Conan & NBC Fight For Custody Of Triumph; Katie Calls Suri "Magical"

  • Conan O'Brien and NBC are still negotiating the terms of Conan's exit from The Tonight Show. One of major points of contention: Who gets custody of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Pimpbot 5000, and the Masturbating Bear.
  • Conan wants to take his characters with him to his next show, but technically they're NBC's property. The network may be willing to give them up... for a price. Sources say lawyers are also still haggling over a non-disparagement clause that would prevent Conan from publicly trashing NBC for a certain amount of time. [TMZ]
  • Katie Holmes says Suri talks a lot, and is "growing up really, really fast." Holmes adds, "She is magical." [People]
  • Angelina Jolie took Zahara and Shiloh shopping at the Whole Foods in Sherman Oaks, CA today. [Perez]
  • Paul McCartney's car battery died while he was on a hiking trip in Santa Monica over the weekend. He and his girlfriend Nancy Shevell were picked up by his security team and an assistant waited around while the car was jumped. [TMZ]
  • Hailey Glassman said of Jon Gosselin dating 25-year-old Morgan Christie, "Congratulations for finding yet another young girl with a rich family... I hope he marries her so he can pay me my money back." [Radar]
  • Jon Gosselin played with his kids over the weekend. [Radar]
  • Kim Kardashian says she didn't make a bet with Reggie Bush that he would propose if he got a Super Bowl ring. She wrote on her blog: "I never made any kind of bet. A radio interviewer asked what I dreamed for in 2010 and I was hesitant and thinking about it and they said what about a ring... I said yes, a Superbowl ring for Reggie. Then they said that if he gets a Superbowl ring, I get an engagement ring, and I said 'ok deal!' LOL. This was taken way out of context by a lot of media outlets..." [Kim Kardashian]
  • You may have heard that Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox are engaged, but it isn't true. The rumor was started by a Brian Austin Green Twitter impostor. [Perez]
  • Holly Madison is getting her own E! series. The show is called Holly's World and will follow her as she stars in the Las Vegas production of Peepshow. [Hollywood Reporter]
  • Security was called to the set of Two and a Half Men, and it had nothing to do with Charlie Sheen. Sources say a "significant" threat was made against Jon Cryer and it had something to do with his divorce. [TMZ]
  • Lady Gaga will perform at the 2010 BRIT Awards on February 16. [Gaga Daily]
  • While Prince William was playing rugby with a group of 10-year-olds on the first day of his visit to New Zealand, one of the kids hit him in the groin with a ball. [People]
  • Guy Ritchie wants to open traditional English-style pubs in New York and Los Angeles like his London pub The Punch Bowl. [People]
  • Lauren Conrad says of Jersey Shore, "I love it! We had a double episode last night and it was the highlight of my week. It was awesome." [Us]
  • Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino says he feels bad for making fun of Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's "rolls" on last week's episode of Jersey Shore. "I regret saying it because I have a sister and a mother, but at the same time, everything happened so quickly and that is what happened," he said. [Us]
  • Jennifer Lopez is going to guest-star on Glee. "We are writing a role for Ms. Jennifer Lopez, who we love," said the show's creator, Ryan Murphy. "We want her to be a cafeteria lady." [Extra]
  • Kobe Bryant's father Joe Bryant is being sued by lawyers who say he never paid the $76,520 he owes them for representing him when he got fired from coaching the Los Angeles Sparks. [TMZ]
  • Billy Bragg has threatened to stop paying taxes unless the British government limits bonuses paid by the Royal Bank of Scotland. [Reuters]
  • Susan Downey says she was impressed by Robert Downey Jr.'s Golden Globes speech. "I know he didn't have [a speech] fully prepared, but he is really good off the cuff, and he actually tends to do better when he doesn't plan things," Susan said. [People]
  • Wondering what was up with Jon Hamm's bushy beard at the Golden Globes last night? There's a simple explanation: "I just got very tired of shaving," he says, "and this is the result." [E!]
  • When asked about the next season of Mad Men, January Jones said, "I don't know, and I'm not even sure Matt Weiner, does either. We don't start shooting until April. I heard he did say it was going to be like two shows now, so we'll see." But don't expect to see a spinoff: "Oh yes, like The Betty Show? I don't think so!" [Showbiz 411]
  • Colin Firth says winning the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival helped him win over his wife's Italian family. "I'd shown up as this very, very dodgy commodity, attached to their darling daughter. When we got together she told them, 'I've got this English chap now' - one strike against me. 'He's an actor' - hmmm, oh dear. 'He's nearly 10 years older' - oh boy. 'And he's got a kid with someone else.' I had a mountain to climb to win everyone over. So to be standing there with the award - well, everyone in Italy knows what that award means. And I had enough of the local lingo to express how I felt; there's no other non-English speaking country in the world where I could have done that." [Daily Express]
  • Jessica Simpson said while promoting The Price of Beauty, "Going to Paris, I had to walk a runway with all these tall skinny models and I almost puked I was so nervous. I mean, I can walk a red carpet but walking a runway, I will be the first to fall on my face. And thank god I didn't. But I was so nervous to walk out there and be judged. To just put myself out there like that. Especially next to people that eat just salad." [Us]

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