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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Alec Baldwin thrown off flight after iPhone game rage

Alec Baldwin was booted off an American Airlines flight yesterday, allegedly for playing an iPhone game.

The 53-year-old actor was politely asked to leave the aircraft when he refused to end an important game of Words With Friends while the plane was at the gate.

At least, that's what he claims.

After the incident, Baldwin tweeted, "Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt."

However, other passengers have reportedly come forward claiming a severe case of door-slamming was the straw that broke the captain's back.

TMZ report that Alec was enraged by the flight attendant's request to turn off his iPhone and slammed the toilet door so loudly that the captain called to find out what was occurring.

And it's rumoured the 30 Rock star's removal was prompted by the captain himself.

Baldwin boarded a later flight but couldn't resist tweeting, "#theresalwaysunited Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants."

Alesha apologises over 'pickled' TV appearance (VIDEO)

Strictly Come Dancing judge Alesha Dixon has (sort-of) said sorry for a tipsy TV appearance during which she made some rather indiscreet comments about the contestants on the show getting "horny".

The former show winner was appearing on Alan Carr's Chatty Man with fellow judges Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood when she went off script and glugged wine straight from the bottle.

Asked about the steamy dancing, the 33-year-old said: "Everyone is really frisky on the show, everybody is horny. The year I was a contestant, everyone just was really gagging for it.

"As I was saying... you spend eight to ten hours a day rubbing up next to each other. Of course you're going to get a bit frisky."

Bruno tried to shut her up by taking her glass and declaring "no more drink for Alesha!, but she foiled him by grabbing the bottle and tipping the vino straight down her throat.

Alesha also stoked the show's rivalry with The X Factor by doing a victory dance to celebrate beating it in the ratings when Alan Carr raised the subject, but then backtracked with a more diplomatic answer.

She said: "I don't understand what all the fuss is about, why can't we just enjoy both shows?

"I actually don't think the public give a s***. The public will just Sky Plus one and watch it later, they don't care."

And her subsequent apology on Twitter was half-hearted to say the least. She tweeted: "Apologies for being pickled on Alan Carr! I did have fun though!"

Caroline Flack: 'I don't think it's disgusting'

Xtra Factor presenter Caroline Flack has spoken out about her dalliance with young Harry Styles of One Direction, defending herself against charges of cradle-snatching.

The 32-year-old famously snogged 17-year-old Harry at a party and subsequently got death threats from nutty fans on Twitter.

She broke her silence in an interview with Now magazine, saying: "I feel like I shouldn't have to worry about what I do. But it's a social thing that people aren't accepting of big age gaps.

"I keep thinking, 'What have I done wrong?' But I haven't done anything wrong. What's hard for me to get my head around is people saying it's disgusting. I don't think it is.

"Some people tend to see the negative immediately and that's what I find strange. If two people like each other and get on, why does anyone else find a negative in it?

"I know it's human nature for everyone to gossip. But why say it's bad? No one's being hurt."

Maybe she should get together with Katie Price for a bit of mutual support after the report about KP's alleged latest conquest yesterday.

Chezza: 'I've got my boobs and bum back'

Cheryl Cole has opened up about her weight and said that she's happy to have put on seven pounds and got more curvy.

Speaking in an interview with Grazia magazine, Girls Aloud star Chezza said that her current time off has been good for her and hinted at a problematic relationship with her weight.

She said: "When I'm really thin is normally when I am working nonstop. I don't put any emphasis on thinking, 'Oh, I'm thin at the moment. Right now I've got my curves back because I've had time off, I'm at home cooking, I'm more relaxed.

"I'm not defined by being seven pounds heavier than I was two months ago – I think it is really unhealthy to go there.

"I've got my boobs and bum back and, yeah, I like it. I think it's sexy."

But the 28-year-old hasn't just been sitting round stuffing her face and watching Cash In The Attic during her downtime, because she's launching her own range of shoes via website Stylistpick.com.

She said: "I absolutely love it. The whole idea was like a breath of fresh air, something totally different but still creative. I love learning, I love creating. There was nothing scary about it. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

"My absolute aim is killer shoes that don't kill your feet. I can walk in heels of any height and I can dance in them because I've just been doing this for so long.

"As a kid I was a ballet dancer and I always had really sore toes. I had to have them broken and re-straightened, which sorted them out, but because I'm quite small, to me, getting dressed is all about the heels."

Chiles and Bleakley in subdued Daybreak farewell

They were heralded as the saviours of ITV just a year and a bit ago, but today Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley shuffled off the set of Daybreak for the last time with barely a whimper.

The duo, who were poached by the commercial broadcaster from the BBC for millions of pounds, have done their last shift on the early morning show a month earlier than expected.

And their mood seemed a little sombre (although it's hard to tell with him) as they prepared to get up off the sofa for the last time - with just a quick one-minute farewell before the credits rolled at the end of the show.

Chiles said: "As you may or may not know, this is our last show. As a leaving present, I'm taking my funny animal clips clipboard with me!

"We'd just like to say thanks a million to the rest of the on-air team. Dan, Kate, Dr Hilary, Sue, Cordelia, Gav, Richard, showbiz Steve, Phil, Lucy, Tasmin, all of you."

And C-Bleakley added: "And especially to all of our production staff who work far harder than any of us here as well. That is just about it from us, good luck and have a great Christmas. Bye bye."

The official line is that Chiles is to concentrate on his footy-presenting duties while Bleakley is "being put on ice" in her co-host's words - limbering up to present Dancing On Ice.

Their replacements have yet to be announced, but Natasha Kaplinsky and Eamonn Holmes are both apparently in the frame.

Chris Martin: 'X Factor is really important'

We're well used to hearing pop stars bemoan the damage they think The X Factor is doing to the recording industry, so it's actually quite shocking to hear somebody singing (pun intended) its praises.

And the superfan in question is none other than Chris Martin, who just happens to be performing on the show with his band Coldplay this weekend.

Speaking on Absolute Radio, he said: "We really feel grateful for it because they don't often have bands on and we get to play what we want to play and play songs that we wrote, and no-one's asking us to change anything. It's amazing.

"There's no other TV show, really, except for Jools Holland, that gives you that. So we were like, 'Thank you, we'd love to'.

"I understand that there are people who are musically not into it, but I don't agree with them and I say that with all respect. I really love it and I think the music's great."

Asked why he thought the show is important, he responded: "It always has great songs on it every week."

Well, you can't argue with that, can you?

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