540-pound contestant wows 'X Factor' judges
September 28th, 2012
11:56 AM ET

540-pound contestant wows 'X Factor' judges

As Freddie Combs took the stage on Thursday’s episode of “The X Factor,” judges L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell appeared to lock eyes with each other.

The 540-pound, wheelchair-bound minister from Greeneville, Tennessee, who said he almost died in 2009 when he weighed in at 920 pounds, dedicated his rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings” to his wife of almost 16 years.

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'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' hits ratings high
September 28th, 2012
11:01 AM ET

'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' hits ratings high

TLC is probably pretty pleased right now.

Following the network’s decision to order additional episodes (and “HOLLAday” specials) of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” Wednesday’s mid-season finale earned the series’ highest ratings yet.

A record 2.8 million people tuned in to watch Alana, the former "Toddlers & Tiaras" star, and her family on the reality show’s one-hour episode, according to TV by the Numbers.

“Honey Boo Boo,” which was the source of controversy even before it premiered, has averaged 2.4 million viewers since its August 8 premiere.


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Kirstie Alley defends Lady Gaga amid scrutiny
September 28th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

Kirstie Alley defends Lady Gaga amid scrutiny

After years of gaining and losing weight under Hollywood’s microscope, Kirstie Alley is no stranger to defending her body.

And now, as Lady Gaga takes heat for packing on about 25 pounds, Alley is coming to her defense, as well.

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While you were working ...
September 27th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

While you were working ...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • As much as we'd love to hear news of another Knowles-Carter infant gracing our presence, it's just not meant to be. Jay-Z has put the rumors to rest that Beyonce is not, in fact, with child. [E!]
  • It looks like Psy's hard work paid off. The Korean rapper, who told CNN he was worried about his "Gangnam Style" video overshadowing his own outsized personality, has landed at No. 2 on Billboard's  Hot 100. [Billboard]
  • Yes, yes, Jennifer Garner's son pees in her eye. But more importantly, Ben Affleck "excels"  at girly things, like having tea parties with his daughters! We adore: [People]
  • Nicki Minaj's foray into reality TV may begin with "American Idol," but it sounds like it might not end there. The rapper seems to be mulling over a reality show of her own at E!. [PerezHilton]
  • We're entirely unclear of the "why" in this scenario, but apparently 50 Cent has a four-step plan to help you stop masturbating, if you need assistance with that ... [EW]

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Lil Wayne passes Elvis Presley's Hot 100 record
September 27th, 2012
03:56 PM ET

Lil Wayne passes Elvis Presley's Hot 100 record

Lil Wayne is now the solo artist king of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, knocking The King of Rock and Roll out of the top spot.

Billboard reports that the rapper has tallied 109 hits on the Hot 100, setting a new standard - and surpassing the record previously held by Elvis Presley.

Since the chart's start in 1958 through 2003, Presley racked up 108 entries on the Hot 100.

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Reese Witherspoon, Jim Toth welcome son Tennessee
September 27th, 2012
12:45 PM ET

Reese Witherspoon, Jim Toth welcome son Tennessee

Hollywood's baby boy boom continues as Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth welcome their newest family member.

The actress, 36, gave birth to a son on Thursday, a rep for Witherspoon tells CNN.

"Both mom and baby are healthy, and the entire family is thrilled," the rep said.

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