Reality TV People News - January 2007
Adrian Cohen, a Sydney-based doctor who has traveled the world as medical director for CBS' Survivor reality series, admitted on Monday to misconduct that included cocaine use and inappropriately obtaining prescription drugs, according to The Daily Telegraph, an Australian newspaper.
Singing "Over the Rainbow" several times during American Idol's fifth season, 22-year-old Katharine McPhee said she thinks the song aged her 40 years. With the Idol 5 runner-up's debut self-titled album being released on Tuesday, she said fans should expect something different.
Paris Hilton has filed a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles to shut down a subscription-based Web site and get her personal possessions returned.
Growing up in Inglewood, CA, Tyra Banks was 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed only 110 pounds, which prompted teasing from schoolmates who called her "Ethiopian." To this day, Banks claims one of the "lowest points" in her life was when her mom Carolyn London referred to her daughter's "skinny butt."
Having failed to "work things out," former 'N Sync member Lance Bass has announced that he and The Amazing Race 4 co-winner Reichen Lehmkuhl have ended their relationship and split for good.
Katharine McPhee wants music fans to know she's more than the demure diva they saw on "American Idol."
Former Project Runway 2 finalist Kara Janx has gotten married. Janx wed longtime boyfriend Sharone Sohayegh on January 14 in Cape Town, South Africa, People reported on its website last week.
"American Idol" judge Paula Abdul, in Las Vegas with her co-judges, was named woman of the year by the Nevada Ballet Theater.
Creativity can be costly -- a lesson West Coast Chopper owner Jesse James recently discovered the hard way.
Richard Hatch will get another chance to prove his innocence on charges he evaded paying taxes on the $1 million he received for being the original Survivor. After reviewing written briefs from Hatch's lawyer and federal prosecutors last week, appeals judges granted the Survivor: Borneo winner an oral hearing to argue his case, The Providence Journal reported on Sunday.
Ace Young must have a good singing voice or else he wouldn't have finished seventh during the fifth season of American Idol -- but so far, he's found more success as a songwriter than as a singer. The 26-year-old co-wrote the chorus to Chris Daughtry's "It's Not Over," his fellow Idol 5 finalist's official debut single that has reached as high as No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Bucky Covington said he likes to think he wasn't "kicked-off" as a finalist on the fifth season of Fox's American Idol. He described it as being "invited to leave."
A Los Angeles judge has stayed his previous ruling that ordered Anna Nicole Smith to submit her daughter for a paternity test.
Doug Blasdell, a 44-year-old gay trainer on Bravo's reality series Work Out, unexpectedly died on Monday after being hospitalized over the weekend for unknown reasons.
Don't look now, but "Romber" plan to start reproducing.
Beauty and the Geek co-executive producer Jason Goldberg promised "big-time, unbelievable hookups" before the show's third season premiered early this month -- and now it looks like the show's cast will deliver.
Add Oscar-nominated actress to Jennifer Hudson's impressive growing resume, as the 25-year-old former American Idol third season finalist has received a best supporting actress Academy Award-nomination for her role in Dreamgirls. The announcement was made this morning at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, CA.
Jen Schefft looked for love twice in-front of a national television audience, once during the third edition of ABC's The Bachelor in 2003 and again on the third edition of ABC's The Bachelorette in 2005.
Katharine McPhee's first single off her debut album is titled "Over It," but is it a reference to the American Idol 5 runner-up's feelings about her time on the Fox mega-hit? Not according to McPhee.
Despite beating out 24 other women and being proposed to by Firestone tire company heir Andrew Firestone on the third season of ABC's The Bachelor and then having 25 guys to chose from on the third season of ABC's The Bachelorette, Jen Schefft knows a thing or two about being single -- and now she's cashing in on it.
Reality television contestant isn't a very dangerous job -- unless of course your televised antics don't sit too well with viewers.
Atlanta-based CNN anchor Anderson Cooper reportedly signed a new contract guaranteeing him at least $4 million annually.
"The Simple Life" star and heiress Paris Hilton pleaded no contest Monday to one count of alcohol-related reckless driving, the Los Angeles City Attorney's office said.
Five seasons and 80 episodes of Discovery Channel's Monster Garage and a new marriage to Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock might have made West Coast Choppers CEO Jesse James a celebrity, but he insists some things still haven't changed.
Given Kevin Covais was known was having "granny voter talent" during his eleventh place finish on American Idol's fifth season, it would have been hard to foresee this career move coming -- the 17-year-old high school senior will appear on fellow Idol 5 finalist Paris Bennett's upcoming debut album "Princess P," where the two will collaborate on a hip-hop track titled "Let Me Rap."
Singer Kelly Clarkson will be part of the 2007 NASCAR team in what the Daytona Beach, Fla., organization said is the broadest deal it signed with an artist.
According to Kellie Pickler, it wasn't a publicity stunt when The View co-host Rosie O'Donnell presented the American Idol 5 finalist with her first Gold Album Award courtesy of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on this morning's live broadcast of the ABC talk show.
Fans can watch "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee in cyberspace when she appears on the Internet-based "Lonelygirl15" video blog.
It looks like former The Brady Bunch star Christopher Knight isn't the only 40-something actor romantically involved with a former America's Next Top Model finalist.
A Bahamian court will begin an inquest into the death of Anna Nicole Smith's son, Daniel, in March, the chief magistrate said.
Donald Trump isn't one to let people walk all over him. But that's exactly what's going to be the case as The Apprentice host and real-estate mogul had his star unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday.
At this time last year they were this close to being "the next American Idol" -- now they're no different than the millions of others who have been cast aside by the Fox mega-hit.
Paula Abdul told Jay Leno and his U.S. viewers an audio feed mix-up was the reason for her seemingly odd behavior during a recent television appearance.
The "Friends and Family" whose contracts for discounted condos in a Donald Trump tower in Chicago have been voided may not be feeling so friendly.
Former American Idol third season finalist Jennifer Hudson came up big at Monday night's Golden Globe Awards ceremony, winning the best supporting actress in a movie musical or comedy award for her Dreamgirls performance.
Real estate tycoon Donald Trump says he'd like to fire U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice because of what he sees as poor negotiating skills.
Television audiences will soon be getting more of actor Mario Lopez -- the former Dancing With the Stars 3 runner-up has signed on to join Extra, the syndicated entertainment news television show. Lopez will serve as a co-host on Extra's weekend edition and will also be a daily correspondent on the program.
"American Idol" judge Paula Abdul has signed onto "Bratz: The Movie," the first live-action Hollywood work based on MGA Entertainment's popular fashion dolls.
The last copies of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin's fatal 2006 run-in with a sting ray off Australia have been destroyed, his widow told U.S. television.
Donald Trump has said that Star Jones has called to congratulate him, presumably for his feud with Rosie O'Donnell and Barbara Walters.
It just came to Tyra Banks early one morning at her house while she was wearing undies and making tea -- the idea for America's Next Top Model, the reality competition series that has since become a The CW network ratings hit and rejuvenated the 33-year-old former supermodel's career.
Brooke Burke, the host of the "Rock Star" reality show, gave birth to her third daughter in Los Angeles.
If the average viewer thinks American Idol judge Simon Cowell is rude, imagine how the person sitting to his immediate right during the show's episodes and auditions must feel.
The war of words between The Apprentice's Donald Trump and The View's Rosie O'Donnell continued this week, with O'Donnell's View co-host Barbara Walters getting pulled into the struggle even further.
Former "American Idol" contestant Constantine Maroulis has joined a New York production of "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris."
Rosie O'Donnell's feud with U.S. real estate mogul Donald Trump has spilled over onto the set of "The View" via an argument with her co-host Barbara Walters.
Original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson will guest-star in an episode of Reba, country music star Reba McEntire's The CW sitcom, on Sunday, January 14 at 7:30PM ET/PT.
Meet the Barkers co-stars Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler may have separated and filed for divorce last August, but the two are reportedly "quietly trying to give it another go."
From behind the camera to in front of it, CariDee English went from working as a photographer in Fargo, ND to winning the seventh season of America's Next Top Model on The CW. Now the 21-year-old is featured on the cover of the February issue of Seventeen magazine, a gig that was part of the prize package awarded to Top Model 7's winner.
Original "American Idol" Kelly Clarkson has collaborated with punk rock veteran Mike Watt for her upcoming album.
Was there a deal between CBS and original show winner Richard Hatch that could have kept the former Survivor contestant out of jail for evading taxes on income he received for winning the reality series' first season? If there was such a deal, federal prosecutors recently said Hatch and his lawyer had numerous opportunities to officially say so, but did not.
Eric Estrada said his childhood dream was to be a member of the New York City Police Department. Now the 57-year-old The Surreal Life 2 roommate and former CHiPs freeway patrolman is getting his best opportunity to fulfill that dream by working as a reserve police officer in Muncie, IN for the new CBS reality series Armed & Famous.
The Apprentice host Donald Trump says that despite the fortuitous timing, his recent media feud with The View co-host Rosie O'Donnell isn't a publicity stunt intended to drum up interest in the sixth season of NBC's The Apprentice, which premieres on Sunday, January 7 at 9:30PM ET/PT.
Bucky Covington became the eighth contestant from the fifth season of American Idol to ink a recording contract, as the 29-year-old recently signed a deal with Nashville's Lyric Street Records, E! Online reported.
Paris Hilton's name is being dropped from a Florida nightclub that she hardly ever goes to.
The only remaining videotape of Steve Irwin's tragic run-in with a stingray, resulting in his death, has been given to his widow, Terri.
ABC has announced that a year after her appearance on the show's February 2005 finale, Dancing with the Stars 2 participant Stacy Keibler will waltz her way back into primetime with nine guest starring appearances on two ABC television series.
Actor Mario Lopez, who starred in "Dancing With the Stars," is set to host the 2007 Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas.
Real estate mogul and TV host Donald Trump claimed Barbara Walters told him she's sorry she hired Rosie O'Donnell on "The View" -- no matter what she says now.
"American Idol" judge Simon Cowell tells ExtraTV that, as an English teen, he didn't like being told what to do.
Former "Laguna Beach" star Kristin Cavallari has confessed her goal for the new year is to stop swearing so often.
Despite having recorded her U.S. debut album with a proponent of marijuana, singer Brooke Hogan recently confessed that she never used the illegal drug.
The holidays can be hectic, but spending them with a loved one can make it easier to survive - and Jeff Probst and Julie Berry know a thing or two about survival.
Singers Jessica Simpson and John Mayer have once again been seen together in New York, though they still deny being a couple.
The up and coming "Dreamgirls" star, Jennifer Hudson, has finished off 2006 with a sold out concert at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.