Seth Meyers next Reege?
Sans her ol' sidekick Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa has trooped forward on her morning gabfest going on eight months now!
Will the Live! with Kelly star ever be assigned a permanent cohost? Yes, says Showbiz411's Roger Friedman, who reports that Saturday Night Live funnyman Seth Meyers is top of the list.
Meyers' top competitors: Josh Groban and Michael Strahan. A show rep gives USA Today a "no comment."
Jail for Justin Bieber?
Heck, yes! So says Los Angeles Councilman and former L.A.P.D. officer Dennis Zine, who on Friday called 911 after Justin Bieber, 18, zipped past him on the 101 Freeway in his Fisker Karma at speeds Zine insists exceeded 100 miles an hour. TMZ says Zine was disgusted that Justin landed only a speeding ticket.
"Bieber was driving like a maniac. He was weaving in and out of traffic," Zine tells TMZ. "If I was on patrol, I would have arrested him for reckless driving."
Bieber's peeps say he was cited for going 80.
Selena speeding away?
Speaking of Justin, several sources say His Biebness and mega-Belieber Selena Gomez, 19, may have broken up for like 30 seconds. She was seen crying at Ashley Tisdale's birthday bash last week. She also smiled. The couple are back on track.
Tidbits 'n' pieces
TMZ says George Clooney and his belle, Stacy Keibler, were indisposed with food poisoning after trying a restaurant in Cernobbio in Italy on July 4. Full recovery. ... Peter Jackson says on Facebook that he's finished filming his next J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation, The Hobbit, on the 266th day of shooting. ...
Justice for Cowell
A judge in London on Friday released Leanne Zaloumis, 30, who has been in jail for 102 days since March 24 when she used a brick to smash a window at Simon Cowell's London mansion.
Zaloumis was freed after admitting in court she did the deed with intent to damage or destroy property.
The Chris Rock tweet
Issued on July 4, comic Chris Rock's Fourth of July tweet has so far been retweeted more than 11,000 times, says USAToday.com.
"Happy white peoples independence day," Rock, 47, wrote, "the slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed fireworks." Rock, who has been inundated with comments, pro and con, has yet to address the controversy.
Actor Don Cheadle is in Rock's corner. "It. Was. A. Joke. Not a statement. Sheesh. Calm down," he tweets.
This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.