Katie Couric: I wrestled with bulimia
In Katie Couric
's hands, the talk show isn't merely a venue for extracting confessions from other celebs. It's also a perfect vehicle for self-confession. So the veteran TV journalist proved Monday with a most startling confession.
"I wrestled with bulimia all through college and for two years after that," Couric said during a segment on the show about eating disorders. Couric, 55, gave a compelling description of the intense guilt she felt at eating a cookie or chewing a stick of sugared gum. The bulk of the segment was devoted to conversations with medical experts and sufferers, including X Factor's Demi Lovato.
"I kind of hesitated to even bring it up," Couric told the Associated Press after the taping. "But I felt that if I expect people on my show to be honest, then, when relevant, I owe it to people watching to be honest myself." Couric said she wanted to focus on the guests, but felt she ought to acknowledge "one of the reasons this issue is so important to me: I went through it."
Simon Cowell Carmenically electrified?
The galaxy's most eligible bachelor ( ha!
), Simon Cowell
, whose engagement with makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy
died after two years, may have a new woman in his life. In Touch Weekly cites an Unnamed Witness
who saw Cowell, 52, act in a manner romantic and perhaps even sensual with so-called glamour model and TV personality Carmen Electra
, 40, while "on an intimate date at Ago in West Hollywood on Sept. 23." The source, a fellow diner, tells the mag, "They were really into each other. . . . At one point, they were talking real close, and he leaned in and kissed her. They started making out!" OMG!
Cowell gave the buxom Carmen a job in March, hiring her as a guest judge on Britain's Got Talent. "She has the best set of . . . teeth I have ever seen," he informed the media at the time.
Wiz Khalifa in hit-and-run?
The heavily inked Wiz Khalifa
(Cameron Jibril Thomaz), who has more art on his body than most major art museums, is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department for an alleged hit-and-run. Most awful, the alleged victim wasn't
TMZ says a woman working on a music video shoot with Wiz filed a police report on Wednesday claiming the 25-year-old Pittsburgh rapper had just smashed into her car and sped off. Police have reportedly left messages requesting an interview with Wiz, but had not heard back as of Monday afternoon.
Jake G. & Jennifer L. beat out Eastwood
Baseball lost out to cops 'n' monsters at the box office last weekend, as Jake Gyllenhaal
's crime thriller End of Watch
and Jennifer Lawrence
's scarefest House at the End of the Street
tied for No. 1 at the box office, each raking in $13 mil, according to studio estimates.
Film legend and empty-chair interlocutor Clint Eastwood's baseball drama, Trouble With the Curve, costarring Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake, just missed the top spot, with a $12.7 mil take. Finding Nemo ($9.4 mil) and Resident Evil: Retribution ($6.7 mil) round out the top five.
The big loser this week was Karl Urban's mega-hyped comic-book actioner Dredd 3D, which took in a sad $6.3 mil in its opening weekend to take sixth place.
Football outperforms the Emmys
Sunday night's Jimmy Kimmel
-hosted Emmy Awards telecast on ABC warmed the hearts of an average 13.2 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates, 800,000 more than last year's edition of the self-congratulation orgy on Fox. But the night belonged to NBC's Sunday Night Football
game between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots, which drew an average of 19.8 mil viewers.
A second Phila. show for Lady Gaga Lady Gaga
's Feb. 19 Philly concert sold out in two nanoseconds. Unable to secure tix, thousands were heartbroken. Moved by their plight and possessing infinite Gagaish generosity, her Ladyship has added a second show, Feb. 20, also at the Wells Fargo Center. Tix go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Info: www.LiveNation.com
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