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Elmo is once again in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Dan Sandler, who dons an Elmo costume on the streets of cities around the country, was arrested yesterday for trying to extort $2 million from The Girl Scouts of America.
According to The Associated Press, Sandler is accused of sending harassing emails and voicemails to an organization supervisor in which he threatens to spread rumors of sex abuse within the Girl Scouts until he’s properly compensated.
“I want a telecommute job from home of life at 150K,” reads one email. “Or a two million dollar cash settlement. As youMore >
Its no secret that Matt Lauer and Ann Curry did not get along well during the latter’s tenure as co-host of Today.
But a new report suggests Curry has plenty of company in that regard, as an insider tells Radar Online:
“The way Matt treats staffers at work is so derogatory and dismissive… He is so demeaning to many people on the staff. He is cordial to his fellow hosts and the senior executives, but to anyone below him they say he treats them like dirt.”
Dirt, of course, could also describe ratings for the program, which consistently now loses out to Good Morning America.
Finally, some good news for Today. Off camera, at least:
Savannah Guthrie is engaged!!!
The co-anchor agreed to marry her boyfriend of four year, Michael Feldman, over the weekend, making the announcement this morning on NBC.
“Good for you and congratulations to Mr. Feldman,” said embattled colleague Matt Lauer. “He’s a great guy.”
Guthrie, who divorced BBC News presenter Mark Orchard in 2009, said she will not broadcast the nuptials on TV, a blow to her pathetically-rated network.
Feldwman works as a political and communications advisor.
“He’s the best person… And I knowMore >
She’s featured on the latest cover of In Touch!
The tabloid takes full advantage of the mess at Today and the controversy over Matt Lauer and claims that Curry is being “courted by top publishers to pen a tell-all.”
“The publishing industry is just dying to get their hands on Ann’s side of the story, and the figures being batted around are enormous,” says an insider.
Curry has been an employee of The PeacockMore >
Chris Brown turns 24 years young on this wonderful Cinco de Mayo.
We’d buy him a margarita, but maybe an O’Douls or Miller Sharps would be better, given his propensity for flying off the handle. Why tempt fate?
Just kidding. Really. Chris has actually mellowed (a bit) of late.
His songs still burn up the charts, and Chris Brown and Rihanna are together at least half the time nowadays, so clearly a lot of people have moved on.
Karrueche remains close to him too. You can’t deny that.
Team Breezy has always had their man’s back, and his future as an artist has never lookedMore >
Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran were spotted at Emerson nightclub in Hollywood, celebrating the star’s birthday early (he turns 24 Sunday).
Not present? Rihanna, who’s in New York City on her Diamonds World Tour.
Karrueche Tran, who dated Chris for like a year before she was dispatched (see the infamous Chris Brown drunk rant about that), remains close to him.
In this case, pretty literally. The model was invited by the singer himself to the party and sources at the club say they hung out for much of the evening.
Somewhere, we see a Rihanna fan kiss photo or no pants pics beingMore >
A judge has officially dismissed a $5 million wiretapping lawsuit against actor Tom Cruise and his longtime attorney Bert Fields, according to reports.
The case dates all the way back to 2009, when Bold magazine editor Michael Davis Sapir sued the actor and his lawyer for hiring Anthony Pellicano.
Allegedly, Cruise and Fields hired the former private investigator to spy on him by tapping his phones in the midst of another lawsuit with the actor.
THAT dates back to 2001, when Cruise sued Sapir for $100 million after the celebrity news magazine editor offered a bounty for proofMore >
It’s been a very tough year for Matt Lauer.
The Today Show host has come under extreme fire for how he and NBC fired Ann Curry, while his program has sank to second in the ratings behind Good Morning America.
Speaking to The Daily Beast about the departure of his ex-colleague, Lauer admits it didn’t exactly go smoothly.
“I don’t think the show and the network handled the transition well,” says Lauer. “You don’t have to be Einstein to know that. It clearly did not help us. We were seen as a family, and we didn’t handle a family matter well.”
Today is still struggling toMore >
The CW is reportedly spinning off The Vampire Diaries into a new series called The Originals, starring Joseph Morgan (Klaus) and Phoebe Tonkin (Hayley).
An upcoming episode of The Vampire Diaries, the network’s biggest hit, will serve as a “backdoor pilot” for The Originals. Tentatively, that’s set for April 25.
The title refers to Klaus’ status as one of the original vampires in the show’s mythology. Guy has been doing his badass, yet charming thing for a long time.
Also prominently featured will be werewolf Hayley, introduced in the current fourth season. She and Klaus returnMore >
Cynthia Jorge is not the new Tom Cruise girlfriend.
But the 26-year old restaurant manager would have considered going on more dates with the actor, a friend tells The New York Daily News, if not for the media maelstrom that has taken over her life.
“She is freaked out, just so freaked out right now. She wasn’t looking for all this attention,” the insider tells the newspaper, adding that Jorge has no idea how In Touch Weekly discovered she had drinks with Cruise:
“She’s really upset. She says she did not leak the story and she’s confused about how it came out.”
Jorge recentlyMore >
Tom Cruise gave a deposition before Christmas in connection to a wiretapping case involving the actor, taking great pains to ensure that his testimony remains private.
A $5 million lawsuit in 2009 against Cruise and his lawyer, Bert Fields, accuses the duo of conspiring with private investigator Anthony Pellicano to tap phones.
Magazine editor Michael Davis Sapir is the plaintiff. In 2001, Cruise sued Sapir after the editor offered a $500,000 reward for evidence proving Cruise was gay.
Sapir claimed he received a videotape, but it was later found that there was no videotape ofMore >
According to a new report, the odds of seeing that headline are increasing by the day.
Sources tell Radar Online that new Today Show producer Alexandra Wallace has made it very clear: Lauer will be a goner if program ratings do not improve.
“The Today Show has always been considered a cash cow for the network,” says this insider. “It dominated the morning news ratings for years and brought in millions of dollars in ad revenue.
“But if viewers continue preferring Good Morning America over The Today Show that revenue will decrease and cuts will have to beMore >
Many of music’s biggest names, most of whom have connections to the regions most affected by Hurricane Sandy this week, came together last night to raise funds for the victims of this disaster.
The NBC-hosted telethon was emceed by Matt Lauer and featured emotional performances from East Coast natives Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Mary J Blige, Steven Tyler and Jon Bon Jovi, among others.
To make a donation, visit RedCross.org, call (800) RED-CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 contribution – and enjoy many of the performances from the eventMore >
Chad Johnson has been formally charged with battery following his alleged attack on Evelyn Lozada last month. He faces up to a year in jail if convicted.
The former Ochocinco was arrested for domestic violence in Florida after a fight over a condom receipt allegedly got violent and he head-butted his wife.
She filed for divorce days later after less than six weeks of marriage.
Broward County, Fla., officials made the decision to charge Chad today.
Evelyn Lozada claims their marriage had become “irretrievably broken” and has made it clear there will be no reconciling with the former NFLMore >
Macaulay Culkin may not be on drugs, but he is not doing so hot. A friend describes him as depressed, sad, lonely and attempting to recapture his childhood.
Weeks after the National Enquirer called Macaulay Culkin a heroin addict and said he was at death’s door, reports say the Home Alone star is very depressed.
An insider close to Culkin says he is not doing well and has been attempting to relive his childhood and has been engaging in increasingly strange behavior.
That includes hosting costume parties where guests are invited to come dressed as a movie character or dinosaur. “He likesMore >