Industry pressure and a history of volatile behavior ( including using an anti-gay slur twice ) contributed to Isaiah Washington's exit from ABC's Grey's Anatomy, CNN.com reported. According to an unnamed source, Washington was too risky a liability for the network—and he ended up losing $2.7 million that he would have earned for next season. Interestingly, while some feel that Washington got what he deserved, Black lesbian activist Jasmyne Cannick, a friend of Washington, has said that ' [ t ] he ones calling for [ Washington's ] head are what I refer to as the gay Mafia,' citing a division between Hollywood's white and minority LGBT communities.
Bob Barker supports his friend Rosie O'Donnell replacing him as host of The Price Is Right, according to the Associated Press. 'She knows the show,' Barker said backstage at the Daytime Emmy Awards. 'There's no doubt in my mind she could do the show. Now, whether they want a lady host, I don't know. I've never heard that discussed.'
In Florida, Circuit Judge Lawrence Korda, who heard arguments in cases after Anna Nicole Smith's death, is retiring, according to the New York Daily News. The announcement comes after Korda recently pled not guilty to smoking marijuana in a city park. Korda, who has been on voluntary paid leave, will formally depart on July 2.
On her Web site, pop singer Britney Spears is asking her fans to help her name her upcoming CD, according to EarthTimes.org. Among the titles being considered are What if the Joke is on You; Integrity; and Down, Boy.
In a stunning turn of events, singer Kelly Clarkson has cancelled her summer arena tour, citing slow ticket sales, the Associated Press reported. This development came just two days after severing ties with her manager and as her newest CD, My December, is slated to come out. On her Web site, Clarkson said, ' [ t ] he fact is that touring is just too much too soon,' while her new rep, Paul Freundlich, said that 'her fans should look forward to seeing her in a more intimate concert environment.'
Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing, Eva Mendes and Candice Bergen are all attached to the contemporary version of the classic film The Women, originally directed by George Cukor, according to Advocate.com. After a decade of starts and stops, the movie—which starred Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell in the 1939 version—is set to start filming Aug. 6.Read more story below....
Jennifer Aniston will not be writing a tell-all about her marriage with Brad Pitt, according to a FemaleFirst.co.uk item. Aniston's rep has said that the actress does not plan to write a book; the statement followed reports that Aniston was about to be paid $5 million to pen such an item. Aniston and Pitt divorced in 2005.