but I am absolutely not destroyed.”

Was - or is - Ed Swiderski two-timing Jillian Harris?

“What did he do wrong?” Jillian asks. “My big concern is with everything that happened after the day we got engaged, and after we got engaged he has been so open with me. He’s told me all of this, every text message and every phone call."

"I use his computer. I know that any communication he had with these girls after [The Bachelorette] was strictly platonic. I’m not worried about it."

Last month, Ed Swiderski talked about Lindsey Johnson: “When I left for this show we were not dating, but I certainly still had feelings for her.”

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Yeah, right.

That's the company line, although the interview with Jessica Simpson in the September issue of Glamour was conducted before Tony Romo dumped her. Ouch!

Even then, she lamented her lifelong struggles with body image issues.

"When I was young, I would look at magazines and feel a lot of pressure," the alleged singer lamented. "As a child of 12, I would write things in my journal like, 'I am lying here and all I can think about is my stomach hanging over my underwear.'"

"That disturbs me even today! I was always disconnected from myself; there was this idea of perfection I couldn't ever get to. But all women struggle with insecurity, and everybody has something we don't like about ourselves."

Jessica Simpson Glamour Cover

After those "fat Jessica Simpson pictures" from earlier this year drew criticism, the star is psyched to host her own VH1 reality show, The Price of Beauty, which tracks her journey around the world in search of what people find beautiful and why.

"No matter how much money you spend - with all the products, the diets, the plastic surgery - in the end, women need to love themselves. There is no 'perfect' you," says Simpson, who admits getting Restylane to make her lips plumper.

She credits ex Tony Romo with helping her become more comfortable in her own skin: "Tony never ever places judgment," she says of her QB ex.

"You can just relax and feel beautiful. He's just that type of person."

While she did the interview before her split with Romo, who may or may not be banging Natalie Smith right now, she says, "If this article comes out and we're not together, I'd still love Tony, and he'd still be a huge part of who I am today."

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