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Posted at 8:33 AM ET, 09/24/2009

New Baby Girl for Jude Law; Mackenzie Phillips Lying About Papa John Affair, Says Stepmom Michelle

By Liz Kelly

Rosie Perez arrives at Wednesday's Hollywood premiere of 'Zombieland.' (Reuters)


Headlines: Jude Law is a father for the fourth time as model Samantha Burke gives birth to baby girl... Michelle Phillips says stepdaughter Mackenzie lying about relationship with Papa John in new book; half-sister Chynna Phillips says revelations are true; brother Tamerlane Phillips calls his family "a bowl of dog urine"... John Travolta describes son's death at Bahamas extortion trial, admits son was autistic... New Michael Jackson single "This Is It" gets October release date... Victoria Beckham insists she's healthy, asks critics to stop "obsessing" over her weight... Marilyn Manson diagnosed with Swine Flu... Betty White to guest-star on upcoming "30 Rock"... Rick Springfield penning autobiography... Ellen Pompeo gives birth to baby girl... Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart sue over nude tape.

Crime Watch: Lawyer Howard K. Stern faces more charges in death of Anna Nicole Smith.

Pix: The most pitiful photo of Jessica Simpson ever taken.

Video: "Dancing with the Stars" pays tribute to Patrick Swayze.

Rumor Mill: Justin Timberlake to play Facebook founder in upcoming movie... Did Katherine Heigl steal Ellen Pompeo's baby news thunder?... Jennifer Jason Leigh expecting first child... "Real Housewives of New York's" Kelly Bensimon to pose nude for Playboy.

Not News: Jennifer Aniston not pregnant, says rep... Amy Winehouse did not spit on 13-year-old, says spokesperson... Anderson Cooper not replacing Regis Philbin.

Chat Day: Join me at 2 p.m. ET for this week's Celebritology Live chat. Then, stick around for detention: The "Lost" Hour at 3 p.m. ET.

Twits will return next week. In the meantime, watch previous episodes of the Web series New TeeVee calls the "funniest, most zeitgeist-y new web series of the fall."

By Liz Kelly  | September 24, 2009; 8:33 AM ET
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Tamerlane Phillips sounds like he has a pretty good grasp of reality. Now, all famous Phillipses need to STFU and go away.

Victoria Beckham, no, you're not.

*Somebody* needs to replace Regis Philben. He's a good couple of years past his expiration date.

There seems to be a mini-epidemic of normal baby names in Hollywood. Congrats to Ellen Pompeo and hubby, and to Jude Law and baby mama on their new additions.

Posted by: northgs | September 24, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Here's the other weird thing about Mackenzie (besides her bizarre family situation)

She said in the Oprah interview that "someone has to be the face of consensual incest."

WHY????? She's not condemning INCEST?

Then - YUCK. She's not complaining about anything? WHAT is she doing? Bragging?

Posted by: Amelia5 | September 24, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't Michelle Phillips pretty much a child herself when she met John Phillips?

Posted by: kvs09 | September 24, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Talk about a picture being worth a 1000 words - Rosie Perez and the zombies.

I take it these guys couldn't wait a full year 'til the next ComicCon? And check out beard-o... maybe not too much of a stretch to get "in to character?"

Posted by: molsonmich | September 24, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

The Phillips family is starting to make the O'Neals look like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting.

Marilyn Manson diagnosed with Swine Flu...Now I don't normally cheer for infectious diseases....

I can't wait till Michael Jackson and Tupac start collaborating and putting out new music.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | September 24, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Phillips has admitted that she helped John raise Mackenzie. So, she has to deny the incest or she bears some of the blame too.

I find the fact Marilyn Manson has swine flu amazingly hilarious for some reason. It just seems so fitting.

Rick, you had one or two hits in the 80s and were on General Hospital. What else is there to put in your autobiography? The cell phone commercial?

Posted by: epjd | September 24, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

While incestuous rape is not a topic to take lightly, I find Mackenzie's choice of words to be puzzling. She doesn't say she was raped, molested, or taken advantage of. She says she and her father "had sex" together. Eeeewwww! Something doesn't jibe here. But the lesson to learn is: drugs are bad mm'kay.

Posted by: jelo97 | September 24, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

ep - BUT - why would Michelle Phillips share the blame of incest that happened AFTER Mackenzie was grown up and not living at home? That's the weirdness in this story - Mackenzie's talking about sex with dad at age 19 (first event) AFTER that sex she had with Mick Jagger, etc. She wasn't living with Michelle when the sex began. (first a rape, then consensual, according to Mackenzie).

John Travolta's testimony is so sad - and he admits his son has Austism. So how does that fit with their Scientology beliefs that Austism doesn't exist. What a sad situation.

Posted by: Amelia5 | September 24, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

kvs09 - yep. I believe that Michelle was about 17 and John was about 10 years older when they married. And I think they were only married for a short time.

Posted by: VaLGaL | September 24, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

According to other sources, Mackenzie did characterize the event as "rape," at least in the beginning.

Posted by: sarahabc | September 24, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

You know what I'm tired of? Celebrities vomiting their personal lives and then hiding behind the claim, "If I help one person, it will be worth it." How about all the girls who hear Mac Phillips' gross claims and are now freaked out about being around their own fathers? The (normal) father-daughter relationship is one that can be so beneficial to dad and daughter but the incredibly ick Phillips family have just poo'ed all over that.

Posted by: kathycoulnj | September 24, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Michelle was around when dad was giving the drugs to Mackenzie. And I am not so sure she was "out of the house" at 19. I am betting something happened earlier. Which is what Michelle really doesn't want coming out. Michelle has her own image to protect.

I doubt some kid is going to be afraid of their own father just because of Mackenzie Phillips. After all, millions of kids did not get completely strung out on drugs because of her. But, it might help a child who IS being molested come for. If the father and daughter have a normal healthy relationship, this news won't change it.

Posted by: epjd | September 24, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Dorkus, you beat me to the punch about the O'Neals seeming normal compared with the Phillips family.

I'm seeing an Ick. Nast. "Family Feud" with Richard Dawson in the middle asking: "One hundred people were asked to name five things celebrity dads have done that are reprehensible. Five things."


Richard: Ryan!

Ryan: Hitting on your daughter at your wife's funeral.

Richard: Hitting on your daughter at your wife's funeral. Did you do that? Interesting. By the way, you were GREAT in "The Main Event." Do you still box? Survey says? [DING] Number 2. 11 people said hitting on your daughter. To the Phillipses.

John: Sleeping with your daughter after a drug-filled haze.

Richard: Whoa! Are we on a delay? Monday Monday, can't trust YOU any day, Papa. Let's see. Survey says?


Richard: Number one!

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | September 24, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

If the long history of posthumous releases from people like Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon are anything to go by, "This Is It" probably isn't it.

"Rick Springfield penning autobiography." Prediction: Jesse's girl will sue to block publication.

"Justin Timberlake to play Facebook founder in upcoming movie." If this were true, that sentence would be JT's status update, wouldn't it?

You know your career's not going well when your PR flack has to announce that you did not spit on a 13-year-old. (Not as bad as having your brother compare you to dog urine, mind you, but still...)

Posted by: byoolin1 | September 24, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

My heart breaks for the Travoltas. Even though they are freaky alien Scientology freakos.

Posted by: jaybbub | September 24, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Number 5 answer to that Family Feud question: "Passed along chin to daughter Rumer."

Posted by: byoolin1 | September 24, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Dear God, what happened to Rick Springfield? He looks like h_ll. Is he anorexic? And what's the with the bad late-era Michael Jackson hair? Wow. No one will EVER call you Bruce again.

And you know, I'm just not that interested in your biography -- the hookers in 'Nam, whatever you did or didn't do on GH with Bobbie. None of it.

Besides, didn't anyone ever tell you, "don't talk to strangers"? Baby, don't you talk.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | September 24, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

RE: Mackenzie Phillips - Unfortunately all the blurbs that are being published paint a certain picture but if you go to Oprah's show website (yes I know but I was interested to see if they had more info now that the show had aired) she talks about being raped earlier by her Dad and my impression is that she was always out cold from drugs so she doesn't really know what happened when. Also, the man was pumping his kids with drugs so really how can anything be surprising. I mean the whole family knew they did drugs together. How messed up is that!!?

Posted by: Vienna8425 | September 24, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

What do people think about Ellen Pompeo named her daughter Stella Luna? Isn't that the name of a bat in a children's book? I guess it's better than Inspektor Pilot...

Oooh, and Stella Luna is a pretty hot shoe brand, too.

Posted by: KnockKnock | September 24, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

KnockKnock, good catch on the Pompeo kid name. In fact, we were just talking about the book "Stellaluna" here on Friday. Let's hope Ellen doesn't lose her child during an owl attack, causing her to be raised by an intolerant bird.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | September 24, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Hey td, that made me think of Daisy Owl. If you all have not seen this independent comic strip, you should check it out. Just google Daisy Owl...

I just can't talk about incest anymore except to reiterate - therapy. now. lots. It will never be enough.

Posted by: VaLGaL | September 24, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Stella Luna sounds like a beer to me.

Posted by: suzannepdc | September 24, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Jessica Simpson is having trouble losing weight. Sweetie, try sleeping in Africa without the fly nets and catch malaria. Problem solved!

"I mean, you don’t hire a doctor to play a doctor on TV, you hire an actor to play a doctor." -Rick Springfield
Tell that to Sanjay Gupta and Nancy Snyderman.

Ellyn Garafalo, representing Anna Nicole's psychiatrist, says that photographs found on a computer of the two women naked together in a bathtub are just evidence of a friendship. Ellyn, if you ever wish to write your autobiography, you should hook up with Mackenzie Phillips.

Posted by: mdreader01 | September 24, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Jessica Simpson has a right to look pitiful. I can't imagine losing my dog to a wild coyote. Poor Daisy. :(

Posted by: themegnapkin | September 24, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Sanjay Gupta, it was reported yesterday that he also has swine flu.
Hilariously ironic on both accounts. No I can't say that, I'm a doc. Get well, you two and please, please cover your mouths and wash your hands!!

Leave Jess alone while she is in mourning.(so what is an acceptable length of mourning for a dog?)

So are we now to expect the trend in baby names to be characters from our favorite Children's story? I guess it's good her favorite book was not Watership Down.

Michelle Phillips needs to wake up and smell the dog urine. Ick, nast indeed.

Posted by: hodie | September 24, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Mackenzie hoped to be didactic
In telling her story climactic;
Her Papa, she said,
Put his Phillips head
Inside her with no prophylactic.

News Short n' Sweet by JFD8

Posted by: jd121 | September 24, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

As I said yesterday, no one can prove what happened between John and Mackenzie Phillips. It is useless to speculate. As I recall, Michelle was also gorked out on drugs, so how would she know?
Tamerlane Phillips (and Chynna, for that matter) were named long before the new plain-name trend, if that's what it is, took hold.

I guess Stella Luna is better than Stella D'Oro.

DWTS did have a decent tribute to the Swayze. Couldn't figure out which dance was supposed to represent "Roadhouse," though.

I guess zeitgeist-y is a half-translation of zeitgeisterei.

Posted by: reddragon1 | September 24, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

jd121...the best excuse to get a Twitter account that I've had all week.

Posted by: mdreader01 | September 24, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

jessica does indeed look sad
but at least everyone in dallas cant blame her for romo being crappy... turns out he's terrible all by himself

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | September 24, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Could Travolta admitting his kid had autism be his first baby step away from $cientology?

Either he'll be an even stronger promoter of the "religion," saying how it helped him through this troubling time, or he'll be it's biggest, & hopefully loudest, opponent.

Here's to hoping it's the latter & not the former.

His leaving & speaking out would certainly be a very big knife in the heart of their "tech."

Posted by: wadejg | September 24, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

jd121 YOU ROCK - that would be good rock, without the ick.nast. Many thanks to you.

Posted by: agog1 | September 24, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I loved the book Stella Luna (yes she was a bat), but probably wouldn't name a child after it ... oh well, guess she can go by Stella.

Posted by: Californian11 | September 24, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

reddragon1 wrote:Tamerlane Phillips (and Chynna, for that matter) were named long before the new plain-name trend, if that's what it is, took hold.

I saw the name Tamerlane in this story and vaguely remembered he was related to Genghis Khan. A google search confirms that the guy calling himself Tamerlane claimed to be a descendant of Genghis, and sought to re-create his ancestor's exploits. A few examples of his adventures: he invaded Syria, sacked Aleppo and captured Damascus after defeating the Mamluk army. The city's inhabitants were massacred, except for the artisans, who were deported to Samarkand. This led to Tamerlane's being publicly declared an enemy of Islam.
In 1400 he invaded Armenia and Georgia. More than 60,000 people from the Caucasus were captured as slaves, and many districts were depopulated.He invaded Baghdad in June 1401. After the capture of the city, 20,000 of its citizens including Muslims were massacred. He ordered that every soldier should return with at least two severed human heads to show him.

What a guy, that Tamerlane. Phillips' decision to name his son after him makes some of the recent celeb baby names seem normal by comparison. I'd prefer a fictional bat to a murderous tyrant.

Posted by: newengland1 | September 24, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"He ordered that every soldier should return with at least two severed human heads to show him."

Tamerlane, meet Aldo Raine: "And gentlemen, I want my scalps."

Posted by: byoolin1 | September 24, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Missed the chat today but just read the transcript, and I would like to say "Thank You Liz" for the belly laughs ... being terrorized by giant brown cowbirds AND a stinkbug! Quite a day.

I am wondering what Andy and Opie thought of the bird invasion out the window, and if they caught the stinkbug and are currently batting it around as a toy.

Posted by: Californian11 | September 24, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Michelle Phillips pretty much a child herself when she met John Phillips
michelle phillips is not mackenzie's mother. her mother is susan adams. his first wife.

Posted by: frieda406 | September 24, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Californian, you prompted me to go over to You Tube and look again at Simon's Cat "Fly Guy" which is utterly hilarious.

I will totally lay off Jessica for awhile. It's just too sad. You have to be so vigilant in LA, especially in the hills. It's very cool to live side by side with so much wildlife, but it's dangerous too. My friends have cats they used to let out (drove me nuts) and one of them was nearly carted off by a great horned owl. He survived, but was a mess.

I can't help thinking that Billy Ray Cyrus is thinking, see, I'm not THAT bad re Mackenzie Phillips' revelations, and thankful that between Ryan hitting on Tatum and this latest, no one is talking about him as icky father of the year.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | September 24, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I know I've said this before, and sometimes attributed it to the makeup on the show, but come on--if Stephen Moyer is 39 then I'm a monkey's uncle, or aunt as the case may be.,,20307819,00.html

The Swayze is on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. )-:

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | September 24, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

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