08:49 PM EDT 12/08/2013
Originally posted 12/08/2013 09:45AM
After a self-proclaimed "hard summer," during which she admitted to using a racial slur, was dropped by the Food Network and several sponsors, and endured rumors of marital discord, Paula Deen says she's looking forward to the new year.
"I'm gonna be really, really happy to see 2013 gone," Deen, 66, recently told about 200 guests at the Salvation Army Golden Kettle gala in Savannah, Ga. "There may be something in that number 13."
But as she reflected on the tumultuous year in front of the crowd, Deen called the past six months an "opportunity for me to grow."
Originally posted 12/07/2013 11:25AM
A few years ago, millions of viewers anxiously tuned in to catch an infamous MTV screaming match at then-Hollywood hot spot Les Deux that forever changed the relationship between best friends – and The Hills reality starlets – Lauren Conrad and Heidi Pratt.
Fast-forward to the present, Heidi (née Montag), 27, says the night that made "You know what you did" a household phrase is now water under the bridge.
"I've talked to [Lauren] a few times on the phone and we've caught up," Heidi told PEOPLE on Friday. "She's been really sweet. The last time we talked was like a year ago. I lost her number so I haven't been able to call her [recently]. I told her I got really caught up and I was sorry about how things happened. I told her I miss her and she told me she'd always be there for me."
Originally posted 12/05/2013 12:25PM
A day after admitting in court that she had used cocaine and marijuana in the past, Nigella Lawson said Thursday that she was embarrassed but wanted to come clean about the drug use.
"I would rather be honest, if ashamed, and explain the drug usage, but I wanted to make sure that I wasn't going to be bullied [with] lies," the celebrity chef, 53, said at the fraud trial of two former assistants, according to the Telegraph.
"I am not proud of the fact that I have taken drugs, but that does not make me a drug addict or a habitual drug user," she added.
Originally posted 11/26/2013 11:40AM
Hold on to your martinis, bereaved Family Guy fans. Love for Brian had fans hoping it was a ratings stunt, and now a new website has them wondering: Is Brian really dead?
A site "affiliated" with FOX and Seth MacFarlane's popular crass cartoon sitcom has cropped up – www.briansannouncement.com – and promises "a special announcement from Brian" with a countdown clock that shows the big reveal will happen on Dec. 6 at noon ET.
The sparse home page also features a blue sedan driving into the Griffin's mythical hometown of Quahog, Rhode Island, where the sign entices visitors to "come taste our clam."
Originally posted 11/08/2013 09:40AM
Nothing to see here!
That's Margot Robbie's response to speculation that's been swirling ever since suggestive photos of her and Will Smith, taken in a photo booth, emerged this week.
"Been working non-stop, just catching my breath. There's absolutely no truth to the ridiculous rumor," the Australian actress wrote on Twitter.
Originally posted 11/07/2013 01:30PM
There's no denying that Will Smith and his Focus costar Margot Robbie put their inhibitions aside inside a photo booth recently. Yet an insider insists the images simply show two friends goofing off – and nothing more.
"The photo booth was on set," the source tells PEOPLE. "The whole cast and crew were there and everyone was sharing all the photos being taken. They are just friends and were just being silly."
The black and white photos – which show Smith, 45, and a costumed Robbie, 23, exposing their chests – were published in a tabloid this week as a sign the actor could be cheating on wife Jada Pinkett Smith. (The Australian Robbie, who is single, has been previously linked to Leonardo DiCaprio, her costar in The Wolf of Wall Street.)
"Will and Jada's marriage is fine," says the source. "Everyone there knows it was nothing."
Originally posted 10/31/2013 04:15PM
She's a self-proclaimed wild witch, who happens to be one of the two fresh faces on season 4 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Here are five things to know about Carlton Gebbia, who tells PEOPLE her reality experience has been "a great journey for myself to take":
Originally posted 10/29/2013 09:00AM
ABC is apologizing for a segment of Jimmy Kimmel Live in which a child joked about killing Chinese people to help erase the U.S. debt.
The boy's unscripted comment came during a comedy bit in which youngsters commented on news events. The skit, aimed at poking fun at childish politicians, aired last week on Kimmel's late-night talk show.
ABC's apology came in response to a complaint from a group called 80-20 that identifies itself as a pan-Asian-American political organization.
In an Oct. 25 letter to the group, ABC said it would never purposefully do anything to upset the Chinese, Asian or other communities. The network says the skit will be edited out of the Jimmy Kimmel Live episode for future airings or any other distribution, including online.
Originally posted 10/10/2013 07:30AM
Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel quickly dispelled the idea their so-called rap feud was a publicity stunt during a sometimes uncomfortable appearance on the comedian's TV show.
Speculation that the rapper's anger over a Jimmy Kimmel Live parody skit that mocked him was staged was immediate after West lashed out at Kimmel in late September.
But both said that their beef was authentic during a 30-minute interview on Wednesday night's show in which West discussed a range of topics including his artistry, paparazzi, family, fashion and the idea of celebrity.
Kimmel said early in the interview that he knows West personally and always found him friendly, but that he seems misunderstood.
Originally posted 10/08/2013 03:00PM
The feuding between Sinéad O'Connor and Miley Cyrus seemingly can't stop.
The "We Can't Stop" singer, 20, was the subject of a fourth open letter by O'Connor, 46, who on Tuesday went on an approximate 30-paragraph rant, which mostly listed suicide statistics.
"As a result of what you did, I have had numerous communications from people urging me to commit suicide," the "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer wrote. "Not to mention, I have been the subject of literally thousands of abusive articles and or comments left after articles, which state that I and therefore all perceived mentally ill people, should be bullied and be invalidated."
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