With the Simpson trial looming, sources have begun telling us about illicit romances they say O.J. had during his seven-year marriage to Nicole Brown Simpson. The woman mentioned most often is actress Tawny Kitaen, 32, cohost of ABC's now defunct America's Funniest People and mother of California Angels pitcher Chuck Finley's out-of-wedlock child.
Three sources, who insist on anonymity, claim Simpson carried on an extramarital affair with Kitaen in the mid-'80s. During that time, one source says, Simpson regularly "showered Tawny with gifts and kept her in hotel suites" that were "never a long drive away" from wherever Simpson and Nicole were staying.
Kitaen's manager, Melissa Prophet, who happens to be the wife of producer Craig Baumgarten, a longtime friend of Simpson's, declined comment in all matters regarding her client's past or present relationship with Simpson. O.J.'s lawyer, Robert Shapiro, did not comment.
LONG LIVE THE KING
Next Jan. 8 will mark the 60th birthday of Elvis Presley—and we can guarantee it will not go unnoticed. Already there are plans to start celebrating early with a live concert, Elvis Aaron Presley: A Tribute, to be staged at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis on Oct. 8. Proceeds will go to the T.J. Martel Foundation, which funds leukemia and other cancer research, and the Memphis-based St. Jude Children's Hospital. Island Records has agreed to release the concert's soundtrack as an album. Producer Don Was (the Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge) is scheduled to be the event's musical director, and offers are out to performers such as Michael Bolton, Bryan Adams, Jon Bon Jovi and Cher. "The idea," says a source, "is for each singer to perform a song made famous by Elvis."
CASTING CALL AT SNL
Wholesale changes are under way at Saturday Night Live. Janeane Garofalo (Reality Bites) is already set to join the cast, and a source tells us that NBC is in negotiations to land both former Letterman writer Chris Elliott (Cabin Boy) and Mark McKinney of the Canadian comedy troupe Kids in the Hall. Those who won't be back include Melanie Hutsell, Phil Hart-man, Julia Sweeney and Rob Schneider.