Six-year-old Lori Ann Madison was the youngest contestant ever in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Yesterday she misspelled her second word and was eliminated. She was competing against some kids as old as 15. She spelled “dirigible” correctly on her first time around.
The skies weren’t very friendly for Kim Kardashian this week. The E! star and frequent flier wasted no time in airing her grievances with British Airways over the holiday weekend, tweeting that some exceedingly “sentimental” items had been lifted from her luggage, supposedly by the sticky fingers of airport staff. E! News has confirmed that somewhere in the skies between London and Los Angeles, where Kim was returning from the Cannes Film Festival, the following items went missing: several smaller pieces of Tumi luggage, which, along with the other purloined paraphernalia, were contained within a larger bag; several designer purses and handbags worth thousands of dollars apiece; and a pair of vintage sunglasses that were given to the starlet by her father, Robert Kardashian, just shortly before his death. Who could blame her, then, for being so vocal about the theft. Earlier today, British Airways offered an update on their investigation, saying that the bags appeared to be untampered with when they touched down on the first leg of Kim’s journey, when she traveled from Nice to London, and that there was no evidence to suggest the suitcase was in any way interfered with at Heathrow.
Last night Matt Lauer interviewed with guest host Donny Deutsch on “Piers Morgan Tonight”. At one point Donny asked him about the rumors that he signed a 25 million dollar contract with “Today”. Matt says a lot has been written about his contract, and most of it is wrong. And the dollar amount has never been right. Back in April, “Good Morning America” beat “Today” to become the top-rated morning show for the first time in almost 17 years. Matt Lauer talked about losing the number one spot; It was only for one week, but three weeks later “Good Morning America” won again. Matt says he wants to take the responsibility for the losses, because he’s been on the show the longest.
John Mayer’s new album debuted this week at #1 on the Billboard charts. “Born and Raised” sold 219,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Not bad for someone who’s been restricted from singing and not being able to tour. Mayer is currently trying to recover from a build up of scar tissue on his throat called a granuloma. Mayer says he’s already working on the next album.
RadarOnline is reporting that John Travolta may be trying to settle out of court with at least one of his accusers in their sexual battery cases. Travolta’s attorney Martin Singer has denied Travolta made any advances to anyone, and has said that not a penny had been paid by Travolta to anyone making any accusations of improper behavior. A total of seven men have come forward accusing Travolta of unwanted sexual advances.
John Legend took a lot of heat a couple weeks ago for suggesting that new “X Factor” judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, quote, “aren’t really singers.” Yesterday he revealed in a radio interview that he was DRUNK when he said it. He made the original comments at the premiere of his new show “Duets”. You can see clearly in the video that he’s really buzzed. In the radio interview he says the real truth comes out when you drink. But he didn’t want to start a beef with anyone.
Jessica Simpson is the newest spokesperson for Weight Watchers. She made the announcement Wednesday on twitter. The deal is reportedly worth $4 million dollars. Jessica will be working to rid herself of the 65 pound weight gain during her recent pregnancy.
In one of the biggest idiot moves in TV history, Kathie Lee Gifford Wednesday asked Martin Short how his wife, Nancy Dolman, is doing, and he talked about how happy they were, not knowing that his wife had died two years ago of ovarian cancer. The couple had been married 36 years. Martin appeared on “The Today Show” to promote his new movie, “Madagascar 3″. Kathie later apologized on the air — saying, “I feel so badly … my apologies to him and his family.”
“American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips just came in second on the list of biggest-selling digital singles among “Idol” alums…. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Phillips sold 278,000 copies of his single, “Home,” just behind Clarkson’s best-selling week ever, when she sold 280,000 copies of “My Life Would Suck Without You” in 2009. Phillips’ “Home” lands just behind “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen.
Police in Norway were on the verge of declaring a state of emergency in Oslo, after tens of thousands of unruly Justin Bieber fans overran the city. Officers pleaded with Bieber to take the stage early. Justin tweeted his fans saying if they wanted the show to go on, they must listen to the police.
A letter Michael Jackson wrote to Lisa Marie Presley where he complained about not being able to sleep ahs been pulled from the auction block after Lisa Marie got upset. The letter — written sometime between 1993 and 1996, reads: Lisa I truly need this rest I haven’t slept litterally [sic] in 4 days now. I need to be away from phones and Business people. I must take care of my health first Im’ [sic] crazy for you Love Turd.” So was the letter allowed to be pulled? Because it’s the same auction that will be selling Elvis’ crypt and a spokesperson for Julian’s Auctions said they want to keep a good relationship with Ms. Presley.
Less than a year after Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, committed to play football at UCLA, state taxpayers are calling on Justin to turn over his $54,000 scholarship to students who need it more. In an interview with CNN, Dr. Steve Perry defended Combs’ merit-based scholarship, saying he earned it fair and square. There’s no denying Diddy can afford to send his son to college. He was recently named the wealthiest artist in hip hop by Forbes Magazine, so far earning $45 million in 2012. Combs’ scholarship is specifically awarded to student athletes UCLA became a focal point in the Occupy Wall Street protests, with students rallying against planned 16% tuition fee hikes.
NBC is going to be airing a new one hour special called, “Justin Bieber: All Around The World”. The special will air Thursday, June 21st at 8pm. The one hour show will combine behind the scenes documentary and music performances as Justin tours the globe visiting seven countries in 12 days ending with a special concert in New York.
The gossip floating around that Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, 19, quit her actress job on the TV show, Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse” is not true, says Tyler Perry himself. He and his producer took to the net to ask the press to leave Bobbi alone and stop the lies. Tyler slammed the rumors, writing, “NOT TRUE AT ALL PEOPLE!!! There is no way that she could have walked off the set because we have finished taping the season.” Tyler says Bobbi had some tough days on the set but it was because she was missing her mother, not because she couldn’t do the job.
With a $350,000 clothing budget, Emily Maynard is definitely the best dressed Bachelorette ever! Emily’s stylist, Cary Fetman, says Emily has fabulous taste and is very involved with what she wears on the show. Fetman told In Touch magazine that Emily is like dressing a Barbie doll. That nude Randi Rham gown she wore…$40,000. Her Christian Louboutin Straratata heels, $1,045.
Glee’s Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera will be mentors on the second season of “The Glee Project”. Last season, four of it’s contestants appeared on the show. In addition, Season 1 co-winner Samuel Larsen will return to the show as a mentor in the second episode. The Glee Project’s second season will expand from 12 to 14 contestants and from 10 to 11 episodes and launch in its new night and time at 10pm on Tuesday, June 5th.
Rapper Chris Brown is selling his West Hollywood penthouse condo near Sunset Blvd. The asking price is $1.895 million. The space is 3,000 square feet with blond bamboo floors, tall ceilings, stainless steel kitchen and wraparound terrace. In the meantime, however, Brown’s neighbors are not sad to see him go and are ready to see his loud parties and dog races in the hallways go. He also had a tendency to park in the buildings’ handicapped only parking.