Novak apologizes for his slip of the tongue on CNN
Ah, the public apology: so sweet, and yet so transient. Ending whole minutes of journalistic navel-gazing, reportorial angst, and a general mood of unease among media types, CNN's Robert Novak issued a mea culpa Friday for storming off the set of CNN's "Inside Politics" Thursday. "I apologize for my conduct and I'm sorry I did it," Novak said. His outburst came during a heated pas de deux of punditry with Democratic operative James Carville. Complaining that Carville was rude and hostile, Novak uttered a barnyard epithet and made his move. CNN has removed Novak from its lineup indefinitely. Novak pledges, "I'll follow their guidance."
Former Jackson jurors now say star was guilty
Today's Michael Jackson update: The New York Daily News reports that writer Stacy Brown says jury deliberations in M.J.'s child-molestation trial were marred by juror misconduct. Brown, author of "Michael Jackson: The Man Behind the Mask" (kind of like a cross between Evelyn Waugh and Jackie Collins), says two jurors gave him a list of naughty things they and their fellow jurors did during the trial. Brown says Eleanor Cook, 79 (the "Don't snap your fingers at me, lady!" who didn't much care for the accuser's mother), and Raymond Hultman, 62, told him the high jinks included sneaking in a videotape of Court TV segments of the trial during deliberations. (The VCR didn't work.) Brown says Cook told him she spent the trial winking at M.J.'s mom, Katherine, and the pair "exchanged wardrobe tips." Both jurors say they now believe Jackson was guilty.
Bravo adds more Bobbyto summer reality show
NEW YORK -- Two episodes have been added to Bravo's summer reality series "Being Bobby Brown," which follows the lives of the R & amp;B singer, his wife, Whitney Houston, and three of his children. "The first eight episodes of 'Being Bobby Brown' have kept Bravo viewers buzzing," Bravo President Lauren Zalaznick said in a statement Friday. "We hope two new episodes will satisfy viewers' appetites for more Bobby and Whitney." Brown, a former member of New Edition, married Houston in 1992. He took off with singles such as "Don't Be Cruel" and "My Prerogative," but became known more for his drug and alcohol troubles.
Simpson pleased with her 'Hazzard' performance
Displaying a superb mastery of the word frankly, Jessica Simpson waxes all Stanislavskian about the demands "The Dukes of Hazzard" made on her thespian talents. "I was very concerned, frankly, that my butt might jiggle," she tells the Virginian-Pilot newspaper.
Star of 'Office' thrilled to make 'Simpsons' debut
Marge Simpson and Ricky Gervais? Homer Simpson's spouse will set up housekeeping with the creator of the Brit hit "The Office" in an episode of "The Simpsons" to be shown early next year. "When I first got into comedy it was my ambition to get a joke on 'The Simpsons,'" Gervais told the BBC. "Now I've got a whole episode. I can just imagine waking up one day and finding out it's all been a dream." Gervais will play a character similar to his clueless office manager David Brent. He and Homer, voiced by Dan Castellaneta, will trade places as part of a "Wife-Swap"-type reality show.
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