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Monday, July 16

On Thursday, Steven Tyler announced he was quitting his job as a judge on "American Idol". On Friday, Jennifer Lopez followed him out the door. She told Ryan Seacrest, "I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do, that I put on hold because I love 'Idol' so much." But Steven and Jennifer's split from "Idol" might not be as clean and amicable as they let on. There are some pretty credible rumors that the two of them didn't quit on their own terms, they were forced out over massive budget cuts. Jennifer made $15 million last season and was pushing for $17 million this year. Steven reportedly made around $10 million. "Idol" is still a hit TV show but it's not what it once was. Ratings were down about 25% last year, and that, obviously, hurts the show's ad revenue. So Fox is looking to cut back a little, and spending a fortune on judges is an easy cut. Randy Jackson's status is still up in the air. There have been rumors thathe'll be back as a mentor, not a judge or he'll be gone from the show entirely. "Idol" is back to hunting for new replacements.  There have been a lot of rumors about big names, but if the budget really is being cut, it could be hard to attract them. The rumors have included Fergie, Nicki Minaj, Will.I.Am, and Mariah Carey. I've even heard Mariah wants twice J Lo's salary. So much for budget cuts. Also, this probably won't happen, but Aretha Franklin has announced she'd like to be a judge. 

There's going to be a new addition to the Lohan family! Lindsay's gonna have a baby...sister or brother. Her fathter Michael Lohan and his on-again off-again girlfriend Kate Major are expecting a baby. Kate is in her first trimester. Apparently they “got together” while she had a restraining order on him. So romantic. The order was lifted just a few weeks ago.

Sylvester Stallone's son Sage was found dead in his Los Angeles home by a maid on Friday. He was only 36 years old. The cause of death is unknown at this time. We may not know how he died for a while, when Sage was found dead at the age of 36, reports immediately surfaced that he died of a drug overdose. We're not sure yet if that's the case. Authorities reportedly found some prescription pill bottles, but there's no word what was in them, or if they contributed to Sage's death. The autopsy is complete, but of course there were toxicology tests and it could be four to six weeks before we know the results of those. There are also unofficial reports that Sage may have been dead for up to three days before his body was found by his maid. Sage's friend and attorney George Braunstein says, "Sage was full of life, a wonderful, loving person. The last time I talked to him a few days ago he was saying he was getting married, he had a lot of things he was working on and seemed very enthusiastic. There was no indication there was any problem." In fact, he was supposed to get married this past weekend. He added, "I think it was either natural causes or a terrible accident. I don't think it had anything to do with drugs, he wasn't that kind of guy. He wasn't anyone trying to take his life. Sage didn't even drink. There was a report that his room was filled with liquor bottles. Actually, they were empty bottles of Dr. Brown's Cream Soda."

Game has announced that he's teamed up with the production company behind "Flavor of Love" to make a reality show about his wedding. Production started earlier this month and is following Game and his fiancée, Tiffany Cambridge, while they plan their wedding. Game says it's going to show a whole new side of him as a devoted family man. So far the producers have met with MTV and VH1 about the show, but no network has signed on to air it yet.

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People : Aretha FranklinBrownFergieGeorge BraunsteinJennifer LopezKate MajorMariah CareyMichael LohanNicki MinajSageSteven TylerSylvester StalloneTiffany CambridgeWill.I.Am

07/16/2012 8:57AM
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