Today's Evil Beet Gossip

Jon Stewart and Steve Colbert Are Going Back to Work


On January 7, with the rest of the late-night crew. It seems Comedy Central put some pressure on them to do this, as they’ve released the following (hilarious) joint statement:

“We would like to return to work with our writers. If we cannot, we would like to express our ambivalence, but without our writers we are unable to express something as nuanced as ambivalence.”

Maybe they can’t express ambivalence, but they can sure still be damn funny.

The WGA’s all pissed, of course, and released the following retort:

“Comedy Central forcing Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert back on the air will not give the viewers the quality shows they’ve come to expect. The only way to get the writing staffs back on the job is for the AMPTP companies to come back to the table prepared to negotiate a fair deal with the Writers Guild.”

I’m really really interested to see how these shows fare sans writers. Stewart and Colbert are genuinely funny guys, and writers themselves, but can they hold down an entire show without help?

We’re gonna find out, kids.

Your Daily Britney

Britney Spears Shopping for Jamie-Lynn Baby Clothes

I guess now she’s willing to admit her sister’s pregnant, and is ready and willing to capitalize on it.

Britney dragged the paps to a souvenir shop in LA on Thursday night, where she bought baby clothes for Jamie-Lynn (well, for Jamie-Lynn’s child-to-be, although both are arguably babies) and then hit up a Carl’s Jr.

She’s also sporting a new blemish on the right side of her chin, which the paps seem to think is some manner of herpes sore or something, but I think it’s just a zit. Be your own judge.

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More Legal Troubles for Britney


Fresh from my inbox:

“Extra” has confirmed that a default was entered against Britney Spears involving a lawsuit that was filed against her by her former manager, Johnny Wright. The clerk of the courts signed the default on December 18, 2007, according to court papers obtained by “Extra.”

“A default is hereby entered against the Defendant, Britney Spears, for failure to file an answer or responsive pleading to Plaintiff’ Complaint filed with this court on October 26, 2007, as required by Florida Rules of Civil Procedure 1.140 (a) (1) and within the time specified on the Summons.”

The papers show that Spears was personally served with the lawsuit at a medical building in the garage/valet area in Beverly Hills, California.

“This service was filmed by various tabloid and TV network photographers,” the papers state.

According to the documents, Spears never responded to the lawsuit.

I don’t know what any of this means. I looked up “default” and basically it means that, by not responding, you agree you’re guilty. Wright sued Britney in November, claiming she contractually owes him commissions for deals negotiated on her behalf through February 2008.

So whatever. Britney’s not going to pay. She doesn’t care.

Put her in jail!!!!!!!!

Stephen Colbert Is the AP’s Celebrity of the Year


Congrats to Stephen Colbert, who, although he won’t be President next year, was selected Celebrity of the Year by newspaper editors and broadcast producers who said Colbert had the biggest impact on pop culture in 2007.

First runner-up was J.K. Rowling, followed by Al Gore.

Colbert sent the AP this email: “In receiving this award, I am pleased that I was chosen over two great spinners of fantasy — J.K. Rowling and Al Gore. It is truly an honor to be named the Associated Press’ Celebrity of the Year. Best of all, this makes me the official front-runner for next year’s Drug-Fueled Downward Spiral of the year. P.S. Look for my baby bump this spring!”

The Duff Sisters Put a Reporter in His Place

Hey, you know what always used to put me in an awesome mood?

My parents’ divorce. That was so much fun. In fact, when I look back on it, the only thing that could have made that particular point in my life better was a reporter in my face.

Haylie and Hilary seem to agree, as they cuss out some paparazzi who won’t leave them alone as they leave their parents’ divorce hearing.

Rock on, girls.

The fun starts around 1:45.