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Deadline.com:
JENNIFER LOPEZ IS NEW ‘IDOL’ JUDGE!  Closed Deal This Week; Replaces Ellen Who Wanted Out of Contract: “It's Not Been Fun”  —  EXCLUSIVE UPDATE 6:30 PM: We've just learned the backstory of how Ellen DeGeneres bowed out of American Idol and who will be the new judge taking her place.
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TMZ.com:
Kara DioGuardi — Out at ‘American Idol’  —  Sources connected with the “American Idol” negotiations tell TMZ Kara DioGuardi has judged her last contestant on “American Idol” — because she's been fired.  —  We're told the show will be going back to a three-judge format and assuming all deals are finalized …
The Ellen DeGeneres Show:
‘Idol’ News  —  A couple months ago, I let FOX and the “American Idol” producers know that this didn't feel like the right fit for me.  I told them I wouldn't leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next.
PEOPLE TV Watch:
Ellen DeGeneres Bows Out of American Idol  —  Filling Simon Cowell's seat on American Idol was already a tough task — now another chair is there for the taking.  —  Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who became a full-time judge on the show during its ninth season, is bowing out of the series, PEOPLE has learned.
Michael Lewittes / Gossip Cop:
Source: Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler offered “American Idol” (EXCLUSIVE)  —  .  —  Ellen DeGeneres is officially out of “American Idol,” because she “hated being critical,” says a source familiar with negotiations.  —  In fact, Gossip Cop hears she asked to be released from her contract …
Discussion: PEOPLE TV Watch, Us Weekly and EW.com
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Ellen DeGeneres Leaving ‘American Idol’
Discussion: TVgasm, ArtsBeat and Queerty
PopEater:
Ellen DeGeneres Departs ‘American Idol’
Discussion: Amy Grindhouse and Asylum
Sara Hammel / People.com:
Drew Carey: How I Lost 80 Lbs.  —  Drew Carey has been known as a loveable, teddy-bear type as far back as his long-running sitcom The Drew Carey Show.  But, he says, being big was a burden - and he had to make a change.  —  “It sucks being fat, you know,” Carey, 52, said Wednesday at the CBS …
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Us Weekly:
Drew Carey Drops 70 Lbs; “I Got Sick of Being Fat”  —  Drew Carey has dropped a reported 70 lbs. — and he tells UsMagazine.com he couldn't feel better.  —  “I just got sick of being fat,” he told Us Wednesday at the 2010 CBS Summer Press Tour Party in Beverly Hills.
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Us Weekly:
Roseanne Star Sara Gilbert Comes Out  —  Yup, she's a lesbian.  —  Sara Gilbert quietly came out of the closet during a Wednesday press conference at the Television Critics Association in Los Angeles, according to Entertainment Weekly.  —  Now 35, the former Roseanne actress …
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TMZ.com:
Laurence Fishburne's Daughter — Porn Star  —  Laurence Fishburne's 19-year-old daughter is making a serious push to break into Hollywood — and she's doing it with a hardcore sex tape.  —  TMZ has learned Montana Fishburne is starring in a porno flick for Vivid Entertainment — explaining …
TMZ.com:
Foxy Brown Flees After NYC Brawl  —  TMZ has learned Foxy Brown was in the middle of massive brawl tonight in the lobby of a New York City apartment building — and she narrowly missed her second run-in with cops in just over a week.  —  Witnesses say Foxy was visiting someone at a luxury high-rise …
Us Weekly:
EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Love Hewitt Has a New Guy!  —  Jennifer Love Hewitt has a new guy, the new Us Weekly reports.  —  She is seeing actor/director Alex Beh, 27.  —  “She's so into him,” a pal tells Us of the actress, 31, who split from her Ghost Whisperer costar Jamie Kennedy, 40, in March after a year of dating.
TMZ.com:
‘DWTS’ Might Have a Situation on Its Hands  —  The apocalypse is nigh — TMZ has learned The Situation is desperately trying to expand his empire ... entering into secret negotiations to appear on the next season of “Dancing with the Stars.”  —  Nothing's official yet …
Hollywoodreporter / Heat Vision:
J.J. Abrams producing period robot movie ‘Boilerplate’ (exclusive)  —  J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot banner are tackling the tale of a robot set in the Victorian Age.  —  Paramount has picked up rights to “Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel,” a graphic novel-picture book hybrid …
RADAR:
EXCLUSIVE: Oksana's Proof: Her Secret Email To Lawyer Hours After Brawl With Mel Gibson - Read It Here  —  Oksana Grigorieva wrote a secret email to one of her lawyers detailing the beating Mel Gibson inflicted on her just hours after it happened, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.
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Us Weekly:
Rosie: President Obama Should Never Have Gone on The View  —  Former View co-host Rosie O'Donnell isn't too keen on President Barack Obama's decision to appear with the ladies of The View.  —  “I have mixed feelings about that,” O'Donnell, 48, sniffed on her Sirius XM radio show Wednesday, the day before Obama's episode aired.
RADAR:
EXCLUSIVE: Lady Gaga — Sex Picture Is Not Me  —  “A nude photograph of what is allegedly Lady Gaga engaging in sexual intercourse with a male partner has been circulating online but RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively it is not the Bad Romance singer.”  —  “This is NOT Lady Gaga,” …
janet Charlton's Hollywood:
THE REAL REASON REESE WITHERSPOON AND JAKE GYLLENHAAL BROKE UP- NO, HE'S NOT GAY!  —  At last the truth comes out.  An acquaintance of Reese and Jake acknowledges that they were very smitten with each other for quite awhile and seemed perfectly matched.  —  Unfortunately, Jake had a habit …
E! Online:
George Clooney's Girlfriend “Distraught” Over Cocaine Claims  —  George Clooney's pristine rep seemed in danger of being sullied when accusations emerged that his ladylove was just as familiar with nose candy as he was with arm candy.  —  And while Elisabetta Canalis and her Oscar-winning …
Joe Adalian / New York Magazine:
Gossip Girl Producers Dish On Chuck's Fate, Filming In Paris and Jenny Humphrey's Return  —  With six weeks to go before the Sept. 13 season premiere of Gossip Girl, producers are beginning to get chatty about the new season and the much-anticipated Paris episodes.
Discussion: Hollywoodnews.com
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
HBO Develops ‘Band’ Comedy With Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Lizzy Caplan  —  EXCLUSIVE: HBO is teaming with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez and actress Lizzy Caplan to develop a comedy series project based on actress/writer Julie Klausner's memoir I Don't Care About Your Band.
Discussion: The Awl and The Playlist
Steve Zeitchik / 24 Frames:
Karyn Kusama looks to get out of the rut  —  EXCLUSIVE: Former indie darling Karyn Kusama struggled with her last release, the Diablo Cody-penned, Megan Fox-starring genre tale, “Jennifer's Body.”  —  But she'll try to get out of the rut by going into, well, “The Rut.”
Discussion: MTV Movies Blog and /Film
Michael Ausiello / The Ausiello Files:
Exclusive: Jennifer Grey makes a ‘House’ call  —  No one puts Baby in a corner...except Gregory House.  —  Dirty Dancing's Jennifer Grey will find herself in a no-win situation when she guest-stars on House this fall, sources confirm to me exclusively.  —  Grey—who begins work …
 
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