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Over the course of 100 episodes of Gossip Girl, Penn Badgley has had his share of encounters with fans. But none were quite as intense as his first.
The cast was shooting at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art a few days after the show's premiere, Badgley, 25, told PEOPLE at the CW show's 100th episode party. He wasn't shooting, but his costars were texting him to come down, as the set was being besieged by fans.
"I tried to come down and wasn't able to get to the Met because probably, like, 40 or 50 Catholic schoolgirls all swarmed me and pinned me up against a chain-link fence," Badgley says.
Leighton Meester hosted a party in the Big Apple for Music Unites and Roger Vivier's new fall-winter collection. The Gossip Girl star was an a "delightful mood," an onlooker says, as she snapped pictures with partygoers. "She was a fantastic hostess." Alexandra Richards deejayed the bash and guests sipped champagne and nibbled on beef tartar, caviar and glitter-coated macaroons. – Jessica Wedemeyer
She won't be taking on Wonder Woman, but Elizabeth Hurley will still soon have some tough – not to mention fashionable – competition.
The actress, who was to play the super-vixen's rival Veronica Cale in the failed Wonder Woman reboot on NBC, has a new television gig on Gossip Girl.
Hurley, 46, will tackle the Upper East Side and its flashiest residents in the upcoming fifth season – which premieres Sept. 26 – for a multi-episode story arc, reports TVLine.
There's going to be a shakeup on the Upper East Side!
Although Gossip Girl has been renewed for a fifth season, not all its fashionable characters will be back: Taylor Momsen, who plays Jenny Humphrey, and Jessica Szohr, who plays Vanessa Abrams, will not return as series regulars, PEOPLE can confirm.
The news may not come as a total shocker – Momsen, 17, hasn't appeared on many recent episodes, and in season 4 the character played by Szohr, 26, left town.
Still, both stars may make guest appearances in season 5 – and Momsen fans can check her out when she performs with her rock band, The Pretty Reckless.
Has Blair finally met her Prince Charming?
Last we saw Blair (Leighton Meester) and Dan (Penn Badgley), they were sharing their first kiss. But in an exclusive first look at a new Gossip Girl promo for upcoming episodes, B finds herself caught in a love rectangle with Dan, Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Prince Grimaldi.
"It was truly a life changing experience," Blair says of her smooch in the clip. "That one kiss changed me."
Florence + the Machine is in demand.
The Grammy Awards nominee for best new artist has been asked to perform at Elton John's annual AIDS Foundation Academy Awards gala on Feb. 27 in West Hollywood. But before that happens, she's performing at a Fashion Week kick-off party on Gossip Girl.
According to a show source, Florence Welch (a.k.a Florence + the Machine) is friends with Blake Lively, who stars as Serena on the show. "Blake suggested to the [Gossip Girl] producers that they use Florence + the Machine music on the show, which they did last season several times," the source says. "And now [she has] the cameo this season."
Taylor Momsen suffered another onstage setback last week – only, this time, it was not of the nipple variety.
While performing in Glasgow with her band, The Pretty Reckless, the provocative performer, 17, excitedly told the audience they were "the craziest crowd in the whole of England." Only one problem: Glasgow is in Scotland.
Local student Paul Krane, 26, says the mistake was ill received, telling the Daily Record newspaper, "People began to cheer as they presumed she was going to say Scotland, but when the penny dropped all you could hear was boos."
Don't count Taylor Momsen out yet.
Despite reports that the 17-year-old actress was placed on an indefinite hiatus from the CW hit Gossip Girl after acting increasingly erratic, a source tells PEOPLE she'll still be playing Jenny Humphry.
"She is still a series regular. She's still totally a part of the show," says the source. "Yes, you have seen less of her this season, but it's dictated by creative [executives]."
The source says as Blake Lively and Leighton Meester's characters went off to college, storylines – including the younger Momsen's Jenny – have just been harder to set up.
Happy birthday, Blair Waldorf!
The Upper East Side's reigning queen bee is celebrating her big day in style – literally.
On Monday's episode of Gossip Girl (9 p.m. ET), Blair (Leighton Meester) will get a very fashionable sweet treat in the form of shoe-shaped cookies by New York City bakery Eleni's.
"All of the shoes were designed based upon actual shoes in Blair Waldorf's shoe collection," Margo Spiritus of Eleni's tells PEOPLE. "The costume department [at Gossip Girl] sent us photos of all nine of the shoes. They are all designer shoes. We recreated them as cookies."
Perhaps the baked goods will sweeten the deal, because Blair is set to get an unsavory surprise when an unexpected guest shows up at her celebration.
Want to make the cookies yourself? Here's the recipe:
Gossip Girl is back!
When the CW show returns for its fourth season Monday (9 p.m. ET), Blair (Leighton Meester) and Serena (Blake Lively) have left Manhattan – and their complicated love lives – behind for a summer in Paris. And what do two privileged Upper East Siders do in the City of Light? Shop! And not just for shoes.
In an exclusive clip of the season 4 premiere, the besties hit the stores on Avenue Montaigne and Blair is working her contact list, hoping to find a date after what's so far been a dry summer. Serena, who's enjoyed one fling after the next, is trying to talk to her friend about a mysterious package that arrived in mail when Blair gets word that her baccarat date is on – and it's a double.