Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi and British author Salman Rushdie will divorce, Reuters reports. Lakshmi, a model, actress and cookbook author, is currently hosting the third season of Bravos reality series Top Chef. Rushdie is best known for his controversial novel The Satanic Verses. The pair wed in 2004 and have no children. Rushdies agent, Jin Auh, released a statement saying, Salman Rushdie has agreed to divorce his wife, Padma Lakshmi, because of her desire to end their marriage. He asks that the media respect his privacy at this difficult time." Reporting by Marissa KleinPOLL: Who is reality TV's meanest judge? Vote here.
As HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher debates the issues for one last time (Friday at 11 pm/ET) before going on hiatus — fret not, the series is expected to return in late summer — we asked host Bill Maher about his show and the state of the union.
TV Guide: You're so informed. How do you prepare for a show?
Bill Maher: Well, I spend all week preparing. People are always surprised to hear that I work a lot harder on this show than when I had an everyday show [Politically Incorrect]. When you do an everyday show, you