April 30th, 2009
06:43 PM ET

Kirstie Alley Apologizes for Weight Gain

The last time Kirstie Alley appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show she was strutting her stuff in a bikini, showing off her weight loss.

Kirstie Alley

The actress and former Jenny Craig spokesperson appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show Thursday, embarrassed and apologetic that she gained back the 75 pounds she lost. Alley admitted that without the folks from Jenny Craig to keep her in line, her motivation flew out the window. Video: Watch Alley on Oprah and reaction.

A spokesperson for Jenny Craig told Showbiz Tonight:

“Jenny Craig maintains a friendly relationship with Kirstie and we are proud of her accomplishments while she was on our program. Kirstie successfully lost 75 lbs and maintained that weight loss throughout our three year relationship, which came to an end in December 2007. We remain supportive of Kirstie, wish her nothing but the best and we would welcome her back at any time as a returning client.”

Despite her mock jealousy of current Jenny Craig spokesperson Valerie Bertinelli, Alley says that Bertinelli inspires her to lose weight once again, as does First Lady Michelle Obama.

Well, I can tell you that the Showbiz Tonight staff was fired up over Kirstie Alley's public apology! Does the actress have anything to apologize for?

Tune in to Showbiz Tonight, 11p ET & PT on HLN.

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April 30th, 2009
03:44 PM ET

'American Idol': Was it real - or reality TV?

Adam Lambert's landing in the bottom three on "American Idol" Wednesday night had lots of fans crying foul and wondering how in the world such a popular contestant could have been so close to being eliminated.

Adam Lambert

Conspiracy theories have abounded on this blog's comments, CNN's iReport site and throughout the Internet: Could it be that Adam was number three in terms of lowest votes and not number two? Did Ryan actually say Adam was in the bottom two, or did he just say that Kris was "safe" and implied that Adam was in the bottom two with Matt by leaving the pair the last men standing?

Was the whole thing staged just to keep folks watching (and talking) about the show?

TVwxGirl tweeted the following to iReport: "We all know that this was PR manipulation. How can Adam fall after receiving a record number of internet hits?"

Holly posted on this blog: "Hard to believe Adam was in the bottom two. Think it was a stunt by Fox to get more votes next week since panicked Lambert fans will be sure to ramp it up."

It's not like popular and talented performers haven't landed in the bottom before (think Fantasia) or even been booted (remember Chris Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson).

It could just be a case of fans taking for granted that Adam, who has long been touted as the front runner, is going to win. A Fan wrote "I think Adam’s fans figured that Adam was safe so they didn’t bother to vote for him – let’s not let that happen again next week."

Will this rally the Lambs to get out the vote for Adam or encourage his critics' hopes that he can be dethroned?

Post your comments below or head over to iReport to submit videos of your reaction.

Your comment or video may appear on CNN!

–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer

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