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Kanye Disses First Lady; Chris Brown in Rehab for Anger; Reality Star Beat Up by Boyfriend; Lady Gaga Named Woman of the Year by `Glamour`; SBT Game Show Madness: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?; Interview with Lindsey Stirling; Nancy`s Dating Game

Aired October 30, 2013 - 23:00:00   ET


A.J. HAMMER, HOST: Tonight on the "Top Ten Countdown," Kanye`s first lady diss. OK. Did Kanye West really just say his fiance, Kim Kardashian, is more important than Michelle Obama?


KANYE WEST, SINGER: Michelle Obama can`t Instagram a pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day.


HAMMER: Kanye, do you really want to go after the president`s wife? I mean, come on.

It is "Game Show Madness" on the set of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"


HAMMER: Cedric the Entertainer.


HAMMER: I`m revealing why the show`s amazing new host, Cedric the Entertainer, has already got crowds roaring for him.

SBT starts right now.

Hello and thank you so much for watching. I`m A.J. Hammer. I`m proud to have my guest co-host with me tonight, Natasha Curry...


HAMMER: ... who anchors "WEEKEND EXPRESS" here on HLN. I mean that, Natasha.

CURRY: Thank you, A.J. Great to be with you, too.

And we`re kicking off our "Top Ten Countdown" of today`s must-see, must- share stories with No. 10. Kanye said what? Michelle Obama can`t keep up with Kim. Really? No one is more important to Kimye when it comes to fashion. He just went on and on. I mean, really, Kanye. A.J., I don`t know.

HAMMER: Come on. What`s next, Kanye for president? I mean, can you imagine what Washington, D.C., would be like?

Well, let`s go out to the nation`s capital right now and Jawn Murray, who`s the editor in chief of

I mean, Jawn, let`s face it: You never know what`s going to come out of Kanye`s mouth. Just like what he just said to Ryan Seacrest on Ryan`s radio show. You`ve got to listen to this with me.


WEST: There`s no way that Kim Kardashian shouldn`t be on the cover of "Vogue." She`s like the most intriguing woman right now. Barbara Walters is calling every day: "Please, let me put you on the most interesting..." Of course, we`re the most interesting. But -- and collectively we`re the most influential, because it`s true, especially with clothing. Nobody is looking at what Obama is wearing. Nobody -- Michelle Obama can`t Instagram a pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day.


HAMMER: I mean, come on. I guess we can expect that, Jawn. But you heard Kanye right there saying, "You know what? The first lady is no Kim Kardashian when it comes to fashion." Do you think he`s delusional or do I have this wrong and he`s dead on?

MURRAY: He`s delusional, of course. I mean, the first lady has never been banned by Anna Wintour to the Met Ball in New York. And the last thing we want to see is the first lady of the free world acting like the first lady of paid porn and doing a butt selfie. She`s a classy lady. She`s a woman. We don`t want Michelle Obama acting in any way like Kim Kardashian.

HAMMER: Yes. Exactly right. He said Michelle Obama can`t Instagram a bikini pic like Kim can. We don`t want her to. She`s the first lady.

MURRAY: Absolutely.

HAMMER: Celebrity publicist Marvette Britto from the Britto agency also with us tonight. I mean, Marvette, really?

MARVETTE BRITTO, CELEBRITY PUBLICIST: I think that Kanye has a point when he speaks to him and Kim`s influence. However, the audience and the individual who follows Michelle Obama does not follow Kim Kardashian. So the context is well taken but not the same analogy.

So Kanye really understands the audience in which him and Kim penetrate, but the prestige, the honor, the dignity and integrity that the first lady has, there`s no comparison.

HAMMER: Yes, there`s no comparison at all. Kanye, by the way, was also griping to Ryan that Kim hasn`t really been able to break into the high- fashion world and had another complaint which we`re now going to listen to.


WEST: Well, like what the Hollywood, whatever that thing is called, Walk of Fame that they said...


WEST: ... we will never put a reality -- wait a second, but she`s a star. It`s not the Walk of Singing or the Walk of, like, Acting. It`s the Walk of Fame.


HAMMER: It is the Walk of Fame. Kanye says that Kim deserves a star right there.

The Walk of Fame folks, by the way, have repeatedly said reality stars don`t deserve recognition. Jawn, I have to say I actually think they have to reconsider that, if it is really the Walk of Fame, given what fame is these days.

MURRAY: Well, A.J., in their by-laws, it says that you have to have longevity in your craft. And to this day we don`t know what Kim Kardashian`s craft is. She has had no longevity. Maybe if they decide to do a walk of fame at the AVN awards, since she is famous for that sex tape. She`d like to forget about that. Then she might fit in right there, along with Jenna Jameson and the rest of them.

HAMMER: All right. I guess we have to see if there is longevity.

Let us move on now to No. 9 on tonight`s countdown. Is Chris Brown`s rehab a ruse? Or is it the real thing?

Well, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT did confirm today that Chris checked into a rehab facility. It was about 48 hours after he was arrested for allegedly punching a guy who tried to photo bomb him in a picture.

Now, TMZ reports he is in rehab for anger management issues, but is he really going to rehab for help or to convince a judge not to revoke his probation and send him to jail?

Joining me right now, life coach Iyanla Vanzant. She is the host, of course, of "Iyanla, Fix My Life" on Oprah`s OWN network. The new season starts this Saturday. Sunday rather, right?


HAMMER: Oh, it is Saturday? OK. I`m just thrilled that you`re here.

VANZANT: Thank you.

HAMMER: I`m so excited to welcome you back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

And look, I hate to be cynical when it seems like people are trying to do something to improve their lives, and I think you would agree with that sentiment.

VANZANT: Right, right.

HAMMER: However, we`ve seen this rehab card played out in Hollywood so many times. So what would you as a life coach say to people who are saying he`s only doing it so he can stay out of trouble?

VANZANT: Well, I would ask what I ask of all of my guests. Is he willing to reveal all and do what is required? And is he ready to change? And if those two things are not in place, he can go to every rehab -- anybody, not just because he`s Chris Brown -- but the issues that he has won`t be resolved unless he`s willing and ready. And that I don`t know. I`ve never had a conversation with him.

HAMMER: Yes, I mean, the motivations have to be pure, really, any time you`re undertaking any kind of a life change. You`re the expert on that.

Let me read a little bit about what Chris Brown`s rep is telling us today. They`re saying, "His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point."

Now if that`s true, that`s terrific. But Jawn, what do you think: Is Chris really serious about getting help here or is this clear cut that he`s just trying to avoid jail?

MURRAY: Well, A.J., as happy as I am that he is getting help, I do think that this is a page out of the Lindsay Lohan legal playbook. I mean, how many times have I said on this very show that I thought he should go on "Iyanla, Fix My Life"? So the fact that you have her here tonight, I mean, hello. Maybe he should have went and done his rehab stint with her.

But the fact -- Chris Brown has needed help since the Rihanna incident. So if this is something that they`re doing, way too late, then hey.

VANZANT: I think -- I think, not because he`s Chris Brown. Again, let`s not look at the name. Let`s look at the issues. He needed help before the Rihanna incident. Had he got the help then, maybe there wouldn`t have been a Rihanna incident.


VANZANT: but what are we rehabbing? You know, he`s going to rehab for what? And we don`t want to manage anger. We want to find the source and eliminate it at its deepest root and cause.

HAMMER: See, this is why she gets paid the big bucks and is Oprah`s best friend. I love it.

Well, if Chris Brown really is being treated for anger issues, it really is no surprise. Since he beat up Rihanna back in 2009, it`s just amazing how many scrapes he`s found himself in. I want you to take a look with me now at Chris Brown, a time line of trouble, and this was a great piece together by our colleagues at


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: R&B singer Chris Brown is in trouble with the law once again.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Singer and his bodyguard have been arrested and charged with felony assault for beating up, allegedly, another man outside the W Hotel in Washington, D.C.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: At 19 he is one of the most popular R&B singers in the country.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Brown is charged with two felony counts.




UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Chris Brown doesn`t get it.


CHRIS BROWN, R&B SINGER: I`m confused right now, the public perception.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Authorities believe an argument between Brown and a woman turned physical, with the woman suffering visible injuries. Brown was arrested and released on $50,000 bail.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: has published a photo of a battered and bruised woman it says is singer Rihanna the night she was allegedly attacked by her boyfriend, singer Chris Brown.

BROWN; One of the nights I wish I could just take back. And I really regret and I feel totally ashamed of what I did.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is a felony, and it does come with the potential of state prison if you should violate in any way.

ROBIN ROBERTS, "GOOD MORNING AMERICA": How have you been able to...

BROWN: I`ve been focusing on this album, you know? Definitely, this album is what I want them to talk about and not stuff that happened two years ago.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Fight broke out between R&B singer Chris Brown and rapper Drake. Drake`s rep says the rapper was, quote, "on his way out" of the club when the altercation began.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Overnight, reports that Chris Brown was involved in another brawl with singer and current Grammy nominee Frank Ocean.

MARK GERAGOS, ATTORNEY: Sometimes, I get the impression that he`s prosecuted for who he is, as opposed to what he`s done.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Brown`s probation was revoked briefly earlier this year after a hit and run incident. He was given more than 1,000 hours of community service to perform. Why is Chris Brown such a magnet for trouble?

BROWN: They want to see me kind of -- basically in jail.


HAMMER: I mean, it really is just amazing to see that in perspective. Iyanla from "Iyanla, Fix My Life," you just said something really interesting.

VANZANT: I said his aura is off. That`s just -- I`m looking at a whole other thing.

HAMMER: It can`t be a coincidence that all this stuff is happening.

VANZANT: No, it`s something that needs to be addressed. And the judge said that he`s not prosecuted because of who he is. I say that it`s the exact opposite: he should be prosecuted because of who he is.

HAMMER: Yes. Yes. All right. Don`t go anywhere.

VANZANT: I won`t.

HAMMER: Please stay right there. Because our countdown is just getting started tonight. Even if this story doesn`t come out on top, you are going to be talking about it all night. Britney Spears being used as a secret weapon against pirates.




HAMMER: Yes. This is no joke. Britney`s biggest hits are actually protecting merchant marines from Somalia pirates. Yes, just like the ones we saw in the new movie, "Captain Phillips." But will Britney beat out "Game Show Madness" week on SBT?


CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER, HOST, "WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?": As a stand-up, to be able to have the opportunity to, you know, interact with a live audience, it`s fun, man. I`m having a great time with this. This is a good job.


HAMMER: Yes, it is. Tonight, I have a million-dollar behind-the-scenes look at the new host of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" I am right there on set. I`m going to show you how Cedric the Entertainer is putting his own personal spin on the hit game show. But will Cedric be No. 1 on our countdown?

This is SBT on HLN.

And now let me challenge you with some "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" trivia. This is part of our "Game Show Madness" week, and here`s our question. How many million-dollar winners have there been on the daytime version of "Millionaire"? Is it, A, five; B, two; C, three; or D, four? Think about it. The answer coming right up.


HAMMER: Coming up, you`ve got to see this. I`m taking you right behind- the-scenes with me on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" as we bring you "Game Show Madness" week. It`s all week right here on SBT.

But now let me answer our trivia question. We asked how many million- dollar winners have there been on the daytime version of "Millionaire"? Is it A, five; B, two; C, three; or D, four? The answer is C, three. Yes, to date one woman, English teacher Nancy Christie, and two men, truck driver Kevin Smith and bartender Sam Murray, have all won the million-dollar prize. Imagine that.

CURRY: I love it.

Well, A.J., welcome back, everyone, to our "Top Ten Countdown" tonight. And we are now at No. 8.

What a shocker this is. Camille`s abuse stunner. Camille Grammer, you remember her from "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." Well, she`s now claiming that her boyfriend beat her up days after she underwent cancer surgery.

According to reports, her boyfriend abused her for an hour, slamming her against a headboard over and over again. She also claims that he smashed her phone so she couldn`t call for help.

Now, SBT has confirmed that a judge issued a restraining order against Camille`s boyfriend. And he`ll have to stay away from her and her kids or risk jail time, A.J.

HAMMER: All right, Natasha. That takes us to No. 7 on our "Top Ten Countdown" tonight. Can Lamar be saved?

Lamar Odom just stepped out with his wife, Khloe Kardashian, for a Kanye West concert. Now, this is the first sighting of them just kind of hanging out since we first got those reports of Lamar`s alleged drug abuse back in August.

Just two weeks ago TMZ reported that Lamar plans to skip rehab and stay sober on his own, but can he really, truly do it by himself? Let`s see if Iyanla Vanzant can help. She is the host of "Iyanla, fix my Life" on Oprah`s OWN network. The new season getting underway this Saturday.

So the very words that Lamar used were, "I`ve got this. No help needed." You hear him say that, what do you say?

VANZANT: I say I hope he`s -- I hope he`s accurate in his assessment. What I believe is self-diagnosis is misdiagnosis. As long as you`re diagnosing your own problem, you`re going to miss something.

So hopefully, he has the stamina and the foresight and the ability to do it on his own. But addiction is a serious thing. And it`s not even the actual active addiction. It`s the cause. What is it that the addiction is covering? We don`t know. And it doesn`t seem like he`s ready or willing to talk about it.

HAMMER: There`s a history that`s very clear that trying to fix these things on your own often does not go well. Most often does not go well.

And he seems to be done playing in the NBA for now. So if you were to get him on the show, what would the first thing be that you would say to him to fix his life?

VANZANT: What`s your vision? What`s your vision? Because it`s only a vision that will pull your forward. And particularly when I`m working with men, they have to have a vision, because men have to have something to do. If they don`t have anything to do, then chance are, they`re going to fall off.

HAMMER: We get restless.


HAMMER: We do.

VANZANT: And we live in a society where we`re trained to define ourselves by what we do.


VANZANT: And -- and very often when that thing is gone, the person that`s left in emotional upheaval.

HAMMER: Perhaps the case with another former sports star that you`re helping this week on the show...


HAMMER: It`s Terrell Owens, and on your show this Saturday, you really press him on what he needs to do to fix his life.

VANZANT: Absolutely.

HAMMER: Let`s watch a clip of that.


VANZANT: There`s a man down on the field. That man would be you, boo. How did you get there? That`s what I want to know. Come on. Talk to me.

TERRELL OWENS, FORMER PRO FOOTBALL PLAYER: Well, I mean, mistakes, immaturity. Irresponsibility.

VANZANT: Now we`re talking.


HAMMER: Now you`re talking. And that`s what it takes.

VANZANT: Because he owned it. He owned all of it. Unlike what we see very often with -- we`ve seen with Chris Brown. I haven`t heard it from Lamar Odom.

But the one thing about Terrell is he owned it. Irresponsibility, lack of accountability, lack of maturity. You know, he`s in a place where he looked at his life and he said, "OK, this is what`s going on here."

HAMMER: Yes. Lucky for him, he reached out to you, but when you look at his circumstances with his tremendous downfall, he made all this money, millions of dollars. He`s broke. No one wants to hire him. Has he lost hope? I would like to believe he hasn`t, because he came to you.

VANZANT: Right. The thing is that he didn`t understand why that had happened. And at the core, at the bottom this is a very gentle soul, and he was a fatherless son. And it wasn`t until he had anything to do and everything crashed in, he became aware or became willing to become aware of why he had created his life the way it looked. And it`s because he was a fatherless son. He never healed that emotional wound of not being acknowledged or recognized by his father.

HAMMER: I cannot wait to see how this plays out on your show. It`s always so great to see you.

VANZANT: Thank you.

HAMMER: Can`t wait till the next time already.

VANZANT: All right.

HAMMER: Make sure you check out "Iyanla, Fix My Life." The new season premiering Saturday night on the OWN network.

Well, our countdown`s about to get even hotter tonight with Tori Spelling`s big lie. So the former "90210" star just revealed that she lied about how she shed an amazing 45 pounds of baby weight. So if it wasn`t really exercise and healthy eating, how did she do it? And why in the world would she lie about it? But is Tori`s confession bigger than "Game Show Madness" week on SBT?


HAMMER: Cedric the Entertainer.


HAMMER: Tonight, I am right there on the set of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" with Cedric the Entertainer, and I will reveal to you just what it takes to be the incredible new host of the game show the whole country loves. What`s going to be tonight`s No. 1 on the countdown?

This is SBT on HLN.

And now our next "Millionaire" trivia quiz. How many lifelines do contestants now get on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"? Is it A, 2; B, 3; C, 4; or D, 5? Think carefully about it. The answer, next.


HAMMER: Well, coming up, I am taking you behind-the-scenes of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" as we bring you "Game Show Madness" week all week long here on SBT.

But now, it is the answer to our trivia question. We asked how many lifelines do contestants now get on "Millionaire"? Is it A, 2; B, 3; C, 4; or D, 5? The answer is three. And that includes ask the audience and two jump the question lifelines.

And our Top Ten Countdown continues now with No. 6. I`d like to hear your applause, applause, applause. That`s because, because Lady Gaga was just named woman of the year by "Glamour" magazine, Natasha.

CURRY: Yes, A.J., and to mark the honor, Gaga used her glamorous cover shoot to reveal her own special beauty secrets in a behind-the-scenes video. And being mother monster. You can imagine that those secrets are all about finding your inner beauty. Watch this.


LADY GAGA, SINGER: This best part of being me is my fans. I have a lot of them. And I`m very lucky to have them all. They really are full of joy and happiness, and I just want to make music that makes them happy.

I feel really honored that "Glamour" chose me for Woman of the Year, because glamour for me comes from the inside. And it`s about your heart, and it`s about what you do with the voice that you have, not so much how it looks.


HAMMER: Yes, I am so happy they chose her, too, Natasha, because she is all about inclusion and making people feel like they are not outsiders, even if they kind of are.

CURRY: Yes. Exactly. And I think she`s talked about she`s not a supermodel, she says. But she`s comfortable in her own skin and I think we can all follow that. You know, she`s just so down to earth, it seems.

HAMMER: Such a great example.

CURRY: Even though she`s a star. Yes.

HAMMER: All right. As we move on, HLN`s own Nancy Grace is about to inject some serious fun into our countdown.


ANDY COHEN, BRAVO: Wayne Newton.


COHEN: OK. Oh, is he still married?

GRACE: I think so. Plus he just filed for bankruptcy. Don`t touch him.


HAMMER: I can`t wait to show you this. Nancy with Andy Cohen there and "Real Housewives of Miami" star Marysol Patton on "Watch What Happens Live." Nancy got her gavel out, and she is serving up some tough love advice on who the divorced reality star should be dating now. You`ve got to see Nancy as the love judge tonight.

Plus, Britney the pirate fighter? Britney Spears just became the No. 1 weapon in the war against Somali pirates like the one we see in the movie "Captain Phillips." I`m not kidding. Britney may be saving lives tonight.

What`s going to be No. 1? This is SBT on HLN.



HAMMER: Right now, the "Top Ten Countdown." Britney versus pirates? Tonight, how Britney Spears songs like "Hit Me, Baby, One More Time" are actually being used on the high seas as a weapon in the war on real-life pirates. Yes.

It`s also "Game Show Madness" week here on SBT, and tonight, it is all about "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" Show host Cedric the Entertainer is showing me around, and he`s revealing his formula for changing the game.


CEDRIC: But as a stand up to be able to have the opportunity to, you know, interact with a live audience. It`s fun. And I`m having a great time with this. This is a good job.

HAMMER: Will Cedric go from an original king of comedy to the king of game shows? "SBT" continues right now.


HAMMER: Welcome back. Thanks for watching. I`m A.J. Hammer along with my co-host tonight, Natasha Curry who anchors "Weekend Express" right here on HLN.

NATASHA CURRY: Hey, A.J., what`s up, and we - our waiting number one of our countdown tonight. Here is our big number five. It`s game show madness week here on "SBT." And A.J., love to you and Cedric.

HAMMER: Oh, my goodness. This was so much fun. Tonight who wants to be a millionaire? Now, all this week I`m taking you behind the scenes of TV`s biggest game shows. I just got an amazing look at exactly what it really takes to host who wants to be a millionaire and that look was courtesy of the fantastic new host of the show, Cedric the Entertainer.


CEDRIC: Let`s play millionaire.

HAMMER: The times, they are changing at "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. It`s the syndicated game show`s 12th season and the first with its new host, the always unpredictable Cedric the Entertainer.

CEDRIC: Sassy little thing. Who are you?


HAMMER: He`s quickly put his own stamp on the chair previously occupied by Meredith Vieira who left at the end of last season. So, it`s a whole new millionaire this season, with the new fantastic hosts, some cool new rules but it`s still the same millionaire we`ve always known and loved.

(on camera): What`s happening, Cedric?

HAMMER (voice over): And when I meet up with Cedric during one of his marathon millionaire tapings, he tells me what it`s like being the new guy.

(on camera): The ratings are good?


HAMMER: Tough shoes to step into, though.

CEDRIC: Exactly. Oh, man, I mean you talk about two very, from the very beginning, I mean iconic, (INAUDIBLE) and then Meredith who, you know, who carried the show for nine, ten seasons, to have that - these two great iconic figures hand me the baton.

HAMMER: Yeah, just.

CEDRIC: You know?

HAMMER: You got the blessing!


HAMMER (voice over): And from watching him work, I see Cedric has really hit the ground running with his new gig. Cedric definitely hypes the drama and lightens the mood.


HAMMER: And I noticed that off stage mongers actually tell Cedric the correct answers.

(on camera): You learned them along with .

CEDRIC: Exactly. Yeah. Yeah. That`s the great thing about the show, too, is that I literally am in the dark, you know, like everyone else.

HAMMER (voice over): Yes, it`s all a tough day at the office for Cedric. For 35 days he tapes five episodes a day, five days a week. 175 in all. Enough for a whole season.

CEDRIC: I miss a lot of fun. I`ve got to, you know, keep the voice kind of rested, that`s the big thing. So, I can`t go out in, just, you know, party. Playing out the (inaudible).

HAMMER (on camera): So, I`m standing backstage, watching you out here and it`s true, what we`ve seen on TV, how much fun he appears to be having, he`s actually having that much fun out here.

CEDRIC: Yeah, man, this is great. I mean this is such a - you know, as a stand up, to be able to have the opportunity to, you know, interact with a live audience. It`s fun. And I`m having a great time with this. This is a good job.

HAMMER (voice over): I happen to be visiting Cedric while he`s taping episodes for Millionaire Celebrity Week, where some famous people dropped by to play for charity. On this day, he`s playing host to Niecy Nash who plays Cedric`s wife at his other job on TV-Land sitcom "The Soul Man."

(on camera): Are you a little nervous about the fact that you`re actually going to be here on that stage?

NIECY NASH: I`m very nervous. You know, here`s the thing about a gang show. You play very well on your couch at home. OK? But the minute the pressure and the lights are on you, and here is the thing, here is the problem with these shows, the dramatic music.

I know that that`s going to intimidate me. As soon as the lights go down, and make you - the dramatic music, oh boy.

HAMMER: Yes, see, I don`t know about you, but watching the show at home for yourself, I always wondered are they actually playing that music onset or they are just adding it in afterwards? It`s out there.

HAMMER: See, that`s making me nervous.

NASH: You actually got nervous. Did you see it? Did you see it?

HAMMER (voice over): Before you know it it`s Niecy`s turn to face that music.


HAMMER: After a technical glitch.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So sorry. So sorry.

HAMMER: The show gets under way.

CEDRIC: Are you ready to play?

NASH: Yeah.


CEDRIC: So, so confident.

HAMMER: But it`s not enough for me to just see Niecy in the hot seat, I`m thinking it would be great to see Cedric answer some questions.

(on camera): Question number one, my friend. TV recently included "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" on its list of the 60 greatest games shows of all time. Where did "Millionaire" rank? Was it number one, number nine, number six or tied with "Double Dare?"

CEDRIC: "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire" .

HAMMER: Of all time.

CEDRIC: Of all time was number six.

HAMMER: You got it.

CEDRIC: Have a million dollars.

HAMMER: Number two. Speaking of money, over the years how much have millionaire contestants won since its daytime debut in 2002, was it 70 million? 80 million? 90 million? Or a gazillion?

CEDRIC: That number should be around $80 million.


HAMMER: And again, you got that as well.

CEDRIC: No, I`m good man.

HAMMER: That one more for you here. All right, here we go.

(voice over): Even though contestants can no longer phone a friend, you guys have evolved the show you`re doing .


HAMMER (on camera): To the great cool new things. Let`s pretend the hosts still can. You run into a little trouble during the taping. I`m wondering who you are calling. Here are your choices, would you be calling the producer, would you be calling Guy Smiley from "Sesame Street." Would you perhaps call a fellow king of comedy like Steve Harvey or maybe DL? Already called me.

CEDRIC: You know what, just because you know, you have to know so many things with your job. You have to be up on the know, I think the real smart thing to do here would be to call A.J. Hammer.


HAMMER: And again, the correct answer.



HAMMER (voice over): But it turns out Cedric doesn`t need any help from me. He`s having a blast and the millionaire machine is in very good hands.

(on camera): Cedric the Entertainer and the crowd goes wild.



HAMMER: See, Natasha, he`d call me if there was still phone a friend. That would be a huge mistake.


HAMMER: I mean if it was entertainment related I could probably help him.


HAMMER: I want to thank Cedric and everybody of "Millionaire." It was such a good time.

CURRY: Hey, who knew about that little cheat sheet set you a little video monitor, off the set? You don`t have that kind of issue.

HAMMER: And do without the cheating.


HAMMER: All right, well, Natasha, I`ve always been fascinated by game shows. That`s why we`re doing game show madness. I grew up watching "The Price is Right." Every sick day I was right there in front of the TV. My idol, this man, the show`s host Bob Barker, we`ll just today we learned Bob is returning to the show on December 12th to celebrate his 90th birthday. How great is that! In fact, one of my childhood dreams was, of course, to appear on the show and that`s exactly what I just got to do.


BOB BARKER: Everybody, our special guest today is A.J. Hammer from the "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT." A.J. HLN.



HAMMER: Oh, to hear those words. You know, I still get a chill. I got to be a guest model on the "Price Is Right." Wait till you see how it all plays out. I`m going to show you tomorrow, when game show madness continues on SBT. It is my big shot on the price is right. And I hope everybody agrees that I got it right. You`ll have to tune in and see.

Well, Britney Spears, she is a pop super star. She`s a mom and apparently a pirate warrior.

It`s crazy, but there`s big news that Britney`s music is being used in the war on Somali pirates. You know, the pirates just like the ones being portrayed in the new Tom Hanks movie, also Tori Spelling`s big weight revelations. Tori telling all about how she lied about losing her baby weight. Why she says she was under pressure to lie? Will Britney or Tori top the countdown? This is SBT on HLN.


HAMMER: Now on "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" Geico`s 15 minutes of fame. And that takes us to number four on our countdown tonight. It is the amazing woman who started out seeking 15 minutes of fame, but she really spun it into online super stardom.

How great is that? That is Lindsey Stirling. You`ve got to agree she`s absolutely killing it on the violin in her cover of "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons. Well, Lindsey and the Pentatonix could make history on Sunday at the first annual YouTube music awards. Lindsey is honored for one of the most coveted categories, "Response of the Year." She`s with us tonight in New York. It`s terrific to meet you.

LINDSEY STIRLING: Oh, thank you.

HAMMER: I`ve been watching your stuff on YouTube. You`re taking off. It`s pretty incredible. It has to be very exciting time, but you`ve got some pretty stiff competition as great as Radioactive is on Sunday. Shall we take a look?


HAMMER: Let`s roll out.




HAMMER: OK. A lot of talent there, obviously, but look, that video, you`re going to win it.


HAMMER: It`s going to be your - but here is the thing. Your 15 minutes could have easily ended after you were eliminated on "America`s Got Talent" a few years ago. You managed to keep it going. What`s your secret to keep it and going strongly so far?

STIRLING: Well, I think a lot of people in the YouTube world think about it in terms of I need a viral video. I need that video that`s going to get me a huge audience all at once. But it`s really not about that. It`s much more strategic, it`s about giving content on a regular basis to feed a fan group, you know, a fan base. And so, you know, if you think about it, no one would put an ad on television, you know, with nothing to back it up. You have to have a network. You know, and so it`s all about building up consistency so your fans know there`s more to come back for. There`s - and using those eyes to send people to your album, to your tour sales.

HAMMER: Yeah. And in less than two years it`s amazing what you have accomplished. I mean let`s just take a look at some of the success right here. You have over 3.2 million subscribers to your Lindseystomp YouTube channel. Wow. Your videos have been seen more than 400 million times. Holy marcel. You just wrapped up - sold out a 46-city tour. And looking at the original version of "Radioactive" and your cover side by side, I think I understand why.




HAMMER: OK, the production values, the way you pulled it off. The fact that you made it your own. What was the key for you to nailing this as perfectly as you did? I love this original. I was a little reluctant when somebody messed with it. You didn`t mess with it. You did your own thing.

STIRLING: I think it is a little scary when you are taking such great music, you know, whether it`s "Lord of the Rings" cover or a "Radioactive" cover. You know, it`s hard to make it your own and not take away from the beauty that`s already there. But I love using the violin as the feature because it kind of creates the classical twist on whatever you`re doing.


STIRLING: And - and I love putting movement and energy into the performance as well in my own kind of unique style.

HAMMER: And as a result, you`re going to be at the YouTube music awards hopefully winning on Sunday. Along with Eminem, you are going to be in the same as Lady Gaga. Almost more importantly, I have my very own CD that I just got as an early birthday gift.

STIRLING: Happy birthday.

HAMMER: And special luck to your on Sunday.

STIRLING: Thank you. Thank you so much.

HAMMER: It`s great to meet you. And make sure you check out Lindsey, hopefully winning this Sunday. Alive on YouTube when they do the YouTube music awards.

As we move on, Tori tells off - Tori Spelling revealing she actually lied about how she lost all that baby weight. What was she really trying to hide?

Also, Britney Spears battles Somali pirates. Tonight, how "Hit me, baby, one more time is taking on a whole new meaning in the war on real life pirates. Which wild new revelation is going to top our countdown? This is SBT on HLN.


HAMMER: All right. We`ve got just three more to go on our top ten countdown. The big reveal of number one coming up in just a moment. But first I`m still happy to bring you this. Number three, HLN`s own Nancy Grace using her courtroom gavel as the love judge. She`s actually giving advice to real housewives of Miami star Marysol Patton on who she should date. Here is Nancy on Bravo`s "Watch What Happens Live.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: First of, Russell Brand? What`s the verdict?

NANCY GRACE: Crazy. Don`t touch him.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK. Next up. Bruce Jenner.

GRACE: Still married.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, still married, OK. Next up. Usher.

GRACE: Go for it. He`s cute. I like him.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Next up, Nicholas Cage.

GRACE: No. Spends his money very unwisely.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yeah, I don`t like that.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Next up, Tiger Woods?

GRACE: Serial cheater.


GRACE: Don`t do it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: More make up than I do.


GRACE: Go for it.


GRACE: Sorry Julianne.


GRACE: Still married.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK. Oh is he still married?

GRACE: I think so.


GRACE: Plus he just filed for bankruptcy. Don`t touch him.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, my god. Next up, Chris Brown.

GRACE: No, no, no. Unless you take boxing lessons first.



HAMMER: But make no mistake, Natasha, you think she`s so hard core, she`s a true romantic, quite obviously, as long as she has her gavel with her.

CURRY: Yeah. She`s so sweet. I stole her hair spray can. I`m just hoping that she doesn`t catch me in the hallway and paddle my behind or something.


HAMMER: Leave that alone.

CURRY: We all love Nancy, I know. That leaves us to our number two. But our countdown Tori Spelling`s bigger lie about how she lost her baby weight. This is shocking. Tori`s now admitting in her due book, that she told a big fat lie about losing her baby weight after giving birth to her fourth child last year. Celebrity and publicist, Marvet Britto from the Britto Agency, back with us now. So, Tori said she originally lost 45 pounds with low impact cardio, a healthy diet of fish, veggies, soups and sensible snacks. But now she is confessing that she lost it all by starving herself. Calling it, just keep your (bleeping) mouth shut and eat air diet. It`s all the rage. So, Marvet, shame on her or do you think she just should have kept lying?

MARVET BRITTO, THE BRITTO AGENCY: I think that celebrities feel pressure to come up with more compelling, interesting stories when it comes to weight loss. We certainly have seen other celebrities do the same in the past. Coming up and making up stories as to how they lost the weight because they think that`s what consumers want to hear. But I think they do more damage to their brand when they don`t tell the truth. Because then they lose their credibility and they lose, you know, the trust with the consumer which is really the most valuable asset any celebrity has. So, I think that Tori, really, should have just been honest and come clean, but she`s coming clean now that she has to sell a book.

CURRY: Yeah, she`s going to be - to give her a good advice, but maybe she should just feel like she just has to fess up to her fans. But she also reveals the very strict instructions that her publicist gave her. Listen to this here, she says women didn`t want to know that I had lost weight through dieting not exercising. I didn`t want to be the bleep who didn`t work for it so I said that I swam. But it was sort of a bad choice. I can`t do much more than a doggie paddle. It kind of makes you wonder, are people, you know, who are going - are we going to star being skeptical about these celebrity diet endorsements these days. Are they for real or are they just, you know, telling us bigger lies?

BRITTO: Well, you really should be because there`s some celebrities that will do anything for a check. And so, I think it really comes down to how much we trust and value the celebrity`s character and integrity. And not everyone has that currency of trust. And so I think in this instance, it`s good for Tori to come forward now and tell the truth. But I do think that you have to sensor and filter everything you hear that comes from a celebrity and really use your own judgment as to what`s best for you.

CURRY: OK. And now that brings us to our number one, the big reveal of tonight`s top ten countdown. It is Britney Spears versus the pirates. Say what. Britney`s music including songs like "Baby, One More Time" is being used on the high seas to scare off real live pirates. A merchant Navy officer just revealed that super tankers of Africa`s East Coast are blasting Britney`s music to drive away real Somali pirates. It kind of seems the pirates hate Western culture and Western music so much that they actually stay away from it. Jawn Murray back with us. He`s an editor-in- chief of

So, Jawn, I don`t know. I want you to listen with me here to one of those secret weapons first, Britney`s "Baby, One More Time."




CURRY: So, Jawn, the pirates, they hear this, they take off. It`s kind of crazy. Who would thought it would work? Maybe they were wearing pigtails too, they blast the music.

JAWN MURRAY, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, ALWAYSALIST.COM: This is absolutely hilarious, Natasha. And I say, if this stops working and they really want to be even more effective, stop playing the auto tuned version of the song and play Britney singing live.

CURRY: Oh, you are bad.

MURRAY: That will really scare them off.


CURRY: You`re nutty. So, I mean, so Britney could scare off, you know, pirates on the high seas, Jawn, and maybe she can improve the economy if everyone started listening to her new song.




CURRY: I don`t know, Jawn. Does that make you want to work? It kind of makes me want to get a bull I`ve been working on my tan.


MURRAY: It makes me want to run out of the studio and act like a pirate, Natasha. I can`t take it. I don`t want to hear Britney!


CURRY: Well, it worked on the pirates, apparently. John, thank you so much. A.J.

HAMMER: Well, tonight`s moment of awesomeness is a heartwarming moment that you`re going to be talking about for days. You`ve got to see how a little boy stole the pope`s thunder in front of thousands of people in St. Peter`s Square. Here is the SHOWBIZ "Buzz List" this week. "SHOWBIZ TONIGHT" buzzing all about. We take HBO has another hit on its hands. We are hooked on "Hello ladies." We`re diving into the award-winning new book "The Luminaries" by Eleanor Catton. We`re getting to the holiday spirit already with Kelly Clarkson`s first Christmas album. "Wrapped in Red" is out now.

The any dot do family of apps will help us all manage our lives like never before. We`ll never miss an appointment again. And the first thing that we`re using the app for is to set a reminder to see "Ender`s Game" starring Harrison Ford and Viola Davis opening Friday.


HARRISON FORD, ACTOR: A great responsibility rests upon each of you. When the enemy first invaded, we weren`t ready. Millions of innocent lives were lost.



HAMMER: Right now it`s our moment of awesomeness. Let`s head to the Vatican. Yes, that Vatican in Rome, Natasha, for an unreal, caught-on-tape moment.

CURRY: Yeah, it`s the story of a little boy who just needed to get up and close personal with the pope here during services at St. Peter`s Square. This little boy wanders on to stage, and he refuses to leave the pope`s side. Now Vatican officials tried everything, they tried to tempt him with candy. No dice. Look at him there. Just hugging it out. Instead, the boy just clung to the pope`s leg there. And Pope Francis, he didn`t seem to mind, patted him on the head and didn`t skip a beat. A.J., he just seems like an awfully friendly little boy. And the pope was like, yeah.

HAMMER: I`m just thinking thank goodness security didn`t leap on him.

CURRY: Right.

HAMMER: Well, thank you for watching. I`m A.J. Hammer along with Natasha. You can catch SBT every Monday through Thursday at 11:00 P.M. Eastern and Pacific. HLN continues right now.