While you were sleeping
Ryan Seacrest for The Today Show? Wall Street Journal: "NBCUniversal is pursuing "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest as a possible successor to Matt Lauer on the "Today" show, if Mr. Lauer vacates his co-anchor seat next year, said people close to the company. NBC executives—including "Today" show executive producer Jim Bell, NBC News President Steve Capus and its senior vice president for marketing and communications, Lauren Kapp—met with Mr. Seacrest on Tuesday evening to discuss him joining the show, according to the people close to the company. To be sure, the talks are preliminary and could fall apart at any time. They also may be in part a negotiating tactic for NBC executives, who need a strong backup plan in case Mr. Lauer leaves the show. Mr. Seacrest is one of NBC's top replacement choices, according to people familiar with the matter."
No. Justin Bieber is not engaged "Calm down, Beliebers! Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez caused quite a commotion when the 19-year-old Wizards of Waverly Place star was photographed wearing a diamond ring on her engagement finger Wednesday. Though many media outlets wondered if Bieber, 17, had indeed popped the question, Gomez's rep tells Us Weekly: "She is not engaged." The young couple is, ironically, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for a wedding - just not theirs. According to TMZ, Gomez is a bridesmaid in costume designer Shannon Larossi's wedding. The two met on the Disney Channel show Wizards of Waverly Place. Though Bieber hasn't made an honest woman out of Gomez yet, it may not be far off in the future. "If the time is right, I definitely want to be married by 25," he told Women's Wear Daily in September. "[But] I'm not looking to get married now."
RIP, Harry Morgan Deadline: "Harry Morgan, a character actor on the stage, screen and TV whose most iconic role was playing Col. Sherman Potter for 10 seasons on M*A*S*H, died Wednesday in Brentwood of complications from pneumonia He was 96. He was nominated for eight Emmys — including two for directing the Korean War comedy-drama, which was one of the longest-running series in history — and won for playing Potter in 1980. Morgan appeared often on TV, starting in the business in its early days, and also had a long stint as Sgt. Joe Friday’s trusty partner on Dragnet. In addition to appearing on Broadway early in his career, Morgan made 50 films, working with the likes of Henry Fonda, John Wayne and Elvis Pressley and amassing credits like High Noon, Inherit The Wind, The Apple Dumpling Gang and The Shootist."
Splitsville "It's officially over for Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz. The musicians, who cited irreconcilable differences when Simpson, 27, filed for divorce in February, dissolved their marriage on Nov. 22, according to court documents obtained by People. The pair, who wed in 2008, had son Bronx Mowgli in November 2008. Nevertheless, the two have maintained a post-divorce friendship, and they've been spotted out spending time together and with their son. Wentz, 32, has said he has "nothing but love and respect" for his ex."