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DeVito's drunken outburst. Anna Nicole evicted. Plus: Britney Spears' recent "exposure."

Scott Lamb
November 30, 2006 7:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
Anna Nicole gets booted: Anna Nicole Smith has had a hard time in the courts this week. On Tuesday, a judge in Los Angeles ordered her to submit her newborn daughter, Dannielynn, to a paternity test -- her ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead claims he and not Smith's current partner, Howard K. Stern, is the father. On Wednesday, a Bahamanian court issued eviction papers against her, granting the owner of the home where she has been living -- and apparently hasn't been paying rent -- the right to remove her within 48 hours. (TMZ)

DeVito liquors up for "The View": Danny DeVito's tipsy performance on yesterday's "The View" is an instant classic in the small-but-potent genre of publicly drunk celebrity appearances. After bragging about being out all night with drinking buddy George Clooney -- DeVito quips, "I knew it was the last seven limoncellos that was going to get me" -- the diminutive funnyman went on a bleep-filled rant aimed at George W. Bush and uncomfortably described his romp with wife Rhea Perlman in the Lincoln Bedroom in the White House during the Clinton administration. Watch it on Video Dog here. (Defamer)


Spears' unfortunate recent "exposure": It's the celebrity trend we've been trying to ignore, but when yet another set of paparazzi photos of an underwear-free Britney Spears appeared online on Wednesday, the sound of Spears' crumbling public image became too loud to ignore. On "The View," Rosie O'Donnell begged Victoria's Secret to provide Spears and new pals Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan with an unlimited supply of undergarments, and Spears' MySpace page was deluged with worried messages from fans like "Please refrain from flashing your bits and pieces and have some respect for yourself" and "Thanks for wearing jeans today!" Hilton's Mephistopheles-like grip on her appears to be weakening some, though -- on Tuesday Spears went on a $3,000 lingerie spree in West Hollywood. (Associated Press, TMZ, MySpace, Us Online, DListed)

Death Row Records founder Suge Knight thinks there's only one possible explanation for how Snoop Dogg has avoided prison time for his recent string of drug and gun arrests: "Snoop is a rat. He's a police informer. This is the only guy who never goes to jail no matter what. I don't like rats." (Page Six) ... Jay-Z's new album, "Kingdom Come," is the No. 1 record in the U.S. this week, selling 680,000 copies and giving the rapper his ninth No. 1 hit, tying him with the Rolling Stones (only the Beatles and Elvis Presley have had more No. 1s). (Yahoo! News) ... Nicole Kidman tops this year's highest-paid-actress list, with a per-movie fee of $16 million to $17 million; she's followed by Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger, Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz at $15 million (Hollywood Reporter) ... Sundance has announced the list of 122 films it will be screening at the 2007 festival, with a heavy dose of documentaries -- see the full list here. (Hollywood Reporter) ... Eddie Murphy has just signed on to make a fourth installment of "Beverly Hills Cop" for Paramount. (Variety)

Money Quote:
Mel Gibson on Michael "Kramer" Richards' recent racially charged outburst: "They'll probably torture him for a while and then let him go. I like him." (Entertainment Weekly via Associated Press)

Lindsay Lohan's sign-off in an open letter of condolence to director Robert Altman's family, published over the weekend: "God Bless, peace and love always. Thank You, 'BE ADEQUITE' Lindsay Lohan." (USA Today)

Turn On:
Season 6 of "Scrubs" (NBC, 9 p.m. EST) premieres Thursday night, BBC America premieres a new show about a clairvoyant, "Afterlife" (BBC America, 9 p.m. EST), and there's a new episode of "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 8 p.m. EST).

On the Talk Shows:
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EST): Golan Cipel
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings): Jimmy Carter, Shimon Peres
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST): Jennifer Connelly, Tom Dreesen
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST): Morgan Freeman, Josh Duhamel, Barenaked Ladies
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST): Lucy Liu, doggie artist Tillie, Bowman Hastie
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST): John Waters, Alex Borstein
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST): Rachel Weisz, Chi McBride, Jenny Lewis
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST): Tenacious D
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST): Mike Lupica


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