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Earlier this week, it was alleged that Stephanie Birkitt carried on her affair with David Letterman even as she lived with boyfriend Robert Halderman.

Halderman was arrested last week for attempting to bilk Letterman out of $2 million in exchange for keeping quiet about his interoffice romance(s).

Well, it looks like another factor on top of Birkitt's cheating may have motivated the CBS News producer - Letterman just plain didn't like the guy.

After Letterman broke up Stephanie Birkitt, a former Late Show staff member, and she began dating Halderman, Dave was not a fan, sources say.

Insiders say that Dave made it clear he didn't want her new 51-year-old producer boyfriend at any Late Show office parties and other staff events.

He wanted Stephanie there, just not her new squeeze.

Robert Halderman is accused of blackmailing David Letterman. But why?

That grudge may have driven Robert "Joe" Halderman's alleged plot to extort $2 million from Letterman by threatening to expose his sexcapades.

Letterman and Halderman Birkitt in common, but little else.

Halderman liked to live well, golf and party. Office affairs aside (Dave was also tied to Holly Hester), Letterman is private, reserved and geeky.

Even the cultures of their workplaces were poles apart.

The Late Show boss, who in March married longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko, might have been playing around, but the female staffers all loved working there.

"I would be shocked if someone came forward with a sexual-harassment complaint," a female insider said. "I've worked in a lot of places, and [The Late Show] is one of the better places for a woman. Dave's not a groper."

Birkitt has since been banned from the set of the Late Show.

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He's free of the big house. Now Michael Vick wants to get out of doghouse.

Sorry, but it's true. In an attempt to remake is image, the NFL star and dogfighting kingpin is taking to reality TV, with a show beginning early next year.

Michael Vick Photo

Tentatively titled The Michael Vick Project, the show will air on BET.

Its focus will be his comeback with the Philadelphia Eagles player and the struggles he's endured off the field - namely the 2007 arrest for orchestrating a dog fighting ring that landed him in federal prison for almost two years.

"I just want people to really get to know me as an individual," Vick said last week. "What I want to do is change the perception of me. I am a human being. I've made some mistakes in the past, and I wish it had never happened."

"But it's not about how you fall, but about how you pick yourself up."

Michael Vick is trying to reinvent Michael Vick. Will America buy it?

Vick, who took his first snap in the regular season two weeks ago, has publicly apologized for running the ring, appeared on 60 Minutes and spoken to kids.

He has remained humble and is now looking to rehab his tarnished image. What better place to do that than reality TV, right? PETA, for one, begs to differ.

"People who abuse animals don't deserve to be rewarded," PETA spokesman Dan Shannon told the Los Angeles Times. "They shouldn't be given multimillion-dollar contracts ... or given the privilege of being a role model."

We sort of see that, but he did go to prison, Dan. Also, couldn't Vick do more to further animal rights causes, if he is indeed sincere, due to the exposure?

Thoughts? Would you watch a Michael Vick reality show?

 

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Katy Perry may have a hit song called "Hot N Cold," but her love affair with Russell Brand looks like it's only the former! Sorry, that was very lame.

Nevertheless, the rumored couple kept their new love on fire in Paris as they showed up at the John Galliano runway show at Paris Fashion Week.

Pretty Perry

They arrived with their arms around one another.

The up-and-coming singer and the MTV VMAs host showed up to the runway show looking proud to be together, happily posing together for photos.

Katy and Russell were escorted to the front row, a few seats down from Prince, with whom they chatted. Russell rubbed Katy’s back during the “Sunset Blvd” themed-show and together they whispered in each other’s ears a lot.

Are Katy Perry and Russell Brand an item?

The couple held hands and Russell kissed his lady love on the cheek when the show came to a close. Looks like this weird romance is totally on!

After the show, Katy Perry Twittered, “Oh my, Galliano was by far the best. It was a dark sexy dream of beautiful mental sparkling women."

"I can relate to that, the mental part.”

Oh, Katy. She and Russell were first spotted together at the actor’s London home. He then jetted to Paris to be by Katy’s side at the Fendi party.

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Mark "Hollywood" Hatten used to date Anna Nicole Smith. Yeah, yeah. We know. Didn't we all. But his allegations are much more scandalous than that.

The FBI believed Anna Nicole Smith schemed to kill her late husband's son to secure his family fortune, and investigated her for it from 2000-2001.

Ultimately, they did not have enough evidence to charge the Playboy model.

"I'm responsible [for the probe]," Hatten told the New York Daily News.

The late model and reality star was investigated for plotting the murder of E. Pierce Marshall, who was in a legal battle with her over her dad's $550 million estate.

J. Howard Marshall, who made a fortune in oil exploration during the 20th Century, died in 1995 at age 90. He was married to Anna for his final 14 months.

Hatten says Smith wanted him to off his son to secure the money - and wanted him to do the honors: "She was begging me to kill Pierce Marshall, telling me that he was the Devil standing in the way of her inheritance."

"She said that we'd be set if I just take this gun and knife and do this. She convinced me she wanted [Pierce Marshall] dead. But she was doped up."

"Then we'd wake up the next day, and she'd say, 'No, no, I don't remember saying that.' It was like a split personality," her ex reflected.

Mark "Hollywood" Hatten said he feared what would happen so he went to Marshall's lawyers. No direct evidence of Smith's involvement appears in the FBI file.

Agents confiscated a .375-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, a knife and a Dr. Seuss hat (?) that Hatten said was the hiding place for the weapons.

Smith's lawyer, Ron Rale, said the allegations are untrue.

Pierce Marshall died from natural causes three years ago. Smith died of a drug overdose in 2007, for which her former companion Howard K. Stern and Drs. Khristine Eroshevich and Sandeep Kapoor were only recently charged.

Smith's death has been called a "pharmaceutical suicide."

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Celebrity gossip spoiler alert:

Next week, the reader that leaves the most comments across The Hollywood Gossip will win a FREE copy of the New Moon soundtrack. Let the excitement begin!

Death Cab for Cutie will anchor this anticipated album, meanwhile, with the single "Meet Me On the Equinox." After this article's jump, we've posted the official music video for the song.

In it, the band performs in Bella Swan's home in Forks; the scene then progresses, as Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) emerges from the shadows to inform Bella he can't see her ever again.

More New Moon images follow, as singer Ben Gibbard croons that "everything, everything ends" - and the video follows Bella's hallucinatory heartache.

It's sad, it's heart-pounding and it's available for viewing after the jump.

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Katie Holmes graces the cover of Elle Magazine's "Women in Hollywood" issue, and we have to say, the wife of Tom Cruise actually looks pretty darn good.

Below are some excerpts from her interview.

On family life: “In my own life, my whole world really revolves around family. I do what I need to do, but it’s like, ‘How is everybody else doing?’ And it’s wonderful for me as an actress to put some of that into a character.”

On life as a working mom on the Broadway set: “[Suri Cruise] would sit in my lap in the makeup chair. She’d hand the wig lady the bobby pins.“

Katie Holmes Elle Cover

Katie Holmes: Gorgeous, less robotic than usual!

On fashion: “I love Alaïa, for sure. Stella McCartney. I like Ralph Lauren because I feel like it’s very American, and I’m pretty all-American, from Ohio."

"Also, Isabel Marant and a new designer, Sari Gueron."

On the genre of film she loves most: “It can be any genre. I even like vampire movies – they just have to be well done. I want to believe in the characters. The minute it starts to feel not real, I’m not interested.”

Click to enlarge some alternate magazine covers from other women of Hollywood (Renee Zellweger, Julianne Moore, Emily Blunt and Zoe Saldana):

Emily Blunt Elle Cover
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Khloe Kardashian has found a way to keep her recent, ridiculous wedding in the news.

A few days after she walked down the aisle with Lamar Odom, Khloe paid a few people to insult her was faced with criticism about her Vera Wang gown-covered body. Said Janice Dickinson, someone even more desperate for attention than Kardashian:

Ricki Lake Weight Loss Photos

"There's no way she would become a fashion icon. Khloé looks like a heifer."

Added Spencer Pratt, hilariously: "Khloé still needs to work out more. I recommend she go to theheidimontagworkout.com so she can get fantastic curves like my wife's."

Browse through these Khloe Kardashian wedding photos and you tell us: is she overweight? Do you care one bit either way?

In response to these comments, Khloe told Life & Style that she's dropped from a size 10 to a size 6 and:

"Everyone criticizes me about my weight all the time. It's easy for me to be like some other girls in Hollywood - not eat and become anorexic - but thank goodness I am strong-willed and secure with myself... This is my body and I love it."

Kim Kardashian also supports her sister, saying last week:

"Khloé's in the best shape of her life, and millions of people would kill to look like her."

Damn right, Kim! Oh... wait. We thought you said millions of people would kill to never hear from your family again. Nevermind.

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Just in case you thought you'd heard everything, a woman is Shirley Dieu is suing TV shrink/blowhard Dr. Phil for holding her captive inside his office.

During her alleged time in captivity, Dieu says that Phil forced her to stare at a naked man for some reason. He also grabbed one of her boobs there.

Dr. Phil and Jordan McGraw

According to the suit, she went to Phil to seek therapy, but claims he tried to "brainwash" her and force her to endure physical and emotional abuse.

The incident supposedly took place in 2007.

She's probably full of it, but the guy tried to cash on Britney Spears' meltdown and supposedly on Mindy McCready's suicide attempt, so who knows.

Shirley claims Phil forced her to "be in the same room with a completely naked live man while he exposed his entire naked body, genitals and all."

A copy of Phil's latest bestseller.

At that point, she alleges she tried to escape the building, but "was blocked by the staff to prevent her from leaving." Sounds downright cult-ish.

In the court documents filed yesterday, Shirley also claims Phil "touched her left breast during her therapy session." Likely on purpose. Bad doc!

Shirley also claims Phil lied to her about being a "real" doctor, alleging that the TV shrink "is not licensed to practice in the state of California."

How much money the traumatized patient wants to receive from Dr. Phil was not directly specified, but we don't suppose it's a small amount.

Nor should it be. Might as well go for broke with a frivolous lawsuit against a fame-crazed blowhard if you're going to file it in the first place.

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Before Kevin Jonas walks down the aisle with Danielle Deleasa, he'll walk into a bachelor party thrown for him that centers around strippers, cocaine and hours of unprotected sex with strangers.

That, or a few intense games of Bingo.

"It will be good, clean fun," Nick Jonas told People of the shindig he and Joe will host in honor of their sibling. "We're going to have a good time with friends and family."

Perhaps it will be a somewhat rowdy time, though, Joe admits, saying it won't take place in Las Vegas, but:

"[Kevin] wants to do golfing, but that just seems a little too normal. We have to do something outrageous and fun. Something crazy."

Best Brothers

Kevin himself as a lot of planning to do, as well.

He and Danielle have discussed a wedding in the Bahamas, but nothing is settled yet.

"We're in between a bunch of things right now like choosing dates and things like that, but we're just trying to figure everything out and we're enjoying it, we're having a blast," Kevin said. "I'm definitely into the planning process... It's fun and brings us together and we get to make a lot of decisions together."

Such as whether or not to sign a pre-nuptial agreement. Rumors state this is a major hold-up in the engagement.

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We've seen it all before.

Well, maybe not all, but most of us have, in any event. Let's just say that if you haven't ogled Aubrey O'Day nude, you're in the minority at least.

Ogling a giant poster of her in your own room, though? Now that would be somethin' else. Somethin' else moderately attractive and kind of loose.

If you're into that sort of thing, you are totally in luck!

Apparently having gotten over the devastation of her recent Peepshow criticism, Aubrey is pimping out hot photos of herself on her Twitter page:

Posters of Aubrey O'Day in various stages of dress and undress.

They're on her official site as well. Click to enlarge the posters above and visit her on Twitter if you're interesting in owning a piece of history.

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