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Big Brother Anti-Semitic Slur Controversy; Britney`s Baby Battle

Aired August 9, 2007 - 23:00:00   ET


BROOKE ANDERSON, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT ANCHOR: The war is on between Britney and K-Fed, over their kids. And why are stars cashing in, just for showing up at clubs? A SHOWBIZ special report, paid to party. I`m Brooke Anderson in New York. TV`s most provocative entertainment news show starts right now.
On SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, big controversy on "Big Brother." An anti-semitic shocker from a contestant on the CBS reality show.

And that`s just a small part of it. Tonight, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT with the big outrage, over "Big Brother."

Cheating in Hollywood. Is it really OK? Tonight Kate Hudson`s startling comments about staying faithful. Why she loves that men have a hard time being monogamous. And women should try to understand that. What? Tonight, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT asks, when stars cheat, do they inspire others to cheat, too?

Hi there everybody. I`m Brooke Anderson in New York. A.J. has the night off. And tonight it`s all out war between Britney Spears and Kevin Federline over their two kids. K-Fed makes a dramatic move in court. We`ve got the latest on this nasty fight coming up. But first -- oh, brother. There`s outright outrage tonight over an anti-semitic shocker on the CBS reality show, "Big Brother."

One of the contestants started talking about Jewish people she has known and didn`t stop until her foot was so firmly planted in her mouth, it`s a wonder she didn`t hurt herself. Tonight, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT with the "Big Brother" blow-up.


ANDERSON (voice-over): This is the true story of a hit summer reality show this finds itself in the middle of a controversy after one of its contestants said something really, really stupid.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The majority of Jewish people I know so money hungry and so selfish.

ANDERSON: SHOWBIZ TONIGHT shows you the shock and anger that follows when this woman stops being polite and starts getting real. Real anti- semitic, that is. The controversy involves the CBS reality show "Big Brother," where a group of people live in a house rigged with dozens of microphones and cameras.

Every word and deed in the "Big Brother" house is recorded for use in the TV reality show and streamed live online 24/7. Those watching the live Internet feed from the house heard this conversation between Amber and Jamica.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: People from New York are --

ANDERSON: Insulting New Yorkers is bad enough. But then Amber starts channeling Mel Gibson by making some truly offensive comments about Jews.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Everybody I know, the majority of people I know from New York are Jewish and the majority people I know are so selfish.

ABRAHAM FOXMAN, ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE: This private bigotry and anti-Semitism is being legitimatized.

ANDERSON: Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT that Amber`s words are harmful.

FOXMAN: What concerned me is the fact that this offensive language, this bigotry and prejudice was taken from the privacy of two individuals talking and being broadcast to the world at large.

ANDERSON: Of course, offensive and un-PC comments are par for the course on reality shows like "Big Brother" and MTV`s "The Real World."


ANDERSON: And SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you sometimes such talk leads to more than just an offended house mate, a lot more. In the UK, some contestants on the British version of "Big Brother" were televised making fun of Bollywood actress Shilta Shetty`s (ph) nationality, mangling her name and calling her the Indian.


ANDERSON: That led to an international controversy, with angry protests in Shilta Shetty`s home country of India. Even Britain`s then prime minister Tony Blair had to weigh in.

TONY BLAIR, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: I have not seen the particular program in question, therefore can`t comment on it. But, of course, I would agree entirely with the principle that he has outlined, which is that we should oppose racism in all its forms.

ANDERSON: So far, President Bush hasn`t had anything to say about this American "Big Brother" flap, but CBS news has. The network tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT the anti-semitic comments Amber made on the "Big Brother" web feed will not air on the TV show. Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League is glad to hear that. But he tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT that Amber`s disturbing words will live on in cyber space.

FOXMAN: It is now on the Internet. It is now on the web, on Youtube and other places. And therefore it continues to have a life of its own.

ANDERSON: So whether Amber`s words become a lingering controversy or just get lost in the din of summer TV, one thing is clear. This reality show is reflecting an ugly reality that ignorance is alive and well.


ANDERSON: I think there`s no doubt that Amber`s comments are ignorant, but should they be edited out of the show? It is a reality show, isn`t it? Or should CBS go even further and kick Amber off the show? Joining me tonight are two fantastic guests. First, from Hollywood, Mary Murphy of TV guide. And from Philadelphia, Marc Lamont Hill of Temple University. Hello to you both.

Good to have you. OK, you guys, the comments clearly offensive on so many levels. Marc, what do you think, should she be kicked off "Big Brother?"

MARC LAMONT HILL, TEMPLE UNIVERSITY: Absolutely not. The whole point of the show is to see what happens when people stop faking and really get real, really start saying what they think. It`s terribly offensive what she said. It`s a bad thing. But she`s playing within the rules of the game. I think, by keeping the comments on the air, it shows how ignorant she is. It shows how backwards she is. If anything, she does a discredit to anti-semitics everywhere.

ANDERSON: Mary, what do you think, should be booted from the show?

MARY MURPHY, TV GUIDE: She shouldn`t be booted but she should be reeducated and so should her mother.

ANDERSON: Yes, I doubt her mother is proud at this point.

MURPHY: And also, Brooke, it kind of shows how far reality television has gone. At least they didn`t air it on the show and it`s on the Internet, but I would say that this kind of offensive statement will certainly stir a lot of controversy, certainly make people pay attention, but I was disappointed that the other girl didn`t react to her. Because it`s clearly offensive.

ANDERSON: She did try to say don`t make blanket statements like that, but it didn`t seem to help too much. Now I want to read a statement that CBS released to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. The network says "Big Brother" is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 and seeing every moment of their lives. At times the house guests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone. We certainly find the statements made by Amber on the live Internet feed to be offensive and they will not be part of any future broadcast on the CBS television network.

Marc, they are clearly distancing themselves from the remarks, the issue at hand. Do you think this was the right move, or do you think it was a cop out?

HILL: They did all they can do, but they are just in an extraordinarily wonderful position. They get to distance themselves from the comments and still draw attention to the comments and get all the attention, all the ratings. They get to attach the spectacle to the thing. At the same time, they are just saying we want no part of this thing.

ANDERSON: We want a part of this, we would take the ratings if the ratings were boosted. How about this, when Don Imus said what he said, the deplorable comments about the Rutgers women`s college basketball team, he got fired, his show got canceled; extreme action taken by CBS. This action, Mary, not so extreme. Is CBS being hypocritical here?

MURPHY: No, they are not being hypocritical because Don Imus knew better and he had been on the air for 25, 30 years and he shouldn`t have said that. This girl was lying on sort of a blanket with her friend just talking to her, revealing her own prejudices. It`s completely different situation. But I might add, the girl is 27 years old. She ought to know better.

ANDERSON: Mark, what do you think? Is CBS being hypocritical?

HILL: Absolutely not. I was one of the people that led the charge against Don Imus and I don`t want this girl to be punished in the same fashion. If the host of "Big Brother" were making the same comments, I should say yes, treat the host like Don Imus. But this is a person. Don Imus used his space to degrade black women in a particular kind of way that`s troubling and we can`t allow on the air.

But this actually shows how ignorant anti-Semitism is. This shows how ignorant intolerance is. It`s like the old Archie Bunker TV shows. It`s so ridiculous and ignorant and absurd that it actually makes them look bad, not Jews. Jews don`t look bad from this. She looks bad.

ANDERSON: You`re right. I again want to point out that this happened on a live Internet feed of the "Big Brother" house. Should we just accept that on the Internet that anything goes, Mary, or does CBS, which controls this is feed, have an obligation to prevent the spread of hateful messages?

MURPHY: Well, that`s the best question, Brooke, because the truth is that it was on the Internet feed, but now it`s everywhere. It spread like a virus across all of television and the Internet everywhere. So these comments will be repeated over and over and over again. That`s the problem with spreading prejudice.

Should they have aired it? Maybe they should have just cut the feed.

ANDERSON: Marc, do you think very quickly it should be aired on television? You`re OK with it on the Internet.

HILL: I`m OK with it on television too. As long as they put a disclaimer up, and as long as people have the full context of it, they will see how ignorant, just how ridiculous, just how absurd she is. I think it shows the world that racism and intolerance and anti-Semitism still exists. People need to know that.

ANDERSON: Very sadly, that is the truth, it seems. Marc Lamont Hill from Temple University and Mary Murphy of TV Guide, thank you both.

The war is on between Britney Spears and Kevin Federline over custody of their kids. It looks like this could get ugly. That`s coming up next.

Also this --


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s very common for stars to get paid to party. In fact, in New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas it`s very uncommon if they don`t get paid to appear.


ANDERSON: For stars like Britney and even pseudo stars like K-Fed, going to clubs isn`t just part of their social lives, but a way to rake in big bucks. I can`t believe what some stars get paid just to show up. That`s coming up, a SHOWBIZ special report, paid to party.

And I`ve got to tell you, I was stunned to hear what Kate Hudson said about monogamy. How she loves that men find it hard to be faithful and that women should try to understand it. In Hollywood, is it OK to cheat and does it make it OK for the rest of us. We are really fired up about this one. It is straight ahead.


ANDERSON: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, TV`s most provocative entertainment news show. I`m Brooke Anderson in New York. Tonight, it`s war over the kids between Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has learned that K-Fed is going for it. He wants primary custody of the two children he had with Britney. But will he get it?

With me tonight in New York, family attorney Vickie Ziegler and David Caplan with VH1`s Welcome, David, Vickie.

Good to see you both. All right, we have been hearing for some time that Kevin Federline might actually do this. And tonight for the first time, we can say that his lawyer has gone to court to get those kids. Vickie, what do you think? Does he have a case?

VICKIE ZIEGLER, ATTORNEY: Brooke, I think he has a good shot based upon Britt`s recent antics in the public eye and the public arena. I think that if he can prove she`s unfit to parent these children on a 50 percent basis, he may get sole physical custody. It`s an uphill battle, but he may have a chance.

ANDERSON: Let`s talk about some of these antics. Almost every day Britney is seen doing something wacky, whether it`s getting into a fender bender with her Mercedes, going swimming topless, dropping her drawers at the beach, going to the night clubs. I have to say that the sad fact is this has been going on for a long time. So David, why do you think K-Fed is making this move now? She`s consistently had erratic behavior for a long time.

DAVID CAPLAN, VH1: Absolutely. I mean, I think what`s happened now is we have really seen a snowball effect. Sure, about a year ago or so we had Britney almost dropping Sean Preston here in New York. Recently we had the "OK! Magazine" shoot, where she trashed 21,000 dollars worth of gowns, hitting the paparazzi with the car. It has really snowballed.

Plus, the timing is really perfect. It comes just a couple weeks after the divorce was finalized. That finalization of the divorce was more about the money Kevin would get. It was not so much about the child custody. Now they can really go full on at this hearing that they are going to have later in August and just attack child custody.

ANDERSON: Speaking of finalizing that divorce, K-Fed just signed those paper two weeks ago agreeing to 50/50 custody. Vickie, how big a block could those documents be? Is the judge going to believe things have changed that much in so short a time if he agreed to 50/50?

ZIEGLER: I think it`s a very good question, Brooke. I think K-Fed`s team is going to have a very difficult time saying in two weeks there`s been a drastic change. With that said, I believe that there was some reluctancy on K-Fed`s part to execute a 50/50 shared visitation schedule. So I think they are going to have to show that she is spiralling out of control not only in the public eye, but in her personal life.

We don`t know what`s going on here behind closed doors. If he`s going to team up with Britt`s mother, there could be some bombs thrown.

ANDERSON: You know, I spoke with Char Jackson recently. She was the one K-Fed left behind when he left Britney. She was eight months pregnant with his baby at that time. They`ve got two children together. I asked Char what kind of father Kevin was. And you may be surprised what she said. Listen to this.


CHAR JACKSON, EX-GIRLFRIEND OF KEVIN FEDERLINE: Kevin is such an amazing dad. Honestly, that`s one of the reasons I fell in love with him, because he came into my life and took on the father role, even before Corey and Caleb were thought of, I had two that were already there. He came in and loved them like they were his own. I was like, OK, I might have to hang on to this guy for a minute.


ANDERSON: Here`s a woman who really had the opportunity to trash the guy if she wanted to. There she is raving about him, saying he`s a great, doting dad. Besides Britney`s own self destructive behavior, it`s hard to believe, but David, is K-Fed winning the public relations war here?

CAPLAN: Absolutely. The stories now we are hearing all are about Britney being a bad parent, not Kevin. You think about it; it`s a complete turn around from about a year ago, when it was Kevin Federline who was the one we heard stories about that he was hanging around strippers and nightclubs. It wasn`t about Britney. So he has absolutely won this battle.

ANDERSON: I hate to say this, but if he does get full custody, and Vickie, you say there is a chance that could happen, he also gets more of this, more money. Good dad or not, do you think this could be a motivation to go back to court to get the kids?

ZIEGLER: Well, I never want to slight anybody because I don`t know. Certainly there will be a bigger payday if he does get sole custody, which would increase his visitation with the children on overnight basis. This definitely, if he wins, could be a windfall. But more importantly, perhaps, it could be a tactic for him to say, listen, Britt, I`ll drop this. Maybe I need a little more money.

ANDERSON: This is a very serious situation. The possibility of losing your babies, hypothetical. Let`s say it happened, David, do you think that would be the final wake-up call that could, would straighten Britney out?

CAPLAN: Completely. I really think that`s the only thing Britney is going to respond to at this point. Her family members have come out and said she needs help. I think if she loses her kids, that is when she will smarten up. She will take care of her parenting skills and she will have that comeback we are waiting for.

ANDERSON: Let`s hope so. We all just wish the whole family the best, especially those two little young boys. David Caplan and Vickie Ziegler, thanks you both so much for your insight.

Yesterday, we asked you to vote on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day, Britney Spears, should her kids be taken away from her? Look at this. The majority, 74 percent of you, say yes; only 26 percent of you say no.

Here are some of the e-mails we got. Kristen from New Hampshire writes, if Britney Spears cannot take care of herself in a responsible manner, then how will she take care of two toddlers?

Nancy from Illinois says, she`s not a bad mother, she just has no guidance. We need to stop judging her. Imagine being a young parent and having all of your mistakes broadcast to the world.

It certainly cannot be easy. All right, so Britney has clearly spent a lot of time in the clubs, but she`s not just hanging out. She`s making big bucks.


A.J. HAMMER, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT ANCHOR: Stars are cashing in big time. It`s not for performing, it`s for partying.


ANDERSON: All right, I think this is insane. The kind of money that Britney and other stars are making just to set foot in a club. We are revealing the outrageous cash the stars are getting just for showing up. That`s ahead in the SHOWBIZ special report, paid to party.

Also, this lady, Kate Hudson`s startling theory on monogamy. She loves that men have a hard time being faithful and says that women should just try to understand that. Coming up, we are asking, when stars cheat, do they inspire other people to cheat too?

This one is my favorite story of the night. You know Barry Bonds` record-breaking home run. Well, it turns out that home run has a connection to Abigail Breslin (ph), the star of "Little Miss Sunshine." Trust me, you want to stick around for this one. That`s coming up next.


ANDERSON: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Tonight, the Hollywood connection to Barry Bonds` record-breaking home run. This is such a great story! Listen to this. On Tuesday night, Bonds hit his 756th home run to become baseball`s all-time leader. And in a roundabout way, the guy in the stands who caught the ball was at the game because of Abigail Breslin, from "Little Miss Sunshine."

The ball-catcher and two of his friends, one of whom is Abigail`s brother Ryan, planned a trip to Australia to go visit Abigail on the set of her new film. They had a layover in San Francisco, so two of the guys decided to catch the Giants game. But Ryan, Abigail`s brother, decided not to see the game, which Matt Lauer asked him about on "The Today Show" this morning. Take a listen.


MATT LAUER, "THE TODAY SHOW": Brian, are you kicking yourself you didn`t buy a ticket and go to this game with your buddies?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I absolutely am. I stuck behind in Washington, D.C., where I go to school to finish up classes. They said, you know, we`re going to go to the Giants game. Do you want to come? And I said I really I have to finish up class, you know. I guess I will have to meet you guys down in Australia.

LAUER: Whoops.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. Pretty much.

LAUER: Where is the ball now, Matt?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Undisclosed location, Matt.

LAUER: Come on.


ANDERSON: Matt Murphy, the guy who caught the ball, says he may sell it, but he`s leaning toward keeping it.

Speaking of home runs, Kate Hudson says women need to understand that men find it hard to be faithful. Don`t know if I buy that. But when stars condone cheating, does it make people cheat? That`s coming up. We`ve also got this.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s very common for stars to get paid to party. In fact, in New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, it`s very uncommon if they don`t get paid to appear.


ANDERSON: You`re not going to believe this. For stars like Britney, even pseudo stars like K-Fed, going to clubs isn`t just their social life, but it`s a great way to rake in big bucks. I cannot believe what some stars get paid just to show up. Coming up, we have got a SHOWBIZ special report, paid to party.

And can these girls ever get their act together? SHOWBIZ TONIGHT got some words of wisdom from some big musical stars. Wait until you hear the advice that one Oscar-winning actor had. That is still to come.



ANDERSON: "Stars Paid To Party": Tonight, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT blows the lid off one of Hollywood`s worst kept secrets.


A.J. HAMMER (voice over): Stars are cashing in big time and it`s not for performing, for partying.


ANDERSON: That`s right. A-list stars, T.J., Paris, Britney, they are all paid ridiculous bucks, just to show up at the clubs. Why do they do it? And come on, what gives? I mean, these guys don`t need the money, right? Tonight, we have got a SHOWBIZ TONIGHT special report, "Stars Paid to Party".

Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. It`s 30 minutes past the hour. I`m Brooke Anderson in New York. A.J. Hammer is off tonight. This is TV`s most provocative entertainment news show.

Tonight, I`ve got a SHOWBIZ special report, "Stars Paid to Party". A- listers like Justin Timberlake and Usher don`t have to wait for their records to go platinum to get platinum pay checks. They are just two of countless stars who are getting outrageous bundles of cash, just for showing up at nightclubs.

Even lesser known stars, like Tara Reid, are cashing in on the pay to party train. Sources tell "People" magazine, listen to this, that Reid was paid an estimated $20,000 for sipping some Dom Perignon (ph) at a club halfway around the world, in Beirut.

Tonight, we`re blowing the lid off one of Hollywood`s worst-kept secret. Here`s SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s A.J. Hammer.


HAMMER (voice over): Paris Hilton --

MIKE ESTERMAN, CELEBRITY AGENT: She`ll look at offers of minimum $100,000.

PARIS HILTON: That`s hot.

HAMMER: Beyonce --

ESTERMAN: We`re getting offers at $35,000 to $40,000 just for the two hours.

HAMMER: Carmen Electra --

ESTERMAN: She`ll look at offers at $50,000.

HAMMER: And even Kevin Federline.

ESTERMAN: They`re offering him $50,000.

HAMMER: Stars are cashing in big-time. It`s not for performing, but for partying. Matthew Miller of "Forbes" magazine tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT the pay-to-party trend is only getting hotter.

MATTHEW MILLER, "FORBES": It`s very common for stars to get paid to party. In fact, in New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas it`s almost -- it`s very uncommon if they don`t get paid to appear.

ESTERMAN: The money, obviously, is ranging from a lot of factors.

HAMMER: Celebrity agent Mike Esterman is one of the people actually brokering deals connecting stars to these party pay days. And SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you his business is becoming an international phenomenon.

ESTERMAN: It`s an boutique operation that I started and has become a very big, mainstream, catapulting celebrities around the world now. Not only am I doing a lot of U.S. stuff, but I`m now bridging the gap with a lot of countries, who are actually reaching out, and finding me, and booking talent. We have an offer now, with Justin Timberlake for Dubai, over $1 million, if we can connect with it.

The numbers are staggering. Gwen Cooper, author of "Diary of the South Beach Party Girl", tells us the fictional celebrity party scene she writes about in her book isn`t far from reality.

GWEN COOPER, AUTHOR, "DIARY OF A SOUTH BEACH PARTY GIRL": When I first started going out in the club scene, part of what was shocking to me was just to see how much free stuff, and how comped everything was. You know, just the buckets going back and forth, you know, of $500, $600, $1,000, $5,000 bottles of liquor and champagne that are just being written off and they`re on the house.

HAMMER: But Cooper says clubs have good reason to go to extremes to make sure they have the hottest stars.

COOPER: When all is said and done, clubs live and die based on the clientele that they get. There are certain names which are just bankable names.

HAMMER: And SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you stars aren`t shy of making demands. Celebrity agents have revealed to us that Paris Hilton won`t even consider a party gig for less than $100,000.

ESTERMAN: You know, a set minimum always comes from the artist themselves.

HAMMER: Some celebrities have managed to turn partying into their main gig.

ESTERMAN: You know, Kevin Federline was getting everything from $15,000 to $20,000 just for a two-hour appearance.

HAMMER: Despite Federline`s split from Britney Spears, his cache on the party scene is only growing.

ESTERMAN: We have an offer right now in for him for Faroe Islands. Incredible. I`ve never been there. I`d love to see it. It`s out near Norway. And Faroe Islands. They`re offering him $50,000. Great offer if we can connect with it.

HAMMER: Britney`s draw as a party headliner may seem like it`s fading with her music career, but SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you, that`s just not the case.

ESTERMAN: Controversy definitely gets the name out there and the people thinking about, hey, how can I get that person at my event? There`s still a big draw. People are as fascinated with seeing them, especially if they have a chance to see them up close and personal.

HAMMER: Not even three weeks in jail could break the person who made getting paid for partying a headline.

COOPER: Paris Hilton, I think, is like the Rasputin of the party scene. Every time they think they`ve killed her off, she comes back. From a pure dollar-for-dollar perspective, I would say that she`s probably worth every penny for the clubs.

HAMMER: Promoters agree. Despite astronomical fees clubs are still pulling in huge profits, and they can thank fans for that.

COOPER: Everybody wants to feel like they`re in the place to be. It`s like almost like a stamp of authenticity, that if you are at a party where Lindsay Lohan is partying, then there is nothing wilder, or hotter, going on any place else -- or Paris Hilton. You know, especially those kinds of celebrities who are not just famous, but who are famous for partying.

HAMMER: Even if you are not an A-list star, you can still cash in. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has some advice. Your best bet? Try out for a reality show.

ESTERMAN: One of the best people we booked all the time are "MTV Real World" cast members. They`re very obtainable, they`re workable. The kids love them. They`re age demographics meet such a broad, wide audience.

COOPER: Reality stars like that go very quickly from being completely unknown to household names, to vaguely familiar, in about five minutes.

HAMMER: For the real big stars, like Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Usher, getting paid to party doesn`t seem to shake their credibility with fans.

COOPER: It`s the way to have your name out there, and having your name out there is better than not having it out there at all.

HAMMER: And since it doesn`t seem to be hurting the bottom line for anyone, maybe we should all celebrate.

ESTERMAN: Well, if the club owners call me and, of course, the celebrities are most happy, of course, to hear my phone calls or emails. When they hear from me, they know money is calling.


ANDERSON: Celebrity agents tell us, for the right price, a lot of stars would show up at your party, too. I don`t think I have that kind of cash lying around, but for some fans money is no object.

Well, two Hollywood stars who keep a really low profile, away from the parties, away from the clubs, Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal. Are they together? Are they not together? Neither will say. In just a second, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT brings you your "First Look" at the movie where they met. It`s called "Rendition." Witherspoon plays a wife searching for her husband, who`s been taken by the CIA and NSA to a secret prison and tortured. Gyllenhaal plays the CIA agent there to oversee the operation. And now, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has your first look.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Flight schedule still the same?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Okay. I`ll meet you at the airport. I love you.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I love you, too.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Excuse me, Mr. Amral al-Debraham (ph)?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Sir, we have an emergency message for you.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What is it? Is it my wife? Is she all right?



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What do you want to do? We can`t hold him here.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Put him on a plane. So who do we have over there?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You think you can do this?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So you are staying to observe.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The work we do is sacred. We save lives.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No one has told me why I`m here or what I have done. This is crazy.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My guy assures me that Enwar (ph) never entered the United States.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He spent $70 during his flight. He was on that plane, Alan.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For years, NSA has been tracking calls from your guy, El Ebrham (ph).

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: CIA calls it "rendition". Basically, the government is authorized to transfer anyone they think might be a terrorist to prisons outside of the U.S.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Explain the phone calls and we can all get out of here.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Explain the phone calls.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What if the press were to get a hold of this? Dedicated family man, just squirreled away to God knows where?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He`s not giving us any answers. It`s not working.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is my interrogation. You observe, nothing more.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I need someone to look me in the eye and tell me exactly what it is they say he has done.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If we are going to get into a fight about rendition, it`s got to be a water tight case and this ain`t it.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There are 7,000 people in central London alive tonight because of information we illicited just this way.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Please don`t walk away from me. You have my husband. Just tell me he`s OK!


ANDERSON: Looks intense. All right, "Rendition" opens in October.

We feel it`s our duty here at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT to straighten out the bad girls of young Hollywood, which is why I went straight to three guys who`ve been part of that crazy scene to find out what it will take to straighten out the Lindsays and Britneys of the world. That`s coming up. And so is this.


CUBA GOODING, JR: Maybe it`s the same thing that it was back in the `50s, `60s, and `70s, but now it`s big money to see your idol fall.


ANDERSON: Let me tell you, that Cuba Gooding, Jr. really got my attention with his take on what`s been happening with the bad girls. Is it that we just love to see them crash? You`ve just gotta hear what Cuba told us, coming up.

And just like so many women, I was shocked to hear what Kate Hudson had to say about why so many men have affairs. Can they just not help themselves? Up next, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT dares to ask, do stars who cheat, inspire others to cheat, too? A heated debate coming up.


ANDERSON: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, TV`s most provocative entertainment news show. I`m Brooke Anderson in New York.

So let me ask you a blunt question. Is it OK for guys to cheat? I mean, is there nothing we can do about it? Is it just in their genes? Get a load of what Kate Hudson has just told "Harper`s Bazaar" magazine.

"As primal beings, men are not supposed to be monogamous. When people ask, `do you believe in monogamy?` Well, of course that`s what you want. But part of what I love about men is that it`s hard for them to be monogamous. Women, I think, need to spend more time understanding men than changing men, and vice versa."

So here`s what we want to know, is that true and when stars are seen cheating, does it inspire other people to do the same? With us tonight from New York, clinical psychologist Doctor Judy Kuriansky and Cory Jones, deputy editor at

Doctor Judy, I`ll go to you first, because as a woman I have to say I was flabbergasted by Kate Hudson`s comments. But I do have to ask, is there any truth to her statement here?

DR. JUDY KURIANSKY, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: I hate, Brooke, to support what Kate says, but I`m going to have to give you four sources where there is some truth to it. You know, you ask the question, is it in their genes? Genetics, I think you meant, but it`s in their jeans, their pants, that they can`t keep zipped.

Because basically from a psychological point of view, it`s their way of showing they are a real man. From a physical point of view, they have got hormones rushing. From a social point of view, they have got their buds saying, go, bro. From an anthropological point of view, there is some evidence to say that this is the way for the male of the species to propagate. Like, P. Diddy, you have five kids with one woman, and one with this one, and one with the other. And that`s the way a lot of animals do it so they can keep their species going.

ANDERSON: Great examples, Doctor Judy, but what you are saying is disheartening to me.

Cory, you are the guy here. Help me understand. Primal instinct takes over place of fidelity for men? I mean, they really can`t help yourselves? You can`t help yourself?

CORY JONES, MAXIM.COM: Well, I have a news flash. Men actually like sex quite a bit.

ANDERSON: Oh, really? I didn`t know that.

JONES: Yeah, there`s a reason that I think that there`s more female prostitutes than male prostitutes.

ANDERSON: Thanks for enlightening us.

JONES: I`m here to break the news. No, but men are built differently. They are -- they can sort of have casual sex a little easier than women, I think. That`s no excuse to cheat. You can`t use this as an excuse, basically. Some men, though, they can`t help themselves. They can`t control it, but that`s the same as a big fat guy who can`t control himself when he`s around cup cakes.

KURIANSKY: Oh, come with, they can control themselves. You can zip it up if you really want to.

ANDERSON: That`s right. Just zip up the parents, right, Doctor Judy.

JONES: Yeah, no -- it`s

ANDERSON: And I want to say this. Here`s Kate Hudson, young, beautiful, rich. You know as well as I do that whatever stars do and say, their fans follow them religiously. Is Kate Hudson kind of inspiring people to cheat with these comments?

KURIANSKY: I`m sorry to say that, in fact, I`m very disappointed that she has said that. And she does encourage people. She is a role model, because as you said, Brooke, she`s beautiful. She`s rich, and she`s now single. And so it`s a way to really justify guys to say, well, Kate Hudson said that that`s the way we really are. So that`s how we are. What`s wrong with you if you don`t agree with it? So I think it is very distressing and a bad role model.

ANDERSON: I agree. It was pretty disappointing when I read these statements.

Cory, you know, you say it`s no excuse, but I do have to ask, are Kate Hudson`s statements giving them an easy pass to cheating? They are going to say, see, we told you so, honey. Kate Hudson says it`s OK.

JONES: Yeah. Some guys will try to do that. But those aren`t very smart guys. If you want to cheat, you say she`s stupid. Who would say something like that.

ANDERSON: So you`re saying, lie, cover it up.

JONES: Don`t do it, of course. But I`ve never met a woman who would be OK with you cheating, if you`re in a relationship. I mean, I would love to meet her, but I`ve never met a woman who would be OK with it.

ANDERSON: Kate Hudson, apparently.

KURIANSKY: Actually, what Cory was saying about men, you said, Cory, are more likely to do it. I do have to admit that some of the surveys show that while up to eight out of 10 guys are willing to cheat, there are also surveys in women`s magazines that show up to half of women are cheating, too.

ANDERSON: Yeah, a two-way street.

KURIANSKY: They are following suit here.

ANDERSON: I want to get to something that`s even a little more troubling. Kim Porter, P Diddy`s ex-girlfriend, mother of three of his children, split with him after 10 years but admitted that she was aware that he cheated. In an interview, with "OK" magazine, when asked about allegations of cheating, here`s what she said. "I will never sit here and say that Puffy or any man is 100 percent faithful. I just don`t believe it. I am aware that he`s cheated. I was very upset about it. But I can`t change what someone wants to do. That`s what he wanted to do at the time."

Cory, are women resigned to the notion that men are just cheat?

JONES: Some are. I`m sure have been cheated on. But do we really have to worry about the guys right now? I have seen many lady parts, all over the Internet of the new celebrity gals. Can name three of them off the top of my head. Maybe we need to worry about the women a little bit.

ANDERSON: Maybe that`s our next discussion about monogamy and sex, and it if my husband is watching, don`t get any ideas about Kate Hudson`s statements or Cory`s.

Doctor Judy Kuriansky --

KURIANSKY: Yeah, women need to put their foot down. Really!

ANDERSON: Cory Jones, thank up both.

JONES: Thanks.

ANDERSON: And that leads us to the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day. Monogamy Hollywood, is it unrealistic? Keep voting, And write to us

Tonight, a shocking perspective on fame, from former boy band members now trying to once again light the flame of fame. It`s part of a new reality show on VH1 called, "Mission, Man Band." The show follows the trials and tribulations of four former boy band members who are trying to regain fame as adults. When I sat down with Chris Kirkpatrick from N`Sync, Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees and Rich Cronin from LFO, I asked them for their take on the troubled girls of Hollywood. Why is it, that Britney, Paris, Lindsay and Nicole seem to self destruct in public over and over again?


CHRIS KIRKPATRICK, FMRLY. N`SYNC: It`s a lot harder on girls in our business than it is on guys, you know. The girls are the ones that have to look a certain way. They have to dress a certain way. Guys can dress like - - I mean, look at us.

ANDERSON: You all look very sharp. Give yourself some credit.


KIRKPATRICK: But, you know, girls are set to a certain standard and especially at such a young age, it`s hard for these girls to cope. And, you know, we know all those girls. And we know they are really good girls. And just all the circumstances thrown at them with everything, you know, sometimes they have nowhere else to grasp at, but either with alcohol or drugs.

Because, I mean, speaking for myself, I`ve battled that stuff, too. You know, I have had tons of problems with all that stuff. But at the same time I didn`t have paparazzi outside my house every day if I would go out, you know, for a drink or anything, taking a picture of me with a drink. It`s so much harder on the girls. And it`s definitely a lot easier for us as guys.

ANDERSON: Things are different now with paparazzi, with the scrutiny, with the blogs that are out there. Are you guys ready to jump back in and face all of that?


JEFF TIMMONS, FRMLY. 98 DEGRESS: I think that we all kind of expected that going into it. We are older now. I think we can handle it even better than we did before. None of us really did too many outlandish, crazy things in our groups. We have a pretty good grasp on the stuff, but -- yeah, we`re ready for it.


ANDERSON: Talented guys there. It was a pleasure speaking with them. And you can catch "Mission, Man Band" Monday nights on VH1.

All right, Cuba Gooding, Jr., really got my attention with his take on what`s been happening with the bad girls of Hollywood. Is it that we just that we love to see them crash? You`ve just gotta hear what Cuba told us. And let me tell you, when Cuba talks, you`ve just gotta listen. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT going right to the biggest stars in Hollywood to straighten out young Hollywood. That`s coming up next.


ANDERSON: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, TV`s most provocative entertainment news show. I`m Brooke Anderson in New York.

I cannot wait for this weekend, kicking it back, trying to take my mind off Britney, and Lindsay, and Paris, and Nicole. Maybe I`ll take in a movie.

Cuba Gooding Jr. has a new movie out this weekend. So SHOWBIZ TONIGHT had to ask the Oscar-winning actor, with young Hollywood imploding, where did they go wrong? And what would he do to shake some sense into the tabloid tarts?


CUBA GOODING, JR, ACTOR: I don`t know. I mean, if I was a psychiatrist, I could probably sit with each one of them, but I`m not. I`m an actor. I`m an entertainer.

I know back in the days of the Jack Warners and David O. Salznecks, they had a team of people that looked after these actors make sure they didn`t get into any trouble. And now, they have that same team of people developing reality shows exposing that.

So, maybe it`s the same thing that it was back in the `50s, `60s and `70s, but now it`s big money to see your idol fall on camera, or fall in that reality show. And it`s unfortunate. Not that I`m dismissing any of these singers or anything. But there`s just the market for it. And we`ve got to be careful what we put out for commerce.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There`s an appetite.

GOODING: There`s an appetite.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It has shifted. That`s very comparable change in what`s private and what`s --

GOODING: There`s a palpable change.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What was private is now sought after.

GOODING: Listen, the studios used to be run by one guy, whose whole heart was just to make movies to move people like "Daddy Day Camp". And now you have a committee of people who decide what is the best money maker, and now you have this weird by-product, the product of these gossipy shows, that expose the underbelly in the magazines. That you`re eating in a restaurant and you`re blinking and picking your nose. And it`s like, see, they are just like us.

You know, maybe there`s eventually going to be some healing based on that way of thinking, but this is an unfortunate by-product.


ANDERSON: Cuba Gooding, Jr. was promoting his film "Daddy Day Camp" which opens in theaters this weekend.

All right it is time to see what is coming up on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

Tomorrow we`ve got a SHOWBIZ TONIGHT showbiz special report. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT investigates: A revealing look -- and we do mean revealing -- at why stars strip down for the camera. Paris, Pam, uh, even Screech? Do these X-rated, hardcore videos help or hurt a career? SHOWBIZ TONIGHT uncovers the naked truth about celebrity sex tapes.

Plus, star plastic surgery successes and nightmares. Whose nips and tucks were terrific and whose, well, were just plain terrible. All tomorrow, on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT INVESTIGATES.

That`s SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Thanks so much for watching. And I`m Brooke Anderson in New York. "Glenn Beck" is next. Right after the latest headlines from CNN "Headline News". Have a good night. Take care.