December 26, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 12/27OPRAH GETS GROUNDED
Oprah Winfrey's private GulfStream jet was forced to return to California's Santa Barbara Municipal Airport after its windshield cracked because it hit a bird, officials said. Winfrey and boyfriend Stedman Graham were not injured, though the bird apparently was. As was the plane, which will remain grounded until its windshield can be repaired, Santa Barbara Fire Department spokesman John Ahlman tells the Associated Press. The collision occurred around 12:30 p.m. Monday just after take off. "This is not a totally unusual thing," Ahlman said of the cracked windshield. "We see these things pretty frequently."
THE GOSSIP POTS ARE BOILING ABOUT RACHAEL RAY
LONG before Rachael Ray became Oprah Winfrey’s favorite cook and a star on the Food Network, she was a deadbeat who had to leave Pace University because she squandered her tuition money, according to a well-placed source.
Ray dropped out of college and returned to her family in the Adirondacks, in the process leaving behind angry creditors, some of whom “were threatening her,” a family insider told PAGE SIX.read more
RAPPERS ON TV THIS WEEK
With about every show in reruns this week, rap acts on television for the week are virtually all on Saturday for New Year's Eve, though on Tuesday, Rev Run of Run-DMC appears on 'Daily Download'. MTV's annual New Year's Eve party from Times Square features performances by Kanye West, Common, and Young Jeezy, and an appearance by Rev Run and his family. New Year's Eve Live with Regis Philbin (FOX) features Nick Cannon. New Year's Eve with Carson Daly (NBC) features Sean 'Diddy' Combs.
Aspiring rapper and Britney Spears' husband Kevin Federline has launched his official website, featuring a preview of his music and a message to visitors. K-Fed writes, "Hey Everyone. I don't think we've ever been formally introduced. My name is Kevin Federline. I'm 6 feet tall, have brown hair and brown eyes. I enjoy horseback riding, long walks on the beach and the wind whipping through my hair. Ha ha ha. On a more serious note, there's going to be a lot more information and updates on here in the coming weeks and I think this will provide you with the opportunity to get to know who I really am. Anyway, thanks for checking out my site and be sure to come back often. You can click here to join my email list and also check me out on MySpace. Kevin." Check it out at KevinFederline.com.
MORE WOES FOR FOXY
Reuters reports that Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson on Friday ordered Foxy Brown handcuffed to her seat in court until she apologized for sticking out her tongue during a hearing stemming from the rapper's 2004 arrest on assault charges. Read more.
MARY J. IS NO LEGEND
ContactMusic.com reports that Mary J. Blige doesn't want to be referred to as a "legend". She said, "They've been trying to call me a legend since my second album when I was 22. It's cool to be labelled as an inspiration by new singers as it means people are still talking about me. But legendary is for Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, and Aretha Franklin. Call me a legend a 60 and I might be comfortable with it."
Mary J. Blige told OK! magazine what was her best Christmas memory. "It was when I got a doll called Dancerella," she revealed. "I think I was seven years old, and we realy wanted these Dancerella dolls, and my mother got them for us." As for her Christmas plans for today, she said, "Everyone cooks and we pray over food and we eat and we talk and that's it. Nothing heavy."
CIARA GETS MISTY WHEN IT COMES TO KATRINA
OK! magazine caught up with Ciara in a Q&A and asked the singer if Hurricane Katrina had a greater effect on her because she grew up in the South. "It was very, very emotional for me," Ciara said. "I remember doing one interview and couldn't really make it through it. It's realy, and no matter what, I'm a citizen of the United States, and this is what's happening to the country as a whole, not just New Orleans - we're all one"
OPRAH PLAYS MATCHMAKER
What did Oprah Winfrey get her best friend, Gayle King, for the holidays? Apparently, a man.
A source close to the best buds say that the queen of talk has hooked King up with none other than one of her other pals, gospel star BeBe Winans.
"Gayle and BeBe have known each other forever. But Oprah figured that since both are divorced and looking to date, why not date each other?" the source tells us.
After King spends time with her kids and ex-husband in Connecticut, she and Winans will meet up with Winfrey and her boyfriend, Stedman Graham, at the talk-show host's Santa Barbara estate, where they plan to ring in the New Year together.
MAHER TO MAKE HONEST WOMAN OUT OF KARRINE STEFFANS
Is Bill Maher ready to give up his bachelor status? Several friends of HBO's resident political pundit say that Maher could be on the verge of proposing to his girlfriend Karrine Steffans.
Steffans, the (shall we say) sexually generous dancer who penned the best-selling memoir "Confessions of a Video Vixen," met Maher in April, and the two have been dating ever since.
Maher has been adamant that he'd never get married and vowed never to date seriously again after being sued last year for $9 million in palimony by an ex-girlfriend, flight attendant Coco Johnson. But he and his new girlfriend were recently spotted shopping for rings at Tiffany's in Beverly Hills, and there has even been talk of the couple writing a sex-and-relationship book together.
FRIENDS WORRY ABOUT SHRINKING RICHIE
Even Paris Hilton — yes, Paris Hilton! — is worried about Nicole Richie. "Paris has told me, 'Yes, I'm concerned about her,'" a friend of the hotel heiress tells Star. "They grew up together and she doesn't want anything terrible to happen to her!"And Paris isn't the only one. "Everyone has noticed her weight loss," a close friend of the skinny starlet tells Star. "But it's a subject you don't talk about with Nicole. It's not like she doesn't know what people are saying. She sees the magazine headlines — she says she's always been skinny, except right after she got out of rehab (in 2003). But that's not true. Look at pictures of her when she was 16 — she's chunky. This is not her normal weight."In fact, Richie, 24, looks scarily thin after losing about 30 pounds in the last year and a half. She's been partying at an alarming rate, and to cap it off, she just broke up with ex-fiancé Adam Goldstein (a.k.a. DJ AM), 32, whom she had hoped to marry in the new year.
LOOKIN FOR MORE K-FED NEWS?
Britney Spears is furious that hubby Kevin Federline is recklessly spending her money to record his debut CD, which he hopes will kick-start his rap career.A source close to the couple estimates that Kevin, 27, has already spent over $1 million of his wife's loot with no end in sight."Kevin's like a runaway freight train when it comes to blowing Britney's money," the source said.Britney, 24, has already built Kevin a $400,000 music studio in their Malibu mansion. He used her money to fly in several music producers and each recording session with them costs $40,000. The source also said he has hired a musician at $5,000 a day and is forking out $4,000 to buy the beat or melody for each track.Kevin's spending infuriates Britney, says the source. But she's even more annoyed that she has practically been banned from his recording sessions.