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T-SHIRT CONTEST

Jessica Simpson is suing over the very expensive T-shirt she wears in her "With You" video. According to TheSmokingGun.com, an auto-racing company called Motorock offered Simpson $140,000 to wear their logo across her ample bosom in the vid, among other promotional favors, but she has yet to receive a check. The moolah was due in Jess's hot little hands last October. read more

STERN PENALTY

Clear Channel Communications has dropped Howard Stern's radio show from its stations after the FCC fined the company $495,000 for a raunchy chat the shock jock conducted with Paris Hilton's ex-boy toy Rick Solomon in February. read more

GOD AT ABC

After more than two years in development, ABC is moving forward with production of the Oprah Winfrey-produced telepic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Adapted from Zora Neale Hurston's acclaimed 1937 novel, the project stars Halle Berry as a free-spirited 1920s woman whose search for identity and happiness through three marriages puts her at odds with mores of her small Florida town. read more

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

Hill Harper, last seen as Joe Pantoliano's sidekick on The Handler, has joined the cast of CSI: New York, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He'll play the coroner working with CSI's Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes and Vanessa Ferlito. read more

LITTLE WILL

Will & Grace star Debra Messing gave birth to a baby boy Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. The little guy reportedly weighed in at 5 lbs, 5 oz. This is the first child for Messing and hubby Daniel Zelman. As reported last week, the actress had to be written out of the final three episodes of Will & Grace after doctors ordered her to stay off her feet. read more

MERCY ELIMINATION

American Idol viewers finally did the humane thing and gave Camile Velasco the boot on last night's show. The 18-year-old Maui native's savage butchering of Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" sealed her fate. Next week, the seven remaining singers and John Stevens will croon popular movie themes in front of guest judge Quentin Tarantino. read more

SERIAL DATER

ABC has wrapped production on a 10-episode reality series that revolves around a twentysomething cheat. Produced by The Bachelor's Mike Fleiss, The Two-Timer will follow a horny bachelor as he goes on multiple dates each day, never telling the women that he's a low down dirty dog. "It's a comedic look at a kind of man who lurks out there in the dating world," Fleiss tells Variety. "It's a very relatable concept because everyone knows someone who's been a two-timer." I can't be certain, but I think he just took a swipe at Bob Guiney. read more

POST-AUTOPSY REPORT

The L.A. County Coroner has ruled that Murphy Brown star Robert Pastorelli died of an accidental heroin overdose, TheSmokingGun.com reports. The 49-year-old actor's assistant discovered him slumped over on the toilet at his Hollywood home on March 8. read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

As Apprentice fans know, Oma-rosa insists rival Ereka dropped the N-bomb and that producers censored it. Well, despite denials from Ereka and executive producer Mark Burnett, the disgruntled diva stands by her allegations on today's must-see Oprah Winfrey Show. Teases The Donald: "Ereka and Omarosa go at it like you will not believe about the N-word." These two need to get a room. read more

SALES MALFUNCTION

Despite an aggressive media blitz and a starring role in Boobygate, Janet Jackson's new CD, Damita Jo, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's album chart with just 381,000 copies sold. By comparison, Jackson's last CD, 2001's All for You, opened at No. 1 with 605,000 copies sold. Damita marks the first time a Janet album has not debuted at No. 1 since 1989's Rhythm Nation 1814. So, who denied the singer-stripper the top spot? Usher, whose Confession disc sold 486,000 copies in its second week. read more

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