On this morning’s season debut of VH1′s live daily gossip program, New York Daily News reporter Marianne Garvey proudly noted that her paper has broken most of the news about Simon Cowell‘s love child. She went on to discuss the fact that Cowell is set to soon meet the other son of mother Lauren Silverman, seven-year-old Adam.
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Thanks to Simon Cowell exiting the LA studios of The X Factor last night and refusing to comment on allegations that he has fathered a child with NYC socialite Lauren Silverman, a rash of “Mum” headlines are crossing the wire. Half are from his actual mom, saying he’ll make a great dad; the other pertain to his not-yet-commenting.
At WENN, contactmusic.com and elsewhere, the news is being passed on that Cowell “Keeps Mum.” However, on the same day of Ariel Castro‘s sentencing hearing (!), a TV station website in Cleveland (ABC 5) has stamped this rather unfortunate typo:
On the heels of that recent Liam Gallagher love child scandal comes the hint of another, involving an even bigger Brit. According to a story in this week’s issue of US Weekly tipped by staff editor Allison Takeda, Simon Cowell has been having an affair with “technically married” New York socialite Lauren Silverman and she is now expecting their child.
The online teaser item is up and while Cowell’s reps have yet to respond to the allegations, readers are quickly chiming in at the usmagazine.com end:
Peblican: Wow, cheating with your close friend’s wife and to add insult having a baby with her, wonder how he treats his enemies.
Holiday regalia is full steam ahead! Office parties are the norm. And another seasonal mainstay is NBC’s tradition of the Christmas tree lightning at home base–Rockefeller Plaza.
The holiday favorite brought throngs in the Christmas spirit to Midtown, and millions to their seats. The show tied for second, according to Nielsen, with an estimated 1.4 million viewers tuned in to WNBC, and a 7.2 rating.
The final 15 minutes of CBS’ NFL coverage also nailed down number two for the week.
But standing atop all others was ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. The celebrity competition had the top spot with last week’s result show (1.4 million/7.4). Performance night “settled” for fifth place (1.2 million/6.2).
CBS’ 60 Minutes found a home at number four (1.2 million/6.3).
There’s more from the Top 10 after the jump.
Television’s biggest night was a ratings winner! The Emmy Awards, broadcast on ABC, was the number one prime time show in New York for the week ending September 23. The event, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, had an estimated 1.3 million WABC viewers with a 6.9 rating, according to Nielsen.
ABC’s Emmy Red Carpet show failed to draw as much attention, settling for a 17th-place tie (540,000/2.8).
Back to the top of the survey, where despite scab refs, the NFL shines. As direct competition to the Emmys, NBC’s Sunday Night Football had a strong week. The Patriots/Ravens tilt was second-best with 1.1 million viewers and a 5.7 rating. The last half-hour of NBC’s kickoff program Football Night in America landed in a tie for 17th (544,000/2.8).
The Giants’ Thursday nighter also did well. The NFL Network telecast had a ninth-place finish (832,000/4.3). A simulcast version on WPIX/Channel 11 tied for 17th (544,000/2.8). We’re not certain if those numbers include the Cablevision audience, blocked from the WPIX programming since mid-August. Cablevision, though, offered a free preview of the NFL Network to all subscribers on PIX.
More from the Top 10 after the jump
It’s the rare Wednesday when I don’t leave Michael’s with a fistful of business cards from some striver or media maven intent on making an impression. That’s why it’s so newsworthy when the exact opposite occurs. Today was the rare occasion when a famous — make that infamous — name did everything he could not to be noticed. Andrew Madoff arrived with a woman named Catherine Hooper (Andrew’s fiancee) and a little girl in tow, having made their reservation online under Catherine’s name just minutes before. The threesome took a seat in the lounge to wait for their table a few minutes before noon with a handful of people who were oblivious to his presence. Andrew did his best to avoid eye contact with the people around him and said nothing while waiting for his table.
I spotted him through the window when I got to the front door and decided I would ask him what he thought of Stephanie Madoff Mack‘s media tour for her book, which happened to coincide with the publication of the book Laurie Sandell wrote with his cooperation and the participation of his mother, Ruth Madoff. Unfortunately, as soon as he realized I knew who he was, he was off like a shot and I’d missed my moment. If you don’t want to be noticed, why come to the media mecca on a Wednesday? Just asking.
Table 1 was the center of the action today where Linda Fairstein was hosting a lunch for good pal Kate White to celebrate the publication of Kate’s latest novel, So Pretty It Hurts, a Bailey Weggins mystery. I was thrilled to be among the table of fun, fearless power gals. The lively group, which included actress Stephanie March, Dr. Holly Phillips, Women’s Health editor Michele Promaulayko, photographer Peggy Vance (Mrs. Cyrus Vance to you), Hilary Gumbel (wife of Bryant Gumbel) and Giorgio Armani Beauty’s Kelly Thompson, had plenty to talk about.
Before everyone arrived, I caught up with Kate to ask her about her latest Bailey book (it’s her sixth in the series and eighth novel in all in addition to several business books she’s written). So Pretty It Hurts finds crime writer Bailey at the center of the mystery surrounding the death of supermodel Devon Barr. The story kicks off when the beauty is killed during a weekend in the country at a music mogul’s mansion and the house guests become the suspects. The whodunnit is in the style of those Agatha Christie page turners where everyone is stuck in the house (this time because of a snowstorm) and left to ponder if there is a killer among them. We’re starting it tonight.
Despite the worst case of Gotham gridlock in months (Thanks, Mr. President), there were plenty of media heavy hitters (Jann Wenner, John Huey), high-profile editors (Martha Nelson, Kate White) and a spin sister (Peggy Siegal) at Michael’s today. While the power lunch set was chewing over their next big deal between bites, I had a dishy lunch with Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger and my good friend, the network’s SVP of communications, Jennifer Geisser. If you’ve seen any part of Matchmaker, you know that Patti tells it like she sees it no matter what. “I’m a truth-teller; that’s it,” she told me after sharing some particularly searing commentary on some boldface names we all know. Sorry, but it’s off the record.
Fortunately, Patti did let loose over lunch and share her thoughts on her ‘overnight success’ — “Total bullshit. I worked my ass off for years,” she said. It certainly sounds that way. Before starting Millionaire’s Club International in 2000, she toiled in a number of positions ranging from garment center executive to astrologer before finally landing at Great Expectations, the country’s largest matchmaking service, running their Florida division and then as their director of marketing. Quickly realizing she had a knack for finding dates for just about everyone she met, she started her own firm and, she tells me, grossed $1 million the first year.
In 2001, she had a fateful meeting with Telepictures and pitched an idea for a reality show where one man would find love by ‘dating’ a group of women. Sounds familiar? Thanks to an inept agent at ICM (“He was terrible,” says Patti), The Bachelor premiered without Patti’s involvement and went on to become TV ratings gold. Undeterred, Patti “cried for a night,” got a new agent and moved on. After a few other stops and starts involving, among others, Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest, Patti found a television home with Bravo in 2008 with The Millionaire Matchmaker and is currently in her fifth season of the show. Her dating pet peeves? Rude guys: ”I want to teach young men some manners. They’ve got to learn to be gentlemen.” Scantily clad girls: “I always tell them ‘leave the Fredrick’s at home.’” And mothers who think their sons walk on water: “Jewish and Italian mothers are the worst. They think their sons are messiahs and expect everyone to treat them like one. It makes dating them impossible.”