Is Paula Deen Planning a Comeback?
PAULA DEEN has been laying low since last June, after admitting to using the N-word . . . even though she INSISTED she's not racist. In the aftermath, she was dropped from the Food Network and lost a ton of endorsements.
However, she's poised to make a comeback, because her company has just received a BIG investment, which is reportedly worth between $75 million and $100 million.
There's no word what she has in the works, but it might involve a return to TV.
Oscar Losers Take Home a $55,000 Gift Bag.
Don't feel bad for Oscar nominees who don't win, because they go home with some SERIOUS swag . . . in the form of a gift bag worth $55,000. Here's some of what they get:
A Walk Japan tour of Japan, valued at $15,000.
A "Best of Vegas" tour package worth $9,000.
$6,000 worth of Halo Natural Pet Food. (???)
A Steamist home spa system worth $2,650.
A $500 house call from a nutritionist.
An art print worth $1,000.
Plus trips to Mexico and Hawaii, expensive handbags, jewelry and shoes, and even vodka.
Sadly, if you're a nominee for Best Sound Mixing or Best Animated Short Film, you get NOTHING. This gift bag is only for the losers who DON'T NEED IT . . . mainly the actors and directors.
23 Celebrities Who Are Single This Valentine's Day
Buzzfeed.com has a list of celebrities who will be UN-HITCHED for Valentine's Day this year.
Of course, there's a good chance they won't actually be sitting around all by themselves . . . and some of them may even be dating or hooking up with someone that we don't know about yet . . .
The list includes: Miley Cyrus, Michael Cera, Rihanna, George Clooney, Selena Gomez, John Stamos, Zac Efron, Cameron Diaz, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Gosling, who supposedly just broke up with Eva Mendes.
Sandra Bullock, Jared Leto, Sheryl Crow, Taye Diggs, Chelsea Handler, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Miranda Kerr, Colin Farrell, Kristen Stewart, and January Jones.
Seth Meyers Has Lined Up Some Big Names For His First Week of "Late Night"
SETH MEYER'S line-up for his first week as the host of "Late Night" will include: Vice President Joe Biden, Kanye West, Kelly Ripa, Brad Paisley, Lena Dunham, John Mayer, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.
And, as we'd already heard, Amy Poehler will be Seth's guest on his first night. His show launches later this month, on the 24th.
"American Idol" has it's First Openly Gay Contestant
"American Idol" revealed the first portion of this season's Top 30 last night . . . and it includes the show's first ever OPENLY GAY FINALIST. It's 20-year-old M.K. Nobilette, who told the judges she was a lesbian.
She said, quote, "I'm very obviously gay, and there are always gonna be people in America and everywhere else who will definitely hate me. But I think that in the last two years there have been a lot of things that have really changed that, and have made it a positive thing."
In response, HARRY CONNICK JR. murmured, quote, "Thank goodness."