Psychic Predicted Barbara's Heart Trouble; Son Of Dana Plato Commits Suicide

  • Last summer, psychic James Van Praagh appeared on The View, and reportedly told Barbara Walters there was an issue with her blood. Barbara said later, "I'm skeptical and Mr. Van Praagh knows it," but now she's having heart surgery.
  • At the time Babs said, "I am absolutely normal... I think [Van Praagh's declaration] was a dangerous thing to do!" Now that she's undergoing surgery for a valve replacement, Praagh has come forward to gloat. "I never push my insights to anyone, but told her that I saw a lot of white blood cells which could mean an infection in the future. I also said she had bad blood around her heart, which she emphatically denied, and then she later said I was 'dangerous,'" he laments. [N.Y. Post]
  • Lindsay Lohan has to go to court on May 20 and prove she's attended 13 alcohol education classes. That means she has to do four more classes in the next eight days. [TMZ]
  • Larry King's reps announced today that his divorce is off. [TMZ]
  • Larry King's mother-in-law says the couple reunited for the kids. "Those little boys are everything to them," she said. "Larry adores them, Shawn adores them – and they're just fine and they're going to be fine." [Radar]
  • The National Enquirer is reporting that Matt Lauer has left his wife of 12 years, Annette Roque, due to a cheating scandal. [Perez]
  • Adam DiVello "said he doesn't think Heidi and Spencer will come back for the Hills series finale," according to a source. Could it have something to do with her accusing him of sexual harassment? [Us]
  • Sean Penn took a plea deal today and pleaded no contest to one count of vandalism for an altercation with a paparazzo in October. He was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service. [TMZ]
  • Today a judge rejected a motion from alleged Burglar Bunch member Nicholas Prugo to force prosecutors to give him a plea deal because he thinks they "implied" they'd do so before he ratted out his friends. [AP]
  • Joe Jackson issued a statement to Michael Jackson supporters planning to attend a hearing for Dr. Conrad Murray saying, "We would like to urge fans that are planning to attend to please do so in peace, unity and love for Michael. There should be NO violence, NO slander, NO yelling, and NO bad-mouthing or name-calling of Murray or his supporters... By calling names, we are lowering ourselves to their level." Just how many Dr. Conrad Murray fans will be turning out for this event? [TMZ]
  • According to sources, football legend Lawrence Taylor's lawyers will argue that he's not guilty of raping a 16-year-old because he performed a "masturbatory act" while she was in the room but didn't have sex with her. [TMZ]
  • The 25-year-old son of Diff'rent Strokes actress Dana Plato has committed suicide, almost exactly 11 years since his mother took her own life. [Radar]
  • Former Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges says he was "distraught" by news of the suicide. [Radar]
  • Looking for book recommendations from Jessica Simpson? This summer she's planning to read The Power of Now by Eckhardt Tolle, Made For Goodness by Desmond Tutu, and Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. [People]
  • In this clip from tomorrow's Oprah, Taylor Lautner says that what he's looking for in a lady is "loyalty" and "honesty." Snooze. [People]
  • Here's another clip from Oprah in which Robert Pattinson reveals, "I used to want to be a rapper when I was, like, 14." [People]
  • The owner of a Bible that once belonged to Elvis Presley reveals that on the last page he wrote "I love ya mama" next to the date she was buried. On the first page: A list of family members' birthdays, and a note that he owes one of them money. [The Telegraph]
  • Bachelorette star Jen Schefft is pregnant. [Us]
  • Katy Perry and Russell Brand have adopted a cat together and named it Krusty. [People]
  • Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence says he wants to change the name of the show for next season. "Partly as a result of common sense and partly from [the studio's] research, they find too many instances of testing of people saying they would never watch a show called Cougar Town - ‘I don't want to see some show about a 40-year-old woman nailing younger guys,'" says Lawrence. "And then they screen an episode, and people go, ‘Oh, I would watch this show.'" [People]
  • Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola's lawyer says she didn't punch a woman in the head at a Florida nightclub. "This is attention-seeking behavior on behalf of the alleged victim, an opportunity to get her name in the papers as evidenced by her press conference," he said. "The whole thing is a mockery, an absolute dog-and-pony show." [CBS News]
  • A friend says of the Jersey Shore cast's various recent brawls, "All this fighting is ridiculous and I think they might just be fighting for face time." The kids are trying to convince MTV not to replace the with "bigger, bolder, and more brazen" cast members. [Radar]
  • Danica McKellar posed in Maxim to promote her new book Hot X: Algebra Exposed. [Fox News]
  • All My Children star Chrishell Stause says she broke up with Glee's Matthew Morrison because she thought he was cheating. "I decided to break off our engagement," she says, "because I believed he was seeing other people and just wasn't ready to fully commit." Chrishell didn't elaborate, but sources say they split after he hooked up with Lea Michele. [Star]
  • Redmond O'Neal has been given permission to leave drug rehab and move into a sober living facility. [Radar]
  • The U.S. Postal Service has issued a Katharine Hepburn stamp today, which would have been her 103rd birthday. [PR Newswire]
  • The I.R.S. has filed a $24,000 tax lien against Jeff Bridges, and somehow this is part of the "Oscar curse." [Detroit News]
  • Elton John says he turned down a $33 million offer to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol. [Access Hollywood]
  • GLAAD has issued a statement about a recent Newsweek article many claim is homophobic, saying it "has been in dialogue with Newsweek to provide space for views on the subject that expand their readers' understanding of this issue past the harmful attitudes of writers like Setoodeh, whose perspective is used to pressure gay actors to stay closeted." The organization says it supports Glee creator Ryan Murphy "in urging Newsweek to issue an apology," but isn't calling for a boycott. [NYT]
  • In a radio interview Dominic Monaghan said the IRA did his hometown of Manchester, England a "favor" by bombing the city in 1996, and went on to explain that the government gave the city more money and police officers after the incident and cleaned up the city. Now he's issued an apology saying, "As a fiercely proud Mancunian, I regret the confusion surrounding the comments I made about the bombing of the Manchester city centre. I did not mean to play down or make light of the enormity of the tragedy that took place." [Mirror]
  • Nick Cannon says of Mariah Carey, "She cooks! People are always so surprised to see she cooks, but she's a great cook." [People]
  • Ryan Phillippe told Ellen DeGeneres his relationship with Reese Witherspoon is "Great... It is so important as divorced parents to keep that connection. It makes the kids feel better that the parents are interacting. … We go to all the school events together, and we're there for each other." [People]
  • Neil Finn of Crowded House says he drinks a little whisky before he goes on stage. "Apparently alcohol is everything that's bad for your voice but I'm getting away with it so far," he said. "Its not for my throat actually. It just gives me a little shot of extra excitement before I walk on stage, it puts me in good cheer. My daddy has drunk whiskey every night of his life since he was in his twenties, and he's 88 now, he's in really good shape and full of the joys of spring, so I take it as official vindication of that policy." [Telegraph]
  • Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore have said they'd consider having a biological child together, so a Nightline reporter recently asked him if that's possible since she's 47 (an obvious question, yet still rude). "I think my wife is a genetic freak," he said. "I'm not worried." [Star]