Gary Coleman's Ex Defends Pulling The Plug; Stars Remember Rue McClanahan

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  • In an interview with TMZ, Gary Coleman‘s ex-wife Shannon Price said, “I don’t want people to be so hard on me thinking I had to pull the plug too early. He wouldn’t have made it anyway…”
  • She continued, “His heart would’ve just given out. I don’t want people to sit there and think I’m a bitch, and that I didn’t care about him.” She also denied that she pushed Gary down the stairs, causing his fatal injury. A hospital spokesperson says Gary had given Shannon written permission to make medical decisions for him. [People]
  • Gary Coleman‘s parents have hired lawyers and it looks like they’re going to go after Shannon Price for failing to inform anyone that they were divorced. [Radar]
  • Today Betty White, the last surviving Golden Girl said of Rue McClanahan‘s death, “Rue was a close and dear friend. I treasure our relationship… It hurts more than I ever thought it would, if that’s even possible.” Marc Cherry, who was a producer and writer on the show, said, “When I worked on The Golden Girls, my favorite character to write for was Blanche Devereaux. In the hands of lesser actresses Blanche’s vanity and sexual appetite would have been off-putting. But in Rue’s brilliant hands, that character became one of the most beloved in the history of T.V. Rue’s kindness, generosity and enormous talent will be sorely missed.” [People]
  • Many stars remembered Rue McClanahan on Twitter. John Larroquette said, “When Rue and I worked together she was always funny, lovely and a professional. She and her talent will be missed.” Marlee Matlin wrote, “Ah beloved Blanche passes away – Rue McClanahan RIP. She was so lovely and such a spitfire. It’s just Rose now.” [E!]
  • At Britney Spears conservatorship status hearing this morning it was decided that she’ll remain under her father’s control. She’ll have another hearing on July 27, but a source says, “It seems highly unlikely that the conservatorship will end by the end of summer. Britney’s just not ready, yet. Britney has complex issues that on a personal and professional level and that is the reason the conservatorship is still in place.” [Radar]
  • Celebrity Rehab has finally found another cast member to join Tila Tequila and Jason Wahler: Shauna Sand. [TMZ]
  • FYI, Lindsay Lohan has already taken two court-ordered drug tests and she’s clean. [Radar]
  • Michael and Dina Lohan‘s child support agreement was approved by a judge today, ending their legal feud. However, outside the court house Michael said of Lindsay playing Linda Lovelace, “Why would any parent want their child to be involved in a rape scene. Dina wants Lindsay to do it because she thinks its artistic… I don’t.” [Radar]
  • Michael Lohan said today that Lindsay Lohan is, “On the straight an narrow… I hope it continues.” [People]
  • More evidence that Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag‘s split is a total sham: He visited her “beachside hideaway” yesterday. “Heidi and Spencer are obviously still on speaking terms,” says a source. “I would be surprised if he isn’t even living at the house.” [Radar]
  • Oh, the “hideaway” is actually a gorgeous $5.5 million mansion in Malibu. Check it out here: [TMZ]
  • Paparazzi photographed Spencer at the house. I don’t see him, but if you’re up for some Where’s Waldo? click here: [X17]
  • Heidi‘s friend Jennifer Bunney says, “She’s not a ball on the floor crying or anything.” [LAT]
  • As for Spencer, a source claims, “Spencer blew through all of their money. They’ve been living on credit. They spent the money they got from The Hills[Radar]
  • Victoria Beckham‘s rider includes a request for various fruit but warns, “Please DO NOTMIX up the fruit but keep separate.” A source says, “If we mix the fruit up there’s hell to pay.” [The Sun]
  • Brooke Mueller won’t be in court on Monday when Charlie Sheen pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault. [E!]
  • Simon Cowell has been stealing Britain’s Got Talent Judge judge Amanda Holden‘s phone and Tweeting things like, “I am desperate for Simon”, “He is so sexy” and “Simon looks even more handsome tonight.” [The Sun]
  • When Kate Plus 8 debuts on Sunday, a source claims the Gosselin kids “won’t watch the show when it airs. Kate trusts the producers, but she does like to see the shows before the kids see them. [Plus] she talks about the divorce and her tough year in the season opener.” [Fox News]
  • Justin Bieber has a “secret heartache” — his parents were teens when he was conceived and there was a nasty custody battle when he was little. But don’t worry, his parents are on good terms now. [Star]
  • A source says Sandra Bullock called Janine Lindemulder twice while she was in a half-way home to talk about her daughter Sunny. “Obviously, these were very emotional conversations but both women tried to put their differences aside for the sake of Sunny,” said the source. “Janine felt that overall Sandra had her daughter’s best interests at heart and she was grateful that she looked after her while she was in the half-way home.” [Radar]
  • Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have broken up after a fight last month, if you believe the National Enquirer. A source said, “He said he’s tired of her folks’ interference, and that Miley’s jealous that his film career has taken off.” Oh yeah, she’s totally jealous of the dude known mainly as “Miley Cyrus’ boyfriend.” [Contact Music]
  • HBO is developing a documentary based on Carrie Fisher‘s Broadway show Wishful Drinking. [NYT]
  • We learned in Midweek Madness that Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn are still hooking up, but he says in Vanity Fair, “She is a ghost to me now. We spent all those years together…. Now she’s just gone.” [Us]
  • Jenna Fischer‘s Office co-star Angela Kinsey planned a bachelorette party for her. They’re going to a club in L.A. on Saturday and Mindy Kaling will attend. Sounds fun! [Star]
  • Tennessee legislators have approved a bill to rename a section of Interstate 40 the “Isaac Hayes Memorial Highway.” [AP]
  • Ricky Gervais filmed an anti-bullfighting PSA for the World Society for the Protection of Animals. [Daily Express]
  • Contrary to earlier reports, Jennifer Aniston will not appear in Scream 4 as a woman who gets killed off in the first scene. [Us]
  • Gwen Stefani spent $15,000 on her son Kingston’s 4th birthday party, which is totally reasonable because that kid is freaking awesome. [Us]
  • There are rumors that Adrien Brody and January Jones are dating, but he says, “She’s just a friend of mine… That’s silly.” [People]
  • A source told the National Enquirer that John Stamos is “taking six months off work to find out where he went wrong. [He is] in therapy and says he is so serious about his quest for love that he intends to take a hiatus from performing.” His rep says the story is “absolutely false.” [Daily Express]
  • Pauly D already knows what he wants in a woman: “She’s gotta be, like, drop-dead gorgeous. She’s gotta stand out in a crowd. She’s gotta take care of herself like I do… A confident girl for Pauly D, that’s what I need.” [People]
  • Noel Gallagher says of Oasis’ 70-minute 1997 album Be Here Now, “I can’t listen to any of that album, it’s too long. I wish I’d have exercised a bit more quality control on that and edited the songs down.” [Daily Express]
  • On a radio show this morning Nick Cannon wouldn’t elaborate on whether or not Mariah Carey is pregnant, but he joked that they already have baby names picked out. “We’re gonna do it like George Foreman,” said Nick. “We’re gonna name all of our kids Mariah no matter if they’re boys or girls. … Mariah No. 1, Boy Mariah, Man Mariah, Tall Mariah. It’s gonna be a house full of people named Mariah.” [People]
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