Mo'Nique On Her Open Marriage; Simon Cowell On His "Appalling" Behavior

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  • Does Mo’Nique‘s open marriage involve one person straying, but not the other? She tells Barbara Walters in the upcoming Oscars special:

“Let me say this: I have not had sex outside my marriage with Sidney. Could Sid have sex outside of his marriage with me? Yes. That’s not a deal-breaker. That’s not something that would make us say, ‘Pack your things and let’s end the marriage.'” She also says it doesn’t matter how many times he does it: “What if it’s 20 times? So what? We’ve been best friends for over 25 years, and we truly know who we are. Oftentimes, people get into marriages and they don’t know who they’re laying next to. I’m very comfortable and secure with my husband.” [Gatecrasher]

  • Jessica Simpson‘s Oprah interview airs today, but here’s a preview: O asks Jess if she is angry about John Mayer, and Jess says: “I’m not angry… I’m — well, I’m a little bit angry. I guess I could have been a lot worse. [But dating-wise] my phone is ringing off the hook, I have to say.” [NY Post]
  • The Bachelor and Vienna are officially engaged and going to get married. A date for the nuptials has not been set, Jake says: “We’re going to take our time with that… I just want to date my fiancée for a little while. We’re engaged, but we haven’t seen our first movie yet.” [NY Post]
  • Loving these kooky, stylized photographs of Kristen Wiig from V Magazine! [Gatecrasher]
  • Breaking: Zach Galifianakis was antisocial at the Details party. [Gatecrasher, Page Six]
  • If you would like to stalk Will Ferrell, here is some info that should help. [Observer]
  • Kourtney Kardashian‘s mom Kris is impressed with her daughter’s mothering: “It’s incredible to see how calm and patient she is.” [People]
  • Justin Timberlake is teaming up with his ex-girlfriend, Cameron Diaz, for a movie called Bad Teacher. She’ll play a middle school teacher coping with being dumped by her boyfriend. He’ll play another teacher who is in a relationship with Diaz’s rival teacher. Can’t you already see the trailer, complete with dunce cap and nails on a blackboard? [ET]
  • No charges have been filed in the incident involving Naomi Campbell and a driver whom she allegedly hit. The police are no longer interested in speaking with her. Mysterious. [NY Times, Breitbart]
  • Simon Cowell has regrets! Specifically when it comes to the way he’s treated contestants on TV talent shows: “There’s many, many times where I’ve watched the show back and I’m absolutely appalled. You do the show, you’re not aware of what’s happening in the room outside. You know, somebody just said ‘My dog Lassie died yesterday,’ I’m in a bad mood and, you know, awful, and you see it in that context, it’s very, very difficult to watch.” [Mirror]
  • When he was on The View, Robert Pattinson said, “I think Betty White is probably one of the sexiest women in America. She’s vibrant; it’s sexy. I think the more age, the better.” Betty White responds: “Now THAT is a comedy line!” [Access Hollywood]
  • Rihanna allegedly owes her personal trainer $26,144. Work it out! [TMZ]
  • Blake Fielder-Civil has insisted that Amy Winehouse go to rehab before he’ll marry her. Something familiar about this… almost like a song… [The Sun]
  • The makers of the OctoMom iPhone game are trying to get the rights to the name “OctoMom” in order to sell their product, in which”the goal is to shoot a baby out of her hooha and into the hands of her waiting mother. And yes, there’s extra credit if you do it when a paparazzo is in the room.” Screenshots at the link. [TMZ]
  • Zoolander 2: In the works, for real. I didn’t know they were doing this, but then again, me and my friends have been too busy bathing of the Southern coast of St. Barts with spider monkeys for the past two weeks.Tripping on acid changed our whole perspective on shit. [Page Six]
  • Were reports about Michael Jackson‘s kids playing with a stun gun exaggerated? Some sources are saying that Jermaine Jackson‘s son had the stun gun and was playing with it, but that MJ”s kids were never in the room. [TMZ]
  • Katherine Jackson‘s lawyer says: “Blanket Jackson never saw or heard the stun gun. Neither did Paris Jackson. Prince saw the stun gun in the possession of security. There is no second stun gun.” [People]
  • The kind of stun gun Jaafar Jackson ordered is “small but powerful.” Unrelated: The kid is not named after the villain from Aladdin, is he? TMZ]
  • Katherine Jackson‘s lawyer says: “All of the kids are happy, healthy and wonderful and that is Mrs. Jackson’s only objective and concern.” [TMZ]
  • Social workers were at the Jackson family compound for 6 ½ hours yesterday. [TMZ]
  • Commando alert: True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer didn’t wear underwear to Cosmo‘s “Fun Fearless Males of 2010” dinner. [NY Post]
  • Sacha Baron Cohen had planned to appear on stage at the Oscars as a blue-skinned Na’vi who is having James Cameron‘s love child, but his skit has been nixed, because producers were scared he might offend James Cameron. I have one word for this, and it is: Boo. [NY Mag]
  • Christian Bale’s sister has filed for bankruptcy. Sharon Bale says: “I have never asked [my brother] for money, ever, and he’s never offered it.” [Mirror]
  • Meredith Vieira just extended her deal with the Today show, so we’ll be seeing her at least until September 2011. She always seems like she’s having fun, but then again who wouldn’t, when work involves sitting on a couch talking to celebs and making crepes with Martha Stewart for a $10 million a year salary? [TV Guide]
  • Billy Baldwin and Chynna Phillips: Determined to work things out. [Page Six]
  • Ugh: Viacom is removing The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report from Hulu. [Reuters]
  • Jon Gosselin is not happy Kate Gosselin is doing Dancing With The Stars, because it means she’ll be away from the kids more, but she won’t give him extra custody. In addition, Playgirl offered Jon only $20,000 — far less than the $100,000 Levi Johnston received. The mag’s rep says: “[Jon’s] star is extinguishing, and honestly, it’d be more of a novelty than an actual sexy shoot.” [MSNBC Scoop]
  • Is it me, or is this paragraph just slightly hyperbolic: “Charlie Sheen‘s marriage is exploding in a public scandal of enormous magnitude that is dwarfing the headlines made by his arrest for domestic violence and rehab stints for both husband and wife.” [Radar Online]
  • Shannen Doherty has been asked to do Dancing With The Stars in the past, but always declined: “I have a huge fear of live audiences. I break out in hives, full blown panic attacks, and everything else.” But her father had a stroke on Christmas Day and she explains: “He lost his speech, he wasn’t mobile. He was really struggling, and still is. When I mentioned this to him, he got really excited, and he wanted me to do it. I thought, if my dad can fight through having a stroke and the loss of being able to communicate, I think I can do this for him. So I figured I’m going to get over my fear for him.” [People]
  • James McAvoy has dropped out of a comedy titled I’m With Cancer. due to “unrelated circumstances beyond his control.” There’s no word on what this means, but sources claim it has nothing to do with his wife’s pregnancy. McAvoy will be replaced by Joseph Gordon Levitt. [E!]
  • Jan denies that her feud with Marcia caused the cancellation of a Brady Bunch reunion on the Today show. [ET]
  • Lee Daniels and writer Amy Bloom are teaming up for an HBO series about a multigenerational, multiracial family in Philadelphia. Possibly my new fave show. [Variety]
  • When Kanye West relaunched his blog last week, it consisted largely of fashion pictures and very little text. Now he’s posted an epic all-caps message, which begins: “I’m on the plane listening to College Dropout. I brings back so many memories. When we made it I had all 6 parents, 4 grandparents and my mom and dad. Now I have my dad and my grandfather. Music is so nostalgic. Every song I listen to brings me back…” He also adds: “Maybe McQueen felt his job was done because his last collection was the greatest of the decade. We are all so hurt… I know how it feels when the night demobs come… Sometimes when it hurts so bad we just have to lay in the bed… Don’t let the psychiatrists give you their drugs because it slows down your wings. Society and public opinion can beat the wings off angels. ” It goes on and on. [NY Times,]
  • I love it when items seem planted by celebs’ PR reps. Like this one, which claims that when Kelly Bensimon was celebrating her March Playboy cover in Miami the other night, “hundreds” of guys in the 20s were seen “vying for her attention.” [Page Six]
  • A woman claiming to be Diddy‘s wife has been arrested after repeatedly trying to visit a home she erroneously believed belonged to him. Diddy is not married. [AP]
  • Rumor has it Wyclef Jean‘s manager was fired over a artsy nude pic. [Page Six]
  • Jane’s Addiction bass player Eric Avery has quit; he’ll be replaced by Duff McKagan, formerly of Guns N Roses. [Reuters]
  • A warrant has been issued for Jani Lane, the singer of Warrant. He failed to show up to two court appearances related to his 2009 DUI conviction. [TMZ]
  • “We see in depth, for the most part. We go to the theater – it’s in depth. Why couldn’t a film like Precious be in 3-D? It should be.” — Martin Scorsese swears 3-D dramas are the future. [AP]
  • “I came close [quitting work] last year when I looked at about June/July and my PA showed me I had an 18 month schedule which took me all the way up to December of this year and every single day was practically planned and that really depressed me. I was kind of being pulled along rather than doing what I want to do.” — Simon Cowell. [Daily Mail]
  • “Not everything I hear is worth hearing but at least I don’t have to turn the TV down in order to tell everyone in the room that what they are watching is rubbish.” — The Who’s Pete Townshend, who has partial deafness and tinnitus, has a new hearing aid. [Daily Express]
  • “It was so hurtful what [the media has said] about Kelly and Jack, about the way they look. We’re Sharon and Ozzy: I’m half a Jew, he’s a little bloke from Birmingham. We’re not going to produce 6-foot-tall, blond stunners.” — Sharon Osbourne. [Gatecrasher via Guardian]
  • “I’m not normally combative. I’m not aggressive. But when you get in certain situations and people start igniting you, you have to defend yourself. I’m so not that person. I’m so nonconfrontational. I want everyone to do great. I’m a celebrator. I just want to have a good time. But it’s hard to be someone who’s positive in a sometimes very toxic environment. They didn’t hire me because they liked my hair. I’m the real deal. I’m a real friend and a normal person. I’m from the Midwest!” — Kelly Bensimon. [NYDN]
  • “Lenny [Kravitz] and I are going to talk about some new shoe designers. He’s got some shoes coming over to my house for the Oscars. He’s going to introduce me to some shoes. Each day is a new piece. I’ve got my shirt.” — Lee Daniels is slowly prepping for the Oscars. [USA Today]
  • “I don’t read men’s magazines, but I’m honored to be here for the free drinks and the high-end prostitutes. I’m more of a Teen People guy – I like to know what the latest Disney kids are up to.” — Zach Galifianakis, at the Details party. [WWD]
  • “I’m definitely always drawn to being a child again. I think that’s probably why me and Tim get on. He’s a kid too. Johnny [Depp] is too. We’re all self-affirming arrested development… So maybe I’m having a second childhood. A real proper childhood.” — Helena Bonham Carter. More at the link about how she “became a freak.” [The Daily Beast]
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