NIGELLA LAWSON'S HUSBAND DEFENDS HIMSELF
Only a day after UK newspaper The Mirror's Sunday People published damning photos of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson appearing to be choked by her husband Charles Saatchi, the 70-year-old man is attempting to offer an explanation for his actions. Saatchi released a statement to the Evening Standard to defend himself after the photographs sparked rumors of his violent temper which seemed to leave his wife in tears.
Charles told the paper, "About a week ago, we were sitting outside a restaurant having an intense debate about the children, and I held Nigella's neck repeatedly while attempting to emphasize my point. There was no grip, it was a playful tiff. The pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place. Nigella's tears were because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt." He added, "We had made up by the time we were home. The paparazzi were congregated outside our house after the story broke Sunday morning, so I told Nigella to take the kids off till the dust settled."
Nigella has not publicly addressed the incident.
According to People, Scotland Yard is aware of the article and is assessing whether to investigate further.
'THE VOICE' COACHES SET TO HIT THE STAGE
The Voice coaches Shakira, Adam Levine, Usher and Blake Shelton performed on last night's (June 17th) episode. They performed The Beatles' classic, "I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends." As for Wednesday's (June 19th) finale episode, OneRepublic will perform a duet with the finalists.
Cher, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Bruno Mars, Florida Georgia Line and Nelly are also expected to hit The Voice stage.
DRAMA ON THE SET OF 'ANGER MANAGEMENT'
It appears that the stars of FX's Anger Management are having issues managing their own anger. TMZ is reporting that Charlie Sheen and Selma Blair are at war on the set.
The issues allegedly started when Selma complained to show execs that Charlie was difficult to work with because he is always late and has a shoddy work ethic. Sheen was apparently so frustrated by the situation that he made it known that she was fired from the show and that if she showed up to set on Monday (June 17th) he would refuse to work.
Charlie reportedly wants to replace Selma with Mila Kunis by offering the That 70's Show actress a 10 episode arch which would earn her $1 million per episode.
Network executives are supposedly just hoping it will all blow over.
NICK LACHEY KICKS OFF 'THE WINNER IS'
Nick Lachey will be kicking off his own NBC singing competition series called The Winner Is. According to MTV News, the series follows aspiring singers every week. The singers then decide if they are good enough to remain in the competition for the grand prize of $1 million or if they want to leave early receiving prizes between $10,000 and $50,000. The show aired last night (June 17th), but officially airs on July 11th.
The 98 Degrees singer said, "Well I think what attracted me to the show was basically that it was an interesting concept and not one that we've seen done before and kind of regurgitated the reality concept. It was the idea of combining kind of the excitement of a performance competition show with the strategy of a game show.
He continued, "To me, it's like if you take the battle round of The Voice and combine it with Deal Or No Deal. If those two shows had a baby, the baby would be named The Winner Is."
ED HARDY BLAMES JON GOSSELIN FOR RUINING HIS BRAND
The Ed Hardy brand has hit some hard times in the last several years and Ed himself believes Jon Gosselin is to blame. The brand's namesake revealed to the NY Post that he can pinpoint exactly when it all went downhill for his clothing line despite having been hugely popular with celebrities like Madonna.
Hardy explained that the brand's licenser Christian Audigier developed a friendship with Gosselin and it was that affiliation that destroyed everything. The TLC reality star was repeatedly photographed wearing their label including once on Christian's yacht with his then-girlfriend Hailey Glassman. Ed said, "That Jon Gosselin thing was the nail in the coffin. That's what tanked it. Macy's used to have a huge window display with Ed Hardy, and it filtered down and that's why Macy's dropped the brand. Christian worships celebrities so much, he will get next to anyone who is famous for anything. If he could have gotten Charles Manson in a shirt, he would have."
Ed is promoting the release of his memoir Wear Your Dreams: My Life in Tattoos.
NEW YORK HOUSEWIVES CAUGHT STAGING SCENES FOR NEW SEASON
Two of the cast members of The Real Housewives of New York were photographed over the weekend in Southampton, NY allegedly filming staged scenes for the upcoming sixth season of the Bravo reality show. According to Radar Online, Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson were taking cues from the crew as they filmed on Meeting House Lane on June 15th.
An eyewitness told the website, "It was like something you would see on the set of a movie or scripted television show. Carole and Heather stood on Meeting House Lane and waited for the crew to call 'rolling,' before walking toward the camera and sitting on a park bench. They even shot the scene twice!" The source continued, "It was extremely contrived and set-up. It lacked all spontaneity and any semblance of reality."
The photos taken at the scene also revealed that the crew set up large light reflectors positioned to make Carole and Heather look their best.
Other reality shows like Jennifer Lopez's South Beach Tow and Keeping Up With the Kardashians have been reported to contain scenes that have either been scripted, reshot, or edited.
BRENDA SONG MAY BE RE-ENGAGED TO TRACE CYRUS
Less than a week after appearing to rekindle their romance at a 7-Eleven, it seems as though the engagement between Brenda Song and Trace Cyrus may be back on. Perez Hilton is reporting that Brenda was out on the town over the weekend sporting a new piece of jewelry on her ring finger.
Neither Brenda or Trace have spoken about a reconciliation but the timing of the ring's appearance so soon after their 7-Eleven hangout has left many suspecting their wedding could be back on. They previously announced the end of their relationship back in June of last year because they both were reportedly trying to focus on their careers.
LINDSAY LOHAN PHOTOGRAPHED TAKING A BREAK FROM REHAB: People have not heard or seen very much of Lindsay Lohan since she checked into rehab in May but the 26-year-old was photographed taking a smoke break outside of her new digs at Cliffside Malibu over the weekend. Lindsay was spotted chatting it up with a group of four guys and another girl as she puffed away on her cigarette. Sources say she looked good and happy.
AMANDA BYNES ENJOYS THE JACUZZI AT ATLANTIC CITY CASINO: Amanda Bynes spent her weekend relaxing in a hot tub at the Revel Hotel in Atlantic City wearing her famous blonde wig and chatting with strangers. Sources tell TMZ that she was open to the idea of taking photos with fans but insisted that they delete the pictures if she didn't like the way she looked.
JOE FRANCIS' SEX TAPE SOLD TO VIVD: Steve Hirsch of Vivid Entertainment was the winning bidder for a sex tape featuring Girls Gone Wild honcho Joe Francis and his girlfriend. Steve purchased the tape for an undisclosed amount and then handed all footage to Joe along with the promise that he will never release the tape. Hirsch told TMZ they didn't involve police "because of the time-sensitive nature of the situation I made a decision to expedite the process and return the movie to its original owner."
KRISTEN STEWART DINES AT HOOTERS IN TEXAS: Kristen Stewart failed to stay incognito while dining at a Hooter's restaurant in Amarillo Texas on Saturday night (June 15th.) One witness told E! News, "She was trying not to be noticed, so she sat with her back to the restaurant. When she was eating, a guy asked her if she was Kristen Stewart. She said, 'Yes.' When the guy asked her if he could take a photo, she asked if she could take it after her meal." The Twilight star then posed for pictures with a number of other fans in the restaurant including a group show with all of the waitresses.
TORI SPELLING'S HUSBAND AGREES TO MMA FIGHT: Tori Spelling's husband, Dean McDermott, got into a heated argument with a guy named Anthony Bracco on Twitter over the last week which ended with both parties agreeing to bring their fight to the ring. Celebrity Boxing founder Damon Feldman got involved in the argument and successfully convinced Dean and Anthony to wait until October to fight it out. Jose Canseco also jumped into the conflict by offering to train Dean which he gladly accepted.
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS HEADING BACK TO BROADWAY: Tony host Neil Patrick Harris is set to star in a Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch scheduled for the spring of 2014. Neil will play the titular character Hedwig -- an East German-born, transgender rock singer.
'GIRL MEETS WORLD' ORDERED TO SERIES: Disney has officially given the go-ahead to produce a full series of Girl Meets World which is set to debut next year. The show will follow Cory and Topanga's daughter Riley and her best friend Maya as they navigate middle school in New York City. Cory is the girls' new history teacher and Topanga owns an after-school hangout known for its pudding.
SONY SETS DATES FOR TWO MORE SPIDER-MAN MOVIES: Sony Pictures has announced the release dates for two additional Spider-Man films being released over the next five years. After The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters on May 2nd, 2014, part three is slated to be released on June 10th, 2016 and part four on May 4th, 2018.
'KUNG FU PANDA 3' WILL START PRODUCTION IN AUGUST: Now that Dreamworks animation has moved up the release date for Kung Fu Panda 3 from 2016 to December of 2015, production for the film will start in August. One-third of the movie's production will be done in China. 'THE WOLF OF WALL STREET' TRAILER RELEASED: The first trailer for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio has hit the web. The film is set to open in November and co-stars Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, and Kyle Chandler.