It's Official . . . Lance Armstrong Has Admitted to Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs
During Part 1 of their interview last night, LANCE ARMSTRONG admitted to OPRAH WINFREY right up front that he used performance-enhancing drugs during all seven of his Tour de France wins.
--He was relatively straightforward in admitting he had no excuse . . . but at the same time, he did play the "everybody else was doing it" card a few times.
--In this little lightning round of yes or no questions, we learned that Lance did indeed use performance-enhancing drugs to win ALL SEVEN of his Tour de France titles.
--Those drugs included EPO . . . testosterone, cortisone and human growth hormone. He also used "blood doping" and blood transfusions.
--And he admitted that he did not believe it would have been possible to win all those titles without doping.
--One thing Lance readily admitted to was that he ruined a lot of people who tried to call him out on his doping over the years. And he said he's trying to make amends.
-One of the people he has already spoken to personally is BETSY ANDREU, the wife of Armstrong's former teammate FRANKIE ANDREU. And while she hasn't quite forgiven him yet, he did set one thing straight with her.
--Apparently, she believed that he had called her, quote, "a fat, crazy [B-word]." But he says during their recent conversation, he told her, quote, "Listen, I called you crazy. I called you a [B-word], I called you all these things, but I never called you fat." (What?!???)
--Lance also said he'd help clean up cycling if asked . . . and yes, he knows how hypocritical that sounds.
Ozzy Osbourne Was Injured in a House Fire After His Wife Fell Asleep With a Candle Burning
OZZY OSBOURNE suffered minor injuries in a house fire yesterday morning, that was started by a candle that was left burning too long.
On "The Talk" yesterday, SHARON said, quote, "Ozzy's front of his hair from (his ear down is), gone! His eyebrows (are gone) . . . he's got like, skinned cheeks."
--The fire broke out around 5am at their Beverly Hills home. It started because Sharon fell asleep with a CANDLE still burning.
--Luckily, firefighters showed up before things got out of hand. But Ozzy did suffer some minor injuries. Sharon described those injuries yesterday on "The Talk".
--She said, quote, "My husband had an operation on his hand yesterday so he's in a complete cast . . . He comes down and goes, ‘Oh, the fire, the fire!’ (and tries to put it out) with his hand in the cast.
--"Then he opens the French doors and I go into the kitchen and throw water on it and it erupted.
--"Ozzy's front of his hair from (his ear down is), gone! His eyebrows (are gone) . . . he's got like, skinned cheeks. We are, like, two idiots, it was like The Three Stooges.
--"Everything you are not meant to do . . . go to bed with candles alight, open the doors and put water on . . . we did it all."
--She added, quote, "I apologize to my husband because he put himself out. He made his hand worse, it started to bleed, the whole nine yards, and I’m sorry and I love you and I will never light a candle again."
Michael J. Fox Doesn't Want His Son to Date Taylor Swift
At the "Golden Globes", TINA FEY and AMY POEHLER made a joke about TAYLOR SWIFT going after MICHAEL J. FOX'S 23-year-old son Sam. Would Michael be okay with that? Apparently not.
--He was asked about it at an event in New York City the other day and he said, quote, "No, no . . . just back off."
--Although he added that he hardly even knows who she is . . . quote, "I don't keep up with it at all. Taylor Swift writes songs about everybody she goes out with, right? What a way to build a career."
"Ted 2" is Happening
Since "Ted" is the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time internationally, a sequel is pretty much a no-brainer.
--On ANDERSON COOPER'S show today, MARK WAHLBERG says, quote, "Seth [MacFarlane] is writing now and I've never done a sequel before, but I have just so much confidence in Seth. He's such a talented and funny guy."
--He added that he and Ted, the computer-animated bear, will appear at the Oscars.
DJ Skrillex Caught His Hair on Fire While Blowing Out His Birthday Candles
SKRILLEX . . . the Dubstep DJ that Smiley loves . . . celebrated his 25th birthday on Tuesday with a private get together.
--The highlight of the night was when he blew out the candles on his cake . . . and briefly set that long, greasy hair of his ON FIRE. At least he was able to laugh about it.
"American Idol's" Season Premiere Ratings Were Down 19% from Last Year
The 12th season premiere of "American Idol" averaged 17.9 million viewers on Wednesday night. That's down 19% from last year's premiere, which attracted 21.9 million viewers. It's also an ALL-TIME LOW for a season premiere . . . assuming you're not counting Season One, when no one knew what "Idol" was.