Wednesday, August 01, 2007

ABC News dedicates two nights to Nicole Richie

The next time you hear one of those pompous network news-types complain about tabloid journalism, remember that it's ABC News this morning that's rushed out word of Diana Sawyer's exclusive interview with Nicole Richie so they can beat the celebrity tabloid rag OK! magazine to the punch before they come out with the very same exclusive later this week.

And remember that just as OK! magazine paid Nicole and her live-in pop star lover Joel Madden for their time, so did ABC News find a way to slip money to the couple, despite all the bloviating about not paying for stories.

The big scoop is that Nicole confirms to Diane that she's pregnant. But we reported that over at TVgasm four weeks ago. But while more soldiers die in Iraq, this non-story story is a big story for ABC News-- big enough to run the Nicole interview over two nights (another clue that they're stretching it out to cover the cost).

Sometime Thursday or Friday, Nicole tells Diane that she's execting to deliver in the winter, and that, despite speculation otherwise, the musician from the band Good Charlotte is indeed the baby daddy.

"Yes, I am. We are. I'm almost four months."

It's a bit of happy news for the tiny celubutard. Earlier this week, her comedy series The Simple Life was cancelled, and last Friday, Nicole sentenced to four days in jail after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of drugs, down the wrong way of an L.A. freeway.

"I have a responsibility and it's something that I did wrong, and if I could personally apologize to every single person that has lost a loved one from drunk driving I would. And unfortunately I can't, but this is my way of paying my dues and taking responsibility and being an adult."

OK! Magazine will come out with the same story, with nice photos, on Friday.

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