Jake Pavelka: I Turned Down a Second Stint on ‘Bachelor Pad’

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The vote that led to Jake Pavelka’s Episode 3 elimination on Bachelor Pad 2 last summer was one of the closest (and most controversial) the ABC reality series had ever seen. But, Pavelka doesn’t have any desire to settle old scores.

When asked if he’d return if the show’s producers invited him back to the pad for another season, Pavelka, 34, replied, “They did and no.”

The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love star said the reality show’s $250,000 prize wasn’t a motivator either. “[With] what you have to deal with, the stakes are too high,” he said at Warner Bros. TV’s 25th Celebration at The Bachelor mansion in Agoura Hills, Calif.

Pavelka competed on the second season of Bachelor Pad — which reunites all-stars from various seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to battle it out for the cash prize and possibly another shot at love — to make amends with his ex-fiancée and Bachelor pick, Vienna Girardi.

“Well, I had some spilled milk to clean up,” he admitted. “That’s what that was about.”

And even though Girardi led the charge to eliminate him, Pavelka feels he “absolutely” accomplished his goal.

“Everybody showed their true colors. I was able to walk away gracefully,” the Dallas pilot says.

Though his time on The Bachelor franchise made him famous and led to acting opportunities, including Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and the CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful, he does have at least one regret from his time on the reality series.

After eight months together – three in the public spotlight – Pavelka and Girardi agreed to do a breakup special that aired on ABC in July 2010.

Insults were hurled back and forth: Girardi calling him a “fame whore” and “liar,” Pavelka said she was addicted to the limelight, as well, and accused her of cheating on him. In the end, Girardi walked off the set crying, as Pavelka seemed cold to viewers throughout the special.

Today, he says, “The only thing that I should have done differently about that was when they told me they were doing the interview is said, ‘Get lost.’ I shouldn’t have done it.”

Now, Pavelka’s love life is currently on the upswing. He’s currently dating actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth, whom he met when she hosted The Humane Society’s Hero Dog Awards last October.

Warner Bros. had no comment on Pavelka’s claim that it had asked him back for another season of Bachelor Pad.

The current season of The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8PM on ABC.

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CBS Wants Another Season of ‘Two and a Half Men’ With Angus T. Jones

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While CBS hasn’t officially announced a renewal for Two and a Half Men, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said they definitely want a Season 11.

She also said none of the castmembers have signed on for another season, including Sheen’s replacement, Ashton Kutcher.

And what about Angus T. Jones? He didn’t do himself any favors by saying on a video-gone-viral that he thought the hit series is “filth” and urged viewers not to watch it.

Well, CBS seems to feel that’s all water under the bridge. “We’d like him to be part of it next year,” Tassler told reporters at Saturday’s Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena.

“I think he would like to come back too, we would like him to… He made his public apology, and we’ve moved on,” she continued. “And we’d like the show back, and we’d like him to come back too.”

Jones, 19, who has been on the show for 10 seasons, issued the apology to Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, CBS, Warner Bros. Television and the show’s stars shortly after the video leaked in November.

Earlier this week, Sheen, who was fired from the show last year after a public meltdown and feud with Lorre, said that he understands Jones.

“I get it, it’s a weird place and people tend to have a different perspective on life working over there,” Sheen, who has moved on to star on FX’s Anger Management, said at TCA.

“[Jones] is a good kid and maybe he’s just going through a phase, but it’s hard to comment on something if I’m not there . . . I don’t think he’s crazy, I just think he’s a little maybe over-influenced in some other beliefs.”

Since his character joined the military, Jones’ shooting schedule has been reduced. His girlfriend, Stalker Sarah, told Celebuzz that he’d like to free up his schedule to attend college.

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Benjamin Stockham Gets to Play White House With Bill Pullman

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Imagine what it would be like to have the run of The White House. That’s exactly what Benjamin Stockham gets to do as one of the stars of NBC’s new comedy, 1600 Penn. Well, kind of.

“It’s really cool, because I feel like they took the White House apart and just put it in random places,” Stockham tells Celebuzz. “You walk into different rooms each time. It’s really fun.”

Twelve-year-old Stockham plays Xander Gilchrist, the smart, sensitive young member of the sitcom’s First Family. “My character is kind of like, you know, the shrimp of the family,” he describes.

But don’t judge Xander by his stature. “He’s probably the most mature one there,” the actor, who fans will remember as Robby on FOX’s Sons of Tucson, later adds of his character.

“He’s got these big words and he’s always thinking with logic. Honestly, if they gave him a problem, he’d probably solve it.”

Raised, in Santee, Calif., Stockham is too young to have known his TV dad and the show’s POTUS, Bill Pullman, during his other stint as the President in 1996’s Independence Day. But, the age difference doesn’t seem to matter much for the pair.

“Sometimes, when me and Bill are not shooting, we kind of pretend fight each other,” Stockham tells us of one of his favorite parts about being on-set. “It’s really fun. Bill pretends to take a hit, but not really take a hit.”

And what about his TV mother? “Jenna [Elfman] always has good advice up her sleeve,” Stockham says. “She’s given me some tips on comedy like comedic timing, because you can’t say [funny lines] too fast or too slow because then nobody will get it.”

1600 Penn premieres Thursday at 9:30PM on NBC.

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Imagine what it would be like to have the run of The White House. That’s exactly what Benjamin Stockham gets to do as one of the stars of NBC’s new comedy, 1600 Penn. Well, kind of.

“It’s really cool, because I feel like they took the White House apart and just put it in random places,” Stockham tells Celebuzz. “You walk into different rooms each time. It’s really fun.”

Twelve-year-old Stockham plays Xander Gilchrist, the smart, sensitive young member of the sitcom’s First Family. “My character is kind of like, you know, the shrimp of the family,” he describes.

But don’t judge Xander by his stature. “He’s probably the most mature one there,” the actor, who fans will remember as Robby on FOX’s Sons of Tucson, later adds of his character.

“He’s got these big words and he’s always thinking with logic. Honestly, if they gave him a problem, he’d probably solve it.”

Raised, in Santee, Calif., Stockham is too young to have known his TV dad and the show’s POTUS, Bill Pullman, during his other stint as the President in 1996’s Independence Day. But, the age difference doesn’t seem to matter much for the pair.

“Sometimes, when me and Bill are not shooting, we kind of pretend fight each other,” Stockham tells us of one of his favorite parts about being on-set. “It’s really fun. Bill pretends to take a hit, but not really take a hit.”

And what about his TV mother? “Jenna [Elfman] always has good advice up her sleeve,” Stockham says. “She’s given me some tips on comedy like comedic timing, because you can’t say [funny lines] too fast or too slow because then nobody will get it.”

1600 Penn premieres Thursday at 9:30PM on NBC.

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Britney Spears Avoiding the Axe? Singer Quits ‘X Factor’ (EXCLUSIVE DETAILS)

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Britney Spears may be going on the offensive in response to the news that FOX’s The X Factor producers are preparing to let her go.

Despite FOX boss Kevin Reilly’s recent comment that Spears is welcome to return to the show, industry sources tell Celebuzz exclusively that planning meetings for Season 3 have been underway and that her participation going forward isn’t on the docket.

But, according to TMZ’s sources, Spears is resigning from the singing competition to focus on her music, even though “she loves the show.”

“Britney loves Simon, she likes Demi Lovatobut her thing is music,” says one source.

Viewers are probably not surprised that the Princess of Pop won’t be continuing on with the show. She was the subject of harsh criticism among the media and viewers.

Spears completed her first season on The X Factor on Dec. 27. And about a week later, reports spread that the show’s producers had decided to fire the singer. Despite hopes her tenure would be a long one, sources said producers felt “it isn’t working.”

Hired (along with Lovato) to fill one of the empty seats vacated by fired Season 1 judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, Spears created a lot of buzz, but the show’s ratings still failed to improve upon last year’s numbers.

Viewership reached a season high of 9.6 million viewers during its finale. The bad news is that the viewership for the live finale results show still represented a drop from the 12.6 million viewers who watched the grand finale last season.

Spears is currently recording her eighth album with producer and “Scream And Shout” duet partner Will.I.Am and producer Hit-Boy. On top of that, she’s considering a tour after completing the album.

A tour could be a way to recoup the $15 million paycheck she’s giving up. The 31-year-old’s last world tour, which ended in August 2011, made $37.1 million and sold out 14 of the 39 shows according to Billboard.

Combined with L.A. Reid’s resignation from the show, Spears’ exit opens the door for two new judges on Season 3.

Spears’ rep and the show’s spokespersons didn’t immediately respond to Celebuzz’s request for comment.

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Nicki Minaj Believes Rappers Don’t Belong on ‘American Idol’

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There’s an ongoing debate among viewers as to whether there’s a place for rappers on TV talent competitions — especially as they’re showing up on recent seasons of NBC’s The Voice and FOX’s The X Factor.

But, new American Idol judge Nicki Minaj doesn’t think there’s a place for them on her show.

“I definitely don’t think a rapper should be in this competition,” Minaj said at Tuesday’s Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif.

The platinum album-selling Minaj says it all comes down to authenticity for hip hop artists. “The hip hop community wants you to be credible,” she explained.

“They want to know that you really went through a certain thing in your life. This is different,” the 30-year-old rapper continued. “With singing, people really don’t care what you’ve necessarily gone through… But with rap, it’s different. So I would never go on a show like this as a rapper, and I wouldn’t encourage anyone else to come on as a rapper.”

For what it’s worth, Minaj’s fellow judge and sometime combatant, Mariah Carey, also says, “I personally would never have wanted to do this type of show.” But for the superstar diva, whose first album was released back in 1990, that decision would have been based on how ill-prepared she was for stardom as a young girl.

“I think I was a little bit shy and unpolished in the beginning in order to be on one of these shows, which, at that time, you would have had to be a little bit more showy and have your whole thing together,” Carey, 42, explains.

“Whereas, I just wanted people to hear me for my voice and for my songs that I was writing, and I didn’t have very many clothes or outfits or things,” she continued. “So that part of the competition would have been out the window. I had my one black dress, my one pink dress. That was it.”

American Idol returns to FOX on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8PM.

Do you think Minaj is right in saying rappers don’t belong on Idol? Sound off in the comments below.

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Katharine McPhee Says Her ‘American Idol’ Stint ‘Did Exactly What It’s Supposed to Do’

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American Idol fans got a chuckle out of last year’s promos for the first season of NBC’s Smash, which featured the line, “Introducing Katharine McPhee.”

Of course, she wasn’t new to them. McPhee was the runner-up on the fifth season of Idol and went on to make three modestly selling albums. But, a recording career wasn’t really her aim.

“I just kind of wanted to be an actress,” McPhee admitted this week at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif.

“And I thought like, ‘Oh, OK, I need a better agent. So, I’m going to go on American Idol and see if I can get some good exposure,” she continued. “I had no idea I would do as well as I did. But with that came huge record contracts and all that stuff. I didn’t realize that I was going to suddenly have to have an identity as a musician, and I wasn’t ready for that.”

So, what’s McPhee’s advice for new Idol contenders? “You really should know who you are as a musician, because what was sort of a big challenge for me coming off of the show,” she advised.

Singing, of course, is still central to her role on NBC’s musical drama. She plays Karen Cartwright, a small town singer and actress who moves to New York City trying to become a Broadway musical star. So, while McPhee may not have wanted to be a musician, she told reporters that she would never tell an Idol contender not to take the competition seriously. “It’s something that could really change your life,” she said.

“[I’m] grateful that it’s done what it was supposed to do, which was get you that platform and get you to that next thing,” the 28-year-old said. “So, I’m very grateful for it, but it’s not something that I feel like I have a life identity where I wake up every morning and say, ‘I was on ‘American Idol.’”

That doesn’t mean McPhee isn’t keeping up on the show. She is up on the news of the new judges, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. But, not only does the actress believe she “was a different person” back then, but so was the FOX talent competition.

“For me, it’s such a different show now than when I was on the show,” she said. “I mean, they get so many more things than we ever just in terms of earpieces and things like that, the rehearsal time that they get that we didn’t have when we on the show. It’s just a very different show.”

Smash returns to NBC on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 9PM. And American Idol is back on FOX on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8PM.

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Katharine McPhee Says Her ‘American Idol’ Stint ‘Did Exactly What It’s Supposed to Do’

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American Idol fans got a chuckle out of last year’s promos for the first season of NBC’s Smash, which featured the line, “Introducing Katharine McPhee.”

Of course, she wasn’t new to them. McPhee was the runner-up on the fifth season of Idol and went on to make three modestly selling albums. But, a recording career wasn’t really her aim.

“I just kind of wanted to be an actress,” McPhee admitted this week at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif.

“And I thought like, ‘Oh, OK, I need a better agent. So, I’m going to go on American Idol and see if I can get some good exposure,” she continued. “I had no idea I would do as well as I did. But with that came huge record contracts and all that stuff. I didn’t realize that I was going to suddenly have to have an identity as a musician, and I wasn’t ready for that.”

So, what’s McPhee’s advice for new Idol contenders? “You really should know who you are as a musician, because what was sort of a big challenge for me coming off of the show,” she advised.

Singing, of course, is still central to her role on NBC’s musical drama. She plays Karen Cartwright, a small town singer and actress who moves to New York City trying to become a Broadway musical star. So, while McPhee may not have wanted to be a musician, she told reporters that she would never tell an Idol contender not to take the competition seriously. “It’s something that could really change your life,” she said.

“[I’m] grateful that it’s done what it was supposed to do, which was get you that platform and get you to that next thing,” the 28-year-old said. “So, I’m very grateful for it, but it’s not something that I feel like I have a life identity where I wake up every morning and say, ‘I was on ‘American Idol.’”

That doesn’t mean McPhee isn’t keeping up on the show. She is up on the news of the new judges, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. But, not only does the actress believe she “was a different person” back then, but so was the FOX talent competition.

“For me, it’s such a different show now than when I was on the show,” she said. “I mean, they get so many more things than we ever just in terms of earpieces and things like that, the rehearsal time that they get that we didn’t have when we on the show. It’s just a very different show.”

Smash returns to NBC on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 9PM. And American Idol is back on FOX on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8PM.

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Mariah Carey: Nicki Minaj Feud Was ‘One-Sided’

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Reporters got a little taste of what it’s like to see a disagreement between American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj go down.

FOX gathered the reality competition’s judges and producers in Pasadena for the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. on Tuesday. And, naturally, questions arose about the much-reported feud between Carey and Minaj, which reached a fever pitch when the two sparred in a leaked video during auditions.

“The whole thing was convoluted,” Carey, 42, said. “You know what it is? It’s a distraction from the show and it’s a distraction from the contestants. And I think it’s unfair to them, really. It shouldn’t be about any of us sitting up here, it should be about the contestants.”

But, of course, the public still wants to know. The entire panel seemed to have their talking points on the feud: That sometimes things get heated when the judges disagree and that they actually want them to be passionate about the contestants.

But, there was a moment when Carey may have gone rogue. A reporter asked how the two of them got past that very angry fight caught on tape.

Carey replied, “I did nothing and here we are.” Then, she added, “It was all one-sided.”

To which Minaj scowled, “No, it wasn’t.”

American Idol returns Jan. 16 at 8 PM on FOX.

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Brandi Glanville Opens Up About the Waitress Who Slept With Ex Eddie Cibrian (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

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Brandi Glanville is taking one for the team on Monday’s special two-hour episode of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which also serves as a backdoor pilot for Lisa Vanderpump’s spinoff, Vanderpump Rules.

On the episode, the former model agrees to sit down with Scheana Marie, one of Lisa’s waitresses at her West Hollywood restaurant and a castmember on the spinoff. She also happens to be one of the women whom Brandi’s ex-husband, Eddie Cibrian, cheated with while they were married.

“I wasn’t really sure that I needed to do it,” she tells Celebuzz when she visited our L.A. studio.

“But at the same time, it was very uncomfortable for Lisa having to shuffle her around and [Scheana] really wanted to talk with me. So, there was this elephant in the room and I’m like, ‘Oh, damn it.” And I sat with her.”

So, how did it go? “I didn’t really need to know the small details she told me. It was kind of like [mimics being stabbed in the stomach]. It is what it is,” she says.

Glanville also talks about her fallout with “horrible” Adrienne Maloof. Watch our full interview above. And below, the housewife plays the hashtag game.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules two-hour special airs Monday at 9 PM on Bravo.

Do you think Brandi should have met with Eddie’s former mistress?

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It’s Official: Ryan Lochte Lands E! Reality Show

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E! wants to help you get inside the mind of Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte with its upcoming series, What Would Ryan Do?

The cable network announced at Monday’s Television Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. that it has picked up a weekly six-episode series starring the handsome swimmer, which will premiere in April.

“Ryan Lochte captured everyone’s attention at the Summer Olympics with his athletic prowess and his utterly unique and unaffected approach to life,” E! Entertainment President Suzanne Kolb said in a statement.

“He is an incredibly endearing personality who is sexy, entertaining and fun,” she continued. “Watching this show, I believe people will fall into three categories: they want to be him, sleep with him or mother him.”

The series promises to follow the Gainesville, Fla. resident from the pool to the clubs and going after his dream of becoming a fashion designer.

Back in August, Celebuzz was the first to report that the Olympian was in talks with E! for a reality series.

“Pretty much, they follow me on my normal day, just training, doing my own fashion line,” the 28-year-old told us of the show’s concept.

Lochte’s Olympic teammate and sometimes rival Michael Phelps has also signed on to a reality project. He’ll improve his golf game on the Golf Channel’s fifth season of The Haney Project premiering on Feb. 25.

Are you looking forward to finding out what Ryan would do?

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