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Teri Hatcher on why Ryan Seacrest dumped her. Denise Richards on why she dumped Charlie Sheen. Plus: Anna Nicole, pregnant?

Published May 3, 2006 1:30PM (EDT)

Morning Briefing:
Denise speaks: In an interview with TMZ, Denise Richards speaks out on the whole Charlie Sheen/Heather Locklear/Richie Sambora/David Spade mess, and she's really got her talking points down. Caught randomly by a camera crew somewhere (see the video here), Richards emphasizes that her focus is on her children, that it's all quite unfortunate and that Locklear "knows why we aren't friends." On the other side, it looks as if Locklear and Sheen may be teaming up. The pair share the same divorce lawyer, and In Touch thinks Locklear may prove to be a key character witness for him -- one source tells the magazine, "Heather could easily destroy Denise's case against Charlie." (TMZ, In Touch via the Scoop)

Hatcher says Seacrest dumped her: Teri Hatcher showed up on "Oprah" yesterday with a tale of woe about her short-lived romance -- if it's fair to call it that -- with "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest. Hatcher and Seacrest were photographed by paparazzi kissing each other in stiff poses on the beach in March, but according to Hatcher, the photogs turned out to be a real buzz kill: "We knew they had been taken. It must've bothered him, though -- bothered him enough that an hour after they were taken he called and said, 'I dont think I can do this with you.'" (Us Online)

"Sopranos" mobsters' real-life legal trouble: More "Sopranos" cast members are making headlines this week for actual criminal charges. Louis Gross, who plays Tony's bodyguard in the current season of the show, was arrested and released without bail on Monday for criminal mischief after a woman claimed he broke into her home in mid-April. Gross, true to form, is keeping his mouth shut: "I don't know nothing," he told the press. "I'm innocent. I'm always innocent." Meanwhile, John Ventimiglia, who plays chef to the Mob Artie Bucco, was arraigned on charges of drunken driving and drug possession. In life as in art, Tony stuck up for Artie -- according to the New York Daily News, Ventimiglia got a supportive call from James Gandolfini wishing him all the best. (Associated Press, N.Y. Daily News)

Anna Nicole expecting? There may be a very good reason Anna Nicole Smith didn't appear for the press after her Supreme Court victory earlier this week -- she's reportedly pregnant. "Anna's freaking out because she got pregnant by this guy, who's now saying, 'I want money and access to the kid,'" a source tells the New York Daily News. Smith has a 20-year-old son from a former marriage, but hasn't been publicly linked to anyone recently, so the (alleged) father's identity is a total mystery. (Rush & Molloy, Reuters)

The Scoop insinuates that the blame for Paris Hilton's breakup with Stavros Niarchos somehow rests on Lindsay Lohan's shoulders. (The Scoop) ... Brendan Fraser is a daddy for the third time -- his wife, Afton Smith, gave birth on Tuesday in Los Angeles, but the name and gender of the baby haven't yet been released. (Us Weekly) ... ABC says it's pulling the rest of the season of "Commander in Chief" and sticking "Primetime" in its spot, though it may air the final three episodes of the Geena Davis show sometime over the summer. (UPI) ... Louis Rukeyser, host of public television's "Wall $treet Week With Louis Rukeyser," which ran from 1970 to 2002, died on Tuesday at age 73. (Hollywood Reporter)

Turn On:
After a three-week break, there's a new episode of "Lost" (ABC, 9 p.m. EDT) on Wednesday night, and TCM airs the behind-the-diva documentary "Stardust: The Bette Davis Story" (8 p.m. EDT).

-- Scott Lamb

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