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Tearful Toni's Paradise Lost

Even though Toni got eliminated from Fox's Paradise Hotel last week, we'll still be glued to the tube tonight and Wednesday at 9 ET. (We can't wait to see underdogs Charla, Dave and Keith stick it to the catty original clique!) However, it won't be the same without the onetime Love Cruise passenger's temper tantrums and crying jags. Thank goodness we can look forward to seeing her again soon on another reality show... or can we?

"God, no!" the volatile 29-year-old tells TV Guide Online. "I think the world's had enough of Toni. I think they've overdosed on Toni, and they want me out. They're done with me. I don't think the world would miss me if I was gone."

But... but what about us, the personal trainer's throngs of admirers who have shuddered at her every threat and chortled over her frequent meltdowns? "For the most part, the people that have loved me being back on TV, it's really appreciated and v read more


Providence alum Melina Kanakaredes has signed a deal to exec produce and star in the CBS drama pilot ICE, Variety reports. The actress will play a member of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a wing of the Dept. of Homeland Security. read more


Shock jock Howard Stern has settled his lawsuit with ABC over the reality series Are You Hot? Stern claimed the show was based on one of his radio bits. read more

Reality TV With the Greatest of Sleaze

If there remains any doubt that sin is in, today's reality-show singletons lay it to rest by adhering to one simple rule: To enjoy 15 minutes of fame, one must indulge in 15 minutes of shame. As a result, we've been introduced to an incredibly uninhibited stable of mack daddies and hoochie mamas, each of whom is more eager than the last to score points with viewers by, well, scoring with each other. But which of them deserves the coveted title of the Big Sleazy? A quick rundown of their hook-up highlights tells the sordid story.

Kind of incorrigible: man magnet Jennifer Lopez -J-
Singularly skanky: boy toy Ashton Kutcher -A-
Too trashy for words: late hoops playa Wilt Chamberlain -w-

Trishelle: After starting a hot- read more


Minorities are finally making some progress in Hollywood. According to a new report issued by the Screen Actors Guild, TV and movie roles for minority actors inched up in 2002. Leading the way were black thesps, who accounted for 15.5 percent of all parts — up from 14.4 in 2001. read more


The Fab Five are setting out to make over the planet — one country at a time. NBC announced on Friday that the Bravo hit Queer Eye for the Straight Guy will soon begin airing in Britain, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. read more

WB Star Recalls Street Roots

In the new WB sitcom Like Family (Fridays at 8:30 pm/ET beginning Sept. 19), Holly Robinson Peete plays the matriarch of an African-American family who has invited her white best friend and her 16-year-old son to move in. While Peete has no experience with this type of blended household, the For Your Love star does have fond memories of her own unconventional upbringing. Her father, the late Matt Robinson, was the original Gordon on Sesame Street and a writer for The Cosby Show.

"It was a bizarre situation because I was only 4 years old when my dad started Sesame Street," says Peete, whose father succumbed to Parkinson's disease last year. "And to most 4-year-olds, Sesame Street was — is still to this day — very real. So when I looked on TV and I saw my dad, you know, walking down the street talking to a muppet in a trash ca read more


Showtime has ordered six one-hour episodes of an American Idol-style contest for wannabe rappers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Interscope Presents the Next debuts this fall. read more


Martin Lawrence has signed on to reprise his gender-bending role as a plus-sized matriarch in a follow-up to Big Momma's House. read more


Snoop Dogg alledgedly enticed two teenage girls to flash his camera by offering them marijuana and ecstasy during a taping of Girls Gone Wild Doggy Style last February, according to an affidavit posted on read more

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