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Oprah Supports Rihanna’s Reunion with Chris Brown

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Prime Time, Specials, Cable, Gossip,

Rihanna and OprahOprah Winfrey has given Rihanna's reunion with Chris Brown her blessing. The chat show queen - who recently interviewed the "Diamonds" singer on her show Oprah's Next Chapter about her relationship with the R&B singer who assaulted her in 2009 - praised the pop princess for being able to forgive him.

"You know what I loved about that interview is that she came with a big, wide open heart. She was in the space of forgiveness. And that she learned a lesson, that she was repeating with Chris Brown exactly what she needed to learn from her father," she told Extra.

During their interview in August, Rihanna spoke about her memories of her father Ronald Fenty being physically abusive to her mother and how she learned to forgive him. Oprah said she does not think less of the popstar for reuniting with Chris: "I think that if she is prepared to deal with that and is prepared to help him help himself then so be it. I have no judgment whatsoever. If that's how you choose to lead your life, that's really okay."


Mario Lopez Becomes New Host of Extra

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Syndication, Gossip, News,

Extra's Dayna DevonExtra's Mark McGrath

Even though Katie Holmes helped push him out of his Broadway gig, Mario Lopez is definitely not hurting for another job.

Today, the execs at Extra! announced that the competitor will now become the full-time host of the entertainment program. The show’s current weekend co-host and correspondent will take over for Mark McGrath and Dayna Devon starting this fall.

According to the New York Post, the Season 15 shakeup was ordered to help boost ratings. Coincidentally, it’s also being reported that McGrath will be leaving his three-year gig to work on a new Sugar Ray album. But whether the chicken came before the egg is unclear. As for Devon, the show’s permanent anchor since 2003 will stay on as a special correspondent. That’s right - she’s being demoted. Ouch!

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Simon Cowell Makes His American Idol Selection

David ArchuletaUp until now, has been very cautious about airing any Idol predictions, probably in fear of a potential backlash. But Cowell didn’t hold back on today’s edition of Extra.  I’m guessing Terri Seymour’s association with the show probably had something to do with him being extra chatty.  (Terri being his girlfriend, of course.)

According to the judge, David Archuleta will ultimately be crowned this season’s winner.  Simon cited the 17-year-old’s likability and looks (coupled with his ability) as the reasons for his choice.

While I believe David’s “Aw-shucks” attitude will soon tire with me (if it hasn’t already), I have to admit tonight’s rendition of John Lennon’s Imagine was undeniably gorgeous.  (If you missed the show, you can see him take the stage after the jump.)  Sadly, based on Tuesday’s generally crappy performances, Archuleta really wouldn’t have to do much to take it all.

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