Morning Buzz: Madonna and Guy Ritchie Deny Divorce Settlement Figures
People reports that Madonna and Guy Ritchie have issued a joint statement denying the reported figures in their divorce settlement, which were estimated around $76 million being paid out to Ritchie. That figure reportedly included their country estate in England. A misleading and inaccurate statement, specifically in relation to the sums of money involved, was wrongly issued to AP this week. The financial details of the settlement will remain private, save to say that both of us are happy with our agreement. Our primary concern, like any co-parents, is the care and well being of our children," the statement read.
EW reports that Bravo's breakout hit The Real Housewives of Atlanta has been renewed for a second season. The series averaged 1.5 million viewers, and their reunion special was the Real Housewives highest-rated ever with 2.8 million viewers.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck complained on The View yesterday that she didn't receive an invitation to the White House Christmas party. Us reports that the Republican conservative talk-show host said "Maybe I didn't do enough for the Republican party this year," on the show. It turns out that the snub was a White House oversight. "Following today's live show, Elisabeth received a call from the The White House, and they both had a great conversation," a View rep said. "The President's office apologized and explained that she and her husband were indeed invited to the White House for Christmas and were sorry that it did not arrive. It was simply an oversight."
Britain's 3News reports that the notoriously outspoken Elton John recently expressed his views on Britian's The X-Factor during a concert at London's O2 arena. The show is the British version of American Idol. John said that he would rather have his "c**k bitten off by an Alsatian" than watch the show, adding: "My balls too."
People reports that the Culkin family (including actors Macaulay, Rory, and Kieran) are heartbroken over their sister Dakota's death over the weekend. Dakota Culkin was killed after she stepped off a Los Angeles curb and was hit by a car. "They're heartbroken. That I can tell you. They're just absolutely heartbroken," says Emily Gerson Saines, their manager. All of the actors have suspended work int he wake of the tragedy.