Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Is a 'Teen Mom' accountable?
October 7th, 2010
02:17 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Is a 'Teen Mom' accountable?

There's a lot of debate today over MTV’s “Teen Mom” docu-drama star, Amber Portwood, who beat her on-again, off-again boyfriend on the last episode of the show. Portwood has since apologized and says she’s seeking help for her anger issues, but the debate rages on.

"Showbiz Tonight" producer Sid Lipsey is outraged that there hasn’t been any charges brought against Amber and that she’s not in jail – after all, she was filmed abusing her partner. But "Showbiz Tonight’s" own Brooke Anderson points out that, while she isn’t excusing that kind of violence, the show is doing its job – and showing the realities of being a teen mom. Today, "Showbiz Tonight" is asking: Should Amber be held accountable for her violence?

Also on our radar tonight: Jenny McCarthy criticizes Demi Moore and how she’s handling reports that Ashton Kutcher is being unfaithful. What do you think - are Demi and Ashton handling the infidelity reports the right way?

Watch "Showbiz Tonight" live at 5 p.m. today. And remember, we’re still TV’s most provocative entertainment news show seven days a week at 11 p.m. ET/PT!

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Demi and Ashton fight back
September 22nd, 2010
03:17 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Demi and Ashton fight back

What a mess for Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore!

In this morning's "Showbiz Tonight" editorial meeting, we couldn’t stop talking about the new People magazine article with Demi and Ashton fighting back at widespread reports that Ashton is cheating on Demi. More than anything, the staff of "Showbiz Tonight" wants to separate the facts from fiction – which is exactly what we’re working on today.

Also on our radar is more Paris Hilton drama! She’s been refused entry into Japan because of her admission to cocaine possession. Is Hilton now a total pariah? Plus, we'll also reveal Lady Gaga's deepest secrets in our one-on-one interview with the author of “Poker Face: The Rise and Fall of Lady Gaga."

Watch "Showbiz Tonight" live at 5 p.m. ET today. And remember, we’re still TV’s most provocative entertainment news show seven days a week at 11 p.m. ET/PT!

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Does TV glorify teen pregnancy?
September 8th, 2010
01:07 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Does TV glorify teen pregnancy?

This morning in the "Showbiz Tonight" meeting the big buzz centered on programs like MTV’s reality show “Teen Mom” and ABC Family’s drama, “The Secret Life of an American Teenager.”

Are these shows glorifying teen pregnancy? Or are they just raising awareness of the struggles in the lives of these young mothers? The debate was on in today's meeting!

"Showbiz Tonight" producer Natasha Haynes-Smith doesn’t believe these shows glorify teen motherhood. She said this morning, “I think it shows how hard it is to be a mom at any age. The show completely breaks my heart but I can’t stop watching. It’s train wreck T.V. in a heart-wrenching sort of way.”

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Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Battle of the New Jersey shows
September 1st, 2010
02:29 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Battle of the New Jersey shows

The big buzz in the "Showbiz Tonight" morning meeting today was about the battle of the New Jersey shows.

Today it’s “Jersey Shore” vs. “Real Housewives of New Jersey," since both shows are getting spectacular ratings and continue to outdo each other with over-the-top drama.

We're raising some big questions today on "Showbiz Tonight," starting with whether or not New Jersey is the new Hollywood, and which show is a bigger train wreck. "Showbiz" producer Sandra Lee was torn on her answer, but ultimately voted “Real Housewives of New Jersey” saying, “They’re true adults, they’re parents and the fact that they act like children is pretty outrageous.”

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Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Who's the most provocative celeb this week?
August 20th, 2010
05:23 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Who's the most provocative celeb this week?

The conversation this morning in the "Showbiz Tonight" morning meeting was all about Jennifer Aniston. Yesterday on “Regis & Kelly”, Aniston slipped up on live television as she was describing the experience of dressing up as Barbara Streisand for a Harper’s Bazaar shoot.

Jaws dropped in the "Showbiz Tonight" newsroom when Aniston casually joked with Regis, “"Yes, I play dress up! I do it for a living, like a retard." It was an uncomfortable moment to say the least. But today there is sheer outrage!

Here at "Showbiz Tonight" we’ve heard from the Special Olympics and many other organizations about Aniston’s outrageous statement. Today we’ve got the latest on the story – and everyone’s asking: when will Aniston apologize?

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Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Is Steven Slater a fraud?
August 17th, 2010
02:12 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Is Steven Slater a fraud?

Today in the "Showbiz Tonight" morning meeting, the entire staff couldn’t stop talking about that fed-up flight attendant, Steven Slater, since it looks like the guy is going to Hollywood and getting his own reality show.

But Slater's also at the center of a lot of controversy today, with some people saying this guy is a fake. Slater burst into the news last week when he announced on a JetBlue flight that he was so over his frustrating job, grabbed a couple of beers and activated the emergency chute.

He quit his job on the spot and became an instant hero for every disgruntled employee in America - but his story just might be a big ol’ farce.

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