X Factor Shake Up Paula Abdul Nicole Scherzinger Out

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X Factor Shake Up Paula Abdul Nicole Scherzinger Out: So is fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger.

And so is host Steve Jones.

Sources near the show confirm all three stars will not return for X Factor‘s second season next fall, though Fox has only officially acknowledged the departure of Jones and Scherzinger. The stunning X Factor exodus marks a dramatic day of network reality show bloodletting.

The events cap weeks of speculation about whether Scherzinger and Jones will continue on the show. Abdul’s future with the series has been speculated about too, but less so — especially given her longtime friendship and working history with Factor judge and executive producer Simon Cowell.

The departures will leave Cowell and record producer L.A. Reid, both judges on the show, as the only returning on-air talent.

Fox and Cowell are determined to make changes to the series after a first season that performed solidly, but fell short of what many felt was the show’s high potential given its ratings dominance in the UK (Factor delivered about 12.6 million viewers and a 4.4 average rating among adults 18-49 for its Wednesday episodes). The performances of Scherzinger and Jones were particularly panned by critics.

“I won’t be hosting next seasons X Factor which is a shame but I cant complain as I’ve had a great time,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “Good luck to everyone on the show.”

E! News quoted a source close to Scherzinger claiming it was the singer’s idea to leave the show: “She wants to focus on her music career. She’s spoken to Simon [Cowell] and he’s given her his blessing. X Factor took a lot more of her time than she ever expected. She didn’t have any time really to work on her music.”

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Earlier this month, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly made it pretty clear Jones’ days were numbered when asked about the host at the network’s press tour presentation. “There will be some changes … as we know [hosting] is a much harder job than meets the eye,” he said. “I think everybody has come to see the value of Ryan Seacrest. Whether Steve is the guy or not, it comes under the heading of growth in general.”

Yet the “growth” raises big questions: Who will replace the departing talent? NBC’s midseason competition The Voice raised the bar for reality competition judges, casting fresher talent like Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera. The Voice crew arguably made X Factor‘s judging panel seem stodgy by comparison when it rolled out last fall. Perhaps that’s all the more reason for the shakeup. In any case, one thing is for sure: The X Factor headlines have only just begun.


New Bachelorette Emily Maynard

New Bachelorette Emily Maynard: Start filling out your applications, boys! Emily Maynard, a fan favorite from Brad Womack’s season of “The Bachelor,” will be the next “Bachelorette,” ABC officially announced today on “Good Morning America.”

“I think she’s America’s sweetheart and I think it will be a home run,” host Chris Harrison said on “GMA.”

Maynard, a single mom from Charlotte, N.C. who ended her tumultuous relationship with Womack, 38, last summer, has signed on to star in the eighth installment of the hit reality show, which will premiere this spring. She will be the first single mom to star in the series. Continue Reading…

Oakland Police Arresting About 100 Occupy Protesters

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Oakland Police Arresting About 100 Occupy Protesters: Police were in the process of arresting about 300 Occupy protesters for failing to disperse Saturday night, hours after officers used tear gas on a rowdy group of demonstrators who threw rocks and flares at them and tore down fences.

Police Sgt. Christopher Bolton said the arrests came after protesters marched through downtown Oakland a little before 8 p.m. Saturday, with some of them entering a YMCA building.

Meanwhile, about 100 police officers surrounded City Hall while others were swept the inside of the building to see if any protesters broke in.

More help from other police agencies was also on the way, with busloads of Alameda County sheriff’s deputies arriving in the downtown area late Saturday.

The nighttime arrests came after 19 people were taken into custody in Occupy Oakland protests hours earlier.

Police used tear gas and “flash” grenades on the group Saturday afternoon after some demonstrators threw rocks and other objects at them. Police said three officers were hurt, but they released no details. Continue Reading…

One For The Money

One For The Money: A proud, born-and-bred Jersey girl, Stephanie Plum’s got plenty of attitude, even if she’s been out of work for the last six months and just lost her car to a debt collector. Desperate for some fast cash, Stephanie turns to her last resort: convincing her sleazy cousin to give her a job at his bail bonding company…as a recovery agent. True, she doesn’t even own a pair of handcuffs and her weapon of choice is pepper spray, but that doesn’t stop Stephanie from taking on Vinny’s biggest bail-jumper: former vice cop and murder suspect Joe Morelli – yup, the same sexy, irresistible Joe Morelli who seduced and dumped her back in high school. Continue Reading…

Barefoot Bandit

Barefoot Bandit: A federal judge in Seattle has sentenced “Barefoot Bandit” Colton Harris-Moore to six-and-a-half years in prison for his infamous two-year, international crime spree of break-ins and boat and plane thefts that ended in 2010.

Mr. Harris-Moore was arrested in the Bahamas when authorities shot out the motor of a boat he stole. He arrived there after making a daring cross-country dash in stolen boats and cars, stealing a plane in the central state of Indiana and crash-landing it off the Bahamas. Continue Reading…

Demi Moore 911 Call

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Demi Moore 911 Call: “Send an ambulance right now. This is an emergency.”

So begins the dramatic 911 call, in which Demi Moore’s friends are desperately trying to get an ambulance to the actress’ Beverly Hills home as quickly as possible, which was released this morning by the Los Angeles Fire Department.

On the heavily redacted recording, which lasts about 10 minutes, one of Moore’s friends begins arguing with the dispatcher amid confusion over which agency covers the neighborhood and should be sending paramedics.

“Why is there not an ambulance coming now?” the woman says testily before explaining what caused the star to “act crazy.” Continue Reading…

Holly Madison Insures Breasts

Holly Madison Insures Breasts: Model Holly Madison took out a $1 million insurance policy on her breasts this week, once again proving that wealthy celebrities do strange, strange things with their money. Madison, best known for her role on Playboy-centric reality series The Girls Next Door, said her chest-mounted assets are her “primary money makers right now,” thus making them a top priority in her personal financial rundown.

Well, we can’t dispute her there. They’re not bad to look at when she puts them on display, as she often does (see pictures below). And she’s not the first person to insure part of her body.

Pitt May Backtrack On Marriage Pact

Brad Pitt has confirmed that he would “actually like to” marry Angelina Jolie.

Pitt May Backtrack On Marriage Pact: Brad Pitt has confirmed that he would “actually like to” marry Angelina Jolie.

The Hollywood couple had stated that they would not tie the knot until everyone had the right to, including gay couples, but he says they may have to backtrack on that.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Pitt stated that making that final commitment means a lot to his family.

“We’d actually like to, and it seems to mean more and more to our kids,” Pitt, 48, shared.

“We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out.”

But when pushed on whether he had actually asked his partner of seven years to be his wife, Pitt was more reticent in his response.

“I’m not going to go any further,” the Best Actor Oscar nominee for Moneyball said.

“[But] it means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me too, to make that kind of commitment.”

Colts Coach Chuck Pagano Have Factor

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Colts Coach Chuck Pagano Have Factor: In the space of three weeks, everything you’ve come to know about the Indianapolis Colts has changed. When team owner Jim Irsay talked about “a new era” and “rebuilding,” he wasn’t messing around.

There’s the new general manager, Ryan Grigson.

There’s the new head coach, Chuck Pagano, who will be introduced at a news conference at 3 p.m. today.

And barring a miracle recovery by Peyton Manning and a thresher accident that befalls Andrew Luck, a brand-new quarterback.

The tectonic plates have shifted.

The Colts, bastions of consistency, stability and success for more than a decade, are starting out with a clean slate, starting anew with a first-time GM, a first-time head coach and, almost certainly, a first-time NFL quarterback.  Continue Story…

Jan Brewer Gets An Earful From Obama In Ariz

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Jan Brewer Gets An Earful From Obama In Ariz: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer came to greet President Obama upon his arrival outside Phoenix Wednesday. What she got was a critique. Of her book.

The two leaders could be seen engaged in an intense conversation at the base of Air Force One’s steps. Both could be seen smiling, but speaking at the same time.

Asked moments later what the conversation was about, Brewer, a Republican, said, “He was a little disturbed about my book.”

Brewer recently published a book, “Scorpions for Breakfast,” something of a memoir of her years growing up, and defends her signing of Arizona’s controversial law cracking down on illegal immigrants, which Obama opposes.

Obama was objecting to Brewer’s description of a meeting he and Brewer had at the White House, where she described Obama as lecturing her. In an interview in November Brewer described two tense meetings. The first took place before his commencement address at Arizona State University. “He did blow me off at ASU,” she said in the television interview in November. Continue Reading…

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