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Rihanna Playing with Fire; Rosie O`Donnell Teaming Up with Oprah; Michaele Salahi, Most Hated?; Barbra Streisand on Jennifer Aniston`s Babs; Mary-Kate Olsen`s Childhood Confession; Most Provocative Celebrity of the Week

Aired August 6, 2010 - 23:00:00   ET


BROOKE ANDERSON, HLN HOST: Big news breaking today on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT - playing with fire. Eminem, Rihanna - their shocking new violent music video revealed today.


Domestic abuse, shoplifting, even houses set on fire. Today`s SHOWBIZ Flashpoint - is Rihanna totally out of line for making the video?

More big news breaking today - Rosie teaming up with Oprah big time. What`s that about?

"Real Housewife" really hated? Remarkable new attacks today on White House gatecrasher, Michaele Salahi. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT right there as even her own reality co-stars slam her.




ANDERSON: The great debate, is she the most hated reality star in America?

And will SHOWBIZ TONIGHT name Michaele name her the most provocative celebrity of the week? How about Charlie Sheen for avoiding jail? Or Gisele Bundchen and the breast-feeding battle?

ANNOUNCER: TV`s most provocative entertainment news show starts right now.


ANDERSON: Hi, there, everyone. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood with breaking news today - Rihanna playing with fire.

What you are about to see is absolutely remarkable and violent and starring Rihanna. A new music video revealed today shows Rihanna singing lines like, "I like the way it hurts" against a disturbing backdrop of domestic violence. And throw in the fact that this new video is from Eminem and you will really understand what I mean when I say playing with fire.

But SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you that a great debate broke out whether Rihanna, who became a poster child for domestic violence victims, did the right thing.



ANDERSON (voice-over): A fiery music video and a fiery potential controversy.


ANDERSON: The world got its first look today at Eminem and Rihanna`s new video for their hit, "Love the Way You Lie," a brutal song about domestic violence.


And if this song`s lyrics aren`t disturbing enough, the new video revealed today takes domestic violence to a whole new level. It shows "Transformers" star Megan Fox and "Lost" star Dominic Monaghan as a couple who alternate between beating each other up, making out passionately, drinking, and beating each other up again.


Of course, there`s the most unnerving part of the video.


The song`s chorus is sung by perhaps the most famous recent victim of domestic violence, Rihanna.

KIM SERAFIN, SENIOR EDITOR, "IN TOUCH WEEKLY": It is kind of jarring when you watch this video because you know what she went through herself. It is almost too much of art imitating life.

ANDERSON: Rihanna became the face of domestic violence after her then boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, brutally attacked her last year.

Now, Rihanna tells "Access Hollywood" that even with her history with domestic violence, she had absolutely no apprehension about doing this song.

RIHANNA, SINGER: Not at all. Not at all. Eminem is an artist of class and I knew if he sent me a record, there must be something to it. It couldn`t just be, "Oh, duh, she was in that relationship, so we have to get her." It was really a deep song.


ANDERSON: And Rihanna tells "Access Hollywood" her own experiences and Eminem`s infamously stormy relationship with his ex-wife, Kim, gave both superstars a special connection to the song.

RIHANNA: It`s something that, you know, we both experienced, you know, on different sides, different ends of the table. He pretty much just broke down the cycle of domestic violence. It`s something that I understood, something that I connected with.

ANDERSON: When I recently spoke to Eminem, he told SHOWBIZ TONIGHT every song on his hit new album, "Recovery," has a message.

EMINEM, RAP ARTIST: And I felt like with this album I want to turn a corner and I want to go a little bit different direction, and let me stop playing around so much and get serious for a minute, you know, and tell people, you know, how I really feel, and also show them, you know, kind of where I`m at.


ANDERSON: But SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has got to ask, does this video with its two sexy stars in their cinematic cycle of sex and violence risk glamorizing domestic abuse?

SERAFIN: It`s clear why people will say this glorifies domestic violence in a way because it is a sexy video. They`re violent towards each other, but they seem to feed off of it. They seem to enjoy the pain that they`re causing each other. And obviously, Rihanna went through something like this. Eminem went through something like this.

ANDERSON: Megan Fox`s rep today confirmed to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT that she is donating the money she makes for the video to a shelter for abused women.


But whether that silences the criticism, it`s clear the video accomplishes its goal - making a bold statement about a subject people are uncomfortable with.



ANDERSON: All right. So many people are just shocked that Rihanna would make this kind of video in light of her own dark past. And that brings us to our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT flash point today - was Rihanna totally out of line to make this video.

Joining me right now, in New York, Cooper Lawrence who is a radio show host and author of the book, "Cult of Celebrity." Also right now, in New York, Janell Snowden, who is a host for "VH1 News."

Ladies, I just want to get this out here right off the bat. I applaud Rihanna for facing this very painful issue about domestic violence head on. I think the video is a powerful statement on domestic abuse and I think she`s getting people`s attention with the grim realities of violence and how it can destroy people`s lives.

But, Cooper, not everyone will agree. So to our SHOWBIZ Flashpoint was she out of line to make the video?

COOPER LAWRENCE, RADIO SHOW HOST AND AUTHOR: It is not your place to agree or not agree. She went through this. This is her experience. If she chooses to express it this way - you know, the album is called "Recovery." It`s about recovering from the terrible things that have happened to us in our lives.

Some of it is our fault. Some of it has been put upon us. This was a great example of something that was really - nothing that she asked for to happen. So if this is cathartic for her, who are we to say that it`s not OK?

And besides, there`s actually research that shows that a lot of these celebrities, whatever they go through, the more they express it through their music, not only is it more effective for people who are actually experiencing domestic violence. But also, it`s cathartic for them to get it out. You know, they`re starting a conversation.

ANDERSON: Yes. I`m very proud of Rihanna. She`s making a very powerful statement here. But Janell, to our SHOWBIZ Flashpoint was she out of line?

JANELL SNOWDEN, HOST, "VH1 NEWS": No. Amen to what Cooper said. This is something that she experienced. This is something, obviously, has been at the forefront. I mean, she is the poster child for domestic violence, unfortunately.

So this video is literally and figuratively blazing. And it doesn`t have a happy ending. So to say it`s glorifying domestic violence I don`t think is a fair statement. I actually think this video is amazing. I think it`s wonderful that they chose to do so in such a way. It`s hitting on all cylinders.

You`ve got the sexiness of Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan. But you also see the grittiness and you also see the dangers and the tragedy that is domestic violence. And so for Eminem, who`s obviously had perilous past and Rihanna who has as well, to step out in the forefront of this and make such a powerful video, I applaud them and I say more power to you.

LAWRENCE: Yes. Those images are horrifying.

ANDERSON: You cannot watch the video and not be affected. You just cannot be - you know, you have to be impacted by this message when you watch the video because it is about the seriousness of domestic violence. And it does show a couple locked in a dangerous power struggle.

Rihanna says this was a song that she needed to do because of her own powerful and painful relationship. Watch.


Cooper, very quickly. I have to imagine this might mean that Rihanna has finally come to terms with that dark time in her life and is ready to reach out and help her fans.

LAWRENCE: You never come to terms with that. You spend your whole life wondering what you have done and feeling the guilt. This is just one more step that she is taking to come out and embrace it and make it something she is now in control of.

For the first time, she`s in control. A lot of domestic-abused women are not in control. And the women out there who are not saying something, this might give them the impetus to step forward and say, "You know what, this is happening to me," because this video is not glorious. It`s horrifying.

SNOWDEN: Absolutely.


ANDERSON: And what Rihanna experienced was very traumatic and she has emerged a very strong woman. I`m very proud of her.

OK, got to move now to another story making big news today - Rosie and Oprah together again. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has confirmed that Rosie O`Donnell will get a brand spanking new daytime talk show is and it`s going to be on Oprah`s new network when it starts up next year.

Janell, we know how "The View" turned out when Rosie was on there and how she is such a controversial and polarizing figure. Is Oprah taking a big risk here?

SNOWDEN: She is taking a big risk, but at the same time, they say if you don`t take a risk, it`s hard to succeed. So I think what a way to start off a channel and ensure ratings because she is known to be such a polarizing figure and you know she`s coming with strong views. It`s a good way to get people to watch and just see where she is right now.


SNOWDEN: You know, whatever that hot topic is, come January 1st, the day the network launches, I`m sure Rosie is going to have a heated opinion on it. And I, for one, will be watching but -

ANDERSON: No kidding. You know, with Oprah -

SNOWDEN: Not just because of Rosie but because you know I love Oprah.

ANDERSON: Yes. And you know with Oprah, it`s a calculated risk. She is one savvy businesswoman. OK. Cooper Lawrence, Janelle Snowden, thanks, ladies.

I just cannot believe the remarkable new attacks today on White House gatecrasher, Michaele Salahi. It`s gotten out of control. Let me tell you. This is one housewife who is really hated.


MICHAELE SALAHI, CAST MEMBER, "REAL HOUSEWIVES OF D.C.": No matter what people say, just like Whoopi, you know, yelling at me yesterday. I know who I am, so you can hate me. You can flash applause signs. I didn`t do anything. I went in as a guest and I was proud to be there.


ANDERSON: SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is right there as even her own "Real Housewives of D.C." co-stars slam her. The great debate today - is Michaele the most hated reality star in America?

And will we name Michaele the most provocative celebrity of the week today? Or how about supermodel Gisele Bundchen and her breastfeeding battle? Then there`s Charlie Sheen for avoiding jail.

Paula Abdul - I was a fan of hers on "American Idol." lots of reports out there she may return. So today I settle this thing once and for all. Is she coming back to the show? This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN news and views.

Now, the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker" - more stories from the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom making news today.

TEXT: Big baby news! Will Arnett and Amy Poehler welcome baby number two. More big baby news! Lily Allen has a reason to smile - she`s pregnant!



NAOMI CAMPBELL, SUPERMODEL: I`m not going to speak about that. Thank you very much.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But what she told ABC News was a lie. She did receive diamonds from Taylor.


ANDERSON: This is unbelievable. And it`s all-out war. ABC "Nightline" flat-out calls Naomi Campbell a liar as she testifies at the war crimes trial of a brutal dictator, former Liberian President Charles Taylor.

Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. Is Naomi Campbell a pretty little liar today?

Ever the fashionista, the controversial supermodel took the stand at a war crimes trial in the Netherlands wearing a cream-colored cardigan. But, for once, Naomi`s looks weren`t the headline.

People wanted to know, did she receive alleged blood diamonds from dictator Charles Taylor? Here`s CNN`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): We`ve seen her on the catwalk. We`ve seen her do the perp walk, but whoever imagined seeing a supermodel at a war crimes trial?


MOOS: Fashionably late, but only by a few minutes -

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You told us you were late for breakfast the following morning.

CAMPBELL: I`m always late.

MOOS: Naomi was wearing an evil eye necklace, but you may think of her as a diamond-loving diva like Marilyn Monroe.


But the diamonds discussed here weren`t the kind of friends you brag about - blood diamonds, allegedly used by war crimes defendant Charles Taylor to fund his deeds. Taylor, the former president of Liberia.

CAMPBELL: I actually never heard of Liberia.

MOOS: But while at a dinner given by Nelson Mandela, Charles Taylor appeared, as Naomi pointed out, with a manicured finger.

CAMPBELL: Myself, Charles Taylor, Mr. Mandela.

MOOS: Later that night she was awakened by two men at the door saying -

CAMPBELL: A gift for you and they gave me a pouch.

MOOS: Now, if two guys knocked on your door in the middle of the night and handed you a pouch, what would you do with it? First thing, open, it right? But Naomi says she went back to sleep.

CAMPBELL: I opened the pouch the next morning when I woke up.

MOOS: And what did she see?

CAMPBELL: And there were very small dirty-looking stones, dirty- looking pebbles. I`m used to seeing diamonds shiny and in a box, you know.

MOOS (on camera): Now, we`re totally accustomed to seeing Naomi Campbell in court, but she`s usually the defendant, not the witness.

(voice-over): She`s always in trouble for throwing cell phones.


MOOS: Always being mocked for anger management issues. She even swatted at an ABC camera after the interviewer asked about Charles Taylor supposedly giving her diamonds. And she didn`t want to testify at this war crimes trial either.

CAMPBELL: This is a big inconvenience for me.

MOOS: She said she was worried about her family`s safety.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Isn`t it correct that your account today is not entirely truthful because of your fear of Charles Taylor?

CAMPBELL: No, that`s not correct.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Madam president -

MOOS: Naomi says she gave the pouch of diamonds to the then head of Nelson Mandela`s Children`s Fund so they could do some good. The whole story sounded like a James Bond plot.


After what must have seemed like forever, Naomi walked out in heels so high they were a war crime against her feet.


ANDERSON: That was CNN`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Just in case you were wondering, Naomi`s cream-colored knit ensemble was from designer Azzadine Alaia`s spring-summer collection. No word on who made the shoes. She did look fabulous, didn`t she? As always.

I`m getting lots of calls into the "Showbiz on Call" phone lines about Gisele Bundchen`s explosive comments about breastfeeding. The supermodel said she wants to make it a law, making it mandatory for mothers to breastfeed their newborns for the first six months.

Gisele has backed off a bit, but Patricia from Pennsylvania doesn`t think she should have.


PATRICIA, CALLER FROM PENNSYLVANIA: It`s her opinion. She`s a new mom and she wants to be able to say what she feels is the right thing to do. And if she feels the breastfeeding should be paid for and for moms to stay home, that`s great, that`s her opinion. Everybody else has their own, too. So, God bless America. We have freedom of speech.


ANDERSON: Thank you, Patricia. Yes, we do. But Joanne from North Carolina wants Gisele to mind her own business.


JOANNE, CALLER FROM NORTH CAROLINA: I am outraged about Gisele trying to make a law for people - mothers to breastfeed their babies. A lot of women can`t do that. I couldn`t do it.

And I`m just appalled by it and she needs to just raise her own children and let the other mothers have a choice if they want to or not.


ANDERSON: Thank you, Patricia. Call us at "Showbiz on Call" and let us know what you think about this or anything else that is on your mind. The "Showbiz on Call" phone lines are never closed. We keep them open 24/7 - 1-888-SBT-BUZZ; 1-888-728-2899. Simply leave a message and we will play some of your calls right here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

So will we name Gisele the most provocative celebrity of the week? The nominees - Gisele, White House gatecrasher and reality star Michaele Salahi, and Charlie "I avoided jail again" Sheen.

Will Paula Abdul be coming back to "American Idol"? I think it`s a terrific idea. Lots of reports floating around today about this. I`m going to settle it once and for all. Is Paula coming back?

If it weren`t for "Full House" Mary-Kate Olsen might not have become a huge star and a multi, multimillionaire. But M.K. says today if she had to do it all over again she`d get out of that house. She hated being a child star. This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN news and views.

Now, the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker" - more stories from the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom making news today.

TEXT: Sandra Bullock granted permanent restraining order against stalker. Whoa! Check out "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson`s new haircut.


ANDERSON: OK. Did you see this? The vampire vamps today. I`m talking about Robert Pattinson singing. Yes, R. Pats from those "Twilight" films just showed up in a very lucky fan`s living room and gave a spur-of- the-moment concert. Listen.


It`s not bad, right? R. Pats` performance is from a London series called "Songs from a Room" where stars just show up and play.

OK, I am settling this thing once and for all right now. Is Paula Abdul returning to "American Idol"? No, not happening.

Making news today, Paula is reportedly locked into an iron-clad, seven-figure deal with CBS. That`s the network for Paula`s new show "Got to Dance." According to "E! Online" Paula could get sued by CBS if she were to appear on a competing show.

Now, I know Paula loved "Idol" but I doubt she wants to get hauled into court to prove it. New "American Idol" boss Nigel Lythgoe desperately wants Paula back, but he`s moving on today.

Nigel says, quote, "I love Paula. Paula is under contract to another company, so she is unavailable." So, no Paula. "Idol`s" loss.

All right. A big debate is going on right now on the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT Facebook page about this. Megan L. says that Paula is forever her girl and wants her back, "I think that it`s a smart idea. As soon as Paula left, the ratings dropped. Maybe it`s what the show needs right now. It`s currently on life support and it`s getting bleak."

But Jennifer W. thinks Paula should straight up stay away, "She would look ridiculous sitting next to the bigger stars that are rumored to be the new judges. And I highly doubt a megastar like Jennifer Lopez or Steven Tyler would put up with her crap."

Join the debate on Facebook. Get breaking news and entertainment alerts on Twitter call us at "Showbiz on Call." And there`s always e-mail. "Showbiz Connects" at

And now, the SHOWBIZ lineup - here`s what`s coming up on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. "Real Housewife" really hated? Remarkable new attacks on White House gatecrasher Michaele Salahi.


SALAHI: No matter what people say, just like Whoopi, you know, yelling at me yesterday, I know who I am. So you can hate me. You can flash applaud signs. I can do anything. I went as a guest and I was proud to be there.


ANDERSON: The great debate - is Michaele the most hated reality star in America?

The real Barbra on Jennifer Aniston`s Babs. Babs herself - Barbra Streisand, speaks out today about Jen`s incredible new photo shoot where she looks just like Streisand.

And Mary-Kate Olsen hating on Michelle Tanner. Why is M.K. absolutely dissing "Full House"? This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN news and views.

Now, the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker" - more stories from the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom making news today.

TEXT: Yoko Ono says "Don`t hold your breath" for Beatles songs on iTunes. Jay-Z`s memoirs, "Decoded," to be released on November 16th.




SALAHI: No matter what people say, just like Whoopi, you know, yelling at me yesterday, I know who I am. So you can hate me and flash applause signs. I didn`t do anything. I went as a guest and I was proud to be there.


ANDERSON: Now, on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT - "Real Housewife" really hated? Remarkable new attacks today on the White House gatecrasher. Is Michaele the most hated TV star in America?

Hated maybe, but is Michaele SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s most provocative celebrity of the week? Will it be supermodel Gisele Bundchen and her shocking comments about breastfeeding? Or Charlie Sheen and the sheer outrage over him getting off easy for his guilty plea for attacking his wife? Who will SHOWBIZ TONIGHT name most provocative today?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Come on, let`s go.



ANDERSON: Making news today - SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has your first look at Christina Aguilera, the movie star.

Plus, breaking today from the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker" - Britney Spears "Glee" shocker. Angelina Jolie defends her daughter`s decision again.

ANNOUNCER: TV`s most provocative entertainment news show continues right now.


ANDERSON: Hey, welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. It is 30 minutes past the hour. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood with big news breaking today - is the so-called White House gatecrasher now the most hated reality TV star in America?

There are remarkable new attacks today on Michaele Salahi who was starring in the "Real Housewives of D.C." Now, the show debuted after Salahi`s explosive visit to "The View" and her confrontation with Whoopi Goldberg.


WHOOPI GOLDBERG, CO-HOST, "THE VIEW": She thought I hit her. And I went up to her and I told her that she knew I didn`t hit her, and yes, you know how I said it - choice words.


ANDERSON: And as if fighting with Whoopi weren`t enough, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is breaking the news today that even the other D.C. housewives are slamming Michaele.

Right now, in New York is Cooper Lawrence. She is a syndicated radio show host and author. And here in Hollywood is Melanie Bromley. She is the west coast bureau chief for "Us Weekly."

Cooper, Melanie, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT was right there in Washington last night for the big premiere bash for "The Real Housewives of D.C." And the talk of the party was about one thing - the nasty atomic feud between Whoopi and Michaele. The other housewives - well, they didn`t hold back, and the message was loud and clear.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Do you feel like Whoopi needs to apologize to them?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, absolutely not. Absolutely not. I was there. She just wanted them to answer the question.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don`t think the Salahis are very good with saying they`re sorry to anyone.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Whoopi - you don`t mess with Whoopi. I mean, nobody messes with Whoopi. I love her and I just thought to myself, thank you, thank you, thank you.


ANDERSON: Obviously, no love lost with Michaele`s own cast mates. So let`s get to our SHOWBIZ Flashpoint is Michaele Salahi the most hated reality star in America? Melanie Bromley, right here with me in Hollywood, what do you think?

MELANIE BROMLEY, WEST COAST BUREAU CHIEF, "US WEEKLY": She has a long way to go until she`s possibly going to do that. You`ve got Heidi and Spencer. You`ve got the Gosselins. She`s starting off, though, in a good - you know, this is the best way to start off.

ANDERSON: She started off with a bang.

BROMLEY: Yes, she is starting off with a bang. And so if she continues this, yes, she might be. We kind of need a new villain. It`s been a long time since we`ve had a fresh one on the block. Maybe she`ll be the new one that keeps us occupied.

ANDERSON: OK. Cooper, do you think she`s villainous enough already? Is she the most hated reality TV star in America in your opinion?

LAWRENCE: Oh, my god, Brooke. We don`t even know who she is yet and she came out fighting with Whoopi Goldberg. This is wonderful. But it`s going to make us want to watch the show, and that`s the point.

You know, we`re at the point now with reality television. You just can`t be on a reality show. You have to hit somebody. You`ve got to yell at somebody and have some sort of sordid past. You have to be hated.

You have to be Omarosa in order for people to want to watch you. And that`s - you know, a lot of this is in their contracts. You know, I was on a reality show on VH1 and I know the stuff that was in my contract and I can`t even imagine what these ladies have in theirs about how they have to behave.

ANDERSON: That`s interesting you say that. And also that you bring up Omarosa because SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has learned that Salahi`s outlandish behavior could actually do her plenty of good.

And we`re getting that information from one of the most notorious reality bad girls ever. It`s the one you just mentioned, former "Apprentice" star Omarosa. She was at the "Housewives" premiere party last night. And she told SHOWBIZ TONIGHT Michaele is on the right path to infamy.


OMAROSA MANIGAULT-STALLWORTH, REALITY TV STAR, "THE APPRENTICE": When you want to become famous in reality TV, number one, you`ve got to have a bad attitude. Both of them do. You`ve got to do something notoriously infamous, which they did, crashing the White House.

And you`ve got to have lots of cat fights. In my career as a reality TV personality I`ve had tons and tons of high-profile cat fights. So they`re really going down the right path if they want to make it to infamy.


ANDERSON: OK. What Omarosa says may be true. But Melanie, we know that Omarosa`s act kind of got old pretty quickly. And I`m sensing that that may happen with Michaele as well.

BROMLEY: Well, I think the problem is that audiences are becoming more sophisticated and they`re used to this. They kind of - they don`t want to be manipulated as much. Look at Heidi and Spencer. Nobody is taking them seriously with their divorce at the moment. So she`ll have just to be a little bit clever in what she decides to do in order to stay relevant.

ANDERSON: Yes, because I don`t know if that formula really has longevity. Cooper, do you think just like Omarosa, Michaele is going to kind of wear out her welcome really fast?

LAWRENCE: You know, she`s Snooki. You know? And it`s so funny because it doesn`t translate to money. I mean, Heidi and Spencer had a book out that did not perform well. Heidi had music out that didn`t do well.

So there`s really no - it doesn`t translate to anything positive for them. It makes us hate them. And if they want to come back - I mean, Omarosa is a good example. She`s on some channel nobody watches except me, frankly.

And she`s doing some show no one knows about, which is some dating show. You know, she tries to stay relevant but you just can`t in this reality show world because there`s the next person coming up right behind you.

ANDERSON: Yes, you`re right. Somebody is all too ready to step into that spot. And I got to tell you, if Michaele Salahi is not the most hated reality TV star in America, she just may be the most hated in SHOWBIZ TONIGHT phone land because our "Showbiz on Call" phone lines really went nuclear today, people calling in slamming Salahi, especially for that showdown with Whoopi Goldberg. Joann from Florida is totally team Whoopi.


JOANN, CALLER FROM FLORIDA: I watched that program with Whoopi Goldberg. She did not do anything to that gatecrasher, party crasher person that would even resemble hitting. And yes, that woman deserves every F-bomb that Whoopi Goldberg laid on her. I`m on Whoopi`s side 110 percent.


ANDERSON: All right. I like that enthusiasm, Joann. Well, today I heard so many calls just like hers. So, Melanie, I`m kind of getting the feeling that Michaele going after Whoopi is what put a lot of people over the edge from mere dislike to all-out hate.

BROMLEY: It`s a bad choice. You know -

ANDERSON: I`ll say.

BROMLEY: Being in a celebrity feud is a really good way to get attention.


BROMLEY: And that`s what she`s done. But you want to choose somebody that people don`t like. You want to kind of be that like hero in the situation. And in this situation, she`s chosen Whoopi who everybody loves. So she`s picked somebody that is beloved and it`s just not going to work for her.

ANDERSON: Yes. She may have needed to choose somebody else -


ANDERSON: That`s not on people`s good side.

BROMLEY: Yes. Exactly, like feuding is a great way, you know, to get the attention. But Whoopi was a bad choice. But actually, it`s interesting.

We`re just getting the results in now of the ratings from last night and the show didn`t do that well. So despite all the controversy, it actually hasn`t really translated into ratings yet.

ANDERSON: Hasn`t drawn in yet. And that may be what they`re attempting to do going forward. OK. Well, you know, Michaele Salahi isn`t the first outrageous reality star that we have loved to hate.

The folks in the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsrooms on both coasts, in Hollywood and New York, got into a furious debate today over which reality stars are the most hated.

Here are the names that came up most. There`s Jon Gosselin - he split from his wife and eight kids, you know, to find himself, find himself and date women who were barely legal.

And then there`s Speidi. We talked about them. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt. They`re so annoying that one name is enough. And New Jersey housewife Danielle Staub. She sparked a hair-pulling catfight on her reality show.

So you know, it is a tough call and I just want everyone to think about that. Who do you think is the most hated reality TV star in America today?

And you know, Michaele Salahi is also in the company of another infamous group of celebrities. Michaele is the nominee for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s most provocative celebrity of the week. So will she be beat out by Gisele Bundchen for her breastfeeding backlash, or will we name Charlie Sheen? Dodging jail, heading to rehab for, you know, allegedly attacking his wife. Melanie, Cooper, stay right there. The big reveal is just moments away.

All right. I`ve got to move to this really incredible story. Mary Kate Olsen`s shocking childhood confession today. You know, M.K. grew up rich and famous and was one of the hardest-working babies on TV. Remember "Full House"? But would she do it all over again?

And Barbra Streisand and Jennifer Aniston, new BFFs. Jen transformed into Barbra and the shocking thing that Babs has to say about it. That transform revealed right here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

Also, this -


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ANDERSON: Christina Aguilera acting? SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has your first look at Christina`s starring new film role. This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN news and views.

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TEXT: Britney Spears will not appear on "Glee" episode featuring her music. Justin Timberlake to voice two characters on Fox`s "The Cleveland Show."


ANDERSON: In just moments, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is naming the most provocative celebrity of the week. Will it be so-called White House gatecrasher-turned-reality star Michaele Salahi for her battle with Whoopi Goldberg on live TV? Or supermodel Gisele Bundchen for single-handedly angering moms across the world for suggesting a law forcing new moms to breastfeed? Or will it be Charlie Sheen for getting off easy after his guilty plea for attacking his wife?

Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood.

We will name the most provocative celebrity of the week in just a moment. But first news in "The Buzz" today. Mary-Kate Olsen`s dramatic childhood confession. M.K.`s shocking revelations today - growing up rich and famous wasn`t so hot.

Sean Penn slams Wyclef Jean`s plan to run for president of Haiti. The shocking thing Sean said Wyclef did that should totally disqualify him.

And Barbra Streisand`s response today to Jennifer Aniston posing as Streisand.


(voice-over): Babs hearts Jen. Barbra Streisand has just paid tribute to Jennifer Aniston for her "Harper`s Bazaar" makeover that made Jen look like her "Funny Girl" fashion idol.

Streisand wrote on her Web site she was very flattered, calling Jennifer "a delightful person, and I think she did a wonderful job." But Streisand says one thing could have helped. If only she had a bump on her nose.

No Penn pal for Wyclef. Sean Penn has just slammed Wyclef Jean over his plans to run for president of Haiti. In a brand-new interview with CNN, Penn, who spent a lot of time in Haiti helping earthquake victims questions Wyclef`s motives.

SEAN PENN, ACTOR: I have to say I`m very suspicious of it simply because he, as ambassador at large, has been virtually silent. For those of us in Haiti, he has been a non-presence.

Mary Kate`s confessions. Mary-Kate Olsen has just revealed intimate new details of growing up as a child star. In a brand-new interview with "Marie Claire" magazine, Mary-Kate says, quote, "I would never wish my upbringing on anyone," calling herself and her sister, Ashley, "little monkey performers."

And about her eating disorder and the death of her friend, Heath Ledger, she says, "I think it`s really important to be able to talk when something`s wrong. I learned at a really young age that if you don`t talk about it, it could drive you insane."

Wow. Mary-Kate really opening up in that interview about being a child star. And I`m here thinking that Lindsay Lohan maybe should pay close attention to the advice that Mary-Kate gives in this brand-new interview.

With me right now, in New York, Steven Smith, who is a music and pop culture expert. Also in New York, Janell Snowden, who is a host with "VH1 News."

Guys, you heard it. Mary-Kate did not mince words when she opened up about her eating disorder there when she said if you don`t talk about it, it can drive you insane.

I`m thinking Lindsay Lohan should pay pretty close attention to Mary- Kate`s words of wisdom and really dig deep and come to terms with her own problems, just as Mary Kate apparently has herself. Janelle, Lindsay`s got a whole lot of time in rehab to think about all of this, doesn`t she?

SNOWDEN: She sure does and I absolutely agree, because one of the things that people always say about folks who have issues is that you have to admit that you have a problem before you can seek help.

In this case, unfortunately, Lindsay is not the only person who needs help. Look at who she is surrounded by. I think her entire family needs help. And it`s not until they get it that they can help her to get better.

You`ve got a mom who won`t admit that her daughter has a problem, so she`s enabling the denial. And then, you have a father who talks to his child through the media. All around, there`s just dysfunction.

So first, yes, get yourself off the substance abuse. But then, get everyone in your family help.

ANDERSON: Yes. And everybody needs to recognize they have a problem and admit it. Well, the comparisons between Lindsay and Mary-Kate are really remarkable. They were both child stars. Both have been troubled.

Mary-Kate was able to successfully then morph herself into a fashion designer, just as Lindsay is trying to do now. Mary-Kate also says acting really is secondary in her life.

Steven, do you think that maybe Lindsay should take a page out of Mary-Kate`s handbook, concentrate on fashion for a while, post-rehab, of course, when she has the time to devote to these things?

STEVEN SMITH, MUSIC AND POP CULTURE EXPERT: Absolutely take a page out of her book. She needs to focus more on herself. Aside from going and talking to people, working on the fashion thing is going to be a wonderful - not distraction because she wants to be a mogul like Mary-Kate does who has developed herself and her entire business line. She went from acting to fashion.

I think Lindsay could really, really take time to step back, focus on something that has already proven to be really, really successful, which is her clothing.

ANDERSON: Absolutely. Well, Lindsay nor Mary-Kate made the cut this week to be named SHOWBIZ TONIGHT most provocative celebrity of the week. Here`s who did.

Michaele Salahi, the so-called White House gatecrasher turned reality show star, who has already managed to tick off her costars and Whoopi Goldberg.

Then Gisele Bundchen who is blabbering on about breastfeeding, landed her in hot water with virtually every mother in the country after demanding a worldwide breastfeeding law.

And what about Charlie Sheen for famously walking away from his domestic violence case against his wife with merely a slap on the wrist? He basically pleaded guilty to attacking his wife.

Janell, who`s got your vote today?

SNOWDEN: Charlie Sheen has my vote. And let me just tell you, I don`t want to hear anything else about the Salahis. I`m so sick of this culture that rewards suspect or bad behavior. Enough of them already.

Gisele, so what? She thinks all women should breastfeed, it`s her opinion. She`s entitled to it. I`m over it.

Now, Charlie sheen - here`s a guy - I`m over him, too. I`m so sick of hearing about his woes, not to mention the taxpayer dollars he`s costing everyone or California residents -


SNOWDEN: For as many times as he appears in court. So he allegedly abuses his wife. All right. He admits to it. Let`s say he does do it and then he gets sentenced to Malibu. So he gets sentenced to a rehab facility and does no time.

ANDERSON: It`s ridiculous.

SNOWDEN: I mean, come on.

ANDERSON: It`s ridiculous. It is. OK. I`ve got to say now if it is Sheen or if it is somebody else. Drum roll, please, Charles.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is naming - we`re going to go with Gisele Bundchen as the most provocative celebrity of the week.


ANDERSON: I know - we disagree with you, Janell. Steven, are you with us, quickly?

SMITH: I have to pass my vote for Charlie Sheen. But on behalf of men everywhere, I`m thrilled to be able to sit on national television and talk about Gisele and breasts, whether breast-feeding, breast enlargement, bras - whatever - I will take it.

And again, I do agree with Janell. It`s her opinion. If she wants to say everyone should breastfeed, by all means let`s breastfeed.

ANDERSON: You are a lucky man, Steven Smith, that you got to talk about all that right here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Steven Smith, Janelle Snowden, thank you both so much.

All right. Moving to Christina Aguilera`s brand-new acting role revealed today. It`s the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT first look at Christina in "Burlesque."

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ANDERSON: Christina`s starring new movie role with superstar Cher. I know the soundtrack is going to be crazy good. But is Christina any good as an actress? This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN news and views.

Now, the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker" - more stories from the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom making news today.

TEXT: Angelina Jolie says her daughter Shiloh begged her to cut her hair short. Jessica Simpson, "I`m done trying to look like Barbie."


ANDERSON: Christina Aguilera, movie star? Well, she`s proven to the world she can belt out a tune, but can she act? SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has your first look at Christina`s new movie, "Burlesque."

Now, Christina plays a small-town girl with big dreams. So she heads to Hollywood to sing and bump and grind her way to the top. The movie is called "Burlesque." So I doubt Christina`s character is singing in any choir, right?

Still, I`ve got to hand it to Christina. For her first big-time movie role she plays opposite Oscar-winner Cher and Stanley Tucci. Here`s your first look at "Burlesque."


CHRISTINA AGUILERA, SINGER: How much do I pay for this?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: One way or round trip?

AGUILERA: You`re kidding, right?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When you are putting on your makeup, you think you`re an artist. But instead of painting on canvas, you`re painting a face.

AGUILERA: What is this place?

CHER, ACTRESS AND SINGER: You are in my mirror because?

AGUILERA: I`ve never seen anything like this before and I really want to be a part of it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Great enthusiasm, terrible timing.

CHER: Isn`t that the chick that was backstage yesterday?

AGUILERA: I want to be up there. I want to do that.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The question is, do you have the talent? Because you`re on. Knock them dead.

CHER: What happened to all the great dancers in L.A.?

STANLEY TUCCI, ACTOR: They`re all dancing with the stars.

CHER: What is she doing up there?

TUCCI: I think she`s auditioning.

CHER: Hey, Dave, cut it.

AGUILERA: Hold on a second, I can do this.

CHER: And it`s sweet that you think so.

AGUILERA: Just tell me what you want.

CHER: I can`t tell you. Nobody can tell you. You`ve got to make me believe that you belong on that stage, that it`s yours and that nobody can take it from you. Now, you want to show me something? Show me that.

TUCCI: Drop the curtain, come on, let`s go.


CHER: Hold it. Raise the curtain.


CHER: There`s going to be all kinds of people who just want to get close to you because you`re talented.

AGUILERA: Clearly, one of us has underestimated the other.

TUCCI: What is Ali short for?


TUCCI: Alice? Welcome to wonderland.


ANDERSON: Good line. "Burlesque" hits theaters this November. And it`s on my list. I can`t wait to see this one.

And that is a wrap for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Thanks so much for watching. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is now live at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Monday through Friday. And don`t forget, we are still TV`s most provocative entertainment news show seven days a week, 11:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific.