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Officials planned to keep the details of Brittany Murphy's death classified until the official autopsy results were determined and could be released in 4-6 weeks.

Only someone apparently forgot to tell the biggest celeb news site. Now the L.A. County Coroner's Office wants to know how detailed report ended up on TMZ.

The site reported Monday that it had obtained notes laying out a timeline of Sunday morning of Murphy's death - and the long list of meds in Murphy's house.

Now someone wants TMZ's head (and that of their mole) on a platter. And we thought one of our editors was upset over their proposed TMZsports.com site.

The agency's chief investigator, Ed Winter, told E! News that no one authorized the disclosure of such information and he wants to know who's responsible.

"The investigator did not release this, nor did he talk to anybody," said Winter.

Information on Brittany Murphy's final hours was leaked yesterday.

"Where did this come from? Neither Chief [Coroner Craig] Harvey nor I released the information. I don't even know if we provided LAPD with a copy yet."

Winter said he had seen the notes TMZ quoted and was not able to verify their authenticity, but we'd say there's a pretty good chance they're very accurate.

After all, we've seen that site come up with stuff out of nowhere many times before that turned out to be true - Elin Woods' fight with Tiger comes to mind.

Winter did not say if the prescription medications listed in the documents matched what his team found, or if he feels they led to Murphy's heart attack.

"I hadn't even seen the list of the possible drugs," he said. "I didn't have any notes and I have not checked the evidence log. I really don't even know."

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We're less than a month away from the premiere of American Idol season nine.

While the major show news over the last few months involved Ellen DeGeneres as the new judge; the latest buzz regarding the competition revolves around the man that truly makes the series what it is: Simon Cowell.

According to Simon's brother Tony, a radio personality with a weekly podcast: “A press statement is being prepared which will confirm what everybody expected: Simon will leave Idol at the end of 2010 to concentrate on bringing the American version of ‘X Factor’ to U.S. TV in 2011.”

If true, that would make this Cowell's final season as a panelist. Would you even watch American Idol if he left?

Simon

Regarding the season itself, Fox announced a few key dates for it this week:

  • January 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27; February 2, 3: Nationwide auditions for Hollywood. Rotating guest judges will include Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris, Joe Jonas, Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry, and Shania Twain.
  • February 9: Hollywood rounds. DeGeneres debuts.
  • February 17: 24 semifinalists announced.
  • March 16: 12 finalists announced.

Also of note: there will be no Wild Card round this year, as the controversial addition to last season's Idol gave the judges the power to keep one contestant on even after he/she was voted off by viewers.

Remember: THG is your destination for complete American Idol recaps, videos and commentaries once the season begins!

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Clifford Harri, a.k.a. rapper T.I., was released from prison in Arkansas yesterday after seven months behind bars. He'll be living in a halfway house now.

T.I. was sentenced to 366 days in the Forrest City prison after he was busted in 2007 for sending his bodyguard out to buy machine guns and silencers.

Steve Sadow, his attorney, told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that the troubled star was going to report to Dismas Charities Atlanta West in Georgia.

That's where he'll be living in halfway house for the next three months.

After his sentence is completed, T.I. still has to complete 500 hours of community service and 23 days of home incarceration for the weapons charges.

T.I. is that much closer to becoming a free man.

Prisoners sentenced to 366 days are eligible for a 54-day sentence reduction for good behavior and for a transfer to a halfway house, which T.I. got.

It all seems to have worked out well for the platinum-selling artist, who has 32 past arrests for weapons violations and a conviction for dealing crack.

What could have been a 10-year term was reduced by a plea agreement, in which the rapper was asked to publicly speak about the error of his ways.

That included talking to youth groups about avoiding the life he has led, and a bonus MTV series (which did not count), T.I.'s Road to Redemption.

Not a bad way to redeem yourself with the justice system or the public.

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According to reports, Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler has entered a rehab facility for pain management and an addiction to prescription painkillers.

Is he taking a cue from Tiger Woods? No, the 61-year-old rocker is just feeling the collective pain resulting from 10 years of performance injuries.

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The most recent of which? A fall from the stage in August.

"With the help of my family and team of medical professionals, I am taking responsibility for the management of my pain," Tyler said in a statement.

"I love Aerosmith; I love performing. I am grateful for all of the support and love I am receiving and am committed to getting things taken care of."

Steven Tyler is getting help for painkiller addiction.

"I am eager to be back on the stage and in the recording studio with my bandmates Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford."

His daughter, Liv Tyler says, "My family and I are in complete support of my dad's decision to seek treatment. He is a deeply courageous man."

"We love him and are so proud that he is getting help to balance his pain management, not just for himself but for his family, friends and fans."

Here's wishing Steve a prompt, successful recovery.

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Women throughout America - at least those that don't work as cocktail waitresses in Las Vegas - already hate Tiger Woods.

It sounds like professional athletes will soon feel the same way.

According to various sources, Warner Brothers has registered TMZSports.com, a sports-themed domain meant to serve as complement to its popular celebrity gossip website.

Insiders say this spin-off was planned long before Woods - and his wayward driver - made it clear just how much the public is interested in the private lives of sports stars. But it's safe to assume Tiger's nine-inch iron play helped speed along the decision.

Meanwhile, that sound you hear? It's the furious deletion of names/numbers from the cell phones of athletes all over the world.

Who has the most to fear if TMZ Sports comes to fruition? Handsome stars with exciting love lives, such as those pictured above: Tom Brady, Tony Romo, Reggie Bush and Alex Rodriguez.

Who has the least to fear? The Hollywood Gossip!

We're so confident in our fan base (thank you, readers!), website features (TMZ doesn't even have a photo gallery!) and versatility (why visit two TMZ sites when THG has the latest on the world of sports and entertainment on a daily basis!) that we have no qualms writing an article about a competitor.

How come? Because our number-one priority is delivering news to our loyal fan base. If it's happening anywhere in the world, it's happening on The Hollywood Gossip.

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The face on Lynne Curtin? Not real.

The situations she and her castmates on The Real Housewives of Orange County find themselves in? Also not real.

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The legal problems now facing Curtin and husband Frank? Very real.

The pair were scheduled to appear in a California courtroom yesterday to answer questions regarding a $1.2 million judgment they've been ordered to pay to a former business partner... but the couple simply bailed on the proceedings.

As a result, TMZ reports a judge has issued a bench warrant for Lynne and Frank's arrest. Unlike the ridiculous exploits on Curtin's scripted reality show, this is actually a serious matter.

In August, meanwhile, Lynne and Frank were evicted from their home for failing to pay rent.

We can think of at least one New Year's resolution for Curtin: focus more on your family than on fame. This is a novel concept for any supposedly Real Housewife, we know.

But give it a shot.

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The shocking relationship betwen Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Jerry Ferrera is over.

After more than a year of dating, the couple - who met when Sigler guest-starred on Entourage as Ferrera's character's girlfriend - has reportedly parted ways.

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Sigler attended last week's premiere of It's Complicated by herself, and a friend says the actress has actually turned to Lance Bass for a shoulder to lean on.

"Lance is a really good friend to Jamie," the source told The New York Daily News. "He's been helping her out and giving her good advice."

While Sigler wasn't thrilled about the split, the insider says she's doing okay.

"It came at a good time for Jamie-Lynn. She was coming home to New York for the holidays anyway, and she wanted to do her own thing for a little while and definitely be out of Hollywood."

As for Ferrera? Well, he'll never date anyone as hot as Sigler again. Sorry, dude.

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The parents who orchestrated the Balloon Boy hoax were hit with a tab of $42,000 from local, state and federal agencies for their October, national TV stunt.

There may be more where that came from, too. But the Heenes' attorney, David Lane, told the Denver Post the Fort Collins, Colo., couple isn't ready to pay.

"Let's see the bills," he said, adding that he was e-mailed the amounts by the Larimer County D.A.'s office. "They're not paying until they see some receipts."

The Heenes reached a plea deal on charges stemming from the hoax, in which they led the world to believe their son was on board a homemade balloon.

Unfortunately, they avoided serving time behind bars ... or on a homemade balloon hurtling into outer space. Now that punishment would fit the crime ...

Richard and Mayumi Heene are to be sentenced Wednesday in Larimer County.

A judge may determine they owe more in restitution to responding agencies, from police to the National Guard and the Federal Aviation Administration.

"If they've got records to show these are legitimate costs, then we can discuss it," Lane said. "But, first off, these people don't have that kind of money."

A rapt TV audience watched the flying saucer-shaped balloon drift across the Colorado plains October 16 after the Heenes said son Falcon was on board.

When the balloon landed, the boy was not inside.

He was hidden in an attic at his house and later said on national TV that the incident was done for a show. That's right, he outed his own parents on CNN.

Genius.

Richard Heene was shopping a reality show about a science-crazy family (his). Fortunately, no media outlets conspired with them or hired them since.

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When Reggie Bush lines up across from linebacker Brian Urlacher on Sundays, he has no fear.

But place the NFL star next to a hormone-laden Kourtney Kardashian, days after she gave birth, and the running back cowers in trepidation.

Such was the case last week, according to sources that claim Bush was set to finally propose to Kim Kardashian - until an irate Kourtney stepped in and threw a fit over the possibility that this engagement news would overshadow her status as a new mother.

"Kourtney screamed at Reggie, 'You can't do this to me!'" a family friend told The National Enquirer. "Kourtney is extremely hormonal right now, and her emotions got the best of her. Reggie was stunned and caught completely off-guard."

The anonymous, clearly legitimate source added that Bush was so frightened by this display that he's shelved plans for a proposal until early 2010.

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Flipping for Publicity, Touchdowns: Kourtney Kardashian and Reggie Bush.

There have been rumors for months that Kim is jealous of Kourtney's motherhood.

This friend says the hostility runs both ways.

"There's always been underlying tension because Kourtney feels like she's been playing second fiddle to Kim for so long. She was hoping the last days of her pregnancy and the first few weeks with her newborn would be all about her."

Kourtney hoping for things to be all about her? That's the only part of this story we actually believe.

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The 14th season of The Bachelor begins January 4, and when it does, people may find Jake Pavelka to be the most desirable star in the show's history.

We say this because:

  1. People say that every season
  2. Not only does Jake possess dashing good looks, but if you watched The Bachelorette, you know there's no nicer, sweeter, more genuine fella.

Well, minus the part where he ratted out Wes Hayden - ostensibly to protect Jillian Harris, but likely to extend his tenure another week. But no matter.

"He's truly the Southern gentleman, but not in an annoying way," The Bachelor host-pimp Chris Harrison says. "Women see him as husband material."

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Jake Pavelka: The hottest Bachelor in history?

Of the 31-year-old commercial airline pilot, Harrison says: "He's not a 'let's get wasted and get in the hot tub' kind of guy. He's very trustworthy."

With typical modesty, Jake Pavelka is quick to dismiss the adulation.

"It's really sweet of everybody - who wouldn't love to hear that?" said Jake, who believes in the process of finding love on the ABC reality show.

"I've got a big smile on my face right now. But I don't think I'm the hottest Bachelor by any means. They've had a lot of great guys in the past."

What do you think? Will Jake make a good Bachelor?

 

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