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When it comes to entertainment and celebrities, at any one time there is almost always a pool of super influential people that seem to be either pulling all the strings or covering all of the magazines. Here’s a quick rundown of the top 10 most influential celebrities in entertainment at the moment:

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell’s celebrity status and entertainment industry influence may have started relatively small in the UK, but he’s definitely spread his wings of late. The TV producer, entrepreneur and showbiz judge was the brainchild behind talent show The X Factor, which has now gone stateside in a massive way. As one of the main judges on the show he’s got the power to make people’s careers. Read the rest of this entry »



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Conan O’Brien: Read Between The Lines

If you’ve been following the NBC late night comedy shuffle crisis, then you probably already heard that Conan isn’t happy. For those who aren’t familiar with the O’Brien-Leno-Fallon hullaballoo, then here’s a news clip that sums it up:

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And funnyman Conan has a lot to say about the matter. In fact, he released a lengthy statement for the world to see. Taken from The Hollywood Gossip, here it is:

People of Earth,

In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky. That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.

Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future.

It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.

But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.

Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting.

The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.

So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.

There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.

Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.

Yours,
Conan



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SNL Pokes Fun At Letterman

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David Letterman is never going to hear the end of his extortion case, is he? After Jay Leno cracked his own joke, SNL followed suit. Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers had something to say; he said that it was a “stupid human trick.” I guess it’s funnier if you actually watch the show.



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Jay Leno: Also A Victim Of Extortion?

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Rival David Letterman has been “enjoying” a lot of extra publicity because of his extortion case. Jay Leno just couldn’t let that one go, and said in his own show that he is also a victim of extortion. How do? He poses this question: “How do think NBC got me to do a 10 o’clock show?”
Now it is kinda funny, isn’t it?



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Photos of David Letterman’s sexual affairs may be the last thing that you would want to see, but someone has been trying to get money out of the talk show host. Letterman himself talked about the incident in his show, which I guess is the right route to take. And yes, he admitted to having affairs.



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Chris Brown gave his first formal interview since February when he sat down with David Letterman a day after his sentence was handed out. He was with his mother Joyce Hawkins and his attorney Mark Geragos. Watch the interview on September 2.



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David Letterman’s viewers were treated to a bikini clad Britney as she read off the top 10 list for the night – what would America be like with Britney as president? FREE PIE!



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The popular TV show, brought back to the spotlight by the movie Slumdog Millionaire, is making a comeback. This time, it is bigger, better, and has more twists than ever. Host Regis Philbin is still running the show and is slated to feature lots of celebrities. From Snoop Dogg to Katy Perry – we can expect to see lots of personalities in the two-week stint of the show. Regis wants to see Letterman on the show, would you?



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Letterman Apologizes To Palin

Protesters come out in support of David Letterman in the Letterman v Palin controversy
Letterman’s joke about Palin’s daughter elicited various responses. At the end of the day, he was forced to make a public apology, which Palin accepted. It seems that this was not enough to stop protesters from picketing outside the studio where the show is taped, though. Well, you can’t please everyone.



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David Letterman Says Sorry

Sarah Palin Attends Autism Awareness Walk And Fundraiser
The host has apologized for making that joke about Palin’s daughter. He said that he “told a joke that was beyond flawed” and that his “intent is completely meaningless compared to the perception” of the joke by viewers. Apology accepted?



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Palin Can Be To Letterman What Hugh Grant Was to Leno?

Sarah Palin Attends Autism Awareness Walk And Fundraiser
We all remember how Jay Leno’s career propelled to the top – not JUST because of his “What were you thinking?” question thrown at Hugh Grant, but that did play a part. Many are thinking that Letterman’s joke about Palin’s daughter might just do it for him as well. What do you think?



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David Letterman Ties The Knot

Senator John McCain And Ne-Yo Visit Late Show With David Letterman

Who would have thought? The late night show host has finally gotten married, after being with his girlfriend for the past 23 years! He broke the news in his show, to the delight of many. Congratulations, old guy!



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