Category: Reality TV

The Situation and rehab: 'Do not believe'? He meant believe

Mike Sorrentino -- The Situation sets record straight on rehab
"Do NOT Believe," Mike Sorrentino — "Jersey Shore's" the Situation — said Wednesday of "embellished" reports that he was in rehab for substance abuse.

On Thursday, his Official Situation website doggedly repeated that "many sources have been falsely reporting stories about The Situation being in rehab" — yet the same article quoted him: "I have voluntarily taken steps to get control of a prescription medication problem."

Now that the Situation appears to be backpedaling with his "setting the record straight" effort, there's likely some back slapping going on over at TMZ, which broke the rehab story.

But how big of a problem is this problem for the "Jersey Shore" star? And are prescription meds his only problem?

TMZ and the Chicago Sun Times are alleging alcohol abuse. The Sun Times on Thursday cited an unnamed "associated" with some less than complimentary remarks on Sorrentino's "really nutso" behavior.

TMZ says Sorrentino was checked into Cirque Lodge in Utah. The lodge is a celeb-favored spot for rehab and, as CNN reported in 2009, guests have included Melanie Griffith, Lindsay Lohan, Mary-Kate Olsen and Kirsten Dunst.

As for the Situation, he's not fessing up to anything but the prescription drugs: "I have spent the past several weeks getting treatment for this problem and recuperating from my work and appearance schedule."


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Photo: Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino in 2010. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.

Clint Eastwood on reality TV? Yes, but not in the spotlight

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood, reality TV star? Let's immediately purge the image of Dirty Harry inviting us along for a bikini waxing and see if we can get this story straight.

"Mrs. Eastwood & Company" is in fact headed for E!, home of all things Kardashian, Show Tracker reported Tuesday. But the emphasis is definitely on the "Mrs.," with Mr. Eastwood swinging through only for some cameo appearances and not a starring role.

Ten episodes will follow the missus (Clint's second wife, having taken on that title in 1996), their daughter Morgan Eastwood, 15, and her stepdaughter Francesca Fisher-Eastwood, 18, as they move between homes in Carmel and Los Angeles.

"Nothing is more important to me than family -- no matter how you define that," Dina Eastwood said in a statement. "People might be surprised by how we live our lives and our unconventional approach, and I also believe that it's hard not to fall in love with my band, 'Overtone.' "

Wait ... Clint Eastwood, groupie? That makes our day.

"Mrs. Eastwood & Company" premieres May 20.


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Photo: Clint Eastwood in February. Credit: Cliff Owen / Associated Press



Jon Hamm: Kim Kardashian comments 'not personal,' but not wrong

Jon Hamm

As the Jon Hamm-Kim Kardashian "feud" goes on -- and we use that term very lightly -- we can be sure that one thing the "Mad Men" star said is true: "Stupidity is certainly celebrated." And we're apparently in the middle of a party.

"It's surprising to me that it has become remotely a story," Hamm told E! News. "I don't know Ms. Kardashian, I know her public persona."

"I would never say anything personal about anyone that I have not met," the actor told "Access Hollywood" on Tuesday night, saying that his remarks had been taken out of context.

Here's Hamm's Elle UK comment, minus the context, minus an amusing expletive: "'Whether it's Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated. Being ... [an] idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you're rewarded significantly."

That's not Hamm's only opinion on not-so-nice things Hollywood types profit from. "This industry is populated by a lot of narcissistic, mean-spirited, horrible people who get rewarded for being narcissistic, mean-spirited and horrible," he told Playboy in an interview for its April issue.

(Shoot -- stupid is starting to look like a compliment.)

Parse the Kardashian comment and the defense Hamm presented to E! makes some sense: "What I said was meant to be more on pervasiveness of something in our culture, not personal, but she took offense to it and that is her right."

Kardashian on Monday had noted that although she did not know Hamm, she respected him and believed he was entitled to his opinion. However, she said: "Calling someone who runs their own businesses, is a part of a successful TV show, produces, writes, designs, and creates, 'stupid,' is in my opinion careless."

So who's stupid now? There are so many choices:

Was it Hamm, for invoking gossip hot-buttons like Kardashian and Paris Hilton? Or Kardashian for taking time to take offense? Or folks in the media for noticing Hamm's Elle UK quote in the flood of "Mad Men" press and putting it under a microscope with little context?

Hamm, whose series starts up again March 25, would choose the latter. "I said what I said" about the phenomenon of reality TV, he told "Access Hollywood," and he stands by it. "I just wish it would have been reported correctly."

Meanwhile, Paris Hilton is actually looking pretty smart in all this, for going happily on with her Twitter life and not saying a thing.

Hamm is, however, playing it very smart in one area: He tells Playboy "it's been awhile" since he's had sex outside.

"In the era of TMZ, I don’t think outdoor sex is a particularly good idea. It's one of those things that sound way better than they actually are. There's something not sexy about all the twigs and bugs and sand. You end up with stuff in places you don’t want it."

Wise man.


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Photo: Jon Hamm arrives for the PaleyFest 2012 panel discussion about the show "Mad Men" on Tuesday in Beverly Hills. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press


Jon Hamm gets Twitter feedback from 'idiot' Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian and Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm's "Mad Men" character, Don Draper, isn't accustomed to women giving him any lip -- but this ain't the '60s and Kim Kardashian has something to say to her fellow celeb.

Hamm spoke out on cultural phenomena including Kardashian and her reality empire, specifically noting to Elle UK that, "'Whether it's Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated. Being ... [an] idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you're rewarded significantly." 

Kim isn't having it.

"I respect Jon and I am a firm believer that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that not everyone takes the same path in life," Kardashian said in an extended post on Twitter.

"We’re all working hard and we all have to respect one another. Calling someone who runs their own businesses, is a part of a successful TV show, produces, writes, designs, and creates, 'stupid,' is in my opinion careless," she wrote.

Burn. This isn't the first time a leading man has stepped out as a Kardashian detractor. Daniel Craig got vocal a few months ago with virtually the same sentiment.

"Look at the Kardashians ... you see that and you think, 'What, you mean all I have to do is behave like a ... idiot on television and then you'll pay me millions?' " he said. 

But then again, we didn't have to tell you Kim doesn't have the best of luck with those leading men.

What do you think of Kardashian's response? Tell us in comments. 


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Photos: Kim Kardashian and Jon Hamm. Credits: Getty Images

Snooki, Jionni LaValle make it official: Pregnant and engaged

Jionni LaValle and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

Snooki and Jionni Lavalle are engaged to be married and expecting a baby together, the "Jersey Shore" star confirmed Wednesday, and thank goodness 'cause the suspense was killing us, just killing us.

The couple found out she was pregnant right after New Year's, meaning her first thought was, "I've been drinking!" she told Us Weekly. "I was worried. It was New Year's Eve and we were in Vegas, so I did go crazy."

And we were going a bit crazy while we waited for Ms. Nicole Polizzi's cover story to come out.

First she stepped out Friday out in a baggy outfit, carrying a big purse, an outfit preferred by those trying to hide a baby bump. She then appeared in public Monday with an engagement-ring hunk of bling on her engagement-ring finger -- check it out via People -- after an unnamed source told the mag that she and LaValle had gotten engaged.

But by Wednesday Snooki was telling the story her way: "I have different priorities now," she told Us. "I don't care what anybody else thinks. As long as I know I'm ready and he's ready."

Added boyfriend LaValle: "We are not going to screw this up."

Away from print, LaValle tweeted his thanks, plus apologies for the runaround: "Thank You everyone!!" he said. "Sorry about that wait but glad everyones happy!! Nicole and I are real excited!! Our baby is going to be #ShortnTan"

But that wasn't quite all from the boyfriend who doesn't often step into the spotlight.

"For All u jealous, disrespectful haters out there, u see what u wana see on tv! My fiancé and I n JR are going to be so happy! #youllgeturs."

Perhaps that last bit should have been addressed directly to Snooki's ex-boyfriend Emilio Masella, who on Monday actually took time out of his day to explain to TMZ that when he said, "I hope she has a miscarriage," he really meant that he hoped she wasn't pregnant.


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Photo: Jionni LaValle and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles in August. Credit: Christopher Polk / Getty Images

Tim Tebow will not be a bended-knee 'Bachelor'

Tim Tebow won't be headed to 'The Bachelor'

Looks like some ladies will have to pray for next time: Tim Tebow won't be passing roses out on "The Bachelor" any time soon.

Rumors circulated online this week saying the devout Denver Broncos quarterback would lead the reality competition show, in which a band of eager females battles for the love of an All-American doctor/lawyer/football player or something. Did we mention roses? 

Turns out the whole thing started as an inside joke.

"We have not approached Tim Tebow about being the next Bachelor. This started as a joke by Chris Harrison and then took on a life of its own," "The Bachelor" network ABC said in a statement to "Extra."

Harrison is the host of the series, most recently starring Ben Flajnik. And hey, Tebow should hold out for Hollywood anyway. He was the favorite at the year's Vanity Fair Oscar party


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Photo: Tim Tebow prays on the sideline before the start of the AFC divisional playoff game Jan. 14. Credit: Associated Press

Bristol Palin headed back to TV with 'Life's a Tripp' [Poll]

Bristol Palin

Bristol Palin is back in the reality-TV game -- and with luck this series just might air.

Palin, 21, has been inked as the lead in "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp," Show Tracker reported Wednesday. The so-called docuseries will feature "never-before-granted access to Bristol's real-life experiences growing into womanhood," according to Lifetime.

The "Dancing With the Stars" alum and eldest daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin decided to move back to her home state last September after she was challenged over her mom's politics while riding a mechanical bull at L.A.'s Saddle Ranch bar, she told InTouch weekly in January.

"I wasn't really into the Hollywood thing," she said. "After that, I just realized that I was over it. I was ready to come home."

Before that she'd been set to do a reality show with "DWTS" buddy Kyle Massey and his brother Chris, her roommates while she was working at a small L.A. charity. The project never made it onto the Bio Channel.

Though 10 "Life's a Tripp" episodes have been ordered, no air date is set, Show Tracker said. Tripp Palin, Bristol's son with Levi Johnston, was born in 2008.


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Photo: Bristol Palin listens to her mother, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, address the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 11 in Washington. Credit: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Kris Humphries targets Kim Kardashian, reality TV in divorce duel

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

After a period of silence and some wristwatch-endorsing, Kris Humphries is emerging from his emotional locker room and looking to take down soon-to-be ex-wife Kim Kardashian -- and reality TV as a whole. 

Humphries and his divorce attorney are reportedly knocking on the doors of Kim, momager Kris Jenner and several E! executives and accusing the lot of fraud. 

Though Kim pulled the trigger last October and filed for divorce after only 72 days of marriage, Humphries filed a response in December asking for an annulment. Citing religious reasons for the request, the NBA player listed fraud as his grounds for marital dissolution. (She'd gone with "irreconcilable differences.)

Cut to the current season of "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," where Kris is heavily featured in a storyline about the couple's demise. Humphries reportedly intends to prove that some scenes were shot after their breakup to beef up the notion of Kim's unhappiness during the union. 

Still with us? Great. Kim is reportedly not cool with any of this. Especially her former man's request to have their divorce proceedings broadcast (so meta).

"A public trial is the last thing that Kim wants, and she has instructed her lawyer to formally petition the court so that the divorce can be heard by a mediator," a Kardashian source told the Radar Online. "She wants the mediation to be private, confidential, and legally binding. ... Kim just wants this over and done with."

How ugly is this going to get? Tell us in comments. 


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Left photo: Kim Kardashian. Credit: Sam Morris / Getty Images

Right photo: Kris Humphries. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas / US Presswire

'19 Kids and Counting': Woman arrested in alleged extortion plot


Duggar family members

An Iowa woman who said she had pictures of a Duggar family member in "intimate situations" with an older man has found herself in a situation of her own: Teresa Hunt is facing federal extortion charges after allegedly trying to convert the photos into a $10,000 payday, or a "19 Kids and Counting" cancellation.

Cousin Amy Duggar, the family member targeted by Hunt, said the accusations of inappropriate behavior couldn't be further from the truth.

Hunt allegedly sent Discovery Communications, TLC's parent company, a typed letter, handwritten note and business card with contact information back on Jan. 4. In the packet, Hunt claimed she had pictures of a female cast member in "intimate situations" with a 56-year-old musician and threatened to go public with the dish, according to an affidavit filed by an undercover FBI agent who'd billed himself to Hunt as a rep for Discovery.

The note read, in part, "You new to get ... off of '19 and Counting.' Cancel that show or pay me off from exposing this story to the National Magazines," according to Iowa's Quad-City Times, which first reported the news.

"It's totally untrue," Amy Duggar said in a statement obtained by the Ministry. The aforementioned musician "is a long time family friend who has always been supportive of my music career. He's a good Christian and it's upsetting that his generosity has been exploited like this."

Also on the side of Team Duggar was the gossip site Radar Online. The photos "were merely harmless snaps rather than incriminating, damning photos," said the site, which explained Hunt had tried to sell it the images. Radar reviewed the pics but didn't buy them, and wasn't aware of any attempt to extort TLC, the site said Friday.

After the agent contacted Hunt on Jan. 20, saying he was following up on the letter, Hunt sent back an email with three pictures attached as proof, demanding that the money be wired to her account, the affidavit said.

In the email, she allegedly said she didn't like the musician, that he owed her money, that she was willing to settle for $10,000 and that she had no reason to hurt the cast member "except that's she's on a reality show and pretends to be a right-wing Christian and she's sleeping with a 56 year old man."

Hunt, of Bettendorf, Iowa, was arrested Wednesday. A rep for TLC had no comment Monday.


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Photo: With other supporters of Sen. Rick Santorum, members of the Duggar family watch the results of the Iowa caucuses come in on Jan. 3. Credit: Andrew Burton / Getty Images


'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' reunion teases epic drama

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are coming back for a three part reunion
When it comes to the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," the Ministry can't decide what it enjoys more -- the weekly saga of Botox, badmouthing and booze or the epic reunion special that provides all that mess. Exponentially

Bravo has released a teaser, below, for the second season reunion special that will air in three (three!) parts featuring the first post-rehab interview with Kim Richards. This is followed by a good ol' fashioned nuclear meltdown with cast members Kyle Richards, Taylor Armstrong, Lisa Vanderpump, Adrianne Maloof and Brandi Glanville.

What can you expect from revisiting the season, struck with tragedy before it began airing, come part one on Monday?

Class all the way: Glanville translates her favorite expression, "I'll ... kill you," when used in a social context, as well as her affinity for Vanderpump's husband, Ken. Kyle Richards will spell out obscenities for female anatomy as received via text message. Armstrong's lips will just...keep happening.

Revelation: Show champion and major benefactor from the success of the franchise Andy Cohen will sit down with Kim Richards to discuss her time in rehab -- and the addiction she was treated for. "I'm an alcoholic," Kim confesses. 

Cringe: From what the teaser offers, we see Taylor Armstrong confronted about potentially exploiting the suicide of her husband, the possibility she believes his death was a murder, fixing a dislocated jaw over a toilet and various attacks from her cast members for, like, whatever. 

As this is a teaser, trust us -- there's just so much more. And we'll be here watching. 



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