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The Tale of Two Wives: Elin Nordegren and Sandra Bullock; Demi Moore and Kim Kardashian`s War of Words; Sharon Osbourne Versus Rod Blagojevich; Erykah Badu`s Jaw-Dropping Video; Levi Johnston-Sarah Palin Reality Show Smackdown
Aired March 29, 2010 - 23:00:00 ET
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A.J. HAMMER, CO-HOST: Big news, breaking today on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT - Sandra Bullock, Tiger Woods` wife. Elin. New reports today that Elin won`t stand by Tiger`s side when he returns to golf. And Sandra Bullock in hiding today, as more women claim they also had sex with her husband. Will Sandra stay or will she go? SHOWBIZ TONIGHT with breaking developments today in the tale of two wives.
In this corner, Demi Moore and in that corner, Kim Kardashian. The knockdown, drag-out smackdown today over a big pimping controversy. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT reveals why Demi Moore is at war with Kim Kardashian.
The incredible video released today of a major star`s shocking new nude music video taped at the site of JFK`s assassination.
SHOWBIZ TONIGHT reveals the jaw-dropping video and today`s fired up outrage.
ANNOUNCER: TV`s most provocative entertainment news show starts right now.
HAMMER: Hello. I`m A.J. Hammer coming to you from New York City.
BROOKE ANDERSON, CO-HOST: Hi, there. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood with big news breaking today - a tale of two wives.
HAMMER: Yes, Brooke. It`s not just any wives, but two of the most famous humiliated wives in America. We learned today that Tiger Woods` wife Elin will reportedly stay far away from Tiger`s big return to golf next week and not publicly stand by her man.
And SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can now reveal that, if misery loves company, well Elin just may want to give Sandra Bullock a call. There were brand-new breaking reports today about where Sandra is right now. And SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is here to tell you that it`s not back with her husband.
(voice-over): Two women, two troubled marriages and two very public humiliations. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you all eyes are on Sandra Bullock and Tiger Woods` wife, Elin Nordegren, today as we get brand-new reports of how they`re responding to their husband`s devastating scandals.
KIM SERAFIN, SENIOR EDITOR, "IN TOUCH WEEKLY": The big question for both Elin and Sandra is are they going to stay with their husbands? Are they going to stand by their men?
HAMMER: Today, "People.com" reports that, despite pleas from Tiger Elin Nordegren does not want to attend Tiger`s golf comeback at the Masters, which starts April 8th. A source tells "People," quote, "Elin does not want to go the Masters and is preparing for a trip to see her family and friends in Sweden."
"She`s also being asked by Tiger to attend the Masters, even if for a half day to look like she`s interested in supporting his return to golf. But she would rather not be there."
"In Touch Weekly`s" Kim Serafin tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT she thinks that Elin should skip the Masters.
SERAFIN: Everyone is watching this closely. Probably, the safest bet for her is not to be there because then she and Tiger can deal with things privately.
HAMMER: No one can blame Elin for wanting to stay out of the public eye. Four months after we first learned that Tiger Woods habitually cheated on his wife, every day still brings new news about Tiger`s affairs and new embarrassment for Elin.
JOSLYN JAMES, ALLEGED TIGER WOODS MISTRESS: For a long time he lied to me.
HAMMER: Porn star Joslyn James, who`s been trying for weeks to draw attention to her claims of an affair with Tiger, is hitting a new low.
Today, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you Joslyn has actually posted on her Web site a picture of a hotel room key she claims Tiger gave her for one of their alleged trysts. It`s yet another one of the tawdry headlines that may be keeping Tiger`s wife out of the spotlight.
SERAFIN: I really feel bad for her. She`s having to deal with porn stars posting room keys on their Web sites. I think that I can understand why she may not want to show up to the Masters and may not want to be so lovey- dovey with Tiger right now. I think she needs some time.
HAMMER: Sandra Bullock definitely knows the humiliation Elin is feeling. Headline after headline brings another tawdry new angle to reports her husband, motorcycle guru Jesse James, may have cheated on her with up to four women.
SERAFIN: No one has heard from or seen Sandra Bullock since all of this broke.
HAMMER: Today, we heard new reports that Bullock`s now holed up in the Hollywood Hills home she had before she married James in 2005. Three weeks ago today, she reportedly moved out of the house she shared with Jesse James when news of his alleged affair with stripper Michelle McGee first broke in "In Touch" magazine.
Since then, two more women have come forward, claiming their own affairs with James. But today, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has learned a fourth woman is taking a different approach.
SERAFIN: Apparently, she does not want to come forward.
HAMMER: Attorney Gloria Allred, who`s represented two of the alleged Tiger Woods` mistresses, is also representing alleged Jesse James` mistress number four, whom Allred says had a three-year relationship with James. Today, Allred tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT the woman has decided to remain anonymous and not tell her story. "In Touch Weekly`s" Kim Serafin doesn`t blame her.
SERAFIN: I think you`re seeing this turn into as big of a circus as the Tiger Woods fiasco. Maybe she doesn`t want to be pulled into the mess that could ensue.
HAMMER: While Sandra Bullock and Elin Nordegren`s husbands have publicly apologized for their respective scandals neither woman has said a word publicly. And for now, everyone`s still watching them to see when or if that will ever change.
SERAFIN: The fact is, everyone`s going to be watching them. And I think that makes it so much harder to go through what they have to deal with.
ANDERSON: Yes, the world is waiting to see what the next move is for these two women. Will they stand by their men?
Right now in Hollywood Tanika Ray who is an entertainment journalist. And right now, in New York, Cooper Lawrence, who is a syndicated radio host and author of "The Cult of Celebrity."
Tanika, Cooper, I want to begin with the tale of the first wife, Sandra Bullock. Cooper, in light of all the explosive new revelations today, does this just seal the fate of Sandra`s marriage to Jesse?
COOPER LAWRENCE, AUTHOR AND SYNDICATED RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: Yes I don`t understand why any woman would stay with a guy that cheats over and over and over. You know, it`s not like one affair and then you go, "OK. Well, we can work this out." I mean, this is egregious. And there are (UNINTELLIGIBLE) no consequences.
ANDERSON: Yes. And as more time passes and we don`t hear anything from Sandra, it just makes me think it`s more likely that the marriage is done, that she`s going to kick the guy to the curb.
LAWRENCE: Let`s hope so, yes.
ANDERSON: Yes. And as the women step forward and claiming to have affairs with Jesse James, there was one ray of hope today for Sandra in Jesse`s public sex scandal as one alleged mistress announced she`s decided not to speak out.
Just hours ago, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT heard from her lawyer, who told us, quote, "She has decided not to tell her story. I have no further comment on that."
Tanika, I`m thinking that Tiger and Elin are wishing that one of his mistresses had done the same, just clamped it.
TANIKA RAY, ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST: OK, girl. Let`s not celebrate her too soon. She might be smarter than we all think. The other girls have given away their story for free. Maybe by this girl being quiet, she might be the one that benefits financially on the backend.
Hello? We`ve seen this before. Gloria Allred is representing this girl so maybe she`s taking a different tactic. And she realizes that she can gain a lot more financially if she doesn`t say anything and that maybe Jesse will pay her off.
ANDERSON: Yes, been there, done that --
ANDERSON: Has a pattern to follow, see what was more successful.
RAY: Absolutely. It`s just getting grosser. But here`s the thing, in the streets there`s always been this term, you want a lady in the streets and a hooker in the bedroom. Well, Jesse`s doing it, but unfortunately with five different women and that`s the thing that`s so sad.
ANDERSON: It is appalling.
RAY: It`s appalling. And I feel - my heart aches for Sandra.
ANDERSON: And absolutely and for Elin Nordegren. I do want to talk now about the tale of the second wife, Elin. She`s trying to decide whether or not to attend the Masters and support Tiger in his big comeback.
Brand-new reports today say she really doesn`t want to attend, no surprise there. I don`t think she should attend.
ANDERSON: Cooper, how awkward would that be to stand there, try to put on a good face --
RAY: Don`t do it.
ANDERSON: Applaud, smile for Tiger after what he did. How uncomfortable.
LAWRENCE: Yes. It`s so weird and awkward. And now, you know it`s not just about, like, "Should I go? Should I not go?" It makes a statement. If you go, you are saying, "Well, I am going to try to repair this marriage." If you don`t go, you are saying, you know, "Screw you, Tiger."
So it`s the fact that she makes a statement whether she goes or not. So she`s better off not going. You know, Sandra`s smart staying hidden. She should do the same thing. Stay hidden. Let us all speculate. Do what you are going to do, but don`t it publicly anymore.
RAY: Let me get this straight. We all need to bow our heads. Let`s finally mourn the death of the "stand by your man" credo, right now.
LAWRENCE: Exactly. I`m with you, Tanika.
ANDERSON: Let`s have a moment of silence.
RAY: Let`s have a moment.
RAY: In 2010 with the media the way it is and knowing the intimate details of these guy`s disgusting exploits, there`s no way that the woman can stand by her man without being completely humiliated.
ANDERSON: And listen, neither one of them has spoken publicly about their scandal. So who would ever think that it would be comfortable or in any way natural for Elin to attend the Masters and try to put on a happy face when that is impossible.
RAY: But let`s not forget, he didn`t respect her before by cheating on 17 women, so why should she give anything to Tiger by saying, "We`re united, America and the world. I`m going to be here for him"? You know what? Tiger needs to work it out.
ANDERSON: Yes, Cooper. He`s got to work for it. He`s got to make amends.
LAWRENCE: Yes. Let`s not forget this is more than just alleged affairs. We have texts. We have E-mails. We all can see - can hear it.
LAWRENCE: There are phone calls.
RAY: Tangible evidence.
LAWRENCE: Exactly. Things are just unbelievably humiliating and unbelievably disgusting. He should walk away. Yes, I don`t know why she would stand by him.
ANDERSON: Yes, walk away. Let him stand on his own for a while.
Tanika Ray, Cooper Lawrence, thank you both, ladies. Good to see you. And now, we do want know - here`s our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day - "Tiger Woods: Should his wife, Elin, be by his side at the Masters?" Vote CNN.com/ShowbizTonight. E-mail us - here`s the address - firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAMMER: OK. I am here to tell you it`s not just any day here at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT - oh, no. It is a day of big, breaking showbiz smackdowns.
Round one, Demi Moore versus Kim Kardashian. It`s the knockdown drag- out smackdown over a big pimping controversy. Yes, that`s right I said big pimping. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT reveals why Demi Moore is at war with Kim Kardashian.
In round two of the big SHOWBIZ smackdowns, Sharon Osbourne versus former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. So did Sharon really call Blago "half baked?" Sharon Osbourne goes absolutely berserk today on her "Celebrity Apprentice" co-star and we are going to show you what she said.
And in the final round of the big SHOWBIZ smackdowns, we have Sarah Palin versus Levi Johnston. She has a reality show. He wants one. Who would you watch? This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN news and views.
It`s time now for the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker." These are more stories from the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom making news today.
TEXT: Angelina Jolie eyeing role as evil grandmother in Disney`s new "Sleeping Beauty." "How to Train Your Dragon" tops weekend box office with $43.3 million opening.
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UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: Whoa.
UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: Focus.
UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: Thank God.
UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: You`re not even trying.
UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: Today is all about attack.
UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: He`s also (INAUDIBLE) quick and light on the feet.
UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: Your job is to be quicker and lighter.
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ANDERSON: Is Lady Gaga having a great big Gaga meltdown? With so many troubling reports today about Lady Gaga, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has to ask, is the world`s biggest pop star losing it?
Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood with A.J. Hammer in New York. And Lady Gaga not the only young Hollywood celebrity who could be in big trouble.
HAMMER: Yes, that`s right, Brooke. New reports today have authorities asking, is Lindsay Lohan in crisis? Lindsay`s dad Michael Lohan spoke out today about reports that Lindsay Lohan is on the verge of self-destruction.
Lohan was responding to a TMZ report today that even the police are worried about Lindsay`s, quote, "erratic behavior" that they say has been getting worse and worse over the last few months.
Right now, in New York, is Ben Widdicombe, who is a celebrity journalist. And with me in New York tonight is Megan Alexander who is a correspondent for "Inside Edition."
So the TMZ report today said that Lindsay`s behavior over the past few weeks has Hollywood police seriously worried they actually considered her - taking her in for a psychiatric evaluation, kind of like the one that they did with Britney Spears.
Well, this afternoon, Lindsay`s dad, Michael, sent an explosive, angry E-mail to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Here`s what Michael`s writing, "I went to Lindsay`s lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holly, the police and even her judge in L.A. begging them to help me help her. The result? I was beat up in the press."
Now, Megan, Michael Lohan has not exactly been a model of credibility. Is it a bit too soon for him to be saying, "I told you so," which is kind of what he`s doing here?
MEGAN ALEXANDER, CORRESPONDENT, "INSIDE EDITION": Well, first of all, he is Lindsay`s father, number one. And is this not Britney Spears deja vu all over again?
ALEXANDER: And in that situation, a family intervention was needed for Britney. Look, yes, Michael may be a little bit questionable but he loves his daughter. I think we have to accept that and hope for the best.
And it`s too bad to see a very talented young actress indeed fall into the dark side of Hollywood. She needs supportive friends and family around her.
ALEXANDER: He may be her only hope.
HAMMER: Which is a little sad given their story of troubled relationship. Hopefully things have improved on that front and she does get help if she in fact does need help.
All right. I do want to move on right now to another young Hollywood star who`s possibly in crisis. Lady Gaga - she`s raising a lot of eyebrows, a lot of concern. I want to take a look at the rough month that Lady Gaga`s had so far.
She has canceled four huge shows saying she was suffering from exhaustion. In New Zealand, she actually collapsed on stage. Three days later, she was sued for more than $30 million by the guy who claims that he`s responsible for making her a star.
And her new racy violent music video, "Telephone," with Beyonce was slammed by Donny Osmond, among others. Now, Ben Widdicombe, I know a lot this stuff comes with the territory of being a big new sensation.
But are you all concerned that Lady Gaga`s astounding rise to stardom`s finally catching up with her and she`s literally going gaga?
WIDDICOMBE: Well, you know, she`s still very young and the pressure of fame on her shoulders is enormous. I want to say that I`ve been a New York City gossip columnist for 10 years and I`ve never heard any stories about Lady Gaga that are similar to the Lindsay Lohan stories we`ve all heard.
So as far as I know, here, she claims she`s working hard and may be a little bit too much for her. Obviously, the lawsuit was a major blow. I think canceling shows, if she needs to, is the right thing to do even though it disappoints some fans.
So on the whole I think that she`s just struggling with her new global mega fame. I don`t think it`s a Lindsay Lohan situation.
HAMMER: I`m a huge fan. I hope all is well with Lady Gaga. And her rep told SHOWBIZ TONIGHT late today she has no comment on all of this. But how do young Hollywood stars avoid breaking under the stress of all the fame?
Maybe Lindsay and Gaga could learn a thing or two from the younger generation in Hollywood. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT was right there on the red carpet Saturday at the Kids Choice Awards. The young stars handed out some big- time advice. Watch this.
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TAYLOR LAUTNER, ACTOR: I have a great family behind me. Very supportive. A lot of wonderful friends. And it`s just important to stay focused on the work, and that`s what I`m doing right now.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We really hold family near and dear to our hearts.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Somebody out there give you good advice?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, Dad definitely did. He said, live like you`re at the bottom even if you`re at the top. I`m not saying we`re at the top. We`re just saying that we`ll stay humble and keep the right attitude.
VINCENT MARTELLA, ACTOR: We have a really good family. I really appreciate that more than anything. Today, you see a lot of broken up families.
You`re just kind of like - when the kids go their own way and parents don`t keep them in line in a way. And I feel like they have always been kind and supportive of what I do. It kind of taught me how to behave and act - sort of thing and that`s always helped me.
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HAMMER: It always comes down to family. Megan Alexander, Ben Widdicombe, thanks, guys.
ANDERSON: Forget Lady Gaga`s "Telephone" music video controversy. Another big star is causing even bigger outrage today. You`re not going to believe the video just out today of a major star baring all for a music videotaped where JFK was assassinated.
We`re going to ask, why would anybody dare do this? SHOWBIZ TONIGHT reveals the unbelievable new video and today`s fired up outrage.
And is it time for Sandra Bullock`s husband to tell all after he cheated? You`ve got to see the brand-new startling results today of a SHOWBIZ TONIGHT exclusive poll. Is it time for Jesse James to fess up and tell all? This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN news and views.
And now, the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker" - more stories from the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom making news today.
TEXT: Sonny and Cher`s daughter applied to legally change name from Chastity to Chaz Bono. Fox picks up sketch comedy pilot from "In Living Color" alum Jamie Foxx.
ANDERSON: SHOWBIZ TONIGHT was right there when Matt Damon was given an honor so huge, so exclusive he actually thought there was some sort of mix- up. Matt was honored Saturday with the 24th American Cinematheque Award for his amazing body of work including "The Talented Mr. Ripley," the "Bourne" series, "Good Will Hunting."
Matt told us how surprised he was to be honored. And his friends Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman told us exactly how they felt about Matt getting his award.
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MATT DAMON, ACTOR: I was like, are you sure you got the right guy? But they said look, "It`s not a lifetime achievement thing. It`s like a "you`re doing good so far" type of thing. So I`ll take it.
JIMMY KIMMEL, COMEDIAN: I think it`s an outrage. I really do. I think there are many more deserving. I mean, Robert Urich, for instance, never got this. Why should Matt Damon get it?
SARAH SILVERMAN, COMEDIAN: You know, it`s funny. I went to his IMDB page, you know, the Internet Movie Database. His body of work is astounding. And the movies are all good. I mean, I love "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and all the "Bourne" movies. I`m a big fan of his.
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ANDERSON: Hollywood salutes Matt Damon and American Cinematheque tribute airs on ABC this spring.
HAMMER: All right. If you ever want to let us know your views on the showbiz news, we have "Showbiz Connects." It`s Facebook. It`s E-mail, Twitter and of course, "Showbiz on Call."
And starting today, it`s something new. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT I-report on camera. Now, Melissa F. in California is all fired-up about Sandra Bullock`s marriage drama and says Jesse James should be ashamed of himself if he cheated on Sandra. Take a look at this.
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MELISSA F., VIEWER FROM CALIFORNIA: Excuse me, it was not Bullock who had an affair for almost a year with a sleazy tattoo model and who totally embarrassed their three children and her spouse.
Excuse me, that was Jesse James. That was obviously not thinking with his big head, OK? If - for him to have his affair - one of the most beloved women in America - you know that was - such a beautiful person inside and out and who has done so much for people. For her to be betrayed this way is so wrong.
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HAMMER: Thank you so much, Melissa. I am right there with you. We would love to hear from you and we`d love to see you, so grab your camcorder, your webcam, cell phone cam, make a video and go to CNN.com/ShowbizTonight to send us your I-Report.
ANDERSON: And now, the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT lineup. Here`s what`s coming up at the about bottom of the hour on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
It`s a big pimping smackdown between Demi Moore and Kim Kardashian. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT with why Demi is at war with Kim.
Big controversy over a major star`s shocking new nude music video out today, taped at the site of JFK`s assassination. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT reveals the jaw-dropping video.
And a hockey coach goes bonkers at a game. This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN news and views.
And now, the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker" - more stories from the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom making news today.
TEXT: Backstreet Boys announce North American tour kicking off June 1st in Orlando. "Real Housewives of New York" star Bethenny Frankel married Sunday in New York.
HAMMER: Now, on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT - Blago bashing. Today, Sharon Osbourne opens up and lets loose on her "Celebrity Apprentice" nemesis, Rod Blagojevich. Today, why Sharon is so outraged at Blago.
The shocking new music video that`s kicked off a firestorm of controversy. Why this star stripped at site of JFK`s assassination.
Plus, more stories breaking from the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker."
ANNOUNCER: TV`s most provocative entertainment news show continues right now.
HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. It is 30 minutes past hour. I`m A.J. Hammer coming to you from New York City.
ANDERSON: And I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood with big news breaking today as we get to the bottom of the big Demi Moore-Kim Kardashian smackdown right now.
HAMMER: Yes, Brooke, I can tell you that this smackdown has been making headlines all day long. Now, it started out with a picture that reality star Kim Kardashian tweeted to her more than 3 million followers Sunday night.
Kardashian was in Miami over the weekend and tweeted her fans a picture of her and some her girlfriends with the caption "Big Pimpin`." Well, when Demi Moore got Kim`s tweet and saw what she wrote, Demi launched an explosive war of words against Kardashian.
Also breaking today, singer Erykah Badu is baring her body in a shocking new music video right next to where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. And we`re revealing that video to you right here. You are not going to believe what the singer has to say about it.
Right now, from Hollywood, Tanika Ray who is an entertainment journalist. With me in New York - it is Cooper Lawrence who is a syndicated radio show host and author of this fine book, "The Cult of Celebrity."
All right. I`ve got to begin with the brand-new war of words going on between Kim Kardashian and Demi Moore. It all started out with this picture that Kim tweeted. Kim was partying with some of her friends.
She snapped the picture with a caption that read this - "Big Pimpin` with Serena Williams, LaLa Vazquez, Kelly Rowland. Love you girls."
Well, Brooke, that just got things going. Tell us what happened next.
ANDERSON: Oh, yes, A.J. All that I can say is Demi Moore was outraged so she tweeted this question to Kim, "Are you using the word `pimpin`` as in pimping? No disrespect. I love a girls` night out but a pimp and pimping is nothing more than a slave owner. If we want to end slavery, we need to stop glorifying the `pimp` culture."
Well, then, Kim fired back with this tweet, "Nothing wrong with dancing to `Big Pimpin`` by Jay-Z in the club. Having a girl`s night out, got to love that song."
OK. I think that we all understand the point that Demi was making. I don`t think anybody disagrees with her or her point. But I do think it was completely innocent on Kim`s part. I don`t think that she intended to be offensive. Tanika, I`m going to throw it to you.
ANDERSON: What do you think?
RAY: Well, absolutely not. I was more shocked by the fact that Demi follows Kim Kardashian on Twitter. Are you kidding me? I really think that Kim was being, in a sense - she`s hanging out with her girlfriends. We`ve all heard the songs. But Demi has a really good point.
ANDERSON: She does.
RAY: Look, we`ve got to be more responsible in the world of Twitter which she is the godmother of. We`ve seen what happened with John Mayer. He said something irresponsible and he`s been in hiding for the last month.
You just have to be careful with the words that you use and I think that Kim innocently used a colloquialism that we`ve all heard. And we`ve all said, "I`m pimping today. I`m wearing a cute outfit."
But she`s right. You have to be really careful with your words and make sure that you`re not sending out the wrong message of people who don`t - who might not understand.
HAMMER: Yes. I know this is something we can all agree on. I personally think that we have been desensitize to the term "pimping," and not that it makes it right. But again, you put at the end of a very, very long list of words that we`ve become desensitized to.
I guarantee you what you were saying, Tanika, Kim was telling the truth when she responded to Demi saying, "Good point. I agree. It was just a song, not literal."
HAMMER: You know, I don`t think for a moment that Kim meant it literally. Certainly, I actually think it never crossed her mind. You know, Cooper, I do think it is great to raise awareness about these things.
But I don`t know, sort about in the way that she went about it. Did Demi overreact in your mind?
LAWRENCE: No, she did not overreact. But this is what happens when the stars take to Twitter themselves. You know, they used to have publicists who inspect all of this stuff and say, you know, "You can`t use this word."
LAWRENCE: "Let`s take this one out," you know.
LAWRENCE: And now, they just say whatever they want to and it`s like (UNINTELLIGIBLE) sometimes. But you know, when I was a "Cosmo" girl we made - we made this big thing to stop saying "wife-beater." Just say "tank top."
So this is the same thing. Things have worked into our vernacular. Somebody has to draw attention to it and if it`s Demi Moore, if it`s you, good conversation going.
HAMMER: All right. "Pimpin`" is coming off of my list. Now, for the record, Demi did tweet back to Kim and to her fans saying this, "Just so you all are clear, I like Kim Kardashian. I was just make a point about how we have used a word and desensitized the real meaning. Clearly, I stirred up an (EXPLETIVE DELETED) storm."
"But to create change, you have to be willing to take a risk and be willing to provoke thought and conversation. And I couldn`t agree more with that.
RAY: I love her.
LAWRENCE: But then, she uses that word.
HAMMER: Let`s move on now to brand-new controversy going on today. This is incredible. It`s over singer Erykah Badu`s new explosive video that`s out today for her new song, "Window Seat." I`ve got to say, this is pretty outrageous.
In this video, Erykah Badu strips naked right near the spot where President Kennedy was assassinated. We`ve got the video for you right now that she posted on her Web site today. You`ve got to take a look at this.
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ERYKAH BADU, SINGER: They play it safe, are quick to assassinate what they do not understand. They move in packs and ingesting more and more fear with every act of hate on one another.
They feel most comfortable in groups. Less guilt to swallow. They are us. This is what we have become. Afraid to respect the individual. A single person or event or circumstance can move one to change, to love herself, to evolve.
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HAMMER: OK, I`m the first one to say I am all about the right to artistic freedom, freedom to expression.
HAMMER: I`ve always respected Erykah Badu immensely as an artist. Tanika, are you offended by this and what she did?
RAY: You know I`m not. Erykah, I`ve been a fan of hers forever. She is a bold chica. She loves to push the boundaries and she loves to say what she feels and thinks deep down in her soul.
And this is just another way. You know, somebody in this newsroom said, "It should be about the music." Unfortunately, in today`s age, it`s not just about the music.
Lady Gaga - I don`t know if she`d be as famous if she was without her cartoon character outfits that she wears. I think that you have to push the boundaries. MTV is dead. So it really is about, how can you provoke people`s interest through your music and through your videos? You have to make a stand. And we`re all talking about it today. So good for you, Erykah.
HAMMER: But a lot of people, Tanika, have said, is it right to push the boundaries, if at end of the day, you`re breaking the law, you know, by getting naked a public place and in front of children.
RAY: Right. You`re right it is against the law, and she`s going to have to probably pay for that. But when it comes down to it, you can`t stop an artist. And she felt this obviously very seriously to the point where the poem was really eerie.
It was really thought-provoking. I think that was the whole point. People wouldn`t have listened to this song and listened to what she had to say if it was just a regular video and she had a pretty dress on.
RAY: I think that, yes, it`s illegal and she`s going to have to pay the price. But in order to get your message out there, sometimes you have to take drastic measures.
HAMMER: Well, she may not actually have to pay the price, as it turns out, because obviously a lot of people, myself included, we were wondering today, is Badu going to be charged with the crime?
Because, yes, she stripped naked in a public place. And again, there were children around. Well, late today, police did confirm to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT that Badu will not be charged with indecent nobody filed a complaint, because if you don`t file a complaint, it`s not going to happen.
Back to the video, though. The idea - she got naked, where - right next to the spot where President Kennedy was assassinated. Are you offended, Cooper?
LAWRENCE: I`m not offended. I`m not offended because this is not a political statement. And before this, nobody was looking to Erykah Badu.
LAWRENCE: I mean, now, all of a sudden, we`re talking about her. And this is what fame has become. She`s got to do something ridiculous like this. And I don`t understand the artistic message and why she`s there, what relevance this has to do. And it makes me go, "I don`t really care."
LAWRENCE: But we`re talking about not that she`s looking for - the fact that this what fame has become, the fact that now people could do things and get naked at a major landmark in order for us to talk about them. That`s the part I`m offended by.
HAMMER: Well, she didn`t do it for a reason. Erykah Badu did explain why she decided to strip naked saying she wanted to conquer some of her fears liberated. Does that change it for you at all, Tanika?
RAY: Was one of her fears being naked in public?
LAWRENCE: Right. Or not being naked in public?
HAMMER: Well, no. But it really was pushing boundaries that would be scary for somebody to push like getting naked in public. They shot this thing guerilla-style.
RAY: I love it. Here`s the thing. We all have our missions in life and maybe this is on her bucket list. She can check it off. She`s now done it and she could continue to write great music. Hopefully, her next video doesn`t try to trump this one. I can`t imagine what`s next.
LAWRENCE: I don`t buy it.
RAY: It`s the way of the artists these days.
HAMMER: She has raised the bar but perhaps it will inspire other people to conquer their fears.
LAWRENCE: She`s lowered the bar, A.J. She`s lowered the bar.
HAMMER: And I think (INAUDIBLE) she was going for it. Tanika Ray, Cooper Lawrence, thanks.
RAY: As a matter of fact, I`m going to conquer one of my fears now.
HAMMER: All right, over to you, Brooke.
ANDERSON: You know, let`s move onto this. Now, Sharon Osbourne not afraid to tell anybody who is on her mind. Sharon fired off a blistering attack on her "Celebrity Apprentice" nemesis, Rod Blagojevich. Today, why is Sharon calling Blago crazy and insane?
Watch out, Sarah Palin. You`ve got a brand-new battle on your hands. Levi Johnston says he`s planning a new reality TV show and he put his baby`s grandmother on notice. Sarah, Levi says his new show is going to be bigger and better than yours.
And did you see this? A hockey coach going nuts at a game. Usually it`s the players that get into slugfests on the ice, right? You won`t believe what made this hockey coach lose his cool. 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.
TEXT: Ricky Martin says he is gay in a statement today on his Web site. Boom, boom, pow! Fergie falls on stage during Black Eyed Peas Concert.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Donny Osmond.
ROD BLAGOJEVICH, FORMER GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS: Donny Osmond? Oh, no. It`s Rod Blagojevich. I used to be the governor of Illinois. Hi.
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HAMMER: That`s Rod Blagojevich in one of his wacky moments on "Celebrity Apprentice." But his slip-ups may have set off a startling all-out star war on the set. Sharon Osbourne took the gloves off today and let loose on Blago. It`s Sharon Osbourne unleashed.
And welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York with Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. Today, the Osbourne ouch.
ANDERSON: Yes. Sharon Osbourne calling out her "Celebrity Apprentice" co- star Rod Blagojevich, calling him absolutely 100 percent crazy.
But Blago`s not the only former governor in the smackdown cross hairs. In another smackdown, Levi Johnston launching a new war today with Sarah Palin. Levi, who`s the father of Palin`s grandson, talking smack about Sarah`s new show saying his is going to be way better. Wait a minute, hold up, Levi`s got a new show?
Right now in New York is Ben Widdicombe. He is a celebrity journalist. Also in New York is Megan Alexander - she`s a correspondent for "Inside Edition."
Ben, Megan, you`ve got to see this new interview out today on "Radar Online." Levi Johnston says forget about Sarah Palin`s upcoming documentary series on Alaska. Watch his instead. Take a look.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE REPORTER, "RADAR ONLINE": What do you think of Sarah`s new show coming out, her reality show?
LEVI JOHNSTON, FATHER OF SARAH PALIN`S GRANDSON: Good for her. My show`s going to beat hers.
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ANDERSON: Yes. He really did just say, "My show is going to beat hers." Megan, wait a second. He doesn`t even officially have a show yet? Isn`t he being a bit delusional? This is presumptuous.
ALEXANDER: Delusional? Yes, except the people are smart enough to watch Sarah Palin`s "Alaska" instead of Levi Johnston`s drinking habits. But this is the age of "Jersey Shore" and Blago even being cast on "Celebrity Apprentice." So I believe it could happen. That`s the sad thing, Brooke.
ANDERSON: And speaking of his drinking habit, you know, the show hasn`t been picked up yet. He`s still shopping it around.
Here`s what`s reps told SHOWBIZ TONIGHT this afternoon about the tentatively titled "Levi Johnston`s Last Frontier." It will be, quote, "Levi in his world both in Alaska and outside of Alaska living like no other teenager."
Ben, this premise doesn`t have me jumping to warm up my Tivo or anything. I`m thinking that Palin doesn`t have a thing to worry about here.
WIDDICOMBE: Well, you know, I think Sarah Palin might win a ratings war with Levi. But this really is the family that keeps on giving. This soap opera that keeps continuing is so fascinating.
It`s so funny that Levi thinks that he can compete with Sarah Palin with his own show which he clearly can`t. I would watch them both just for the fun factor. But no, I don`t think that Sarah has anything to worry about.
ANDERSON: He`s very, very confident in his abilities. And love him or hate him, it`s really like - Megan says, it`s not totally far fetched that Levi`s reality show could happen, could possibly become a hit. Over to you, A.J. Lay it out for us.
HAMMER: All right. Well, Brooke, we`re not messing around here. We actually called in the entire SHOWBIZ TONIGHT research team so we could dig up Levi Johnston`s track record.
Pay attention to this. His "Playgirl" spread was reportedly a blockbuster. This thing was a huge hit on their Web site. Levi starred in that hilarious TV commercial for pistachio nuts and he even gave this latest interview about a news show at a star-packed celebrity party for celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton.
Megan, let me ask you - the more I think about this, the more I think people actually might watch his new show, you know, even if it`s just for the train wreck factor. Am I right in this?
ALEXANDER: I think that he may win just that first episode. People will be curious just to see what the show is even about. But A.J. the guy has the personality of a broom.
I mean, he`s decent looking but he doesn`t have personality for a TV. His interviews are so boring. So first episode - second episode, I think it is over.
HAMMER: Maybe he will sweep the ratings then.
ANDERSON: Seems really daft in my opinion. OK. I do want to move to another huge kick butt reality TV smackdown - Sharon Osbourne`s war today on Rod Blagojevich. You`ve got to hear what Sharon just said about Blago.
Sharon and Blago are, of course, on opposing teams on "Celebrity Apprentice." The latest episode aired last night. Here`s a sample of the impeached Illinois governor at work. Take a look.
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BLAGOJEVICH: Do you know how to turn this on. Nothing`s happening with this. The computer that was there I couldn`t even turn it on.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was going to try to get Rod to put this stuff together, but he can`t operate a computer.
BLAGOJEVICH: There`s a whole bunch of technology that`s passed me by. It`s one of the things when you`re governor and you have - 60,000 people work for you. They pretty much research for you. And before that, I was a Congressman and didn`t have to learn it. So I don`t think my team knows quite what to make of me yet.
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ANDERSON: Oh, brother. Well, today the battle is exploding outside of the boardroom. Here`s what Sharon just told Ellen DeGeneres about Blago on "The Apprentice," quote, "He is absolutely crazy. He is insane. Completely self-obsessed, insane. Like they said, he is half-baked. They pulled him out of the oven too soon. He wasn`t properly formed."
Ben, I hate to say it - is she just saying what a lot of people are thinking? Or is it too harsh?
WIDDICOMBE: Well, she is. But, you know, Sharon Osbourne calling anyone else insane and self-obsessed - has she seen any of her own programs? Did she watch "The Osbournes?" She`s the poster girl for insane and self- obsessed.
You know what? It is true that Blagojevich is - has been accused of some very serious things. He`s been accused of perverting democracy. So he is, if you believe the allegations, a bad guy and not just some kook. But Sharon didn`t address that. She just called them crazy. Well, she`s crazy, too. They`re all crazy.
ANDERSON: All crazy. That makes for good TV. Well, we did hear from the governor`s rep today just in to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. The rep tells us, quote, "Gov. Blagojevich finds her comments as entertaining as her performance on `Celebrity Apprentice.` Welcome to showbiz."
So there you have it. No hard feelings. By the sound of the statement he gets it, all in good fun. Ben Widdicombe, Megan Alexander, thanks.
HAMMER: All right. Moving on tonight - did you see this. Talk about a real hothead. An ice hockey coach goes berserk during a game.
Now, usually, of course, all the action and the fighting takes place on the ice and between the players. Well, this guy wants - he wants a piece of the action and he had the opposing team shaking, and I say shaking in their ice skates. This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN news and views.
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HAMMER: All right. Did you see this? An ice hockey coach goes nuts. Check this out. They guy is beyond outraged. And now, this minor league hockey coach is a major big deal on the Internet.
Yes. Over 500,000 people have watched this "coach gone wild" video. Get this. I love it. The guys name, Jim Playfair. What else are you going to do?
Coach Playfair lost his mind after the referee ejected one of his players. The coach smashed two hockey sticks, ripped off his jacket all in front of the crowd, right there, and they were cheering him on, of course.
Now, Coach Playfair was fined but not suspended. Brooke, you can`t make this stuff up. And you`ve got to keep in mind, do you something like this in an even semipublic place, it`s going to be seen around the world.
ANDERSON: How was that not grounds for suspension, though? That guy needs to go in the time-out corner.
OK. All on again, off gain couple (INAUIBDLE) back on? Is Farrah Fawcett`s money being mishandled? And what`s next for "24" once the TV show`s clock stops ticking. It`s all making big news in "The Buzz" today.
(voice-over): "24" runs out of time. It has just been announced the Fox drama will end its TV run after eight seasons. But star Kiefer Sutherland has just revealed that the next step is a full-length movie version. Sutherland, who plays Jack Bauer, tells "Entertainment Weekly" the series` finale that airs May 24th is expected to set up the film.
Hollywood`s new young stars at the Kids` Choice Awards. Nickelodeon`s Kid`s Choice Awards brought out junior Hollywood`s A-list. Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato appeared in public as a couple for the first time.
The stars of the "Twilight" movies, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart were named cutest couple. But for Lautner, it was his real-life breakup with Taylor Swift that had him talking.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Taylor (INAUDIBLE)?
LAUTNER: We are friends. Good friends.
ANDERSON: Fighting over Farrah Fawcett. The actress died last summer but the battle over her memory is still going on. The man who documented her fight with cancer in the movie, "Farrah`s Story," alleges her estate is being mishandled.
Craig Nevius claims Fawcett`s beneficiaries are misusing her money. Nevius responded in court to a lawsuit filed against him by the estate that alleges he embezzled thousands of dollars from Fawcett`s company.
HAMMER: On Monday, we asked you to vote our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day. And now, I can reveal to you these, the surprising final results. Sandra Bullock Marriage in Crisis: Is it time for Jesse James to tell all?" Look at this - 66 percent of you said yes. Thirty-four percent said no.
Some of the E-mails we got included this one from Pat in Tennessee who thinks says Jesse should keep his mouth shut, "Jesse should not tell all. There are some things that should remain private."
Chris from Michigan writes Jesse and Sandra need to do more than tell all, "Jesse and Sandra should split. Jesse is a bad boy and she still married him. And she should know that bad boys are no good."
Well, that is it for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Thank you so much for watching. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.
ANDERSON: And I am Brooke Anderson in Hollywood.
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