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Trump Announces All-Star `Celebrity Apprentice`; Britney Spears`s Financial Situation Revealed; Michael Vick Gets a Dog; Kid Rock, Sean Penn Star in Political Video; Male Model Joins `The Price is Right; Top the Ridiculous Stories

Aired October 12, 2012 - 23:00   ET


A.J. HAMMER, HOST: Tonight, the "SHOWBIZ Countdown," "SHOWBIZ Surprises." Donald plays the Trump card for the newest "Celebrity Apprentice" season. Britney Spears` money madness. Which star stunner will top the "SHOWBIZ Countdown," "SHOWBIZ Surprises"?

Hello. I`m A.J. Hammer.

And tonight, the "SHOWBIZ Countdown." We`re counting down today`s top five biggest surprises, including the remarkable, brand-new revelations about how much money Britney Spears is worth and how much she spends. Wait till you hear this.

Also, shocking reaction today the news that Michael Vick -- yes, that Michael Vick, the NFL superstar who went to jail on dog-fighting charges -- he`s just revealed he now owns a dog again. Oh, great.

Well, we are headed toward the big reveal of our No. 1 countdown surprise, and we are kicking it all off with No. 5, the big surprises revealed today as Donald Trump unveiled the cast of next season`s Celebrity Apprentice.

I was right there with Trump this morning as he came up with a new twist. Next season`s all-star cast will feature 13 celebs who he previously fired on the show plus one previous winner, Bret Michaels.


HAMMER: What is the biggest surprise about the upcoming season of "Celebrity Apprentice," other than the fact that it`s the first all-star "Celebrity Apprentice"?

DONALD TRUMP, REAL-ESTATE MOGUL: I think the fact that everybody, even though they went through a lot, they all wanted to be on the show. They just wanted to be. And you take a look at Bret Michaels: he won and he wanted to be back, which I think is a mistake, but that`s OK.


HAMMER: Wait. Did he just say it`s a mistake for Bret Michaels to come back to the show? With me in New York, Janet Hubert. We all loved Janet as "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air`s" Aunt Viv, and we are loving her in her hit show, "Janet Hubert: Broadway to TV." Now back to me now at the Laurie Beechman Theater in New York.

Great to have you here.


HAMMER: In Hollywood tonight, soap-opera star Sean Kanan. I am so pleased to say that Sean is joining "General Hospital" at the end of the month. But if you can`t wait to see Sean, you can pick up this book. It`s terrific. It is the must-get cooking and dining book, "The Modern Gentleman."

Congratulations, Sean, on that, by the way. Good to have you on "GH."


HAMMER: So apparently, all of the all-stars wanted back on "Celebrity Apprentice." We`re talking about some real former "Celebrity Apprentice" powerhouses here. Bret Michaels, Penn Jillette, La Toya Jackson, Gary Busey. Even L`il John. They all wanted in on this all-star encore.

Sean, I`m thinking after the fights, the backstabbing, the cold-blooded scheming that goes on, inside and outside of that board room, it`s a big surprise to me that all these people wanted to do it again. What about you?

KANAN: Listen, first of all, I can`t get enough -- enough Gary Busey.


KANAN: I mean, the madman poet is fantastic. You know, he really has become a national treasure. And any time he`s involved in anything, I`m glued to the TV. So I think it`s going to be great.

I mean, here`s the thing, A.J. In the beginning all these people had very limited experience in the world of reality television. And now they`ve gone through it, and they`re seasoned veterans. And I think it really is going to -- it`s going to up the level of competition. It`s going to raise the bar.

HAMMER: And I think people will be tuning in for...

KANAN: We should see some really, really crazy stuff.

HAMMER: Oh, yes. People will be tuning in just for Gary Busey`s teeth alone. They`re amazing.

HUBERT: Oh, my God.

HAMMER: And when I asked the stars today what they thought...

KANAN: I`m sensing endorsements.

HAMMER: Yes. Absolutely.

But I asked the stars today what they thought was the biggest surprise about the "All-star Apprentice." Everybody agreed with what you heard Donald say to me, the fact that Bret Michaels decided after winning he was going to come back to do this encore season. So what Bret revealed to me about saying, "Yes, I`ll do the show again."


HAMMER: So there`s no fear of losing that would have kept you from doing it again?

BRET MICHAELS, FORMER "CELEBRITY APPRENTICE" WINNER: No. Here`s my -- here`s my thought. I don`t think like that. The way -- the way I do stuff, I go into it. I live in the moment. And I fight for the moment. Even on this show, I do not want to lose.

But even if you lose, you win. Because you`ve won money and awareness, and even on this show, it ups -- I look at the competition, Penn Jillette, Dennis. This people are fighters, man. There`s a reason that he`s a superstar athlete. There`s a reason he`s one of the best comedians. There`s a reason they`re here. But I`ll tell you what. It ups my game. The more competitive, the more competitive I get.


HAMMER: You know, Janet, it`s hard to argue with Bret there. No matter what, he really does come back a winner. Doesn`t he?

HUBERT: The thing about -- A.J., the thing that bothers me about "The Celebrity Apprentice" is this. It`s become -- I kind of miss the old "Apprentice" where people were not celebrities. Because it`s kind of now an event as far as -- what it is, is who`s got the richest friends?


HUBERT: It`s not about the charity. It`s about who can I get more money from? And some celebrities don`t have rich friends with which they can call on and ask.

So I think it`s a little unfair when you`ve got people like that, where they`ve got famous friends who can, you know, afford to put down $5,000 for one pizza. Personally, I don`t really have any friends like that. You know, and that`s one of...

HAMMER: Oh, Janet, you`re lying. I`m sure you do.

But listen, no, I agree with you. I do feel like these charities do get exposure that they certainly otherwise would not have. So I don`t want to discount the importance of that.

HUBERT: Absolutely.

HAMMER: You know, I would like to see the old "Apprentice" come back.

I should point out, Omarosa is one of the all-stars. And remember, she was on the original season of the non-celebrity "Apprentice." That made her a star in her own right.

KANAN: That`s true. That`s true.

HAMMER: That will be one to look out for. And I`m sure there will be more surprises to come when the 13th season of "Celebrity Apprentice" fires up in March. So we have to wait around to see that on NBC.

KANAN: Can`t wait.

HAMMER: But our next big surprise today, how much Britney Spears is worth and how much she spends. This is No. 4 on our countdown tonight.

Listen to these numbers that TMZ just got from documents that were filed in Britney`s conservatorship case. Britney had $32 million in assets as of last year. Her recent concert tour raked in 68 million bucks. She`s making another reported $15 million for being a judge on "The X Factor."

But she`s got some bills, I`m here to tell you. TMZ reporting she spent $303,000 on child support, 61 grand on grooming and clothes, and a whopping $27,000 on cleaning expenses alone. I guess she likes to keep a clean house.

Sean, what surprises you more, what she`s making or what she`s spending it on?

KANAN: I`m no Pythagoras here, but it seems like she`s covering her nut, A.J. I mean, you know? I mean, let`s not forget that very -- let`s not forget that very lucrative electronic clippers endorsement that she had a few years back.

I mean, what`s the big surprise? She`s a pop star. Of course she`s loaded. I wish we were friends. I`d call her to borrow some money.

HAMMER: And by the way, thank you for being the first person on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT to use the word "Pythagoras."

But Janet, what do you think? Are you more surprised about the expenditures, or the income?

HUBERT: I have tell you, A.J., I am so happy for this young woman, because you remember about 10, 15 years ago, they were beating Britney Spears to a pulp. Don`t you remember that?

HAMMER: Not even that long ago.

HUBERT: It wasn`t even that long ago.

HAMMER: Absolutely.

HUBERT: And she has pulled herself out of the depths of hell with the fans and the public. Because the public will turn on you faster than a $2 bill. OK?


HUBERT: And so she has pulled herself up from that. And I`m really pleased to see that she`s been -- she`s been saving her money, not been frivolous, and she`s pretty down to earth.

HAMMER: And on the conservatorship, the conservatorship really has worked out for her, protecting all of that money. So...

HUBERT: That`s right.

HAMMER: Just when we thought we couldn`t be any more surprised by anything today comes this news.

No. 3 on our "SHOWBIZ Surprises" countdown, Michael Vick, he`s got a dog.


HAMMER: The NFL superstar quarterback just made the incredible confession he`s gotten a dog again. The same Michael Vick who spent 19 months in prison for running a dog-fighting ring.

Well, here`s what he tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT: "I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family`s decision to care for a pet. As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family."

OK. Let`s remember. Let`s remember, Vick was prohibited from owning a dog while he was on probation. And I get what he`s saying about his kids, but as an animal lover, I hate this.

HUBERT: I do, too.

HAMMER: I despise this.

HUBERT: I do, too.

HAMMER: Sean, very quickly, should he have been banned for good or should we cut him a break?

KANAN: You know, I don`t know, A.J. I just think this is a way better career move than accepting that role in the "Turner & Hooch" remake. I think this is more of an intermediary step for him. You know, listen -- you know, the guy paid his debt to society. It bothers me, too, as a dog lover.

But you know what? If he can use the experience he had to bring some good to animal protection and animal humanity, then I think we ought to give it a shot.

HAMMER: Well, Sean and Janet, do not move, because we have two more surprises in the "SHOWBIZ Countdown." But which will be No. 1? Could the No. 1 countdown surprise be this? The jaw-dropping political video revealed today with Kid Rock and Sean Penn.


KID ROCK, MUSICIAN: Ricky Bobby said if you ain`t first, you`re last.

SEAN PENN, ACTOR: Did you write that yourself or Halliburton just print it on the back of your pay stub?

KID ROCK: Do you work anymore? Do you have a job? Or does this Occupy Malibu keep you busy?


HAMMER: This is great. You`ve got to see their new buzz worthy political ad. It made the cut for tonight`s "SHOWBIZ Countdown," "SHOWBIZ Surprises." But will the surprising and historic new male model on "The Price is Right" come on down and take the top spot? You`re going to meet him. He`s right here tonight on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN.


HAMMER: did some digging into Justin Bieber`s family tree and found out that he has some very famous distant cousins. Justin, Avril Lavigne, Ryan Gosling and Celine Dion can all trace their roots back to a relative that lived 400 years ago. I`m thinking that person must have had some kind of super-talent gene to have spawned all of those great stars. Very cool. I wonder if they`re all going to get together for the holidays.

So will the new can`t-look-away political ad, featuring Kid Rock and Sean Penn, top tonight`s "SHOWBIZ Countdown"? We reveal the top two "SHOWBIZ Surprises" next.


HAMMER: We are counting down the top five "SHOWBIZ Surprises" tonight. Here`s where we are at. At No. 5, Donald Trump`s surprising "Celebrity Apprentice" encore. This is an all-star season coming up.

At No. 4, Britney`s surprising booty. I`m not talking about her body. I`m talking about all her money. All $32 million of it.

And in No. 3 Michael Vick`s surprising canine connection. The quarterback whose freedom and career was derailed by a dog-fighting scandal actually owns a dog now, which I think is hideous.

That takes us to No. 2, and a surprising celebrity connection between two rock stars who can`t agree on politics: Kid Rock and Sean Penn. Well, today, Kid Rock revealed an amazing mini movie on his YouTube channel. It`s aimed at burying stereotypes. It`s pretty cool. It`s called "Americans," and you`ve got to watch it.


KID ROCK: Hope and change, huh? Four years later, the working folks are just hoping to have a little change left over after your boy here Obummer gets done taxing them to death and redistributing the wealth.

PENN: Was it Goebbels who said, "Tell a lie a thousand times, it becomes the truth?"

KID ROCK: I don`t know about that, but it was Ricky Bobby who said, "If you ain`t first, you`re last."

PENN: Did you write that yourself or Halliburton just print it on the back of your pay stub?

KID ROCK: Do you even work anymore? Do you have a job? Or does this Occupy Malibu thing keep you busy?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Twenty-six Marines were killed in vicious fighting today outside Jalalabad. This marks the tragic milestone of 2,000 soldiers killed in Afghanistan. The conflict began 11 years ago after the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11 changed America forever.

PENN: To freedom.

KID ROCK: You know, dude, I didn`t mean to call you all that stuff and all that. I don`t even really know if my (EXPLETIVE DELETED) is bigger or not.

(singing) You`re better than the best. I`m lucky just to linger in your light. Cooler than the flip side of my pillow. That`s right. Completely unaware. Nothing can compare to where you send me, lets me know that it`s OK. Yes, it`s OK. And the moments when my good times start to fade.

You make me smile like the sun, fall out of bed, sing like a bird dizzy in my head, spin like a record. The thought of you can drive me wild. Oh, you make me smile. Don`t know how I live without you, cause every time that I get around you, I see the best of me inside your eyes. You make me smile.

(speaking) You know what, man? You`re still a freakin` commie.

PENN: And you still think you can see Russia from your house.

KID ROCK: Man, if it weren`t for Ronnie, you`d be standing in Russia.

PENN: Well, you know what they say. It`s one thing to have an actor in the White House. Quite another to have a bad actor.

GRAPHIC: Don`t let politics divide us.


HAMMER: See, wouldn`t it be nice if people actually pay attention to that? What a great message.

Well, that takes us to No. 1 in our "SHOWBIZ Countdown" of the top five surprises. From "The Price is Right" to the guy is right.

For 40 years, the hit game show "The Price is Right" has showcased women modeling the show`s prizes. You know, everything from the jewelry to the blenders, the washing machines. To our No. 1 surprise, the first-ever male model on "The Price is Right."

It`s Rob Wilson. He joins me right now.

Rob, I feel like I have to say, come on down! But here you are already. It`s great to have you here and congratulations.

ROB WILSON, MODEL, "THE PRICE IS RIGHT": Thank you so much. It`s great to be here. I can`t believe I`m No. 1.

HAMMER: You are No. 1 tonight, man.

WILSON: That`s awesome.

HAMMER: How old are you?

WILSON: I`m 24.

HAMMER: OK, 24. You`re old enough to have known "The Price is Right" when original host Bob Barker was the guy in charge. And I don`t tell a lot of people this, Rob, but when I was a kid, it was my dream to be Bob Barker. I wanted to be the host from the time I with his a tyke. As you were growing up, did you ever once say, "Hey, I`d love to be one of Barker`s beauties or model on "The Price is Right"?

WILSON: You know what? I`ve always wanted to be on "The Price is Right," but the word "Barker beauty," kind of -- I don`t know. I don`t know if that fits me exactly, especially since Drew is on the show now.

But it`s an amazing opportunity. I feel so, so blessed and, God, I can`t thank everybody enough, honestly.

HAMMER: Well, if you`re Carey`s dude. We`ll call you Drew Carey`s dude. How about that? I think that will be the title for you.

WILSON: Carey`s dude, I like it.

HAMMER: Listen, this was a tough competition. You beat out hundreds of guys. You went to this open casting call in L.A. to get the gig. And there`s a reason that the producers had to have chosen you.

Our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT producers put together this look book of you. It`s called "The Guy is Right." Let`s open this book up and take a look at some of the various pictures we have of Rob as he is -- well, you know, there he is.

And I`ve noticed if you surf around the Internet, Rob likes taking his shirt off quite a bit. Every other picture. Oh, it seems to land on that one.

What do you think it is about you, though, that put you over the top and landed you the big gig? Was it the fact that you were willing to go shirtless with the name tag on your chest?

WILSON: Well, you know what? I`m not going to lie. We all had to get up in that, like, gun range style, firing range position with our shirts off and our name tags on. But I hope it wasn`t just me with my shirt off that got me the job. I think that my personality shined through, and they realized once I came out of my shell, there`s -- you know, there`s a lot more to me than just, you know, taking off my shirt like everybody else did.

So it was just amazing. Amazing thing. This entire ride has been absolutely amazing, and the first episode hasn`t even aired yet. So it`s very exciting.

HAMMER: Yes. It is incredible to watch what has happened. So the gig happens on Monday. You`re only doing it for one week. What do you have to do to make it a full-time gig?

WILSON: Honestly, I think I did everything I could have right now. The crowd was amazing. The fans have been amazing. They voted on me to get to that position anyway. Now I think it`s just really up to the ratings and the producers, and you know, hopefully, America likes me.

HAMMER: Well, Rob, we are wishing you the best. I`m a little jealous. You made it onto "The Price is Right" before me after all these years, but good luck.

WILSON: Come join me, man.

HAMMER: The debut, Rob on "The Price is Right" -- well, you`ll have to talk to Drew about that, see if I can be one of his dudes.

Monday, October 15.

WILSON: I`ll make you one, 100 percent, buddy.

HAMMER: All right, man. Thanks so much. Take care.

Well, as we move on tonight, it`s another not to be missed "SHOWBIZ Countdown," "That`s Ridiculous."

Tonight, the woman that gets paid to snuggle -- yes, you heard me. A woman who`s created a business all around professional snuggling. And I`m here to tell you, business is good. Now "That`s Ridiculous.: But is it more ridiculous than a vest that gives you a hug when someone likes you on Facebook? Which will be No. 1?



HAMMER: Lindsay Lohan`s big lie? Tonight, the dramatic new turn after Lindsay`s caught-on-tape blow-up with her mother.

Also, Tom Hanks gets lucky on Broadway.

And SHOWBIZ goes on location with Britney Spears as "The X Factor" judge honors her ultimate idol. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Nischelle Turner`s got it all in "The Buzz Today."


NISCHELLE TURNER, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): SHOWBIZ on location. Britney remembers Whitney. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT was there with Britney Spears as she paid tribute to her idol at "We Will Always Love You," a Grammy salute to Whitney Houston. Jennifer Hudson and L.L. Cool J joins Spears in honoring the singing legend Britney credits with launching her career.

BRITNEY SPEARS, SINGER/"X FACTOR" JUDGE: I loved Whitney, and that`s how I got my deal with my record label. I worshipped the ground she walked on.

TURNER: The special airs November 16 on CBS.

Lindsay`s lies. Lindsay Lohan is setting the record straight about her fight with her mom. Just days after Michael Lohan released a recording of his phone conversation with his daughter, in which she says her mom is on drugs, the actress is taking it all back. She tells she`s done with her dad forever and wants it clear that none of what he said is true, saying, "I told my dad a really hurtful and untruthful lie about my mom. She was not on cocaine. Daughters have fights with their moms. It happens a lot. It`s normal."

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you Tom Hanks is about to make his debut on Broadway. Hanks just announced he will be starring as a "New York Daily News" reporter in the brand-new play from the late Nora Ephron called "Lucky Guy." Hanks hits the stage in the spring of 2013.


HAMMER: Well, tonight, this is exciting. It`s fatty, it`s salty, it`s an entire TV show about bacon.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You want bacon? Well, we`ve got it here. Fourteen ounces of bacon bloody Marys. We`re going to travel this country in search of the best in the pig world.


HAMMER: Candied bacon, bacon ice cream. A TV that`s pushing the boundaries of bacon to the limit. But is the idea of a bacon show just ridiculous?

And if you think that`s nuts, how about this? There`s a brand-new book that actually shows men how to cheat. Those are just two ridiculous competing for the top five in our "SHOWBIZ Countdown" tonight. It`s the stories that made us say, "That`s Ridiculous."




ALANA THOMPSON, REALITY TV STAR: I am Honey Boo-Boo Child, and I am the princess (ph) of style.

HAMMER: Right now on the "SHOWBIZ Countdown," the jaw-dropping stories that have us saying, "That`s Ridiculous!" Tonight, the ridiculous new way you can get your hands on "Honey Boo-Boo." And if "Honey Boo-Boo" isn`t your speed, how about paying to snuggle with a total stranger? It`s the new trend, but is it ridiculous or is it right on? It`s the "SHOWBIZ Countdown," "That`s Ridiculous!" But who will come out on top?

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT continues right now.

Welcome back to "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT." Thanks for watching. I`m A.J. Hammer with the "showbiz` countdown, the stories that made us say that`s ridiculous. Let`s get the party started, shall we?

In at number five, the making of a cheater. If you`re married, dating, or even a friends with benefit and you cheat, there is a chances that are pretty good you are going to get busted. But is it really more about how you do it than if you do it?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Have you ever been caught red-handed cheating on your girl?

You watch filthy disgusting porn when she`s at work?

You go to strip clubs and whorl houses and massage parlors when you`re aware on a business trip?


HAMMER: All right. So those guys are joking. But they`re serious about this too. They have a brand new book just out called "cheat: a man`s guide to infidelity." It was written by the always hilarious Joe Derosa best known for his great comedy central appearances, and Robert Kelly, one of the top touring comics in the country.

I just spoke with them about the top three cheating tips that really jumped out at us here at "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT."

At number three, avoid girls who wear glitter. Now, Robert, I want to start with you. You realize this is getting harder and harder to do these days.


HAMMER: So many women have glitter. What in the world does that have to do with getting away with cheating?

KELLY: You`re right. Every girl is dressing like a stripper nowadays. Well, glitter`s the worst. It`s the worst. The guy who invented glitter, he`s just a terrible human being to guys. Because it`s -- you can`t get it off. It`s like -- it`s there. I mean, you know, you have to -- you know, with hair or other things that girls leave on, you can take a shower and get it off. You need to scrub like Dexter when you have glitter on you to get it off you. Like you just murdered somebody.


KELLY: Or you`ve got to lie to your wife and tell her you had sex with a unicorn on the way home.

HAMMER: There`s that option as well.

I mean Joe, you agree with this as well because obviously you don`t need to be a "CSI" investigator to find that little speck of glitter that wasn`t able to be eradicated.

JOE DEROSA, AUTHOR, A MAN`S GUIDE TO INFIDELITY: No, I totally agree with that. In fact, this jacket I`m wearing now has some glitter remnants on it that I can`t get off. And it`s not biodegradable. It`s not good for the environment. Please, stop with this crap.

Yes. Get away. No more glitter.

If you`re stepping out and you open the door and your other lady looks like she just slid down aw rainbow, you`d better slam the door and run. Do not let her in the house. It`s like bedbugs.

HAMMER: Fair enough. Listen, I have to imagine the book`s not going to earn you any points with the ladies when they hear what`s our next pick.

It`s at number two on the showbiz countdown. You advise the nighttime is the right time to do the wrong thing. Now, that might seem counterintuitive to the afternoon delight crowd, Joe. Why nighttime?

DEROSA: Well, I think all sneaky things are usually done at nighttime. I mean, there`s just a higher chance that you won`t be seen. When the government tries to do covert operations, they don`t do it at 6:00 in the morning. They wait until it`s nice and dark. And you know, you do shady things in the shade. So the dark is your friend.

HAMMER: The dark is your friend, ladies and gentlemen.

All right. Well, out of all the outrageous cheating tips in your book, here`s what we decided is number one on our showbiz countdown. Learn to lie.

Robert, I`m thinking you`re pushing men down a dark and dastardly path here. And perhaps your book should really come with some emergency help line or something. But how should men, as long as we`re going to go down the path, learn to lie to their ladies?

KELLY: Well, you don`t have to learn to lie. Most men know how to lie. You have to learn how to lie like a woman. Do you understand?

HAMMER: No, I don`t understand. I`m not getting involved with that conversation.

KELLY: Guys actually -- we get nervous. We get angry. Women are passive aggressive. They`re seductive. They`re very good at lying. We`re not. We show it in our face. You know, my wife caught me eating a cookie in the shower. Because you know, they know what you eat, what you do. We need to learn how to lie especially if you get caught. You have to lie, lie, and then lie again.

HAMMER: Well, maybe that cookie was -- I don`t know. Was it a Christmas cookie with some glitter on it?

Joe Derosa, Robert Kelly, thank you both so much.

I think you probably should have some extra security right about now. Make sure you check out their book, "cheat: a man`s guide to infidelity." It was just released and it is available in bookstores everywhere.

And now I`d like you to think about this. Does cuddling count as cheating? Because we may be on to something here that could save a lot of cheaters a whole lot of heartache.

It`s number four on the showbiz countdown of stories today that made us say that`s ridiculous. Snuggling for hire. Professional cuddler Jackie Samuels is now offering up snuggle sessions for $60 bucks an hour in a suburb of Rochester, New York and she claims to have mastered over 100 non-sexual positions, giving want to be snugglers a full range of options there.

Want to bring in from Hollywood celebrity publicist Kita Williams, best known for her role on VH1`s the "T.O. show." Also in Hollywood tonight, actor and comedian Skyler Stone. Skyler stars on the fantastic hit sitcom "raising hope" that can be seen Tuesday nights on FOX.

And Skyler, I must begin with you. I need to know, would you be up for a $60 snuggle cuddle session with a complete stranger or do you get why we say that`s ridiculous?

SKYLER STONE, ACTOR, COMEDIAN: No, I would not be up for that. Because for $60 you can just get a girl drunk and hook up with her and hopefully she`ll pass out and then you can skip the cuddling.

I`m telling you right now, cuddling is a by-product of sex. That`s all it is. It`s like if you`re going to go eat some tacos at a drive-thru, diarrhea is in your near future. Same thing with cuddling, all right. Cuddling`s going to come after sex. We don`t need to pay for it. I want to know what guys are paying for. I`ve got to think it`s the same guy. One time I went to see "how to lose a guy in ten days." and there was a guy by himself behind me. I`m looking like what are you doing here? I`ve got this girl here but why are you here? That`s the guy who`s paying for snuggles. That`s insane. You don`t pay for smuggles.

HAMMER: And I`m trying to keep this separate from being a sexual thing. I guess, Kita something, people just need human contact. Are you loving this idea? Or are you also saying that`s ridiculous?

KITA WILLIAMS, CELEBRITY PUBLICIST: That`s ridiculous, unsanitary and unsafe, to be honest with you. I mean, honestly, I don`t know David Beckham or Denzel Washington. They`re strangers. Now, you might cuddle up with them if that`s an option. But that`s not what we`re talking about here. We`re talking about complete strangers. And you`re putting yourself in that situation. And there`s bed -- there`s all kinds of just, you know, ridiculousness going on there. So no. Absolutely.

HAMMER: Yes. I wonder what kind of security precautions Jackie Samuel has taken for these snuggles sessions. Obviously, they`re not friends. But the showbiz team has come one what we believe is an acceptable list of snugglers. I would like to run that down for you. We , of course, approve snuggle the bear and of course the product he endorses, snuggle fabric softener. You can hold on to this box if you like.

And to you why point, Kita, to make sure everyone`s covered, we will give you your choice of snuggling let`s say David Beckham or for the guys Sophia Vergara.

Skyler, hopefully that will work. Are these all acceptable options? And Skyler, do you have another choice you`d like to put in for a snuggle here?

STONE: Natalie Portman. Myself. You`ve got to look out for number one. Snuggle me.

HAMMER: All tight. For 60 bucks you`re in.

STONE: I`m just like oh, let`s do this.

WILLIAMS: What about snuggle for you, A.J.? We`ll snuggle with you. How about that?

HAMMER: All tight, that`s good. I do like snuggle the bear, though. I`m a little partial to that little critter.

All right, snuggling may not be your forte. Then maybe yet another option and it comes with number three on our that`s ridiculous showbiz countdown. It`s like a hug. Look at this. I actually think it`s a pretty inventive idea. It came from students at M.I.T. They just revealed their creation. It`s a wearable vest. It inflates when your friends like your posts on facebook. It`s supposed to give you the feeling of a hug.

Kita, ridiculous? Are you with me? Or do you like this?

WILLIAMS: I like it. I think it`s really cute and clever. I mean, that`s safe and sanitary. And at least you know you can kind of feel the hug and you can send a hug back if you don`t want to be hugged for the day. So I think it`s a brilliant idea.

HAMMER: Now, I don`t know if this thing`s actually going to be available, Skyler, but if it took off I`m wondering what`s next. Some kind of a vest that -- I don`t know what it would do to you. Maybe pinch you if a friend de-friends you?

STONE: Let me just save some money for everybody. I feel like I`m on the wrong CNN show. I feel like I`m supposed to be saving people money right now. Again, just like you don`t need to pay for snuggles. If you need something to squeeze you and then you need to hear a fatherly figure your ear? I will follow you to a rite aid. I will do an impression of your father in your right ear while you stick your arm in one of those blood pressure machines and let it squeeze your arm. You don`t need to spend money, people. You`ll be like oh, my God, dad.

HAMMER: Let me remind you of the success of the pet rock, my friend. We still have numbers two and number one1 coming your way on the showbiz countdown, including a reality TV battle for the top. The newest reason to love honey boo boo versus a new reality show all about bacon?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You want bacon? Well, we got it here. From porky melts to bacon bloody Mary`s. We`re going to travel this country in search of the best of the pig world.


HAMMER: Where we follow our hearts or our bellies as we name the number one story in the showbiz countdown of stories that made us say that`s ridiculous. The big number one reveal is coming up.


HAMMER: Welcome back to "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT."

We are counting down the top five stories breaking today that made us say, that`s ridiculous.

At number five, a new book that advises guys how to cheat without getting caught. It includes such valuable suggestions as avoid cheating with women who wear glitter because it`s impossible to get off.

At number four, snuggling for hire. A professional cuddler offers one-hour snuggle sessions for a mere $60 bucks.

At number three, no more checking your phone to see if you got any likes on facebook. Oh, no, there is now an inflatable vest. Gives you a nice little squeeze whenever one of your facebook friends likes something on your page.

That takes us to number two tonight on our that`s ridiculous countdown, a brand new sign that you know, what this is honey boo boo`s world and we`re all just living in it. Honey boo boo is of course the nickname of the young star of the TLC reality show "here comes honey boo boo." And today I got this from the kind folks over at TLC.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Boo boo time, boo boo time.

HAMMER: I don`t know what the heck she`s saying there. All right, stop. Stop.

Listen, either they sent it to us or maybe somebody on the "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" staff actually stole it from Anderson Cooper`s office. They`re not really telling me which. It just showed up in my office.

But, I`d like you now to watch Anderson debuting the boo boo buzzer as he calls it on his show "Anderson Live." He did it today with his guest host, HLN`s Jane Velez-Mitchell.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Boo boo time, boo boo time.


ANDERSON COOPER, HOST, ANDERSON LIVE: So yes. So when I got this I was sitting at my desk at CNN and every now and then I would just hit it. And people were walk by my office like what is going on? Is honey boo boo locked in his office?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Boo boo time, boo boo time.


HAMMER: Anyway, comedian Skyler Stone is with the hit FOX sitcom "raising hope," back with us in Hollywood. And I know he`s very jealous of me tonight because Skyler, I imagine you could probably sit in your trailer on your sound stage there where you do your show and listen to that all day, the sound of honey boo boo.

STONE: Well, I don`t know if I want one for the set, but I would like one for the house because I have a stepson. He`s just hit that age where he doesn`t listen to anything.

HAMMER: Celebrity publicist Kita Williams is with us. Kita --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Boo boo time, boo boo time.

HAMMER: It`s kind of catchy, don`t you think?

WILLIAMS: It`s very catchy. I mean, you know, as a publicist you`ve got to think about some things. You`ve got to think about brandability. And right now honey boo boo is going to the bank bank. So we cannot be upset about this empire that they`re building for her. We just want to sit back, enjoy the ride. I mean, it`s entertaining, you know. And I think the fact that we`re talking about it makes it obviously not ridiculous. It`s brilliant.

HAMMER: Yes, more bank bank for boo boo. And I believe our director just said it was evil. But I`m not sure. I may have misheard him.

And now, it is time for a big reveal. It is number one on our countdown of things that made us say that`s ridiculous. It`s a new show about bacon. That`s right, ex-"top chef" contestant Kevin Gillespie has a new web show where he travels the country in search of all things bacon and all things bacon-related. Here`s your taste.


KEVIN GILLESPIE, EX-TOP CHEF: You want bacon? Well, we got it here. From porky melts to bacon bloody Mary`s we`re going to travel this country in search of the best of the pig world. I`m Kevin Gillespie, and this is "the bacon show."

This is a little piece of candied bacon in here.

That`s absolutely amazing.

You can purchase bacon mayonnaise.


HAMMER: All right. Skyler, of to you first. I want you to chew on that for a second. Maybe don`t chew on it. But --

STONE: I love it.

HAMMER: -- do you find a whole show about bacon hard to swallow? No, you do love it, huh?

STONE: Not ridiculous at all. The only thing that`s missing is Kevin Bacon as the host. Then you can just call it bacon squared. That would be awesome. I love everything about bacon. This is a great idea. I`m in. Not ridiculous.


HAMMER: Somehow, it just baffles me that they`re going to be able to carry this on for any great length of time. I don`t see this sticking around for ten seasons. But stranger things have certainly happened, Kita.

WILLIAMS: Yes. Honestly, I like a little bacon in my biscuit, too, but that`s ridiculous. A whole show about bacon? I mean, I can`t imagine. We do have vegans. We have vegetarians. Is it called baconarians? I`m not sure.

HAMMER: You bring up a very good point. I do not eat bacon. I will eat your, you know, tofu bacon. I`ll eat turkey bacon but I`m not going to eat that type of bacon. I`m guessing it will be featured on the show, though. Do you feel better about things?

WILLIAMS: OK. I feel better about that.

HAMMER: Of course.

All right, comedian Skyler Stone, celebrity publicist Kita Williams. Thank you so much. Your boo boo buzzer is it in the mail.

Moving now to Sarah Palin`s dramatic slim down. New pictures of the former governor of Alaska have people buzzing. What`s up with her new look? I`ve got the answer next.



HAMMER: Sarah`s dramatic slim down. People are wondering, and some are a bit worried about why Sarah Palin has been looking so thin lately. Well, tonight, the former VP candidate explains.

Also, Christina`s change. Christina Aguilera tells "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" about getting back on stage while stepping away from "the Voice."

And Kardashian TV domination continues. Yet another family member could get a show.

The details in the buzz today.


HAMMER: Keeping up with Kris? Could Kris Jenner be the next queen of daytime talk? Well, according to a brand new story in "the Hollywood reporter, the Kardashian mom is in talks with 20th TV for her very own series that could get a test run as early as the summer of 2013. A 20th TV rep declined to comment on the report and wouldn`t discuss whether the talk show is a go at this time. But they did tell "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" Kris Jenner sure would have a lot to talk about.

Showbiz on location with Christina. "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" was right there with "the voice`s" Christina Aguilera at the American music awards` nomination announcement where she opened up to us about taking some time off to rest from her mentoring duties on the talent show.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA, SINGER: That`s what`s great about the show. They`re all completely understanding that, you know, we are all artists up there. And we all have to have breaks for ourselves, you know, to sort of replenish our creative souls. And it`s very important for me to do that at this time. You know, three seasons, and the third season has yet to be over. But before I go to another blind audition I have to be able to do my own thing and see my fans so I can go back out there and, you know, have new experiences and new advice as a coach.

HAMMER: Palin`s political fitness? The former Alaskan governor is responding to critics who have been targeting her weight. reports recent pictures surfaced of Palin which show her looking extra slim. But she tells "People" that any changes in her appearance are related to a brand new fitness book that she has in the works. "Our family is writing a book on fitness and self-discipline, focusing on where we get our energy and balance as we still eat our beloved homemade comfort foods. We promise you what we do work and allows a fulfilling quality of life and sustenance anyone can I didn`t see that coming at all."


HAMMER: Yes. I didn`t see that coming at all.

From the woman who could have been a heartbeat away from the presidency to wanting to get your heart into shape. Is it a logical step for Sarah Palin? I have no idea. That`s why I have Hollywood bringing me Alexis Tereszcuk tonight, a reporter for radar online.

Chuckie Whiteman, do we have the picture of Sarah Palin? Yes, this is from her facebook page. Palin backstage with daughter Bristol at the back stage of "Dancing with the Stars." They both look great here. What do you think? Is this a great move, a fitness book?

ALEXIS TUREZCUK, REPORTER, RADARONLINE.COM: I do. I think it`s a great move for Sarah Palin. Honestly, she`s already written books about country and family. So this is the next step, right? And she gets to show off what a great body she has. She can show off her daughter Bristol`s great body, all of her young kids, and this is a logical step for her. Honestly, she probably wanted her own talk show. This will get her back on all the talk shows.

HAMMER: Well, it`s something that she knows something about. She`s an athlete. She was featured on the cover of "runner`s world" magazine, I think that was back in 2009. But it seems like the book is not so much for fitness junkies. Maybe it`s more to help mama bears and their families eat better. Do you think she can really make it as a fitness expert if this remains her focus, Alexis?

TUREZCUK: I don`t know about fitness expert. But I think people are going to want to know exactly what it is Sarah Palin serves to her family. I mean, I think it`s going to be a lot of moose pies. Right? I haven`t been to Alaska, but I imagine maybe ice cream, icies, things like that, right?

HAMMER: Yes. Maybe with a little bacon on top. You know, when you just said moose pie, it makes me spiel for some reason. Another uber famous mama may have another gig too. Kris Jenner, aka mama Kardashian, may get a talk show. Another Kardashian talk show. Is that brilliant or bananas?

Alexis, think about it. Your answer on the other side of the break.


HAMMER: Could Kris Jenner be the next queen of daytime talk? Well, the Kardashian matriarch is reportedly negotiating a deal for a talk show that would air in a test run on FOX Steve stations next summer. The FOX test run formula did launch talk shows for Wendy Williams and Bethany Frankel.

Want to bring back Radaronline`s Alexis Tereszcuk. What do you think, Alexis? Could we soon be keeping up with Kris Jenner every day of the week? Do you see this actually coming together?

TUREZCUK: Honestly, everything this woman touches turns to gold. And really all she would need to do is have a different child on every day of the week and people would tune in and she would have a whole show there.

HAMMER: That would cover her for a year.

TUREZCUK: I think you should be her co-host.

HAMMER: It could go one of two ways. You know, the Kardashians in some people`s minds are overexposed. So, this could - could this really be perhaps the tipping point where everybody now finally runs from the Kardashians? Or would it be a feather in their cap?

TUREZCUK: People do say they`re tired of the Kardashians. But we still talk about them. They have millions of twitter followers. Everybody loves them. They can endorse every product under the sun and people buy it. I don`t really see an end to this train, unfortunately.

HAMMER: It will be interesting to see if there is in fact a caboose. And that`s probably a strange word to use when you`re talking about the Kardashians. But at the end of this train.

TUREZCUK: It`s perfect.

HAMMER: Because the thing also about her is, is she really compelling enough to drive a show like this for such a long time? We`ll have to wait and see.

Alexis, thank you so much.

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