Today's Evil Beet Gossip

Remember When People Cared About Janet Jackson’s Wardrobe Malfunction?

CBS Takes FCC to Court over Janet Jackson Wardrobe Malfunction Fine

Remember when that was scandalous? Oh my God! A nipple! For half a second!

Ah, we used to be so innocent.

Apparently — in what must be a galaxy far, far away — people still care about that story. Because CBS is challenging a $550,000 fine issued by the Federal Communications Commission for the event, claiming that they took considerable precautions to prevent something like this from happening.

CBS’s lawyer said the network took many precautions, including choosing Jackson and Justin Timberlake over more provocative performers, reviewing the script, voicing concerns about ad-libbed remarks and applying a 5-second audio delay. But the FCC lawyer said that CBS knowingly allowed a “highly sexualized performance” to take place, without concern for the risks involved.

I think I speak for all of us when I say: Who cares???

Who’s to Blame for Britney’s VMA Flop?

Why Did Britney Spears Flop at the VMAs?

The fingers, they are a-pointin’.

Up now: Jeff Kwatinetz, Britney’s newish manager. Jeff picked up Britney after Kelly Clarkson dumped his ass.

But the New York Post says Britney has no one to blame but herself. I’m just going to put their whole article here:

Britney Spears has no one to blame but herself for her disastrous performance at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night. The lip-synching pop tart showed up for her big comeback late, unprepared and with a drink in her hand.

On Saturday, the day before the VMAs, Spears was scheduled to arrive at rehearsal at around 1 p.m. Our spy said, “She didn’t even get to Las Vegas until 4:30 p.m. It was ridiculous . . . The production people at MTV were freaking out . . . Nobody can tell Britney what to do anymore. No one can control her. She is a mess.”

To make matters worse, when she arrived in Vegas, Spears didn’t go straight to rehearsals.

“She went to her hotel room and ordered a bunch of food and some frozen margaritas,” the spy said. “She came down, like, an hour later with a frozen margarita in her hand.”

When Spears preformed on Sunday, she stumbled a couple times and couldn’t remember the words she was lip-syncing. She covered her mouth at one point but by the end of the song had simply given up any pretense of singing.

“The dance number was spectacular – without her,” said our spy at rehearsal. “When the stand-in was rehearsing with the dancers, in the hours they were all waiting for her, it was amazing. Then Britney showed up and refused to do anything. The dancers were supposed to lift and twirl her in the air a few times, and that just wasn’t going to happen. The more complicated dance moves had to be erased because she couldn’t do them.”

Meanwhile, Spears was agitated because she didn’t like the outfit MTV had selected for her.

“MTV wanted her to wear a corset outfit. It would have looked great and covered a lot of things up, but she hated it and didn’t think it was sexy enough.”

Instead, Spears changed into a spangly bra-and-underwear outfit she’d brought with her that emphasized her weight gain over the last year.

MTV execs weren’t the only ones worried about Spears’ impending debacle. Another spy said, “The dancers were texting pals, asking them to pray for them. They were worried.”

After Spears performed at the VMAs, she allegedly broke down in tears but then partied until 3 a.m. She changed outfits several times and again was photographed by paparazzi wearing no underwear.

…And We’re Back! (Plus Rachael Ray!)

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Sorry that posting has been slow/non-existent so far today. No, I didn’t decide to sleep in really, really late. Actually, I got up bright and early and met Evil T to be in the audience for a taping of the Rachael Ray show.

I have to admit, I was skeptical about the whole thing. I’ve never been a huge Rachael Ray fan, but T was so excited about it, and it was sweet of her to invite me, so I woke up earlier than I have since I moved to New York, took the F over to 42nd street and then walked like 20 blocks to the Rachael Ray studios, on 42nd and 3rd ave (I haven’t quite mastered the NYC subways yet).

To be honest, watching Rachael Ray was like the least fun part of it. Mostly because I don’t care much about her. But the comedian who kept the audience alert and laughing was fantastic, the staff was great, and, after Rachel cooked her meal of chicken and broccoli, she brought it right over to me and T!!!! So we got to sit there eating yummy home cookin’ while the rest of the audience looked on jealously. Woo hoo! Plus — the portion of the studio where the audience sits actually spins, so we can watch Rachael on all the sets. The spinning was awesome.

Anyway, I’m back home now, and we’ll get to the gossip.

LC, Noooooooo!!!

Lauren Conrad Hooking up with Cisco Adler after the VMAs?

Is it just me, or did Lauren Conrad look less than thrilled to be at the VMAs last night? In her pre-show interview, she stood as far away from Su Chin Pak as possible, and let Audrina and Whitney do most of the talking. And it couldn’t have helped that Justin Timberlake was talking shit about all the reality shows on MTV with LC standing right behind him.

Later that night, she was spotted sucking face with none other than Whitestarr frontman Cisco Adler, the gross-looking dude with the huge balls who’s been linked to both Kim Stewart and Mischa Barton, for reasons that baffle me.

Come on, Lauren!!! I thought you had way better taste than that.