Plus: Stefani sets CD release, Denise Richards strips, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated September 14, 2004 09:00 AM

HIRED: Replacing former fashion empresses Joan and Melissa Rivers, E! Entertainment Television has tapped The View cohost Star Jones to host this Sunday’s Live From the Red Carpet: The 2004 Emmy Awards outside L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium from 6-8 p.m. ET, the network has announced. Former E! star Brooke Burke will also return to the red carpet to cohost the final two hours of the six-hour Live Countdown to the Red Carpet (starting at noon), along with fashion expert Robert Verdi. Also assisting with reports will be TV personalities Sam Rubin, Kristin Veitch, Mystro Clark and The Bachelor veteran Andrew Firestone.

SCHEDULED: No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani will release her as-yet-untitled debut solo album on Nov. 23, with the first single “What You Waiting For?” premiering in October. Stefani’s new set features contributions from OutKast’s Andre 3000, Linda Perry, Nellee Hooper and No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal, who co-wrote the songs “Serious” and “Crash,” reports Stefani also is preparing for the debut fall collection of her L.A.M.B. clothing line and her big-screen debut as ’30s Hollywood blonde bombshell Jean Harlow, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes, in director Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator.

NOMINATED: U2, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Randy Newman and the O’Jays are among the nominees for the 2005 induction class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, reports Billboard. Also on the ballot: the Pretenders, Buddy Guy, Wanda Jackson, the J. Geils Band, Conway Twitty, Percy Sledge and former nominees the Sex Pistols, the Stooges, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the late Gram Parsons. Results will be announced in December, with the induction to take place in New York next year.

STRIPPED: Denise Richards, 33, will appear nude in the December issue of Playboy, the actress tells USA Today. She said the shoot, which took place in the Bahamas last month, was encouraged by her husband, Charlie Sheen, who even helped pick out the final photos for publication. “He was very supportive,” she says. “Charlie’s been a Playboy fan for years.” As for appearing nude six months after having a baby (the Sheens have a daughter, Sam), Richards did admit to a fear of sagging breasts, and therefore stopped breastfeeding. “I felt like I was still pregnant,” she says. “You’re trapped when you always have this kid attached to your boob.”

WON: Sharon Stone and William Shatner were among the winners Sunday night at the creative arts Emmy Awards, recognizing technical and other achievements and preceding the Sept. 19 main ceremony. Both Stone and Shatner were honored for guest appearances on ABC’s The Practice. Shatner is reprising his character, attorney Denny Crane, in Boston Legal, a reworked version of the drama debuting next month. For guest actor and actress in a comedy series, the winners were Laura Linney for Frasier and John Turturro for Monk, reports the Associated Press.

REVEALED: Kitty Kelley isn’t the only one with a book that’s getting a rise out of the First Family. Chuck Fischer’s The White House: A Pop-Up Book has been released with the cooperation of the White House Historical Association – founded in 1961 by then-First Lady Jackie Kennedy. “The association provided photos and historical materials,” says Fischer, 50, a New York artist. So far, though, no official reaction on his expose from the current inhabitants of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

RANKED: readers of Playgirl magazine have voted MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, 45, the sexiest male newscaster on TV. He won with 24 percent of the 50,000 votes cast, and was helped thanks to some urging on his Web site. Speaking to AP, the 6’4″ Olberman (who does not intend to pose nude for Playgirl) said: “I’d like to explain that I don’t run the (Web) page – those are several of my late producers whom I have, in fact, just strangled with my bare hand.” In descending order, the other winners in the Top 10 were No. 2-ranked Sean Hannity, followed by Anderson Cooper, Shepard Smith, Andy Rooney and Bill Hemmer (tied for No. 5), Matt Lauer, Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams (tied for No. 8), Brit Hume and Lester Holt.