Today in celebrity gossip: A CNN star needs more money, it's Justin Bieber's birthday, and Christian Slater went to the Everglades.
As Jeff Zucker, the new head of CNN, continues his overhaul of the network — getting rid of Soledad O'Brien's morning show, sending James Carville back to the hissing swamp that bore him — some growing pains are to be expected. The latest: primetime star Erin Burnett, the goddess of Goldman, is being asked to make the move to the morning, but she doesn't want to go unless she's paid handsomely. Burnett already makes $2.5 million to anchor OutFront, but because of a clause in her contract that guarantees her a primetime spot, she's saying that if Zucker wants her to host the new morning show with Chris Cuomo, she is owed more monies. And she has a point. I mean, I wouldn't get up at four in the morning every day for anything less than three mil. Zucker thinks she should be happy to take a starring role on the morning show, and so he's looking elsewhere for a co-host. That might be a power play, or he might actually be miffed at Burnett and is moving on in his search. This is all according to Page Six, after all, so we must take it with a grain of salt. No matter what happens with Burnett, we can be sure of one thing: She's going to be rich no matter what. So don't fret. Erin Burnett is going to be fine. [Page Six]
Happy 19th birthday to Justin Bieber! Yes, the Canadian songbird enters his last year of teendom today, a momentous occasion for any child. Bieber celebrated last night like any kid would, arriving at his London hotel at 3 in the morning shirtless and then going out with a bunch of hot girls until 6:30 in the morning. We all remember spending birthdays like that as young people. Arriving at hotels shirtless is a rite of passage for everyone! So, yeah, that was kind of strange, especially considering the jazz pants that he wears were almost falling off, so he basically walked into the hotel in just his underpants. He then changed and left the hotel to go to a swanky after-hours club with some friends, a bevy of attractive young ladies, and his alleged new girlfriend, Ella-Paige Roberts-Clarke. If they have a baby they should name it Hyphen! It seems a good time was had by all, except maybe his bodyguards, and now it's on to the next show today. Hopefully he got a call from his mother this morning chastising him for not wearing a shirt outside. It's winter! He could catch a cold. [Daily Mail]
Alert alert. Alert alert. Ben Affleck shaved his beard. I repeat: Ben Affleck has shaved his beard. Remember he had a beard when he won an Oscar prize for producing the make-believe talkie Argo but now he doesn't have a beard anymore. Alert alert. Alert alert. This is big news. People are talking about it. And, luckily for Ben, the chatter is positive. People think he still looks good. There was some worry that people would be all "Ew gross, Ben Affleck is gross" the minute he shaved his beard, but that didn't happen. People are still into him. It's a big news story. Tell everyone. This message will repeat for the next six hours. Alert alert... [TMZ]
Aw. The CW has gone and canceled 90210 after five seasons. The Beverly Hills 90210 update has been on somewhat shaky ground for a couple seasons now, so this doesn't really come as a surprise. I mean, quality-wise it's been on shaky ground since it premiered. Who-weeee is that show a stinker. Just a real dud, that one. I know it has its share of fans and who didn't like the whole Teddy coming-out storyline, but beyond that? Unlikable actors who look and sound like they have headaches all the time, writing that was largely for the birds, and the way it was filmed made the audience at home have headaches too. Just not a good show. But it limped along a lot longer than many other programs. There are many many more episodes of 90210 than there are of Freaks and Geeks, for example. Lots more 90210 than Rome. The Comeback? More like The Dumbback, compared to how many episodes of 90210 there are, anyway. So they should all be proud. They made a not so good thing last a respectable amount of time. And if that's not basically the definition of American success, I don't know what is. Too bad Shenae Grimes is now being deported back to Canada. Oh well. [Us Weekly]
Christian Slater is engaged to a lady. He was on Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night talking about it. And this is a quote from his appearance, talking about his fiance:
This girl came walking along with another lady, a slightly older lady. I was sitting in my usual spot, eating my oatmeal...and this spot was famous for people proposing to each other. It was very, very nice. So she's there, and the next thing I know, she gets down on one knee and proposes to this older lady... I thought I had just witnessed a nice lesbian engagement, so I was coming over to say congratulations, but it turns out it was her aunt, and she was just trying to help her aunt capture the beauty and the romance of the moment. She was making a joke, and I witnessed it, and it intrigued me, and the next thing I knew, we were hanging out in the Everglades.
"The next thing I knew, we were hanging out in the Everglades." Boy, when Christian Slater starts a sentence with "The next thing I knew" it really could go anywhere, but I did not expect it to go to the Everglades. But of course it is just one of those traditional meet-cute stories, you eating oatmeal and thinking she's a lesbian proposing to her older girlfriend, you finding out that she's just playing a weird joke on her aunt, and then you're in the Everglades, racing across the swamp in a fan boat, hair full of mosquitos, alligators nipping at you as you zoom past. It's one of those regular stories you hear all the time. The next thing they knew, they were in the Everglades. Sure thing. Absolutely. Why not. Christian Slater, ladies and germs. [Us Weekly]
So, Jennifer Lawrence was photographed smoking a "funny cigarette" the other day, by someone who was basically peeping into her hotel room through the balcony window, and it's pretty gross that she was photographed like that, but of course it's pruriently fascinating, too. And now she's been photographed having what looks to be a big fight on the phone, possibly in reaction to the whole funny cigarette thing. It's not cool that she was photographed like that again, but she was, and the pictures are on the Internet, and so, well, here they are I guess. What can I say, I did not take the high road on this one. I know I should and just ignore the story altogether, but... I am weak. I'll do better on Monday. [Daily Mail]