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THEM'S FIGHTIN' WORDS

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest reportedly told a Singapore newspaper that judge Simon Cowell is "arrogant," "pompous" and says things that are "too harsh." And if you thought that was shocking, he went on to say the sky is blue and the Earth is round. read more

IT'S OVER

Somewhere The Bachelor's bug-eyed viper Trash, er, Trish, is cackling gleefully. The word's out that New York Giants backup quarterback Jesse Palmer has "mutually" split with his Chosen One, 22-year-old law student Jessica Bowlin. "We simply realized that, individually, our next steps take us in different directions," Jesse tells tonight's Extra. In other words, despite Jesse's offer of a first-class, one-way ticket to NYC, Jessica decided to stay in California to finish school — and no, not at Western International University. read more

IT'S YOUR TURN, JEN

A rep for Jennifer Aniston is denying rumors that the former Friends star is expecting her first child with hubby Brad Pitt. "She's not pregnant," her spokesman tells USA Today. Well, why the heck not? This is getting ridiculous. read more

MARTHA'S GOT STYLE

Reruns of Martha Stewart Living will begin airing on Style Network later this month. As previously announced, the show will go on hiatus in September while Stewart squares away her legal woes. read more

SUPER NEWS!

Warner Bros.' troubled Superman film is once again taking off. According to Variety, Charlie's Angels helmer McG is being eyed to direct the new installment, which could go into production later this year. Roswell's Jason Behr and Gilmore Girls' Jared Padalecki are said to be under consideration to play the Man of Steel. read more

Larry Hagman: "I'm Not Dead"

Let's clear something up: Larry Hagman is not dead. For months, rumors have been circulating that the actor, who had a liver transplant in 1995, has passed away. Or is dying. Or needs another liver transplant. We caught up with the former Dallas bad boy at his swank Santa Monica pad. And trust us, he's very much alive.

TV Guide Online: With the first and second seasons of Dallas due out on DVD August 24 and a reunion special filming this fall, you sure are busy for a dead guy.
Larry Hagman:
Henry Winkler called me up a couple of months ago [about producing the reunion]. I think Charlene Tilton came up with the idea: a Dallas retrospective. We're going to show stuff from the show and stuff from behind the scenes. I shot thousands of feet of Super 8 on the set.

TVGO: How did all these death rumors get started?
Hagman:
I had a bad patch in December. Turns out it was some kind of E. coli bacteria that crosse read more

SHE HAD IT COMING

A Beverly Hills woman pleaded not guilty to charges of stalking T-Mobile pitchwoman Catherine Zeta-Jones. Dawnette Knight, who was arrested June 3, was arraigned last week on one count of stalking and 25 counts of making "terrorist threats." She's being held on $1 million bail. Zeta-Jones' rep says the actress and her family are "greatly relieved that the suspect is in custody." read more

MARTHA'S GOT STYLE

Reruns of Martha Stewart Living will begin airing on Style Network later this month. As previously announced, the show will go on hiatus in September while Stewart squares away her legal woes. read more

BLOODY HELL

Britain's Big Brother was taken off the air Thursday after a riot broke out in the flat. The housemates reportedly threatened to kill each other and had to be dragged apart by security guards. This would have never happened on Julie Chen's watch. read more

LIGHTS, CAMERA, OUSTED

There's been a major on-camera shake-up at Access Hollywood. The good news? Grating co-anchor Pat O'Brien is out. The bad news? He's being replaced by the equally grating Billy Bush. O'Brien, whose last day is Friday, apparently couldn't come to terms on a new contract. The former CBS sportscaster won't be off the airwaves for long though: He's reportedly in talks with Paramount to host the upcoming Entertainment Tonight spinoff The Insider. Meanwhile, Bush will be paired with current co-anchor Nancy O'Dell, who's more scary than grating. read more

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