Paula Deen's housekeeper admits to theft
December 21st, 2010
03:55 PM ET

Paula Deen's housekeeper admits to theft

A former housekeeper of Food Network star Paula Deen's will soon serve 18 months in prison and six years on probation for stealing jewelry from Deen’s home, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Mary Alice White, who worked for Deen for 9 months, has pleaded guilty to charges of theft by receiving stolen property, the paper reports. The 47-year-old will also have to pay Deen and her husband, Michael Groover, $6,000.

According to Groover, about $100,000 of men's and women's jewelry was taken from the couple’s home between August 1, 2009 and May, 2010.

"The scars she left behind emotionally can't begin to be measured. Our hearts are sad," Deen, 63, told the judge presiding over the case. “Mary White is the most feared and destroying kind of thief you may ever run up against…Mary was a master at making you think she cares about you. She used our love and kindness against [us].”


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Paris Hilton's flight evacuated after knife found on board
December 21st, 2010
03:15 PM ET

Paris Hilton's flight evacuated after knife found on board

Travel safety waits for no celeb: Paris Hilton was among the passengers asked to deplane from a Delta flight headed to Maui from Los Angeles on Tuesday after a small knife was found on board.

The cutlery was described by a Delta spokesperson as a “small catering knife,” the kind of utensil the flight crew uses "for normal things." The spokesperson told CNN that the knife was left behind and then discovered, and in order to be cautious, the crew asked passengers to evacuate the aircraft so that they could do a security sweep.

A rep for the reality TV star tells CNN that “Paris is safe and well," adding, "It was a very frightening situation that a knife got on a plane, but thankfully no one was harmed.”

The Delta spokesperson said that passengers have since re-boarded and the flight was scheduled for take off.


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'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Could Lindsay go back to jail?
December 21st, 2010
03:05 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Could Lindsay go back to jail?

I thought Lindsay Lohan would end her turbulent year in peace, finishing out rehab and working on getting her life back on track.

But today, there are brand-new, disturbing reports that Lindsay got into a nasty fist fight – while in rehab at the Betty Ford Center. We’re checking this out right now – and asking: could Lindsay be thrown back in jail?

Also on "Showbiz Tonight" today, "Fame and Fury!" I’m talking about the unbelievable, jaw-dropping things stars have done that have made them both famous and infamous, including a revealing look at the most spectacular cheating scandals of 2010.

And I want to ask you: Who are the reality TV stars that bug you the most? Snooki from “Jersey Shore”? Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt? How about the accused White House party crashers, the Salahis? Post below – then watch today for our big debate on this.

See you at 5 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN!

It's Budig vs. Bethenny on 'Skating with the Stars'
December 21st, 2010
11:53 AM ET

It's Budig vs. Bethenny on 'Skating with the Stars'

There was a lot confidence going around the "Skating with the Stars" rink last night. For one thing, the hosts seemed pretty sure the show would return for a second season. Given the ratings, I doubt it.

In addition, both Vernon Kay and Rebecca Budig dropped hints that we should expect a Budig-Jonny Moseley finale tonight, throwing Bethenny Frankel to the curb.

We kicked things off with a group skate, as all three celebrities and their partners performed a routine to a Christmas song. It looked less like a group skate and more like couples tagging each other out so they could have "alone time" on the ice. Rebecca received top scores for her performance, as well as another Dick Button compliment on her bottom.

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'Money Drop' could use a few tweaks
December 21st, 2010
10:15 AM ET

'Money Drop' could use a few tweaks

I was really hoping for the best when I tuned in to Monday's premiere of Fox's latest venture into the big-money quiz show genre, "Million Dollar Money Drop."  What I got was a game that shows promise, but crumbles due to issues with question writing and presentation.

On the show, teams of two begin each game with $1 million in cash.  The teams then risk that money by placing the cash on trap doors that correspond to up to four possible answers for each question.  If they put any money on a wrong answer, the cash goes down a chute and is out of play.  Teams can put money on multiple answers, but one trap door must be left free of cash.

The questions featured on "Money Drop" range from straight trivia to queries based on surveys. The writing and fact-checking of these questions was not as rigid as I hoped, due in part to a question that cost the first couple featured on last night's show $800,000 of their $880,000 bank.

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Ginnifer Goodwin: I've been on Weight Watchers for 23 years
December 21st, 2010
09:56 AM ET

Ginnifer Goodwin: I've been on Weight Watchers for 23 years

It’s not a secret that stars have to watch their weight – Amy Adams has even had an epiphany about it – and for “Big Love” actress Ginnifer Goodwin, the answer has been to stick to Weight Watchers…for the long haul.

Goodwin reveals in the January/February 2011 issue of Health magazine that she’s been on Weight Watchers since she was 9, and in fact, she was back on it at the time of the interview.

“I have been a member of Weight Watchers for 23 years,” she explained. “It’s the only thing on the planet that doesn’t dehydrate you or just make you miserable. I’ve never had a dramatic weight problem, it’s just that I tend to indulge, and then I need to get back on track so I can button my pants.”

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