Todd Peterson
November 19, 2004 09:00 AM

SAVED: Former Playboy pinup Anna Nicole Smith is keeping her job as spokeswoman for the diet pill TrimSpa, despite rumors that she was fired for her slurring, stumbling presentation at Sunday night’s American Music Awards. “Smith was a customer first,” Alex Goen, TrimSpa founder and CEO, said in a statement. “TrimSpa wouldn’t fire Anna or any of our customers.” Though Smith appeared to be drunk while introducing Sunday night’s performance by Kanye West, her lawyer later blamed the incident on her “bad eyes.”

SURRENDERED: Rapper Young Buck, who is suspected of stabbing a man at the Vibe Awards on Nov. 15, surrendered to authorities, the Associated Press reports. The star, whose real name is David Darnell Brown, turned himself in Friday. His attorney, Scott Leemon, says the rapper will post the $500,000 bail. An arrest warrant for Buck, 23, was issued after police identified him in a videotape of a fight that broke out at the music awards show. The incident started when music producer Dr. Dre was punched. It ended with a man identified as James Johnson, 26, getting stabbed and suffering a collapsed lung. The victim is in stable condition.

DUMPED: Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn DiScala has cut off her endorsement deal with an offshore gaming company, Casino Fortune, following comments an executive made about her weight. DiScala, who has suffered from anorexia and an addiction to exercise, signed on with the company to raise money and awareness to battle eating disorders. But Dennis Rose, a vice president for the company based in Trinidad, said Casino Fortune hired DiScala “because she was fat, then scrawny, and finally found a way to control her eating disorder,” New York’s Daily News reports. DiScala’s husband, A.J., said: “We found these comments grossly offensive and insensitive,” and an attorney for the actress added: “We are terminating this agreement immediately.”

MARRIED: “Noxzema girl” and former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Rebecca Gayheart married actor Eric William Dane in a hush-hush Las Vegas ceremony on Oct. 29, the Associated Press reports. Gayheart, 32, has most recently appeared on the series Nip/Tuck. Dane was a regular on ABC’s Gideon’s Crossing.

ACCUSED: Thursday marked the opening statements in a trial against alleged Sheryl Crow stalker Ambrose Kappos. The former Navy diver, 38, is charged with stalking and burglary after allegedly breaking into the dressing room of a venue Crow was playing last October, Reuters reports. According to the prosecutor, Kappos continued to “hunt” the 42-year-old singer, going so far as to show up at her parents’ home to ask Crow’s father for a date with his daughter. The case is being tried in New York.

LOST: Former rapper and reality TV personality Vanilla Ice lost his pets – a wallaroo and a goat. The 36-year-old “Ice Ice Baby” singer called animal control officials Wednesday to report that the animals, which had been discovered wandering around Port St. Lucie, Fla., belonged to him. The pets were picked up after a woman reported that the wallaroo – a cross between a kangaroo and a wallaby – had scratched her and kicked her car, the Associated Press reports. But getting his animals back may not be easy for Vanilla: neither wallaroos, which are considered an exotic animal, nor farm animals such as a goat, are allowed in Port St. Lucie.

RETURNED: Welsh singing sensation Tom Jones made a triumphant return to a New York club for the first time in nearly 10 years Wednesday night, the New York Post reports. The 64-year-old vocalist caused female audiences to swoon when he burst onto the scene in the 1960s with hits like “What’s New Pussycat?” and “It’s Not Unusual.” In recent years, Jones, a staple of Las Vegas entertainment, has expanded his repertoire across genres, including rock, country and techno music, but on Wednesday, he proved he still had that swing, as attested by the underwear devoted fans – females, mostly – threw onstage during his performance.

FINISHED: Ozzy Osbourne is calling it quits: for reality TV, that is. The godfather of heavy metal acknowledges that his family’s popular reality show, The Osbournes, on MTV breathed new life into his career, Reuters reports. But Osbourne told reporters that he’s had enough of that for now. “At the end of it I didn’t like having cameras around the house all the time,” he said. The MTV series documented some of the family’s profound ups and downs, including Sharon Osbourne’s battle with cancer and Ozzy’s life-threatening injury while riding and all-terrain vehicle.

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