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Mike Sorrentino is known as The Situation on Jersey Shore.

He is also known as the guy who refers to himself in the third person (by his nickname no less) and walks around with no shirt pretty much constantly.

Well, before The Situation became a Jersey Shore cast member, the dude was used to situations in which he wore no shirt ... or pants for that matter.

We're saying he was a stripper.

The Stripper Situation

Mike Sorrentino (left) entertains at a bachelorette party.

According to TMZ, which unearthed classic pics of The Sitch, he was a member of the "All American Male" exotic dancer crew back before MTV stardom.

Mike Sorrentino worked for the group, which gyrates from New York to New Jersey, back in 2004. He now manages a gym on Staten Island (of course).

Rumor has it The Situation gives a "great lap dance." Maybe he could use that as a selling point to woo Sammi away from the juicehead guido Ronnie.

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He's accused of fraud, running up huge debts, running afoul with the law, compulsively lying and putting lovers through hell. Simon Monjack, everybody!

Brittany Murphy's British husband, whose seedy past has once again sparked speculation after her death last Sunday, wants to set the record straight.

Mr. & Mrs. Monjack

"My world was destroyed," said Monjack, who revealed that he and the 32-year-old actress were planning to start a family. "I have not slept in days."

Under different circumstances, it would be impossible not to take his words at face value: he's a grief-stricken husband who had lost the love of his life.

You may wonder, though, why Simon Monjack has talked to pretty much any newspaper, TV show and gossip publication so soon after his wife died.

Normally this comes much later. But how many bereaved husbands have to defend themselves against allegations like those faced by Simon Monjack?

When you're nicknamed "Con-Jack," that's usually not a good sign.

How did Brittany Murphy end up with this guy?

He's accused of credit card fraud, running up massive debts, visa violations and getting Murphy fired from her last film after showing up drunk on set.

"I know I have been called a conman," he admits. "I am not perfect. I never said I was. But there is so much rubbish written about me and Brittany."

Hence Simon's decision to engage in what some might describe as a personal PR campaign even before Miss Murphy was laid to rest on Christmas Eve.

Despite his denials of any wrongdoing, the question many in Hollywood are asking is: how did the beautiful and talented Brittany Murphy ever get involved with the overweight Monjack, whose talents as a "screenwriter" are dubious?

Murphy, it seems, fit into a familiar pattern. She was rich, obviously, but also very vulnerable (Monjack denies she overdosed or had an eating disorder).

Before Murphy, reports say there were a string of other women who, in one way or another, came to regret ever meeting the charming Simon Monjack.

Continue reading in the UK's Daily Mail ...

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Jon Gosselin's apartment in New York City was vandalized on Saturday, and the perpetrator left a note behind with his ex Hailey Glassman's name on it.

When Jon returned home, cops say stuff was missing and a "butcher knife wielding maniac" had sliced and diced the entire place into a million pieces.

A note was left behind with Hailey Glassman signed at the bottom - the knife was stuck through the note - and whoever wrote it is not a big fan of his.

A source says the word "cheater" was carved into his bed's headboard.

Of course, someone else could have easily signed her name ... but the apartment is listed under both their names, and she just moved out last week.

Jon Gosselin has filed a complaint with police.

  • Jon: Smoked
  • H-Glass

Did Hailey Glassman trash Jon Gosselin's place?!

Jon's attorney, Mark Jay Heller, said later in the day that Jon found his "shoes, shirts, luggage, bed, curtain, rugs and other furnishings" had been slashed.

Moreover, his TV, CD player, coffee maker, Nintendo Wii, dishes, pots and pans were taken. Heller also says a valuable Ming vase was "smashed to pieces."

Jon's attorney says the NYPD has fingerprinted and photographed the scene, and Jon is not taking it lightly. He wants felony charges brought in the case.

One would think Hailey Glassman had the means and the motive to trash Jon's place, having lived there and having recently broken up with the douchebag.

Since they broke up, she's made her bitter feelings known, even going on a rant a few days ago about Jon owing her rent for the apartment in question.

She also has a bit of a wild, troubled past in general. And the 22-year-old has reportedly retained an attorney, Stephanie Ovadia, to represent her. Hmm.

Just the same, there's no proof ... yet: "The note will be forensically analyzed by a handwriting expert," says Heller, declining to comment further on it.

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Chalk up another reason for Jon Gosselin to be on suicide watch.

He has few friends and no job, is on the hook for five-figure monthly child support payments, and now his ex says he owes her a small fortune in rent money.

Somebody better take away Jonny Boy's belt and shoelaces ASAP.

Hailey Glassman, Jon's post-Kate rebound piece, says the douchebag pocketed thousands in rent money she paid him. As in he never actually paid the rent.

She and Jon lived in a West Side apartment building in New York City, which she moved out of Wednesday (even though she says they broke up weeks ago).

Why'd she move out? Maybe because someone didn't pay rent.

On Christmas, Hails set the record straight on Twitter:

Jon is Smokin'

Hailey Glassman calls Jon Gosselin a liar and thief.

"FYI That apartment everyone calls 'Jon's Apartment' was MY apartment as well," Hailey Twittered. "We split rent! He's been living off my family and I."

"So ... get your facts right before you all assume. My family and I found out a week ago he's been pocketing our rent money 'n not paying the rent!"

Hailey Glassman, who also bashed Jon for his relationship with Kate Major, adds fuel to growing speculation over Jon's financial woes with these Tweets.

Jon and Kate Gosselin's divorce just became final, leaving him responsible for hefty child support payments. The biggest problem with that obligation?

Thanks to TLC's pending lawsuit against him, Jon can no longer earn money with public appearances or interviews that violate his non-compete clause.

So cross out those nightly visits to The Insider. On the plus side, he can probably still get a job in IT like the old days ... well, except for the recession.

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Spencer Pratt may have a hot new single and a ridiculous house in Hollywood thanks to his success on The Hills, but the Jersey Shore cast is not impressed.

Asked about The Hills cast, Jersey's Ronnie Magro said of his fellow MTV reality stars: "I’m not crazy about them. We’re doing better than them right now."

"They’re really not that big of a deal," Ronnie adds, noting that the only thing the West Coasters can do better than the Shore guidos is "outspend" them.

The guidettes would welcome a throwdown as well.

"It would be awesome to do The Hills versus Jersey Shore, like Real World/Road Rules Challenge. We would torture them," Jenni "J-WOWW" Farley said.

"We’d ruin them,” she said. “I’d take on all six girls!"

Cast of Jersey Shore

The cast of Jersey Shore thinks it's already out of The Hills' league.

According to Mike Sorrentino, a.k.a. "The Situation," he and his fellow cast members already had a Hills run-in, and it was clear who was looking up at who.

“Somebody called our publicist in L.A. and said, 'The girls from The Hills want to sit next to you in a club,'" The Situation said. “As soon as we walked in, I saw some girl running at me. That happens a lot to us, so we didn’t know who."

"She almost tackled me. I went, ‘Oh, she’s kinda cute.’ Then I saw it was Kristin Cavallari. I like to think that I’ve always had it like this, but not to this extent!”

We can only hope for a crossover episode featuring Justin-Bobby and Kristin's fake relationship intertwined with ridiculous Jersey Shore quotes. Give it time.

Perhaps the biggest sign they’ve made it? Snooki and The Situation were parodied on Saturday Night Live. “I thought it was hilarious,” Snooki, a.k.a. Nicole Polizzi, said of Bobby Moynihan’s SNL Snooki parody of her. "He said what I would say."

Which MTV show's cast do you like better?

 

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Welcome, gossip readers around the world, to The Hollywood Gossip on this day after Christmas. Below, we take a look back at another dramatic gossip week.

Some highlights from the last seven days in celebrity gossip news:

  • Continuing a tragic run of celebrity deaths this year, actress Brittany Murphy passed away at the age of 32, suffering a heart attack at her home in L.A.
  • There is speculation surrounding the long list of medication Murphy may have been taking, but officials say she died un-suspiciously of natural causes.
  • Brittany's husband, Simon Monjack, who many consider to be a rather shady individual, has gone to great lengths to speak out on her behalf.

Brittany Murphy (1977-2009).

  • As the Tiger Woods scandal dies down, rumors are swirling about his marriage. One story has Woods checking into rehab for sex addiction, while various accounts say wife Elin is torn on what to do. He's also gone AWOL.
  • Best tabloid tale of the week: Angelina Jolie's "revenge pregnancy."
  • Michael Jackson's FBI file was released ... and weird as you think!
  • Natalie White won a shocking and controversial finale of Survivor.
  • In couple news: Kevin Jonas got married to Danielle Deleasa; Carrie Underwood got engaged; LeAnn Rimes divorced; Brody Jenner and Jayde Nicole, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Jerry Ferrera split.
Charlie Sheen Mug Shot

Christmas wasn't too merry for Charlie Sheen.

  • Charlie Sheen was arrested for assault on Christmas Day. His alleged victim? Wife Brooke Mueller. He claims she was in fact the aggressor.
  • Also arrested for assault? Amy Winehouse. For this incident.
  • This candle should be arrested for defiling Jessica Simpson.
  • Kourtney (not Kim) Kardashian gave Reggie the Heisman.
  • The first pic from Eclipse was released. Six months to go!
  • The downtrodden Jon Gosselin may be on suicide watch.

Don't forget to follow THG on Twitter for all the latest Hollywood news, celebrity gossip, rumors, commentary and humor as it happens, 24/7/365.

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A private funeral was held on Christmas Eve for the late Brittany Murphy, who died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 32 less than a week ago.

A small group of close friends and family members gathered at the Church of the Hills at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in L.A. to pay their respects.

At the service, Simon Monjack called his wife his "soul mate."

He also said of Brittany: "Mystery is the nature of love and you never know when or where it will strike or how quickly it will be taken from you."

Murphy was interred at twilight; "Amazing Grace" was sung at graveside; The service concluded with a reading of The Little Prince, her favorite book.

Her estranged father, Angelo Bertolotti, did not attend the funeral. "If I wanted to go, I would go, but I don't want to see her that way," he told E! News Friday.

"She was flawless to me. She was a little bright child. I have only good memories. She's a memory to me now. To me she's off making a movie somewhere."

A larger memorial service for Murphy may be held early next year.

Murphy died at 10:04 a.m. December 20 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after she was found unresponsive in her bathroom by her mother.

Many have speculated that Brittany Murphy took an unhealthy amount of medication, but her husband denies the star had an overdose or eating disorder.

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Merry Christmas to all from The Hollywood Gossip. We wish you the most joyous of holidays, and hope that all of your hopes and dreams are soon realized.

What did you get for Christmas? Was it all that you hoped for?

We certainly hope so. On a similar note, our interns recently checked with Santa and asked the big guy himself what certain celebrities wanted this year.

The rotund one's list may surprise you ...

Miley Cyrus: A stripper pole in her bedroom.

Amy Winehouse: To see Christmas 2010.

Jessica Simpson: A new set of candles.

Tiger Woods: A mulligan... or 15.

Adam Lambert: Eye shadow.

Mischa Barton: Protein.

Sarah Palin: A new visor.

Pamela Anderson: A bra.

Kate Gosselin: A new man to degrade.

Justin-Bobby: A bar of Irish Spring.

HO, HO, HO! (Sorry, that's our entire joke)

Lindsay Lohan: Some pants. And/or morals.

Lil Wayne: Condoms and cigarettes.

Robsten: Privacy.

Paula Abdul: Fewer drugs.

Jake Pavelka: Everlasting fame love on reality TV.

Michael Jackson: None, thanks to you, Dr. Conrad Murray.

Lady Gaga: More ridiculous fashion; Fewer hermaphrodite rumors.

Kim Kardashian: An engagement ring; A red carpet in her bedroom; For certain gossip websites to stop mentioning how hard she took it from Ray J on video ...

Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag: A Santa-themed bikini photo shoot on the beach in Malibu, after Pacific Coast News just happened to run into them there.

Britney Spears: Freeeeeeeeeeedom!!!!!

Brad Pitt: Another baby.

Angelina Jolie: The slow, painful death of Jennifer Aniston.

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With 2009 drawing to a close, The Hollywood Gossip staff looks back on this wild year, naming finalists for our prestigious, 3rd Annual Celebrity of the Year award.

It's time for us to pay tribute to the special celebrities who made this year the most memorable for THG and for celebrity gossip fans across the nation and world.

These stars have given us their best, their worst, their off-the-wall antics and, in the case of today's finalist, probably the messiest reality TV divorce of all-time.

Recently, our kountdown kontinued with all those krazy, kurvy Kardashians in the #4 spot. Now, it's on to Celebrity of the Year Finalist #3: Jon Gosselin!

Jon Gosselin is #1

Jon thinks he should be higher, but he'll have to settle for #3.

It's hard to believe that it was only six months ago that Jon Gosselin was known as your run-of-the-mill reality show father of eight who loved ATVs, Ed Hardy t-shirts, Bluetooths, etc. His wife was painful but they made it work.

Until they didn't.

Jon was caught cheating with teacher pal Deanna Hummel, setting in motion an epic train wreck as his marriage and reality show simultaneously unraveled.

Free from the grating banshee that is Kate, Jon proceeded to get with Hailey Glassman ... and Kate Major, and Stephanie Santoro. Often at the same time.

He befriended Michael Lohan, hosted pool parties in Vegas, tried to start his own clothing line and earned a place in the upper echelon of global douchebags.

When his wild partying and nightly interviews on The Insider caused TLC to cut him out and rename their show Kate Plus 8, he proceeded to pull the plug on the show, citing child exploitation. They countersued for breach of contract.

What he'll try to pull next is anyone's guess, but a run like he had is worthy of top three status in 2009. Here's a little photo tribute to the infamous Jon ...

  • Feelin' Like a P-I-M-P
  • Hailey Glassman Photo
  • Jon Gosselin Ridin'
  • STFU Jon!
  • Jonny Boy
  • Class Act
  • Bad Dad
  • Grade A Douchebag
  • Jon Gosselin Shirtless
  • He Likes 'Em This Big
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