October 5, 2009

Monday on Larry King Live

Posted: 05:01 PM ET


President Obama, is he on the ropes?  The President's used to being slammed by Republicans, but now he's being sliced and diced by Saturday Night Live.  Is the honeymoon over? 


More on the David Letterman scandal.  Are his late-night colleagues letting him off the hook by going easy on one of their own?  We'll roll the tape, and let you judge for yourself.


Kate Gosselin breaks down on TV in front of the world.  So, do you think her tears were real?  And why is she crying anyway? 

Jon & Kate's latest drama...brawling over money - lots of it.  Have the Gosselins lost touch with reality, and where are the kids?

It's all tonight, 9pm ET, on Larry King Live

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Hey Dave...I Missed the Joke

Posted: 04:54 PM ET

By Steve Adubato via

I couldn’t care less what David Letterman does in his personal life. But, I’m a big fan of his. He’s one of the funniest, smartest and most talented late night talk show hosts around. Simply put, I’m a fan of Dave’s. But, frankly, I wasn’t thrilled with how he handled this recent controversy around what he calls his “creepy” behavior in connection with women on his staff that he had sex with and an apparent effort to extort $2 million from him.

On some level, Letterman was clearly a victim of a really creepy guy trying to score a few cheap bucks by taking advantage of the fact that Letterman slept with some staff members. I’m not going to address any legal or HR liability issues when a boss sleeps with a staff person. It’s not my area of expertise and, frankly, I don’t even like talking about it. However, from a PR and crisis management perspective, Dave could have done a lot better than he did in his opening monologue Thursday night where he tried to clarify this whole situation and complain to his studio audience as well as those watching at home.   

I wrote a book recently called What Were They Thinking? Crisis Communication: The Good, the Bad, and the Totally Clueless. I have to ask, “What exactly was Dave thinking”?

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Letterman, the "Master Manipulator"—Does Dave Want His Apology Erased?

Posted: 12:36 PM ET

by via E! Online

David Letterman has mined private events in his life for very public jokes on his show.Is David Letterman a master manipulator?

That's the word from the lawyer for accused blackmailer Robert "Joe" Halderman, who made the rounds on the talk-show circuit this morning.

"I look forward to cross-examining David Letterman," Halderman's legal eagle, Gerald Shargel, told Today. "If you only hear David Letterman's side of the story, take it at face value, and say, 'Turn off the sets, that Halderman's guilty'—I think that's plain wrong."

Spinning on behalf of his client, who pleaded innocent Friday to charges of grand larceny, Shargel said the Emmy-winning 48 Hours Mystery producer had an excellent reputation in the industry and that allegations that he tried to cash a bogus $2 million check from Letterman to pay off some debts made "absolutely no sense."

"In the history of extortion attempts, there's never been, as far as I know, someone paying by check," the attorney said.

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Letterman grudge may have driven alleged blackmailer

Posted: 11:45 AM ET

By Larry Celona, Cathy Burke and Austin Fenner via New York Post

After David Letterman broke up with his sexy young assistant and she found a new boyfriend, the late-night TV talk king couldn't stand being around the guy, sources revealed yesterday. art_david_letterman_cbs

And that grudge may have driven dissed beau Robert "Joe" Halderman's alleged plot to extort $2 million from Letterman by threatening to expose his sexcapades with "Late Show" underlings.

Halderman started dating Letterman's personal assistant, Stephanie Birkitt, 34, after she split with her boss - and Dave made it clear he didn't want her new 51-year-old producer boyfriend at any "Late Show" office parties and other staff events, the sources said.

"He wanted Stephanie there, not Halderman - he didn't like him," one source said.

Years later, Halderman, an Emmy-winning producer for CBS's "48 Hours Mystery," allegedly engineered the extortion scheme.

Halderman and Letterman had Birkitt in common - but little else, sources said.

Halderman liked to live well, golf and party hard, one source noted.

Letterman, on the other hand, has a well-honed reputation as private, reserved and geeky.


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Out on the town, Paris Jackson shows off dance moves

Posted: 11:30 AM ET

By Lizzie Smith via Daily Mail

When they were thrust into the limelight by their father's death, Michael Jackson's three children were tearful and distraught. Paris-Prince-Funeral

But as the spotlight cast on them fades, it appears they are readjusting to their new family life.

Paris, Prince and Blanket laughed and joked with family members and friends as they enjoyed a trip to the California Science Centre yesterday.

The trio were casually dressed and ran around as they walked to the centre.

At one point, a laughing Paris even showed off her dance moves – running up to an adult assistant and jumping around in front of him.

The scenes were very different to the rare sightings of the children with their father.

In the past, they wore masks to obscure their faces and kept close to Jackson, appearing quiet and subdued.

But since his death, the three have astonished onlookers – even taking to the stage at his memorial concert, where brave Paris made a public tribute to her father.


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Jon Gosselin's lawyer responds to Kate's money accusations

Posted: 11:23 AM ET

via ETonline

art_jon_gosselinReports of Jon Gosselin withdrawing large amounts of money from a joint bank account with estranged wife Kate Gosselin have sparked a new chapter of war for the divorcing reality TV couple. Following claims Jon withdrew the money without notifying Kate, his lawyer, Mark J. Heller, released a statement exclusively to ET.

Heller says that according to Jon's "recollection" since receiving monetary compensation from TLC for the past four and half years, "he has not withdrawn any money for his own remuneration with the exception of the past several months wherein he believes he only withdrew approximately $175,000 which is less than ten percent of the gross revenues paid the Gosselins…"

Kate's law firm made the claim, according to Heller's statement, that Jon "withdrew the money in secret." Heller argues that all withdrawals are accounted for on the bank statements for which Kate has sole access.

 Heller deems it likely that when all of the money is accounted for, "Jon will be awarded substantial additional funds." ET has reached out to Kate's legal representative for comment upon receiving Heller's statement overnight, but has received no response so far. Jon and his attorney Mark J. Heller will appear on "The Insider" panel on Monday. Click here to read the entire statement from Jon Gosselin's attorney.

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ICYMI: LKL on Letterman's blackmail attempt

Posted: 11:06 AM ET
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Study: More cases of autism in U.S. kids than previously realized

Posted: 07:49 AM ET

A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics indicates about 1 percent of children ages 3 to 17 have autism or a related disorder, an increase over previous estimates.

"This is a significant issue that needs immediate attention," Dr. Ileana Arias, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. "A concerted effort and substantial national response is warranted."

The study used data from the federal government's 2007 national survey of children's health. The survey of parents was conducted by the Health Resources and Services Administration, and by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The results are based on a national telephone survey of more than 78,000 parents of children ages 3 to 17.

In the study, parents were asked whether a health care provider had ever told them their child had an autism spectrum disorder. ASD is a group of brain disorders comprising autism and two less severe disorders: Asperger's disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified.

Children with the disorder show impairment in social interaction and in their ability to communicate. They often display repetitive behavior.

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October 4, 2009

Same-Sex Divorce: Testing the Texas ban on gay marriage

Posted: 08:09 PM ET

By DAVE MONTGOMERY via Star Telegram

AUSTIN - A Dallas man seeking a divorce from his male spouse in Texas appeared publicly for the first time Sunday, saying he is not "a poster child" for efforts to legalize gay marriages in Texas and other states.

The man, who identifies himself only as "J.B.," said on ABC’s "Good Morning America Weekend" that his petition for a divorce from his spouse of three years was not intended to be a "test case" for expanding gay rights.

"This is not about gay and lesbian marriage," he said.

The case drew attention after Dallas Judge Tena Callahan ruled Thursday that Texas' 4-year-old ban against gay marriages is unconstitutional because it stands in the way of gay divorces.

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Kate Gosselin's lawyer: Jon took $200K from joint account

Posted: 06:33 PM ET

Editor's Note: Watch Larry's full interview with Jon Gosselin tonight on Larry King Live. That's at 9PT/6ET!

By Howard Breuer via

art_jon_gosselin_giThe split between Jon and Kate Gosselin has been contentious from the beginning, but Jon could be found in contempt of court for the unauthorized withdrawal of $200,000 from the couple's joint bank account, Kate Gosselin's attorney tells PEOPLE.

Celebrity lawyer Marty Singer, a litigation attorney for Kate, tells PEOPLE that Jon never warned Kate he was going to remove the large sum of money from their account last week, even though the court had told them not to take significant amounts from joint accounts without the other's approval.

Singer says he e-mailed a stern letter to Jon's attorney on Friday but he hasn't heard back. "They have not responded. I'm sure he will respond by going on another TV show," says Singer, who noted that Jon’s move flies in the face of comments Jon made to Larry King that he'd like to put the brakes on his divorce.

Singer says he expects Kate's family law attorney in Pennsylvania will go to court Monday morning to suggest Jon be held in contempt. According to singer, Kate learned about the withdrawal after receiving overdraft notices regarding her joint account with her estranged husband. When she inquired with the bank, she was told Jon had removed $200,000, leaving only about $1,000 in the account.

"Of course she's upset," Singer says. The banking fiasco caps an intensely bitter week between the couple, during which their TLC series Jon & Kate Plus Eight suspended production. The move followed the network's announcement on Sept. 29 that Jon was being dropped from the show, and him saying he wanted to halt the show because it was damaging to his eight children.

Calls to Jon's lawyer were not returned.

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