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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 03/26/2007

Comment Box: Britney's Promise, Sanjaya's Future

By Liz Kelly

Any idea of the cred of the rehab facility Britney was in? I think it's called Promises? She leaves after 26 days -- usual stint is 30 or 45. -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live chat

Promises has been in business for 18 years and the facility's Web site boasts that celebrities, grandparents and heads of state looking to get clean have all chosen them for treatment. And, in fact, previous alums include Charlie Sheen and Ben Affleck. While I can't seem to find any mention about length of stay on the site, prospective clients can peruse a Web gallery featuring pix of the oceanfront property, activities like horseback riding and orchid blossoms placed serenely on beds. The facility reportedly runs $1,600 a night and most clients stay a minimum of 30 days.

Maybe Tom Cruise should check himself into rehab, the celeb fashion of the moment. Oh, wait. Do Scientoloweirds allow rehab? -- Cappy

Speaking of rehab... Yes, Cappy, Scientologists do allow rehab and actually claim to have rescued scores of addicts with the L. Ron Hubbard-inspired Narconon substance abuse program. The program -- which relies heavily on vitamin and mineral supplements in conjunction with more traditional methods -- is not without attendant controversy, though, as detailed here.

Any indications how big an impact the Vote for the Worst followers are having with Sanjaya? When they gave a bottom two last night [Wednesday] instead of bottom three, I wondered if it was to keep from letting on that someone else would have rounded out a bottom three.

Although I'm not a regular "American Idol" watcher (please see the incomparable Lisa de Moraes for all things "Idol") I am tracking the progress of Sanjaya Malakar who, thus far, has defied elimination despite repeated battering from the judges (for both his singing and his hair) and comparisons to the tone-challenged William Hung.

Why is Sanjaya still in the running? Democracy in action, it would seem. Both Vote for the Worst and Howard Stern have asked voters to vote Sanjaya and, according to one blogger, Indian call centers may also be doing their part to keep Malakar -- who is half Bengali -- on the show.

Comment of the Week
A big thanks to reader Lisa1 for bringing us all back to reality:
"If it is true that Katie spent $200,000 in a single visit to Barney's, then she should definitely lose the credit cards. Spending up to $25,000 in a day is okay, but over that is a bit much." -- Lisa1

By Liz Kelly  | March 26, 2007; 10:43 AM ET
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