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Battle of the Baby Bumps; New Year`s Tragedy for Paparazzo; Showbiz Countdown of Love, Marriage & Mayhem; Jessica Simpson Pregnant Again

Aired January 2, 2013 - 23:00   ET


A.J. HAMMER, HOST: Tonight on the SHOWBIZ Countdown, "Battle of the Baby Bumps." Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson, Duchess Catherine. The most anticipated babies on the planet, but which star will top the SHOWBIZ Countdown, "Battle of the Baby Bumps"?

Hello, I`m A.J. Hammer. From all of us here at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, happy new year!

And what a new year this is going to be for Kim Kardashian. Tonight in the SHOWBIZ Countdown, we`re revealing the top five must-see brand-new developments in the "Battle of the Baby Bumps."

Kim versus Jessica Simpson versus Kate Middleton. You know, just one of these ladies getting pregnant is enough to create a frenzy in its own right, but all three at the same time? What the heck is in the water?

Megan Alexander is with me in New York. She`s correspondent for "Inside Edition" in Hollywood. Kristen Aldridge, who`s a host on OMG Now on Yahoo! Jenn Hobby is a host on Kicks 101.5 Radio in Atlanta.

Ladies, great to have you here. Let`s kick it off, No. 5 on our SHOWBIZ Countdown, "Battle of the Baby Bumps," with Kimye`s big announcement. One of the most interesting things for me about this mega baby battle is how her big news was actually revealed.

Kanye West stunned his fans on Sunday night. This was at a concert in Atlantic City. He simply blurted out the bombshell baby news. This is priceless. Let`s watch.


KANYE WEST, SINGER: Can we make some noise for my baby mama right quick?


HAMMER: Yes, that was it: "Make some noise for my baby mama.: I mean, Jenn, I`m thinking the guy obviously couldn`t contain his excitement. I will put aside for the moment that it wasn`t exactly the classiest way to let the world know he`s going to be a dad. But can you blame him? I mean, he was just out of his mind with excitement.

JENN HOBBY, HOST, KICKS 101.5, ATLANTA: He was so excited about it. And it`s really cute, this genuine moment. Because you know, they had to be having meetings after meetings, planning sessions, how are they going to announce it, what sort of photo shoot was it going to be, which magazine and all that stuff. And he just blurted it out. I kind of love that`s the way that it happened.

HAMMER: Yes, except for the use of the term "baby mama," not really a highly regarded term. Maybe Kanye will reconsider that in the future.

Megan, to you, the Kardashian family reportedly didn`t know that Kanye was going to let the cat out of the bag during this show. I got to believe that, you know, Mama Jenner, Kris Jenner`s head probably exploded when she found out that this happened.

MEGAN ALEXANDER, CORRESPONDENT, "INSIDE EDITION": Absolutely. Quick damage control from Kris Jenner, picking up the phone, calling all the magazines. I`m sure she already had the press releases ready to go, A.J. So it`s just a matter of accessing the file on Kim`s baby.

But still, yes, I think this happened a little quicker than they anticipated. Kim says she wanted to, you know, keep it quiet, I think, a few more weeks until her bump started showing, but it`s out and here we go. Kardashians, right?

HAMMER: Right. She`ll be pretty quick to control the message from here on in, I think. It is pretty clear to me, however, that Jessica Simpson`s baby news announcement was more thoughtfully planned.

She took to Twitter to confirm all of those reports that had been floating around that she`s expecting again. She shared this adorable picture of daughter Maxwell Drew. Look at that. That`s so cute. You see the words "Big sis" scribbled in the sand there.

Kristen, I like how she did this. Very well done.

KRISTEN ALDRIDGE, OMG NEWS ON YAHOO!: I totally agree with you, too, A.J. I mean, that couldn`t have been more adorable. I can`t think of anything better than announcing a pregnancy on Christmas, but, of course, we know that Jessica is kind of known for being clever. She announced her first pregnancy, I think, on Halloween with her mummy picture.

So you know what? I`m really happy for the couple. I think they`re -- they`re really, really great parents. And Weight Watchers on the other hand, we`ve had reports that they may have been a little less than thrilled with the news, but they`re still showing their support, and I think we should, too.

HAMMER: Yes, and we will be getting into that a little later tonight on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Will they be sticking with Jessica? Will she stay on Weight Watchers?

But now we move from the big announcements to a royal rivalry. This is No. 4 on our SHOWBIZ Countdown. America`s reality royalty versus Britain`s royal family.

You all remember that when Will and Kate married, nearly 3 billion people reportedly tuned in to watch that magical day. That`s nearly half the people on the planet, right?

And when Kim and her ex-, Kris Humphries, tied the knot, you had over 4 million people tuning in for their big reality TV extravaganza.

So Jenn, everyone is going nuts over Kim getting pregnant. But I`m guessing her giving birth, it will be nothing compared to when Kate has her baby.

HOBBY: That`s so true, A.J. The royal baby will have all the attention of not just the U.K. and not just the States, but the world. They are the real-life fairytale story, and now they`re welcoming a child into the world. So all eyes on the royal baby in 2013, for sure.

HAMMER: Yes. And the timing, it`s kind of on par, here, with the duchess and Kim both reportedly about three months into their pregnancies, due at around the same time, Megan. So do I even have to ask you who tops this royal battle for you? I have a feeling it`s going to relate to somebody not native of this country.

ALEXANDER: Exactly. I think there`s no competition, A.J., in terms of Kate and Will. An heir to the British throne, if you will. And Kate being so stylish, so classy, both of them handling themselves so well. I think we all enjoy watching the British family, how they deal with these sort of things. I think it`s going to be really fun to see these two as parents.

HAMMER: It`s just going to be fun to watch the mayhem and the explosion in the media.

Well, next in our SHOWBIZ Countdown of the "Battle of the Baby Bumps," at No. 3, the fashion mogul versus the reality TV mogul. Jessica Simpson and Kim Kardashian certainly have both been criticized for oversharing in the past. But, you know, the fans just love that stuff.

Right now Jessica has over 5 million Twitter followers, taking on Kim Kardashian`s over 17 million followers. And after Jessica tweeted this gorgeous picture of her daughter, she kept right on tweeting with this picture of her growing baby bump.

Kristen, I actually think that Jessica is already giving Kim a run for her money when it comes to the whole baby battle here.

ALDRIDGE: Wow. Do you really? I love it.

First of all, the picture is amazing. She looks beautiful. She`s a proud mama. But we all know Kim Kardashian is the queen of oversharing, and when it comes to entertainment news, there`s nothing that I love more than baby bump sightings, because it gives me tons of awesome stuff to talk about on Yahoo! So I don`t know. I think Jessica is going to have to work a lot harder if she`s going to defeat reality royalty Kim Kardashian.

HAMMER: I suppose that`s right. And as much as she was trying to keep things under wraps, the news finally came out, and Kim just spoke out for the first time about her pregnancy. She tells "Entertainment Tonight" that so far it actually hasn`t been easy. Let`s watch.


KIM KARDASHIAN, REALITY TV STAR: People say pregnancy is, like, fun and they love it. I would have to disagree.


KARDASHIAN: You know, I mean, I think from this stage on it does become easier and funner [SIC], but, you know, it`s adjusting. And I think that so many times -- even my sisters made it look so easy. And it`s not as easy as people think. It is, you know, a little painful.


HAMMER: OK. Now, here`s the thing. Here`s the thing. There are a whole lot of people out there who love Kim Kardashian and everything that the Kardashian family does, and they follow their every move. And then there are a whole lot of people out there who really don`t want to see yet another Kardashian moment.

And now we`re going to have yet another Kardashian reality show entering the picture here, Jenn. It is insanity. How do you see this pregnancy playing out on TV? I mean, is she going to take us into the delivery room? Please say no.

HOBBY: She will take us everywhere. This is what she does so brilliantly, is allow her fans into her life. And I`m expecting myself in 2013, and I am fascinated by this miracle growing in my body and all these things that my body is doing. But I don`t Instagram everything going on with myself and with my body and with this baby on the way. And so I know that Kim will be doing that, because that`s just what she does.


HAMMER: Well, congratulations to you too, as well, Jenn. Maybe there are more people out there interested in your giving birth than Kim Kardashian. Who knows?

Megan, what do you think? Because you know, we`ve been sitting here chatting about the Kardashians for years now.


HAMMER: And, look, as much as people like to put them down and go after them, they obviously have a great number of fans, so this is going to be a huge boon to the Kardashian empire.

ALEXANDER: I think it will. I mean, nobody knows how to capitalize on and monetize their fame like the Kardashians do. So every single one of them, every single aspect of their life they seem to capitalize on, A.J.

But you know, one has to wonder at what point will they maybe regret sharing as much as they have? I don`t know. It`s full speed ahead right now. But there may come a time where they go, "Ooh, did I really share that and say that?"

HAMMER: No, don`t say that. There are no regrets down the line for these guys. I have to tell you, I can`t imagine a day will come. Although maybe it will. Maybe Kim will have a mea culpa one day and who knows?

Well, Megan, Jenn, Kristen, stay where you are, because we are not done yet. So if the all-too-surprising baby announcements and the royal rivalry aren`t No. 1 on the SHOWBIZ Countdown, what is? Well, I can tell you, it is a showdown between a fashion face-off and that coveted first baby photo. But which story is going to top the SHOWBIZ Countdown, "Battle of the Baby Bumps"? The big reveal is next.

So as Kim shares her baby joy, is her mom`s marriage a total mess right now? Well, tonight, there are some new details coming out about Kris and Bruce Jenner. And it`s not just the first family of reality TV who spent the holidays breaking big news, we officially know what direction Taylor Swift`s love life is going in with Harry Stiles. Happy new year.

Well, in this new year, there`s new love, and there`s new marriage meltdowns to talk about. More couples news than you can shake a prenup at.



HAMMER: Welcome back. Tonight on the SHOWBIZ Countdown, it`s the "Battle of the Baby Bumps," with some of the biggest celebrities in the world breaking big baby news.

You have Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian and Duchess Kate. Here`s where we are so far.

No. 5, a bombshell from Kanye West. He just revealed to the world that he and girlfriend Kim Kardashian are having a baby, and he just blurted it out on stage.

No. 4, a royal showdown. Duchess Kate and Kim Kardashian reportedly set to give birth at just about the same time. Oh, baby.

No. 3, the fashion mogul and the reality TV mogul. Social media all abuzz with news of Jessica and Kim as new moms to be.

And that brings us straight to No. 2 on our SHOWBIZ Countdown, the maternity fashion face-off. With three of the most photographed women in the world all bearing baby bumps, are we now in for a whole new world of fashion?

You have Jessica Simpson and her billion-dollar fashion empire with a new maternity line, and, of course, her gig as a judge on NBC`s "Fashion Star."

You have Kim Kardashian, who has been on the cover of nearly every fashion magazine in the world. She`s the designer of her own clothing collection and the owner of three fashion stores.

And, of course, Duchess Kate, who reportedly spent $55,000 on a wardrobe in just the first six months as duchess, with father-in-law Prince Charles picking up the tab.

And, of course, she unintentionally bumps up sales of just about every dress she wears.

I want to bring back Megan Alexander, who`s a correspondent from "Inside Edition"; Kristen Aldridge, who`s a host on OMG Now on Yahoo! Jenn Hobby is a host on Kicks 101.5 Radio in Atlanta.

Jenn, you revealed to us in our last segment that you now are expecting. You`re going to be buying plenty of baby clothes.


HAMMER: So I need your expert insight on this. Who do you think will win the maternity fashion war in the "Battle of the Baby Bumps"?

HOBBY: Gosh, this is such a tossup. I`m just glad that they are going to shed the light on the need for new fashion in maternity clothing. Because there`s not a lot to choose from, and a lot of it is at a really high price point. So it seems like they know you`re pregnant. They know you need new clothes, and they get you with the price tag.

So I`m hoping, at least, that Jessica Simpson, maybe, will introduce an affordable maternity line for the rest of us to enjoy. And I know that all three of them are going to look immaculate and amazing for their entire 40 weeks.

HAMMER: I want you to bring in Megan Alexander`s shot, Charles, because I imagine she`s nodding her head right about now. She`s a proud mother. She`s been through it; she`s bought the clothes. She`s worn the clothes.

What do you think? Because really, you have some amazing fashion icons. I mean, it is pretty remarkable when you sit back and look at the fact that these three women -- Jessica, Kate and, of course, Kim Kardashian -- all pregnant at the same time with such influence on the fashion world.

ALEXANDER: Yes, no, it`s true. And I think Jessica Simpson, you know, being pregnant with her second baby now and all that she`s going through, losing the weight and now being pregnant again, I think that`s very realistic of a lot of women that want to have their babies or children close together.

So how she`ll be dealing with that, I think it gives encouragement to the average girl out there that doesn`t have all the money to put into a personal trainer to kind of watch how she will be dressing and just, you know, dealing with the weight gain that comes with pregnancy.

Kim Kardashian, this one I think will be interesting. Because correct me if I`m wrong, but I think some women are surprised sometimes by how your body changes when you`re pregnant. And so for her, I think -- I think, you know, I don`t know if all those tight dresses -- maybe she`ll still wear them, who knows -- but nobody, A.J., can top Kate Middleton. She wears one article of clothing, and it sells out around the world. So I still think Kate takes the cake here.

HAMMER: OK. I figured you would say that. But it is interesting to point out, you know, how women`s bodies change. And obviously, when celebrities are pregnant, the paparazzi will always continue to follow them around.

I have a feeling Kim Kardashian will have even more cameras than ever flying in from all over the planet to capture the way she changes and evolves throughout the term of her pregnancy.

Kristen, what do you think? I mean, I imagine maternity designers the world over are celebrating right now.

ALDRIDGE: Oh, absolutely. You know, I`m actually -- I don`t have any children yet, but these three ladies are giving me amazing inspiration for some day when I do become a mother. Because they`re all so incredibly stylish. We`ll definitely be watching to see what they`re going to be wearing.

But you know, Jessica, Simpson, of course, her billion-dollar fashion empire, her maternity line, I do agree with you both, that she`s a very real girl, and I think that gives a lot of inspiration out there.

But I do have to say, when Kate Middleton announced her pregnancy, searches on Yahoo! right after for the key words "maternity fashion" were completely off the charts. I think that just pretty much sums it up. We`re obsessed with her fashion. She`s amazing. And I love how she recycles her clothes. I have a feeling her adorable little bundle of joy will do the same thing.

HAMMER: Well, there are so many baby blockbusters, but of course, there can only be No. 1. No. 1 on our SHOWBIZ Countdown on the "Battle of the Baby Bumps." It is this burning question. It is the money shot. Which baby picture will bring in the biggest bucks?

Jenn Hobby, we don`t know yet how these celebrities are going to reveal their children to the world. But do you have to go with Kate Middleton or am I off on that?

HOBBY: I think you have to go with Kate Middleton. Because worldwide, everybody wants to see the first shot of this baby. But, man, that`s going to be a tossup, too. Everybody is going to be all eyes on Jessica Simpson`s baby, on Kim and Kanye`s baby. Oh, my gosh. I mean, the whole world will be watching for all three of these. But, yes, I think you got to hand it to Kate.

HAMMER: Yes, and I`m going to tell you right now -- and Kim Kardashian, I hope you`re watching -- I think it would be a very classy move for somebody who is known for commercializing everything that she does in her life to take a whole lot of money from someone for those pictures and donate it all to a very worthy charity.

ALEXANDER: Amen. Amen.

HAMMER: Megan, Kristen Aldridge, Jenn Hobby, thanks. Thank you for your applause.

Well, with baby No. 2 on the way, what is up with Jessica Simpson and Weight Watchers? She is starring in a new ad for the company, but is her megabucks deal now kaput?


SIMPSON: I lost over 50 pounds on Weight Watchers and did not have to be perfect to do it. Being healthy has become a part of who I am, which is great timing because I`m having another baby.


HAMMER: And Jess took such heat for her weight during her first pregnancy. Will people go easy on her this time?

And Kim Kardashian defends her mom`s marriage. Why are people saying that Kris Jenner`s marriage is now on the rocks?

It`s the SHOWBIZ Countdown, "Love, Marriage and Mayhem." Will Kim`s family drama top Chris Brown and Rihanna`s bedroom antics? They tweeted these pictures of themselves in bed on New Year`s Day. Nice. Which couple will be No. 1?


It is time now for "SHOWBIZ Say What?" "Modern Family star Julie Bowen snuggles up with a beast. That big guy, of course, is from Disney`s "Beauty and the Beast." She was actually at Disney World hanging out with her family over the holidays, but what could Julie be thinking right here?

Well, please share your thought bubble with us. Head to Fill in the thought bubble. We`re going to share our favorite answers with you tomorrow, right here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.


HAMMER: Tonight, Justin Bieber`s New Year`s horror. Today we learned some disturbing new details about a paparazzo who was killed on New Year`s day in Los Angeles while tailing a Ferrari that Justin owned. Now Justin wasn`t driving, and the person who was driving the car wasn`t hurt. But there are new details about this tragedy tonight. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Nischelle Turner is in Hollywood.

But what have we learned about this sad story, Nischelle?

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Well, A.J., you know, this story is an example of why I believe paparazzi can be a danger to themselves and others. So here`s the deal.

TMZ is reporting that a freelance photographer had been following Justin`s white Ferrari for hours on New Year`s Day, believing that he was about to break a big scoop about Justin. Justin`s friend, rapper Lil` Twist, was driving the Ferrari and got pulled over by a California Highway Patrolman. The photographer, still hot on what he thought was Justin`s trail, pulled over his car, ran across the street, and started snapping away at the Ferrari. Now, he got his pictures, and he started running back across the street. That`s when he was hit and killed.

HAMMER: This is so absolutely senseless in my mind.


HAMMER: Obviously, it is very upsetting on so many levels, and there are reports that this photographer was just in his 20s, a young guy.

TURNER: Yes. Exactly. And you know, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT can tell you that Justin`s friend didn`t even know that he was being followed by the paparazzi. As we said, Justin was not driving the car.

But you know, A.J., he did release a very poignant statement to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, saying that, "My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim. Hopefully, this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders and the photographers themselves."

And I hope, you know, that the powers that be are listening.

HAMMER: Yes, we hope that, but we`ve been through this before. And somebody tweeted today -- I think it was Miley Cyrus -- you know, wasn`t Diana a lesson to all of us, and how many years ago was that? How come nothing has been done so far? I don`t get it.

TURNER: Well, yes, you know, and that`s a good point. This, I think, though, is a little different than that whole Princess Diana situation, because this wasn`t a chase. This was where he came, he got his photographs. And it seems like maybe it was just a case where he didn`t look when crossing the street.

HAMMER: Yes, but it`s still -- at the end of the day, it`s just a big mess. All right. Hopefully something will get done.

TURNER: I hear you.

HAMMER: Nischelle, thank you so much.

I do want to turn right now to some pretty incredible news right here at HLN. Of course, you know Ty Pennington. He`s the host of ABC`s "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," one of my favorite shows.

Well, Ty has got a new home. He`s going to be hosting an amazing new show right here on HLN called "American Journey." He`s going to travel all around this great nation and talk to people who are redefining the American dream for the 21st century, from giving up a home, to living in a yurt to heading down to the delta with Morgan Freeman to explore the birth place of the blues.

Let me let Ty tell you a little more about his exciting new show.


TY PENNINGTON, HOST, "AMERICAN JOURNEY": Honestly, I`m -- I`m really flattered to be part of HLN. I mean, what`s great about that is you`re providing information. You`re also storytelling, but you`ve also got some great storytellers.

To be part of that, to be part of a network that is informing people about how they can improve their lives, is something I love doing. Whether it`s about your finances, about your home, it`s about your future, it`s all of that. And I think what`s great about HLN is they`re really trying to make sure that we all live a better life by being informed.


HAMMER: I have already set my DVR. You should, too. Ty Pennington`s "American Journey" debuts 8 p.m. Eastern January 12 here on HLN. So excited about that.

And coming up, we kick off the new year with a super-sized SHOWBIZ Countdown, "Love, Marriage and Mayhem." Taylor Swift`s big New Year`s smooch with Harry Stiles. But could Harry just become another sad love song for Taylor by next year?

Speaking of the splits, what about Bethenny Frankel`s divorce shocker. Which couple will be No. 1 on the Top Ten SHOWBIZ Countdown, "Love, Marriage and Mayhem"?




SIMPSON: I lost over 50 pounds on Weight Watchers and did not have to be perfect to do it. Being healthy has become a part of who I am, which is great timing because I`m having another baby.


HAMMER: Jessica Simpson`s baby bombshell. So she loses 50 pounds on Weight Watchers but gets pregnant. Brand-new revelations today about what Jessica`s brand-new baby bump will mean for her mega-million-dollar contract with Weight Watchers.

And in the SHOWBIZ Countdown tonight, "Love, Marriage, & Mayhem." In 2013, Kim Kardashian slams the sizzling new reports that her mom, Kris Jenner is splitting with her husband Bruce. But is Kim K really telling the truth?

And Rihanna and Chris Brown spend New Year`s Eve together in bed. The brand-new Instagram pics sparking speculation and outrage.

But who will top our top ten SHOWBIZ Countdown, "Love, Marriage & Mayhem"?

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT continues right now.


HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. I`m A.J. Hammer. And in the SHOWBIZ Countdown tonight, the top ten love and marriage star stories that are just breaking that are also causing absolute mayhem. It is madness, I tell you! It is so maddening; I`m almost losing my voice over it.

We`re kicking things off with number ten with Kim Kardashian. The newly pregnant reality star has not only been busy sharing her baby news, she`s actually been pretty darn busy slamming all the crazy divorce reports about her mom Kris and Bruce Jenner. Tongues have been wagging about Bruce and Kris` marriage troubles for a couple of weeks now, but a Christmas day basketball game really had Kim playing defense for them.

With me now is Jenn Hobby, who is a radio host on Kicks 101.5 country radio in Atlanta. Congratulations on that new gig.

Here are some of the photos that launched all of this split speculation. Here you have Kris seated in the front row with daughters Kim and Khloe. There is Bruce sitting behind them during that same game. Kim actually had to take to her blog to explain the seating arrangement here. She said, "Well, I got four court side seats. So Kanye and I obviously sat in two of them. And then we wanted Khloe up front too since it is her husband playing, and then mom joined us."

OK, Jenn, it is nuts to me that, you know, sitting a few seats apart is actually getting these divorce rumors going so strongly.

HOBBY: It is true, A.J. But, you know, these divorce rumors have been swirling around them for a while. But, you know, I think these two have weathered a lot more storms than this, certainly than just at a basketball game. You know, Bruce kind of meanders along, does his thing. He`s part of the family, but you know, he doesn`t have to be front and center like the momager and the girls do.

HAMMER: At least he was at the game. People need to relax here. Kim did explain in her blog why Bruce then moved to the front row after she and Kanye left. She gave a whole play by play.

"I started to feel a little ill. I caught the flu over the Christmas holidays from A.J. Hammer." She didn`t say that.

"So Kanye and I left at halftime and Bruce came to the front and sat with my mom." It is as simple as that. Not everything is as dramatic as the media makes it out to be.

Let me bring in Hyla. Hyla is the host of the daily buzz on

So Hyla, what is going on here? Am I missing something? Is I does this basketball seating drama, actually, tell you that there is trouble in Kardashian paradise?

HYLA, HOST, "DAILY BUZZ": You know, even when you are in a short-term relationship, you don`t want to hang out with your significant other 24 hours a day. You go to a holiday party; one works one side of the room, the other one works another. This is normal. As you mentioned the blog that Kim writes for Kris as well. Time and time again they keep reiterating that everything is fine with the relationship. There is nothing to indicate there is any problem.

HAMMER: Imagine living like that, where every little thing moving a seat means they`re getting divorced.

David Begnaud on is the host of Newsbreaker on OraTV. David, I`m thinking, thankfully for Kris and Bruce, other marriage troubles and talk of this are just going to fade away because now the focus is turned to Kim being pregnant, of course.

DAVID BEGNAUD, HOST, "NEWSBREAKER": Yes, look, I think the divorce rumors are gone. It is all about the baby. But, A.J., come on. If you were Bruce with all this baby talk and with all the girls and that Kardashian household, wouldn`t you want to sit in the second row anyway? Look. I think if he was here, he would be like, "Fellows. I was fine in the second row. Don`t worry about me."

HAMMER: Yes. I think Bruce needs to start a blog and write the real truth here.

Well, let`s move on from marriage trouble to a newly minted marriage. I want to move on to number nine in the SHOWBIZ Countdown of "Love, Marriage & Mayhem".

We just learned that Kate Winslet tied the knot with her boyfriend who has, I must say, perhaps the best name ever, Ned Rocknroll, OK? That`s his name. Ned Rocknroll. He`s the nephew of Virgin billionaire Richard Branson. So I guess he can have any name he wants.

There are reports that her titanic co-star Leonardo Dicaprio actually gave her away. So, congrats to those guys.

And now sadly as one marriage begins, another is officially about to end. This is number eight in our SHOWBIZ Countdown. I have right here in my hands Ashton Kutcher`s divorce papers. This is a copy of what he actually just filed in California more than a year after he split from Demi Moore.

Now, in these papers Ashton is citing irreconcilable differences. Everybody is wondering what the heck took him so long to put this thing through. There are some reports out there claiming Ashton wanted to give Demi some time to deal with the breakup.

Jenn, do you think the reason is that? Because there are reports today that his new girlfriend, Mila Kunis, pushed actually him to do this and finally get it done.

HOBBY: Well, it is just finally happening, you know. We have known about this for a long time. Emotionally, they have both completely moved on so I`m just glad that they could get the legal paperwork worked out. You know, they`ve got a charity together. I`m sure they have many businesses together. This was a business deal that just took a lot of time to work out the details on. Thank God it`s over. They can both move on.

HAMMER: Yes. And thank God it stayed civil.

But, David, of course now, everybody is going to be speculating that Ashton filing for divorce officially means that he and Mila may officially be getting serious.

BEGNAUD: Maybe so. But I mean, who waits a year to get divorced? This business about giving her time to get over it, come on, she`s a grown woman. She`s gone through enough on her own. He`s a little arrogant for me and the whole idea that he waited just kind of out of kindness to her, I think it is BS.

HAMMER: Who waits a year to get divorced? Hello, Kim Kardashian, anyone.

From one divorce bombshell to another, this comes in at number seven on our SHOWBIZ Countdown of "Love, Marriage & Mayhem".

Bethenny Frankel just announced she`s splitting up from her husband Jason Hoppy. The reality show star and TV show host is saying this about that: "It brings me great sadness to say that Jason and I are separating. This was an extremely difficult decision that as a woman and a mother I have to accept as the best choice for our family. We have love and respect for one another, and will continue to amicably co-parent our daughter who is and always will remain our first priority. This is an immensely painful and heart breaking time for us."

I mean, Hyla, how tough this has to be for Bethenny to be dealing with this so publicly, especially she`s bigger than ever now that she has a talk show on fire?

HYLA: Well, if there is ever a good time to get divorced it is, you know, when you have a lot of things going on and right now the Bethenny empire is massive. You just said it is growing with the television show. No doubt she`s going to be able to parlay some of these unfortunate situations into big business opportunities for her.

HAMMER: Yes. I definitely see that happening. She always makes something sometimes out of nothing and maybe she`ll be giving seminars on how to successfully get through divorce, who knows.

But as heart breaking as things may be for Bethenny right now, not heartbreaking time for Brandy. More good news at number six tonight on our SHOWBIZ Countdown, Brandy getting engaged to music executive Ryan Press. They showed off Brandy`s ring in matching Instagram photos. These guys have been dating for about a year. This is Brandy`s first marriage.

So SHOWBIZ TONIGHT says congratulations. I love you, Brandy. And who knows, could we possibly be hearing about Rihanna getting engaged to Chris Brown? It wouldn`t surprise me at this point, I have to tell you.

This is number five on our SHOWBIZ Countdown. Rihanna tweeting a photo of her in bed on New Year`s day, a bed she was apparently sharing with Chris Brown.

So you look at this. This is the photo of Rihanna, the one she took and it is side by side with Chris Brown on the very same bedspread that Rihanna was on. I don`t have to be a CSI reporter to figure this out. There has been a lot of mayhem obviously surrounding Chris and Rihanna. Obviously, they have a lot of love for each other.

Jenn, do you see marriage in the mix? I`m telling you at this point it wouldn`t surprise me.

HOBBY: It wouldn`t surprise me either. And I`m all about forgive and forget, but not when somebody punches you in the face. I just think she needs to move on. I don`t like this relationship. I hope that this "Love, Marriage & Mayhem" does not end in marriage. Because I think it is a bad idea.


HOBBY: Volatile relationship.

HAMMER: Yes. A lot of people have made it very clear they feel exactly as you do, Jenn. A lot of other people made it clear it is their world, let them live in it, but it is hard not to be concerned for her.

David, Rihanna has made it perfectly clear she doesn`t care what anybody thinks.

BEGNAUD: Well, look, OK, so it is our world, but she keeps bringing everybody into it. She`s the one posting it on Instagram and Twitter and all this kind of stuff. It is like, look, I think he`s bad news, I wish her the best. But, you know, it is rubbing it in people`s face, our hearts went out to her when it happened and now you want to rub it in our face you`re lying in bed with him, whatever. Just stop Instagraming.

HAMMER: Yes. Hyla, I think she`s kind poking the bear by putting the photos out all the time.

HYLA: Listen. I think this is a pushback from the public and the media, everyone wagging their finger saying you shouldn`t get back with the guy. That in itself is going to kind of -- I think that`s what brought the two of them back together. Unfortunately, as much as this is obviously a bad idea, everyone knows this, this is beyond forgive and forget. I mean, there is nothing remorseful about Chris Brown at all since the incident.

This just has to play out. She has to go through the cycle again. Let`s hope it doesn`t end as bad as it did last time. But she has to go through the motions and she will end up on the other side without him. I guarantee you that.

HAMMER: You know what? There are a lots of people right there with you.

So that leaves us at number four on our countdown of the top ten love and marriage star stories just breaking that are causing love and mayhem. Who will be named our number one in this dubious distinction? Will it be Hugh Hefner for marrying his former runaway bride or will it be Taylor Swift`s kiss and possibly tell as the ball dropped in Times Square on New Year`s Eve?

Well, if you leave, you`re not going to find out. So, don`t go anywhere.

Also tonight, a famous sports anchor speaking out for the very first time about her terrifying burn accident.


HANNAH STORM, ESPN SPORTSCASTER: It came right at me, an explosion so powerful and fierce, it blew the doors of the grill off and then I looked down and I saw -- I looked down and saw I was on fire. And that`s, you know, that`s a terrible feeling.


HAMMER: Imagine, Hannah Storm`s amazing recovery. We`re going to show you how the ESPN star went from being a first degree burn victim back to the anchor chair in a couple of week. We reveal Hannah`s incredible story of bravery coming up.



HAMMER: Welcome back. Tonight in the SHOWBIZ Countdown, the top ten love and marriage stories that are causing absolute celebrity mayhem tonight.

Coming in at number ten, newly pregnant Kim Kardashian slamming all those divorce reports about her mom Kris and her husband Bruce Jenner.

And number nine, Kate Winslet ties the knot in a super secret ceremony marrying the nephew of Virgin billionaire Richard Branson.

Number eight, Ashton Kutcher files for divorce 13 months after Demi Moore announces their split.

Number seven, reality show star Bethenny Frankel announcing her split from her husband Jason Hoppy after three years of marriage.

And number six, singer Brandy and her fiance show off her new engagement ring in matching Instagram photos.

Number five, Rihanna tweets a photo of herself in bed on New Year`s Day, the very same bed she apparently shared with Chris Brown.

Let`s takes us to number four. 86-year-old Hugh Hefner officially ties the knot with his once runaway bride 26-year-old Crystal Harris, tweeting photos of him and his new bride here.

Hyla, they married on New Year`s Eve in front of a very small and intimate crowd. Are you surprised that she actually went through with it this time?

HYLA: No, not at all. I think after the first breakup she realized it is kind of lonely not being famous and no one caring about me. So I guess -- let me do this under the rules that Mr. Hefner put in place the first time around. And, yes, now she`s obviously happy.

HAMMER: Yes, happy. And this is the third time around for Hef getting married.

Jenn Hobby, do you think third time is a charm? This may be it for him?

HOBBY: I hope this is it for him. I hope that he`s really happy, you know. He`s in his -- can you say golden years or is it twilight years? He should definitely be enjoying every moment of it, hopefully he is with her. I mean, this relationship is like one of the greatest comebacks of all time. I mean, him, you know, getting left at the altar almost and then finally tying the knot. So, best wishes for you and Crystal.

HAMMER: Yes. Let`s send Hef best wishes. I hope they`re happy too.

Well, from one marriage bombshell to another, coming in at number three on our SHOWBIZ Countdown, "Dancing with the Stars" judge Len Goodman also just got married in a super secret ceremony. He`s 68 years old. His girlfriend of ten years is dance teacher Sue Baird. She is 47. They invited only 30 people to their ceremony, but what was cool is the invitees thought they were just going for lunch. Pretty, pretty cool, pretty classy.

Now, from one secret marriage to a not so secret kiss, this is number two on our SHOWBIZ Countdown. Taylor Swift sharing a kiss at midnight with her new 18-year-old boyfriend, One Direction singer Harry Styles. So now that the cat is officially out of the proverbial bag, we got ask the inevitable question -- will this last? Is it possible for Taylor? Or will he become yet another Taylor Swift song?

HYLA: Yes. Settle down, buddy. It won`t last. They`re young. He`s 18. This is -- they`re supposed to have fun. They`re supposed to do whatever they`re supposed to do for the next couple of lines. There will be a song. Both, probably, with his band and her music. Enjoy it while it lasts but no, no, no, nothing long-term here.

HAMMER: Hey, and to think you date a lot when you`re young. But I`ve lost count. She -- how many guys? I don`t know. I don`t have my showbiz abacus here. I`m going to have to do some math.

But I must move on now to number one on our SHOWBIZ Countdown of "Love, Marriage & Mayhem", number one is Janet Jackson. She reportedly just got engaged to her billionaire boyfriend Wissam Al Mana. I believe that is how you pronounced his name. "US Weekly" reporting that he popped the question with a huge and expensive ring. Janet is so worried that she`s going to lose this massive rock that she actually keeps it locked up.

Jenn Hobby, I know there are a lot of people out there who want to see this bling, don`t you?

HOBBY: I do want to see this bling. You know, because I hope it is as big as her smile. She is obviously so in love and so happy with this guy. You can see it all over her body language, all over her face. I mean, I`m just so happy for Janet and I just -- I wish the two of them all the best. And, yes, please, we want to see that ring.

HAMMER: Hyla, she`s a pretty private person, as we know. She is kind of demure and quiet at times. You see her keeping this thing top secret when they finally get married or do you think she`ll go, you know, all Kim Kardashian on us?

HYLA: No, yes, no, no, no. There will be everything top secret about this. Interesting, because her last big relationship with Jermaine Dupre I felt was in the press. This, you hear hardly anything about it. She`s doing the right thing this time around, which I think gives her a chance of having a successful relationship.

HAMMER: All right, Jenn Hobby, Hyla, thank you very much.

Also tonight, Jessica Simpson`s brand-new look.


JESSICA SIMPSON, CELEBRITY: I lost over 50 pounds on weight watchers and did not have to be perfect to do it. Being healthy has become a part of who I am which is great timing because I`m having another baby.


HAMMER: Yes, you heard it right. Jessica is pregnant again. So after losing 50 pounds of Weight Watchers, what is her new baby going to mean for her multimillion dollar endorsement deal? Will Jessica remain the face of Weight Watchers?



HAMMER: Well, Jessica Simpson isn`t just showing of her new baby bump today. She`s also strutting her stuff in a brand-new ad for Weight Watchers. Yes, that`s right. Just as Weight Watchers was hoping to cash in on Jessica`s huge 50-pound weight loss, she goes and gets pregnant again.

So instead of getting thinner and thinner, Jessica and her baby bump are, of course, going to be getting bigger and bigger. I got to know what the new ad looks like and here`s relationship with Weight Watchers now, coming to a screeching halt.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Nischelle Turner is in Hollywood tonight.

Nischelle, please tell me everything you know about this brand-new ad.

TURNER: I`ve got you covered, A.J.

Now, the very first ad that aired on NBC after the ball dropped on New Year`s Eve was Jessica`s. And Weight Watchers decided to tackle this pregnancy news head on. Watch how she shared the news of her second pregnancy.


SIMPSON: I`m Jessica Simpson. And this year is all about new beginnings for me. I lost over 50 pounds on Weight Watchers and did not have to be perfect to do it. Being healthy has become a part of who I am, which is great timing because I`m having another baby. I feel like I`m on top of the world.

Introducing the new Weight Watchers 360 program, because when a weight loss program is built for human nature, you can expect amazing. Join for free and expect amazing, because it works.


HAMMER: See, I like that. I like what they did. Seems like a very smart move. The ad even though if it wasn`t really what happened, it makes it seem like Jessica lost the weight and got healthy again and maybe decided to have another child because of how healthy she was.

So the question is, Nischelle, will Jessica stay on Weight Watchers during the pregnancy? She already has that huge baby bump going.

TURNER: Well, the answer is, A.J., no. She`s not. And also Weight Watchers just leased a statement about this new pregnancy to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT: "It is wonderful news. We couldn`t be happier for Jessica. But she will not be following the Weight Watchers program during her pregnancy while her weight and well-being is monitored by her obstetrician."

HAMMER: Interesting to see what she does after giving birth to this baby. We`re happy to see Jessica is healthy and expecting another child.

Also, we`re getting tonight what appears to be good news about ESPN anchor Hannah Storm.

Now, just weeks ago she was badly burned, her backyard grill exploded and now she`s back on the air.

TURNER: Yes. This was terrifying. But she opened up about this terrifying incident in a very emotional interview this morning on "Good Morning America." Watch this.


STORM: I went to reignite and there was an explosion, a wall of fire, like something you see in a movie. It came right at me, explosion so powerful and fierce, literally blew the doors of the grill off and then I looked down and I saw -- I looked down and I saw I was on fire. And that`s -- that`s, you know, that`s a terrible feeling. So I yelled inside to my daughter, "Mommy is on fire, call 911."


HAMMER: Wow, that`s just incredible and her daughter helped save her, just an amazing recovery. Obviously wonderful to see her back in action and looking so great.

And I will tell you this, you may not know this about me, I`m a grill master, Nischelle. But I also know you are always playing with fire. You turn on the gas, I`m not here to deliver public service announcements, you turn on the gas, if it doesn`t ignite, you turn the gas off and let things air off. You got to do that.

I don`t know what happened in Hannah`s case. Happy to see she`s doing her -- doing well on her recovery and things will move forward. And she`ll get back in the --

TURNER: Yes, exactly. Exactly.

HAMMER: Thank you very much.

Also tonight, well, you can be on Beyonce`s dancing team. You can be one of her backup dancers, landing on stage at Queen B.`s Super Bowl halftime show. How amazing would that be? Are you fierce enough to make it, though?



HAMMER: Now, that is the way to ring in the New Year. Jay-Z and Coldplay`s Chris Martin there performing run this town on New Year`s Eve. That was at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, right in the heart of Jay-Z`s hometown and this and, yes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin`s wife out there getting down, drinking bubbly on stage with Ob and her hubby.

Well, one superstar missing from the stage, if you didn`t notice. Jay-Z`s wife Beyonce. She was in Las Vegas performing on New Year`s Eve. But there is a way for you to rock the stage with B. Listen to this.

Pepsi just announced that 100 of Queen B.`s fans are actually going to get to join the diva at the Super Bowl. That`s right. You have a chance to join Beyonce during her Super Bowl halftime performance. You are going to have to prove you are fierce enough to be a part of the Grammy winner`s show.

So, you need to send the picture to them with your best moves. You sent send it to Pepsi`s brand-new contest. You might wind up on the field with Beyonce in front of the whole world, perhaps the highest profile backup gig ever. You can check it all out at

Moving on to the trial of the year, a young woman is accused of brutally killing her ex-boyfriend, then shooting him in the face. Was it self- defense like she says or a bit of cold-blooded murder?

"DR. DREW" takes you inside the mind was the alleged killer right now.