October 18, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 10/18PARIS HILTON SAYS HELL NO SHE WON'T GO
Paris Hilton says she isn't giving up "The Simple Life" just yet. "We're shooting Nov. 1," said the 24-year-old hotel heiress, who had a front-row seat at the Louis Verdad fashion show Sunday. "All the networks are fighting over it."
Fox said last week it had canceled the reality show starring Hilton and Nicole Richie. The network said its midseason schedule didn't have a time slot for a fourth season of the show, prompting speculation the feuding ex-friends no longer proved compatible.
Hilton said she and Richie will continue working on "The Simple Life" because other networks want it.
Last week, 20th Century Fox Television, the studio that produces the show, said it hopes "The Simple Life" will move to another network with Hilton and Richie.
"We believe this series ... is still a dynamic and valuable franchise," the studio said. "We hope to be able to announce a new network partner in the coming days."
Bunim-Murray Productions, which produces the show with 20th Century Fox, also released a hopeful statement: "We're very excited about the creative plans for the next group of episodes, and are confident this situation will be remedied quickly."
Hilton's friend Kimberly Stewart, Rod Stewart's 26-year-old daughter, dismissed as "rumor" reports that she had been touted as a replacement for Richie.
But Stewart was coy about doing a future project with Hilton, telling reporters Sunday, "You never know."
In April, Hilton issued a terse statement saying it was "no big secret that Nicole and I are no longer friends. Nicole knows what she did, and that's all I'm ever going to say about it."
Hilton has given no reason for the split.
THE REAL WORLD IS A LITTLE TOUGH ON BRITNEY AND HUBBY
Britney Spears is drinking and smoking again, chasing away the baby blues only three weeks after giving birth. Sources say the 23- year-old, who gained 40 pounds during her pregnancy with son Sean Preston, is miserable because she's overweight and stuck in the house recovering from her C-section.
Worse still, the pop princess seems to be having trouble coping with her role as a new mom — and insiders say breaks into crying jags at the drop of a hat.Said one source: "I think Britney is having a very hard time right now. She hasn't lost the pregnancy weight and she's desperate to get back in superstar shape and resume her career."She has turned to drinking wine to relax, washing away her stress."And while Britney had quit smoking when she became pregnant, the source said she's now smoking more than half a pack of Newport cigarettes a day, hoping it'll curb her appetite and help her lose weight.
Said the source: "She feels sad, fat and is probably insecure about her mothering skills. She wants to be the perfect mom but gets easily freaked out if the smallest thing goes wrong."When the baby's bottle temperature isn't just right or she can't stop his crying or the diaper isn't a perfect fit, she dissolves into tears. She just breaks down crying and moans, 'I can't deal with this.'"Britney has also been sleeping a lot — often late into the morning and early afternoon — since she gave birth on September 14.
And while the pop star is eager to slim down, doctors have told her to take it easy until six weeks after the birth.In lieu of strenuous workouts, Britney is now watching her diet and hoping that, in addition to smoking, her new eating habits will help her shed pounds.The pop star was notorious for pigging out during her pregnancy — but now she's refusing her usual meals of fried chicken or hamburgers and instead opting for a Slim Fast.Revealed the source: "Her hubby Kevin tries to reassure her and tells her she's being way too hard on herself. After all, he tells her, 'You've just had a baby. Give yourself a break.'"Britney was even more down in the dumps when her mother Lynne returned home.
Lynne had been staying with the couple at their Malibu home since Britney came home from the hospital — and friends say the pop star was hoping her mom would stay another month to help care for the baby.When Lynne left, Britney had to hire a full-time nanny to help with baby Sean — while Kevin took on a new role as "Mr. Mom."
"Everyone was expecting Kevin to run off to party and gamble in Las Vegas by now but he's staying very close," said an insider, who added that the 27-year-old is helping prepare bottles, feed the baby and change diapers.To help lift his wife's mood, Kevin even tried to entice Britney's family to visit. Said the source: "So far they've turned him down, saying they're just too busy to drop everything and run out to California."That leaves just Kevin to care for Britney during her fragile state.Added the source: "It's a total adjustment for the couple. Britney and Kevin are overwhelmed right now."
PATTI LABELLE MEETS REAL DIVA
There was drama surrounding Patti Labelle’s 60th birthday celebration in the Bahamas Saturday.Absent from the extravaganza were Beyonce, Usher and OutKast, as all three acts pulled out at the last minute. According to Fox 411’s Roger Friedman, the close relationship between the performers and Island Def Jam president, Antonio L.A. Reid – who reportedly has issues with the soul diva – makes it more than a coincidence that they all suddenly cancelled.
“The absence of all these people — as well as Island Def Jam's Carey and former Reid associate Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds — raised a lot of suspicion that arms had been twisted or not so subtle suggestions had been delivered,” wrote Friedman.READ MORE
LIL KIM'S VIDEO DIRECTOR IS A DEADBEAT
Note to Lil' Kim video director Kirk Fraser: You can say "The check's in the mail" only so many times before your pants catch on fire.
Fraser repeatedly promised to make things right after the Daily News reported a month ago that he bounced more than 18 checks to crew members who toiled furiously on the last-minute music video shoots in September, before Kim went to jail.
So far, no good.
"I'm prepared to pursue whatever legal road necessary to solve this problem," producer Heidi Tannenbaum told Lowdown yesterday. "This morning I called the whole crew, including the vendors - probably 50 people altogether - and only three people have gotten new checks."
A second production staffer, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals, added: "It's been a complete run-around. It's double-talk! They need to pay us. In this business, people will let things go for 30 days, but after that, you owe us the money."
Fraser, who owns the Washington-based production company May 3rd Films, didn't respond to repeated phone calls yesterday.
Yesterday, a spokesman for Kim - who's serving a year-and-a-day sentence at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia on a perjury and conspiracy conviction - said his client isn't to blame.
"She has no first-hand knowledge of any debt and has nothing to do with the situation," Ronn Torossian insisted.