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20/20 Anchor Elizabeth Vargas Goes To Rehab For Alcoholism

20/20 anchor Elizabeth Vargas checked herself into a rehabilitation center over the weekend to seek help with her alcohol dependency.

“While on vacation this weekend, I decided to return to a recovery center,” Vargas said in a statement to Us Weekly. “As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process.”

The journalist recently spent time before in rehab this past November, saying in a statement that she “was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol” and thanked her family and her colleagues at ABC News for their support. She returned back to work in January 2014, being real about her struggles and her husband Marc Cohn‘s request for her to seek help.

“I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down, and for that I am ashamed and sorry,” Elizabeth said in her statement this weekend. “I am committed to battling and addressing this debilitating disease and want to thank everyone who has offered their unwavering support during this trying time.”

ABC News believes that Elizabeth will return to the show, but acknowledges that her health is the main focus writing now. The network said in a statement, “Nothing is more important than Elizabeth’s health and well-being and we stand squarely behind her. Our thoughts are with Elizabeth and her family and we look forward to having her back at ABC News when she feels ready to return.”

Alcoholism truly is a disease, and I hope that Elizabeth is able to overcome it. It’s hard, but she’s strong and can do it. Best wishes to her on her journey.

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Derek Hough Snags Role on ABC’s Nashville

Looks like Derek Hough is branching out! The Dancing with the Stars professional will join hit ABC show Nashville in its upcoming season for several episodes! 

According to PEOPLE, Derek will play Noah West, a movie star who gets a leading role in the biopic of a famous country singer, interacting with a lot of the characters on the show. And, apparently, the guy is a sneak! ABC says the role requires him to play a “beguiling and disarming” guy. 

Derek tweeted his excitement:

I absolutely LOVE the storylines, characters, and music of Nashville. Excited to see what Derek’s storyline brings to the table! Since he’s probably a bad boy, I’m sure he’ll bring the drama!

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Done with Dancing With The Stars

Maksim Chmerkovskiy is officially done with dancing! During his appearance on The View on July 29, the dancer announced he will no longer perform on ABC’s hit dancing competition, Dancing With the Stars!

“I’m done dancing,” he said on the daytime talk show. “I feel like it’s time.” Maks continued, explaining his decision, “When I came back to the show, it was not the same—I was different, probably. (He first left in February 2013 after season 16.) “When I came back, I saw this amazing talent…I looked at it and thought they can do much more and better. I was taking up a huge spot.”

This year, he returned for season 18, and took home the Mirrorball trophy for the first time with Olympic ice skater Meryl Davis.After his win, Maks first hinted that he was ready to leave the competition behind for good during an interview with Social Life magazine. “I want Meryl to be the last person I dance with,” he said in June. “The last person I got to be passionate with and care so much for.” The dancer apparently discussed plans to start a family, too. “I raised so many children at the studio that I am ready to create one of my own,” he told the mag. “I am really ready to have a family now. I need an outlet. I have so much I want to give, and I need someone to give it to.

Maks first appeared on DWTS in its second season, dancing with some top stars like boxer Laila Ali, the Spice Girls’ Mel B., and singer Brandy. I don’t blame him for wanting to move on to something new. He has his Mirrorball now. It’s time to move on to the next adventure!

 

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Sherri Shepherd Leaving The View, Jenny McCarthy Might Be Rolling Out Too!

It’s official! This will be the last season of The View for Sherri Shepherd. The co-host announced that she will be leaving the talk show after 7 years.

“It’s been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on,” Sherri said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight.

Jenny McCarthy, who’s only been on the show for one season, responded to the news with some tweets that implied she might be leaving herself pretty soon.

TMZ has suggested that both Sherri and Jenny (if she really is leaving), are not going voluntarily, but had been fired due to ratings and personality conflicts. The site also said that Bill Geddie, the executive producer, would not be returning to the show either. An anonymous source told Entertainment Weekly that Sherri might just be replaced by a male co-host next fall. A statement from ABC did not make the firing rumors any better. “’The View’ will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively,” the network said, according to Huffington Post.

This change to the lineup would leave Whoopi Goldberg as the sole host of the show, since Barbara Walters is retiring after this season. ABC is really going to have to work to find some great new faces. I would say it’s time to hang up the hat on the show, but I still think the concept of the show is and always has been great. Bringing together hosts with different views  to discuss hot topics in the world, whether politics, world events, or pop culture, has really worked for the show. That’s why other talk shows have been created along the same line. Hopefully, ABC is able to bring together a good lineup!

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Brooke Burke-Charvet Fired From Dancing With The Stars

Looks like Brooke Burke-Charvet has been eliminated. After eight seasons serving as co-host on Dancing With the Stars, the actress has been dropped from the show!

“We can confirm that Brooke Burke-Charvet will not be joining us next season,” Conrad Green, executive producer of DWTS told Us Weekly in a statement. “She’s been a wonderful part of the Dancing with the Stars family since her triumphant win in season seven and will unquestionably be missed by our entire team. We’d like to thank Brooke for her years of great service.”

This is what Brooke had to say after hearing the news on Twitter:

Brooke first hit the show as a contestant alongside Derek Hough in season 7, taking home the beloved mirror ball trophy. She started hosting with Tom Bergeron in Season 10.

This isn’t the only shakeup that those behind the show have cooked up. Music director Harold Wheeler and the 28 members of his band that backed the dancers since the very beginning of the show!

I don’t know what’s going on at ABC, and what the network’s game plan is for the coming season, but I hope these changes don’t blow up in folks’ faces!

Image via ABC/Carol Kaelson

The Bachelor’s Juan Pablo Galavis says No Gays Allowed- Apologizes.

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Disclaimer: I haven’t watched an entire season of ‘The Bachelor‘ in what feels like forever. My favorite bit is the initial meeting and from there, I lose track of what happens. Unless there’s drama, and then I tune in to check it out, because I’m a sucker for drama. Well, y’all, this season’s bachelor is former Venezualan soccer star Juan Pablo Galavis and he’s bringing the drama- and the season hasn’t even started yet.

Apparently Juan Pablo (father of 4) was doing some sort of ABC press event/whatever on Friday night and said the following:

“I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV.

Obviously people have their husband and wife and kids and that is how we are brought up.  Now there is fathers having kids and all that, and it is hard for me to understand that too in the sense of a household having peoples… Two parents sleeping in the same bed and the kid going into bed… It is confusing in a sense.  But I respect them because they want to have kids.  They want to be parents.  So it is a scale… Where do you put it on the scale?  Where is the thin line to cross or not?  You have to respect everybody’s desires and way of living.  But it would be too hard for TV.”

If you were confused about whether that blubbering was totally bad or totally good and are still unclear about where Juan Pablo stands, he followed it all up with his assertion that gay parents are guilty of being “more pervert in a sense.”

Well alrighty then, tell us how you really feel Juan Pablo. I’m thinking he’s never caught an episode of Modern Family? Yanno, on ABC? Home of ‘The Bachelor’?

Of course, Bachelor executive producers and Horizon Warner Television issued a statement soon after that reads: “Juan Pablo’s comments were careless, thoughtless and insensitive, and in no way reflect the views of the network, the show’s producers or studio.”

And then came the apologies from Juan Pablo himself, telling GLAAD, “I have heard from many gay Latinos today who are hurt because of what I said and I apologize.” According to GLAAD, Juan Pablo will be meeting with LGBT Latino families in Los Angeles.

So there you go- drama llama. Who knows, I may just tune in tonight, or not. You?

If you’re bored, check out the posts by others all over his Facebook page. Oops.

 

Nicollette Sheridan: Denied!

How often does a woman this plastic enhanced naturally beautiful hear the word NO? Well, it looks like a former Desperate Housewife is about to get just a little bit more desperate.

A California Supreme Court has denied her claims against ABC and Touchstone Television, throwing out her wrongful termination suit that is two years old. In other words, it’s older than her latest botox injections. Remember back, folks. In her claims, she said that series creator Marc Cherry, an admitted ‘mo, reached all the way back to 1987 (the last year of Nicollette’s original face) and pimp-slapped her back into reality. Sheridan, never one to stand by and have someone get the best of her (Michael Bolton be damned) was not having it! She claimed he also struck her in the head during an argument (video or it didn’t happen!) and then fired her for no reason whatsoever. That’s crazy talk, I say. I’m sure some of you have seen her Lifetime movies! So that’s it, Nic. Case closed.

Now about those pores…

Good Afternoon America!

If you are a fan of the ABC’s morning show, “Good Morning America,” yet you often miss it because you are a late sleeper (or you forget to DVR it), than you might be happy to learn that a new show, “Good Afternoon America” will premier as an afternoon version of the morning television show.  It’s set to run for nine weeks starting July 9th.

The brand new show replaces the 2 o’clock afternoon time slot that once resided with the cancelled talk show “The Revolution” (any ideas on what that show was?). Good Afternoon America will focus on pop culture, celebrities, and healthy and lifestyle news stories. Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer will host the show and use the same stage as their morning peeps.

Good Afternoon America is set up to keep ABC viewers until Katy Couric’s new show debuts in the fall.  Lara Spencer expresses her excitement to be on the team stating, “I am beyond excited and honored to be part of this new chapter for the ‘Good Morning America’ family…’Good Afternoon America’ gives us the opportunity to reach a different audience, and better yet, spend a little more time with our morning viewers who want to be part of the conversation and fun we plan on bringing to afternoon tv.”

As a personal fan of the ‘Good Morning America’ show (and yah, I think Josh is kind of cute), I am looking forward to this new afternoon installment.

Will you be tuning into ‘Good Afternoon America;? Do you think it will be successful?

Nicollette Sheridan to ABC: Show Me The Money!

Nicollette is not the one when it comes to her money and she is not going to let a little thing like a mistrial stand between her and possibly millions of dollars. Sheridan, who claims she was booted from ABC’s Desperate Housewives after a string of arguments (and a pimp slap) by creator Marc Cherry, will have her second chance at a check redemption when the case returns to a new court on September 10th.

ABC and Disney, which are jointly owned, asked the judge to dismiss a second case but were refused. The first case ended in a hung jury, with an 8 to 4 decision. Basically, Nicollette was one vote away from a check check check! Since she can practically smell a settlement on the horizon, Sheridan is pressing her luck for another trial, hoping the suits will back down and pay her handsomely.

I predict that Nicollette will be rolling in the deep, cash wise in a few months. No way in hell is ABC going to go through another costly trial and re-hash all the sordid details of the Desperate Housewives people. And to top it off, I predict that Sheridan will write a tell-all about this entire fiasco. Or better yet, she will make ABC pay her not to write one. Mark my words!

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ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap featuring Ted Haggard

Did you get a chance to watch ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap last night?

Remember the original wife swap? I do. It wasn’t exactly the first show I would choose to watch, but it provided some great entertainment – especially while watching everyone squirm at the changes each new mom’s bring to the household. And some how, our own lives seem that much better. Isn’t that a nice feeling?

But, now we have Celebrity Wife Swap. And the brand new show premieres tonight, featuring Gayle Haggard, wife of (former) TV evangelist (you know the one, he got accused in 2006 of paying for sex…with a male masseuse…and using crystal meth), who will be swapping with wife of ever controversial actor Gary Busey.

So with that said, what do you take when you add religion, controversy, and television?

You have Celebrity Wife Swap, or at least the premiere episode that is. Gary Busey’s family is not into organized religion, so the conversations that go down for this episode, should be…well, interesting.

ABC provided viewers with an awesome sneak peak of the new show featuring Carnie Wilson and Tracey Gold trading places. And at the end of the episode, we’re all left with a wonderful, warm and cozy feeling inside that Celebrity lives are just as messed up as ours. Carnie Wilson is left shocked at the order of Tracey Gold’s house, and Tracey Gold can’t help but notice the absence of Carnie’s husband.

 

Aside from the controversy of celebrities switching lives, we get a peak into the dysfunction that inside of every celebrity relationship. So, who would you like to see exposed on reality television? Here’s my top couples I would love to see swapped with another:

 1) Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

With as many kids as that couple has, you know that house has to be chaotic. And although neither couple needs their celebrity status boosted in either way, I’m sure all of us would be dying to see how the two actually relate on a day to day basis.

 2) Beyonce and Jay-Z

With Beyonce with a new baby on the way, and both of them being very popular in the music business, I can’t help but be curious about this couples dysfunctional moments. They seem so…happy. How weird is that?

 3) Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

I don’t know about you, but it’s the “cool” Hollywood couples I’m most interested in seeing under the spotlight. I mean really, come on, how many of us really care about a bunch of D-list celebrity lives? That’s what we have Dancing with the Stars for. We want to know the juice on the real celebrities we all know and love (or hate). So, with that said, let’s put Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in the spotlight…see how there supposedly outstanding relationship fairs.

4) Ben Stiller & Christine Taylor

Okay, to be honest, I didn’t even know that this couple was even married. How weird is that? But, really, I think it’s too cool that they are together, and would love to see their relationship live and in action.

 5) Britney Spears and Jason Trawick

Okay, aside from the fact that we all sort of groaned at the news of Britney getting married (not judging you girl; just saying you don’t have the best history), I can’t help but wonder what it would be like for Britney Spears to be swapping with another wife, and what fresh, new dynamics would appear as part of this couple’s relationship.

 Alright, TV Watchers, tune in tonight to catch Celebrity Wife Swap, tonight on ABC, 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Who do you hope to see under the spotlight?

 

 

 

ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” teams up with American Cancer Society

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ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition make dreams come true for so many people who truly deserve it. I don’t know how many times I have balled my eyes out while watching that show. If you need a good cry, this show is the way to go because oh my gawd does it ever tug at the heartstrings. At their 9th season premiere party, several celebrities, high profile corporate brands and companies showed up for an exclusive event that took place at the historic Vibiana Cathedral in Downtown Los Angeles.

A whopping 600 people showed up to enjoy drinks, appetizers and dish out some dough for a silent auction that benefitted the American Cancer Society.

So who was there? We’ve got a slew of photos and more details from the event below!

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Watch Out Ugly Fans!

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Naomi Campbell is in the hizouse! Ugly Betty producers were looking forward to a Naomi Campbell guest appearance earlier this season, however, due to the writer’s strike, her appearance on the show never happened. Instead, Ugly Betty will go out with a bang…with Naomi Campbell making her appearance on the finale.

It has not been revealed yet what role Naomi will play, but I’m guessing it will be an interesting one!  Cast members, you better be on your best behavior and watch out for flying cell phones!  Naomi is one unpredictable beotch!

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