Today in celebrity news: Selma Blair is off Anger Management, Paula Deen said some pretty bad things, and Adam Levine has a perfume.
What was rumor is now fact: After some sort of dispute, Charlie Sheen has gotten his Anger Management costar Selma Blair abruptly fired. Lionsgate, the studio that makes the show, released a statement to TMZ (and other outlets, I'd assume) last night, saying "We are confirming that Selma Blair will not be returning to Anger Management and we wish her the very best." And you know what, I could actually believe that they wish her the very best. I mean, maybe they all really like Selma Blair, but if Charlie Sheen wants someone fired from his show, they have to get fired from his show. That's just how it works. It sucks for her money-wise obviously, but don't you think it's probably also something of a relief? Not to have to work with Charlie Sheen every day? Because that must be like working with some sort of wild animal that's not very nice and looooves doing drugs. I think she's better off. She'll land somewhere else. She always seems to. As to who gets hired to replace her, well producers are probably searching far and wide trying to find an actress who's never heard of Charlie Sheen, like lawyers at a voir dire. [TMZ]
Oh dear. It seems that Paula Deen, greased-up celebrity butter saleswoman, said some pretty shocking things during a lawsuit deposition last month. Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers (and I guess by extension their restaurant The Lady & Sons) are being sued by a former Lady & Sons manager who claims that Deen threw around the n-word and that Hiers sexually harassed her. During the deposition, Deen apparently admitted to using racially charged language, saying "Yes, of course" and then adding "It’s just what they are — they’re jokes... most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks... I can’t determine what offends another person." Hm. Maybe you can't determine but you can probably make an educated guess? I don't know. Deen then went on to say that yes, as accused, she had suggested dressing black cater waiters up as slaves for a wedding. But don't worry, she explained herself. See, she saw it somewhere else and it was really neat. "The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America…after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War…It was not only black men, it was black women...I would say they were slaves." Aha. OK. It'd be easy to say that, oh well, Paula Deen is just dumb, except she's not dumb. She's at least smart enough to build a cooking empire out of an apparently-not-even-that-good restaurant in Savannah, Georgia. So it's not like she's some dumb rube, saying and doing wildly offensive things obliviously. I don't think Paula Deen is some evil, monstrously racist person. But, if these quotes are at all accurate, she is at least pretty racist. Can't cover that with butter. [Radar, via Jezebel]
Hahaha, good grief. Adam Levine, vaguely creepy Maroon 5 lead singer and The Voice coach, says "I typically hate celebrity fragrances" during his video ad for his new celebrity fragrance. It's not that he hates celebrities or hates fragrances — he actually says "it's not that I hate fragrances" in the ad, as if anyone in the world would ever have such a strong opinion about f--king perfume — it's that he rarely believes that the celebrity is really involved in the fragrance-making and packaging process. But he is! And so he calls this fragrance, his fragrance, the "anti-celebrity fragrance." Hahah. The anti-celebrity fragrance. All right, dude. Sure thing. Whatever helps you sleep at night. Your celebrity fragrance is somehow a subversive celebrity fragrance when compared to all the other celebrity fragrances, which are just cheap cash grabs. You really get something fundamental about the meaning behind slapping your name on a bottle of perfume, something the other celebrities don't. OK. Sounds good. Cool fragrance, Adam Levine. And cool ad about the celebrity fragrance you made. Only $65 for 3.4 ounces at Macy's, guys! [People]
Chelsea Clinton's husband Marc Mezvinsky is selling his old bachelor pad (which turned into the couple's first apartment as marrieds) for $4.5 million. He doesn't need the place, on 5th Avenue, because he and Chelsea recently moved into a $10 million megapartment on Madison Square Park. So. That's how the Clinton kid is living these days. In a 5,000 square foot floor-through in the Flatiron. How about that! [Page Six]
Oh, jeez, totally forgot to mention this earlier. The Voice, which Adam Levine is on when he's not tirelessly working in his perfume factory, crowned its fourth-season winner last night. The title went to Danielle Bradbery, who at 16 is the show's youngest winner yet. Like the three other winners of the show, Bradberry will enjoy some press coverage today and then tomorrow she'll have to start looking for a job, or I guess in her case get started on her summer reading list. Congratulations to Danica Burberry. Was that her name? [Us Weekly]
Apparently Brad Pitt's oldest son Maddox is an extra in Pitt's upcoming World War Z. And Pitt didn't spare the 11-year-old from the gory stuff. In fact, the kid gets shot in the head multiple times. "He gets double-tapped," Pitt says. So I guess he's a zombie? Hopefully he's a zombie. It'd be a weird turn in the movie if some poor kid just gets shot for no reason. I think we should assume he's a zombie. Which I guess you could think is a little weird, a little grim maybe, for a parent to have their kid get killed in a movie, but it's zombie stuff. It's silly. It's make believe. They're just having fun. I'd be way more concerned if Pitt had taken his kid and made him the lead in a movie that nobody wanted to see and expected it to do really well. That would be a real weirdo, someone who did something like that. [Page Six]
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