Skip to main content


Return to Transcripts main page


Caught on Tape; Inside World of Celebrity Spin Control

Aired December 28, 2006 - 23:00:00   ET


A.J. HAMMER, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT ANCHOR: Caught on tape, young women brutally beating each other, while parents cheer them on. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.
BROOKE ANDERSON, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT ANCHOR: And stars and scandal, the inside world of celebrity spin control. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. A special edition of TV`s most provocative entertainment news show starts right now.

HAMMER: On this special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, caught on tape, the remarkable breathtaking chase to track down Angelina Jolie.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Apparently, Jolie is on the move.


HAMMER: Tonight, the high stakes craziness to snap the stars, but is it totally out of control? SHOWBIZ TONIGHT investigates.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Me being at the right place at the right time, I get the night they broke up.


HAMMER: SHOWBIZ TONIGHT investigates how far will these celebrity photographers go to get that money shot.

Also tonight, the chase is on, the ultimate in reality television laid out on the freeways of California. Tonight, the most memorable car chases and why we just can`t stop watching.

ANDERSON: Hi there, I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood with this special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, caught on tape.

HAMMER: I`m A.J. Hammer in New York. Tonight, the most outrageous, the most shocking video you will see anywhere.

And we begin with the wild ride with the paparazzi. These celebrity photographers will go to almost any length to capture that money shot.

ANDERSON: That`s right A.J. and no one knows what it`s like to experience the thrill of the chase more than E.L. Woody, the so called king of the paparazzi, who has been doing this for some 30 years. Woody let SHOWBIZ TONIGHT into his world and we stayed up all night to find out what it`s like to really chase the stars.


E.L. WOODY, PAPARAZZI: I think I see a Rolls Royce here. Let me see who`s here.

ANDERSON (voice-over): It`s just another night for Hollywood`s most famous paparazzi, E.L. Woody. By the end of tonight, as SHOWBIZ TONIGHT rode along, he`ll have captured shots of Kirsten Dunst, Lindsay Lohan and Ashlee Simpson. We`ll show you how that played out in a moment.

But first, who is E.L. Woody? He let SHOWBIZ TONIGHT into his world.

WOODY: I had predicted that there would be no wedding. I`m eating in the right place at the right time. I get the night they broke up.

ANDERSON: We`re inside Woody`s home office in Hollywood. And the shots he`s pointing to have all shown up in hundreds of magazines across the globe.

WOODY: Here`s a good one: "Jamie`s (ph) sexy wild night with Bill Clinton."

This was Kiefer with a stripper that I got up on the Sunset Strip. Here`s the Britney wedding. You know, isn`t it strange how everybody knows about everything?

ANDERSON: Here`s the secret. Woody says many of those photos are planned. He says the paparazzi is called when a star wants to get some publicity.

WOODY: That`s what we do. Here`s when the phone rings, then run, fast as we can where we`re going, at a legal speed.

ANDERSON: He got a call that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes would be at Los Angeles hot spot The Ivy. Here`s the shot he caught. He claims it was all staged.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When`s the big day, Tom?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You`re just stalling (ph).

ANDERSON: But it`s the exclusive photos, the ones no one else has, that make the most money. And Woody has gotten many. He calls himself the king of the paparazzi.

WOODY: It`s a performance sport. You either get the photos or you don`t. If you get them, then you`re the top guy.

ANDERSON: To be the top guy, you need to know what`s club is hot what night of the week. And that`s constantly changing. It`s 11 p.m., and it`s time to Cruise, and he`s taking SHOWBIZ TONIGHT along.

WOODY: We`re going to take a Cruise of the hot Sunset Strip.

You really have to be economical in how you use your time in this business. The real secret is to go out for 20 minutes and get the right exclusive photograph of a desirable star doing something that will sell.

ANDERSON: Woody`s gotten some of his best shots on the Sunset Strip.

WOODY: Fire water and actors is like fire water and everybody else. You just never know what you`re going to get.

I got Mick Jagger coming out of the Body Shop strip club right here one night. That made me some money.

Here comes the Roxy in the Rainbow Room. That`s where I got a picture of Christina Aguilera in a little -- a little sexy outfit, the lingerie with the whip was right there.

I got people everywhere that call me and give me tips. This is the business of information.

ANDERSON: Woody has had the same phone number for 15 years. He says everybody knows it and everybody calls it. Woody gets a call. We don`t know from whom.

WOODY: What`s going on? Hello, I`m heading up to Hollywood Boulevard. Why don`t you guys come up there?

ANDERSON: It`s midnight, and now we`re heading to L.A. hot spot Nuked (ph). It`s new, and Woody says it probably won`t be hot for long.

WOODY: We`re going right down the middle of the Walk of Fame.

ANDERSON: Woody sees someone from the club.

WOODY: What`s up, man? How you doing?


WOODY: What`s going on?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How did that work out the other night for you?

WOODY: Which one?


WOODY: You know, like always, Paris is great.


WOODY: Anybody here?


WOODY: I`m ready.

Everybody wins when we get a picture. The store they`re shopping in, the club they`re partying in, the celebrity, the project they`re working on. We get a couple of bucks, too. It works great for everybody.

If they`re in line, they`re not important.

ANDERSON: Woody meets one of his photographers. After 30 years in the business, he has a handful of employees.

WOODY: This is Henry. He`s my videographer. He`s the guy that Tommy Lee threw down and broke his pelvis in four places. You can see he`s still out here shooting. The bravest guy you`ll ever see.

ANDERSON: Here`s the video shot that night. It`s a dangerous business.


TOMMY LEE, MUSICIAN: (expletive deleted)

WOODY: Tommy came at him and attacked him. He never said a word to him. He just came out and found the smallest guy in the crowd and threw him down and broke his pelvis. One of 20 different photographers out there. But he was the smallest one in the whole crowd.

ANDERSON: But those famous images don`t come easily.

WOODY: A lot of this business is just standing around, being bored.

ANDERSON: But here comes a car.

WOODY: Let me see what`s going on here now.

ANDERSON: It`s Kirsten Dunst.

WOODY: There`s not a star in the world that wants to get out of the car and not be recognized by the crowd, even though they`re not going to pose. Let`s see what we got.

ANDERSON: Here`s the secret: Woody says the shot is not worth anything unless there is another celebrity in the picture.

WOODY: If it`s her and Brad, however, I`d be right at the front.

ANDERSON: The paparazzi swarms the club tonight, but so do fans, waiting to get their shots.

WOODY: So who are you guys looking for? Who do you think is going to be here?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Lohan, Jessica Simpson.

ANDERSON: Another car approaches. It`s Ashlee Simpson.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I love you so much. I go to all your concerts.

WOODY: Look up! Look up! Hello, gorgeous!

They need us more than we need them.

Well, it`s starting now.

ANDERSON: It`s after 12, and the action has begun.

WOODY: Here we go.

ANDERSON: Here comes Lindsay Lohan. She`s no stranger to the paparazzi. She poses for the photographers.

WOODY: That was Lindsay Lohan, the troublemaker of the week.

ANDERSON: But Kirsten, Lindsay and Ashlee don`t make a good night.

WOODY: They`re all absolutely worthless photos, every single one of them. Had one of them shown up with a guy, it might have been worthwhile. But you know, a photo of a star alone is worth 10 bucks, tops.

ANDERSON: But the night`s not over. There still could be some action ahead.

WOODY: Hey, we`re on Hollywood Boulevard, folks. Red light`s flashing, something`s going on. If we`re in luck, it`s a movie star being arrested somewhere.

ANDERSON: We`ll find out in the morning.

(END VIDEOTAPE) rMD+IN_rMDNM_ ANDERSON: E.L. Woody is a bit of a celebrity himself. When we were out riding with him, many people stopped in their cars and waved, recognizing the man who calls himself king of the paparazzi.

HAMMER: Well now we`d like to here from you for our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day, caught on tape, do stars have the right to privacy when in public? Let us know what you think at CNN/SHOWBIZTONIGHT or e-mail us at

Now, we have a warning about video that is creeping out onto the web more and more. The video you are about to see, it`s kind of hard to watch, girls going after each other, fighting in the streets. And, of course, that`s disturbing enough, but what`s really scary is who`s part of the crowd, just watching it all play out. Here`s CNN`s Ted Rwolands for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


TED ROWLANDS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This cell phone video of two girls fighting is hard to see, but it`s the audio that`s most disturbing. The father of one of the girls is not only watching the fight, but he can be heard coaching his daughter.

This is another girl-versus-girl fight recorded in Fresno, California. Again, a parent, in this case a mother, is watching. The video of this fight goes on for almost seven minutes. The mother of the other girl, who was clearly losing the fight, says she was horrified to find out that a parent was there and didn`t step in.

DIANE THROWER, MOTHER: I could not believe that the mother was actually there helping her daughter fight my daughter.

ROWLANDS: Rosalind Wiseman, who wrote the book "Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads," says you`d be surprised at how many parents actually encourage their children to fight.

ROSALIND WISEMAN, AUTHOR: I know it sounds crazy, but they really feel that they are teaching their child to stand up for themselves, that they are, you know, protecting their child from, you know, something that`s happening to them that`s not fair, that they think that there`s -- you know, that people are out basically to get them.

ROWLANDS: Terry Paulson is a Los Angeles-area psychologist and author of "Can I Have the Keys to the Car?"

TERRY PAULSON, PSYCHOLOGIST/AUTHOR: We have become more concerned about being their friend than we are being a parent, where you provide the structure.

ROWLANDS: Females fighting, which years ago was usually only seen in B-Hollywood movies or as comic relief is now, some say, becoming part of mainstream culture.

Some experts think this is making girls more open to fighting in the schoolyard. In Chicago, where a 2003 high school hazing incident involving girls received national attention, more than 500 girls had been disciplined for fighting this school year alone, up 30 percent from last year.

JAMES GARBARINO, AUTHOR, "SEE JANE HIT": In the past, you might have said to your girl, "Girls don`t hit," and be able to back that up with what she saw in the larger culture. Today, that`s simply not true; it`s not true. Girls do hit, and they can see evidence of that. So they are being given permission.

ROWLANDS: But not everyone agrees that female fighting has actually increased.

MIKE MALES, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA CRUZ: There`s very little statistical evidence that we`ve seen more violence among girls. In fact, they seem to be safer and less violent today than in the past.

ROWLANDS: Whether it`s on the rise or not, many experts do agree that the appetite to watch girls fighting is very real. DVDs, like "The World`s Wildest Chick Fights," are available at video stores. Clips of girls fighting are also available on the Internet.

The Fresno video of the two girls fighting was posted on the popular teen Web site


HAMMER: That was CNN`s Ted Rowlands for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. and other video sharing sights have become breeding grounds for these type of violent videos. In fact, several sights told us that they will pull any videos that show illegal behavior.

ANDERSON: Coming up on this special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, caught on tape, the most outrageous star videos, including a sitcom star`s disgusting racist rants. It was anything but funny. You won`t want to miss this.

HAMMER: Also ahead, it`s the ultimate in reality television. Coming up, the most amazing, frightening car chases and why we just can`t stop watching. We will also have this.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A couple of the guys were doing the stakeout at Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt`s house in Malibu, and apparently Jolie is on the move.


HAMMER: Chasing Angelina, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT takes you on a dramatic ride along with the paparazzi as they try to catch up with Angelina Jolie and other a list stars.


HAMMER: Welcome back to this special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, caught on tape, catching celebrities on tape or film is a high priced, high stakes, and sometimes dangerous cat and mouse game. Tonight, "CNN PRESENTS" takes us along for a wild ride as celebrity photographers chase Angelina Jolie. Here`s CNN`s Kyra Phillips for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A couple of the guys were doing the stake out at Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt`s house in Malibu. Apparently, Jolie is on the move.

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): The hunt is on.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m going to get on the 405 South. Are you still south, BCH?

PHILLIPS: The prey, red hot act actress, Angelina Jolie.


PHILLIPS: Ben (ph), a 26-year-old photographer, works for one of the biggest paparazzi agencies in Hollywood, Bower Griffin (ph). He`s asked us not to use his last name.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Nothing, there`s absolutely nothing. I`m coming behind you. No cops anywhere.

The 405 is right here. The 10 is going to be right here. She`s like right here on the 10 going this way.

I`m trying to catch up as fast as I can, Ralph (ph). Give me your location. You guys west channel yet? Copy that.

PHILLIPS: Ben is coordinating with two other paparazzi from his agency, hot on Angelina`s tail. He finally catches up.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There she is. There she is.

PHILLIPS: But he`s on the wrong side of the freeway.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There`s the other competition right there. Copy that. I just saw you guys go by. This is funny.

PHILLIPS: Paparazzi aren`t the only ones desperately seeking Angelina.

BONNIE FULLER, "STAR" MAGAZINE: She`s not fitting into her clothes?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Not fitting into her clothes.

FULLER: That happens.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Her body. She hates -- you know, hormones raging. She`s very uncomfortable.

PHILLIPS: "Star" magazine`s Bonnie Fuller is chasing down any salacious tidbits on the actress, her Hollywood hunk boyfriend and the girl next door he left behind.

FULLER: I like this, Jennifer turning to hypnosis therapy to get over Brad? That`s fabulous.

I mean, how can you not be nosy about people that are fascinating to look at as a Jen, a Brad and an Angelina? How can you not?

PHILLIPS: Over at "People" magazine, managing editor Larry Hackett is salivating over a scoop Jolie`s camp is promising.

LARRY HACKETT, MANAGING EDITOR, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: I got the call in the morning that something was going to be discussed, and then I got the call about what was being discussed. I was thrilled.

PHILLIPS: And Mark Lasante (ph), the blogger behind the Internet gossip site, is snarking about official word that Angelina is pregnant.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Once you get a publicist`s real name on something, it then becomes reality and we can all rejoice and start knitting the baby booties.

PHILLIPS: The Brangelina saga is just one of the real-life soaps feeding the public`s growing obsession with celebrities.

TED CASABLANCA, E! ENTERTAINMENT GOSSIP COLUMNIST: The personal lives of Hollywood celebrities these days, it really is the best reality TV show out there.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s not a fascination. It`s long, long since passed fascination. We are celebrity drenched and obsessed.

ANGELINA JOLIE, ACTRESS: I wouldn`t be attracted to a man who would cheat on his wife.

PHILLIPS: So obsessed that you can hardly change the channel without landing on one of the many entertainment TV shows.



PHILLIPS: And the number of star-studded magazines has exploded. There are at least six celebrity weeklies on the newsstands now, with a combined circulation of more than 8 1/2 million. And while traditional newsmagazines are losing readers, the circulation of celebrity magazines is soaring.

PETER CASTRO: That`s when I realized this is a whole different game, and it`s a really ruthless one.

PHILLIPS: Add to that mix, a new media outlet, Internet gossip blogs.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Things happen faster. A piece of gossip gets out into the world and within literally hours it`s every where.

PHILLIPS: One leading gossip blog,, even includes a map pinpointing New York celebrity sightings. The sight, called Gawker Stalker, has angered a number of celebrities and their flacks. Is celebrity coverage spinning out of control?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`ve never had so much media it seems to be desirous of printing or covering every possible aspect of so-called celebrities` lives. I think the world`s gone a little crazy.

PHILLIPS: The HBO cult hit "Entourage" is capitalizing on the public`s fascination with celebrities` innermost lives. The TV comedy features an aspiring young actor and the pack of friends and Hollywood power players surrounding him.

DOUG ELLIN, CREATOR, "ENTOURAGE": The paparazzi are out tonight, Heidi. Check out the (expletive deleted) on the girl from "Extra".

Everything about all the characters on the show is sort of taken from somewhere in real life. So almost none of it is pure fiction.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you want to hug it out?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, not really.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let`s hug it out, bitch. Let`s hug it out.

ELLIN: They are based on a lot of different people.

PHILLIPS: People like publicists and power brokers hired to control one of the most precious commodities in Hollywood, access to the stars.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They have to be protective because everyone is out to exploit the stars they represent. So they`ll catch it from their clients, but they`ll also catch it from the media.

PHILLIPS: Just who are these image makers guiding celebrities through the media mind field? How much control do they have when their client`s private lives are exposed to the public, and what do they do when an A-list client, like Tom Cruise, appears to go off the deep end?


HAMMER: That was CNN`s Kyra Phillips for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. There is more of this special series, just ahead. Coming up, stars and scandal. We are going to take you inside the secret world of celebrity publicists. Find out how these image makers jump to action when crisis hits. That`s coming up at 31 past the hour on this special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, caught on tape.

ANDERSON: Sometimes the scandals start when stars tape themselves. Coming up we pick our top three most outrageous star videos, including a shocking sex tape from a most unlikely child star.

HAMMER: Also, Britney`s bizarre behavior. The startling video that has spread around the world. It`s a tape that has SHOWBIZ TONIGHT asking, is her career kaput, or can Brit bounce back. We will also have this.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Wow, look at that, right between those two cars.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No one single car chase is like another.


ANDERSON: Coming up, the most amazing, frightening car chases and why we just can`t stop watching. This special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, caught on tape, is back t after this.


HAMMER: Welcome back to this special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, caught on tape. And now Britney Spears, before she filed for divorce from Kevin Federline, the then happy couple starred in the reality show "Chaotic." The series showed a bizarre side of Britney that had the world asking, is her career kaput. Well still, we found on clip on that never made the show, and it made our list for the best star moments caught on tape. Check this out.


BRITNEY SPEARS, SINGER: Have you ever seen "Back to the Future?" Is that possible to time travel space?


SPEARS: Yes, it is.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, but not that we know of.

SPEARS: I think people can do that. I think some people are ahead of us.


HAMMER: I can watch that clip over and over. In case you didn`t know it, that was K-Fed`s voice off camera. Now, coming up on this special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, caught on tape, the most outrageous star videos, including a sitcom star`s disgusting racist rant. It was anything but funny. We`ll also have this.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The worst is when their client go just mental and do something and are involved in a scandal, or end up in jail, and you go, man, now what do I do?


HAMMER: Stars and scandal, inside the secret world of celebrity publicists. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT reveals how these star image makers operate during a Hollywood meltdown.



HAMMER: Welcome back to this special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT: "Caught on Tape." It is 30 minutes past the hour. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: And I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. This is TV`s most provocative entertainment news show.

HAMMER: Brooke, I don`t know if you`re like me, but if a car chase comes on TV, I am glued to it. I will not tune away; I will stay there and I will watch the entire thing until it plays out in its entire.

Well coming up.

ANDERSON: Yes, can`t tear yourself away. No.

HAMMER: No, I can`t.

And - and we`ve condensed the best car chases, the most amazing car chases ever caught on tape, for you, into one nice, neat little package. That`s coming up in just a bit.

ANDERSON: Also, A.J., we pick our most outrageous star videos. And we`ve got three really crazy videos that - as well you just cannot tear your eyes away from, including a shocking sex tape, and also, a sitcom star, disgusting, horrible, racist rant. You won`t believe it.

HAMMER: No, it is awful.

But first tonight, stars and scandal. Inside the secret world of celebrity publicists. They are the people who are paid to manage a star`s image. And for some, that means some serious damage control.

Tonight, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT reveals to you what it`s like to be caught in a whirlwind of spin control.

Here`s CNN`s Kyra Phillips with a SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Special Report."


KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN NEWS CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Image maker. Gatekeeper. Spinmeister. Damage-control expert.

For the rich and famous, a high-powered publicist rivals the hottest couture. Well-paid. Well-connected. And well, always just a few feet away. A publicist can go from polite...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We have to go, I`m sorry.

PHILLIPS: .to pit bull, at breakneck speed.

TED CASABLANCA, "E! ENTERTAINMENT" GOSSIP COLUMNIST: I love publicists. A lot of people hate them in town. But I think they`re great. I mean, they -- they give us some of the best material to work with

Brad and Angelina, are just friends. I love the lines that come from this crowd. It`s really good stuff.

PHILLIPS: Always guiding, sometimes chiding.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Leave her alone.

PHILLIPS: We`ve seen what happens when a good one gets away.

After Tom Cruise replaced veteran publicist Pat Kingsley with his sister, we watched in disbelief as that famed Cruise control morphed into couch control before our very eyes.

OPRAH WINFREY, TALK SHOW HOST: Have you ever felt this way before?

PETER CASTRO, EXEC. EDITOR, "PEOPLE MAGAZINE": The lesson that Tom Cruise taught the world is don`t fire a top-notch publicist because when you do that, then you become a rudderless raft. And that`s what happened to him.

CINDI BERGER, MANAGING DIR, PMK HBH: I graduated college and I was laying in a friend`s pool reading "Cosmopolitan" magazine ,drinking a can of TaB, and there was an article about celebrity publicists. And I thought, My God, that`s what I want to do. That`s it!

Do it now, because they`re going to start. We have to start.

PHILLIPS: She`s a powerhouse in the world of showbiz -- managing director of one of the most prestigious publicity firms in Hollywood, PMK HBH. Chances are you know a few of Cindi Berger`s famous clientele.

ROSIE O`DONNELL, ENTERTAINER: It`s important, make no doubt, if you`re an entertainer, to have a publicist. She`ll say it would be good if you didn`t mention the NRA in this interview. You know, or something like, try not to say President Bush is immoral.

PHILLIPS: February 13, 9:30 a.m. the 100th episode of "Martha"

BERGER: I left at 7:25.

PHILLIPS: Cindi is in place, awaiting the arrival of her long-time client Rosie O`Donnell.

O`DONNELL: The crew is here for my publicist, not for me. It`s all right. I used to be a very well-known entertainer.

PHILLIPS: From the car, Rosie`s entourage heads to the make-up room. Soon, a sound check.

O`DONNELL: Rosie, Rosie check.

PHILLIPS: A cappuccino. A knock on the door.


O`DONNELL: Who`s that? Martha! You didn`t come see me in (UNINTELLIGIBLE), you big wench.

BERGER: It`s not a precise science.

O`DONNELL: She`s, like, 63 and wears leather pants and looks better than I ever have. It`s frightening.

She takes care of me because she loves me ,and that I trust her judgment, especially when I`m not in a place to make good judgments for myself. You know, I`m a very emotional person.

CASTRO: I don`t understand why anybody would want to do this job. Because they`re getting calls at 4:00 in the morning from their clients saying, You know, where`s my limo?

O`DONNELL: Stress.

BERGER: The door is coming toward you.

CASTRO: And then, of course, the worst is when, you know, their clients go, you know, just mental and do something and are involved in a scandal or end up in jail and you go, Oh man, now what do I do?

BERGER: It`s a tough business. It`s not for pansies.

PHILLIPS: Michael. Russell. Courtney. Pee Wee. Wynona. Whitney. Hugh. What do these celebrities and Martha and Rosie have in common?


O`DONNELL: I will say nothing else.

PHILLIPS: And in the world of publicity, scandal is never a good thing.

BERGER: Damage control is coming up with an effective campaign and executing it properly.

PHILLIPS: And no one knows damage control like Allen Mayer.

In Hollywood, he`s considered a master in disaster -- a certified crisis specialist who`s helped the like of Halle Berry and Tommy Lee.

ALLEN MAYER, PUBLICIST: If you don`t tell your own story, someone else is going to tell it for you, and chances are you won`t like the way it comes out.

PHILLIPS: Case in point: Rosie O`Donnell. In 2002, after six years on the air, the beloved talk show host said goodbye to her show and her cutie- patootie persona.

O`DONNELL: I remember "Newsweek" saying the "Queen of Nice." And I remember it on the show, holding it up saying, Well, wait until this turns, when we get the "Queen of fried Rice", you know, the "Queen of Lice." This is going to bite me in the ass one day folks, make no mistake. You know, and it did.

PHILLIPS: Exactly one year later, in the fall of 2003, Rosie was not only out of the closet, but standing smack in the middle of scandal. Publishers over now-defunct "Rosie" magazine had slapped O`Donnell with $100 million breach of contract suit. And the case quickly turned nasty.

CASTRO: And here was Rosie O`Donnell who was beloved, and all of a sudden, next thing you know, she`s like -- she`s turned into, like, the Tasmanian Devil.

O`DONNELL: What did I do? I`m fat, I yell, and I sometimes say the f- word.

It was the worst thing that`s happened to me in my public life. I remember we called up the first day, and I said to Cindi, What the hell are all these trucks doing here?

BERGER: It was a nightmare. I don`t think any of us thought that we were going to be walking up the steps of a courthouse.

MAYER: Unfortunately, silence has taken as somehow an admission of guilt. So you have to figure out a way to always respond.

BERGER: The plan was never to have her go through the back door. That was the only way to handle it.

O`DONNELL: Well, like when we get out of the car, she`s like, OK, we`re going to get out, we`re going to stop at the first group of microphones.

Good morning, everyone.

Try to smile, Ro, please don`t say anything mean. Every clip that`s run of you has been mean. But I was so angry that I couldn`t be happy.

PHILLIPS: On November 12, 2003, a judge ruled there was no winner -- neither the publishers nor the former talk queen received a cent.

BERGER: It was emotionally draining. It was exhausting.


HAMMER: That was CNN`s Kyra Phillips for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

Of course, Rosie, has since started co-hosting on ABC`s "The View," and we`re guessing that Rosie`s publicist won`t be getting any rest anytime soon.

ANDERSON: Tonight, the most outrageous star videos. We at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT picked three celebrity videos that just left us all shaking our heads - at times in disbelief, and others in sheer disgust.

I talked to Harvey Levin, the managing editor of the entertainment news site about these outrageous videos. We started with the truly shocking video of Michael Richards, aka Kramer from "Seinfeld," going on a racist tirade during, of all things, a comedy act.

TMZ obtained the exclusive cell-phone video that documented this vicious rant.


HARVEY LEVIN, MANAGING EDITOR, TMZ.COM: So many times when I get wind of a video, or somebody here gets wind of one, a lot of times they - people kind of oversell, and it`s not as much as what it`s cracked it up to be.

In this case, it was more so. My jaw, honest to God, dropped to the ground. And what`s so stunning about it.

ANDERSON: Mine did, too, Harvey. I couldn`t believe what I was watching and hearing.

LEVIN: Yes. I mean, and what`s so stunning about it is that it was not such an innocuous comment that triggered it. I mean, the guy said, My friend doesn`t think you`re funny. And that`s what triggered this whole tirade. It was unbelievable.

ANDERSON: Yes, he just - it really set him off. It`s incredibly offensive. And you`re right, it definitely crossed the line and lived up to and exceeded what - what we expected it to be. It was truly awful.

Our second pick for most-outrageous star video: the Screech sex tape, Harvey.

You know, here`s Dustin Diamond, an actor who grew up being the geek on "Saved By the Bell." And we find out, he`s made a sex video. And if that`s not shocking enough, the backstory maybe even more shocking.

How did it get released?

LEVIN: Well, you know, there are - there are rumblings that he`s not too upset that this - that this got out there. And, you know, I mean, I - I have to tell you, Brooke - I mean really, the irony - that cast is like the best-looking cast in television, but Screech ends up doing the video. I mean, how awful is that? How tragic is that?

ANDERSON: You`re right.

And - and - so did he release it himself? Is that what happened?

LEVIN: No. I mean, he had a broker, David Han-Schmidt - I shouldn`t say he, but a broker, David Han-Schmidt, is the one who was kind of the peddler of this tape. And, you know, there have been rumblings that - that maybe Screech didn`t have - you know, didn`t have too many objections to it. And you do have to realize that it`s real hard for these things to get released unless the star of the video signs on the dotted lines.

So that wouldn`t surprise me a bit.

ANDERSON: Yes, I`m sure a lot of the stars keep them under lock and key if they have tapes like that.

OK, number three on our list of outrageous videos involves the paparazzi and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Now Harvey, there have been several controversial incidents involving their security in India and the paparazzi, from car accidents to a security guard practically choking a paparazzo.

Have the paparazzi gone too far? Are they provoking these strong reactions from their security?

LEVIN: Well, you know, I think there`s probably blame to go around on both sides. And I - you know, I`m probably treading on dangerous waters talking about this

But if you think about it: how`d you like to be a paparazzi who is stuck right now in India just waiting for two people to emerge? And you sit and you sit and you sit and you sit and you sit, and it builds and builds and builds. So finally when they finally come out - you know, they`re - these paparazzo are, like - they`re - they`re like crazed animals. And they just lunge because this is how they`re making their money. I mean, they`re just sitting and doing nothing until Brad and Angelina come out.

So it just escalates things way higher than it would be if they were in the United States.

ANDERSON: Could there be legal ramifications ever?

LEVIN: Of course. I mean, if somebody gets hurt or even worse, absolutely there could. And, you know, that`s what everybody`s saying. And I`m kind a - a subscriber to this, that there`s going to be a really horrible, tragic thing that`s going to happen with the paparazzi. And then everybody`s going to kind of go to the other side.

But I think it`s only a matter of time. It has really gotten crazy.

ANDERSON: It has. And let`s hope it doesn`t take something that extreme to make it better.

Harvey Levin of the entertainment news Web site, as always, thanks so much.


HAMMER: Coming up, a celebrity cooking lesson like no other. And it is all caught on tape, thankfully. Anna Nicole before her latest drama - her outrageous video cooking lesson - well, it kind of left us shaking our heads. You`ll have to see it to believe it.

We`ll also have this:


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Whoa. Look at that, right between those two cars.

JUDY GRAFFE, PURSUIT WATCHER: No one single car chase is like another.


HAMMER: Coming up, the most amazing car chases, and why we just can`t stop watching. This special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, "Caught on Tape," coming back right after this.


HAMMER: Welcome back to this special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, "Caught on Tape."

You know, the ultimate reality show plays out on the freeways of California almost daily. We`re talking about the dangerous, high-speed car chases that are always going on. People all over the world tune in to watch the bad guys running from the cops.

So why do these chases that sometimes have deadly endings get us all revved up and keep us glued to the TV screen?

Here`s CNN`s Ted Rowlands for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Unbelievable. Look at that. He`s out of control, head on into a pickup truck.


TED ROWLANDS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): They play out on a daily basis in California and many times end up on TV.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, there`s four vehicles that he just ran into.


ROWLANDS: Police chases, which some consider the ultimate in reality television.

GRAFFE: I have to tune in.


ROWLANDS: Judy Graffe, along with thousands of other viewers, love to watch people on the freeways and streets of California trying to get away from the police. Judy is such a fanatic that she actually subscribes to a service that alerts her with a phone call when a chase is under way.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Whoa. Look at that, right between those two cars.


GRAFFE: No one single car chase is like another, I mean, anything from what neighborhoods they go to, to the speeds they travel, to who it turns out they are.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There he goes. He`s out and he`s in the lanes of traffic.


ROWLANDS: Over the years, there have been some memorable California chases. There was the stolen tank in San Diego. There was the hijacked bus in Los Angeles, the driver careening through the streets like a real-life version of the movie "Speed," without the Hollywood ending.

GRAFFE: That one was absolutely fascinating, to imagine somebody hijacking a bus, and thinking they could get away.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That`s over 120 miles an hour here. .


ROWLANDS: Police have chased practically everything on wheels, from motorcycles.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, look at this, a wheelie right through traffic.


ROWLANDS: ... to RVs. This chase lasted more than four hours, part of it off-road. Everyone seemed relieved when this ended.




ROWLANDS: 7-Up received some free advertising while police pursued this stolen truck.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Look out. He`s spinning out.


ROWLANDS: There`s even been a case of ambulance-chasing, literally.

Sometimes, the suspect runs. Many times, they give up.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So, it`s a foot chase, and we will see if the officers -- he runs out of steam.


ROWLANDS: This person decided to turn things around, putting the car into reverse.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Very bizarre behavior.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It went through the interchange, continuing northbound on the 405.


ROWLANDS: And, of course, there was the ultimate celebrity pursuit: O.J., the slow-speed chase seen live around the world.

GRAFFE: Who knew where that was going to go? I mean, it was anybody`s guess. And, so, I think that sort of hooked me into car chases.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And we will take you back to regular programming now. Of course.


ROWLANDS: Interrupting television programming to show chases started before O.J. It has been a part of Southern California life since the early `90s.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We`ve been live with you now just about an hour here on Channel 9, following this.


OFFICER JOE ZIZI, CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL: These people do not want to go to jail.

ROWLANDS: Joe Zizi is an officer with the California Highway Patrol who`s been in a number of chases. He says people may enjoy watching them on TV, but for officers involved, it is very dangerous.

ZIZI: Who knows? You could be - you could be chasing after a "America`s Most Wanted" suspect.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, look at the smoke coming off his tires as he breaks. Oh! Oh, he hit that car! Hits that car. But he`s still in - no, jumps out the window.


ZIZI: About 60 to 70 percent of people that flee are either driving a stolen vehicle or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol or are wanted by the police.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Who knows what is going through his mind and what.


ROWLANDS: Some of these chases go on for hours. Some become standoffs, leaving television anchors to speculate about anything so they can fill time.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He`s probably so blotto - you know, he`s just - meaning he`s just belligerent as all get-out.


GRAFFE: I`m fascinated at how the anchors call the - the car chase, and, you know, it`s a little bit like a play-by-play in a sports event.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He`s going off the road. He`s spinning out, spinning out. Woah, he`s going down the hills. Spinning out, it`s rolling over. One, two, three.


ROWLANDS: Sometimes drivers know they are on TV and play to the audience. This guy made the time to show everyone his softer side.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They just burned him (ph)


ROWLANDS: This woman being pursued even stopped to talk to bystanders who had come outside after watching the pursuit on TV.

ZIZI: We`ve had several citizens watch it on television, see that it`s approaching their house, and get outside to either try and cheer the suspect on, or try and get involved and stop the (INAUDIBLE) vehicles.

ROWLANDS: In this chase, police got some help from a couple of truckers who saw the chase coming.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, it looks like these big rigs are doing it on purpose. This is great.


ROWLANDS: .and sandwiched the suspect between them.





ROWLANDS: Police don`t encourage the general public to intervene; they have their own tactics to try to put breaks on chases.

GRAFFE: You`ve got the spike strip; you`ve got the Hit maneuver.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, they`re putting down another spike strip to blow out the rear tires.


ROWLANDS: The spike strip flattens tires but doesn`t stop cars cold like this driver, who continued for miles, until the SUV actually started to fall to pieces.

This is what`s called a Hit Maneuver, which is used to disable a vehicle.


ZIZI: We`re going to get up alongside that vehicle, bump it, push it, to its side, make it spin out, and hopefully incapacitate, stall out the engine.

ROWLANDS: But it`s not always an immediate success. The newest weapon for police is a satellite tracking device that can actually shoot on to a vehicle, which allows them to back off a bit and keep officers out of danger.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He`s getting out and he`s starting to run.


ROWLANDS: Many times the suspects are armed. When they are, the chase can have a violent ending.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He`s going to run. Oh, he just got shot. Oh my God.


ROWLANDS: As for the question of why so many chases here, many people think California is unique because there are more freeways and more cars.

But Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton points to the people.

WILLIAM BRATTON, LOS ANGELES POLICE CHIEF: You got a lot of nuts here. That`s what makes it so unique that...


BRATTON: And, quite frankly...


HAMMER: Can we play that again? I`d just like to watch it over and over.

That was CNN`s Ted Rowlands for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

By the way, that 1994 O.J. Simpson chase lasted for 50 miles.

ANDERSON: Fifty miles.

Well, OK, even before Anna Nicole Smith`s recent drama, she was making headlines for her bizarre behavior. She was a few months pregnant with her daughter Danni Lynn when she started a video diary - videos that she posted on her Web site.

Here`s one of our favorites. Call it "Cooking With Anna Nicole."


ANNA NICOLE SMITH, ENTERTAINER: Just in care you were wondering, I haven`t been taking Trim Spa now because I`m pregnanated and I can`t. So I`m sad.

I`m eating peanut butter, cheese, mayonnaise, fried sandwiches. And it`s damn good, too.


ANDERSON: Hmm, sounds interesting, I guess.

Anna Nicole`s fans paid a small subscription fee to see her video diary. Now that`s hard to believe.

Don`t go anywhere. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is coming right back.


ANDERSON: We want to hear from you. It`s our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day": "Caught on Tape: Do stars have the right to privacy when in public?

Go to Send us an e-mail; here`s the address: And we will appreciate your e-mails, of course.

HAMMER: And that is it for this special edition of SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, "Caught on Tape." I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: And I am Brooke Anderson in Hollywood.

Stay tuned; "GLENN BECK" is coming up next, right after the latest headlines from CNN Headline News.


© 2007 Cable News Network.
A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines. Contact us. Site Map.
Offsite Icon External sites open in new window; not endorsed by
Pipeline Icon Pay service with live and archived video. Learn more
Radio News Icon Download audio news  |  RSS Feed Add RSS headlines