The End of the 'Newlyweds?' Burt's Big Slap?
May 25, 2005
The rumors never stop in Hollywood and "Extra"
never stops working to keep them under control. Some
big brawls are making the news, but hereís the truth
behind the headlinesÖ
A recent report on the Web claimed "Newlyweds"
Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson
had filed for divorce. Big buzz, but was it true?
No -- though the story broke on a reputable website,
the coupleís camp claims it's totally false, and they
threatened to sue. In fact, we tracked down Jessica
in Los Angeles where she proudly showed off her wedding
ring. "See, weíre still married," she told
Meanwhile, across Tinseltown, word was Burt
Reynolds slapped an interviewer while at the
premiere of his new movie, "The Longest Yard."
Was the fracas factual?
Yes -- Burt was in a good mood when he spoke to
us on the red carpet, but when he was talking
to a CBS producer the star seemed to get a bit
When the interviewer asked Burt, "Tell us a little
bit about the movie," Burt shot back: "Well,
donít you know anything about the movie? Then what the
hell are you asking me for?"
When the interviewer tried to continue, "Whatís
your point of view on--" Burt cut him off. "Have
you seen the original?" Burt interjected, slapping
So was Burt really angry or just having fun? "Fun,"
says Reynoldsí spokesman, who issued this statement:
"Burt playfully tapped the producer on the cheek
as if to say, ëWell, thatís not very nice.í He was kidding."
He also told "Extra" that he's shocked CBS
exaggerated the incident. The network would only say,
"Weíre looking into what happened, and we have
no further comment."
Immediately after the event, Burt told "Extra,"
"What the hell kind of guy are you? Heís never
seen the frigginí original! He asks me to tell him about
the movie. Heís standing there in a shirt that needs
ironing. The man works for CBS. I'm embarrassed. I like
the guy. He's a nice guy. He's a tough guy. He wants
to hit me now, but he can't because he's under contract,
but we'll meet later if he wants."
In less lighthearted news, Michael Jackson
has said he could never call Neverland home again, but
if he's acquitted, will the King of Pop leave the country
No -- Despite reports that Jackson will immediately
move to Europe or Africa, his publicists told "Extra"
that he's not leaving the U.S. But that didn't stop
Jay Leno, who testified at the trial
Tuesday, from having some fun with it Tuesday night
on his show.
"He wants to disappear in Africa," Leno joked.
"He has a better chance of disappearing in Sweden!"
And finally, the matriarch of the Osbourne family is
known for being one tough mama, so did Sharon
Osbourne really get into a water fight in the
streets of London?
Yes -- It seems a TV reporter asked Sharon a question
and then proceeded to spray her with water. Sharon is
always game for a fight, and she grabbed a bucket full
of water from a nearby restaurant and let it fly.
Tune in to "Extra" to see the footage of Burtís
belt and Sharon getting wet and wild, Wednesday night!