May 14th, 2009
06:25 PM ET

Will Jon & Kate Separate?

Shocking new confessions from Kate Gosselin, star of TLC’s reality show, Jon & Kate Plus 8. In a revealing new interview, the mother of 8 admits her marriage is in trouble.

Given that small detail, perhaps a reality show documenting your family life isn’t the way to go? I’m just saying.

You can be sure you’ll catch all the tension on the new season of the show; Showbiz Tonight just received this statement from TLC;

"We are in production for Season 5 and moving forward as planned, while fully supporting the family and respecting their needs as they work through this challenging time. This show has always been about a real family dealing with real-life situations, and that will continue to be the case for the new season."

You can catch the new season of Jon & Kate Plus 8 on TLC, when it premieres, May 25th. You can catch Showbiz Tonight, tonight and every night on HLN at 11p ET & PT.

Filed under: Uncategorized
May 14th, 2009
01:28 PM ET

Miss California Controversy Continues

Hi, this is Brittany Kaplan from Showbiz Tonight– as you may have heard, Shanna Moakler resigned from her post as the Co-Executive Director of Miss California USA.  It didn’t come as much of a shock to me when I heard her announcement since I had spoken to her earlier in the week and she shared her growing concerns with me.

 Shanna Moakler told me that her frustrations with Carrie Prejean began the day she was crowned Miss California.  “You know, we've always had a little bit of a problem with Carrie from the beginning. You know, she's a very strong willed girl and she has her opinions and she, you know, is who she is. We always had a little bit of problems before Miss USA but it was something that we were working through…”

When I asked Moakler, who is vocal about her support of same sex marriage, what her initial thoughts were after Prejean gave her controversial answer during the pageant she told me: “I don't knock her for answering the question, she didn't do anything wrong, she answered the question, it was her belief, it was her opinion. I can't lie and say I as a person wasn't hurt. You know, a lot of our sponsors are openly gay. They're the ones who helped her get onto that Miss USA stage so that she could voice her opinion.”

Moakler told me that she tried very hard to be supportive; she even called Prejean that night after the pageant.  “You know I was very honest. I told her I was very proud of her. I said congratulations, you stayed true to yourself, you're first runner up that's a great honor, but at the same time, you know, you hurt a lot of people who are very close to you and who care about you immensely. I was very honest with her. I always am.” 

As we were wrapping up she told me this; “I wanted to give back to the system that helped me, not to destroy a young girl, not to ruin her image, or to sit back and watch another organization do it to someone that we were initially helping.”

Shanna Moakler will be joining us tonight on Showbiz Tonight– don’t miss it, 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN.

Filed under: Donald Trump
May 14th, 2009
10:38 AM ET

Shock and awww on 'American Idol'

It's one of the most anticipated "American Idol" finale match-ups that now will never be.

Kris Allen

The drumbeat had been pounding for weeks with how it was supposed to go down: Adam Lambert vs. Danny Gokey, the bad boy against the choirboy, to see who took the title.

The almost foregone conclusion was trumpeted in the lead-up to the final two by the judges, fans and bloggers.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the Nokia Theater: America voted for Kris Allen.

He didn't have the theatrics of Adam, whom you either loved or hated (or in keeping with his androgyny, sometimes a little bit of both) or the compelling back story of Danny the widower.

What Kris did have was the magical ability to take a song - the sort of song in which the reading of the title sent groans throughout viewer households of "Why in the world is he performing that?!" - and transform it into not only votes, but a rush to iTunes for downloading.

He did it with Donna Summer's "She Works Hard for the Money," and he most importantly did it with Kanye West's "Heartless" Tuesday, when the race was down to the final three.

When Ryan read the results that announced Kris as the first contestant headed into the finale, the look on his face was one of stunned joy.

When the camera panned to the judges, they appeared to be just as stunned.

But Kris' triumph is what helps make "American Idol" one of the biggest shows on television: anything can happen. The viewers get the final say, not the judges.

Unlike other reality shows where the audience  waits to see  the contestants' next move, "Idol" keeps us tuning in because  "what will they do next" applies as much to the viewers as it does to the performers.

–Lisa Respers France, writer

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