AWKWARD KATE GOSSELIN/TWIN DAUGHTER'S TV INTERVIEW - WAS IT STAGE FRIGHT OR SILENT PROTEST?: KATE GOSSELIN and her twin daughters were on The Today Show yesterday morning, and many who have watched it are calling it the most awkward interview ever.

She and 13-year-old twins Cara and Mady were on to 'set the record straight' about the kids being on a reality series. Savannah Guthrie did the interview, which was incredibly painful to watch because the girls weren't really answering her questions. This despite the fact that Guthrie's series of questions were similar to ones they answered in a recent People magazine cover story.


The interview was uncomfortable from the beginning when the girls were asked if everything is okay, and neither of the girls responded. Kate jumped in to say things were fine, and the girls just sat there and agreed with her. A little later, Cara and Mady were asked whether or not people had the wrong impression of them, and again, there was a lot of awkward silence. When one of them finally responded, and the answer kind of sounded coached.

The World Wide Web of Kate Hate exploded with criticism afterwards, with many blasting Gosselin’s “desperate attempt to get back in the spotlight” by using her teen daughters to nab interviews. Kate later tried to explain her daughter’s behavior by writing on Twitter, “1st live interview can render even the gabbiest girls speechless,” and claimed the two girls had “stage fright.”

CELEBRITIES BEHAVING BADLY - SHIA LaBEOUF GETS IN BAR FIGHT: SHIA LABEOUF just can’t stay out of trouble -- or the news. Shia is making headlines again this week,this time for getting into a bar fight in London Thursday night, and head-butting a guy. Apparently Shia was upset about something the guy said about his girlfriend’s mother. “What are you saying about my girl's mom? Are you f**king kidding me bro?,” Shia screams. LaBeouf then head-butts the man as two women try to restrain him. It’s unclear exactly what the man said about Shia's girlfriend's mom.

UPDATE - COPS INSIST BIEBER SHOULDN'T STRESS OVER SEIZED PHONE: When cops raided JUSTIN BIEBER'S home earlier this week among the things they confiscated was his cell phone. According to TMZ, they want to see if there are any texts, photos, or video that could incriminate him in last week's egging incident -- but that’s not what’s worrying Justin. The site claims he's stressing over texts with drug references and is fearful they may leak to the public. He’s also worried that naked photos in his phone may leak as well.

So the New York Daily News reached out to the lead detective on his case, who told them they have no plans to pursue anything other than "images or information related to the egging." "A search warrant based on drug talk is not going to happen,” David Thompson with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told the paper.“And the whole world has naked pictures on their phones. With Justin Bieber, at his level, it might be people we know, so it might be a concern for him. But he doesn’t have to worry."

Speaking of the beleaguered Bieber ... If you've been scratching your head over his recent run of bad boy behavior, JOEL MCHALE has a simple explanation: "...He's a f***ing idiot" the "Community" star quipped when asked about him by CONAN O'BRIEN. McHale also thinks the 19-year-old is bored. "I feel like he's got all those guys around him. He's just running out of things to do," he offered. "He's so rich and so successful that he's probably like, 'Well, what do you want to do?' and they're like, 'Let's shave a dog. What do you want to do?'"

IN DENIAL - HILARY DUFF SLAMS TABLOID REPORTS ON END OF HER MARRIAGE: HILARY DUFF is calling out all the reports on the end of her marriage to Mike Comrie as false. Duff took to Twitter to dispute various reports. For instance, “InTouch” said that Duff fell out of love with Comrie. “Life & Style” claimed that Hilary and Mike were leading separate lives and were fighting over more children. And “Us Weekly” said that the two had been in counseling for a year and a half before calling it quits because Mike stopped trying.

KALEY CUOCO'S HUSBAND SHOWS US HIS TATT: Less than one month after marrying KALEY CUOCO, Ryan Sweeting demonstrated his love for her by getting her first name tattooed on his arm. The tennis pro posted a picture of his newest tattoo on his Instagram- the name "Kaley" on his left forearm. The tatt also includes their wedding date in roman numerals inside of a red heart. Uh oh, has he not seen the stats on how many people end up breaking up once they "ink" their love?

R.I.P.: We hit the trifecta of back-in-the-day actor deaths yesterday. Russell Johnson, who played the Professor on "Gilligan's Island", died of what is being described as "natural causes". He was 89. His agent said he passed away in his Washington state home in hospice care surrounded by his wife, Connie, and their daughter, Kimberly.

Did you, like me, wonder how could the Professor make a radio out of a coconut but could never fix the boat so they could get off the Island?

Ginger and Mary Ann, played by Tina Louise and Dawn Wells, are now the only surviving cast members from the show. Dawn posted the photo below of herself, Russell and Bob Denver, who played Gilligan, on Facebook. (Denver died in 2005.)

2. Dave Madden, who played band manager Reuben Kinkaid on "The Partridge Family", passed away in hospice in Florida. He died of congestive heart and kidney failure.

3. Four-foot tall Ruth Duccini died of natural causes as well yesterday. Duccini was the lone surviving female "Wizard of Oz" Munchkin. She was 95. There is now only one remaining Munchkin left on Earth. His name is Jerry Maren and he's 93.

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