All of the year’s gossip stories appear to be converging — and just in time for the holidays! Think of it as the Celebrity Singularity. The latest evidence? This Star magazine story that Taylor Swift — despite recent protestations that she’s done dating for a while since she’s never been to her and all — has set her sights on Coldplay front-man and Gwyneth Paltrow ex Chris Martin, despite his on-again, off-again relationship with Jennifer Lawrence. Deep breaths, everybody. “Taylor would love to make Chris her new boyfriend,” a source tells the magazine. “She’s taking advantage of how Jen’s and Chris’ busy schedules are keeping them apart. She can sense that their relationship is on shaky ground, so she’s moving in — fast.” All we need is a tag-team response from Blake Lively and Martha Stewart, and we’re set. In all seriousness, though, can someone explain to me why Chris Martin is suddenly the hottest thing in Hollywood since sliced Clooney? I’m mystified.
Is this the end of the Carlton on ‘Dancing with the Stars’?
Alfonso Ribeiro has been the biggest hit of this season’s “Dancing with the Stars,” but is the show going to have to make due without him? E! News confirms that the former “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” star suffered another injury during rehearsals last week, and it’s still unclear if he’ll be performing Monday night — or continuing with the competition at all. Ribeiro reportedly injured his back last week while trying to compensate for an earlier groin injury. “I’m doing a lot of treatment every week,” he said after last week’s show. “I’m doing everything I can just to maintain and try to keep going. It’s a lot of work and it’s tiresome, but as long as we keep going, I’m OK.”
When Amanda Bynes and Paris Hilton fight, we all win
First her parents, now Paris Hilton — Amanda Bynes appears to be burning bridges left and right. The troubled former Nickelodeon star reportedly had a run-in with Hilton and pal Brandon Davis at an L.A. nightclub recently, according to Page Six. “Amanda tried to sit at Paris and Brandon’s table, and they were not happy about it,” a source says. “There was a scene, and words were exchanged before they kicked her out of their area.” Oh, words were exchanged? My, I do hope no pearls were clutched as well.
‘The View’ looking to stunt-cast for ratings
Producers at the “The View” apparently aren’t too pleased with the results of the show’s revamped lineup, despite the drama involved in bringing it together. Apparently bringing Rosie Perez and CNN’s Nicolle Wallace to join Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell hasn’t done enough to improve viewing figures, so producers are considering adding to the lineup — but letting viewers decide. “To boost ratings, there have been talks that ‘The View’ will bring back its nationwide search for co-hosts,” a source tells Radar Online, stressing that there are no plans to get rid of any of the current co-hosts.
‘The Osbournes’ set for TV return
Original recipe reality series “The Osbournes” may be coming back to TV nearly 10 years after going off the air, and in proper fashion — since they’re older and all — they’ll be jumping from MTV to VH1, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Of course, the reality TV landscape was a lot different a decade ago, and I’m just worried Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly and Jack are prepared for to do what it takes to stand out these days. Like have they decided which one will get oiled up and try to break the Internet? Please say it’s not Ozzy.
DAILY VIDEO: Johnny Depp enjoys the Hollywood Film Awards a bit too much
While we’re still trying to figure out exactly what the Hollywood Film Awards are, enjoy this clip of a very wobbly Johnny Depp taking the stage to introduce Mike Myers’ documentary, “Supermensch.” At least, that’s what we think Depp was doing. Seriously, if he’d acted this wasted while filming a “Pirates of the Caribbean” scene, the director would’ve told him to rein it in. To paraphrase Naya Rivera, you’re somebody’s father.
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