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Jessica Simpson on psychotherapy, Ice-T on Omarosa and 50 Cent on Kanye's Bush jab. Plus: The filthy rich Greek shipping heir who makes fun of the homeless.


Salon Staff
November 2, 2005 7:00PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
These colors don't run (from Camilla): Stop No. 2 on Charles and Camilla's American tour brings them to the nation's capital -- with their 20 servants and her 50 dresses. Whereas PETA met them in New York to protest against the use of bearskin in those funny hats British palace guards wear, a different group will be jeering them -- well, Camilla specifically -- in Washington. The Diana Circle is a vehemently anti-Camilla organization; it even tried to disrupt the royal wedding earlier this year. Lisa Stewart, a member of the U.S. branch of the group, warned, "This is Diana country." (Washington Times via Drudge)

Stavros' true colors: Stavros Niarchos III -- Greek shipping scion, Paris Hilton toy -- may actually be as insufferable as he sounds on paper. Stopping at a Burger King after yet another night spent being a super-wealthy, party-hopping heir, "Stavros offered a homeless man outside $100 to dump a soda on himself," a source told Us Weekly. The guy accepted the offer "and everyone laughed." (Page Six)

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Ice-T vs. Omarosa? Ice-T, for reasons unknown, has a bone to pick with former "Apprentice" Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth. "I'll tell you who I don't like: Omarosa," the rapper turned TV cop told the Daily News' gossip scribe Lloyd Grove on Halloween. (Ice-T, aka Tracy Marrow, came dressed as a pimp.) "That b---- is not supposed to be famous. Being somebody in the business, you have a lot of admiration for people because you know how hard they work. But certain people, you're just like, what the f--- has that ho done?" Grove pointed out that the anti-Omarosa opinion isn't exactly novel, and Ice-T went gangsta: "Yeah, well, I'm at the top of the list. Give me the gun." When Grove passed on the info to Omarosa, her rebuttal was to the point. "Tracy sold out his rap career to go play a cop on a show because his last album tanked. You're supposed to be hard-core, rapping about killing and pimpin' hos, and you go and play a cop? He sold out!" (N.Y. Daily News)

Simpson paging Freud: It's been a rough year for Jessica Simpson, what with her marriage publicly dissolving and all, and to cope she's turned to the couch and the powers of psychotherapy. "I respect knowledge of the psyche," she tells Teen People, admitting that she's been seeing a shrink to help her deal with the pressures of fame. Here's a statement they'll probably be talking about in their next session (Transference? Projection? Overidentification?): "I would be a therapist if I weren't an entertainer." (People)

Also:
Katie Holmes' family is doing all they can to pressure her into getting a favorable prenup, according to Star. Katie's dad, Martin, a lawyer, "is playing hardball with the prenup negotiations," hoping to get her "a lump sum payment in the millions if the marriage should dissolve before the five-year mark." Or they could just go the Jessica Simpson route: Divorce attorney Raoul Felder tells the Scoop: "Given Tom's history, if they don't have a prenup, forget a lawyer, they need psychiatrists" Barbara Walters has announced she'll be presenting her annual "Top 10 Most Fascinating People" show during sweeps, but has only released a teaser list. The six names on it: Tom Cruise, Kanye West, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Lance Armstrong, Teri Hatcher and Michael Jackson's lawyer Tom Mesereau ... Even though the headlines say she has "quit acting," Jamie Lee Curtis says she hasn't been taking work lately because she's been focusing on her family. "My life is so filled, so if I accept acting work now, it means I have to let somebody else do the job I want to do, which is raise my children. It's not that I'm retired, I just no longer accept acting work" ... David Hesterbey, the homeless man who was picked up for breaking into Jennifer Aniston's home in August has been sentenced to a year in jail and must stay away from the actress for 10 years. Weird, contextless fact: Hesterbey plunked down $250 for a taxi ride from Santa Barbara, Calif., to Aniston's rented house in Malibu ... 50 Cent just doesn't see what Kanye West was so upset about when he made his anti-Bush comments following Hurricane Katrina. "The New Orleans disaster was meant to happen. It was an act of God," 50 said, picking up the 'stop the blame game' rhetoric. "I think people responded to it the best way they can. What Kanye West was saying, I don't know where that came from" ... Skitch Henderson, the Grammy-winning conductor, founder of the New York Pops and original "Tonight Show" bandleader, died Tuesday at 87 in Connecticut.

Money Quote:
Oprah on where she first started honing her public-speaking skills: "I used to speak in the church all the time. The sisters in the front row fanning themselves would say to my grandmother, 'This child sure can talk!'" (Yahoo! News)

Turn On:
It's the premiere of the eighth season of "That '70s Show" (Fox, 8 p.m. EDT), and Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) is ready for her closeup in "Sunset Boulevard" (TCM, 8 p.m. EDT). Also, if you missed former President Jimmy Carter talking about his new book on "Charlie Rose" last night, on Wednesday he's on "Larry King Live" (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT).

-- Scott Lamb

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