July 14th, 2010
02:17 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on ‘Showbiz Tonight’: Levi and Bristol are headed to the chapel

The Palin family news today was so big, “Showbiz Tonight’s” Executive Producer Dave Levine dubbed it, “The Bristol Palin Bombshell."

And what a bombshell it is. Some of the producers at the “Showbiz Tonight” morning meeting nearly fell out of their chairs when they heard that Bristol and Levi Johnston have announced that they’re getting hitched.

The two broke the news in the latest issue of Us Weekly, which reveals that the couple hid their impending nuptials from Sarah Palin. “Showbiz Tonight’s” A.J. Hammer was a little skeptical this morning, theorizing that this news was probably no surprise to the former vice presidential candidate.

Some staffers agreed with A.J., although Bristol is telling a different story. She told Us Weekly, "It is intimidating and scary just to think about what [Palin's] reaction is going to be. Hopefully she will jump on board."

But what we really want to know from our viewers is what was more shocking: Bristol and Levi getting engaged again, or allegedly getting engaged without telling Sarah Palin? Post your thoughts on the Showbiz Tonight Facebook page and make sure to vote in the poll.

Mel Gibson’s big mess is starting to look like a giant landfill with today’s developments. Just as we all anticipated, yet another shocking tape of what sounds like Gibson has surfaced.

Although CNN hasn't verified who is actually speaking on the tape, in the staff’s opinion, this recording is just as disturbing - if not more so - than the other three that have been released.

This time, the male voice purported to be Mel Gibson roars with rabid rage while threatening to burn down a house and demanding oral sex. The man on the tape references having a therapist and screams, “I can’t get like this anymore!” We’ll play you the absolutely heart-stopping audio on today’s show and ask why people seem to be putting the blame on Mel’s ex, Oksana Grigorieva.

We also just heard Whoopi Goldberg on “The View” passionately responding to critics who are slamming her for saying Mel is not a racist! We'll have her emotional reaction and more on “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 11pm ET/PT!

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. toughhombre

    First of all Levi Johnston is the consummate loser and cad. His ten minutes of infamy are over. Where does he have to go but to the family that will probably take him back after all the rotten mean and derogatory self serving comments he has made about them? Sarah and Todd Palin are obviously pained by the whole episode but they are good Christian people and will do the bigger thing and stay above the situation. Bristol, for her part, is the brat and deserves Levi Johnston. She owed it to her supportive family to let them know and ask for their support of her decision to marry Johnston. She didn't do that. Nineteen or not she owed it to her great parents to tell them first.

    July 18, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. RuthHouston

    Oksana Grigorieva’s attempt to extort over $10 million in hush money from Mel Gibson has backfired and could very well land her in jail.

    See Oksana Grigorieva’s $10 million Extortion Plot against Mel Gibson Backfires at http://exm.nr/b89a7e

    July 17, 2010 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
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    July 15, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Laurs King

    Way to go Levi!!! Sarah having a cow or maybe a moose? Tell the media first, WOW!!! Not the best move to get in good with the laws. Does hubby have a say in this or anything? A whole lottta crow to eat, if in fact this time around proves more than a publicity stunt. Understand big bucks paid for this bombshell. I know jobs are hard to get, but isn't this taking it to the extreme?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. portalpunk

    I love Levi, he's going to cash in on the Palin name again.

    July 14, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |

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