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Posted at 5:04 AM ET, 05/22/2010

Celebritology Weekend: Jesse James surfaces on 'Nightline'; Bono undergoes emergency surgery

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney

The three stories you need to know about this weekend...


Apparently stepping out on America's Sweetheart is one way to land a splashy interview on ABC's "Nightline." Erstwhile cable show host Jesse James, who betrayed cute-as-a-button Oscar winner Sandra Bullock with at least one buxom tattoo model, considers himself the "most hated man in the world." Which may be a bit of a stretch, but we're guessing James won't get much sympathy when his first interview since the cheating scandal erupted in March airs on Tuesday. Expect James to open up about his infidelity, a short stint in rehab and whether or not he'll have any part in raising Louis Bardo, the baby he and Bullock were in the process of adopting when the cheating scandal broke. Oh, and based on footage already making rounds on the Web, a visibly upset James comes thisclose to shedding a few tears.


Add U2 frontman Bono to the sick and injured list. In a statement posted to the band's official website, manager Paul McGuinness said the Irishman -- who just celebrated his 50th birthday on May 10 -- underwent emergency back surgery on Friday in Munich, Germany. The singer apparently hurt himself preparing for the next leg of the band's tour, scheduled to kick off June 3 in Salt Lake City. That concert date, by the way, has already been scuttled, but McGuinness assured fans the band would reschedule any missed shows.


Leave it to Bieber: Justin Bieber, the 16-year-old singing sensation possessed of a gravity and wind defying 'do, is everywhere. In the past week he's been spotted getting a tattoo, quoted describing himself as a "great kisser," scored a BET Award nomination, appeared on "American Idol" and -- in what has become a viral Web sensation -- captured on video walking into the glass door of a German hotel. Enough already. Just in time to prevent a Bieber fever pandemic, open source coders at the Free Art and Technology Lab this week deployed the killerest of apps: a Firefox add-on that strips all mentions of Bieber from Web pages as you browse.


Buzziest Celebs of the Week (based on our weekly poll of Celebritology readers, these are the three top celebs in the news for the week of May 16 – 22):

1. Bret Michaels: The Poison frontman survives another setback (stroke) and plans to make an appearance on Sunday's live "Apprentice" season finale.

2. Lindsay Lohan: A supposedly stolen passport leads to a missed court date and a (now rescinded) arrest warrant.

3. John Travolta and Kelly Preston: The couple -- who lost 16-year-old son Jett last year -- announce they are expecting "a new addition" to their family.


Pop Culture Pick
The moment ABC has humbly declared "The Television Event of the Decade" is upon us: the finale of "Lost," one of the most dissected shows in the history of the medium, airs Sunday night in a four-hour plus marathon of Oceanic Airlines excess. Will we finally figure out why Walt killed birds? Why Ben Linus stashed so many starched shirts in his secret room? Who was responsible for those Dharma food drops? Why eyeball close-ups have been a recurring motif throughout all six seasons? Probably not. But this much we do know: The "Lost" devout will watch, exceedingly closely, together. And after it's over, they will cry alone.


You Said It: A selection of notable reader comments from the past week...

"Lindsay's dad is not competent enough to organize a theft of her passport. He can barely get into a decent Twitter war." -- epjd's take on Lindsay Lohan's assertion that her father, Michael Lohan, had her passport stolen.

"Thank goodness for the lack of excess weight." -- Nosy_Parker reacts to news that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were passengers aboard a plane forced to make an emergency landing in Virginia earlier this week.

By Liz Kelly and Jen Chaney  | May 22, 2010; 5:04 AM ET
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Kind of ironic that he's in Germany when the head bang happened, in light of the video a few weeks back where he didn't know what "german" was.

Posted by: tojo45 | May 22, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Jesse James’ TV interview on Nightline next week may be his way of reaching out to Sandra Bullock and asking for a second chance. See Will Jesse James’ Nightline Interview Convince Sandra Bullock to Take Him Back? at

After seeing Jesse on TV, and hearing what he has to say, Sandra Bullock may have a change of heart.

Posted by: RuthHouston | May 22, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Hey, one of my goals was to make the weekend Celebritology column. Thanks for helping me achieve another dream, your Majesties.

Posted by: epjd | May 22, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

In fairness to our boy Justin, I must point out that he was being interviewed by a New Zealander, whose accent made "German" sound like "Jewman". Can't blame him by being confused by that.

Posted by: justmike | May 22, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

“I’m the most hated man in the world.” This guy has got to be kidding! Hollywood most certainly has a way of inflating egos; but, come on! Sneaking around behind the back of one of the most beautiful, talented, and successful, not to mention one of the wealthiest women in Tinsel Town hardly qualifies you for world wide enmity and even infamy. I couldn’t pick this dude out of a lineup! But, all this media exposure is a double edged sword that could place some credence in the notion that Jesse James is one of the stupidest men in the free world!

The dubious honor of being the most hated, I believe would still have to go to George W. Bush even though I do not personally share that sentiment. One of the most admirable achievements of this famous man (which, in my view, he does not share with Sandra Bullock) has to be his choice of mates, one of the most charming, gracious and yes, beautiful women in the world – Laura Bush would have been something special even if she hadn’t married a future president. I doubt anything close to this acclaim would have gone to the biggest joke in Hollywood on his own.

So, Jesse James should just ride off into the sunset and try to get a grip on his boundless ego. He needs to begin by recognizing that he is a nobody with no legitimate claim to fame of his own. A healthy piece of the Bullock fortune, reputedly in the neighborhood of $85 million dollars! should give him ample resources to further screw up his life and take a few more innocent people with him.

John W. McAlister
Ethical Universe

Posted by: johnmcalister43 | May 22, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Puhleeze, Mr John "Ethical Universe" McAlister. Are you trying to say that Sandra Bullock has made "admirable achievements" in her life? Which are these achievements exactly, besides making a lot of money? Speed? Ms. Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous? I mean, come on. This woman has never made a good movie in her life. Even Julia Roberts, America's OTHER no-talent "sweetheart," actually tried to act in a dramatic role or two. And Sandra's nose has been operated on more times than Micheal Jackson's -- I'm still waiting for that schnozz to pop off her face during one of her red carpet appearances and land in someone else's lap.

My point? You have no idea what went on behind closed doors in the Bullock/James marriage, and you have no right to judge either of the participants. Never forget that the money machine is running full-time in Sandra's defense -- most likely there's plenty of blame to go around on both sides...

Posted by: jerkhoff | May 22, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Liz & Jen. It's an honor to have one's work acknowledged by professional Celebritologists!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 22, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

What's the difference between a man who cheats and one who does not when a divorce is involved? In the former case, they can rub on the face of the husband that he cheated, but in the latter, they tell him that it is not in the "best interest of the child" to give custody to him. Final result? The same. In most cases sole custody will go to the mother and gender extortion begins. I say: well done Jesse. Enjoy while you are still young and get involved with as many women as you possibly can (without getting diseases of course). However, I must admit that the "bombshell" was just a low life and that Jesse seems to have bad taste with women.

Posted by: voxofreason | May 23, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

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