SHOWBIZ NEWS: Aiken On Apprentice, Travolta Accuser Revealed, Cher, Anderson Cooper And More!

On Sunday’s season finale of Celebrity Apprentice, out singer Clay Aiken came in second place to Arsenio Hall, even though Aiken had been undefeated as team leader and roundly beat Hall in the final challenge, $301,500 to $167,100.  Was it because Hall pulled in a cameo by Magic Johnson for his PSA or because Donald Trump has a thing against gay celebrities who love Broadway? [EW]

John Doe #2, the second masseur to accuse John Travolta of sexual harassment, has made his name known: He’s 40-year-old John Truesdale of Atlanta. meanwhile, another masseur is getting on the lawsuit express for shenanigans at the Eden Roc in Miami. [NYDN]

Cher turned 66 and Grace Jones turned 64. It’s official: 60 is the new fierce. But given the spate of old-school pop gods dying, can we get these ladies some around-the-clock protection?

Mel B got rumors going in January of a Spice Girls reunion and though Victoria Beckham nixed the idea, the other girls seem to be pushing for it as well. Geri Halliwell has said its possible they might put the platform heels back on for the Queen’s Jubille or the London Olympics, both of which happen this year.  ‘I think we need to get our skates on and do it before we are too old!” said Mel C at a recent charity event. [Daily Mail]

The Silver Fox is smart, too: news man Anderson Cooper won Jeopardy! Power Players on Friday night, besting NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell and The New York Times‘ Thomas Friedman. AC nabbed $50,000 for the suicide-prevention nonprofit the Trevor Project. “I was very focused. I was very determined,” he said of his performance [Gay South Florida]

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  • MikeE

    correction: it’s the Queens Jubilee, not “jubille”.

    Considering it’s a big thing for over two billion people (she is technically the “head of state”), it might be considered polite to at least spell it properly if you’re going to bother mentioning it.

  • Continuum

    The end of Apprentice should have been was decisive win by Aiken.

    However, if you look behind the scenes, you realize that Arsenio is aiming toward a new late night talk show on NBC. I’ve got to believe that some backroom network considerations actually decided in favor of Arsenio. Nothing personal. It’s just good publicity for a new NBC talk show host.

    Meanwhile, Aiken pulled it off, got lots of money for his cause, and did the gay image proud.

  • Roxorz


    Aiken wasn’t undefeated as project manager. He was actually 1/2 and should have went home during his loss but threw Penn under the bus. Arsenio however was 2/2 as project manager.

  • Charlie

    Poor Clay – although coming in second on American Idol didn’t hurt his career

  • NomNomNom

    @Roxorz: Arsenio’s win was fixed from the start. He did nothing to earn it. This was Aiken’s win but he was robbed.

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