We asked Emmy-winning talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres for her quick takes on a few hot topics.
Martha Stewart's jail sentence: "That sucks."
George Clooney: "H-h-h-hot."
Blackout in Athens before the Olympics: "Hold onto your Speedos."
Ken Jennings, Jeopardy! winner: "I'd like to have him on my show."
My biggest guilty pleasure is: "Holding a poodle on my lap and petting its tummy. It's not really it, but I can't tell you my biggest guilty pleasure. And I don't know that I've held a poodle on my lap. I mean, I like poodles."
Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct sequel: "Good for her."
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Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, in Houston on a stop on Jessica's Reality tour, where they stayed in the Hotel Derek's Big Texas suite. The hotel treated Jessica to some of her favorite Kiehl's beauty products, and even pampered her new pooch, Daisy, with a "Derek's Dogs" bandana, canine treats, dishes and a bed made of sheets.
Robin Williams, at the summer gala of the 40th Chicago International Film Festival, where he received a Career Achievement Award. We asked if he plans to return to the Middle East to entertain troops. "Yeah, I'd like to go back," said Williams. "I've been to Afghanistan twice and Iraq." And how does he lift their spirits? "Just be as funny as you can."
Kid Rock, at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, where he downed chilled lobster, shrimp, Porterhouse steak and tiramisu. (Between meals, he also performed at the hotel and casino.)
By KC BAKER, KWALA MANDEL, ANNE MARIE CRUZ, HEATHER STAIBLE, KELLY WILLIAMS and SANDY POSNAK