He wrote it to express his disgust when he was invited to a fashion designer's event on condition he wouldn't attend any other fashion shows. "It's like yo! Nobody can tell me where I can and can't go," Kanye says. "Man, I'm the number-one living and breathing rock star. I am Axl Rose; I am Jim Morrison; I am Jimi Hendrix. You can't say that you love music and then say that Kanye West can't come to your show."
Isn't Axl Rose still alive?
Paula Deen? Who's that?
Another sign that Paula Deen's $17 mil food empire has all but collapsed in the wake of the race-related scandal brewing around the fried food maven: On Monday, pork company Smithfield Foods canceled Deen's endorsement contract, saying, "Smithfield condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind."
Deen, who was fired Friday by the Food Network, and her brother Bubba Hiers are being sued for $1.2 mil by a former employee who says she was the target of sexual harassment and racial discrimination while working at Uncle Bubba's Oyster House. Deen will speak up for herself Wednesday on Today.
Tidbits 'n' pieces
The Season 6 finale of AMC's Mad Men Sunday night drew 2.7 mil viewers, the show's highest-rated series finale like ever. . . . Kendra Wilkinson and hub, former Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett, plan to mark four years of marriage by trying to make their second baby, Kendra, 28, tells People. . . . Jim Carrey says in a series of tweets that his movie Kick-Ass 2 is too violent. "I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence," says Jim, referring to the December massacre. "I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart." . . . Paul Giamatti is joining Downton Abbey in Season 4 as the brother of American-born Cora Crawley ( Elizabeth McGovern), says TV Line.
In honor of Jef Lee Johnson
Philly musicians Tim Motzer, Chico Huff, Charlie Patierno, Erik Johnson, and Venissa Santi will pay homage to Germantown-raised guitarist Jef Lee Johnson, who died in January, on Wednesday night at Underground Arts on Callowhill Street. Info: http://undergroundarts.org/.
Gandolfini funeral Thursday
The remains of Sopranos star James Gandolfini arrived in Newark, N.J., from Rome on a charter flight Sunday night, a family friend tells CNN. The actor's funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Manhattan.
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