Oprah Taking Rachael, Dr. Phil With Her?
Oprah Raiding Her Own TV Pantry?
Oprah Winfrey seems to be quite attached to her television babies, as word in she's planning on taking her proteges -- especially Rachael Ray -- with her when she leaves her hit show to become the overlord of the Oprah Winfrey Network.
TV Insiders tell me that "Oprah would love to take all the hit shows she has produced and created to her new network, particularly everyone's favorite cook, Rachael Ray." Also on the to-go menu is the huge new hit 'The Dr. Oz Show' and good old boy 'Dr. Phil.' Apparently Oprah's office has enough room for two doctors.
A friend of the boisterous Ray informs me that "Rachael adores Oprah and would do whatever she tells her. She thinks Oprah is the best boss in the entire world." How could a boss with pockets that deep not be great?
Rachael's rep Lauren Nowell tells me: "Rachael Ray has been renewed through 2012 and there's nothing to comment on beyond that." That would be precisely one year after Oprah is set to leave, which would give O plenty of time to get the kitchen ready for the '30 Minute' chef. There's only one thing that Rachael cooks up better than a burger, and that's ratings.
"Oprah surrounds herself by the best and these three shows are just that," one source said. Additionally, the TV queen is said to be looking for the right show for her regular guests -- funny lady Ali Wentworth and cute-as-curtains decorator Nate Berkus -- to air on a network. Guess which one, yet? Yep, The Oprah Network!
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Angelina Responds to Tell-All ... in Picture Form
No one in the world knows the power of photograph better than Angelina Jolie. That's why on the eve of Ian Halperin's shocking tell-all book 'Brangelina; The Untold Story of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie,' Hollywood's most private duo walked hand-in-hand into one of Beverly Hills' hottest restaurants and paparazzi hang-outs, Dolce Vita. "Angie is genius at controlling her image," tattled one insider. "She knew the place would be swarming with photographers with George Clooney and Cindy Crawford already inside. This is her way of responding to the breakup rumors in the book," which ironically also highlights how the couple have manipulated the media since they first met! (See PopEater's Exclusive Interview With 'Brangelina' Author Ian Halperin)
And get ready for more affectionate sightings over the next few weeks -- with or without the children -- as the most talked about couple fight back, a friend tells me. "When you are that gorgeous, you know a picture is worth a thousand words." For Angie and Brad, maybe it's worth a million.
Alicia Keys Squashes World AIDS Day Party
Just in case the fans of brilliant/gorgeous Alicia Keys forgot about World AIDS Day (December 1st), the superstar singer graced them with a special charity concert in New York with a surprise appearance by Jay Z. Sadly, things didn't go so well after the amazing event, as Keys found out her label had planned an after-party at the W hotel in Times Square ... on World AIDS Day.
"It just didn't feel right to Alicia to be celebrating that night," said a friend who informed me the party was cancelled. "Alicia would rather all that money go to her charity -- not drinks." Alicia's rep Patti Webster tells me that although conversations were had about a party, "one was never confirmed so therefore it was never cancelled."
Either way, this 'Empire State of Mind' lady has her head and heart in the right place.
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