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BB5's Yoga Guru Booted

On last Thursday's installment of Big Brother 5, 26-year-old yoga instructor Lori became the second houseguest to be evicted by her roomies. But don't feel too badly for her — the blow was softened by that $10,000 she opted to take instead of stocking the house's pantry. (Anyone still wondering why Lori got the boot?) TV Guide Online caught up with the Boston babe shortly after her ouster to get the skinny on her brief stay in the house that Orwell built.

TV Guide Online: Were you shocked to be nominated for eviction so soon?
Lori:
No, only because Marvin won Head of Household and I knew he was going to nominate me.

TVGO: Do you regret choosing the $10,000 windfall over food for the household?
Lori:
I don't regret it, but I definitely do think that it had something to do with the fact that I was nominated. It made me a target immediately.

TVGO: Marvin said he nominated you because you were the stronges read more

SHORT CUTS

Fox has picked up three additional episodes of Method & Red... Arrested Development: The Complete First Season arrives on DVD Oct. 19, three weeks before the show's second season begins. read more

SEACREST OUT...

... and we mean out. Twentieth Television confirmed Tuesday that On Air with Ryan Seacrest is history. The news comes just a day after Sinclair Broadcast Group pulled the American Idol host's struggling talk show from more than 20 of its TV stations. In a statement, Seacrest said he "wouldn't have changed anything about this entire experience." Except, maybe, the ending. read more

LOVE SENTENCED

A Los Angeles judge sentenced Courtney Love to mandatory drug counseling on Tuesday in one of four criminal cases against her. (Which one? Beats me.) If the rocker completes the program, she will be spared jail time. "I've got to stop drinking," she told reporters outside the courthouse. "It's gonna be fun." read more

ROCCO UPDATE

On Tuesday, a New York judge barred Restaurant star Rocco DiSpirito from entering his infamous eatery and said the joint's financial backer — China Grill Management — has every right to shut the place down since it's operating at a loss. There's just one problem: Mama has now handcuffed herself to the dishwasher. read more

IN THE DARK

The UPN affiliate in Harrisburg, Pa., which covers three of the top nine Amish markets in the country, has refused to air tonight's premiere of Amish in the City. Instead, general manager Matt Uhl told Media Life that he will tape it and, "If I deem it appropriate, we'll air the first episode on Friday and the other episodes in their regular time slots." And if he chooses not to air it, just read Press Tour Diary: Day Nine to find out what you're missing. Speaking of which, I forgot to include an important highlight: 1:55 Amish Miriam encounters her very first avocado! read more

PHOEBE IN THE CITY

HBO is turning to some old friends in hopes of finding its next big comedy hit. As reported exclusively in the new issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale tomorrow), Sex and the City writer Michael Patrick King is developing a new half-hour series starring Friends alum Lisa Kudrow. The project is being kept hush-hush — so much so that an HBO spokesperson wasn't even aware of it. Kudrow's reps, meanwhile, didn't even bother to return my phone calls. Clearly they forgot that I CAN DESTROY THEM!!! read more

MOVE OVER JESS...

Ashlee Simpson's debut disc, Autobiography, entered Billboard's album chart at No. 1 with sales of 398,000. In a statement, MTV's newest reality star said the boffo bow was "beyond my wildest dreams... I'm so excited for what's happened and what's to come." I can't be sure, but I think what's to come is a catfight with your big sis. read more

I'LL TAKE GOOD NEWS FOR $500, ALEX

Buoyed by Ken Jennings' record winning streak, Jeopardy averaged a 10.2 household rating for the week ending July 18 — its best showing in more than four years. read more

PAGING MAYA RUDOLPH...

Leather-skinned fashionista Donatella Versace has quietly checked into a rehab facility to treat a cocaine addiction, the New York Post reports. "The family views this as a private matter," says a rep for the Versaces. "We hope the press will respect this as such." In the meantime, Donatella has announced that all Versace designer socks are buy one get one for $890. She only asks that you pay in cash and leave the money with the guard. read more

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