NICOLE RICHIE
Starting Off The Day With A Ticket

Exclusive... Nicole Richie Starts Her Morning With A Parking Ticket

Oops! Nicole Richie’s day didn’t get off to a good start yesterday. When she returned to her parked car, a ticket was waiting for her. Nicole seemed to take it in stride, however. I’m sure she’ll think nothing of the check she has to mail off- LOL.

Only Nicole could make a shirt tied around her waist look chic. And I’m loving those ankle boots. It’s too bad her show, ‘Fashion Star,’ got cancelled after its second season. I enjoyed the show but have to admit, I never remembered to watch it once they moved it to Fridays. Well, Nicole can spend more time designing for her lines.

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GWYNETH PALTROW
Gwyneth Didn’t Make Friends With Fellow Authors At East Hampton Library’s Author Night

Authors Night

The East Hampton Library Author’s Night got some star power this year with Gwyneth Paltrow’s presence. She was there to sign copies of her cookbook. Gwyneth may have drawn in a crowd, but that wasn’t enough to appease some of the other authors who were there. Christina Oxenberg blogged about it. Here are some snippets:

Due to the inflexibility of the alphabet I had the questionable good fortune to be seated directly beside Gwyneth Paltrow. Since she arrived on the late side I had a chance to make some sales to new and repeat customers. There were hugs and smiles and a bloated sense that all was well.

Then slowly yet unmistakably a line began to form in front of my section of table. These folks were hushed and reverential and had a particularly earnest and focussed [sic] demeanor and casting furtive eyes around, clearly single minded and clearly without any interest in yours truly. Unless you count the increasingly urgent question they posed, “Where is Gwyneth?”

Then the divinity in question arrived with hubby, children and a couple of massive bodyguards. The worshippers blocked my view of the whole world, abusing my tiny territory upon which to abandon their trash or lean their sorry a**es.

So I abandoned my post and took that opportunity to roam the great tent and greet my fellow authors. Which is when I saw the food table, and suddenly I knew what needed doing. I made a plate of miniature sloppy hamburgers, stinky steak sandwiches, and the like and hauled it back to my piece of table.

Gwyneth’s bodyguards blocked my re-entry despite my assurance I was a just an author and pointing at my name tag, “No!” they growled, body blocking me. So I was forced to crawl under the table. And there I sat with my meat products, wafting the excellent smells toward my sleek vegan neighbor. She ignored the siren smells of protein. We never did say hello, although I did try to sell my book to her sleek vegan children. No bites.

Well, that’s a creative way to handle things- LOL. The bodyguards sounded like they were a bit overzealous. The host of the event, Jay McInerney, provided a more succinct tweet:

Author’s night at East Hampton Library highjacked by movie stars with ghost- written cookbooks.

OUCH. Maybe people who came to see Gwyneth bought other books, too?

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PARIS HILTON
Paris’ Leadfoot Earns Her A Ticket

Paris Hilton Gets A Ticket In West Hollywood

Apparently being rich and famous doesn’t always get you out of trouble. Paris Hilton was pulled over by a police officer in West Hollywood. The celebutante got a ticket for speeding. Luckily, Paris will have no trouble paying it!

Do you remember when Paris served time in jail for DUI? Talk about some drama. First she got out after three days before the judge sent her straight back to the pokey. I think that was the beginning of Paris’ decline, in terms of her fame. Things didn’t pick up for her after she served her time. At least she’s stable financially, unlike, say, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt.

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JENNIFER LOPEZ
Apologizes After Performing For Controversial Leader

Jennifer Lopez Leaving The W Hotel

Jennifer Lopez should’ve given Hilary Swank a call. Hilary came under fire after being a paid guest at the birthday concert for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in 2011. Now Jennifer is apologizing after for singing “Happy Birthday” to Turkmenistan leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow at a non-political event hosted by the China National Petroleum Corp. The Turkmenistan leader has been cited for significant human rights abuses. Jennifer’s rep said:

“Had there been knowledge of human rights issues any kind, Jennifer would not have attended.”

Apparently the request that Jennifer sing happy birthday was made at the last minute, while she was backstage. I just have to ask; do these ladies need the money that badly?

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PAULA DEEN
The Hits Keep On Comin’

Paula Dean Attends Book Expo in New York

Paula Deen lost another corporate sponsor yesterday afternoon. JC Penney severed ties with the former Food Network host, saying they planned to stop selling Paula Deen merchandise and even remove all of her items from their website over the weekend. But here’s the SHOCKER.

Remember Paula’s cookbook, ‘Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up’? It was due out in October and was at #1 on Amazon’s pre-order list. Despite the anticipation, the publisher CANCELED the book, as well as Paula’s deal for other upcoming cookbooks. OMG! Paula’s not giving up, however. Her literary agent said:

“I am confident that these books will be published and that we will have a new publisher.”

I’m not so sure another publisher is going to touch her, at least not anytime in the near future. Perhaps she should consider self-publishing? I am flabbergasted the publisher pulled a book that looked like it was going to debut as a bestseller.

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PAULA DEEN
Dropped By Sears & Kmart Too… For Now

Paula Deen Gets Dropped From The Food Network ***FILE PHOTOS***

Paula Deen continues to lose corporate support. Sears and Kmart (which are both owned by Sears Holding) had an interesting way of responding to Paula’s downward spiral. Sears Holding said in a statement:

“After careful consideration of all available information, we have made the decision to phase out all products tied to [Paula Deen’s] brand. We will continue to evaluate the situation.”

Translation: if Paula can turn things around, maybe they’ll bring her lines back. There’s some hope for Paula! I’m still put off by all that’s happened. I’ll be interesting to see what she has to say this fall. I’m assuming that’s when we’re going to see her everywhere, since her cookbook is scheduled for release then.

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PAULA DEEN
QVC Puts Her “On Hold” While Cookbook Zooms Up To #1 On Amazon

Paula Deen gets emotional during an appearance on NBC's 'Today' show

Businesses seem to be deserting Paula Deen left and right. Yet the disgraced cook is enjoying support from fans. QVC hasn’t severed ties with Paula like Wal-Mart, Target, Caesars Entertainment, and Smithfield. However, the shopping network doesn’t plan to put her on the air anytime soon, either. Here’s the company’s statement:

“We have talked with Paula and her team extensively over the last several days, and together we have considered what is best for our customers, for Paula, and for QVC. For now, we have decided to take a pause. Paula won’t be appearing on any upcoming broadcasts and we will phase out her product assortment on our online sales channels over the next few months. We all think it’s important, at this moment, for Paula to concentrate on responding to the allegations against her and on her path forward.”

Paula released this statement for her QVC fans:

“As you know, I have some important things to work on right now, both personally and professionally. And so we’ve agreed that it’s best for me to step back from QVC and focus on setting things right. I am truly sorry and assure you I will work hard to earn your forgiveness.”

Meanwhile, pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk denies earlier reports that they dropped Paula as a spokeswoman for their diabetes medication.

“It’s too early to suggest what we will wind up doing but we have not dropped Paula Deen. We just felt the recent controversy affected her ability to help manage and work towards our mission which is around changing diabetes. It’s unclear what effect this controversy will have on users of the diabetes drug.”

Some of Paula’s fans are rallying around her: to the point where her upcoming cookbook, ‘Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up’ has become #1 on Amazon’s pre-order list. The Paula Deen cruises have become so popular a new one was added for next year. I guess the question is: are there enough fans left for Paula to make a comeback? Something tells me Paula’s going to be working hard to earn forgiveness this fall, when her cookbook is scheduled for release!

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