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Donald Trump`s Daughter Enters Trump/Rosie Feud; Anna Nicole Smith in More Trouble Over Diet

Aired January 4, 2007 - 19:00:00   ET


A.J. HAMMER, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT ANCHOR: Lindsay Lohan rushed into surgery. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.
BROOKE ANDERSON, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT ANCHOR: And Paris Hilton fired by Paris? Well, it`s a step in the right direction. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. TV`s most provocative entertainment news show starts right now.

HAMMER: On SHOWBIZ TONIGHT -- Donald versus Rosie -- now it`s a nasty family feud. Tonight, why Donald`s daughter is now dissing O`Donnell.

But we`ve had it. Enough is enough already.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT asks the controversial question, has Trump gone too far?

Hollywood`s huge price of fame. Tonight, stars outraged over the public going crazy for private juicy stories. But it`s not like celebrities don`t know what they`re getting into, right?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m entitled to a certain portion of your life. You gave it to me. You sold it to me, and I bought.


HAMMER: SHOWBIZ TONIGHT asks, do stars have the right to privacy, or should they just shut up and stop whining?

Hello, I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: Hi there, everyone. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. Tonight, Oprah Winfrey is under attack in a jaw-dropping way. We`ve got an explosive interview coming up in just a few minutes.

HAMMER: But first tonight -- has Donald Trump gone over the top in his attacks on Rosie O`Donnell? Trump today found himself on the defense in a big way as his war with Rosie also turned into a family affair. That`s because the Donald`s daughter is also jumping into this war of words.


IVANKA TRUMP, DONALD TRUMP`S DAUGHTER: Rosie`s been bullying people for a long time, and my father has the forum to retaliate.

HAMMER (voice-over): There`s a new combatant in the Donald Trump versus Rosie O`Donnell feud, Donald`s daughter Ivanka, who, in an appearance on the "Today Show," with the Donald, slammed Rosie O`Donnell for the Trump bashing that kicked of this family feud.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Were you upset by Rosie`s remarks, Ivanka?

I. TRUMP: I was. I think it was unfair, it was uncalled for, and quite frankly, there was no reason for it.

HAMMER: Trump himself jumped head first into the fray, sparring with Meredith Viera (ph), who, as we should point out, used to occupy Rosie`s chair on "The View."

DONALD TRUMP, "THE APPRENTICE": I`d love people to stop asking me question. I mean, here we are talking about the "Apprentice" and you don`t talk about the "Apprentice," you talk about Rosie.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`m going to talk about the "Apprentice," but you`re --

D. TRUMP: Then you shouldn`t mention them in the same breath.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, but you`re fueling the fire with this.

D. TRUMP: Excuse me, you asked me a question about Rosie. What am I going to, say Meredith, I have no comment. I don`t want to talk about Rosie. You just said Rosie. So what am I going to do?

I`ll be in about an hour, thanks.

HAMMER: Sure Donald said he`d rather talk about his TV show, the "Apprentice," which is about to begin its sixth season and its first with Ivanka Trump in the board room with her dad, but Trump isn`t shying away from the attention this feud is getting him. And although Rosie did start it by going after Donald on "The View."

ROSIE O`DONNELL, "THE VIEW": He annoys me on a multitude of levels. And he`s the moral authority, left the first wife, had an affair, left the second wife, had an affair, had kids both times.

HAMMER: She`s barely spoken about the Donald since, except for posting on her blog, where she suggested he was a pimp. As for the Donald, he responded right here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

D. TRUMP: Well, Rosie is a loser. She`s always been a loser. From a physical standpoint, she looks like hell.

HAMMER: And on "Anderson Cooper 360."

TRUMP: Rosie is a very -- she`s a slob. And, you know, how she gets this girlfriend, I don`t know.

HAMMER: In fact, he`s responded on almost every single TV show on the tube. Now SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is asking, is Donald going too far?

MARY MURPHY, "TV GUIDE": We love Trump. He`s irascible. He`s very outspoken. But he`s always known where to stop, and now in this feud, he absolutely doesn`t know how to stop or shut up.

HAMMER: Over the years, the man who once wrote the "Art of the Deal," has mastered the art of the feud. His battles with everyone from former New York Mayor Ed Koch to current President Bush have earned him more headlines than his business ventures.

And his last high profile feud happened to come against another TV daytime star, Martha Stewart, when they took turns blaming each other for the failure of her version of the "Apprentice."

TRUMP: I didn`t like being blamed for her failure.

HAMMER: But the Trump`s Rosie feud is earning both him and O`Donnell publicity, not all of it good.

MURPHY: I don`t know what`s happened to Donald trump, maybe the hair spray has gone to his head.

HAMMER: Careful Mary, Donald, sort of, doesn`t like it when people talk about his hair. Still, Mary Murphy of "TV Guide" says Trump needs to let the Rosie thing go.

MURPHY: He needs to back off and back off now.

HAMMER: When I talked to him, the Donald denied he`s milking all this for the attention.

HAMMER (on camera): With the "Apprentice" about to launch, I can`t imagine that you`re hating all the press that`s coming out of this.

D. TRUMP: I don`t like the press. I don`t like having to waste my time fighting some low life like Rosie. I don`t really have to do that, but what I don`t like doing is I don`t like to seeing somebody lie.

HAMMER (voice-over): But it`s safe to say his show could use the help. Last June`s finale of the "Apprentice" drew 11.2 million viewers, making it the lowest rated finale in the show`s history.

O`DONNELL: Donald, sit and spin, my friend.

HAMMER: But SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you "The View`s" ratings actually went up 10 percent the week the Rosie-Donald feud broke out. The new "Apprentice" may get a similar lift, or it may not.

MARC PEYSER, "NEWSWEEK": I`m not sure whether their ratings will be helped, because people are aware of the show, or people are angry at Donald and will not want to go near it. It will be interesting to see.

HAMMER: Either way, it`s clear that we haven`t heard the last of the Trump-Rosie feud, and even if we ever do, don`t worry, Trump is bound to feud with someone else in the future.


HAMMER: Well, we`ll see how it effects the ratings of the new season of the "Apprentice." The sixth season of that show begins this Sunday.

ANDERSON: And now we want to hear from you. It is our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day, Donald versus Rosie, has the whole thing gone too far?

Keep voting at Send us an e-mail. Here`s the address, And you can also vote on the question of the day by sending a cell phone text. Here`s the number 45688. To vote yes, write SHOWBIZ Yes. To vote no, write SHOWBIZ no.

Once again, send a text to 45688.

HAMMER: Tonight, Oprah under fire like never before. You have got to hear what was written today about the 40 million dollar school that she just opened in South Africa for poor girls. In a blistering column, "New York Post" TV critic Linda Stasi went off on Oprah, saying, among other things, how in the hell do you think it`s OK to spend 40 million dollars to build a school in another country, when one third of the kids in your own country will likely drop out of school this year? And on what planet is it a good idea to build a school 9,000 miles away from your own hometown before you build one in Chicago, where nearly 50 percent of public school kids don`t graduate?

Linda Stasi joining me in New York. It`s good to see you Linda, and by reading this column today, no question on how you feel about Oprah. To be fair, you do commend Oprah and give her credit for the charitable work that she has done in the past.

That being said, you`ve got a real problem with her in this case. What do you think she did so wrong here?

LINDA STASI, "NEW YORK POST": Well, it`s not what she did wrong. It what she didn`t do right more. For example, when she said a couple weeks ago that the reason she was building this school there is basically because American kids, from her interviews, only want high-end products, like iPods. They don`t care about education. Well, in the meantime, isn`t she the role model? She is the one who made a big deal because Hermes wouldn`t open up for her after they closed.

She`s the one who`s always giving away high end products on her show. Of course they care about high-end products, but if you gave away scholarships on your show, maybe they`d care about that. You`re the role model.

HAMMER: Well, to be fair to Oprah, that is not the reason she built the school there.

STASI: This is why she said. That`s what she said about.

HAMMER: This is what she told "Newsweek Magazine," that you are referring to. This is Oprah Winfrey, I became so frustrated with visiting inner city schools that I just stopped going. The sense that you need to learn just isn`t there. If you ask the kids what they want or need, they will say an iPod or some sneakers. In South Africa, they don`t ask for money or toys, they ask for uniforms so they can go to school.

Now, Linda, that is Oprah`s experience. She did experience that. How can you really deny that?

STASI: Because the truth is kids that -- that is such a broad, unfair statement. It`s like saying all kids only want ice cream or something. Sure, everybody would like to have good things, but also to say you get frustrated because kids want just one good thing, then stop giving them away. Stop giving them away on your show and saying that`s what you should strive for.

Now, I think what she`s done is fantastic. All I`m saying is I, as an Italian American -- my grandfather came here. He was an orphan at five and six and he had a brother who was a dwarf. These two little kids lived in a barn. They carried rocks on their backs to construction sites until they made enough money to walk out of the country, get on a boat, come here and the first thing they did is give back. When they had kids they taught us that we give back to our own country. When I go to Italy, I go there as a tourist.

HAMMER: But when you give to charitable organizations -- and I know you are a charitable person -- I give to various charitable organizations, I feel like it should be my right to give my money where I see fit, without fear of any criticism. Shouldn`t Oprah be able to do exactly the same thing?

STASI: Absolutely, but I really resent when she says that she got frustrated with inner city kids. This is where our problem is. This is our country. And the future of our country is in our children, period.

HAMMER: I don`t think anybody would argue --

STASI: And before I go and do rescue operations in another country, I did rescue operations for Katrina. That is my feeling. It`s not -- doesn`t have to be her feeling, and I`m not telling anybody how to give their money away. I`m just saying, I`m frustrated with people who feel that they don`t need to give back here.

HAMMER: And to be clear, she does give plenty here. Just in this case she was giving elsewhere. Real quickly, you wrote directly to Oprah in your column, I`ve had it with you and anyone else who relates more to the country of their ancestors than with the USA, where we were all raised, fed and educated enough to earn enough dough to run back home to lend these helping hands. So that`s more to your point, but what is wrong with connecting with your roots?

STASI: There`s nothing wrong. I`ve done it, but my charity begins at home. That`s the way it is. And if all people who were really wealthy, like these guys who earn 100 million dollars just in a bonus at Christmas on Wall Street, if every one of them built a school, and were the CEO of that school, do you really -- in the United States, do you realize how great that would be for us?

HAMMER: Again, I don`t think anybody would disagree.

STASI: The government is not doing it. The government is not doing it. I was principal for a day, which I generally am every year, and you go over to the various schools. In New York City, no art, no gym in some of these schools. How is that possible? This is the United States. We are not a third world country.

HAMMER: OK, hear you loud and clear. Just the condemning her for what she`s doing elsewhere, we`ll agree to disagree on that.

STASI: I said she has the right to give her money away. I said I would have build a school in Chicago where she lives, first.

HAMMER: Got it wrap up there. I hope you make the money to do that. Linda, a "New York Post" TV critic. Linda Stasi, I appreciate you joining us.

ANDERSON: A.J.,another totally new problem for Anna Nicole Smith. Do you remember the weight loss pill that she pushed, because it helped her shed a ton of weight?

HAMMER: Yes, actually that put her on the map for a lot of people and there`s some startling news about TrimSpa, what we`re talking about, coming up next.

Also some startling news tonight about Lindsay Lohan. She`s rushed into surgery. The frightening details coming up.

We`ve got this as well.


ANGELINA JOLIE, ACTRESS: There is no reason that somebody has to be this close to a kid`s face, because it scares kids, and it psychologically affects them.


ANDERSON: Angelina Jolie, Lindsay Lohan, many others. Tonight, stars outraged over the public going crazy for private juicy stories. But SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has to ask, do stars have the right to privacy or should they just shut up and stop whining?


HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. This is TV`s most provocative entertainment news show, make no mistake about it.

I`m A.J. Hammer in New York. It is time now for a story that made us say, that`s ridiculous. A cat gets a credit card. You heard me right. This adorable Australian kitty, named Messiah, was issued a charge card. Now, his owner was testing the bank`s security system, and decided to apply on behalf of the cat.

Well, it flunked this feline test in a big way. Apparently, the bank became suspicious when it saw an alarming amount of tender vittles and catnip shown up on the charges. Well, I`m making that up. But even if this cat has got purr-fect credit, a cat getting a meow-ster card -- that`s ridiculous.

That was terrible.

Tonight, a shocking and scary medical emergency for Lindsay Lohan that is certainly nothing to laugh about. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you that Lohan had surgery today to remove her appendix. She was reportedly diagnosed after not feeling well on Wednesday. We also hear that Lindsay is now resting comfortably.

Lohan has had some other recent health issues. She fractured her wrist at a party in September, and she was hospitalized after becoming, quote, overheated and dehydrated back in July.

ANDERSON: More trouble for Anna Nicole Smith tonight, and this has to do with the product she was pushing that she says helped her lose 69 pounds in 8 months. And there`s more bad news for her on top of that. But the good news is tonight from New York, Court TV news anchor Ashleigh Banfield. Good to see you Ashleigh.


ANDERSON: Hi there. OK Ashleigh, we, of course, are talking about TrimSpa. Anna Nicole was the face of TrimSpa. And today the FCC said it fined TrimSpa and other diet pills, basically saying they were bogus. Is this just another blow to Anna Nicole Smith`s credibility and her image? I mean, she was the face to this product.

BANFIELD: Yes, I remember those adds, TrimSpa baby, and she looked so good.

ANDERSON: Looked like a completely different person.

BANFIELD: She did. She really looked terrific after she went through that program. How much of it are you going to attribute it to TrimSpa and how much to diet and exercise, I don`t know. I wasn`t part of it. But I can say this, she`s got so much on her plate right now, in the news, I`m not sure how much people will actually attach this issue or problem to her. There are three other makers, or rather, I should say, marketers that were fined. TrimSpa was fined the least out of all four of them. I just don`t know how much of an effect it will have on her particularly. I think people will just see her as looking skinny, looking hot, however she did it.

ANDERSON: Right, and the focus lately for Anna Nicole Smith hasn`t been the TrimSpa and the weight loss, but this big paternity battle over who really is the father of her baby daughter Danni-Lynne. Well, a judge has set a deadline, January 23rd, that Anna Nicole must submit to a DNA test for her and her daughter over who is the father. Ashleigh, her attorney says she`s going to do it, but she has refused in the past. Do you think she will finally just give in and do it, take the test.

BANFIELD: I have some advice for her, she should, because if she doesn`t, she can be found in contempt of court. That`s not a good thing. Anything can happen if you are found in contempt of court, from a tongue lashing, to a fine, to jail. On your first offense for messing up like that, an infraction, you are not likely to go to jail, unless you are out partying and dancing, Lindsay Lohan style, and the judge gets angry at that.

But in this case it might end up being a fine or a tongue lashing. It`s really not a good idea to flout what judges say, so she probably will show up.

ANDERSON: If she doesn`t, though, tongue lashing, fine, possibly jail. But could they ever force her to take a test? What is that legally?

BANFIELD: Yes. The short answer is I keep thinking about that image of Elien Gonzalez and the authorities coming to get him in Florida. It kind of is the same thing. Yes, they can. If it is ordered that she has to submit Danny-Lynne for a test, the authorities can come and get her and it would be a Child and Family Services outlet in California that would do so.

There is a lot of legal wrangling that has to go on before that, but it can happen.

ANDERSON: Boy, can you imagine. Talk about even more drama there. And Ashleigh, one last crazy point here. Her attorney has said that if Larry Birkhead is proven to be the father, he will not get visitation. How is that even possible?

BANFIELD: It`s really not. Larry Birkhead has rights. Number one, when you`re proven to be the father, there are two issues that come down, first and foremost. Number one, you have an obligation to support that child, unless the mother waives that. Number two, you have the right to see that child.

So just because Anna Nicole`s attorney says so, it doesn`t mean anything. What I think they were referring to is a filing, just a technical filing that was dismissed. That filing is no longer good. They have to either re-file it, or perhaps jurisdictionally file it in the Bahamas. But it doesn`t mean that man will not see a child, if it`s his.

ANDERSON: All right, Court TV`s Ashleigh Banfield, thanks so much for updating us on this always interesting drama.

BANFIELD: Always a pleasure.

ANDERSON: See you. All right, leading men and women like Leo a lot. I was right there, just down the block, as the Screen Actor`s Guild Award nominations were handed out today. Leonardo DiCaprio a triple threat, snagging a best actor nom for "Blood Diamond," and two for the "Departed," including best supporting actor.

Other multi nominees, "Babel" and "Dream Girls," with red hot Jennifer Hudson`s name being called for best supporting actress. What a story there for the American Idol contestant. She should be very proud, well deserved.

SAG also honors TV shows, Desperate Housewives, The Office, The Sopranos and 24 also picking up multiple nominations. Now, here`s why people really think that SAG awards may predict Oscar winners, the Screen Actors Guild is made up of, what else, actors. So it`s actors voting for their peers, and actors make up the biggest group of Oscar voters.

ANDERSON: Paris fires Paris. It`s definitely a step in the right direction. Why Paris Hilton won`t be getting beyond the velvet rope at one angry club anymore.

ANDERSON: A.J., Paris isn`t shy about exposing herself to cameras, sometimes literally. But tonight, other stars are outraged over the public going crazy for private juicy stories. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT asks, do stars have the right to privacy or should they just shut up and stop whining? We also have this.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I wasn`t able to say anything about my husband.


HAMMER: The shocking and painful battle over James Brown`s estate, coming up on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


HAMMER: Now the bizarre battle over James Brown`s estate. The woman who insists that she`s his widow says that Brown`s lawyers are trying to stop her from getting his money, and even locked her out of his house. Not only that, but Tomi Rae Hynie also says that the Reverand Al Sharpton, who was a good friend of James Browns, wants her totally out of the picture.


TOMI RAE HYNIE, POSSIBLE WIDOW OF JAMES BROWN: You still aren`t going to give me the dignity of calling me his wife, and he said to me, you see, I tried to be nice to you, and look what you did. Now I ain`t going to be nice to you no more. That`s it. And he turned around and I started crying, tears, tears, tears, and I walked off the stage. That`s when they told me that there was no more funeral, and that I was to go this way, and that`s when the eulogies were held, and I wasn`t able to say anything about my husband.


HAMMER: Here`s the back story on this, Tomi Rae married James Brown in 2001, but that marriage is in dispute because she was allegedly married to someone else at the time. The great James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, died last week of heart failure. He was 73.

ANDERSON: Yesterday, we asked you to vote on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day. It was this, Oprah Winfrey -- should she run for president? Only 14 percent of you say yes; 86 percent of you say no.

Some of the e-mails we got -- Caroline from Florida writes, yes, Oprah should run for president. We need an honest, moral, compassionate, and strong voice to speak for us.

Tina from West Virginia says, are you guys serious? I love Oprah, but I don`t think that she has the political savvy to take on a position of that much importance.

We appreciate your e-mails.

HAMMER: Of course cameras always follow Oprah around, but do stars have the right to privacy or should they just stop whining about it?

ANDERSON: Also tonight, the story of a girl who put on a fat suit to see what it would be like to be overweight. You`re not going to believe what she went through. That story straight ahead.

HAMMER: Also, Britney Spears, she has been a complete mess lately, with her nasty divorce, her pantiless partying. You could call it a train wreck. But Brit insists she`s got things under control. Yes, if you`re going to believe that, I`ve got a bridge to sell you. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s coming right back.



HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. It`s 30 minutes past the hour. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

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

HAMMER: Brooke, could it be possible - has Paris been fired from Paris?

Here`s a young starlet.


HAMMER: .who can get into just about any nightclub - not, not just about - every nightclub that she ever would want to go into. In fact, a lot of them pay her to go into them. There`s one not happy with her, and actually she won`t be able to get in there anymore. We`re going to sort it all for you in a few moments. It`s riveting.

ANDERSON: Let`s sort it all out.

OK, A.J., you`re a slender guy. You work out. You`re very healthy. But what do you think it would be like to put on a fat suit and see the world from that perspective? Maybe experience people sometimes truly cruel reactions.


ANDERSON: It would be difficult, right?

HAMMER: A - a wild social experimentation, I`m sure.

ANDERSON: Absolutely. Well, we`ve got that emotional story. Some one did just that. And that is straight ahead.

But first, stars and privacy. The two words don`t really go hand-in- hand. But should they? Some celebrities say yes, but we at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT say no. We say getting noticed in public just comes with the territory when you`re a star.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Back up. Back up. Back up.


BRITNEY SPEARS, SINGER: Literally we can`t see - see.

ANDERSON (voice-over): Paris and Britney coming home from the clubs, swarmed by the paparazzi - all of them looking for the money shot of two of Hollywood` hottest commodities.

HILTON: We are nice. We did one.


ANDERSON: Paris and Britney are playing coy. But they know just as well as any other star, that in Hollywood, anything goes, especially your privacy.

Just ask Jennifer Love Hewitt, who tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT fame and photographers go hand in hand.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT, ACTRESS: And without the paparazzi and without the magazines that remind people what time your show is on and what`s happening, then the whole sort of business doesn`t really work.

E.L. WOODY, PHOTOGRAPHER: There`s not a star in the world that wants to get out of their car and not be recognized by the crowd. Even though they`re not going to pose.

ANDERSON: E.L. Woody is the so-called king of the paparazzi. He`s been in the business for 30 years, and knows that if a person wants to become famous and stay famous, they need to give up their right to anonymity.

WOODY: Hello gorgeous!

They need us more than we need them.

ANDERSON: Danny Bonaduce couldn`t agree more. He tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT that he has no sympathy for stars who demand privacy.

DANNY BONADUCE, ACTOR: I am entitled to a certain portion of your life. You gave it to me. You sold it to me. And I bought.

ANDERSON: Angelina Jolie understands that. She and boyfriend Brad Pitt are arguably the most stalked couple in the world.

She tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT that she can handle the press, but when she`s out with her kids, she`s entitled to her privacy.

ANGELINA JOLIE, ACTRESS: You know, there are a lot of long lenses now. There`s no reason that somebody has to be, you know, this - this close to - to a kid`s face. Because it scares kids, and - and it psychologically affects them.

Like, I personally would just - I`d like to be able to take my kids out. I`m not walking them down a red carpet; we`re just going out. So we`re not asking for - for press.

And - and as I said, you know, we`re not saying you`re not allowed to take pictures of them. We understand. Whatever. You see, we`re - they`re - we`re public, they`re public. But - but I think a distance - a distance would be good.

ANDERSON: Justin Timberlake probably wouldn`t mind some distance when it comes to the paparazzi. He had a run-in with a photographer back in 2004 with his girlfriend, Cameron Diaz. Still, he tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT that if you`re famous and you`re out on the town, you have to expect that when you`re in public, there`s nothing private about it.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, SINGER: If you live in Los Angeles and you - and you - and you`re - and you`re traveling around Hollywood, you can expect to have your picture taken at some point.

But my thing is, when things are - are - are muttered or - or yelled at or - you feel like your - your space is encroached upon for the sake of getting a picture of you looking uncomfortable, that`s when I feel like it`s overstepped the lines.

ANDERSON: But in the end, it all comes down to this: if you`re famous, you`re going to be noticed. It simply comes with the territory.

And as Danny Bonaduce tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, it`s part of your job.

BONDACUE: Every body has every right to any part of me or them that they want, because I sold myself to you. I do it on purpose. If you want to come up to me and ask me anything, say anything you want, you have that right, because I sold myself to you and you bought and I`m grateful.

ANDERSON: And stars who disagree with Danny might want to ask themselves how they feel if suddenly no one was interested in them anymore, and the flashbulbs stopped popping.


ANDERSON: Stars should be warned: the business of following celebrities just keep growing and growing.

E.L. Woody, that paparazzi - paparazzo we showed you in the piece, says you`re now going to find 40 or 50 photographers where they used to be only four or five.

HAMMER: And that can be a lot of work.

Well, Britney Spears certainly hasn`t had much privacy lately, as we`ve shown you. In fact, she`s been out and about in front of the cameras, including a New Year`s Eve party in Las Vegas where she reportedly passed out.

But the New Year may bring a new Britney, and we here at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT applaud that. Her manager says she understands the need to win back fans, and she`s calling this her rocky moment.

He tells "USA Today" - quote - "She sees this as a challenge, that some fans may be questioning her. She is respectful. She sees this as her challenge to win them back."

ANDERSON: You can`t see Saddam Hussein`s full execution on TV, but it`s all over the Internet. The same cell phone is online in hundreds of places. But the question has become: do you watch it, or not?

Here`s CNN`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Execution uncut, unedited, graphic, a rating of three and a half stars. There may be a question of grammar - hanging, hanged, hunged, hung. But death is at your fingertips if you`re dying to see it.

(on camera): Have you looked at the Saddam Hussein execution tape, the raw version?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don`t want to see it. (INAUDIBLE)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That is absolutely gross, inhumane to show it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`m sure that his neck was broken. I don`t need to see it for myself.

MOOS (voice-over): But others do.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In some crazy way I wanted to see the method.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He got what he deserved.

MOOS: The Iraqi government version was silent and sanitized at the actual moment of death. Not the cell phone video.

(on camera): To look or not to look?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`m looking. Definitely looking.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, I`ll be with her. I`ll be looking, too.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, I knew it was on the Internet. And it took me awhile to finally say, OK, I`m going to look at this.

MOOS (voice-over): It also took him awhile to answer this question:

(on camera): Did you feel guilty looking at it?

(voice-over): Pregnant, six-second pause.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It upset me. I don`t know whether I felt guilty looking at it. But it upset me.

MOOS (on camera): And you didn`t feel guilty watching it?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did I feel guilty? No. Not at all. Did you?

MOOS: A tinge of guilt. You know, I can say, Oh, I`m doing it because it`s just my job.

(voice-over): For some, the Internet search prompted soul- searching.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I just went today.

MOOS (on camera): You look like you feel guilty.


MOOS: Do you?


MOOS: Why?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Because I don`t think we should be looking at it. Even signed up onto YouTube to do it, I`m embarrassed to say.

MOOS (voice-over): YouTube makes you sign up and verify you`re 18 if you want to see what one description referred to as "the director`s cut."

(on camera): Suddenly, the trap door opens and he`s gone.


MOOS: But what struck me was the - the voices.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. That`s exactly what I meant.

MOOS: The sort of clamor that.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The louder it got, and the more violent it got. And I could feel myself sort of getting more and more agitated.

MOOS (voice-over): The TV networks didn`t show all of it. We settled for a hanging-noose graphic. It`s a subject cartoonist couldn`t help getting hung up on.

And already, there`s the dope on a rope doll selling for 25 bucks on

The son of the woman who watched it said he wouldn`t.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s a person being killed.

MOOS: And it gave his mom second thoughts about supporting capital punishment.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I thought I believed in it. But after this, I thought, Wow, I`m not sure.

MOOS: Time ran out for Saddam Hussein. But his death lives on on the Internet.


ANDERSON: That was CNN`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

HAMMER: So Brooke, we do have a special edition of "The SHOWBIZ Weight Watch" coming up. First, Mariel Hemingway is here to tell us about how she battled with body-image issues.

ANDERSON: That`s right, A.J. She also has a new book about healthy living.

And we`re also going to have this:


KALEY CUOCO, ACTRESS: I`m just going to say, I hate being fat. I hate my fat hands. I hate my fat face. I - you know what? Mostly I hate all the big fat attitude that everyone around me.


ANDERSON: What do you think it would be like to put on a fat suit and experience the world in a totally different way? That moving story, still ahead.

HAMMER: And her name is on the sign, so why does the owner of the club Club Paris want nothing to do with Paris Hilton anymore? We`re going to fill you in, straight ahead.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A.J. to the couch for the next block with Mariel Hemingway.

Roll your break, and effect black now.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Music under, go Camera 3. Stand by, A.J. Pre-set Camera 1. Open his mike. Dissolve 1. Go.

HAMMER: And welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, TV`s most provocative entertainment news show.

So Paris Hilton is certainly known for party hopping. But tonight, she`s in the news for not showing up at a night club.

The owners of two night clubs called Club Paris says he`s fired Hilton. He says that Paris has flaked on some scheduled appearances at the clubs, so he doesn`t want the cubs to be associated with her anymore.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT did get in touch with Paris` rep. He called the owner`s statements "unfortunate" and says that he`ll have plenty to say about it when the time is right.

ANDERSON: Time now for "The SHOWBIZ Weight Watch." And this is where we cover issues of body image in Hollywood like no one else.

Imagine gaining 250 pounds in four hours. That`s what actress Kaley Cuoco did by donning a fat suit for a role in her new film, "To Be Fat Like Me." She plays a popular, athletic teen who learns the truth about what it`s like to be fat and the pain that comes with it sometimes.

It`s an emotional roller coaster for the character, but the experience even brought Cuoco to tears. The film debuts Monday on Lifetime Television.

And with tonight here in Hollywood, Kaley Cuoco.

Good to see you, Kaley.


ANDERSON: All right. So in this movie, as I said, you play a superstar athlete. You`re very popular. You`re very attractive.

Then you don a fat suit for this film documentary contest.


ANDERSON: Even though this was a role you were playing - it was just a movie - did you get a sense of not only the obstacles, but also the discrimination that overweight people feel, unfortunately sometimes every day?

CUOCO: Yes, it was a very strange situation to be in. And when I put the fat suit on, I cried. The first time, I was, like, I don`t think I can wear this. And it was just, I didn`t realize how big I was. I was, like, knocking into things.

And we were shooting at a real high school, and kept thinking, No one`s going to care I`m in this. No one`s even going to know. And I would walk around - you know, meander around the school and not even think about it. I`m in a suit and every thing.

And it wasn`t that people were really mean to me. It was like I was kind of ignored. Like, just dismissed.

ANDERSON: Just overlooked?

CUOCO: Just overlooked. And I usually get a little bit more attention than that. And it was just - I`m thinking, what is going on here? To - you know what I mean? The bathroom, the girls just kind of - it was - I can`t explain it. But it was a feeling I even had inside me that kind of made me sick.

ANDERSON: And sometimes that`s almost more cruel than someone saying something to your face.

CUOCO: It was like - yes. It was like being punched in the stomach. I`m like, Oh my God, these girls are so mean.


CUOCO: High school is scary.

ANDERSON: It was hard, wasn`t it?

CUOCO: I didn`t go to regular high school, thank God. But I see my sister, and I`m just terrified for her.

ANDERSON: It was the experience - this experience, it wasn`t easy. It was emotional.

And - and I have to image, when you walk down the street now, and you see somebody who is as heavy as you are in the movie, do you - do you look at them a little differently? Do you think, Hey, you know, I - I know what you`re going through, in a sense? I know.

CUOCO: Yes. I`ve been asked that a lot, actually. And I never - I didn`t even - I think what it is, I never thought about it before.


CUOCO: And now I`m just way more aware. I mean, I couldn`t get my shirt over my head. I couldn`t fit in my trailer bathroom. It was - it was kind of a nightmare. There were things I just couldn`t do.

And yes, my heart does - my heart sinks for people that are really overweight. On my flight home from the movie, I was sitting next to someone who was really overweight, and it was, like, I couldn`t stop looking at her, because I had just been through this whole thing. And I just felt horrible about it.

You know, some people really have health issues like that. And then there are other people that don`t have an excuse. It`s such a fine line. And that`s what this movie kind of (INAUDIBLE).

ANDERSON: You can`t help but feel.

CUOCO: Oh, your heart breaks.

ANDERSON: .for people struggling with - with the weight issues.

And, you know, for average people, it`s hard enough battling - the constant battle with the weight issues.

But here you are, in Hollywood, as an actress. I imagine the pressures have to be even more intense to be thin. Do you feel it, and if so, how do you handle it?

CUOCO: Well, I don`t feel like I`m in that crazy celebrity where all those celebrities are - I - I think I`m in a different - you know, area than that. I`m not as famous as them, and I`m not getting criticized as much as they are.

But I just feel like..

ANDERSON: You`re in a safe area.

CUOCO: In a safe area. I`m not in that scary place where you`re on the cover of every magazine. You know what I mean?


CUOCO: And I feel like - it`s, like, today, every one`s too skinny. And then tomorrow, they`re going to be too fat. And then the next day, they`re - they`re never perfect. No one is happy in this business.

ANDERSON: And that makes it difficult. Yes.

CUOCO: It`s horrible. Nobody is happy. And that`s - these poor - these poor girls in the spotlight. I mean, they`re being watched every second.

I think it`s - it`s horrible.

ANDERSON: Well, they are in the spotlight.


ANDERSON: You - you say, you know, they are on the covers of the magazines. We do see them on the magazines, in television. And they are role models for a lot of young people.

Do you think they set a bad example? Do they need to get it together?

CUOCO: Well, right now there`s some crazy stuff going on with everybody. But, you know, who am I to say - yes, some of them do need to get their act together. I mean, you put yourself as an actor or a musician, whatever these people are, and you - that is what you - that is what you`re doing. So you - you made that choice. People are watching you. Kids grow old. Little - young people are watching. And they want to grow up and be like you, and that`s the responsibility you`ve taken on.

So you have to be a responsible person, and knowing this is the position that you`re in.

ANDERSON: Very well said.

Kaley Cuoco, thank you so much.

And the movie - oh, parts of it just break my heart.

CUOCO: I know.

ANDERSON: Thanks for joining us.

CUOCO: Thank you.

ANDERSON: Great to meet you.

CUOCO: Thank you so much.

ANDERSON: And the movie, "To Be Fat Like Me," premieres Monday night on Lifetime.

HAMMER: And "The SHOWBIZ Weight Watch" continues now with Oscar- nominated actress Mariel Hemingway.

In her new book, "Healthy Living From the Inside Out," Hemingway shares her methods of building a meaningful life after many years of battling body-image issues.

Hemingway has been an actress since the age of 17, when she starred alongside Woody Allen in the 1979 film "Manhattan." And despite all the tragedies she`s experienced in her personal life, Mariel has persevered.

Look at her. She looks amazing.

Mariel Hemingway, a pleasure to welcome you here in New York.

MARIEL HEMINGWAY, ACTRESS: Thank you. It`s a pleasure to be here. And happy New Year.

HAMMER: Thank you very much.

You and I have a very similar approach to life, trying to find a peaceful balance to things. And I really appreciated that in - and reading about that in this book.

But before you got there, you had to take some pretty extreme measures in what you were dealing with life.

And I - I want to read one particular.


HAMMER: .quote that struck me from your book.


HAMMER: Quote - "I had entered the movie business at a young age, and throughout my late teens and 20s, I worked my butt off to stay skinny, svelte and as sensational as a girl substituting on celery and burned popcorn could be."

Are you kidding me? You were eating - that was your diet?

HEMINGWAY: Oh, no. I used to live on - on air-popped popcorn, which I would burn because it would actually give it some texture, that didn`t taste like Styrofoam - believing that I was healthy and doing the right thing for myself.

My - my - sort of my issues with food, or my obsession with food and exercise came from a - from a place of pressure. You know, pressure to look a certain way. And then, of course, you get past 30, which I am, believe it or not - then you start to realize that you`re either to go play a very losing game, or you`re going to - you`re going to start win in your life.

So that`s why I created this program. I wanted to be able to orchestrate my life in a balanced way, through nutrition, through home, through - through exercise and through silence. And that`s what I incorporated into this book. Because of my lifestyle experience - or my life experiences, my tragedies and all that stuff, I realized that there was - I hate to do something to make me come to a center, so I could make better choices.

HAMMER: Well, and I think a lot of young women, particularly in Hollywood, and - and around the country certainly can identify with that.

But going back to - to when you were a young actress, those pressures that you felt - how is it possible to not feel that pressure?

HEMINGWAY: It`s very, very difficult to live in the world that we live in and not feel pressure to be too skinny, or look like so and so, who`s in the magazines.

But - you know, therefore - there is our challenge. There is our challenge. That`s why you - that`s why I`m here. That`s why I`m saying - I wrote a book called, you know, "Healthy Living From the Inside Out." Let`s break down these different pieces of our life. Because we all have to eat, we all live in a home, we all have to breathe and we all have to take some time - some sort of exercise. But not in an obsessive way.

How can we be kind to ourselves? That`s what this book addresses. I have a 30-day program that actually breaks apart how you can ask yourself questions the way that I have for many, many years, on how to be better to myself, and figure out the kind of program that works for me personally.

HAMMER: See, we.

HEMINGWAY: Not the one that works for you.

HAMMER: Right. It`s - no, it`s.

HEMINGWAY: You know?

HAMMER: It`s always an individual thing.


HAMMER: And so I got to imagine, then - and - and these are the people who perhaps should be reading your book - people like Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, who are running around looking not-so- healthy, some of them.


HAMMER: Do you just say - do you just shake your head when you see those images on TV all the time?

HEMINGWAY: Well, I do. You know, I - I mean, the thing is, I don`t judge them, because I know that they - they don`t think they`re doing anything wrong or bad. But at a certain point, it`s all going to catch up to them. And - and the fact of the matter is, if you don`t get enough rest or you don`t slow your life down sometimes - because you know, you`re in this world.


HEMINGWAY: .this fast-paced world, and we`re all doing it. We need to take a pause. You know, so celebrities and regular people - all of us need to take a pause, because our life is filled with technology and all of that.

I - in the book, I say, take a technology-free day. If you can`t do a day, do an hour.


HEMINGWAY: But, you know? And - and try - make different choices. Choose a different breakfast. Do - nourish yourself in a different kind of way, and see how much better you feel.

HAMMER: Yes. And occasionally, turn that computer off.

Mariel Hemingway, it`s a pleasure to have you here. I really appreciate it.

HEMINGWAY: It`s a pleasure to be here. Thank you so much.

HAMMER: The new book is called "Healthy Living From the Inside Out." That`s the book right there. And it`s in stores now.

ANDERSON: Well, it`s no secret: Donald Trump has been on the warpath against Rosie O`Donnell, ripping into her right here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

So what does the winner of the first season of "The Apprentice" think about his boss` behavior. All right. Find out when Bill Rancic stops by. That`s coming up next.


HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, TV`s most provocative entertainment news show.

Now we here at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT have been very carefully following the whole Donald Trump versus Rosie O`Donnell war of words. And Trump ratcheted up the whole mess once again yesterday, continuing the name- calling, right here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

Well, a new season of "The Apprentice" happens to be about to get under way this weekend. And Season I winner Rancic stooped by our studio today.

Can you guess whose side he`s on? Well, take a look.


BILL RANCIC, WINNER OF "THE APPRENTICE": One of the reasons why Donald Trump is successful is because he doesn`t back down, and he`s a fighter, you know? This guy has - has fought for everything that he`s had. I mean, he`s - he`s been in the - in the streets of New York, battling it out in the real estate world.

She threw the first punch. And, you know, I think it was foolish on her part to expect him just to take the punch and lay down. I mean, she - she went into battle with him, and - and I don`t think she realized what she was going to get. And he fought back.

HAMMER: Well, certainly one could expect a response. But his responses have truly been mean, and they`ve been vicious.

Are you surprised by that?

RANCIC: Well - I mean, you know, he was - he was personally attacked by her, and she insulted his credibility and - and - and went after - you know, she said something that wasn`t true, and they had a - a retraction on "The View," I think it was yesterday. Barbara Walters came on and retracted the statement that Rosie said was.

So, you know, he takes that personally.


HAMMER: I like Bill, and you got to appreciate his loyalty.

The new season of "The Apprentice" gets under way Sunday. Bill says he doesn`t think that Trump`s rants against Rosie are going to affect the ratings at all. We`ll see.

And by the way, Rancic also working with ACE hardware. They`re looking for aspiring entrepreneurs. They`re giving away a store with a million bucks.

ANDERSON: We`ve been asking you to vote on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day": "Donald Versus Rosie: Has the whole thing gone too far?"

Keep voting at Write to us at We`re going to read some of your thoughts tomorrow.

And you can also vote on the "Question of the Day" by sending a text to 45688. To vote yes, write "SHOWBIZ Yes." To vote no, write "SHOWBIZ No." Again, send that text to 45688.

HAMMER: Let us now find out what`s coming up on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

Tomorrow, Hilary Swank one on one. The Oscar-winning actress on her aspiring role as a teacher in her new movie, "Freedom Writers." Hilary Swank tomorrow, in the interview you`ll see only on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

Also coming up tomorrow, women and body image. It`s not just a problem in Hollywood. But one writer is daring to declare, "Life Does Not Begin Five Pounds From Now." Author Jessica Weiner is going to join us tomorrow, right here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

And thank you very much for watching. That is it for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: Have a great night, everyone. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood.

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


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