Morning Buzz: ‘American Idol’ Producer Denies Endangering Paula Abdul
TV Guide reports that American Idol’s executive producer is denying recent claims made by Paula Abdul that she was endangered when an alleged stalker was allowed to audition for the show. Ken Warwick says that he had no idea Paula Goodspeed had reportedly been stalking Abdul for “17 years” when she was allowed to audition for AI in January 2007. Goodspeed killed herself in front of Abduls’ home in November. “I was in the room there and I can absolutely put my hand on my heart and say I didn’t know,” Warwick says. “I didn’t even know that this person was a risk or termed as a stalker. I knew she was a fan, an ardent fan. But that’s the only thing that came in front of me. I would definitely not put a dangerous person or a person remotely dangerous in front of the judges. You wouldn’t take that risk.”
People reports that Naomi Watts and Liev Schrieber have named their new son Samuel Kai Schreiber. Their newest addition was born Saturday and weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz. “Both mom and baby are doing great,” a rep says.
Dennis Quaid’s lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has been settled, according to People. Quaid and his wife Kimberly will receive $750,000 as a result of the accidental overdose of their newborn twins in 2007. Twins Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace were born in November 2007 and accidentally given an overdose of the blood thinner Heparin by medical staff, sending them into critical condition. The Quaids also have lawsuit against Heparin’s maker, Baxter Healthcare Corp., accusing it of negligence.
Page Six reports that the creator of a Turkish television show called Perfect Bride is suing Ryan Seacrest and NBC Universal for allegedly stealing the idea for Seacrest’s newest production, Momma’s Boys. Luftu Murat Uckardesler claims that NBC Universal and Ryan Seacreast Productions “willfully appropriated” the format of his show, which broke ratings records in Turkey.
People reports that country star Tim McGraw is denying a story that he has plans to run for governor of Tennessee is 2010. “There’s no truth to this. It’s something he is interested in, but not for 2010. Later in life. I grew up in Louisiana and politics is kind of a contact sport and you grow up knowing about it. I’ve always been fascinated by what can be done in the public arena,” McGraw stated.