Letterman Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

David Letterman

A CBS producer who works on the true-crime show 48 Hours pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he attempted to extort $2 million from David Letterman by threatening to reveal the Late Show host had sex with staffers.

Robert J. "Joe" Halderman pleaded in a New York City court ...
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Arrest Made in Letterman Blackmail Scheme

David Letterman

The man arrested in a $2 million blackmail scheme against David Letterman works on the CBS true-crime show 48 Hours, the network announced.

Police have identified the man as ... read more

SNL Newcomer Drops an F-Bomb During Season Premiere

Jenny Slate, SNL

Saturday Night Live kicked off its 35th season with an F-bomb.

In a possible case of the first-night jitters, newcomer Jenny Slate made the verbal misstep of dropping the F-word in a sketch titled "Biker Chick Chat," her only prominent skit of the night. Slate, Kristen Wiig and host Megan Fox were all featured as tough-talking biker chicks with a penchant for using the words "freaking" and "fricking."

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GOP Complains About ABC's Obama Health Care Special; Network Promises Fairness

Barack Obama

ABC has rejected a request by a Republican group to rebut President Obama's health care plans on an upcoming day of White House-themed news specials. In response, the network has stated that its coverage will nevertheless be balanced. Read on for more...

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LC: Spencer Never Apologized

Lauren Conrad

Contrary to what you saw on The Hills this season, in reality, Spencer Pratt never apologized about spreading sex-tape rumors, according to Lauren Conrad.

Conrad, who will not appear on the next season of The Hills, chatted with the ladies of The View Thursday about her novel L.A. Candy. She appeared stumped when panelist Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked her how she felt when Pratt called to make amends. "To be perfectly honest, I wasn't on the other line of that call," she said after a long pause. Pressed for details, Conrad added, "That was filmed and I wasn't on the other end. ... So no, I didn't get an apology; he's lying." What's the truth? Read on...

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Letterman Offers Full Apology to Palins

David Letterman

After a semi-apology last week for a joke about one of Sarah Palin's daughters, David Letterman offered an unequivocal sorry during Monday's Late Show monologue "to the two daughters involved, Bristol and Willow, and also to the governor and her family and everybody else who was outraged by the joke."

Letterman joked last week that Palin's daughter was "knocked up" by Alex Rodriguez during a Yankees game. Though he didn't specify which daughter, he said he meant 18-year-old Bristol Palin. The family, however, said the joke targeted 14-year-old Willow, who attended the game with her mother.

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Kevin Nealon: Weeds' Carradine Echo Oddly Prophetic


If anyone had planned it, it would have felt too soon.

On Monday's season premiere of Weeds, Doug Wilson (Kevin Nealon) sports noticeable ligature marks around his neck. When Andy (Justin Kirk) asks him what happened, Doug replies with signature nonchalance, "[Masturbated] with a noose," a scene we saw in vivid detail in the Season 4 finale. The premiere aired, of course, just days after reports and speculation that actor David Carradine might have died under similar circumstances. (The death remains under investigation; Carradine's manager has said he suspects "foul play.")

For Nealon, the show's apparent ability to echo current events is nothing new. "You know, it's really interesting how Weeds is prophetic in a way; it's kind of eerie," he says. He points to prescient storylines about the California wildfires and the Mexican drug wars. "We did a story about [the show's fictional suburb] Agrestic burning down, and we shoot in Valencia [Calif.], and then Valencia sort of burnt down shortly thereafter," he says.

Nealon says the latest scene was shot last year. "It was too late to have any second thoughts about it." He says the edgy scene is par for the course on a show like Weeds. "I'm never surprised by what the writers come up with," he says. "You have to be willing to pretty much do anything on that show."

Has he ever refused them? "No, not yet," he says.

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Report: Is Susan Boyle Cracking Under Pressure?

Susan Boyle

The pressure of being an overnight sensation may be taking its toll on Susan Boyle.

The Scottish Britain's Got Talent finalist was upset after an encounter with two journalists at her London hotel, according to a report in The Sun. The British tabloid also reportedly claims that Boyle... read more

Did AT&T Rock the Idol Vote? Fox Maintains Results Are "Fair, Accurate and Verified"

AT&T, American Idol

AT&T says "it's quite a leap" to suggest the telecommunications giant and American Idol partner could have tainted the outcome of this year's finale, as news reports claim that AT&T representatives may have acted inappropriately in helping Arkansas residents text-vote for Kris Allen.

Fox and the producers of Idol, meanwhile, say they are "absolutely certain" that the Season 8 results are "fair, accurate and verified,"

AT&T acknowledges that "a few local employees" were invited to attend two Idol viewing parties in Allen's home state of Arkansas. There, "caught up in the enthusiasm of rooting for their hometown contestant, they ... read more

After GLAAD Gets Mad, Dance Judge Nigel Apologizes for "Brokeback Ballroom" Comments

Nigel Lythgoe

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has called out So You Think You Can Dance judge Nigel Lythgoe for making what they deem homophobic remarks — both on the show and via Twitter — about a same-sex couple who served up a samba on Thursday's premiere.

After Misha Belfer (who is gay) and Mitchel Kibel (straight) performed at the Denver auditions, Lythgoe said, "It was a bit like watching ... Blades of Glory," a reference to the over-the-top Will Ferrell comedy about male skating partners.

"I think you probably alienate a lot of our audience," he continued. "I mean, we've always had the guys ... read more

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