Wednesday gossip roundup: Is it Miley Cyrus or Demi Lovato for ‘X Factor’?

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With a new deal reportedly in place, Ashton Kutcher will be returning for another season of “Two and a Half Men,” according to Deadline. For next year’s run — the popular sitcom’s 10th season — Kutcher will reportedly bring in $700,000 per episode, with co-star John Cryer making slight less than Kutcher and young Angus T. Jones earning $300,000 per episode. Each actor signed a one-year contract, sparking speculation that the 10th season could be the show’s last.

Even famous mother of four Victoria Beckham has her not-so-great parenting moments, like the time she left to take eldest son Brooklyn to school — but forgot the kid all together. “I jump in my Range Rover, put the car seat in, put my iPod on — obviously very important — and I drive to school. And then I realize, I’d left Brooklyn in the kitchen,” Beckham tells Vanity Fair. “I was driving along, talking away, and all the sudden, I looked at the front seat, and I was like, ‘S—! S—! I’ve forgot something!”

With Britney Spears reportedly set to take one of the empty judges’ panel seats on the U.S. edition of “the X Factor,” attention has been turning to the last remaining seat. And according to conflicting reports, it looks like it’s down to two former Disney stars. Celebbuzz reports that executive Simon Cowell has been considering Miley Cyrus for the spot, while the Hollywood Reporter insists that Demi Lovato is close to a deal — and even in the “final negotiations” stage of securing the job. Former judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were kicked off the show after its first season.

While she hasn’t yet made an official announcement about her pregnancy, Reese Witherspoon is doing little to hide the obvious. The Oscar-winning actress was spotted out and about in her L.A. neighborhood this week in a thin, clingy purple dress, according to Radar Online. And this past weekend, Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth turned heads at the White Hour Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, D.C., in a tight top that accentuated her growing bump.

Simon Cowell may not have wanted to keep Cheryl Cole on the U.S. edition of “the X Factor,” but he’s more than happy to take credit for the success she’s had in the U.K. “Even though we went through that pretty horrible period, I could look Cheryl in the eye and say what I did for her in those two years propelled her into a different league,” Cowell tells GQ magazine, admitting that while the debacle with the U.S. show may have created some distance between them, he’d still be open to working together again. “She was hurt. It all ended pretty badly, to be honest,” he says. “I always said to her the door is permanently open. It’s entirely up to her what she wants to do.”


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