What's next for Tiger Woods, and can Oprah save him? Tigergate continues as his various mistresses continue to cash in by telling all about the “Tiger” experience. The latest count of women is closing in on ten, and there have been reports of alcohol and prescription drug use. Woods’ life changed instantly when he crashed his car on Thanksgiving night and opened a huge can of worms. Who knew Woods was such a playboy? Who knew a recession would cause women to sell him out for money? Since his knee surgery last year, is Tiger hooked on prescription meds? So far, only one company, Gatorade, has dropped him from endorsement deals. Will others follow? Experts feel Tiger should lay low. His rankings among women are horrible. He is seen as a liar and a cheat, and who wants to support that? Oprah Winfrey has reached out to offer support and advice. At this point, she is probably the only one who can help get Woods back in the good graces of women. There is also his identity problem. When Tiger denied his blackness, referring to himself as caublanasian, he turned a lot of African Americans off. There has been no support from the African American community because Tiger thinks he’s colorless. I guess he’s figuring it out now! At this point, he has a major identity crisis going on, and he needs to lay low and try to repair his family. The mistress payoffs are not going to help his image. Tiger needs to find out who he is and reconnect to his family.
Now a lot of male celebrities may be cheating in their spouses, but Ronnie DeVoe of New Edition is not one of them. He says a recently photo showing him with another woman was taken years ago. DeVoe released a statement proclaiming he is happily married, and has not cheated on his wife.
Shaunie’s revenge: Shaq, watch your back! Shaquille O’Neal’s soon to be ex-wife is getting her own reality show. Get ready for NBA Wives, which debuts March 15th on VH1. Shaunie O’Neal is in the process of divorcing Shaq. The seven-year marriage with various kids came to a halt because of Shaq’s cheating, and Shaunie has the proof. Over the years, Shaq has been “shacking” other NBA players’ women. Various emails have been discovered, and now Shaunie will get hers. In her new reality show, she will be featured along with other wives and baby mamas as they showcase their lives. There’s a lot of bling, but there’s also a lot of groupies. How do they deal with it? I always liked Shaq and Shaunie as a couple, and it’s a shame their marriage has come to this.
Domestic violence charges have been dropped against Gospel Singer BeBe Winans. Earlier this year, Winans was arrested for pushing his ex-wife to the ground. He is currently undergoing abuse counseling.
Our condolences go out to Tyler Perry. Perry recently lost his mother. Willie Maxine Perry, 64, died earlier this week after a brief illness. Perry has often credited his mother for his famous “Madea” character. His mom was a pre-school teacher in New Orleans. Perry is going to be in Philadelphia next year with his latest stage production, Madea’s Big Happy Family. Tix go on sale December 18th for the show, which runs April 27th- May 2nd at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
R Kelly is ready to tell all. The 42-year singer is teaming up with Author David Ritz to tell the real story behind R. Kelly says he wants to talk about losing his mom, his creative side and the six-year ordeal that nearly ended his career. Last year, Kelly was found innocent of child pornography charges. Kelly says he is tired of being misunderstood. He promises to tell the good, the bad and the drama. Does he have a thing for young girls? Why did he marry Singer Aaliyah when she was just 15? The book is coming out through Tavis Smiley’s Smileybooks in 2011. Biographer Ritz is quite the R&B expert. He co-wrote the autobiographies of Smokey Robinson, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. Ritz’s most famous work was Divided Soul about his friend Marvin Gaye.
Fantasia For Real, her new VH1 reality show, debuts January 11th. Fantasia will be featured being a single mom focusing on her career. The show will air 8 episodes. No word on whether they will mention her married boyfriend. Fantasia is featured on the latest issue of Upscale magazine looking fabulous.
American Idol returns January 12th and 13th on FOX. As the 9th season kicks off, Ellen DeGeneres will join Simon, Randy and Kara by replacing Paula Abdul.
Get well wishes to Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Little Richard, who is recovering from hip replacement surgery. And, Bryant Gumbel, former Today Show Host and Host of HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, is recovering from lung cancer surgery. Gumbel recently admitted he had lung cancer during his guest hosting stint on Regis & Kelly.
The Grammy Awards take place January 31st, and all the big names will be honored except….. Whitney Houston! In a surprising move when the nominations were announced, there was no mention of Houston and her latest platinum selling disc, I Look To You. The project was rushed in order to be considered for the Grammys, but the project didn’t get any nominations. Reps for Houston were very disappointment that the CD was overlooked. Beyonce, on the other hand, leads the pack with 10 nominations. Other nominees include Anthony Hamilton and Maxwell, who is up for Song Of The Year for Pretty Wings.