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Clear Channel Communications has dropped Howard Stern's radio show from its stations after the FCC fined the company $495,000 Thursday for a raunchy chat the shock jock conducted with Paris Hilton's ex-boy toy Rick Solomon in February. "It is pretty shocking that governmental interference into our rights and free speech takes place in the U.S.," Stern responded in a statement. "It's hard to reconcile this with the 'land of the free' and the 'home of the brave.'" read more


Despite a promise of protection from Boston Rob, Lex van den Berghe, the 40-year-old graduate of Survivor: Africa, was ousted from Survivor: All Stars last night. As always, if you have questions for Lex, send them to me via the link at the bottom of this page and I will forward them on to my colleague, Angel Cohn. read more


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, 14 oz. This is the first child for Messing and hubby Daniel Zelman. As reported last week, the 36-year-old 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


In other baby news, Billy Bob Thornton and girlfriend Connie Angland are expecting a child in October, the actor's rep confirms. Angelina's ex already has three children from two previous marriages. So, who's this Angland lady? Well, she doesn't work in showbiz so, really, who cares. read more


It appears Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth's concussion may have led to some short-term memory loss. On Thursday's Oprah Winfrey Show, the Apprentice's Queen of Mean claimed that she fingered Ereka Vetrini as the alleged N-bomb dropper only after her reality rival went on The View and defended herself against the accusation. Up until that point, Omarosa told Winfrey, "I never said who [did it]." Not true. In one of her first post-firing interviews, Omarosa told me point blank: "Ereka used the N-word with me on the show." We immediately contacted Ereka for a comment and she vehemently denied ever using the offensive term. When Apprentice producers also told us that a check of the show's tapes found no such exchange, TV Guide Online decided at that time not to include Omarosa's uncorroborated charges in our read more


Madonna is stirring up some Irish ire for scheduling her first ever concert in Ireland on a Sunday! You see, the country's huge Roman Catholic population views Sunday as the Lord's Day. But the owner of Slane Castle, where the August 29 gig will be held, insists it was "the only date and day feasible." The last time the Castle hosted a major concert on a Sunday — in 1984 when Bob Dylan performed — it sparked riots. read more


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


On last night's penultimate episode of The Apprentice, during which Omarosa's amnesia worsened, Donald Trump presented lovebirds Amy Henry and Nick Warnock with his and hers pink slips. That leaves Kwame Jackson and Bill Rancic to duke it out on next week's two-hour finale. Meanwhile, during a joint appearance on the Today show this morning, Amy and Nick confirmed that they "briefly dated" after the show, but added that they are no longer together. And what about rumors that Amy's now with Bill? For the answer to that question, look for my Q&A with Amy — as well as Nick — early next week. read more

Cuthbert Dishes 24's Ending

Elisha Cuthbert knows the question before it's even asked. "No, I didn't watch any porn films to prepare for the role," laughs the 24 starlet and frequent Maxim pinup. No, she's not referring to a Very Special Episode of 24 where her catastrophe-prone character Kim Bauer, goes undercover to infiltrate L.A.'s adult-film industry. She's talking about her part in the romantic comedy The Girl Next Door, which opens in theaters today.

Cuthbert plays Danielle, a seemingly normal girl who becomes involved with her next-door neighbor, a nerdy high-school senior named Matthew (played by Emile Hirsch). The unlikely romance goes swimmingly until Matthew receives some unwelcome news: His new girlfriend is an ex-porn star. "The script had everything I was looking for as far as character goes," says Cuthbert. "I wanted to prove that I have the skills to transform this girl from the girl next door to and adult-film star and make it all blend to read more


Fox's unsightly (yet uproarious) makeover saga, The Swan, is looking good in Nielsen's eyes. Wednesday's premiere attracted 15 million viewers and retained nearly 80 percent of its huge American Idol lead-in. By comparison, The O.C. and 24 have been holding on to just 50 percent of Idol's audience. ABC's latest Bachelor edition, meanwhile, got off to a so-so start with 11 million viewers. read more

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