Celebritology Weekend: Jesse James surfaces on 'Nightline'; Bono undergoes emergency surgery
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.
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| May 22, 2010; 5:04 AM ET
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