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Golden Globe Nominees Weigh in on Honor; `Blurred Lines` Spoof a YouTube Hit; Interview with Don Cheadle about his Golden Globe Nomination; Interview with Michael Salahi and Neal Schon about Their Coming Pay-Per- View Wedding; Lea`s Coping with the Loss of Her Boyfriend, Cory Monteith

Aired December 12, 2013 - 23:00:00   ET


A.J. HAMMER, HOST: Right now on the "Top Ten Countdown," the battle for gold is on. The Golden Globe showdowns were just revealed. And we are one-on-one with some of the biggest contenders. Don Cheadle, Taylor Schilling, and the cast of TV`s top sitcom.


JIM PARSONS, ACTOR: They make up a non-Newtonian fluid which is liquid but it`s solid under the percussive action of the speaker.

SIMON HELBERG, ACTOR: That`s what makes it get all funky.


HAMMER: We have the gang from "The Big Bang Theory." And they`re revealing the secret to Golden success.

Plus, she came in like a wrecking ball. And I ain`t talking about you know who. We have one of the biggest YouTube stars of the year right here, revealing how her Miley parody made her an overnight celebrity.

SBT starts right now.

Hello. I`m A.J. Hammer. Thank you for watching. We`re kicking off our "Top Ten Countdown" of today`s must-see, must-share stories with a bang. As in "The Big Bang Theory."


HELBERG: The ladies are away, the boys will play.

KUNAL NAYYAR, ACTOR: Anything can happen.

JOHNNY GALECKI, ACTOR: Going to get crazy.

PARSONS: "Dungeons and Dragons"!


HAMMER: TV`s most popular sitcom celebrated today when it was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Comedy TV Series. And just hours later, SBT producer Mara Raphael went on the set of the show in Hollywood, where the cast was indeed celebrating.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical, "The Big Bang Theory."

MARA RAPHAEL, SBT PRODUCER: Congratulations. So exciting. So were you all sleeping or watching HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT when this came on?

GALECKI: Was I the only one awake?

RAPHAEL: You were asleep?

PARSON: Yes. I mean, I woke up shortly thereafter, but yes, I was asleep. Oh, my God!

RAPHAEL: When I came up to do this interview, I was in the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom, and I said, "I`m going to talk to the cast of `The Big Bang`."

They said, "They are the ultimate dorks. That is awesome."

PARSONS: Nice. Thanks for sharing.

HELBERG: Not what I thought you were going to say.

KALEY CUOCO, ACTRESS: Best compliment ever!

RAPHAEL: Not you, Kaley. Not you.

HELBERG: Oh, thanks.

CUOCO: I want to be part of that.

RAPHAEL: So are you dorks in real life? Is everything...

HELBERG: Wait until you hear what my wife said about you.

RAPHAEL: I mean, are you guys dorks in real life? What are the dorky things you do?

PARSONS: We`re all super cool.

RAPHAEL: Any secrets about how nerdy you are, off set?

PARSONS: We`re not talking to you anymore.

RAPHAEL: Well, this is amazing. Seven seasons, and you are so beloved, and people are going to be growing up with you and watching you on reruns. And it`s really special. I mean, is this just an amazing feeling?

PARSONS: Yes. Yes. And then things like, you know, being on the air for so long and things still going well at this stage of events, as it were, it`s very special. And it`s kind of hard to get your -- wrap your whole mind around that. You know, and I just think we just come in and we do the show every week. And I think we`re all very grateful that it`s going as well as it is on so many levels.

CUOMO: Get closer. I need to see actually up his nose. Ultimate close-up.

This is investigative journalism.

RAPHAEL: You were up a little after 5?

CUOCO: Yes. A little after 5. It`s so cute. Every year, we get -- you wake up and you either get a million text messages or none. So this morning there were a million text messages. And I think after seven years it feels so good. It`s like people are still liking us, and it`s really nice.

RAPHAEL: So when you first went to the Golden Globes, you were sort of placed in the back. Do you think you`ll get a better seat this time?

CUOCO: We were actually just talking about that. The first time we ever went, we literally were in the kitchen, basically. Literally sat in the kitchen but realized how great it was, because all the big celebrities had to pass us to get to the stage. So like all of a sudden, we were like this is the best. Like, we were seeing how Brad Pitt was leaning against our chair, trying to get past us.

NAYYAR: We pushed the seats further...


NAYYAR: ... like further against the wall so people would have to climb over us.

CUOCO: Yes. So we actually liked being in the kitchen. Glass half full.

RAPHAEL: And it must be nice to all sit together as a cast. I mean, you are a cast that has great chemistry, pardon the pun. How does that feel?

MELISSA RAUCH, ACTRESS: It`s amazing. The alcohol at the Golden Globes helps a lot. Helps us get along a lot better.

RAPHAEL: So do you know what you`re wearing? I hear you might already have a dress.

CUOCO: Here it is.

RAPHAEL: This is cable.

CUOCO: Yes. Actually, I do know what I`m wearing. It`s crazy. I said I hope I didn`t jinx it -- well, I didn`t, obviously -- but I was afraid that I did. I know. I saw one dress and I said, "If we get nominated, I`m wearing that and that`s all. No more fittings. I`m going to stop eating, going to fit in it. Going to be great."

RAPHAEL: And you didn`t jinx it.

HELBERG: I slept in my tuxedo last night for good luck. So...

RAPHAEL: Well, it worked. It worked. I wish you`d kept it on.

HELBERG: No, no. Superstition I have. Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical. Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory."

RAPHAEL: Congratulations to you.

PARSONS: Thank you.

RAPHAEL: This is exciting, and you have a great category. There`s so many amazing people in your category. Who do you think is your biggest competition?

PARSONS: Oh, God. They`re really, really good. I mean, you know. And there`s a lot of still really, really good people that aren`t even on the list for some strange reason. It`s just -- it`s always a surprise, and it`s always very special, you know. And I know. I don`t wish ill for any of them, yet.

NAYYAR: He`s going to win.

PARSONS: Oh, shut up.

RAPHAEL: No. We don`t want to jinx anything. We don`t want to jinx everything.

You don`t have an outfit yet because you don`t want to jinx it?

PARSONS: Right. That`s it.

RAPHAEL: What about the food? Is the food any good?

MAYIM BIALIK, ACTRESS: Not so much. I don`t know.

RAPHAEL: This is breaking news.

BIALIK: I don`t know. I don`t remember last year.

HELBERG: When you have enough champagne, everything -- you know, you can gnaw on the cloth napkins and it`s good.

RAPHAEL: Right. Lots of booze.



HAMMER: ... from Beverly Hills. And I love that they said they like sitting next to the kitchen. We`ll have to see how that goes this year.

Well, "The Big Bang Theory" is facing some serious competition in the Best Comedy Series category. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is nominated, "Girls," "Modern Family" and "Parks and Recreation." Good luck to everybody.

SBT, bringing you another big nominee right now, the lovely Taylor Schilling. She is up for her very first Golden Globe. Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama for playing Piper Chapman in the great Netflix hit series, "Orange is the New Black."


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Take her to shoe (ph).

TAYLOR SCHILLING, ACTRESS: Shoe (ph)? You can`t do that.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She`s kind of right.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She didn`t even do anything.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Step back or I will cite you for assaulting an officer.

SCHILLING: I have visitation today. Larry`s (ph) coming to see me. You can`t do this.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s all right. Just do what the man says.

SCHILLING: Please don`t do this.


HAMMER: It is such a good show, and she is so good. I spoke with Taylor today soon after she got the great news.


HAMMER: Taylor, I want to welcome you to SHOWBIZ and congratulate you. I`m so happy, as a huge fan of yours and the show, that you got nominated.

SCHILLING (via phone): Thank you so much. I`m so excited.

HAMMER: I have to believe you are. I was one of those people, by the way, Taylor, who was just surfing around the Netflix one night and I saw this "Orange is the New Black." What is that? I popped it on. I instantly got hooked and started binge watching it like so many people.

SCHILLING: I know. You know, I hear that from people. And I wonder if I could somehow like apologize for the time that they`ve lost in their lives.


SCHILLING: And not been able to attend work. I don`t know. I don`t know. Lucky, in a sense.

HAMMER: You`ve enhanced our lives. That`s the way you need to look at it.

Here`s the thing that I`m always curious about somebody who gets fame sort of the way you have done. Because this was really the most recognizable role that you`ve had so far. It`s not something people stumble upon conventionally. So when did people start recognizing you and saying, "There`s Piper" out in the street?

SCHILLING: You know, it happened pretty -- like you said, you know, I`ve done some other stuff but that`s the first part that sort of so many people have -- so many people have watched. The other things I`ve done, not as many people have watched. So it was pretty -- it was pretty -- it was like a pretty clear moment right when the show came out. I don`t know. The show came out, and then all of a sudden, you know, people were noticing -- noticing me more.


HAMMER: Good luck, Taylor.

Another big story from today`s Golden Globe nominations, "12 Years a Slave."


CHIWETEL EJIOFOR, ACTOR: Always with my family and my home. Now you tell me all is lost.


HAMMER: "12 Years a Slave" one of the leaders in nominations with seven, including a Best Actor nod for its star, Chiwetel Ejiofor. He called me from London just after he learned of his nomination.


HAMMER: First of all, congratulations. I was so thrilled to see your nomination this morning, as I imagine you were.

EJIOFOR (via phone): Thank you, yes. Yes. It was amazing. It was really, really brilliant.

HAMMER: OK, now before we got rolling -- and this is very, very important. People all over the world are going to be saying your name an awful lot throughout awards season. Let`s face it. It`s not a name that we see every day. I want people to get it right. SHOWBIZ wants to be the show of record for how it is properly pronounced. I don`t want anybody -- I don`t want anybody butchering it so please go ahead: tell the world how it is properly said.

EJIOFOR: It is pronounced CHOO-it-tell EDGE-ee-oh-four.

HAMMER: Chiwetel Ejiofor. Did I get it right?

EJIOFOR: That`s right, yes.

HAMMER: All right. We`re on record. You`re on your way to lots of awards this year.

EJIOFOR: Thank you. Yes.

HAMMER: It`s really been something to see, how "12 Years a Slave" has resonated with people. I imagine you`re very proud of that.

EJIOFOR: Yes, yes. It`s been incredible and one of the most remarkable experiences of my -- of my life. And so when you`re working on something that, you know, you found so deeply emotional and moving and passionate, you know, it`s extraordinary and wonderful that the other people embrace it in the same way, this side of it. It`s really amazing. Amazing thing.

HAMMER: Yes. That has to be so gratifying. But then, on top of all of that, to get the recognition of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as you`ve done, and also for the SAG nomination, you guys just have to be thrilled. And again, I couldn`t be more happy to you. We look forward to big things from you, Chiwetel, during this awards season.

EJIOFOR: Thank you very much.


HAMMER: Chiwetel`s got some pretty big competition in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, category. Look at these guys. Idris Elba up for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"; Tom Hanks, of course, for "Captain Phillips"; Matthew McConaughey for "Dallas Buyers Club"; and Robert Redford for a great film, "All is Lost."

Well, Don Cheadle is another one of our favorite stars with a big Golden Globes nomination.


DON CHEADLE, ACTOR: You look rested.


CHEADLE: No, I was being polite. You look like (EXPLETIVE DELETED).



HAMMER: We just love professional liar Marty Kaan on Showtime`s hit show, "House of Lies." And now Don just got his second nod for that brilliant role. Nice going. I`m one-on-one with Don as he reveals what that means to him.

Also this.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, Kim is heavier than most of her pictures show her to be. Yes, she gets her hair lasered off her body. Yes, she has a friend named Gandalf who happens to be a wizard.


HAMMER: This is classic. "South Park" taking on Kimye. Kanye West returns to "South Park." This time he`s beating down those rumors that his fiancee, Kim Kardashian, is a hobbit.

What will be today`s No. 1? This is SBT on HLN.


HAMMER: Welcome back. Our "Top Ten Countdown" continues now with No. 9. Psy does it again. For the second year in a row, the hip-hop legend had the most popular video on YouTube.

YouTube`s just announced that his music video, "Gentlemen," had nearly 600 million hits this year. Wow. Here is the most viewed video on YouTube from 2013 from the man who brought us "Gangnam Style."




HAMMER: Yes, that was it. Psy`s "Gentlemen" stomped all over Miley Cyrus`s skin-baring "Wrecking Ball," which brought in just under 400 million hits. So poor Miley. And Katy Perry`s "Roar," that got a little over 250 million hits. Actually, everybody did pretty well.

Another big YouTube star is at No. 8 on our countdown.




HAMMER: Pretty fantastic. Taryn Southern got a lot of attention this year for her all-female twist on Robin Thicke`s video for "Blurred Lines." Taryn`s YouTube channel has developed a huge following. Some 300,000 people subscribe to it.

Let`s bring her in. There she is. Taryn is a singer. She`s an actress. She`s a comedian. And she`s right here on SBT from Hollywood.

It`s great to meet you.


HAMMER: Hey, congratulations to you. What a year. Your spoof of "Blurred Lines" part of YouTube`s annual rewind video that had all of the year`s biggest online stars.

I know you love YouTube. You don`t always participate in it, but you`re a huge fan of it. So I imagine it was a big thrill to be included in this thing.

SOUTHERN: Yes, actually, this is my second year of being a part of the YouTube Rewind Video. But a little more prominently featured in this one, I suppose, because of the "Blurred Lines" -- "Blurred Lines" reference. I ate a lot of ice cream in this shoot.

HAMMER: You know, people love ice cream. Puts a smile on everybody`s face.

And I love what you do. I watched a bunch of it the other day. I particularly like your ongoing Internet therapy. Shall we watch some of that?



SOUTHERN: Ruthie (ph) on Facebook wants to know "Where in the world did you get all your wisdom about dating from? Teach more your ways."

I`ve got to tell you, Ruthie (ph). Wisdom comes from a lot of places but mostly just years of bad dates and bad decisions. They range from the simple like don`t eat garlic to the more obscure, like don`t get so drunk that you wind up spending $380...


HAMMER: I watch this and I think you can solve the world`s problems. You`re like a modern-day online shrink. Is that kind of how you see yourself?

SOUTHERN: You know, I just feel like everyone deserves a little bit of free therapy these days. We`re all trying to cut back, save a few dollars. So if I can help out a couple people online and hopefully make them laugh in the process, then it`s really going to be my job.

HAMMER: Yes, that`s nice. They`re already paying for their bandwidth, their Internet access. You know, why not just get some free advice?

You`re also quite the singer, as well. You even competed on "American Idol." So I have to know, now that you are a huge YouTube star, do you think it`s better being a big YouTube star than a big "American Idol" star?

SOUTHERN: Oh, my gosh. I mean, I don`t even really know what being a big YouTube star means any more. Obviously, you have views like Psy making the No. 1 video of the year. You can`t ignore -- you can`t ignore that when he`s beating out Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus. You`ve got people all over the world watching.

And I think it`s really, really exciting that people can take their career into their own hands and also have a direct connection to their audience, which is really what makes YouTube personalities unique, perhaps from traditional media personalities, where there`s a barrier to entry.

You know, we have this relationship with our audience. And so for me, I`d prefer to stay on YouTube. I mean, the economics are finally making sense enough to where performers can build a business.

HAMMER: There you go. That`s the key. I`m glad it`s working out for you and congratulations again, Taryn, on a great year. Thanks for being here.

SOUTHERN: Thank you so much for having me.


HAMMER: Moving on now to a big mystery. Where the heck has Ron Burgundy been for the last ten years? Ron is about to make his big-time return in a brand-new movie, "Anchorman 2." HLN`s Robin Meade is getting to the bottom of why it took so darn long.

Talk about comebacks. Former "Real Housewives of D.C." star Michaele Salahi is back with a pay-per-view wedding. Get this: She`s marrying a rocker from Journey, and you can see it all for just $14.95. I`ll be talking to them.

But we`ve got to know what`s No. 1. This is SBT on HLN.


HAMMER: Our "Top Ten Countdown" continues right now with lucky No. 7. The soulful and beautiful Erykah Badu is named the named the new face of Givenchy.




HAMMER: Erykah will be the face of Givenchy`s spring and summer 2014 collection. Now the designer behind the brand says he had Erykah in mind when he created the line that has African and Japanese influences.

The fashion industry has been under fire recently for the lack of diversity in its ad campaigns and on runways.

Well, during this huge week in Hollywood, with the news about the big battles for awards gold, HLN`s Robin Meade is going Hollywood herself. And that is No. 6 on our SBT "Top Ten Countdown."

Robin`s spilling the beans on some of Hollywood`s best-kept secrets during "Hollywood Week" on "MORNING EXPRESS." Right now, Robin has the straight dope on Will Ferrell`s choice to bring back everybody`s favorite news anchor, the fake one anyway, Ron Burgundy.

What`s the deal with that, Robin?

ROBIN MEADE, ANCHOR, "MORNING EXPRESS": A.J., did you know that Will Ferrell studied broadcasting? If he didn`t go into acting he probably would have gone into the news or weather. So it`s interesting. No wonder he`s so good at this, you know, making kind of a mockery of our job. Well, that was from decades ago.

Why did it take a decade for this sequel to come out? We went to the source, Ron Burgundy.


FERRELL: Hey, America. Did you miss my hot breath in your ear?

STEVE CARRELL, ACTOR: I`m sure there`s lots of theories as to what the hold-up was, but ultimately, maybe America just wasn`t ready for it.

FERRELL: It just keeps coming up in pop culture. We got e-mailed a photo of a troop transport carrier in the middle of Baghdad with a stencil of Ron Burgundy`s face that said "Stay Classy, Baghdad."

This is awesome.

All of that had a cumulative effect to kind of make us sit down and pause for a moment and go, "That would be fun, you know, to revisit those characters again."


FERRELL: I dig. We all dig.

CARREL: We`ve been waiting for so long. And it`s something. Even when we were shooting the first one, we just thought this was so much fun, we should do it again.

FERRELL: Hey, gang. You know what would make this already great day really super?


FERRELL: Perms on me.



FERRELL: It was surreal and fun and exciting and a little scary.

That is without a doubt the dumbest thing I`ve ever heard.


MEADE: Don`t you think it will be interesting, A.J., to find out what part was in the script and what part do they just ad lib? And it`s so funny, because they`re such comedic geniuses.

Wish we knew. "Anchorman 2" comes into theaters -- when is that? -- well, that`s next week, December 18.

HAMMER: Yes, and there are going to be so many quotable ad libs flying around after the moving comes out. So stay classy, Robin.

All right. Did Kanye finally meet his match? Well, the twisted minds over at "South Park" take on Kanye West like no one else. Kanye is back on "South Park." This time he`s defending his fiancee, Kim Kardashian. He swears she is not a hobbit. No matter what the foul-mouthed types on "South Park" say.

Plus, did Oprah Winfrey really just say that if she had kids they would actually hate her? Oprah is revealing why she never had children, and it is stunning. You`re going to hear the confession from the woman who`s used to getting all other people to tell all.

What`s going to be No. 1? This is SBT on HLN.



CHEADLE: You look rested.


CHEADLE: No, I was just being polite. You look like (EXPLETIVE DELETED).



HAMMER: Right now, "Top Ten Countdown," Don Cheadle`s golden moment. Don getting his second Golden Globe nomination, starring on the great Showtime hit, "House of Lies." Well, I`m one-on-one with Don as he reveals what that means to him.

White House party crasher Michaele Salahi is getting married on TV, and she wants you to pay for the pleasure of attending. Michaele and rocker Neal Schon tell me all about their pay-per-view wedding.

SBT continues right now.

HAMMER: Welcome back. Thank you for watching. I`m A.J. Hammer. And our countdown of today`s top ten must see, must share stories continues now with number five. Don Cheadle`s "House of Lies."


DON CHEADLE, GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE, BEST ACTOR TV FILM "HOUSE OF LIES": I understand you`re having to make the hard decisions, but in the future, it would be great if you just gave Mario a head`s up

HAMMER: Such great show. Cheadle is celebrating following his Golden Globe nomination for his role on Showtime`s show House of Lies. He`s nominated for best performance by an actor. He became - he was also nominated last year and yet he walked away the winner. So, does he expect to repeat? Well, Cheadle and I just spoke right after he got the good news.

Nice going, man. Congratulations.

CHEADLE: Thank you. Thank you very much.

HAMMER: And you won this category last year, of course, so I`m thinking here we go again. Are you feeling pretty good about two in a row?

CHEADLE: Well, you know, I was until I heard that others things were nominated 12 times and I was wondering why I haven`t been nominated 12 times in this category even though it is the third year. It doesn`t seem fair.

HAMMER: Yeah, they should have figured out a way to give you more nominations. Again, even though it`s just the third year. But Don, look at what you`ve done. You`ve had this incredibly long career. Yet, Marty Kaan in "House of Lies" really has become one of your most celebrated roles that you`ve ever done. Why is it that you think people like you so much as this guy Marty?

CHEADLE: Well, I think it`s sort of a testament to what the creators has done and the production team behind it and our writing staff, really. It`s created not just a character, but a family of, you know, very and messed up kind of people that are trying to move through this experience that very different than one that we have seen on TV before. We don`t know who these - we don`t know who these people are and it`s a really different sort of a business that`s explored. I think people have a lot of fun with that.

HAMMER: Yeah, we`re having a great deal of fun watching you. And it`s been so much fun, you know, seeing the progress that your character has been making. Don, congratulations. Looking forward to seeing you on Golden Globes tonight. Enjoy the day today. As far as I`m concerned, you got 20 nominations today, if that helps any.

CHEADLE: Oh, thank you. Thank you. Keep hope alive.

HAMMER: I`m here to help. Such a great guy. And good luck, Don. His competition for the best acting category and the TV comedy series also pretty tough with Jason Bateman. Nominees for "Arrested Development." Michael J. Fox, back with the nomination for the Michael J. Fox Show, Jim Parsons for "The Big Bang Theory" and Andy Samberg, also nominated for his new show "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." Well, the must see, must share countdown is about to get real. Former "Real Housewives of D.C." star and White House party crasher Michaele Salahi is getting back on TV and this time you`re going to have to pay for it. Michaele and rocker Neal Schon pay-per-view winter wonderland wedding and music event clocks in at number four on our countdown. The journey singer and the former reality star got together after Michaele`s nasty split from her former husband who, of course, starred with her on her show. And now Michaele and Neal want to share their wedded bliss with the world for the low price for $14.95. I just spoke with Michaele and Neal and I had to ask them where is all that money going?


HAMMER: Congratulations on the nuptials.

NEAL SCHON: Thank you.

HAMMER: Getting a little nervous?


HAMMER: You are excited?

SCHON: I`m not nervous at all.

HAMMER: Listen. Let me ask you, guys, something. Because you can throw together a nice little wedding. Went into a little wedding hall. Have a nice wedding band played, but no. May I run down this elaborate and complicated fantastic event that you have lined up for this weekend? It`s a live three-hour pay per view special hosted, you have hosts. And not just one hosts, by the way. You have the former "View" co-host Debbie Matenopoulos, the former "All My Children" star Cameron Mathison, sporting events host and my former colleague and friend Karyn Bryant. And Neal, of course, I wouldn`t expect anything less, but a performance by your band Journey.


HAMMER: Pretty, pretty amazing, but I must ask why are you doing all this.

SCHON: Do you know what? We`re trying to actually raise a lot of money for a typhoon relief.

HAMMER: So, let me ask you - it`s a 14.95 is what I would have to pay if I want to watch your wedding live on pay per view, which is kind of cool. Because really, anything can happen. Again, the charity component, a huge part of it, and people should watch just for that reason alone, but separate from that, make your pitch. Why should people spend that money on watching you guys get married?

SALAHI: Oh, a night of love, unconditional love. Music. The most amazing - there`s a special guest. There`s talent that`s coming to surprise Neal.

SCHON: Yeah. I don`t know who it is. But everybody else knows. There`s not too many that know. But they are freaking out.

SALAHI: The music ...

SCHON: I`m dying to know who it is.

SALAHI: Joy, love and everyone at Christmas, most of all.


SALAHI: People enjoy watching that period, A.J. Everybody loves the happily ever after and Neal is mine.

SCHON: And you know what? I really ...

SALAHI: Yeah, you`re definitely mine.

SCHON: I saw an evening with our keyboardist Jonathan Cane.

SALAHI: All right.

SCHON: A couple of weeks ago. It`s called "Triumph of Love." And it`s truly what we`re about. I mean there was a lot of crazy ...

HAMMER: Oh yeah. There was a lot of crazy. Oh you`re pointing at me like I - Like I know anything about it.


HAMMER: Go ahead. Finish what you`re saying.

SCHON: It`s a triumph. It`s a triumph. We`re here at the end of it, and, you know, we made it. And, you know, the love was stronger than all of that.


SCHON: And so, you know, there was a lot of components trying to take us down. And we just didn`t go with it.

HAMMER: Well, and obviously, seeing it all play out on TV. And to remind people, I got to bring it up. Obviously, we first got to really know that you were a couple just was - just over two years ago or so when the word was that we heard from your then husband Tareq that you had run away or were kidnapped or something like that and it turned out you actually had run to the arms of Neal. I have to ask you, have you made peace with Tareq since all that?

SALAHI: Yes. Definitely. The last year he wishes me the best. I wish him the best. And we definitely, if you asked him, we`re both wishing each other the best. And my heart`s always been with Neal. I`ve been in love with Neal for - since the `90s. So ...

SCHON: I wish she would have told me.

HAMMER: Yeah, right. Nice to be on the other side of all that, isn`t it?

SALAHI: And it feels good to be ...

HAMMER: There was a lot of noise a couple of years ago.


HAMMER: People were talking about it. You remember me talking about it?

SALAHI: I do, A.J.

HAMMER: Is Tareq going to be at the wedding?

SALAHI: Are we OK?

HAMMER: Oh, we are good.

SALAHI: Are we good?

HAMMER: We`re good. Is Tareq going to be there?


HAMMER: Was he invited?


HAMMER: He can spend 14.95 on pay per view, should he choose it.


HAMMER: Well, Kanye West is defending his bride-to-be Kim Kardashian, because Kanye wants the world to know Kim is not a hobbit. In case you thought she was.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, Kim is heavier than most of her pictures show her to be. Yes, she gets her hair lasered off her body. Yes, she has a friend named Gandalf who happens to be a wizard.


HAMMER: I love it when Kimye gets the "South Park" treatment. It is a classic Kanye rant with the "South Park" twist, and Oprah Winfrey says if she ever had kids they might have been all messed up and on the Oprah Show couch talking about her. Will Oprah`s new revelations about why she never had kids top our countdown? This is "SBT" on HLN.


HAMMER: Welcome back. Well, guess which super star just said the following. "If I had kids my kids would hate me." The answer is number three on our countdown. It`s Oprah Winfrey. Oprah telling the Hollywood reporter why she chose not to have children. Listen to this. She said they would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah Show talking about me because something in my life would have had to suffer and it would`ve probably been them. Wow. Celebrity publicist and TV personnel Kita Williams is with me from Hollywood. Kita, do you think that Oprah`s kids really would have been some kind of a hot mess like she imagines they would have?

KITA WILLIAMS, CELEBRITY PUBLICIST: I think her kids probably would have been a hot mess. Oprah doesn`t have to do anything. We know that she goes full into everything that she puts her hands on, and the philosophy that she has about you can, she wouldn`t have probably been able to do that with children. I think most of us know that Oprah is the mother to the world. I`m pretty sure we all know that Oprah and Gail have done a lot together, but Oprah alone after 25 seasons she would have had 25 reasons for her children to tell the world that she`s not a good mommy.

HAMMER: And listen, I love that she`s been honest. That`s a very Oprah thing to do. She`s being very candid about why she feels that way. Yet, of course, Kita, you probably seen it too, there are people out there slamming her that are calling her selfish. What should we tell all the Oprah haters about why they just need to back up?

WILLIAMS: You know, I don`t think it`s being selfish. I think most of us know that when we put our all into something, we know what we`re good at. Oprah`s really good at being Oprah. I`m not sure if Oprah would be good as a parent. And the fact that Oprah said it, and was true about herself, she is - it`s all about living your best life.

HAMMER: Right.

WILLIAMS: I think Oprah`s lived her best life and I think that`s the motto she lives by. And critics - we all know, you know not everyone - we don`t pick our mothers. We don`t pick our family. Now, if Oprah wants to adopt a grown child, let her know I`m available.


WILLIAMS: But other than that ...

HAMMER: We`ll get the word out for you. All right. Good for you, Oprah. I`m glad you`re speaking out about that. We`re up to number two on our top ten countdown. It is love and divorce in Hollywood, including a brand new report that Khloe and Lamar Odom are about to absolutely, positively get divorced. Yeah, I know we`ve heard that before and Khloe herself has been dropping hints that we`ve been seeing on keeping up with the Kardashians.


KHLOE KARDASHIAN: I`ve been in hiding because I`m afraid of people. I have major anxiety.

I have to move on with my life and that means changing a lot.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Poor guy. Poor you.

LAMAR ODOM: I would do anything to be accepted back by you guys. You guys are all I got.


HAMMER: OK. Does that sound like divorce talk to you? TV and radio host Michael Billy is with me in New York. Clearly, Lamar`s reported drug problems have been weighing heavily on their marriage and their family. There have been reports, particularly this latest report saying that he`s been cheating on her and he`s been flaunting it. Are you buying it this time around that maybe, you know what, they are actually going to get divorced?

MICHAEL BILLY, TV AND RADIO HOST: I am buying the divorce, and I have to say at no fault to her. OK? You know, people who are married to or have relationships with addicts, they go through the ringer. And no matter how much support she gives him or does not, he`s got to go through this on his own. He`s had so many opportunities to get sober, and he`s not. It`s going to be a process for him.

HAMMER: Yeah, Kita, what do you think? Is this the real deal?

WILLIAMS: Yeah, I think it`s the real deal. Reality is reality and this time for the Kardashians it`s not scripted. I think that this is the real deal. I know just from inside sources that there definitely is trouble, not in paradise, necessarily but there is trouble in the Kardashian family with Lamar. So, I`m rooting for her. It`s not easy.

HAMMER: Yeah, I`m rooting for - I`m actually rooting for both of them to work it out smoothly and as Michael said, for him to get the real help that he may possibly need. So, tough times for Khloe and Lamar. But I want to make us all smile now and tell you about one romance that is obviously blossoming. Take a look at this, put it up. It`s very personal picture that Ashton Kutcher just tweeted. He`s sharing a lip lock here with his girlfriend, Mila Kunis. Now, this is the first time Ashton has done this. We`ve only seen the paparazzi photo of them together in the past. What gives, Michael? Why now?

BILLY: What gives with not using the filter on the photo? That is the worst photo I`ve ever seen. My goodness. Use the filter, for God`s sakes. And you think after all this public display with Demi and his history, you know, maybe keep your relationship a little to yourself this time. But you know what, young and love makes you do crazy things. If he`s proud and he`s happy, good for him.

HAMMER: Yeah, and he`s back. He`s tweeting happily.

BILLY: Yeah, he`s tweeting happily.

HAMMER: Not complaining.

BILLY: Not getting in trouble.

HAMMER: I`d be curious. I haven`t read all the tweet - the comments that he`s received for putting this out here. Yet, you may have to send ...


HAMMER: Kita, what do you think? Is it possibly that, you know, Ashton may feel more free because his divorce from Demi finally has been finalized?

WILLIAMS: Absolutely. As a publicist I think he`s making a statement. Let`s talk about the relationship that he`s in right now with Mila. Not the one that he just got out of with Demi. I think it`s a great way for us to talk about the love. We see him and we all love to be in love, right? So why not?

HAMMER: Yeah, why not just celebrate?

BILLY: Why not?

HAMMER: Michael, come on.

BILLY: You know what, if I kissed Ashton, I would send the photo out.

WILLIAMS: Yeah, Michael?

HAMMER: I bet you would.

BILLY: I would.

HAMMER: Thank you, Michael. And a little trouble ...


HAMMER: All right, Michael Billy, Kita, thank you both so much. So, we`ve had Golden Globes nominations. We`ve had Oprah talking about kids and why she never had them. Michaele Salahi`s made for TV wedding what you can watch on pay per view this weekend. Wow. It has been one heck of a countdown. But, you know, it all comes down to this. What`s the big reveal? What will be number one? You`re about to find out. This is "SBT" on HLN.


HAMMER: All right. Here we go. We`re now down to the big reveal. It is number one on our top ten countdown of these must see, must share stories. Lea remembers Cory. "Glee" star Lea Michele just opened up in a big way about dealing with the death of her boyfriend, Cory Monteith, he`d costarred with her on "Glee." Lea just spoke with Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show. And this is Lea`s very first TV interview since Cory overdosed on heroin and alcohol five months ago this week. Lea spoke with Ellen about her tremendous loss and how she`s keeping Cory`s memory alive.


ELLEN DEGENERES: I just think you just have been so strong ...

LEA MICHELE: Thank you.

ELLEN: Because anyone who has lost someone close to them knows what that feels like, but to deal with it publicly and to have to just like you said there`s good days and bad days. I think you`ve been amazing.

LEA: Thank you.

ELLEN: I think you`ve been really, really brave.

LEA: I really feel like I`m still trying to figure out all of this. It`s been only a few months, but my mom has experienced a lot of loss in her life, and she told me at one point, she said there`s an empowerment that comes with grief. At some point you find it. And it`s very hard, but you will find it. And I think that at a certain point you can choose to sort of fall from this or you can choose to rise. And that`s what I`m just trying to do my best for him because I know that that`s what he would have wanted and to just do my best and to, you know, hopefully make something, you know, positive for where I go for the rest of my life.

ELLEN: Someone told me something once that`s stuck with me. When your heart is broken, when you have cracks in your heart it lets the light in. It lets the sun in. And I just - I hold onto that all the time ...

LEA: Yes.

ELLEN: Because you have to. You have to know that. When Cory was here, he was - he admitted here on the show, you`ll were so elusive about admitting you were a couple and when he was here, he was so adorable, you know, talking about and admitting ..

LEA: I know.

ELLEN: Yeah.

LEA: It`s my - it was one of my favorite memories. I remember when he came home that night he sort of puffed out his chest and he was like I talked about you on Ellen today.


LEA: And I was so happy. He`s such a private person.

ELLEN: Yeah.

LEA: And I literally lived every day of my life feeling like the luckiest girl in the whole world. I just thought he was the greatest man.


HAMMER: It`s great to see her smiling. Obviously, it`s still a tough time and she even told Ellen that she`s still really working on figuring out how to navigate through all the grief. But clearly, there`s still so much love there. Radio and TV host Michael Billy is back with me and then Hollywood celebrity publicist and TV personality Kita Williams. And Lea said something that really stuck out to me. He would want me to live my life. When I heard her to say that about Cory, Michael, I thought that really just sums up everything about how she is able to really get through and forge ahead and what sort of keeping her motivated to press on.

BILLY: Absolutely. This is a selfish time and selfish may be the wrong word but it`s a time for her to really take this in and heal adequately and be able to blossom. Because as she said, that`s what Cory would have wanted.

HAMMER: Yeah. I was a big fan of how "Glee" handled it. You know, there was a little bit of controversy, of course, around that.

BILLY: Yeah, of course, always is.

HAMMER: I thought they`ve gone on in such a strong way since losing Cory. It really looks like Lea will too, Kita. Does it just stun you when you see how well she manages to cope over these last few months?

WILLIAMS: You know, I have had a client that publicly lost someone that we all know and I think it`s hard when you have to grieve personally, but publicly everyone wants a piece of you. Because you are the closest thing that they can remember. So, I commend her for, you know, being able to come out and speak about it and open up about it. Because remember, he has a lot of fans that now feel more connected to him through her.

BILLY: Yeah.

WILLIAMS: Well, I commend her for her strength.

BILLY: Yeah, Kita, how do you manage that with the client? Because one of the things - another thing that she said that really jumped out at me was, you know what, if I walk out of the house and they take a picture of me and I`m putting on a smile everybody says oh, she`s doing great and if I`m somber or they catch me at a moment when I don`t have a happy face on they say, oh, she`s in really bad shape.

WILLIAMS: Yeah, it`s a difficult - it`s a double edge sword. I think the hard part is, most of us, we just go through the motions when we are dealing with grief. You know, people who lost the loved ones, you still try to put a smile on your face at the funeral. You put a smile on your face when you`re greeting family. I think for her she`s trying her best to cope with it the best way she knows how. I don`t think it`s for us to judge how she should or shouldn`t grieve. I think it`s important for us to continue to be supportive of her so we can be supportive of the Cory`s memory.

HAMMER: Yeah. I also love, by the way, how she gave great props to her friend Kate Hudson saying, she gave me a place, she gave my family a place to stay. It was safe harbor. Everybody thought that they were at odds, but the truth is, she is very thankful to have had that opportunity from Kate. Nice to hear - nice to see her. I think she`s off into the holidays with a warmer heart, for sure. Michael, Kita, thank you all so much.

Well, coming up, Kanye West explains why Kim Kardashian is not a hobbit.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, Kim is heavier than most of her pictures show her to be. Yes, she gets her hair lasered off her body. Yes, she has a friend named Gandalf who happens to be a wizard.


HAMMER: "South Park" is doing it again. You`ve got to see cartoon Kanye get all riled up in our "Moments of Awesomeness." This is "SBT" on HLN.


HAMMER: Is it time? Are we here? It`s our moment of awesomeness. We bow down to the great and the twisted minds over at "South Park" because they are giving one of their favorite targets their treatment. The season finale of "South Park" Kanye West visits the gang to settle a vicious argument about whether or not Kim Kardashian is a hobbit. And you know Kanye loves a good fight, but he`s kind of waffling on this one.


UNIDIENTIFIED MALE: Now, there have been malicious rumors started at this elementary school that my beautiful fiancee is a hobbit. That is not funny, and it is not true, all right? Yes, Kim is heavier than most of her pictures show her to be. Yes, she gets her hair lasered off her body. Yes, she has a friend named Gandalf who happens to be a wizard. I`m sorry, excuse me a minute. Bitch, how are you not the hobbit again? Yep, yeah, yeah, right. Right, right. Yeah, OK. Yep. Let me - OK, yep, I got it, OK, love you too.


HAMMER: I love it. Kanye thinks he is a genius. Kanye, I hope you`re paying attention. That`s genius. And that is it for "SBT." Thanks for watching. You can catch us live Monday through Thursday at 6 p.m. Eastern and 11 p.m. Eastern in Pacific. HLN continues right now.