Those hoping the final episode of “Jon & Kate Plus 8” meant “goodbye, Jon Gosselin!” might be disappointed. Sure, after four seasons of cute-kid hi-jinks and one uncomfortable season of grown-up domestic discord, the TLC reality show bearing his name ended Monday night. But don’t be fooled. The father of eight still has plenty of headline-grabbing unfinished business with his former network ahead of him.
The problem is that pesky breach of contract suit against Gosselin, the one in which TLC claims he took on unauthorized television work while under an exclusive agreement with the network. It seems every few days there’s a new twist or turn, and it hasn’t even gone to trial yet.
The latest development, according to gossip site Radar Online, is the discovery of taped business talk that could be a boon for TLC’s case. The recorded phone conversation between Gosselin’s manager, Michael Heller, and former BFF Michael Lohan allegedly reveals the reality dad’s out-of-bounds deals and just how much of a cut his pals would have made.
“I'm about to close a deal for $75,000 at E!,” Heller told Lohan of a potential Gosselin gig with the E! network. “And at 75,000, if I take a percentage of that and give you 20 percent of that, I'm going to be writing you a check, baby, this week — for a couple thousand dollars on just that alone.”
The E! deal never materialized, but according to the call, another paid interview opportunity did.
“So that's why with the In Touch deal, whatever money I make on it, and I think it came out to $5,000, instead of giving you 20 percent of $5,000... that's like $1,000... it's fair to give you 50 percent,” Heller explained to Lohan. “Because it's a deal that you brought... you brought it to me and you managed it and that's something you should get paid 50 percent for.”
Age doesn’t mean a thing to Tina Turner
She’s just days away from her 70th birthday, but rock, pop and R&B icon Tina Turner refuses to act her age. In an interview with Daily Express, the singer shared her secret for holding back the years.
“Maybe I would relate to my age if my skin was falling from my face because I’d had so many facelifts and was trying too hard to be Tina Turner,” Turner told the paper. “But I’m not! I am strong. I lived through a divorce, separation from my family. I never let it break me down. I’m not an alcoholic. I’ve never smoked. I’ve never done drugs. I’ve floated through the disaster of my past clean. I arrived here undamaged.”
Besides, as Turner pointed out, “old” is more a matter of perception than a state of being.
“Age is no issue to me,” the living legend explained. “Fifty is the new 30. Seventy is the new 50. There are no rules that say you have to dress a certain way, or be a certain way. We are living in exciting times for women.”
Dish on the fly
A string of high-profile relationships and subsequent media scrutiny left singer-songwriter John Mayer reluctant to pursue a new romance. “It’s crazy to me that in my head, that being 32 and dating women is going to get me in trouble,” Mayer told the New York Times. “I can’t even explain to you how terrible that feels, that I equate dating a woman with punishment, shame, guilt, disappointment, reproach, reprimand, persecution. It’s a nightmare.” That’s a lot of post-publicity woe from the guy who once gave an impromptu paparazzi press conference after he and Jennifer Aniston went their separate ways — the first time. … Wedding bells will wait for actress Rachel Weisz and fiancé Darren Aronofsky. “We are engaged, and Darren and I are completely committed to ‘until death do us part,’ although we haven’t made it official with the paperwork yet,” Weisz revealed in an interview with Redbook. In fact, the star of the upcoming “The Lovely Bones” isn’t too concerned with the paperwork part at all. “It’s not for any political reason or that we’re waiting for this or for that, but maybe one day we will have an official ceremony.”
Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Ree Hines.