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'DWTS' Backstage Report: Ron Artest Talks About Exiting, Will Chaz and Lacey Dance to a Cher Song?

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 21st 2011 7:00AM
Tom Bergeron, Brooke Burke Charvet, Peta Murgatroyd, Ron ArtestIt bites having to leave 'Dancing With the Stars,' especially when you enjoy being there as much as Ron Artest did.

But the pro basketball player focused on the positive after host Tom Bergeron announced on last night's results show that Artest and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd would be the first couple to leave Season 13.

Artest is a lesson to us all in having to embrace a change that we might not be so thrilled about having to make.

The couple earned the lowest score on Monday's show and this was Murgatroyd's first year as a pro dancer so she's yet to build a fan base like veterans Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke and Mark Ballas have. That combination apparently proved to be the duo's undoing.

AOL TV was on the post-show press line to talk to Artest and Murgatroyd about their exit and to some of the remaining participants to get their thoughts on what they need to do to stay in the game.

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Harry Connick Jr. Performs, 'Dancing With the Stars' Week 1 Elimination (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 21st 2011 1:45AM
Harry Connick Jr., 'Dancing With the Stars'Last season, audiences were given two nights of performances before making the first cut of the season on 'Dancing With the Stars' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC). But ABC wasted no time this season.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

It was a fun night of entertainment, if you didn't think about the upcoming elimination of a contestant to dampen your spirits. LMFAO got Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli up on their desk, dancing to the 'Party Rock Anthem.'

Harry Connick Jr. proved as cool as ever, treating audiences to the title song from his Broadway show, 'On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.' But the fun couldn't last all night, and finally things had to get down to business.

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'DWTS' Backstage Report: Who's Going Home First? Also, Julianne Hough is Returning!

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 20th 2011 7:00AM
'DWTS' 13 CastIt's difficult to predict just who's going to be eliminated on tonight's results show of 'Dancing With the Stars.'

The scores ranged from 14 for pro basketball player Ron Artest (a.k.a. Metta World Peace) to 22 each for singer Chynna Phillips and 'All My Children' actor J.R. Martinez.

Since Artest's pro partner, Peta Murgatroyd, is also new to the show it's not like she's bringing in a lot of votes. Still, pro athletes have always done well on 'DWTS.'

How did the stars and pro dancers think they did? AOL TV was on the post-show press line to get reactions.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13: Whose Performance Did You Like the Best? (POLL)

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 19th 2011 10:05PM
Dancing With the Stars
'Dancing With the Stars' came back with a vengeance Monday night, with big-name stars like Rikki Lake, David Arquette and Nancy Grace donning their finest bejeweled apparel for the Season 13 premiere.

Now that we've seen everyone strut their stuff, who do you think did the best job during Monday's show? Though only time will tell who wins the mirrorball trophy, after you call in your vote to ABC, check in to AOL TV and vote for your favorite in our informal poll. Whose performance did you like the best?

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Check Out the New 'Dancing With the Stars' Rehearsal Photos

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 6th 2011 5:50AM
Dancing With the Stars Season 13It looks like Chaz Bono isn't the only 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant giving it his all in rehearsals ahead of the Season 13 premiere on Sept. 19.

New photos posted on the show's Facebook page give a sneak peek of just how seriously his fellow contestants are taking the challenge of competing on the ABC show.

The current bookies' favorite to win, actress and model Elisabetta Canalis Tweeted over the holiday weekend that "they r killin'me with rehearsals every day," but she and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy -- Maks' little brother (and doppelgänger) -- look fit and relaxed as they go through their moves.

Meanhwile, three other couples have got their game faces on as they as they learn the moves for their new dance routines.

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Kathie Lee and Hoda Talk About the New 'Dancing With the Stars' Cast (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 30th 2011 3:15PM
The cast of 'Dancing With the Stars' on 'Today'Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb followed the buzz about the new cast of 'Dancing With the Stars' by giving their own rundown on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC). They went through each contestant one-by-on, showing their photos and giving commentary on each selection.

Carson Kressley, said Gifford, would provide the laughs for the show. Of former George Clooney girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis, Gifford said, "She's gotta do something now, she's not going out with George Clooney anymore." She also said she had known about Nancy Grace's casting in advance, but had to keep it secret.

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Ron Artest on 'Dancing With the Stars': All About the Eccentric Basketball Player

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 30th 2011 10:45AM
Ron Artest, the eccentric L.A. Lakers forward who just signed on to Season 13 of 'Dancing With the Stars,' has had a career filled with more twists and turns than a samba routine.

Born and raised in the projects of Queens, New York, Artest played college basketball for the St. Johns University, where he gained a reputation as a defensive stopper, versatile scorer. He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the 16th pick of the 1999 NBA Draft. Since then, he's played for the Bulls, Pacers, Kings, Rockets and Lakers in 12 NBA seasons.

While playing for the Indiana Pacers in 2005, he was one of the central figures in the infamous Brawl at the Palace in Detroit. After a fight between players on the court had been broken up, a fan threw a cup of ice on Artest, who then charged into the stands and threw several punches at the fan, sparking a massive players vs. fans melee that will be remembered as one of the ugliest incidents in NBA history. For his role in the brawl, Artest was suspended for the remainder of the season.

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Nancy Grace Explains How Michael Jackson Helped Her Say 'Yes' to 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Michael Maloney, posted Aug 30th 2011 7:00AM
'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 cast

It remains to be seen who'll emerge as the front-runner on the 13th season of 'Dancing With the Stars,' which debuts Monday, Sept. 19 at 8PM ET on ABC. But, by early indications, contestant Nancy Grace is the one to beat on the press line.

The outspoken Grace didn't mince words as to why she came to L.A. to do the show. She's here anyway to cover the Michael Jackson murder case.

"I understand the defense attorney wants the jury sequestered from Nancy Grace," says the former prosecutor. "I can only say that his client is charged with standing by, talking on the phone to his girlfriend while the King of Pop, a music icon, lay on that bed and died ... I don't think it was altogether a bad thing that they asked the jury to be sequestered from me."

Grace is hoping that this trial sends a message that even rich celebrities accused of crimes deserve justice.

"Many people are still angry at Michael Jackson over the molestation charges. What many of them don't see is that Lady Justice is blind to the defendant and the victim. It doesn't matter what Jackson did or didn't do. It's a slippery slope to start judging victims."

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Ron Artest Joins Up When 'Sports Show With Norm MacDonald' Turns Western (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 1st 2011 3:29AM
Ron Artest, 'Sports Show with Norm MacDonald'After misreading a note from the network, 'Sports Show with Norm MacDonald' (Wed., 10:30PM ET on Comedy Central) was transformed into a western, featuring LA Lakers star Ron Artest as Norm MacDonald's sidekick and partner.

After getting bitten in the posterior by a snake, MacDonald sends Artest to find the cure from an Indian princess, thus setting up an incredibly old and lame joke.

"You must suck out the poison with your mouth," the princess told Artest.

"She said you're gonna die," Artest told MacDonald.

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TVR Awards -- Best Oddball Celebrity Appearance on a Talk Show (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 30th 2010 3:00PM


We all know the real reason entertainers appear on television's plethora of talk shows: to plug their new films, shows, books and albums. So it's always refreshing when stars break outside the usual confines of the standard interview and give us something different -- whether it's a wacky anecdote, a bizarre ensemble or a shamelessly humiliating performance. Check out our collection of oddball celebrity appearances from the past year, which features all sorts of bizarre hilarity from Christoper Walken, Steve Carell, Nicholas Cage and others, and be sure to vote for your favorite moment in our poll below.

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Ron Artest Wears a Fake Beard, Plays Football With Jimmy Kimmel (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 21st 2010 4:00AM
Ron Artest Wears a Fake Beard, Plays Football With Jimmy KimmelNBA star Ron Artest is an odd fellow. He's won a world championship, but he's better known for his unique brand of behavior.

Artest was the first basketball player to ever run into the stands and attack a fan. Less dangerously, but just as weirdly, he drank cognac during the halftime of games, wore a bathrobe to practice -- and applied for a job at Circuit City, so that he could get an employee discount (while earning millions of dollars a year).

All of this makes Artest a risk to have on your team -- but it also makes him an excellent guest on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC).

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Ron Artest Puts the Moves on Chelsea Handler (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jun 24th 2010 4:00PM
LA Laker defender Ron Artest puts the moves on Chelsea Handler, telling the talk show host that he wants to "get into her pants" and devour her like a lion on 'Chelsea Lately' (weeknights, 11PM ET on E!). Smooth!

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The LA Lakers Are Very Concerned About Their Hair -- and Their Groins (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 20th 2010 10:35PM
The LA Lakers Are Very Concerned About Their Hair -- and Their GroinsThe Los Angeles Lakers are now your 2010 World Champions. What will they do next? Will all the players stay on the team? Will coach Phil Jackson return next year? Will they manage to 'three-peat'?

Strangely enough, when the Lakers appeared on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' (weeknights, 12:05AM ET on ABC), they didn't seem all that focused on these questions. Rather, they discussed guard Sasha Vujacic's obsession with making sure that his hair looks awesome. Vujacic was caught primping on camera in a clip that host Jimmy Kimmel shared. The clip got plenty of laughter from the team. Then, the conversation moved on to groins -- and testicles.

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LA Laker Ron Artest Lands 'Crazy' Reality Series

by Sharon Knolle, posted Apr 1st 2010 1:02PM
What does bad behavior get you? Why, your own reality show, of course. Controversial Los Angeles Laker forward Ron Artest is set to develop, produce and star in his own reality series, 'They Call Me Crazy.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will document the "ups and downs of Artest's life," allowing him to "make amends for past transgressions," announced E1 Entertainment, which will distribute the series.

"I'm really excited to have the opportunity to invite people into my world to see the real me, and show them there are many more sides to the Ron Artest they see on the basketball court," Artest said in a statement. His "past transgressions" include a 2004 incident when the B-baller attacked a fan in the stands during a Pacers-Pistons brawl, as well as headline-making antics off the court.

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