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Sandra Bullock`s Husband Allegedly Cheated on Her; Tiger Woods` Mistress Reveals New Text Messages; Rielle Hunter Poses for Racy Pictures; Sarah Palin May Produce New Reality Show Centered on Alaska.
Aired March 19, 2010 - 23:00:00 ET
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A.J. HAMMER, HLN HOST: Big news breaking today on "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT." Sandra Bullock`s marriage mess -- disturbing new details today about the tattooed porn worker who claims she had an explosive affair with Sandra`s husband. Her unbelievable past and the great showbiz debate -- can Sandra`s marriage be saved, and should Sandra even bother?
Tiger Woods` text bombshells -- even more brand new, outrageous, almost too hot for TV texts revealed today from his alleged porn star mistress.
But wait, there`s more -- brand new revelations to HLN today from the alleged mistress.
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JOSLYN JAMES: I don`t believe he thinks there was a situation or there was a problem. I think he`s just mad he got caught.
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HAMMER: Tiger`s wife Elin, Sandra Bullock, Elizabeth Edwards -- which cheated-on wife has suffered the most? "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" investigates
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: TV`s most provocative entertainment news show starts right now.
HAMMER: Hello. I`m A.J. Hammer broadcasting tonight and every night from New York City.
BROOKE ANDERSON, HLN HOST: Hi there, everyone. I`m Brooke Anderson coming to you from Hollywood.
And tonight, Sandra`s cheating heartbreak.
HAMMER: There has been a remarkable outpouring of sympathy and support today for Sandra Bullock one day after the world learned her husband was alleged cheating on her with a woman so opposite of Sandra she could be from an alternate universe or something.
Today there have been brand new revelations about that woman, some of them are just downright disturbing. "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" was working at lightning speed all day long to uncover the story behind the other woman who may have left America`s sweetheart heartbroken. And it all made for big news breaking today.
HAMMER: Reports that Sandra Bullock`s husband cheated on her, a revelation made just two weeks after she won her first Oscar, has the entire country reeling. It was topic number one on just about every morning show this morning.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We begin with the marriage troubles for Sandra Bullock.
HAMMER: And now, "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" learned new details about the tattoo-covered wild woman who`s the other woman in Sandra Bullock`s personal nightmare.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For something like this to happen to her is just such a shame.
HAMMER: Tattoo model Michelle McGee, whose nickname is bombshell, dropped her bombshell in the just released brand new issue of "In Touch" magazine. McGee, who`s says she`s 24, claims she had an affair with Bullock`s husband of five years, motorcycle enthusiast Jesse James.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There is no meaning to tattoos. I do it because I feel like doing it.
HAMMER: In this video clip McGee talks about herself during a recent tattoo modeling contest.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My parents are conservative. I grew up Amish. I left the church at 16 and never looked back.
HAMMER: But today, "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" learned some new disturbing allegations about McGee. In court documents posted today on radar online, McGee`s ex-husband claims Michelle, a mother of two, uses drugs, works as a stripper, and suffers from a mental illness. McGee denies her ex-husband`s allegations.
So how did this woman with a questionable background allegedly hook up with the husband of America`s sweetheart?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How did she meet je is he?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: MySpace.
HAMMER: Lindsay Sini says she`s a friend and former roommate of Michelle McGee. In a new interview today she tells E`s Ken Baker that McGee met Sandra Bullock`s husband through the Internet.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She friend requested him and he actually started writing her out of the blue. I starting getting text messages from her saying, oh, my god, Jesse James just texted me, gave me his real e-mail, called me.
HAMMER: McGee claims to "In Touch" the affair progressed while Bullock was out of town filming her Oscar-winning role in "The Blind Side."
And what attracted McGee to James? McGee`s friend tells E it`s all about the tattoos.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why was she attracted to him?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The overall image, tattooed bad boy.
HAMMER: McGee says her affair with James ended when she found out James was not separated from Sandra Bullock. She claims Jesse made her believe the celebrity couple was separated.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Michelle told her boss, I`m Jesse`s girlfriend.
HAMMER: "US" magazine`s Bradley Jacobs tells "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" there are now revelations from the owner of a modeling Web site McGee once posed for. That owner tells "US Weekly" McGee talked openly about her relationship with James and his marriage to Sandra.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Michelle`s boss asked her, isn`t Jesse married to Sandra Bullock. She said no, that`s just a sham for publicity.
HAMMER: Jesse James isn`t exactly admitting an affair with McGee, but you can read between the lines. In a statement to "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" James apologizes to Sandra and his children, saying, quote, "There is only one person to blame for this whole situation, and that is me. It`s because of my poor judgment that I deserve everything bad that is coming my way."
Now Bullock has gone from the bright Oscar stage to near hiding. She`s reportedly moved out of the southern California home she shares with James and she just cancelled her appearance at the London premier of "The Blind Side" perhaps bracing herself for a possible flood of new heartbreaking revelations.
HAMMER: So tonight, the burning question is -- how could Jesse James have cheated on America`s sweetheart Sandra Bullock with this tattoo model and former porn star?
Joining me from Hollywood is Ken Baker, the executive news editor for E! Also in Hollywood, Wendy Walsh is a TV journalist and doctor of psychology.
As we know, the cheating scandal broke with the bombshell interview with Michelle "Bombshell" McGee in the new issue of "In Touch Weekly" in which she is claiming this 11 month affair with Jesse James. Look at the side by side photos. Sandra Bullock and this woman, Michelle "Bombshell" McGee. Wendy, how could he have cheated on Sandra Bullock with this woman?
WENDY WALSH, TV JOURNALIST: Well, he`s a bad boy, the ultimate bad boy. She`s a bad girl. Even if this woman is unstable, we really don`t know her history and past, we do know he`s not good at making judicious decisions about his personal life. When he met Sandra he was on his second wife, pregnant with a third child, and he redirected toward Sandra.
The question is why did Sandra go for that bad boy?
HAMMER: Here`s the thing. We`re taking this personally. Sandra is a movie star. Few of us know her. Ken, what makes it hard to fathom that Jesse could do this to Sandra is because she is so beloved.
KEN BAKER, EXECUTIVE NEWS EDITOR, E!: Yes. Honestly, I went to San Diego and interviewed the alleged mistress`s best friend. I was hoping to go down there and find out that it wasn`t true, that it seemed fishy.
But actually I did the interview and thought, this really seems absolutely true that it did happen. I think we don`t want it to be true because we just saw her at the Oscars with Jesse. They seemed so happy. I think for that reason we wish it wasn`t true, but sadly it looks like it is.
HAMMER: As I have been saying all along we have been rooting for her really all throughout the awards season, and quite frankly, a lot of us after she got together with Jesse James said I hope this works though it looks like how could it possibly work.
If you had any doubt just how much the story is affecting people because it has to do with Sandra Bullock, I have to show you the results of our "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" question of the day.
When we asked viewers if they feel sorry for Sandra -- put the results up here -- 87 percent say yes they feel for Sandra. Only 13 percent said no. Wendy, it is totally lopsided. I`m totally not surprised. Clearly whether Jesse did cheat on Sandra or not is almost irrelevant. People feel sorry for Sandra for being swept up in the whole mess.
WALSH: Of course we feel sorry for her. We feel sorry for any wife whose vows have been violated by a husband straying.
Do I think he had an affair? Of course he did. Why did he apologize online and to the world? What`s he apologizing for if he didn`t do anything? My speculation is she won`t be the only one that`s going to come forward.
HAMMER: Oh, good, just what we need, another Tiger Woods situation.
Ken, let me ask you this, because you are a veteran entertainment reporter. You have been at the game for a long time. You`ve seen it all. Jesse James, of course, was famous for his show "Monster Garage," the motorcycle show, for a long time.
And a lot of people said when he and Sandra hooked up and got married, wow, what an oddball couple. How could this possibly work? Looking back, was the writing on the wall from the beginning?
BAKER: I think that I was among those skeptics for a couple years before she got married in 2005 and thought this has to be something she`s dabbling in. This can`t be the kind of guy she`s going for.
She had that beautiful wedding in Santa Barbara, so lavish, so beautiful. They looked so happy in those photos. Everyone thought, wow, she really did find her perfect match. And I think it was just until the Oscars, until a few days ago, guys, we were really believing that this was a perfect marriage for her.
But something that`s really important to remember here is that this woman who is alleging she was the mistress is a stripper. They`re calling her a tattoo model -- no. My sources tell me it`s clear she`s a stripper, someone --
WALSH: And a porn star. He likes these kind.
BAKER: What I`m saying is that he wasn`t necessarily looking to replace Sandra. He was going for something totally different. I know it`s nice to compare the two, but obviously in his mind he was looking for something else, not a wife.
HAMMER: As I said a few moments ago, it`s as if she`s from an alternate universe.
Since "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" first reported the news about the cheating scandal, our Facebook page has been on fire. It didn`t let up one bit today.
Crystal F. wrote, "Sandra is a strong woman and can get through this. I just hope she`s not a fool and stays with him if it`s true what he did." And that is a small taste of the overwhelming number of posts the "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" Facebook page has been getting all day long.
It is a big, burning question tonight, should Sandra try to save her marriage to Jesse James, and is the marriage even worth saving or should Sandra just leave Jesse? Ken Baker, Wendy Walsh, I want you both stay right where you are.
ANDERSON: A.J., it`s still not clear if Tiger Woods` wife will leave him, but wait until Elin gets a look at the unbelievable new texts out today. They were just released by Tiger`s alleged former porn star mistress, and they are like sexting to the nth degree. They are almost too hot for TV.
But wait, there`s more. This alleged mistress is speaking out, her brand new revelations to HLN today. And "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" names the most provocative celebrity of the week -- cheating edition. Will it be Tiger? How about Jesse James for allegedly cheating on Sandra Bullock? Maybe John Edwards mistress Rielle Hunter and her steamy photos?
This is "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" on HLN, news and views.
HAMMER: Now the Showbiz news ticker. More stories from the "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" newsroom making news today.
HAMMER: Big breaking Anna Nicole Smith news today. Anna Nicole`s estate will not get a penny of her late husband`s multi-million dollar fortune. Remember, Anna Nicole took her fight all the way to the Supreme Court to get what she said was promised her by oil bigwig J. Howard Marshall.
The fight was sent back to the appeals court, and in a ruling just handed down today the judges ruled in favor of the son of Anna Nicole`s late husband. The son has since died but his family will get the fortune worth more than $300 million. Game over.
ANDERSON: Welcome back to "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT." I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood with A.J. Hammer in New York.
And now our continuing coverage of Sandra Bullock`s cheating heartbreak. I`ve got to say, I am just heartbroken over Jesse James alleged cheating scandal. And like so many of Sandra`s fans, I can`t help but wonder if Sandra`s marriage to Jesse can be saved.
Joining me tonight from New York, Ben Widdicombe is a celebrity journalist, and in Hollywood Rachel Zalis, a contributing editor for life and style weekly.
And Rachel, I have so say that Sandra does not deserve to be treated this way. She deserves a man who loves her, cherishes her, never cheats on her. If she decides to leave him, I think he deserves it.
That said, they do seem to love one another, have a history. Rachel, do you think the marriage can be saved?
RACHEL ZALIS, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, "LIFE AND STYLE WEEKLY": You know what, crazier things have happened in this town. Elin seems to be working it out with Tiger and he cheated on her with 18 women at least.
But the thing is I can`t imagine Sandy can be miss congeniality about this one. Not only was it bad enough he cheated, but then he let her go around for the last three months gushing to hundreds of millions people about how he`s the most amazing man, all the while smiling. It`s just criminal.
ANDERSON: Speaking so glowingly of him and then you saw them on the red carpet together. They looked like they adored one another. Ben, do you think their marriage can be saved?
WIDDICOMBE: Well, every marriage is different. There are some very famous couples who have had infidelity scandals like Bill and Hillary Clinton who have managed to stay together and make it work.
She did apparently move out of the house, cancelled her media tour in Great Britain for the opening of "The Blind Side," which seems to indicate she really believes the claims. That, to me, suggests maybe she`s got one foot out the door and is maybe planning to leave.
ANDERSON: Yes, her actions sent a really strong message.
I have to say, I have been going back and forth in my own head about whether Sandra should even try to save this marriage. On the one hand, I think if it feels right to her to save the marriage, she should do it. She should fight if, and only if, she feels he`s truly remorseful, will never be unfaithful again.
But if not, tell the sucker to take a hike and not to let the door hit him as he leaves. That`s what I think. But I want to know what you think because it is our "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" question of the day. Sandra Bullock -- should she try to save her marriage? Keep voting at CNN.com/showbiztonight.
Ben Widdicombe, Rachel Zalis, thank you both. We appreciate it.
HAMMER: You know, Brooke, we are getting so many calls about the whole Sandra Bullock cheating scandal.
ANDERSON: We are A.J., and not surprisingly, just about all of the callers are disgusted by what Jesse James allegedly did. Check out Lynn calling in from Ohio.
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LYNN, CALLING FROM OHIO: Regarding Sandra Bullock, she is a refreshingly down to earth actress who captured our hearts over the years. To have her husband in a cheating scandal is a raw deal a la Tiger Woods.
We`re hoping and praying you will come through this with your head held high. Curse of the Oscars? Uh-uh. Curse of the cheating husband.
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ANDERSON: Thanks, Lynn. So what do you think?
HAMMER: The phone lines are open at 888-sbt-buzz. Leave a voicemail so we can play your call right here on "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT."
Paula Abdul, what the heck are you doing today? First we hear you`re doing the new "Star Search" show and now you`re not. Paula, I think you need to be straight up with everyone. What`s the deal?
Big news breaking today -- Tiger Woods text bombshells. More brand new outrageous, triple x-rated sexts revealed by Tiger`s alleged porn star mistress. But wait, there is more -- brand new revelation to HLN today from the alleged mistress.
Tiger`s wife Elin, Sandra Bullock, Elizabeth Edwards, which cheated on wife has suffered the most? "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" investigates. This is "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" HLN, news and views.
Now the Showbiz news ticker, more stories from the "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" newsroom making news today.
HAMMER: Tonight, bad news for the Octo-mom. Yes, she and her 14 kids actually could soon be homeless. That`s not good.
Now, a man claiming to own the mortgage on the Octo house says Nadya Suleman needs to pay up or get out. Suleman reportedly owes him $450,000 on the four bedroom home in California. The man claims he and Suleman struck a deal when she was getting out of the hospital with her octuplets but she didn`t hold up her end of the deal. He said Suleman should have paid up last week.
"SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" reached out to Suleman`s attorney, but we did not get a response as of show time tonight. So if Octo-mom doesn`t pay she may be in oh for an octo-ugly foreclosure.
ANDERSON: Did you see this? If you haven`t, the question, who is Anderson Cooper? Former jeopardy champion, CNN`s very own Anderson Cooper returned to the game show to face off against Cheech -- as in Cheech & Chong -- Marin and actress Aisha Tyler. Anderson got it in the bag, right? Wrong.
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ALEX TREBEK, HOST, "JEOPARDY": Anderson?
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: What is Sweden?
COOPER: What is Frankenstein?
COOPER: What is pet psychic?
TREBEK: Yes, that`s it.
COOPER: Who is Kim Jong-il?
COOPER: Who is Margaret Thatcher.
TREBEK: No, who is Indira --
TREBEK: Gandhi, yes.
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ANDERSON: Ouch. Anderson lost to Cheech Marin of all people. But no real losers here. Anderson He took home $25,000 for his charity, Friends in Deed.
HAMMER: I`m sure Cheech had some special help, I`m just saying.
Brooke our "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" Facebook fans are just furious right now.
ANDERSON: A.J. they are fired up over Sandra Bullock`s husband allegedly cheating on her with that tattooed model. Kristin R. writes "My heart goes out to her and wishing her the best in life. Sandra, no matter what, stay true to yourself."
HAMMER: Julia I. says this, "I can`t believe that any man would cheat on Sandra Bullock. She is an incredible actress who has the down to earth attitude that is rare in Hollywood."
You can connect with "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" in so many ways. Become our fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter perhaps, call us at Showbiz on call, and there is our old friend e-mail. Connect on our website, CNN.com/showbiztonight.
ANDERSON: Now the "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" line-up. Here`s what`s coming up at the bottom of the hour on "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" -- brand new totally triple- x texts revealed today from Tiger Woods` alleged former porn star mistress and her new unbelievable new interview with HLN.
The scorned wives club -- Elin Woods, Sandra Bullock, Elizabeth Edwards -- who has suffered the most?
And "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT," the most provocative celebrity of the week, Jesse James for possible cheating on Sandra Bullock, Tiger Woods for his alleged sex scandal, or Rielle Hunter for her bombshell sex and tell. This is "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" on HLN, news and views.
HAMMER: Now the Showbiz news ticker, more stories from the "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" newsroom making news today.
HAMMER: Now on "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" -- new Tiger text bombshell. Even more brand new outrageous, almost too hot for TV texts revealed today from Tiger`s alleged mistress.
Plus, the former porn star`s brand new revelations to HLN today.
The scorned wives club -- Elin`s shame, Elizabeth`s pain, and Sandra`s brand new heartache. Who`s suffering the most? "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" investigates.
And "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" is naming the most provocative celebrity of the week. Is it Jesse James for his alleged cheating on Sandra Bullock? Is it Tiger for his reported sex scandal, or Rielle Hunter for her bombshell Edwards sex and tell?
Plus, more stories breaking from the "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" news ticker.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: TV`s most provocative entertainment news show continues right now.
HAMMER: Welcome back to "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT." It is 30 minutes past the hour. I`m A.J. Hammer broadcasting tonight and every night from New York City.
ANDERSON: And I`m Brooke Anderson coming to you from Hollywood.
And tonight, brand new Tiger text bombshell.
HAMMER: Yes, Brooke. The waves of embarrassment rolled in again today for Tiger Woods as he faces outrage, heckling, and outright humiliation over even more sex texting scandal developments making big news today.
Tonight Tiger`s alleged mistress and ex-porn star Joslyn James says there are even more graphic, raunchy text messages she claims are from Tiger. There is no doubt that Joslyn James was feeling the heat on HLN`s own issues with Jane Vellez-Mitchell. She was grilled, raked over the coals and interrogated on how she hurt Tiger`s wife Elin and asked why she`s revealing these text messages now.
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JANE VELLEZ-MITCHELL, HLN HOST: The real victim here is Elin. I mean --
VELLEZ-MITCHELL: Well, but there are a lot of people who say what you`re doing now will only hurt her more.
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HAMMER: How is tiger`s wife Elin possibly coping with this fresh wave of embarrassing texts? She`s just one of so many women suffering because of their cheating husbands, from Elin to Sandra Bullock to Elizabeth Edwards. "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" dares to ask who is suffering the most because of their husband`s public cheating.
With me tonight in New York is Midwin Charles, a criminal defense attorney and legal contributor for "In Session" on our sister network TruTV, and Wendy Walsh, a TV journalist and doctor of psychology.
Midwin, what do you think is up with this woman, Joslyn James? It`s obvious she`s trying to bury Tiger. Will she succeed or is the backlash against her just going to grow? Who wants to hear this garbage anymore?
MIDWIN CHARLES, LEGAL CONTRIBUTOR, "IN SESSION" ON TRUTV: I don`t think it`s about trying to smash Tiger and Elin. I think she just wants to extend her 15 seconds of fame. She`s probably looking to get the book deal, if you ask me.
HAMMER: Narcissism through and through.
HAMMER: We see it all the time. And HLN`s own Jane Vellez-Mitchell got Joslyn what I thought was a stellar grilling on her "Issues," trying to get to the bottom of Joslyn`s Tiger smear campaign. Check this out.
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VELLEZ-MITCHELL: What do you want?
JAMES: I wanted, you know, the public to know the truth and mine and Tiger`s relationship and the degree of, you know, sexual appetite that he had and, you know, that he wasn`t as perfect as he tried to make everybody believe that he was.
VELLEZ-MITCHELL: But you did have a news conference a month ago where you expressed a lot of that. Why wasn`t that enough? Why do you need to come out again?
JAMES: I have been holding this stuff in for a while, and I just thought it was time to let it all out.
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HAMMER: Yes, OK, blah, blah, blah. I have to say Jane poked a lot of holes in Joslyn`s sex text smear campaign. I`m not saying in any way here Tiger is innocent in his outrageous cheating scandal or deserves our sympathy, but Wendy, are you with me that it`s time for Joslyn to pack up her nasty text messages and go home? I`m personally over it.
WALSH: No way, A.J. I love the whistle blowers. I think it`s wonderful that women are so sexually free that they are not disgraced as a mistress. They can make money off it and bust them in another way. Go for it, girls.
HAMMER: What about it adding salt to the wound of Elin`s pain?
WALSH: Of course it does. There`s nothing new to Elin at this point. Elin knows. She`s making her decision. This is only making her husband suffer more than anything.
HAMMER: Fair enough. Joslyn aside, the entire sex scandal is really taking a toll on his image. In fact, "South Park" made its season premier all about Tiger and the sex scandal. Get this -- we learned today that it was the highest rated season premier of "South Park" in a decade. Let`s take a look, shall we?
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Open the door you!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, yes, chase after me in the car, Kenny.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What are you guys doing?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Check it out. It`s EA Sports Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 for X-Box.
Stop breaking through the window, Kenny.
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HAMMER: Look, she`s sitting there laughing. And as I said, their highest rated season premier in a decade. She`s sitting here cracking up, unbelievable. This just reinforces what I have been saying and everybody knows is that Tiger has become a punch-line, a national laughingstock.
CHARLES: And he will continue to be a punch-line until he gets on the course and starts winning tournaments. We live in the United States of amnesia. Once he starts winning it will be behind him. We love a comeback. He will come back.
HAMMER: And I realize obviously Elin has been dealing with this for some time now and she knows there is more to come. But all this has to add to the suffering of Tiger`s wife, Elin.
She`s not the only one suffering big time because of a cheating husband right now. Let`s not forget about Sandra Bullock and Elizabeth Edwards, all dealing this week with major new fallout from their husband`s sex scandals.
So tonight "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" is asking the question who has suffered the most, Sandra after hearing this week allegations that her husband Jesse James was having an affair with a tattoo-clad stripper? Or is it Elin for suffering through a fresh wave of embarrassing sex texts from one of Tiger`s alleged mistresses? Or is it Elizabeth Edwards who has gone through a long, rough road with her husband`s infidelity, love child, and this week seeing those tacky photos of his mistress Rielle hunter in "G.Q." magazine without any pants.
Wendy Walsh, what do you think? They are all part of the cheating husbands club. Who`s suffering the most?
WALSH: It`s hard to compare people`s pain. Everyone has their own internal world of pain and we all suffer. But Elin is young, beautiful and hot. She`s just choosing between being single or married. Sandra`s probably just in shock at this point.
But Elizabeth, our heart goes out to her. This woman is very ill at a time when her husband`s scandal is all over the news. And resources are going the way to support another child while she`s very ill. My heart and prayers go out to Elizabeth tonight.
HAMMER: I cannot express the level of sympathy I have for her, but also my appreciation for the strength beyond what I will ever know in my life what this woman possesses.
Our SHOWBIZ on call lines are ringing nonstop again today with sympathetic calls for everybody -- Elin, Elizabethm and Sandra. We heard from Missy in South Carolina. Missy feels especially bad for Sandra now. Listen to what she had to say.
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MISSY, CALLER FROM SOUTH CAROLINA: I am appalled that Jesse James would do this to Sandra Bullock. She is such an amazing woman. And it seems to me that after the Tiger Woods scandal that all of these men that want to run around on their great wives would honestly think that they could get away with doing such awful things to their wives.
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HAMMER: All right, let`s face it -- Sandra, Elin, Elizabeth, they`re all dealing with immense pain. Some of it is fresh pain. Some of it is new salt in old wounds. And I understand you can`t compare people`s pain as Wendy has said, but who do you think is suffering the most?
CHARLES: If I had to pick one, I`d say Elizabeth Edwards only because we know so many more scintillating details as a result of Andrew Young`s book and interviews and statements, Andrew Young being the former aid of John Edwards, as well as the statements he made to Oprah and, of course, the purported sex tape.
And she`s dying of cancer. It just doesn`t get any worse than that.
HAMMER: Let`s not forget the platform on which all of this unfolded. This man was in public office, he was running for the highest office in our country.
WALSH: And, A.J., he was close. Let the record reflect he was one of the last three possible candidates for the Democratic ticket.
HAMMER: I liked the guy, and do you know why? I trusted him. Would I trust him now? Not so much.
Midwin Charles, thank you so much. Wendy Walsh, we appreciate it.
ANDERSON: TGIF -- you know what that that means? "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" is about to name the most provocative celebrity of the week. Will it be Jesse James for possibly cheating on Sandra Bullock or Tiger Woods for his alleged triple x sexting bombshells today, or is it John Edwards former mistress Rielle Hunter for her "G.Q." sex and tell?
And it`s Survivor Sarah Palin. Who will outwit, outplay and out-pay for Sarah Palin`s new reality show? You will not believe the outrageous bidding war over Sarah Palin`s new show. I`m telling you, you`ve got to be a millionaire maverick to play this game.
And I think Paula Abdul is a four-star choice for "Star Search," but did she straight up dis the offer all for Simon Cowell?
This is "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" on HLN, news and views.
HAMMER: And now the Showbiz news ticker, more stories from the "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" newsroom making news today.
ANDERSON: Who will "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" name the most provocative celebrity of the week, the cheating edition? Is it Sandra Bullock`s husband Jesse James for allegedly cheating on her, or is it Tiger Woods for the new week of drama? Tiger`s alleged porn star mistress reveals sexy texts she claims were from him.
Or is it John Edwards ex-mistress Rielle Hunter for her provocative poses in "GQ" magazine and her tell-all interview about their secret love affair?
Welcome back to "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT." I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood with A.J. Hammer in New York.
HAMMER: "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" will reveal the most provocative celebrity of the week in just a moment. But first, big news just in today about Heidi Montag firing her psychic manager. I think the guy should have seen it coming.
And a bad romance for Lady Gaga could cost her millions. That`s all in "The Buzz" today.
HAMMER: Lady Gaga`s legal drama. The superstar just got slapped with a $30 million lawsuit by her former producer and business partner who claims she ditched him once she became famous. Rob Presaris says is the one who transformed Stephanie Germonata into Lady Gaga and made her songs into commercial hits.
His suit calls Gaga a "woman scorned who cut him out of the business after he broke off their romance."
Heidi Montag`s psychic disconnection. Montag has just fired the psychic she had unbelievably hired as her new manager. Montag made intuitive healer Aidan Chase her manager last week saying he helped her heal from ten plastic surgeries.
Chase had reportedly embarrassed the star by crashing the set of "The Hills" and the new movie Montag began shooting this week.
What`s the deal with Paula? ABC just revealed that the former "American Idol" judge will no longer be a part of the brand new "Star Search" show the network was planning and had just announced earlier this week. Abdul reportedly stunned executives by holding out for too much money.
Last year, FOX reportedly offered her $5 million to continue on "Idol," which she rejected.
ANDERSON: So did Paula make a big mistake passing up the "Star Search" job? Joining me tonight in New York is Ben Widdicombe, a celebrity journalist, and in Hollywood tonight is Rachel Zalis, a contributing editor for "Life and Style Weekly."
Ben and Rachel, I love Paula Abdul. Do you know why? You never know what she`s going to say, what she`s going to do. I think she would have made a great host of "Star Search." Rachel, is Paula making a colossal mistake by passing this up?
ZALIS: I don`t agree. I think her whacky, kooky personality is much better suited to being a judge than a host. By the way, "Star Search" is a relic, a dinosaur. It was so `80s. They tried to re-launch it again with Arsenio in 2002 and it bombed. Why does she want to do that instead of being part of the dream team with Simon on "The X Factor," which is a huge possibility for her?
ANDERSON: And speaking of that, Rachel, there have been rumbles out there that Paula could have passed on this "Star Search" gig because Simon Cowell wants her to join him on the new show "The X Factor." Ben, if that is the case, I think this would be a smart move to hold out to work with Simon Cowell. What do you think?
WIDDICOMBE: Absolutely. If that offer is on the table, Paula had better start learning to say "yes," because Hollywood is littered with actresses like Valerie Harper, Suzanne Sommers who said no to big shows and walked away from money which was not in hindsight the best deal for their own careers.
I think she`d be perfect on "The X Factor" show, and unless she wants to see Sarah Palin as a judge I think she better say yes to Simon.
ANDERSON: Maybe say yes a little bit.
Hey, Paula, hey, Simon, I`m sorry to tell you guys, but you guys did not make the cut to be named "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" most provocative celebrity of the week, and it may be a good thing for you guys.
Let`s show you who did in this special cheaters edition. The nominees include Sandra Bullock`s husband Jesse James for allegedly cheating on her with a tattoo model, Tiger Woods for a brand new week of drama. This week Tiger`s alleged porn star mistress reveals his steamy texts.
And the third nominee is John Edwards` mistress Rielle Hunter for her provocative poses in "GQ" magazine, her sex and tell interview.
There can only be one winner, so let us name "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" most provocative celebrity of the week. Drum roll, please. It was stiff competition, but Jesse James takes the cake. How dare he allegedly cheat like that on Sandra Bullock? Rachel, did we get it right?
ZALIS: No. Cheating husbands are a dime a dozen in this town. Come on, Rielle Hunter. She cheats with a married man, goes to "GQ," dishes the dirt on the sex scandal, bashes his cancer-stricken wife, poses half undressed with teddy bears and then claims she didn`t know they would be run in the magazine. Really? Come on.
ANDERSON: That was pretty darn provocative, but I`m sticking with Jesse James. Ben, any doubt in your mind that Jesse James should have been named the most provocative celebrity of the week?
WIDDICOMBE: None whatsoever. I agree with the choice this week. I think Rielle deserves the number two slot for the pure audacity of posing for those tasteless photographs and saying they offended her.
But what Jesse James did to Sandra Bullock in what should have been the proudest month of her life when she stole the Oscar from Meryl Streep was just unforgivable. So I think he`s the rat bag of the week.
ANDERSON: Absolutely. Jesse James gets the honor this week.
Ben, Rachel, thank you both.
HACKER: Today, the mind-blowing new details about what could be Sarah Palin`s biggest payday ever. The brand new details about two television networks fighting to pay Palin millions and millions of dollars to air her new reality TV show.
And now the Showbiz news ticker, more stories from the "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" newsroom making news today.
Time now for making it work, where we reveal how stars make their relationships work in Hollywood and beyond. And today it`s Jeff Bridges. The Oscar winning actor has been married to his wife Susan for 33 years. She was right by Jeff`s side when he won nearly every major acting award this season.
HAMMER: Tonight, survivor, Sarah Palin style. If you want to win the race to put Sarah Palin`s reality series on your TV network, it`s going to cost you. The controversial former governor of Alaska has is reportedly closing in on a huge deal on her reality series about Alaska. A&E and Discovery are apparently the major contenders in the race to get Palin`s show.
Here`s the kicker, Palin reportedly wants anywhere from $1 million to $1.5 million per episode. You betcha!
"SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" reached out to both networks today. A&D had no comment and Discovery didn`t get back to us by show time. Producer Mark Bernett does say that Palin plans to take viewers inside Alaska, so I`m guessing if this all works out you can see Alaska from your house.
ANDERSON: Golden girl Betty White can thank Ellen Degeneres for being a friend. Ellen invited Betty on her friend to help the veteran actress to prepare for her next big role, host of "Saturday Night Live."
Ellen has hosted "SNL" before and offered this important tip for Betty -- no matter what, keep your composure during the skits. Ellen even put Betty to the test.
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ANDERSON: Ellen had another surprise for Betty, and this one, tall, hot, hunky.
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BETTY WHITE, ACTRESS: Do I get to take it home?
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ANDERSON: Ellen`s interview with Betty airs Monday. Betty White hosts "SNL" May 8th.
HAMMER: So on Thursday we asked you to vote on our "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" question of the day. And right now the results have just been handed to me, finally.
Everybody`s talking about this, Sandra Bullock`s marriage crisis. Do you feel sorry for her? And 87 percent say yes, 13 percent say no. Among the e-mails, Mona from Hawaii writing "Sandra, you are strong and Jesse does not deserve you. Dump that loser."
But Randy in California with a different message, writing "She marries a bad boy tattooed biker. He is not Prince Charming. If you go after a bad boy, don`t be surprised when he cheats."
That is it for "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT." Thanks for watching. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.
ANDERSON: And I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. Take care.