June 23, 2005
HOLLYHOOD'S GOSSIP TO GOSORRY AIN'T GONNA DO IT
RED-faced bosses at Hermes issued a wishy-washy apology to Oprah Winfrey yesterday — a week after she was refused entry into its posh Paris store in a racially tinged snub. As PAGE SIX exclusively reported on Monday, Hermes staffers would not allow Oprah inside, supposedly because they had been "having a problem with North Africans." Facing a p.r. nightmare, the company finally released a carefully worded "I'm sorry" to Oprah, which also seemed to subtly lay the blame on her. "Hermes regrets not having been able to accommodate Ms. Winfrey and her team and to provide her with the service and care that Hermes strives to provide to each and every one of its customers worldwide," the statement read. "Hermes apologizes for any offense taken due to such circumstances." But Hermes also said that "Winfrey and her team" wanted to shop when "a private p.r. event was being set up inside." Meanwhile, Hermes CEO Robert Chavez called Oprah's handlers in a bid to diffuse "the situation" and invited her to come back to shop anytime. But it isn't very likely, as Oprah is apparently getting ready to sock it to Hermes when she returns to the air this fall.
LIL KIM FACES BIG TROUBLE
Rapper and personal friend of mine LIl Kim will be sentenced tomorrow in NYC.In March, the pint-sized rapper was found guilty of lying to a grand jury about a shootout that took place outside of New York radio station Hot 97.
Queen Bee was convicted of three counts of perjury and one of conspiracy, and faces 20 years in prison, a maximum of five years for each count.Tonight there will be a private prayer meeting that i may attend.I don't want her to go to jail,fashion jail maybe,but prison??All she did was lie for friends,damn.
Mariah/MIMI/COMEBACK QUEEN/#1 HIT MAKER/CRAZY IS WORKING HARD
Mariah Carey tells MTV that she plans to shoot two more videos at the same time – for "Shake It Off" and "Say Somethin'," the next two singles to be released from her album, “The Emancipation of Mimi.” She begins production on the clips today, and said the theme is completely different from the runaway bride storyline of her previous two videos shot, “It’s Like That” and “We Belong Together.”
*Jake Nava will direct the video for “Shake it Off,” the Jermaine Dupri-produced track that was recorded only after she rejected the label’s choice of the Pharrell-helmed “Say Somethin’” as the album’s first single. "L.A. Reid was totally into 'Say Somethin' ' as the first single," she told MTV. "And I was like, 'It's great, but I don't know.' ... It's very Pharrell. He very much goes in that jazzy kind of direction, which is great. I could go there with him, but it's just not where I would naturally go.”
*Once the video shoot is wrapped, Carey will head to New York to perform at Macy’s Fourth of July Spectacular, which will be broadcast live at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Carey will be the only musical act during the one-hour special.
*As previously reported, Carey is among the lineup of performers set for BET Awards 05, to be held at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre on June 28 and broadcast live on the network beginning at 9 p.m. Other booked acts include Stevie Wonder, Ciara, T.I., John Legend, Omarion, Destiny's Child, Missy Elliott and the Game