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Nick Hogan`s First Interview Since the Car Crash; The Bristol-Levi Video Smackdown; Sandra Bullock Versus Angelina Jolie; Miley Cyrus` Sexy Video; Bad Girls, Big Stars?; The Most Provocative Celebrity of the Week
Aired October 8, 2010 - 23:00:00 ET
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A.J. HAMMER, CO-HOST: Big news breaking today on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT - Nick Hogan`s eerie confessions. Hulk Hogan`s son`s explosive first interview about the high speed car crash that nearly killed his best friend and got him thrown in jail.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
NICK HOGAN, SON OF HULK HOGAN: It`s still hard for me to think about it. I`m sorry.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
HAMMER: SHOWBIZ TONIGHT dares to ask is it time to forgive Nick Hogan?
The Bristol-Levi video smackdown. First it was Levi Johnston`s awful music video. Today Bristol battles back with her own music video.
The SHOWBIZ Flashpoint: Bristol? Levi? Who has a brighter future in Hollywood?
Sandra Bullock versus Angelina Jolie. Brand-new reports today that Sandra is getting a big role that was first meant for Angelina. The great debate - is Sandra a bigger star than Angelina?
Tiger Woods sparks a cyber manhunt today for the guy known as "the cigar dude." Yes, the cigar dude.
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, everyone. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood with big news breaking today - Nick Hogan`s confession.
HAMMER: Yes. For the very first time, Hulk Hogan`s son is telling all about the car crash that nearly killed his best friend and got him sent to jail.
Well, today SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is bringing you Nick Hogan`s very first interview since the tragedy, a tragedy that helped transform the Hogans from one of America`s most beloved TV families into a family that generated a million tabloid headlines.
But SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can now reveal that if Nick Hogan thought his emotional, compelling tell-all would trigger media forgiveness, he might want to give it another try.
N. HOGAN: It`s still hard for me to think about it. I`m sorry.
HAMMER (voice-over): A guilt-ridden Nick Hogan could barely keep it together in his first interview since he was jailed for that high-speed car crash that paralyzed his best friend.
N. HOGAN: I still don`t really think I know how to deal with it. It`s something that I carry every day.
KEN BAKER, CHIEF NEWS CORRESPONDENT, "E!": He looks like he`s aged 15 years over the last three years. It has really taken a toll.
HAMMER: Today, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is asking is Nick`s emotional "Nightline" interview enough to change people`s minds about him and the damage he`s done?
BAKER: Nick has never really opened up in the way that he did. And I think that it was time for him to do it.
HAMMER: We first saw Nick as Hulk Hogan`s mischievous teenage son on the VH1 reality show "Hogan Knows Best."
HAMMER: On ABC`s "Nightline," Nick denied that reality show image.
N. HOGAN: I wasn`t that person at all. That was just, you know, producers and stuff saying, "We need the stuff that`s going to fit in the Dennis the Menace role."
HAMMER: But the part of Nick`s image that was true - he was a young speed demon who liked fast cars. On the night of August 26th, 2007, then 17-year-old Nick and his passenger, then 22-year-old Iraq War veteran John Graziano were driving at high speeds along a Florida street where Nick lost control and hit a tree.
As we see in this video, Nick`s dad, Hulk Hogan, happened to be driving past the accident scene when he recognized his son`s mangled car. Nick recalled that scary moment for "Nightline."
N. HOGAN: I remember the look on his face was just trying to see if I was alive or not. And I remember that I did everything I could just to hold him a thumbs-up, just to let him know my heart`s beating, that I`m still here.
HAMMER: Nick was not seriously injured in the crash, but John Graziano suffered brain damage and was left comatose.
N. HOGAN: It didn`t seem real. John`s my brother. You know, we practically lived together. And that`s when I remember finding out about how bad - how bad everything was.
HAMMER: Nick was arrested and later pled no contest to reckless driving. He served more than five months in jail. During that time, the jail released recordings of Nick`s jailhouse conversations with his family and a bad situation for Nick got worse. He was slammed for talking to his dad about getting his own post-jail reality show.
N. HOGAN: I want to do it where I`ll make the most money.
BAKER: It looked like that he wasn`t remorseful, that he was already crafting ways to make money and it really looked like he was very crass.
HAMMER: Now, Nick has a simple explanation for those jailhouse recordings. He was going crazy.
N. HOGAN: During the time, I was in the middle of really, really going to the deepest depths of mental insanity being in solitary confinement.
HAMMER: The Hogans settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit with Graziano`s family. Graziano`s now paralyzed and needs round-the-clock care. And Nick says he hasn`t been able to see his friend.
N. HOGAN: I`ve reached out and tried but at this point I`m not allowed to visit John.
HAMMER: But John Graziano`s family tells a different story. In a statement to ABC News, the Grazianos` attorney says, quote, "Nick has done nothing to show his remorse. We haven`t heard a word from him."
BAKER: What is clear is that no one in the Graziano family seems to be in any hurry for Nick Hogan to renew a relationship of any sort with their son.
HAMMER: Now, Nick is deejaying and working with teens to teach them the dangers of speeding and street racing.
N. HOGAN: It`s just something I pray to God every day for the strength to deal with, because it`s hard. There are days where I can`t even get out of bed.
BAKER: No matter what side you`re on, if you`re anti-Nick, if you`re now trying to root for him to come back, what`s clear is that, this is a tragedy. It`s very sad.
HAMMER: Wow, Ken said it right. It is very sad indeed. And it sounds like the Graziano family may never forgive Nick for what happened on that fateful day, which leads to our SHOWBIZ Flashpoint - is it time to forgive Nick Hogan?
With me right now from Hollywood is Hyla, who is an entertainment journalist from "5DollarPrep.com." With me in New York, Megan Alexander, who is a correspondent for "Inside Edition."
I`ve got to say, I don`t really feel bad for Nick. I do think he should be allowed to prove his remorse and that he has changed. But Megan, to our SHOWBIZ Flashpoint, is it time to forgive Nick?
MEGAN ALEXANDER, CORRESPONDENT, "INSIDE EDITION": I think no matter what, these things will always take time. You know, A.J., Nick will carry the guilt of what happened to his friend for the rest of his life. I think that is the harshest punishment.
I`ve interviewed Linda Hogan before - her boyfriend. Nick stopped by briefly about a year ago. And I`ve got to say, my impression was the same impression that this ABC reporter had after this interview. He seemed like a nice guy who is going through a lot right now.
Look, he`s put up a charity. He`s speaking out against racing. I think those are good steps to take.
ALEXANDER: But again, both families will need plenty of time to heal. They may never completely heal. It`s just one of those tragic situations where it`s just going to take time.
HAMMER: Yes. It does seem like at least, at a minimum, he`s taking the right steps. Hyla, to you for our SHOWBIZ Flashpoint - time to forgive Nick in your mind?
HYLA, ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST, "5DOLLARPREP.COM": Yes, absolutely. Everyone deserves a second chance. And here`s the situation - they were kids. They were stupid.
And you know what? It could have easily been reversed. Nick could have been in the passenger seat. This is what kids do.
I remember when I was in high school, my buddy got a new car. We were flying down the back streets of Sanford, Florida. And you know, thank god nothing happened to us, but it was stupid.
And he was a kid and he said things and did things that kids do. And yes, you got to give him a second chance. It is time to forgive him. He`s definitely shown he`s matured and grown up since then.
HAMMER: Yes. Because I think a lot of the punishment that he may be getting from people or from public consciousness is not just based on the accident, but based on his actions after the accident.
Now, we all remember the moment in the courtroom at Nick Hogan`s trial when the father of John Graziano got up to speak about the car accident that almost killed his son - of course, his son, John, an Iraqi vet. "Nightline" played that part for Nick. Take a look at what happened.
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EDWARD GRAZIANO, JOHN GRAZIANO`S FATHER: What al-Qaeda could not do to my son, Nick Bollea did in a matter of minutes.
N. HOGAN: I remember hearing that for the first time. And I just remember wanting to stand up and scream that I had no intention of ever hurting anyone.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
HAMMER: And I`m sure that`s true. I`m sure he had no intention of hurting his best friend. But Megan, you say he`s taken the right steps. You also have been following this story since it first happened, since the accident first took place. Are you convinced he`s a changed man or is this a-time-will-tell kind of a thing?
ALEXANDER: I think it he will, you know, continue to - he will continue to show the world by his actions. But I think, you know, A.J., that clip that we just saw, that`s raw human emotion of a father grieving.
I mean, that to me is - it`s just a horrible situation and you want to blame somebody when something happens that you don`t understand. So I think that everybody grieves in their own way. And I just see it as, you know - again, they may never forgive Nick.
But that is a family dealing with a tragedy and just trying to wrestle in how they`re supposed to feel. I think Nick continues to take those steps.
ALEXANDER: And he knows who he is and how he feels when he moves forward. And ultimately, that`s all that matters.
HAMMER: But the thing that still confuses me which we just saw was that Nick says he hasn`t been allowed to visit with his friend John, who is now paralyzed. And John`s parents through their lawyer are saying, no, he hasn`t even attempted to reach out. We can`t know what the truth is. We`re hearing what both sides are saying.
Now, Nick also talked about the infamous jailhouse tapes. We will never forget about those tapes when his dad, Hulk Hogan, called him up. And they were talking about spinning a reality show, a post-jail reality show which - you know, we were all pretty upset about that idea, just really outraged.
A lot of people were going after Nick. Watch what Nick told "Nightline" about why he said what he said about doing a show like that.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
N. HOGAN: Will you work on that real-ality deal -
HULK HOGAN, REALITY TV STAR: Yes.
N. HOGAN: For me and get that thing lined up so the minute I walk out of wherever I walk out of, it`s there, boom. I want it where I`ll make the most money.
H. HOGAN: We could call it "The New Nick" or something.
N. HOGAN: There was a significant amount of complaint, because at that time, I was in the middle of really, really going to the deepest depths of mental insanity being in solitary confinement.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
HAMMER: Yes. So basically, he was saying he was going crazy, didn`t really mean to say what he said about the reality show.
Hyla, I`ve got to ask you if you buy that, because, obviously, he knew he was going to be asked about that, had to have an answer. And it may be true. I just want to know what you think.
HYLA: It sounds like something that maybe a PR expert would have fed to him. I mean, the reality is he`s in the entertainment world and it can sound a little callous, "Hey, line me up a TV show when I get out of here."
HYLA: But that`s what he does for a living. They are in the reality TV show world. And I don`t think it`s any different than another guy saying, "Hey, can you line me up a job at the 7-11 when I get out of jail?"
That`s what he does for a living. But normal people aren`t going to be able to relate to that.
HAMMER: Yes. I think it`s the farthest thing from his mind doing that now, because that would totally back fire on him with this one. Hyla, Megan Alexander, thanks, guys.
ANDERSON: Moving on now to the outrageous Bristol Palin-Levi Johnston music video battle.
Bristol versus Levi in the epic battle of the bad, really bad music videos.
Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie - is Sandra about to get a role initially meant for Angelina? Today`s SHOWBIZ Flashpoint: Is Bullock a bigger star than Jolie?
I can tell you who is more controversial than Angelina and Sandra today. Seventeen-year-old Miley Cyrus in a sexy, stunning new music video.
ANDERSON: Is Miley too young to be this sexy in a music video? This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN news and views.
HAMMER: Time now for the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker" - more stories from the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom making news today.
TEXT: Ryan Seacrest in talks to develop new cable network. Seventeen-year-old "Two and a Half Men" star Angus T. Jones earns $300,000 per episode.
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ANGUS T. JONES, ACTOR: You smell like strawberries.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s my lip gloss.
A.T. JONES: Cool. Does it taste like it smells?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You want to find out?
A.T. JONES: Sure.
HAMMER: That is Levi Johnston making, well, I have to say, his downright awful debut earlier this week in singer Brittani Senser`s new music video.
But today, well, it`s Bristol`s turn. She is making her music video debut as an ice queen. Yes, it`s a smackdown between Levi and Bristol - Brooke, I`m here to say - of epic proportions.
Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York. Brooke Anderson is in Hollywood.
ANDERSON: Yes, A.J. Sarah Palin`s daughter, Bristol, who has been busy strutting her dance moves on "Dancing with the Stars," is now starring in a brand-new music video that could not be any more different than the video of her ex-fiance, Levi Johnston. So will Bristol battling back make her a bigger star than Levi?
With me right now, from Charlotte is Brotha Fred, who is a syndicated radio host and co-host of "Fox News Edge" at our affiliate, WCCB.
All right. Brotha Fred, we saw Levi Johnston behaving pretty badly in that horrendous music video. A lot of people are saying Bristol`s music video is bad, too. But I`ve got to say the more I watch Bristol`s new debut in that video for the Alaskan rock band, "Static Cycle," I think it`s pretty fierce. See for yourself. Look.
ANDERSON: Now, think about this. Bristol isn`t showing any skin in her music video debut. While Levi, on the other hand, leaves very little to the imagination in his video.
So, Brotha Fred, who do you think is winning the heart and minds of the public more? And for some reason I`m guessing you`re not going to say Levi here.
BROTHA FRED, SYNDICATED RADIO HOST: Well, no. What`s up with Levi? Was Kevin Federline not available or something? Was he working at Wal- Mart? I mean - what, is he that much of a heartthrob?
He`s not a terrible-looking guy, but then he opens his mouth and it just ruins it for everyone. Obviously, Bristol Palin looking better in this deal, "Dancing with the Stars."
And you know, even if she wanted to slip up, you`ve got the whole Sarah Palin presidential campaign crew looking over her every move, making sure she didn`t do anything stupid.
ANDERSON: Yes. She`s got Mama Palin watching her every move. You`re right. Well, Brotha Fred -
BROTHA FRED: Oh, yes.
ANDERSON: All in all, you know, Bristol does seem to be taking the high road, trying to stay true to who she is. Do you think her formula is going to work better than Levi`s attitude of "I`ll do anything to be star"? Because let us not forget, he did pose for "Playgirl."
BROTHA FRED: Well, that was something, wasn`t it? I think he`s a user. I think he looks like a user. I think he looks like an opportunist. Well, you know, she made a young mistake and she has the child, unfortunately, to show for that the rest of her life.
But that being said, think she comes out ahead. And she - again, I think that people like her. How can you not like her?
ANDERSON: Yes. And I think she appeals to a lot of people, mothers, young mothers, single mothers, scorned women. And that child now is a huge blessing, I`m sure, for Bristol Palin.
So we both think Bristol Palin has got the brighter future, at least for now. We`ll leave it there. Brotha Fred, good to see you. Thanks.
HAMMER: Let`s move now from Bristol and Levi`s music video battle to 17-year-old Miley Cyrus` stunning new music video.
Miley is 17, let`s keep that in mind. Is her new music video just way too sexy?
SHOWBIZ TONIGHT names the most provocative celebrity of the week today. Mel Gibson`s ex, Oksana, nominated for revealing she thought Mel was going to kill her. What about "Teen Mom" hothead, Amber Portwood, for beating up her baby`s father right in front of their kid? Or is it Lisa Rinna for her lip-plumping plastic surgery confession?
Tiger Woods sparks a cyber manhunt today for the guy known as "The Cigar Guy."
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
JEANNE MOOS, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): All he wanted was to watch golf. But now, he`s a wanted man. He even as an alias called quite simply "Cigar Guy."
(END VIDEO CLIP)
HAMMER: Yes, Cigar Guy. This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN news and views.
Now, it`s the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker" - more stories from the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom making news today.
TEXT: Elisabeth Hasselbeck joins "Good Morning America" as a family contributor. "CSI" series ratings take a dramatic dip, down 13 percent.
HAMMER: Carrie Underwood`s dramatic confession. Newlywed Carrie opens up today about her brand-new life with her husband, Mike Fisher.
Now, they tied the knot back in July. So what do you think? Kids next? Well, Carrie sets the record straight in the new country edition of "People" magazine.
She says, "Right now, it would not be fair to either us or the kid. It`s not like, "Biological clock! Got to have them now. I`ve got plenty of time. I just want to enjoy being married."
That`s a healthy attitude. For more on Carrie Underwood`s remarkable new life, check out "People" magazine`s country special. It`s on newsstands right now.
Making news today, Captain Jack Sparrow is going back to school. Yes, the swashbuckling Captain Sparrow and his band of merry men took a little break from all the sword play to surprise one lucky nine-year-old student in South London.
This is no Captain Jack Sparrow copycat. I`m here to tell you, it`s "Pirates of the Caribbean" star, Johnny Depp dressed as his character, Captain Jack Sparrow. Check it out.
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JOHNNY DEPP, ACTOR (as Captain Jack Sparrow): I`m Captain Jack Sparrow and I`ve come to visit your class, your school. I want to find out, where`s Bea? Bea? Bea? She sent the letter.
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HAMMER: I mean, I think that is just unbelievable. Bea, who he mentioned there, is Beatrice. She wrote a letter to Captain Sparrow - I mean, Johnny Depp - asking him to come to her school. Johnny Depp at your school - now, that is what I call show-and-tell.
ANDERSON: Yes, no kidding. All right. There is a huge debate happening today on the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT Facebook wall over Jenny McCarthy`s stunning message to Demi Moore.
Demi`s husband, Ashton Kutcher, is at the center of an alleged cheating scandal. So Jenny suggested Demi do some investigating.
On the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT Facebook wall, Debbie K. said leave Demi and Ashton alone, "Maybe she has checked out the allegations. Maybe they`re false. Maybe they are true. Maybe she chooses to forgive and work on her marriage."
HAMMER: Time now for the SHOWBIZ lineup. Here`s what coming up at the bottom of the hour on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
Sandra Bullock. Angelina Jolie. Is Sandra up for a brand-new movie role that was really meant for Angelina? The great debate today - is Sandra a bigger star than Angelina?
Seventeen and stripped down to her underwear. This is Miley Cyrus` new music video. Hey, Miley, stop trying so hard to prove your Disney days are done. We get it.
And bad girl, big stars?
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KAREEN WYNTER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Out-of-control reality stars with shocking behavior on television has overflowed into real-life drama.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You seem to be acting like a Lindsay Lohan wannabe.
HAMMER: And SHOWBIZ special report today - are reality TV show stars being rewarded for bad behavior. This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN news and views.
Here comes the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker" - these are more stories from the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom making news today.
TEXT: Prosecutors drop charges against Russell Brand for alleged attack on paparazzo. Dr. Oz` wife developing her own talk show on relationship issues.
HAMMER: Big news on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT -Miley Cyrus in her underwear. Miley debuts her sexed-up new music video today. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT dares to ask, is Miley`s new video too sexy too soon?
Sandra versus Angelina. Sweetheart versus sexy. The blockbuster movie news sparking a great debate today. Is Sandra Bullock a bigger star than Angelina Jolie?
Who is Cigar Guy? A mysterious cigar-smoking guy caught in the middle of a famous Tiger Woods photo sparking a viral sensation.
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MOOS (voice-over): In the blink of an eye, Cigar Guy`s image is being Photoshopped into countless other pictures, replacing everyone from Muhammad Ali to Adam as in Adam and Eve.
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HAMMER: The worldwide mystery today. Where in the world is cigar guy?
Plus, breaking today from the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker" - Taylor Swift gets sued. And has The Situation found love on "Dancing with the Stars"?
ANNOUNCER: 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 coming to you from New York City
ANDERSON: And I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood with a SHOWBIZ special report, rewarding bad behavior.
HAMMER: Yes, Brooke. Today, reality TV stars are going wild. And you know what? It`s paying off big time. Snooki and Paris Hilton have really stumbled on to a new formula for a huge pay day. High profile arrests, check. Court appearance broadcast worldwide, check. Big money post-bail TV offers, yes, check, check, check.
So are TV`s biggest reality TV stars like Snooki and Paris being rewarded for bad behavior? Well, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Kareen Wynter dares to get some answers to this burning question.
KAREEN WYNTER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Out-of-control reality stars, whose shocking behavior on television has overflowed into real life drama -
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You seem to be acting like a Lindsay Lohan wannabe.
WYNTER: Whether it`s an act or not, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can report that socialites like Paris Hilton and "Jersey Shore`s" Snooki are hardly being shunned for their legal trouble.
Instead, this bad behavior - well, it seems to be paying off. Shortly after pleading guilty in a Las Vegas courtroom to cocaine possession and obstructing an officer, Paris Hilton landed her own show with the Oxygen Channel.
Producers say the series will focus on the socialite`s life beyond the tabloids as she tries to move on from her troubled past.
NICOLE "SNOOKI" POLIZZI, REALITY TV STAR, "JERSEY SHORE": This is not like me. I`ve never been in this situation before.
WYNTER: Snooki found herself in a sticky situation after being arrested this summer for disorderly conduct on a beach in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. She pleaded guilty to being an annoyance to others.
But now, MTV could be bringing on more Snooki. That`s right. Although the network won`t confirm any new shows at this time, the channel is reportedly considering a dating show with the pint-sized "Jersey Shore" vixen.
All of this has Tim Winter, who is the president of the Parents Television Council, up in arms.
(on camera) Is this a classic example of being rewarded for bad behavior?
TIM WINTER, PRESIDENT, PARENTS TELEVISION COUNCIL: It is a clear example of being rewarded for bad behavior. What do you do to get a new TV show? You get arrested. You get busted with cocaine.
WYNTER (voice-over): Winter`s organization works to improve the quality of television. He tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT this shocking promotion of flat-out are unethical conduct in the reality TV world needs to stop.
WINTER: What we`re talking about here is being rewarded, being given more fame, more publicity, more access to the public, by virtue of what you`re doing wrong.
WYNTER: And it`s not just the legal wrongdoing that have people like Winter concerned.
DANIELLE STAUB, FORMER CAST MEMBER, "REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY": It only takes one good smack to the head to make a person never walk again.
WYNTER: After New Jersey housewife, Danielle Staub, left the explosive series, she landed a new glamorous reality gig on Love TV(ph), this despite a history of violence outbursts and a steamy sex tape.
WINTER: It`s for shock value. The worse you are, the better it seems to get. Again, it`s having an unknown impact on our future generations of Americans. And it`s frightening.
WYNTER: But just how frightening? "MovieLine.com`s" Louis Virtel isn`t too worried.
LOUIS VIRTEL, REPORTER, "MOVIELINE.COM": I think it`s wrong to assume that because you`re young or you`re impressionable you`re going to act like these really crazy, obviously cartoon-ish people.
WYNTER (on camera): (UNINTELLIGIBLE). Is there a danger here?
VIRTEL: It`s possible that some of these people are setting a bad example. But I think it`s our fault to think of these people as role models. They`re being ridiculous because they know it`s fun.
Many agree that being ridiculous works for reality show stars. That`s according to a recent SHOWBIZ TONIGHT exclusive poll.
(voice-over) Viewers were asked if Paris Hilton was in essence being rewarded for her bad behavior with a new reality show. Look at this. And look at this - a whopping 95 percent voted yes, while only five percent voted no.
As controversial reality shows like "Jersey Shore" score big ratings and C-list stars reap the benefits of out-of-control behavior, this trend isn`t going out of style on reality TV any time soon.
HAMMER: Our thanks to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Kareen Wynter. And this brings us to our SHOWBIZ Flashpoint today - is there anything wrong with reality TV bad girls being rewarded for their out-of-control behavior?
Right now, in Charlotte, Brotha Fred, who is a syndicated radio host. With me, in New York, Megan Alexander, who is a correspondent for "Inside Edition."
So Snooki gets arrested for annoying people and she may get a new show. Paris gets caught with cocaine in Las Vegas and what does she do? Well, she gets her fourth reality TV show.
Brotha Fred, to our SHOWBIZ Flashpoint, anything wrong with reality TV bad girls being rewarded for their shameful behavior in your mind?
BROTHA FRED: Well, I mean, let`s face it, it`s the profanity-laden tirades. It`s the drug use. It`s the alcohol abuse. That`s the stuff that people are drawn to. One, because it`s entertainment and, two, because I think it makes us all feel like we`re a little bit less crazy.
So is it wrong? Well, it probably doesn`t set the best example. But does it make for great television? Absolutely.
HAMMER: Yes, makes for great TV for sure. But yes, it sends a terrible message, Megan.
ALEXANDER: Oh, yes. It just goes against everything our grandmothers ever told us. Bad manners won`t get you anywhere.
ALEXANDER: It doesn`t apply in this situation. But let me tell you, the power is in the viewers. If you don`t like it, don`t watch.
HAMMER: Don`t tune in - yes. Likely, that will happen. All right. I`ve got to move on right now to more big reality TV news about a couple in dire need of some cash today. Brooke Anderson, what is going on?
ANDERSON: Yes, A.J. The alleged White House crashers crash and burn online. Sandra Bullock takes off and leaves Angelina Jolie in the dust. And Ozzie Osbourne demands that an anti-gay church gets off his "Crazy Train." It`s all making big news in "The Buzz" today.
(voice-over) Ozzie`s outrage. Ozzie Osbourne is furious. His classic hit, "Crazy Train," is being used by members of an anti-gay church.
He says, "I am sickened and disgusted by the use of `Crazy Train` to promote messages of hate and evil by a, quote, `church.`"
The Westboro Baptist Church used Osbourne`s song during an antigay protest it held on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. The church has a case under Supreme Court review involving another antigay protest it held at a military funeral.
The sorry Salahi sale. Two hundred autographed photos of Tareq and Michaele Salahi allegedly crashing the White House state dinner have been posted on eBay. Priced at $100 a pop, the Salahis` former publicist posted the pics to help the Salahis pay off the $15,000 of debt they have with his firm.
After a week of weak sales, the price of the photos has been slashed in half. As of Friday, according to eBay, a grand total of 11 pictures have been sold.
Sandra the astronaut? Sandra Bullock is reportedly in talks to star in an out-of-this-world film called "Gravity" opposite Robert Downey, Jr. The film would be the first for Bullock since winning an Oscar for "The Blind Side" and the shocking breakup of her marriage.
She reportedly beat out several A-list actresses, according to the "Hollywood Reporter," including Angelina Jolie.
I love Sandra. I love Angelina. So when I heard the news report today that Sandra Bullock was replacing Angelina Jolie, it was really hard for me to wrap my mind around it. They`re so different. Sandra, America`s sweetheart, Angelina Jolie, Hollywood`s vixen and go-to female action star.
So to that SHOWBIZ Flashpoint, is Sandra bigger than Angelina? I`m back with Brotha Fred and Megan Alexander.
Brotha Fred, Sandra and Angelina are both Oscar winners. They`re both bankable stars. They are box office gold. But when you pit them head to head, to the SHOWBIZ Flashpoint, do you think Sandra is now bigger than Angelina?
BROTHA FRED: Well, Brooke, you`re so right. They`re so different. And while I think all the scandal surrounding her divorce, the cheating, the Jesse James thing has brought attention to her. "The Blind Side" was the tipping point for her.
Well, she`s done other things in her body of work. I think that was something that - obviously, people loved the movie and it set her apart, I think, from Angelina as a talent.
ANDERSON: OK. Megan, what do you think? Is Sandra now bigger than Angelina? Is she being set apart as Brotha Fred said?
ALEXANDER: I think Hollywood is big enough for both of these ladies. You know, Brooke, I find this argument a little funny, because when we hear that, oh, one actress beat out another one for the role, you got to think all the factors involved - schedules, chemistry with the other co-stars, the budget.
ALEXANDER: There are so many factors involved that I think both of these ladies are different and equal and I don`t -
ANDERSON: I agree. It hard to compare them, they`re both so talented, so impressive, but each in her own way. All right. I appreciate it, guys. Brotha Fred, Megan Alexander, thanks.
HAMMER: So there`s a fired-up controversy today over Miley Cyrus and her brand-new sexed up music video.
Is Miley Cyrus actually rolling around in her underwear on a bed there? She`s 17. So SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has got to ask - is Miley`s new video too sexy too soon?
And SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is about to name the most provocative celebrity of the week. Will it be Mel Gibson`s ex, Oksana Grigorieva, for her shocking claim she thought Mel was going to kill her? Or "Teen Mom`s" Amber Portwood who was caught on tape hitting her boyfriend? Or is it Lisa Rinna for the big plastic surgery lip-gate controversy.
Plus, who is the man with the cigar in that famous Tiger Woods photo?
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MOOS (voice-over): All he wanted was to watch golf, but now he`s a wanted man. He even has an alias.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They call him quite simply Cigar Guy.
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HAMMER: Where in the world is Cigar Guy? This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN news and views.
And this is the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker" - more stories from the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom making news today.
TEXT: ABC Family to develop movie about lesbian teen who was banned from prom. Taylor Swift`s ex-manager sues her and her parents for millions in unpaid commission.
HAMMER: Miley Cyrus` sparks a brand-new sexy scandal today. Her new video is sending shockwaves through Hollywood. It is sexy and it is provocative. Now, remember, Miley is just 17 years old.
Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York with Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. And Brooke, Miley`s brand-new music video is out and it is raising some eyebrows.
ANDERSON: Yes, it is, A.J. It`s Miley`s sexy stunner. I was shocked today to see Miley`s video for "who owns my heart." She spends most of the video dancing around in her underwear. And I know I couldn`t have been the only one shaking my head over it.
So that leads us to our SHOWBIZ Flashpoint - is 17-year-old Miley Cyrus` new music video too sexy?
Right now, in New York is Shelley Wade. She is a radio host for Z100 New York. And with me in Hollywood, Hyla, who is an entertainment journalist for "5DollarPrep.com."
All right. Shelley, Hyla, we all know that Miley has been trying to show a more mature side. We can`t forget "Can`t Be Tamed."
But I think Miley is starting to look like she`s 17 going on 30. We`ve got to take another look at this controversial new music video. Here it is. Watch.
ANDERSON: All right. To our SHOWBIZ Flashpoint, Hyla, do you think Miley`s new video is too sexy for her? She`s just 17.
HYLA: She`s not just 17. I think that what we have to stop - looking at Miley Cyrus as a 17-year-old. Age is just a number, right?
ANDERSON: So we need to double it for Miley Cyrus, think of her as like 34?
HYLA: You`re right. No, she is. She deals with adult issues, right? She`s a media mogul. She is an artist musically. She`s a television star. She has a clothing line. She`s a businesswoman.
She`s not hanging out with other 17-year-olds chit-chatting in the hallways of high school about whatever 17-year-olds chat about. She deals with adult issues. In her mind -
ANDERSON: But teenagers look up to her. And here, she`s writhing around on this bed in her underwear.
HYLA: I understand that. I understand that. But you know what? She`s an entertainer and this is what she`s doing. And we`ve got to stop thinking of her as 17. She`s not. Mentally, she`s just as old as we are.
ANDERSON: She certainly doesn`t want to think that - you know, she certainly doesn`t want us to think that she is 17 years old anymore. So, Shelley, what do you think? Does she need to tone it down?
SHELLEY WADE, RADIO HOST, Z100: Well, you know, I totally agree that, you know, her world is different from most 17-year-olds. But I can`t say that she - she is as mature as I am, because she`s not. She may have more money than I do but she`s definitely not as mature as I am. I`m listening.
ANDERSON: I agree. And she`s made it clear she wants to leave the "Hannah Montana" image behind. But taking these drastic steps, she certainly cannot turn back. But that`s her decision.
But you, guys, Miley`s sexy stunner was not provocative enough to get her on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s list for most provocative celebrity of the week.
But here are the nominees who made it, Mel Gibson`s ex, Oksana Grigorieva for saying that she thought Mel was going to kill her; MTV "Teen Mom" Amber Portwood for beating up the father of their infant child right in front of their baby; or Lisa Rinna for admitting that she regretted getting lip injections.
A.J., we`ve got a lot of people text messaging us with their pick.
HAMMER: Yes, Brooke. We asked everybody to text their votes and also to vote on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Facebook fan page.
Check this out. Lisa Rinna won the text vote by a landslide - 85 percent. On our Facebook fan page, Amber Portwood with 85 percent of the vote. The drum roll please as we reveal the most provocative celebrity of the week. It`s Lisa Rinna.
Very quickly, Shelley. Did we get it right?
WADE: I thought Amber was, in my opinion, because the way she was abusing this guy -
HAMMER: Yes, it was pretty tawdry.
WADE: I was highly offended, you know, because a lot of men don`t - you know, they come out and speak about being abused because they don`t want to feel weak or be seen as weak. So -
HAMMER: Got to end it there. Thank you so much. Shelley Wade and Hyla, we appreciate it.
ANDERSON: There is cigar-smoking star out there on the brink of big- time fame, if he can be found. The Cigar Guy popped up in the background of a now-famous Tiger Woods photo. And now, he`s gone viral.
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MOOS (voice-over): In the blink of an eye, Cigar Guy`s image was being Photoshopped into countless other pictures, replacing everyone from Muhammad Ali to Adam as in Adam and Eve.
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ANDERSON: We`ve got the new (UNINTELLIGIBLE). So where is the Cigar Guy? This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN news and views.
Time now for the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker" - more stories from the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom making news today.
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ANDERSON: And now, the SHOWBIZ buzz list. Here`s what the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT staff is buzzing all about. "The Walking Dead" - it`s a brand-new series premiering Halloween on AMC.
Jenny McCarthy`s new book, "Love, Lust and Faking It." The new Tango app that lets you make video calls across all different kinds of cell phones. Also, the documentary "Catfish." It`s about secrets and lies in the world of social networking. And we are psyched about the brand-new drama on the new season of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don`t get a hug?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Not really.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK, too, boo.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Boo, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) last year.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That was last year. This is this year. This is this year. No, no, no, no.
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ANDERSON: This is HLN news and views.
HAMMER: He`s become the international cigar-smoking man of mystery. And today, there is an all-out manhunt for the guy smoking a cigar in the background of the now-famous photo of Tiger Woods hitting a golf ball into a camera. I`m talking about Cigar Guy. But who the heck is this guy, and why can`t anyone find him?
Here now is CNN`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.
JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): All he wanted was to watch golf, but now he`s a wanted man. He even has an alias.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Called quite simply Cigar Guy.
JON LAL, FOUNDER, BEFRUGAL.COM: Who is Cigar Guy?
MOOS: Answer that and win $1,000. Cigar Guy`s saga started with this amazing golf photo. Tiger Woods flubbed a swing at the Ryder Cup. The ball was captured midair, headed straight for a photographer`s camera.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s taken a bit of a knock here, but the lens, it`s absolutely perfect.
MOOS: For a brief moment, the shock was the story. But then -
LAL: No one cared. Almost immediately they noticed Cigar Guy over on the side, his eyes all buggy.
MOOS: And in the blink of the eye, Cigar Guy`s image was being Photoshopped into countless other pictures, replacing everyone from Muhammad Ali to Adam, as in Adam and Eve, from Marilyn Monroe to Martin Luther King to the cast of "Mad Men."
LAL: Fantastic. We love him.
MOOS (on camera): The prevailing theory is that Cigar Guy was dressed up to look like a famous, cigar-smoking Spanish golfer.
(voice-over) The flamboyant Miguel Jimenez is known for chomping on a cigar, even as he plays, as well as his unruly hair.
(on camera) Though it may look like Cigar Guy is wearing a turban, this is actually a wig. And now, there`s a bounty on his head.
(voice-over) A $1,000 reward is being offered by Be Frugal blog for information about Cigar Man`s identity. Be Frugal wants him as their spokesman.
LAL: I can just tell, he is the cheapest man on the planet. Did you see his pants? Those are mighty cheap pants.
MOOS: Cigar Man has even landed on the moon in the famous golf ball shot. He`s been Photoshopped onto everybody`s head, even the ball. The Web site DeadSpins had a load of photographs from a California high school teacher who made it an assignment.
BARRY PETCHESKY, DEADSPIN.COM: They spent their entire class, the kids, just creating Photoshops.
MOOS: The kids dropped Cigar Man into photos ranging from Hitler to a streaker. And since the cigar figured so prominently in the Monica Lewinsky affair, no wonder he ends up there. But who is Cigar Guy? The most common guess is it`s Borat.
SACHA BARON COHEN, ACTOR/COMEDIAN: What?
MOOS: It`s Cheech from "Cheech and Chong."
CHEECH MARIN, COMEDIAN: Is there a joint in there?
MOOS: No. It`s a cigar.
HAMMER: That was CNN`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Now, today the fonder of "BeFrugal.com" tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT he`s gotten a few leads but Cigar Guy still hasn`t come forward.
Well, I`ve got to tell you, I did a little online research. I figured out why no one can find the guy. It`s because he`s marooned on a desert island with the cast of "Lost," Brooke. The smoke monster did not get him. Amazing.
ANDERSON: He`ll never be found if he`s on that island.
HAMMER: No. That`s it for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.
ANDERSON: And I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is now live at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Monday through Friday.
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