February 13, 2004 11:16 AM

BUH-BYE BRITNEY: In a week of continued fallout from Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl halftime performance, Britney Spears was informed by MTV that some of her videos — including the sexy new clip “Toxic” — would be moved into an after-hours rotation, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. MTV, which produced the questionable halftime show, removed a number of videos from daytime viewing, including those from blink-182 and Maroon 5. Timberlake, meanwhile, delivered a barely contrite apology at the Grammy Awards, and the 22-year-old star landed his first feature film gig, in the upcoming “Edison” with Kevin Spacey.

MARTHA’S MESS: Martha Stewart’s trial continued in Manhattan federal court, as her former assistant tearfully recounted the day in which Stewart altered a phone message from her broker Peter Bacanovic. Ann Armstrong testified that Stewart deliberately changed the log of a phone call from Bacanovic that may have suggested she should sell her shares of ImClone Systems stock. According to Armstrong, Stewart then immediately asked Armstrong to change it back to the original message. Stewart’s defense may have scored some points when it pointed out that the domestic diva never asked Armstrong to lie about her actions.

COURTNEY COURTED: A judge issued a bench warrant for Courtney Love’s arrest after she failed to show up for two court hearings in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Love is facing two charges stemming from an Oct. 2 incident at the Beverly Hills home of a boyfriend. The drug-related charges, one a misdemeanor and one a felony, resulted in Love losing custody of her 11-year-old daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. When she failed to appear for the felony count, Judge Elden Fox issued a warrant for the 39-year-old singer’s arrest — but then put the order on hold pending another court date on Tuesday.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, stars of the FOX series “The Simple Life,” are set to do some freewheeling for the reality show’s second season. The network announced Monday that the erstwhile socialites will be outfitted with an RV for an old-fashioned road trip. The two will then cruise around the country looking to drop in on regular folks (who have been previously screened, of course).

ROSS SENTENCED: Singer Diana Ross’s career briefly veered out of control Monday as an Arizona judge sentenced her to 48 hours in jail for a 2002 DUI arrest. The former Supremes star was pulled over outside Tucson after her car was reported traveling in the wrong lane. Ross, 59, agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence — a deal that outraged some members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Ross was able to phone the court from New York on Monday to hear her sentence, and on Friday it was revealed that she had served the time in secret at a Greenwich, Conn., facility.

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