PAULA DEEN TELLS MATT LAUER SHE WOULD NOT HAVE FIRED HER - WATCH THE EMOTIONAL TODAY SHOW INTERVIEW: Drama and crocodile tears or a sincere apology? After initially skipping a scheduled interview with MATT LAUER last week, PAULA DEEN appeared on the Today show this morning.

She started the interview measured and composed, but soon broke down in tears and asked for forgiveness. The interview ended with Deen saying, "If there's anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me." Watch the full interview below:

PHOTOS OF NORTH WEST REVEALED!: This is not, I repeat, not one of the bogus baby photos KIM KARDASHIAN reportedly sent her pals as a trust test -- fake pics of little North to see if any of them would try to sell the snaps to a tabloid or gossip site. Peep the pics before we get a cease and desist! (PHOTO) (PHOTO)

MILEY CYRUS PUTS DAD ON TWITTER BLAST: MILEY CYRUS called her dad out hard on Twitter the other day, pressing him to come clean about his divorce. On Monday, Miley tweeted a picture of herself with a mystery woman along with a threat to her father BILLY RAY, "Since you won't reply to my texts I'm giving you an hour to tell the truth or ill tell it for you."


Miley's mom, TISH, filed for divorce recently, but it's not known if Croman has anything to do with why. A few years ago, Billy Ray filed for divorce amid rumors that Tish was cheating with BRET MICHAELS, but they eventually patched things up. Billy Ray and Tish, meanwhile, were snapped arm in arm yesterday while out with daughter Noah. (PHOTO)

PAULA DEEN'S SONS COME TO HER DEFENSE: PAULA DEEN'S sons Bobby and Jamie Deen are defending their mama,  telling CNN that their mother is not a racist. "Our mother is one of the most compassionate, good-hearted, empathetic people that you'd ever meet. These accusations are very hurtful to her, and it's very sad," said Bobby. He added that he's "disgusted by the entire thing, because it began as extortion and it has become character assassination."

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Jamie concurred that there's no way his parents could have been racist, because, just before he got his tonsils removed at the age of seven, they bought him the Hank Aaron PJs and expressed to him the struggles Hank faced in Major League Baseball because of his color. The controversy started after it came out Deen admitted to using the N-word in the past during a deposition for a sexual harassment case brought against her brother Bubba.

SNAPSHOTS: SELENA GOMEZ was photographed enjoying some time with her mom and new baby sister. (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO)

RIHANNA PISSED OVER ‘POISONOUS POP PRINCESS’ LABEL: Never one to back away from a fight, RIHANNA stepped into a heated war of words Tuesday with UK journalist Liz Jones whose article about the singer in Britain’s Daily Mail begins with the hard-hitting headline “Pop’s poisonous princess: Glorying in drugs, guns, and sleaze, Rihanna’s toxic role model for her army of young fans.”


That riled RiRi up, who fired back in Instagram: “If you sincerely wanna help little girls more than their own parents do, here’s a toxic tip: don’t be amateur with your articles, you sound bitter! That s*** ain’t journalism! That’s a sad sloppy menopausal mess!!” She went on to say: “Role Model is not a position or title that I have ever campaigned for, so chill wit dat. I got my own f***ed up s*** to work on."

RELATIONSHIP REPORT - KATY PERRY AND JOHN MAYER BACK ON: Looks like KATY PERRY and JOHN MAYER are back on ... again. The on-again-off-again couple was spotted together in New York Monday night at a gala honoring Don Rickles.

Sources tell Us Weekly, “During dinner, Katy and John looked at each other like they were the only people in the room. Katy didn't stop smiling and John kept whispering in her ear. They were very intimate and seemed very much in love." (PHOTO)

COVER SHOT: ALYSSA MILANO, looking pretty hot and sexy in the new issue of "Maxim" magazine ...

CHRIS BROWN HIT WITH TWO CRIMINAL COUNTS: When it rains, it pours for CHRIS BROWN. One day after being accused of assaulting a woman at an L.A. area night club, Brown  is in hot water again with the law. The Los Angeles City Attorney has filed two criminal charges against him stemming from a minor traffic accident last month.

Brown is reportedly facing counts of leaving the scene of an accident without exchanging the proper information and driving without a valid license. The new charges carry a maximum sentence of six months in jail, and the City Attorney’s office will likely refer the case to the District Attorney’s office as a possible violation of Brown’s parole connected to the infamous Rihanna incident.

Meanwhile ... Chris shot off a series of tweets yesterday lashing out at the female driver he rear-ended, while defending himself against the charges. He accused the woman of only making a stink in order to get a payday from him and promised, "My lawyers will be contacting you. I will not stand for this bullying and yellow journalism!" Minutes later, he followed that tweet up with the coupe de grace -- proof of his innocence!