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Where in the World is Tiger Woods?; Tiger Woods` Connection to Jessica Simpson; Is Madonna Consoling Kate Hudson Over A-Rod?; Nicole Kidman`s Makeup Mishap; Is Simon Saying Goodbye to American Idol?

Aired December 17, 2009 - 23:00   ET


A.J. HAMMER, HOST: Right now, on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, where in the world is Tiger Woods? Tonight, the explosive brand-new mystery about Tiger Woods` mysterious disappearance. Where could he possibly be? And the startling new calls today for him to go public from his closest confidants.

Plus, the real story behind the Tiger Woods-Jessica Simpson connection.

Is Madonna consoling Kate Hudson over A-Rod? Tonight, Kate and A-Rod reportedly kaput. But get a lot of this - Kate actually getting a little consoling from Madonna?

Plus, what`s the deal with Nicole Kidman`s makeup malfunction. Tonight, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT reveals Nicole`s outrageous, very public makeup goof-up.

Plus, SHOWBIZ caught-on-tape. Parking valets gone wild.

ANNOUNCER: TV`s most provocative entertainment news show starts right now.


HAMMER: Hello. I`m A.J. Hammer, broadcasting tonight and every night from New York City.

And where in the world is Tiger Woods? Brand-new Tiger mystery surfaced today about what`s happened to Tiger since his cheating scandal meltdown, including, is Tiger consoling himself by playing golf?

And just when you thought the whole thing couldn`t get any more bizarre, it did today with Jessica Simpson, of all people, caught in the middle of the Tiger Woods mess. And let me tell you, she is furious. Yes, the brand-new developments keep on coming and keep on making for big news breaking today.


MEREDITH VIEIRA, CO-ANCHOR, THE "TODAY" SHOW: The question a lot of people have been asking, where is he?

HAMMER (voice-over): He`s not been seen in public. His famous friends complain they can`t reach him.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He`s insulated.

HAMMER: And SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you with the Tiger Woods cheating scandal reaching a fever pitch and new reports swirling that his wife may leave him any day now, the entire world is asking, where in the world is Tiger Woods?

CHARLES BARKLEY, TIGER WOODS` CLOSE FRIEND: When you have these fires in your life, as I call them, you need to talk to somebody else who is famous who have been through things in their life.

HAMMER: Tiger`s close friend and confidant, basketball hall-of-famer, Charles Barkley, spoke with HLN`s "Morning Express" anchor, Robin Meade, on the special show "With All Due Respect" which airs on HLN on Sunday. Barkley says Tiger has changed his cell phone number and he`s not taking valuable advice from some of his famous friends.

BARKLEY: I don`t think you can talk about it to your family and friends, because you`re family and friends - they are not famous.

HAMMER: Other than two statements on his Web site admitting and apologizing for infidelities, Tiger hasn`t been heard from or seen publicly since reports of the serial cheating exploded after he smashed his car outside his home three weeks ago. "Us Magazine" reports today that Tiger has been playing golf by himself at night at a course near his Florida home to try to clear his head.

MARVET BRITTO, CELEBRITY PUBLICIST: Tiger Woods by design has always been a fiercely private person. So I`m not surprised that in light of the gravity and thrust of this mishap that he has retreated.

HAMMER: His wife, Elin Nordegren, hasn`t been saying much either. But she`s just started making a big statement of her own. This week, she`s been tooling around town without her wedding ring and seemingly making sure everyone noticed. And she reportedly plans to take their two small children to her native Sweden for the holidays without Tiger.

DAVID CAPLAN, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: Friends of hers tell "People" that she`s still really planning to leave him.

HAMMER: "People" magazine quotes two unnamed sources who say Elin Nordegren is planning to leave Woods. A check of court records by our sister network, CNN, found no divorce papers filed in either of their names in Orange County, Florida. But "People`s" David Caplan tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT it prepares Elin is preparing for a life without Tiger.

CAPLAN: By Elin stepping out and being photographed without her wedding ring, she`s sending a message that she`s coping. She`s going on with her life as best she can and that she`s being strong.

Tiger, on the other hand, by not being spotted is trying to show his fans that he`s sort of taking a step back. He`s thinking. He`s collecting himself right now.

HAMMER: But while Tiger quietly hides, plenty of others are stepping forward.

CORI RIST, ALLEGED MISTRESS OF TIGER WOODS: It was just very comfortable. I think he was not afraid to show his affection.

HAMMER: You can`t turn on the TV or go online without hearing from someone who claims to be one of Tiger`s mistresses. Now, even the woman who some say almost became Mrs. Tiger Woods is speaking out.

DINA PARR, TIGER WOODS` HIGH SCHOOL GIRLFRIEND: I wasn`t surprised with the affair. I was surprised of the amount of women. And I surprised that he was able to get away with it as long as he did.

HAMMER: "E! Online" has this explosive interview with Tiger`s long- time high school sweetheart. And she says he broke up with her by sending a handwritten letter during his freshman year at Stanford. She tells "E! Online" she`s not at all shocked by Tiger`s predicament.

PARR: This personality trait that I started to notice in college, this kind of untouchable arrogance - it certainly seems that it`s escalated.

HAMMER: So with all of these people talking smack about him, shouldn`t Tiger come out and tell his own story? Celebrity publicist, Marvet Britto, tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, her advice to Tiger would be to keep laying low.

BRITTO: If Tiger was out addressing every allegation, many of us might argue that he wasn`t focusing on the restoration of his marriage. So in this particular instance, I think Tiger is doing what`s best for Tiger and what`s best for Elin.

HAMMER: But as everyone keeps asking, "Where in the world is Tiger Woods?" and his mess gets even worse, it`s unclear whether this crouching Tiger will be able to stay hidden for much longer.


HAMMER: And obviously, things could get even messier for Tiger Woods if his wife does step out and say she is divorcing him. But a lot of people were insisting today that Elin should actually try and make it work with Tiger.

Joining me tonight in Hollywood, Carlos Diaz, a correspondent for "Extra." Tonight, in New York, Cooper Lawrence, who is a psychologist and author of the book, "The Cult of Celebrity."

We have big news today across the land, ladies and gentlemen. Yes, we had women raising their fists in solidarity after "People" magazine reported that Elin plans to leave Tiger Woods.

It was huge. And after all of the cheating, the claims from the alleged baker`s dozen of mistresses, it makes sense, right? Wrong. You`ve got to hear why Dr. Drew Pinsky thinks that Elin should stay with Tiger. Listen to what he told Joy Behar on her show here on HLN.


DR. DREW PINSKY, PSYCHOLOGIST: We would normally advise people to stick it out. Well, that`s what we would say -

JOY BEHAR, HOST, "THE JOY BEHAR SHOW": Why should she stick it out? Why?

PINSKY: Well, a couple of reasons. One is whatever the reason was they got married for in the first place and they have a family together ...


PINSKY: ... the reality is when the spouse in situations like this also have a lot to work on. And we bring them and get both of them engaged in treatment. They end up in a better place than they are going to be separately reenacting these things all over again with more people.


HAMMER: All right. Cooper, off to you. Does that make any sense to you? Or do you think she should just dump him?

COOPER LAWRENCE, PSYCHOLOGIST AND AUTHOR: You know, I`m shocked to hear Dr. Drew say that, because a lot of what he does is researched-based. And all of the latest research says that when you have children in these environments, being divorced sometimes is better than being in an environment like this.

Look at her reaction. It was violent. Clearly, it`s a war zone they are living in. It`s not the best environment for these children. I`m very surprised that Dr. Drew thinks this would be a good thing for her to stay. It`s not one affair, it`s many. It`s indicative of a flaw in his personality ...


LAWRENCE: ... that you don`t just fix. Plus, Dr. Drew knows about narcissism. He knows that people don`t get cured of narcissism. I don`t know why she should stay.

HAMMER: He wrote a book on it.

LAWRENCE: That`s why I`m so shocked that he would suggest that she stay.

HAMMER: Well, here`s another side of that. And Carlos, my friend, I want to go to you on this. I think you made a terrific point on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT the other night, when you said, "You know what? This marriage was likely never real. It sounds like he was probably cheating through the whole thing."

So what would the point be of keeping it together? I`m guessing you`re not agreeing with what Dr. Drew was selling there.

CARLOS DIAZ, CORRESPONDENT, "EXTRA": I`m confused, man. I talked to Dr. Drew several times. He`s really, really smart. And that`s one of dumbest things he`s ever said.


DIAZ: And if you look at the history of this - you know, I mean, the reason - it seems to me the reason Tiger married Elin is because he met her as a nanny. And he goes, "Well, she can raise my kids," you know. And so they had two kids and he was never faithful to her the entire time.

If they were married for 20 years and he had five years of infidelity, then I would agree with Dr. Drew. Yes, let`s make it work. But Tiger was never in this marriage. And in fact, I honestly don`t think Tiger is too unhappy right now. He`s got to be thinking to himself, "Well, now I can just have sex with whoever I want and it`s all cool."

HAMMER: Yes. Well, the opinion is certainly changing. Because I remember when the story first broke, there were more people saying, "Well, maybe she should stand by him." But we got the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day results in late today.

I must tell you, these results are powerful. Here`s what we asked - "Tiger Woods: Should his wife forgive him?" Only 19 percent now saying yes; 81 percent saying no. Cooper, this seems to make a lot of sense to me. What do you think? In light of these poll results, do you actually think their marriage is over?

LAWRENCE: Of course, their marriage is over. And I agree, I`ve got to say, they should listen to Carlos, not Dr. Drew. But that marriage, from the beginning, was not a real marriage. It was based on like a business partnership. Why would you want to keep that together?

If it was out of love and if it was out of this amazing bond they had, then you might want to find that bond again. But I mean, as Carlos was saying, from the very beginning, she was the nanny who should raise the children. And it`s all perfunctory. There was no real passion there.

HAMMER: Well, Cooper, let me ask you this as a psychology professional, if for some reason, Elin did ultimately decide not to divorce Tiger, wouldn`t that set a terrible message and really set a terrible example? Not that she should be worried about that kind of stuff, but wouldn`t that be the message sent?

LAWRENCE: It`s the most selfish thing she could do for those children. That is not an environment children should be growing up in, both in the fact that their marriage is based such a flimsy underpinnings, but also because it`s not a good environment for those kids to be in because they are seeing their mom not being fully loved and not being fully respected. That`s not the best environment for children. I`d be shocked if she stayed.

HAMMER: Yes. And the truth is - and Carlos, you can nod in agreement with me here - we see a lot of celebrity couples divorce or not divorce, and people pay attention. And this story transcended everything at this point. Everybody is watching. I think it perhaps would a terrible message as well.

Carlos Diaz, Cooper Lawrence, I do thank you both for being here.

Now, you have to see more of what Tiger`s friend, Charles Barkley, has to say about Tiger`s mess. You`ve got to check out HLN`s own Robin Meade. She`s hosting "With All Due Respect." It is a year-ender special like no other year-ender special, Sunday night, December 20th, 10:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on HLN.

Now, over to you. Here`s our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day, "Tiger Woods: Is it time for him to come out of hiding?" What do you think? Well, let us know at or E-mail us at

And a lot more Tiger news is on the way for you tonight, like this, and this is almost nuts to me. What is Tiger`s connection to Jessica Simpson? Jessica is speaking out. You`ve got to hear what she has to say about some rumors that are flying around.

HAMMER: Also, did Madonna give Kate Hudson a shoulder to cry on over A-Rod? Well, word is Kate and A-Rod are splitsville. But was Madonna really the one to console Kate?

We will also have this -


Hey, you thirsty? How about a nice tall glass of fat? I have the skinny on the new campaign that has a lot of people saying, eww. This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN.

Here comes the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker." These are more stories from the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom making news right now.

TEXT: Man accused of stalking Jennifer Garner arrested at her daughter`s nursery school. Jon and Kate Gosselin divorce is set to be finalized in early 2010.


HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

Tonight, did you see this? People drinking fat. Hey, after all, why just chew the fat when you can drink it? This is not a new diet drink. It`s actually a new public service campaign aimed at reducing obesity. But a little warning for you - you may not want to drink another soda after you see this. Here`s CNN`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Watching someone pour a soda - why would that make folks make these kinds of faces?



MOOS: It`s the latest campaign from the New York City Department of Health. Drinking one can of soda a day can make you 10 pounds fatter in a year.

The American Beverages Association calls it a "sensationalized video that inaccurately portrays our industry`s products - products that are fat- free."

But full of sugar and will put on the pounds, says the Health Department. But we have lots of no calorie soda, too, says the industry.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It seems like the government is trying to micromanage everything here. I mean, there`s a lot of stuff. Look, I smoke but I think can take what comes with it.

MOOS: Everyone else rated the "don`t drink yourself fat" campaign.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I would say horribly effective.

MOOS: Even more horrible are the guys on YouTube who actually do drink pure fat on a dare. Fat from a George Foreman grill. Chicken fat, good apparently to the last drop. The drinking fat viral ad is what has people say -


MOOS: Jay Jacobs can relate. Look what he sells.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Want to touch it.

MOOS: My Pet Fat, it`s called.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, my goodness.


JACOBS: Five pounds of anatomically correct body fat. It`s a medical model.

MOOS: And to deter the owner from eating. Jay weighed 400 pounds when he started marketing My Pet Fat five years ago. In his own personal battle against weight, Jay says he`s finally had a face to his foe.

When he first used My Pet Fat, Jay lost 150 pounds, but then, he gained it back. Now, he`s lost 30 on what he calls the Smart Phone Diet, using My Pet Fat as his wallpaper.

JACOBS: I upload images of whatever I`m eating that day.

MOOS: On a Japanese game show, contestants were asked to guess what My Pet Fat was, one answered a sex toy. Actually, you`re supposed to put it near your food supply.

JACOBS: You put one right inside the fridge. Whoa, five times of fat in the fridge. Works every time.

MOOS (on camera): Well, not every time.


MOOS (voice-over): We don`t know if you`ll drop pounds, but you`ll drop $150.


MOOS: Imagine carrying it on your belly, kid. It hurts your arms?


HAMMER: That was CNN`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. And just in case you would like to get your own Pet Fat, all you have to do is check out "," because you can order sizes ranging from the mini-220 calorie portion to a five-pound glob.

OK. The "Showbiz on Call" phone lines have been going crazy. A lot of people have been calling in continuously about Tiger Woods and the fact that he`s in hiding and whether he and his wife, Elin, could possibly work things out at this point.

We got a call into "Showbiz on Call" from Pam in New York. And Pam says it is time for Tiger to stop hiding.


PAM, CALLER FROM NEW YORK: I think that Tiger is only fueling the fire by not saying anything because it`s just causing the media and his fans and the sponsors to speculate. So I think, eventually, he will have to come forward.

And is it time for his wife to forgive him? It`s not time for forgiveness yet. She`s still going through the pain.


HAMMER: Thank you, Pam. We also heard from Debbie calling in to "Showbiz on Call" from Tennessee. And Debbie says there could be hope for Tiger`s marriage.


DEBBIE, CALLER FROM TENNESSEE: When I think that Tiger got caught up in - well, it`s fame and fortune and, you know, I feel that the man has made a very big mistake. Very big.

His wife is really suffering but so is his children. I feel that, yes, she should forgive him. And I feel that the two of them need to go work the problems out, get counseling, whatever they need to do and get that marriage back on track.


HAMMER: All right, Debbie. We appreciate your thoughts as well. You, too, can call us at "Showbiz on Call." Pick up the phone and let us know what you think about this or anything else at all. Here`s the number - it`s open all the time - 1-888-SBT-BUZZ; 1-888-728-2899. Leave us a voicemail and that way, we can play your call here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

A lot more to tell you about Tiger tonight like this. What is Tiger`s connection to Jessica Simpson? Yes, you heard me right and Jessica is speaking out. You have got to hear what she has to say about some rumors that are just flying around.

Also, it`s Nicole Kidman`s makeup malfunction. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT revealing Nicole`s outrageous, very public makeup goof-up. See what you think.

Also, did you ever wonder what happens after you hand over your keys to the valet parking guy?


MOOS (on camera): Enough to give you that dreaded valet phobia.


HAMMER: Tonight, it`s SHOWBIZ caught-on-tape, valets gone wild. And I guarantee you will definitely think twice about handing over your keys after you see this. This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN.

Now, the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker" - these are more stories from the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom and they are making news right now.

TEXT: Taylor Swift named best-mannered celebrity by National League of Junior Cotillions. Tiger Woods named most ill-mannered person of 2009.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They`ve sent us a message that they can take whatever they want. We will send them a message that this is our land.


HAMMER: "Avatar" is almost here. There is so much buzz for James Cameron`s new movie which opens tonight at midnight. In fact, a lot of showings are already sold out from coast to coast. In fact, "" says that "Avatar" accounts for almost 90 percent of its ticket sales and that`s a lot.

It is looking like "Avatar" is going to be huge. The 3D adventure from the "Titanic" director, James Cameron, has everyone talking. And a lot of the hype is about the technology in the movie. In fact, people are already saying, the groundbreaking techniques that Cameron came up with could actually change movies forever.

Well, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT was right there at the "Avatar" premiere in Los Angeles. And we spoke with Cameron and Sigourney Weaver who stars in the movie about all the hype.


JAMES CAMERON, DIRECTOR, "AVATAR": Well, I`d be satisfied if we broke even or made a little money and decided that a sequel would be a good idea. Because that way, we could put the whole team back together, because we had a lot of fun making this film.

SIGOURNEY WEAVER, ACTRESS: The real science fiction was these cameras Jim created where you could look in the camera and see your "Avatar" in the world that would be in the movie. And then, kind of just work actor to actor in the scenes themselves without any obligation in front of a green screen, all of those things which have always felt so artificial to me. This was the most organic work in this kind of movie that I can imagine doing.


HAMMER: Well, Sigourney Weaver knows how to sell a movie. She also told us that she predicts "Avatar" will be bigger than "Titanic." Wow.

Well, the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT Facebook page is blowing up with a lot of comments about whether or not Tiger Woods` wife Elin should stay with him and try to work things out. I just checked our wall. People are really fired up today, in particular.

Here are a few comments. Katie B. writing, "She most definitely should not stay with him. While she stays at home taking care of the kids, he`s out gallivanting around doing whatever he wants and that`s not fair to her."

Julie C. writing, "The only reason she should even consider staying would be because of the kids. I don`t think he will change though."

I would love to hear from you on Facebook. You can also follow us on Twitter. For breaking entertainment news alerts, sign up for both at

Now, the SHOWBIZ lineup. This is what we`ve got coming up at the bottom of the hour on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

Tiger Woods` connection to Jessica Simpson. Wait until you hear what Jessica says about some rumors that are flying around.

Did Madonna really give Kate Hudson a shoulder to cry on over A-Rod? Now, the word is Kate and A-Rod are splitsville. But was Madonna really the one to console Kate?

And check this out. Is Simon Cowell really thinking about leaving "American Idol?" It could be the end of "Idol" as we know it. This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN.

And now, the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker" - more stories from the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom making news right now.

TEXT: "Up in the Air," "Precious," "Inglorious Basterds" each up for three SAG awards. George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock among SAG award nominees.


HAMMER: Now, on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, the shocking Tiger Woods-Jessica Simpson connection. Brand-new reports that link Jessica to Tiger. A furious Jessica speaks out.

Are the White House gatecrashers really getting their own reality TV show? Are their dreams for fame coming true? And do they even deserve a show? The great debate.

Plus, do you ever wonder what happens to your car when you leave the keys with the valet?


MOOS (on camera): Enough to give you that dreaded valet phobia.


HAMMER: Valets gone wild. Maniac valets caught on tape. Plus, more stories breaking from the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: TV`s most provocative entertainment news show continues right now.


HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. It`s 30 minutes past the hour. I`m A.J. Hammer, broadcasting tonight and every night from New York City.

And tonight, it`s Jessica`s Tiger Woods outrage. Jessica Simpson absolutely on fire tonight. This is one of three big stories that made for big news breaking today.

Simpson is slamming at a report out today that has her connected to the Tiger Woods scandal. She`s roaring mad. Wait until you hear what Jessica Simpson is saying.

Also breaking late today, are the White House gatecrashers getting their own reality show with NBC? You`re not going to believe what NBC is reportedly doing to try to get the couple who crashed President Obama`s very first state dinner at the White House on their very own reality show.

HAMMER: And there`s a startling new report today that Simon Cowell is getting ready to say sayonara to "American Idol." If it`s true, what could this mean for Ellen DeGeneres and for the future of the show?

Joining me tonight from Hollywood, Carlos Diaz, who is a correspondent for "Extra." Also in Hollywood tonight, it`s Kim Serafin who is a senior editor for "In Touch Weekly."

All right, guys. Let us begin with Jessica Simpson`s brand-new slam today about a tabloid report connecting her to Tiger Woods.

Now, Jessica did attend a pro-golf tournament with her then-boyfriend Tony Romo in July of this year. There they are, posing for the press. As this story goes, Jessica and Tony were fighting. So Jessica struck up a conversation with Tiger Woods and they exchanged E-mails and phone numbers.

Well, today, Jessica fired back on her Twitter page about this report. Listen to what she wrote, "Can`t believe that I`m on the cover of "Star" magazine with Tiger Woods. What a joke! The shocking inside story is (insert drumroll) a lie."

Carlos, I`ve got to tell you. I can`t blame Jessica. She really has every reason and right to be mad here, don`t you think?

DIAZ: Well, can you imagine that meeting at "Star" magazine, someone walks in and goes, "I`ve got pictures of Jessica Simpson and Tiger Woods together in the same place and she`s wearing a `Where`s Waldo` dress? It`s amazing."

And of course, they go, "What story can we make up?" because Jessica is perfect punching bag. And Tiger is not denying any allegations that he`s going with any of these women. So we can say whatever we want. And then, Jessica, not only denies it, but she says "Star" magazine in her denial. Every time we "Star" magazine, "Star" magazine is very happy about it.

HAMMER: Yes. Well, stop saying "Star" magazine. Oh, there, I just said it myself. You know, and it`s not surprising that finally, a celebrity has been linked in some way to the whole Tiger Woods scandal.

And it could very well be that Tiger and Jessica did exchange phone numbers, maybe E-mail addresses at the golf event. But Kim, of course, that does not mean anything happened between them. I mean, the whole thing is silly.

KIM SERAFIN, SENIOR EDITOR, "IN TOUCH WEEKLY": Well, yes. You know, celebrities do meet all the time, whether it`s at a party or a sporting event. There are pictures of a lot of celebrities all the time.

And you know, poor Jessica Simpson. She did her big reality show, "Newlyweds," about her relationship, high profile breakup. Then dated John Mayer - high profile breakup. Then dated Tony Romo - high profile breakup.


SERAFIN: If she could just find a man, all of this will be solved.

HAMMER: No kidding.

SERAFIN: If we could just find a relationship for Jessica. But poor, Jessica, you know. She gets blamed when her dog goes missing. She gets blamed for a lot of things. Like Carlos said, she is an easy punching bag.


SERAFIN: But hopefully, she`ll find someone to love really soon. And we can stop these - stop everything.


HAMMER: And she certainly has seen headlines about herself in the past. But can you imagine she sees that on a newsstand somewhere? And she has to be - oh, my goodness.

All right. Let`s move on. There`s a brand-new report today that NBC is considering a reality show featuring those crazy White House party crashers, Michaele and Tareq Salahi.

Now, a TV trade magazine reports today NBC has been asking the viewers in an online survey how they would react to the show airing on Bravo, which is the cable network owned by NBC.

Now, here`s one of questions in this online survey that asks if viewer`s opinion of the network that carries a show about these guys would be negatively influenced? Kim, it seems to me while NBC is certainly interested in possibly doing a show, they are really paranoid about the possibility of a backlash as well.

SERAFIN: Which is strange, you know, an unlikeable couple who does outrageous things on a reality show. Oh, my gosh. That would be such a first. I can`t believe that. You know, look. This happens all the time.

Everyone has been talking about "Jersey Shore" on MTV. Every network has had some reality show probably at some point where there`s someone that does something that doesn`t sort of live up to the highest standards. But isn`t that what makes good reality TV? You need a villain as much as you need a good person.

HAMMER: Yes. Certainly, but I think I know what they are getting at based on the national anger over this particular story. And I think this other question that they asked online also really speaks to that.

Because NBC also asked their viewers if giving the Salahis their own reality show would seem like they were being rewarded for crashing the president`s party. Carlos, I think a lot of people would be angry and they would see it that way.

DIAZ: Well, A.J., you know me. You know my opinion. I mean I`m all like, you know - reality TV, let them do whatever they want to do. Woohoo! You know, just go crazy.

But in this case, I honestly believe that it`s wrong if they get their own reality show because you`re basically - you are rewarding them for breaching the highest amount of security in the country. I mean, basically, you know, you`re getting the president of the United States involved.

And I think that`s pushing it to actually say, "Hey, great job. Now, here`s your own show. What`s next? What does that encourage?

HAMMER: Yes. I think they are making sure they make a good business decision because, again, of the national outrage. And if the Salahis were to get their own reality show, Kim, do you think sooner or later, viewers might forgive and forget and they would see them as just another reality show couple and forget what the couple did basically?

SERAFIN: They might. I mean, right now, if they are as interesting as we are all kind of making them out to be, then I think people would tune in. And people do forget. People have very short memories.

I was watching Robert Downey, Jr. on David Letterman and he was making fun of David Letterman and Tiger Woods. If you ever thought that Robert Downey, Jr. could make fun of David Letterman and Tiger Woods five years ago, you know, it shows how people have short memories.

HAMMER: All right. Well, let`s move on now to a brand-new report today that Simon Cowell, the nicest man in the U.K., is getting ready to leave "American Idol" after the new season or 10th season ends that gets underway in January.

That`s because Simon reportedly wants to launch a U.S. version of his wildly successful British show, "The X Factor." Carlos, what do you think? If Simon leaves "American Idol," a lot of people are saying, if that happens "American Idol" has to go away. Do you really think the show will end as well?

DIAZ: It`s a known fact that the only person who has more leverage than Simon Cowell is A.J. Hammer on TV.

HAMMER: Well, that is just -

DIAZ: No, but in all honesty, I mean - yes. There is no show without Simon Cowell. I mean, he is "American Idol."

HAMMER: Carlos, I don`t think so. I mean, I really think it comes down to the contestants with that show. I think Simon is important. I don`t think 10 million people suddenly go away because Simon is not on the show.

DIAZ: No, and I agree. But then, it becomes "Star Search" or any other talent show that has ever been. I mean, "American Idol" is you can`t wait to see what Simon is going to say about that person.

I mean, Paula Abdul got replaced and the show is moving on. You can replace Randy. And I agree with you, it`s about - supposed to be about the singers. But really, I mean, we watch to see what Simon`s going to say.

HAMMER: Yes. That`s true. And my buddy Michael Star in "The New York Post" today did say that there is no way they would even consider replacing Simon Cowell as a judge. And I`m sure that`s right.

Something, late today, came from Simon Cowell`s spokesperson. This is what they told SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, "There are discussions going on with `American Idol` and also about the possibility of bringing "The X Factor" to the United States, and no decisions have been made and nothing has been finalized."

Obviously, they don`t want to tip their hand. But obviously, that shows, Kim, there is something to this, not exactly a denial there. What do you think? Can "American Idol" survive without that guy in his black t- shirts every week?

SERAFIN: It would be really tough, especially if there is another show that is similar to "American Idol" and possibly better than "American Idol" featuring Simon. Even with the addition of Ellen - I mean, the reason that Ellen - everyone is anticipating her being on the show is because they want to see the fireworks between her and Simon.


SERAFIN: You know, that is why we`re waiting to see it. If you have a show like "X Factor" - that is Simon`s show, by the way, his show, so he has an extra incentive.


HAMMER: Well, it will make all the sense because he`d get all the money. We`re going to leave it there. Kim Serafin, Carlos Diaz, thanks a lot.

All right. You will not believe who Kate Hudson ran into after her reported split from A-Rod. Tonight, we have brand-new reports that Kate Hudson was consoled by none other than Madonna. Yes, Madonna. Is there some kind of "I dated A-Rod" club going on here?

And Nicole Kidman`s makeup malfunction. Can someone get this woman a powder puff, please? I mean, you have got to see what happened when Nicole Kidman showed up to the premiere of her huge new movie. Someone`s got some explaining to do here.

Also you also have to wonder what really happens when you give your car keys to a parking attendant.


MOOS (on camera): Enough to give you the dreaded valet phobia.


HAMMER: Yes. A bunch of road valets burning rubber, spinning around, joyriding in your car while you`re having a lovely steak dinner. It`s maniac valets caught on tape, and your car could be next. This is SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on HLN.

Here comes the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker" - more stories from the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom making news right now.

TEXT: Taylor Swift named "People" magazine`s most intriguing person of the year. Kate Gosselin, Ellen DeGeneres and "The Real Housewives" also on intriguing list. "People`s" top stars of the decade: Beyonce, Britney, Brad and Angelina, Jennifer Aniston.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I want you to take extra special care of this vehicle. OK?



HAMMER: That is no way to treat a car. That famous scene, of course, from "Ferris Bueller`s Day Off." And it`s got to make you wonder what does happen when you hand your keys over to the valet.

Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York. Tonight, it`s valets gone wild. And SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has it all caught on tape. You`ve got to see this. Some valets decided to take some cars for a little joyride. Not only did they tape everything, but the videos actually ended up on YouTube.

Here`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


MOOS (voice-over): When you park, this is how you want the attendant to drive your car. But this is how it was done at a St. Louis garage at a Hyatt Hotel, no less. It was like valet choreography, valet cinematography.

Under the name Valet Underground, it was posted on YouTube, got rubber, and then later removed. But it`s hard to remove this from your mind.

(on camera): Enough to give you the dreaded valet phobia.

(voice-over): Like in Ferris Bueller`s day off, an attendant took the car -

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m a professional.

MOOS: And took it for a joyride. Pretty soon, it was airborne. Now, we saw no airborne cars in the Hyatt garage. And the valet parking company in charge there at the time has since been replaced, though apparently not on account of this.

It turns out there are similar valet stunts on YouTube. This one is entitled, "Don`t Tip a Dollar at Yankees Stadium.


MOOS: Actually, Tom Cortese believes it. Back in his college days, he used to valet park in Washington, D.C.

CORTESE: Except the guys I worked with were either drunk or high.

MOOS: Then those guys sometimes took the cars for joyrides on the highway.

CORTESE: One of our guys actually hit a person, smack right into a pedestrian.

MOOS: Tom`s advice?

CORTESE: Ever since I valet-parked, I tell all my friends and family, just don`t do it.

MOOS: But if you do, check the mileage before and after and tip.

(on camera): $5 ensures there`s no joyride?

CORTESE: That`s right.

MOOS (voice-over): That`s $5 per attending on duty.

CORTESE: It`s extortion.

MOOS: Or maybe distortion. Tom remembers one valet -

CORTESE: Who had eaten mushrooms - psychedelic mushrooms before driving a car. And I even begin to imagine what the hell that was.

MOOS: We can only imagine that mushrooms and doughnuts don`t mix.


HAMMER: That was CNN`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Here`s a little movie trivia for you. The car that was featured in the famous scene from "Ferris Bueller`s Day Off" happens to be a Ferrari 250 and it demands inspect.

Well, tonight, it`s Nicole`s major makeup mishap. Big news just in today, the beautiful Nicole Kidman is caught in a fashion scandal today after the premiere of her blockbuster new movie, "Nine."

Nicole`s normally flawless face covered in white powder. This is a picture that has launched a thousand headlines today. And SHOWBIZ TONIGHT was there on the red carpet with Nicole.

And on the very same night at the very same event was Madonna consoling Kate Hudson over her reported break-up with A-Rod. Yes, A-Rod who was linked to Madonna just before Madonna announced she was getting divorced. Oh, to be a fly on the wall there.

With me in New York is Megan Alexander. She is a correspondent for "Inside Edition." Also in New York tonight, Cooper Lawrence, who is a psychologist and author.

All right. Let`s start out with Nicole Kidman. I love Nicole. But no matter where you look on the celebrity sites today, everybody was talking about how Nicole looked at the "Nine" premiere.

Specifically, there were saying what was up with the apparent makeup malfunction under her eyes and her nose. Cooper, do you think everybody is making a big deal about nothing? Or should, perhaps, Nicole fire her makeup artist here?

LAWRENCE: Well, I did my search for you and I spoke to some of the biggest makeup artists in Hollywood. And I found out - they said nobody would ever do that to her. She did it to herself.

She`s probably obsessive-compulsive about being shiny. She probably just over-powdered herself, because no professional makeup artist would ever let her walk out like that.

But that said, if somebody did, of course they should be fired. An artist`s image is really so much more important than whether they can act or not these days. What you look like and the people you hire to cultivate that image ...


LAWRENCE: ... if they are not doing a good job by you, fire them.

HAMMER: And I have to say, I ran into Nicole earlier in the day. She was actually here in our building and I thought she looked flawless as usual. And I hate seeing her picked on.

But Megan, what do you think? Is this much ado about nothing, or is she rightfully, you know, getting a lot of flak for this?

MEGAN ALEXANDER, CORRESPONDENT, "INSIDE EDITION": A.J., this is for everyone woman who`s had lipstick smeared in her teeth, had a bad hair day or the mascara has run. Nicole is one of us. I thought it was actually rather refreshing.

You know what? I think it shows that even a flawless gorgeous movie star like Nicole has a bad day once in a while. I think you`ll laugh it off and you move on. It certainly was funny, wasn`t it?

HAMMER: Yes. Well, I don`t know if it was funny. I just adore her and I hate her being picked on, as I said. But here is something that really struck me. After the premiere, there was also big news breaking at the after party that we learned about today.

Madonna huddling with Kate Hudson. Now, think about this - Kate Hudson reportedly just broke up with Alex Rodriguez. The last woman to make such big headlines with A-Rod was Madonna.

Cooper, I`m guessing that Kate and Madonna were not there at the party swapping holiday cookie recipes though we can`t guarantee what they were talking about.

LAWRENCE: But A.J., you know that Madonna said, oh, those pictures of him as a centaur over the bed. That must have worsened that. You know, that she is - they were both jaded by him. So it`s good to bond with the other woman who feels the same way about that horrible guy. You know, women do that. That`s what we do.

HAMMER: Yes. What do you think, Megan? I mean, oh, to be a fly on the wall, as I said earlier.

ALEXANDER: Exactly. Hey, if they were talking about A-Rod or not, I would still love to listen in on their conversation. Madonna, 51 - she looks amazing on the red carpet, by the way.

Kate Hudson has been pretty private about her relationship with A-Rod. So who knows? Maybe she thought this was a sister who could give her some advice. I wish her well.

HAMMER: Yes. Unbelievable. We wish her well as well. Cooper Lawrence, Megan Alexander, thank you so much, both of you.

Well, tonight, it`s the viral video that literally has dogs and cats everywhere up in paws. I`m serious. My dog was looking at this on YouTube just today. Wait until you see what happens when this cute little kitten takes on this massive dog three times his size. Who will win this furry smackdown of the century?

Time now for the "SHOWBIZ News Ticker" - more stories from the SHOWBIZ TONIGHT newsroom making news right now.

TEXT: Susan Boyle`s performance most watched YouTube video of 2009 (120 million). Susan Boyle`s debut album is number one for the third week in a row.

HAMMER: Can you believe it has been 17 years since "The Bodyguard" was out in theaters? Who would have thought? Well, since doing "The Bodyguard," Whitney Houston certainly has had a very long and winding road to get back on top of Hollywood`s A-list.

We know she`s gotten yet another number-one album. But will she go back to movies? Well, here`s what she tells "In Style" magazine, quote, "I`m looking at one particular script - I won`t talk about it now. I don`t want to ruin it. It`s a remake."

I`ll take that as a yes. We will see her on the silver screen yet again. For more Whitney Houston, you could pick up a copy of "In Style" magazine on newsstands, Friday.


HAMMER: Hey, did you see this? It`s a furry smackdown gone viral. Let`s look. I`m thinking if you put a little old kitten up against a big, old dog in a face-off for the couch, you got to bet on the dog, right?

Well, check this out. Albert, the kitten, literally put his paw down and Spot-O the dog surrendered to the little guy. And that was just over a spot on the sofa. I`d hate to see what happens at dinnertime.

Tonight, Joy Behar sits down with her "Saturday Night Live" alter ego, Fred Armisen. I have to say I always thought that Fred`s impression of Joy is tremendous. It`s hysterical and dead-on. Look at this.


FRED ARMISEN, ACTOR: You know what I always say? I say who cares?


Just go home and have a glass of Pinot Grigio. Go to bed. So what?


HAMMER: Here`s the thing. Fred`s impression of Joy has always been based on her job at "The View." So on HLN`s "The Joy Behar Show," Fred tells Joy that since she got her own show on HLN, his impression of her has changed. Check this out.


ARMISEN: But the Joy from this show is a little different from the Joy on "The View."


ARMISEN: A little bit. I feel like, you know, on this show, you`re a little bit more calm.

BEHAR: I`m calmer here.

ARMISEN: Yes. And you`re a little more quiet. Yes, you`re a little bit like -

BEHAR: Oh, I`m the host here so I want my guest to speak.

ARMISEN: Yes. And there`s not so much yelling, I guess.

BEHAR: There`s no yelling or no cacophony around me.


BEHAR: Yes. Do you like -

ARMISEN: What`s that like? Do these people just shout over you?

BEHAR: Yes. Do you like playing me?

ARMISEN: Oh, it`s great. You know, the fun thing for me is - it sounds like a showbiz-y thing. But just being like around the other comedians doing everybody else is fantastic. It`s great. Kristen doing Elizabeth.

BEHAR: Oh, yes. She`s hilarious.

ARMISEN: Kennan doing Whoopi. It`s like -

BEHAR: I love Kristen`s impression of Kathie Lee Gifford. That is the funniest - oh, my god. The little twitches that Kathie Lee has - she didn`t know she had it.


BEHAR: I never noticed I did all this. I`m like so twitchy. So what? Who cares?

ARMISEN: You`re a little bit. Yes, yes.

BEHAR: You got me down.

ARMISEN: You`re nice to say that.

BEHAR: But you need some more material. I`ll help you later with it.

ARMISEN: Please do.


HAMMER: Well, here`s a little note, in fact, about Fred Armisen. At just 43 years old, he`s actually the oldest member of the "SNL" cast. But hey, obviously, it`s not that old. So to that I say, "So what? Who cares?"

You can catch the "THE JOY BEHAR SHOW" every night. See real deal right here on HLN.

Well, on Wednesday we asked you to vote on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT question of the day. Just moments ago, Jay Conroy(ph) handed me the final results. Thank you, Jay. "Tiger Woods: Should his wife forgive him?" Well, only 19 percent of you think so; 81 percent of you say no.

Here`s some of the emails we got. Steve in Colorado writing, "Absolutely not. I think anyone could get over one transgression, but 10, 11, 12, or possible 13 or more? No way. She should let this (EXPLETIVE DELETED) go and start over."

And Nancy B. writes, "Elin should forgive him. He is the father of their children. But she needs to leave. Move on, Elin."

Well, that is it for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Thank you for watching. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York. You can always catch SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on the 11:00s - 11:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, and in the morning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern on HLN.