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Friday
Feb012013

Baby News for Tracy Morgan, Donald Faison, Kara DioGuardi

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tracy Morgan has something to look forward to now that his NBC comedy 30 Rock has ended: the impending birth of a child.

He tells People magazine that he and his fiancée, model Megan Wollover, are expecting their first child together this summer.

The 44-year-old former Saturday Night Live cast member says, “I am over the moon excited and just want a happy and healthy baby and a safe delivery for Megan.”

Morgan, whose show 30 Rock aired its finale Thursday night, has three children from a previous marriage.

Former Scrubs star Donald Faison is awaiting the arrival of a new child, too.  His wife, Cacee Cobb, tweeted on Thursday that she is pregnant.

The 38-year-old Faison, who currently appears on the TV Land sitcom The Exes, has four children from previous relationships.  He married Cobb, the best pal of Jessica Simpson, who's also pregnant, in December.

Finally, former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has just become a new mom.  The 42-year-old and her husband, Mike McCuddy, welcomed a baby boy via a gestational surrogate Thursday in Los Angeles, according to People.  The couple, who had struggled to conceive on their own, named their child Greyson James Carroll McCuddy.

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Monday
Apr252011

Kara DioGuardi Sued over Accident in Which She Wasn't Involved

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has been hit with a lawsuit for a car crash that didn't even involve her, reports E! Online.  A man named Joel Postorino claims a woman identified as Christina Kline was driving the BMW that hit his Porsche last May in Los Angeles, causing him to suffer a slipped disc.  Postorino is suing DioGuardi for $250,000 because she's registered as co-owner of the BMW Kline was driving.

A spokesman for DioGuardi tells TMZ.com Kline used to work for DioGuardi and she co-signed to help her buy the vehicle.  The rep also says Kline failed to follow through on a promise to take DioGuardi off the registration.

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Tuesday
Apr192011

Kara DioGuardi Reveals Past Sex Abuse in New Memoir

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- In her upcoming memoir, A Helluva High Note, songwriter and former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi reveals that she was molested as a child, date-raped by a famous record producer and sexually harassed by a "hugely successful artist."

DioGuardi says she first endured sexual abuse at age 11 at the hands of a male family friend.

"On one particular day, he took me into the back shed of his house and put his hands all over my breasts and vagina," she writes, according to a book excerpt obtained by E! News. "I remember freezing and not knowing what to do."

In 2000, she says, she found herself in a similar situation with a "fairly known producer." After sharing what she thought was a friendly dinner, DioGuardi describes how he forced himself on her. According to E!, DioGuardi repeatedly told him to stop but didn't physically fight him because she feared he'd turn violent. She stayed silent about the incident until now, because she feared it would destroy her career.

A few years later, DioGuardi says, she was sexually harassed by a "hugely successful artist" during a three-day songwriting trip. Instead of working on music, she writes that "the trip's activities consisted of watching Russian porn, scavenging around the kitchen for food [and] leering at two strippers...as they performed sex acts in the living room."

Still, DioGuardi continued to work with the artist. She writes, "I wasn't gonna let this bastard deter me from doing the job." Eventually, though, she cut off ties with him after he "chased her around the basement of his suburban home and forced her hand on his privates," according to E!

DioGuardi's memoir comes out April 26, a little more than a month before the May 30th premiere of her new reality competition show on Bravo, Platinum Hit.

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Wednesday
Apr132011

Leona Lewis, Donna Summer and Others to Guest-Judge 'Platinum Hit'

SonyBMG/Syco(NEW YORK) -- Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is lining up some top talent for her new reality competition show Platinum Hit, debuting on Bravo May 30.

Billboard reports that Leona Lewis, Natasha Bedingfield, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and Donna Summer will all serve as guest judges for the show.

As previously reported, the show features 12 aspiring songwriters who have to compete in challenges, with DioGuardi, who's written a string of hits for the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Celine Dion, acting as head judge.  Jewel will host the show and give the contestants feedback.  The winner receives $100,000, a publishing deal and a recording deal.

The contestants for the show have also been announced and USA Today reports that at least two of them previously appeared on DioGuardi's old show -- American Idol.  They include Jes Hudak, who made it to the Hollywood round in season five, and Jackie Tohn, who was a top 36 semi-finalist in season eight, Dioguardi's first year as a judge.

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