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August 21st

Aug 21, 2013 -- 8:08am







SIMON COWELL is finally starting to talk about his impending fatherhood.  Yesterday he said he's, quote, "happy and excited" about becoming a dad.  He added, quote, "It's a great time in my life."Even though Simon has said in the past that he didn't want kids, he now says, quote, "Now I know I feel good about it" . . . adding, quote, "I'm proud to be a dad." He also called his baby mama LAUREN SILVERMAN, "a very special girl."

Anyone who thought KRIS JENNER wouldn't use her newborn granddaughter to juice ratings for her garbage talk show .KANYE WEST will show a picture of his daughter NORTH on Friday's episode of "Kris".  The show was actually taped on Monday, and an audience member says they took everyone's phone, so nobody could smuggle out a picture. The source says, quote, "She looks like Kanye.  She has his cheeks and she is almost as dark as him and she has big eyes like Kim . . . too cute."

A woman's leg was severed below the knee yesterday morning when a cab jumped a curb in Manhattan and barreled into her.The 23-year-old woman was one of three people struck when the taxi ran off the road while trying to make a turn.The accident occurred right near the studio where DR. OZ tapes his talk show.  He heard the commotion and ran to the scene.  But he says the situation was already well in hand when he got there.In a Facebook post, he said, quote, "David Justino, a plumber from New York, took action, removing his belt and using it as a tourniquet. "With the help of NYC first responders, who are the best in the world, the woman was treated and rushed to a local hospital.""I applaud the quick thinking and heroic actions of David and the first responders.  My prayers are with the victim for a speedy recovery." 

At 56, MELANIE GRIFFITH is learning what a lot of actresses have before her:  Hollywood just doesn't care about women of a certain age.  She says, quote, "It is what I never thought would happen when I was in my 20s and 30s, hearing actresses bitch about not getting any work when they turned 50.  Now I understand it."

DRAKE posted video on Instagram yesterday that he took during a traffic stop.  Apparently, a female officer pulled him over for not having a front license plate.  He said she was "cute", but not to her face.  He also included the hashtags, "Loved Her Smile" and "Hated Her Accent".

STEVE CARELL plays real-life murderer JOHN DUPONT in an upcoming drama called "Foxcatcher", and he looks a lot different than he usually does.  He's made up to look a little older, and also has a fake nose.  A picture hit the web, and it's pretty striking.  The movie comes out December 20th.

  The upcoming issue of "TV Guide" magazine has their annual report on TV's Highest Paid Stars.  The big earners include JON STEWART, who makes $25- to $30 million a year on "The Daily Show" . . . and JUDGE JUDY SHEINDLIN, who pulls down an INSANE $47 million a year.




The fourth season premiere of "Duck Dynasty" was last week's most-watched show on both cable and broadcast TV.  It scored a whopping 11.8 million viewers. Meanwhile, the "CMA Music Festival" came in fourth with an average of 8.3 million, which is the show's biggest audience ever.  Here are last week's Top 10 shows . . .

 1.  The 4th season premiere of "Duck Dynasty", A&E, 11.8 million viewers.

2.  "Under the Dome", CBS, 10.4 million viewers

3.  Wednesday's "America's Got Talent", NBC, 9.5 million viewers

There's talk that there will be an 'N SYNC reunion at the "MTV Video Music Awards" on Sunday night.  And yeah, it WOULD include JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE . . . and they WOULD perform.  But there's no official word from MTV, or any of the members of 'N Sync.

"True Blood" star Rutina Wesley is ending her marriage, but she's taking steps to make sure she's not sucked dry ...  TMZ has learned. The actress -- who plays Tara on the show -- filed divorce docs to end her 8-year-marriage to actor Jacob Fishel ... citing the go-to reason -- irreconcilable differences. Rutina is more successful than Fishel and presumably pulls in a lot more bank, but she's asking the judge to reject any claim he might make for spousal support.Rutina and Jacob met at Juilliard back when they were students ... and tied the knot when they graduated in June, 2005.  They have no kids.





• "Big Brother 15" [Power of Veto competition] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS.

 • "America's Got Talent" [Results Show] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on NBC.  Comedian Tom Cotter guests.



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