Stephen Baldwin Was Arrested for Tax Evasion
STEPHEN BALDWIN was arrested in New York yesterday for TAX EVASION. He allegedly owes the state more than $350,000. And they don't think it was a simple oversight. They claim he never even filed a return in 2008, 2009 or 2010.
--The D.A. says, quote, "At a time when Rockland County and New York State face severe fiscal shortfalls, we cannot afford to allow wealthy residents to break the law by cheating on their taxes."
--This is a felony, and Stephen could face up to four years in prison for it. But he pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer says he did nothing wrong.
Brooke Burke Had Cancer Surgery Yesterday
BROOKE BURKE had her thyroid cancer surgery yesterday . . . and it sounds like everything went well. She even Tweeted about it.
--She said, quote, "Thank God it's over. I'm clean, surgery went well and I can talk. Losing my voice was my biggest fear. Thanks for all your prayers and light." She added, quote, "Feels like I got hit by a car."
--Pre-surgery, Brooke posted a picture of herself in her hospital gown, to give us the, quote, "last looks at her neck" before doctors sawed into it.
Lindsay Lohan Hung Out With The Wanted Wednesday Night
So the official word is that LINDSAY LOHAN is NOT nailing MAX GEORGE from THE WANTED, despite how much she supposedly wants to be. But Wednesday night, she was backstage with the band during a gig in Philadelphia.
--And a source says Lindsay hitched a ride on their tour bus to their gig in Boston last night.
--As for Max, the source says, quote, "He doesn't want a girlfriend, and is a single guy . . . but doesn't mind having Lindsay around."
It's On! Between Wendy Williams and Beyonce
WENDY WILLIAMS says she's a BEYONCÉ fan . . . but that didn't stop her from SLAMMING her on her show Wednesday. It was pretty harsh. She basically said Beyoncé sounds DUMB.
--Wendy was talking about Beyoncé's upcoming HBO documentary, and she said she's planning on watching it . . . with subtitles . . . so she can understand what she's saying.
--Wendy said, quote, "I am a Beyoncé fan . . . I'm going to be watching this documentary . . . because fortunately, one of the TVs in our kitchen has closed-captioning, so I'll be able to understand what she says.
--"You know Beyoncé can't talk. Beyoncé sounds like she's got a fifth grade education. She can't talk . . . I just said I was a fan, but we have to call a spade a spade. Honestly. We really do have closed-captioning just for times like that."
--Beyoncé hasn't responded . . . and Wendy hasn't commented on it since.
Chris Rock Says Today's Comedians Aren't That Great
CHRIS ROCK is 47 years old. And apparently, 47 is the new 80. Because Chris steps into grumpy old man territory in the new issue of "Vanity Fair", by complaining about the current state of comedy.
--Asked if today's comedians are better than those he grew up on, Chris says, quote, "Hell [effin'] no."
--He explains, quote, "Show me one guy or woman as funny as Rodney Dangerfield or as good as George Carlin, Richard Pryor,Bill Cosby, or Joan Rivers.
--"There are a lot of good comics out there, no doubt, but as far as the quality of the comics goes, I think what you have is a bunch of situational comics.
--"What we have now is black comics that work only black crowds, gay comics that do only gay crowds, and southern comics that only work down South, and so on with Asian, Latino, Indian, midgets, etc.
--"The previous generation's comics were better because they had to make everybody laugh. Richard Pryor could do 'The Ed Sullivan Show' and play the Apollo."
--As for who stands out, he says, quote, "[Jerry] Seinfeld can work any crowd. Ellen [DeGeneres] can work any crowd. [George] Lopez can work any crowd. And a few more, but the rest of them are just situational comics."