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Timberlake says drugs are a private thing. Did Jessica's dad trail Nick? Plus: Why Outkast's dissing Oprah.

Published July 17, 2006 1:55PM (EDT)

Morning Briefing:
Timberlake uses only behind closed doors: In a long interview in the current edition of Britain's Observer Music Monthly, Justin Timberlake sheds his clean-cut persona and admits to doing plenty of drugs -- just in private. "I don't show up drunk to functions. The drugs I do have been in my own private time," he says. "I'm just like everyone else, I get completely plastered, I've done my fair share of drugs and I've been caught places with my pants down; it's just I make sure there are no cameras around. If we get into this whole [drugs] conversation we don't have enough time." (Observer)

Joe Simpson shadowing Nick? Creepy über-promoter dad Joe Simpson was trying to secretly keep tabs on Nick Lachey in the months leading up to Lachey's official divorce from Jessica Simpson on June 30, according to Gatecrasher. When Lachey, his current flame Vanessa Minnillo and Jessica's friend and former assistant CaCee Cobb -- sometimes rumored to be at the heart of the couple's divorce -- showed up at the same club over the spring, Simpson reportedly demanded access to the security tapes. "Joe called the club people after hearing Nick was there and demanded to see the security videotape," says a source, adding that the club's owners said no. "Joe was looking to incriminate Nick. He told the club, 'If you ever want to see my daughter there, you'll give me what I want.'" (Gatecrasher)

No Outkast for Oprah? Rapper super-duo Outkast have said no to appearing on "Oprah" in September, but it apparently has nothing to do with Oprah Winfrey's supposed anti-hip-hop crusade. Instead, it's a case of Antwan "Big Boi" Patton and Andre "3000" Benjamin just not seeing eye to eye -- they've got a movie and soundtrack, "Idlewild," coming out in late August, but can't agree on how to do promotion. Patton supposedly wants to do the show, while Benjamin "is only interested in acting now," according to a source. (Fox 411)

Canadian rockers Avril Lavigne and Deryck Whibley -- frontman for the band Sum 41 -- were married in a Roman Catholic ceremony in Montecito, Calif., over the weekend. (Us Online) ... After its record-shattering debut, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" still managed to reach another milestone this weekend, becoming the top-grossing film of 2006 in just 10 days with a total take of $258.2 million. (Associated Press) ... Former Vice President Dan Quayle walked out in the middle of a John Mellencamp concert in Nevada on Friday after the singer dedicated a song to all those who've suffered under the current Bush administration. Through a publicist, Quayle said: "Well, I think Mellencamp's performance was not very good to begin with, and the comment put it over the top." (Mercury News) ... Christie Brinkley's marriage troubles with Peter Cook may have stemmed from his interest in a teenage girl -- Diana Bianchi, 19 -- who is now considering suing Cook for causing "substantial and irreparable harm" after buying her a number of expensive gifts, including a car, before allegedly seducing her. (N.Y. Daily News) ... News of the World insists that things are finally, totally, irrevocably over between Jude Law and Sienna Miller -- friends close to the couple say, "We all think it's over for good." (News of the World)

Money Quote:
Paris Hilton's critique of her own media image: "I've become a cartoon. Nobody seems to get that how I am on 'The Simple Life' is a character. I even know what a Wal-Mart is. I play dumb like Jessica Simpson plays dumb. But we know exactly what we're doing. We're smart blondes." (Times U.K.)

-- Scott Lamb

Turn On:
Tonight, A&E premieres the new reality series "Driving Force" (9 p.m. EDT), which follows drag racer John Force and his three racing daughters, and MTV2 debuts martial-arts reality show "The Final Fu" (7:30 p.m. EDT), hosted by Ernie Reyes Jr. Also, "Michael Palin's Travels" (Travel, 8 p.m. EDT) takes the Monty Python star into the depths of the desert.

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT): Sheryl Crow
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): The latest on the Middle East
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Kate Hudson, Patrice O'Neal
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT): Heidi Klum, Seether
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Martin Lawrence, Eliza Dushku, Soweto Gospel Choir (repeat)
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT): Jon Cryer, Jim Short, Three Days Grace (repeat)
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT): Terrell Owens, Rainn Wilson, Rascal Flatts
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT): Gordon Chang
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT): Lee Silver

-- Lamar Clarkson

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