June 4, 2010
Friday, 04 June 2010 08:42

 

EX-WIFE SAYS SHE DIDN'T PUSH GARY COLEMAN 

Shannon Price says she pulled the plug on Gary Coleman's life support because she didn't want her ex-husband to wind up like Muhammad Ali.

In an interview obtained by TMZ, Price defends her decision to take the Diff'rent Strokes star off life support following a fall in their home, saying, "He would've bled to death during the surgery. Even if they did take a chunk out of his brain, he would not be the same. He'd basically be like Muhammad Ali."

Price, who had written permission to make medical decisions on her ex's behalf, also addressed rumors that she caused Coleman to fall. "A lot of people sit there and say, yeah, she pushed him. People are so cruel, they don't even know. I was upstairs, he was downstairs. How am I going to push him? Why would I want to hurt my husband, are you kidding?"

Meanwhile, a battle is being waged over Coleman's remains. His parents are seeking custody of his body and want it returned to his boyhood home in Illinois. Coleman died in Utah Friday. His ex-wife had announced that Coleman's funeral would be held in Salt Lake City this weekend.


RUE McCLANAHAN REMEMBERED

Hollywood is remembering Golden Girl Rue McClanahan, who died yesterday at age 76.

Her Golden Girls co-star Betty White said, "Rue was a close and dear friend. I treasured our relationship. It hurts more than I even thought it would, if that's possible."

Vicki Lawrence, who starred with McClanahan on Mama's Family, said, "Rue was a consummate professional, an actors' actor. It was my good fortune to get the chance to work with her during the first season-and-a-half of Mama's Family. When she got stolen away from Mama's Family to do The Golden Girls, I cried."

Norman Lear, creator of All in the Family and Maude, said, "I saw her off-Broadway and I brought her out here for Maude. This was one of the loveliest, funniest, most grounded...I don't have good enough words for her. There are wonderful actors who can do comedy, and there are wonderful actors who can do comedy who are also funny. Rue was funny walking into a room. Her earlobes were funny. Her knuckles were funny. She was just funny."

Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, who was a writer on The Golden Girls, said, "When I worked on The Golden Girls, my favorite character to write for was 'Blanche Devereaux.' In the hands of lesser actresses, Blanche's vanity and sexual appetite would have been off-putting. But in Rue's brilliant hands, that character became one of the most beloved in the history of TV."

Her family has launched "The Official Rue McClanahan Memorial Page" on Facebook.


LINDSAY ON THE "STRAIGHT AND NARROW"

Lindsay Lohan is clean and sober -- for now anyway.

LiLo has already passed two court-ordered random drug tests -- and her alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet hasn't gone off once. Even her dad is proud of the actress. Michael Lohan tells People magazine, "She's on the straight and narrow. I hope it continues."


SPEIDI BREAK-UP A PUBLICITY STUNT?

The Speidi split is as fake as Heidi Montag's body, sources say.

With the final season of The Hills around the corner, Heidi and hubby Spencer Pratt devised the break-up to hold on to the spotlight, reports Us magazine. One insider says, "Heidi and Spencer are laughing over it and having a blast." Even Heidi's sister Holly thinks it's a sham, tweeting, "If anyone has come to expect anything from those two is that they are the liars."

Heidi's rep has confirmed that no divorce papers have been filed.


KIM KARDASHIAN PRANKS BRO

Those wacky Kardashians.

Kim Kardashian had a little fun at her brother Robert's expense the other day -- she hacked into his Twitter account, posting, "I am jealous of your [Kim's] body and the long locks you have that drape on your back." She also wrote, "Sometimes I wish I had C-sized breasts to caress."


MARK-PAUL GOSSELAAR SEPARATES FROM WIFE

Is a "Zack" and "Kelly" reunion in our future? Saved by the Bell star Mark-Paul Gosselaar and his wife Lisa Ann Russell have separated after 14 years of marriage. The two met when Russell appeared on Saved by the Bell: The College Years.


CELEB QUICKIES

  • TV reporter Laura Ling gave birth to her first child Wednesday. Ling, who was held captive in North Korea for five months last year, named the girl Li Jefferson Clayton -- after her sister, former View co-host Lisa Ling, and former President Bill (Jefferson) Clinton, who helped get Laura released.
  • David Carradine's wife has filed a lawsuit against the production company of the movie her husband was shooting when he died. She claims the company shouldn't have left Carradine alone the night his naked body was found in a hotel closet. Carradine died from auto-erotic asphyxiation one year ago yesterday.
  • It's official -- Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will replace Megan Fox in Transformers 3. Director MichaelBay confirmed the news on his website.
  • Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar's 19th child, six-month-old Josie Brooklyn, has been released from the hospital after her latest health scare.
  • Liza Minnelli hasn't checked in yet, but that hasn't stop Celebrity Rehab from signing up another boozing has-been for its next season. Former Playboy Playmate Shauna Sand has joined the cast, which includes Tila Tequila and Jason Wahler. They'll check in to Dr. Drew's recovery center in Pasadena today.


WHO SAID IT?

"A meatball without sauce -- is that even legal?"

A) Jersey Shore's Snooki
B) Real Housewives of New Jersey's Teresa Giudice (on Rachael Ray)
C) Growing Up Gotti's Victoria Gotti

 

 

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