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How ‘Hollywood Madam’ Heidi Fleiss ‘Lost Interest in the Sex Business’

How ‘Hollywood Madam’ Heidi Fleiss ‘Lost Interest in the Sex Business’
In the 1990s, Heidi Fleiss was one of the most notorious women in America.

Known as the “Hollywood Madam,” she managed an upscale prostitution ring that catered to the rich and famous. She made more than a million dollars in her first four months of business, and once wrote in Yale Law School’s Legal Affairs publication that she could make up to $97,000 a night in commissions from her prostitutes.

But her high-flying life didn’t last.

In 1993, she was arrested on multiple charges, including pandering. (Her 1994 conviction for pandering was later overturned.) When details about her “black book” of clients emerged,
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Jeff Olde Departs as E! Programming Head

Jeff Olde is departing his post as exec VP of programming and development at E!, the NBCUniversal-owned cable channel. The exec announced his exit in a memo to staff Tuesday.

Olde joined E! in 2013 as exec VP overseeing programming. He had previously served as an executive at VH1, where he oversaw development of “Mob Wives,” “Rock of Love,” “Tough Love,” and “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.”

In 2016, Adam Stotsky was promoted from general manager of E! to president of the cable channel, adding to his purview oversight of unscripted programming and reporting to Frances Berwick, president of lifestyle networks at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

Read the note from Olde below:

After 4 1/2 fabulous years as head of programming and development, it is time for me to say goodbye to E! and chart my next adventure. E! is such a fun and special brand. It’s been an absolute blast not only developing and making the shows, but
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Jeremy Jackson’s Rise and Fall: From Baywatch Teen Heartthrob to Rehab and Now Jail

Jeremy Jackson’s Rise and Fall: From Baywatch Teen Heartthrob to Rehab and Now Jail
Throughout the 1990s, Jeremy Jackson rose to fame playing David Hasselhoff‘s mischievous yet lovable on-screen son Hobie Buchannon on the hit series Baywatch — but more than 20 years later, the former teen heartthrob is serving out a jail sentence after striking a plea deal for allegedly stabbing a woman in Los Angeles.

As it turns out, this isn’t Jackson’s first time getting in trouble with the law. Here’s a look back at how the troubled actor shot to stardom before falling into a years-long downward spiral.

Early Stardom

Jackson, now 36, was born in Newport Beach, California. He
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Bruce Toms, ‘Road Rules’ Producer, Dies at 55

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Bruce Toms, ‘Road Rules’ Producer, Dies at 55
Reality TV producer Bruce Toms died last weekend at the age of 55. Toms, who most recently was working on Bravo’s “Timber Creek Lodge,” died at his home in Pasadena, California on Dec. 25 due to natural causes, according to his reps at Wme. In addition to “Timber Creek Lodge,” Toms’ extensive list of credits include “Celebrity Wife Swap,” “Secret Millionaire,” “Wife Swap,” “The Judds,” “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” “Nanny 911,” “Paradise Hotel” and “Workout.” He received an Emmy nomination in 2001 for his work on MTV’s long-running “Road Rules” alongside Mary-Ellis Bunim, Jonathan Murray and Rick Telles. Also Read: 22 Most Groundbreaking.
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Bruce Toms, Reality TV Producer, Dies at 55

Bruce Toms, Reality TV Producer, Dies at 55
Bruce Toms, the Emmy-nominated producer of such shows as “Road Rules” and “Celebrity Wife Swap,” died Dec. 25 in Pasadena, Calif. He was 55.

Wme reported that he died of natural causes.

Toms was currently on Bravo reality series “Timber Creek Lodge” as executive producer. He was also executive producer on shows including “Secret Millionaire,” “Wife Swap,” “The Judds,” “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” “Nanny 911,” “Paradise Hotel” and “Workout.”

His Emmy nomination came in 2001 for the MTV series “Road Rules” alongside Mary-Ellis Bunim, Jonathan Murray and Rick Telles.

Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., Toms grew up in Coleraine, Minn. and attended the U. of Minnesota Duluth before moving to New York to pursue acting. He starred in the national touring production of “Torch Song Trilogy” and appeared in several television roles.

He joined entertainment industry non-profit Young Artists United in 1985, then began producing and directing when he joined Evolution Media. With Evolution’s Douglas Ross, he
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Bruce Toms, Reality Television Producer, Dies at 55

Bruce Toms, Reality Television Producer, Dies at 55
Bruce Toms, an Emmy-nominated executive producer on such reality TV shows as Road RulesNanny 911, Wife Swap and Secret Millionaire, has died. He was 55.

Toms, who was working on the Bravo reality program Timber Creek Lodge, died in Pasadena on Christmas Day, Wme announced, citing natural causes. No other details were immediately available.

Toms in 2001 was nominated for an Emmy alongside Mary-Ellis Bunim, Jonathan Murray and Rick Telles for the MTV hit Road Rules. His other credits include Celebrity Wife SwapThe JuddsCelebrity Rehab With Dr. DrewParadise Hotel and Workout. 

A native of Grand Rapids, Minn., Toms attended the University of Minnesota Duluth...
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Bruce Toms Dies: Reality Producer Was 55

Emmy-nominated reality television producer Bruce Toms passed away on December 25 in Pasadena, CA. He was 55. The exact cause of death is not being disclosed beyond the fact that he died of natural causes. At the time of his death, Toms was working as executive producer of Bravo's reality series Timber Creek Lodge. He previously served as an executive producer on such series as Celebrity Wife Swap, Secret Millionaire, Wife Swap, The Judds, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, Nan…
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WWE Wrestler Chyna Died From Mix of Alcohol and Drugs, Autopsy Confirms

WWE Wrestler Chyna Died From Mix of Alcohol and Drugs, Autopsy Confirms
Former WWE star Chyna (real name Joan Marie Laurer) died on April 20 due to a combined effect of alcohol and drugs, Et confirms.

The official autopsy report obtained by Et states that Laurer had several substances in her system at the time of her death, including Ethanol, Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, Nordiazepam, Temazepam, Zolpidem, and Marijuana.

Watch: Former WWE Star Chyna's Cause of Death Being Investigated as Possible Overdose

According to the report, Laurer was found lying on her right side of her bed inside her Redondo Beach, California, apartment, where "there was a bloody purge on the pillow underneath her face."

"On Wednesday, April 4, 2016, the decedent's manager became concerned when she had not been on any social media outlets since Sunday," the Los Angeles County Coroner's office states in the report. "The manager arrived at the decedent's residence and entered through the closed but unlocked door. Once inside, he went into the decedent's bedroom, and he found
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‘Dr. Drew’ Ending After 5 Years on Hln

Dr. Drew Pinsky, the addiction specialist who has been part of the Hln schedule since 2011, is leaving the network as it continues to reshape its daytime and primetime lineups.

Pinsky’s last broadcast will take place September 22, according to a memo from Ken Jautz, the executive who oversees the network. Hln is part of Time Warner’s CNN operations.

“It has been a privilege working at Hln. My executive producer Burt Dubrow and our outstanding staff and contributors were consistently exceptional,” Pinsky said in a statement. “I am very excited to stay within the CNN Worldwide family as a contributor.”

Hln is in the midst of an overhaul that will have it focused more tightly on news. Once known as “CNN Headline News,” Hln is moving back to those roots, aligning itself more closely with CNN while building a new stable of programs that appeal to its core audience, believed to be younger and more female than
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Lauren Conrad Reveals Heartbreaking Truth Behind Her Breakup With Jason Wahler That The Hills Never Aired

Lauren Conrad Reveals Heartbreaking Truth Behind Her Breakup With Jason Wahler That The Hills Never Aired
Lauren Conrad is still keeping it real. The fashion designer and best-selling author opened up about her time on The Hills during MTV's special celebrating the 10th anniversary on Tuesday night, That Was Then, This Is Now, where she finally revealed the truth about her break-up with then-boyfriend Jason Wahler, who also appeared on Laguna Beach, that fans never knew...before now. After Jason left the show, he had numerous drinking-related arrests and spent time behind bars and be battled substance abuse, something that was never addressed on The Hills. He entered rehab several times and appeared on Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. And during the special, fans got to see a portion of...
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Chyna's Former Manager Opens Up About Finding Her Dead at 45: WWE Star Was Taking Sleeping Pills and Anti-Anxiety Medication

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Chyna's Former Manager Opens Up About Finding Her Dead at 45: WWE Star Was Taking Sleeping Pills and Anti-Anxiety Medication
WWE Legend Chyna was taking sleep medication and anti-anxiety pills at the time of her death at age 45 and had been "a little emotionally strained" as she confronted demons from her past for a new documentary, her former manager tells People. The body of the wrestling icon, whose real name was Joanie Marie Laurer, was discovered Redondo Beach, California apartment by her friend and manager Anthony Anzaldo on Wednesday. "I went over there is because she was unresponsive for three days," Anzaldo tells People. "She wasn’t responding to any calls or anything so the last communication was Sunday, they
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Chyna's Former Manager Opens Up About Finding Her Dead at 45: WWE Star Was Taking Sleeping Pills and Anti-Anxiety Medication

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Chyna's Former Manager Opens Up About Finding Her Dead at 45: WWE Star Was Taking Sleeping Pills and Anti-Anxiety Medication
WWE Legend Chyna was taking sleep medication and anti-anxiety pills at the time of her death at age 45 and had been "a little emotionally strained" as she confronted demons from her past for a new documentary, her former manager tells People. The body of the wrestling icon, whose real name was Joanie Marie Laurer, was discovered Redondo Beach, California apartment by her friend and manager Anthony Anzaldo on Wednesday. "I went over there is because she was unresponsive for three days," Anzaldo tells People. "She wasn’t responding to any calls or anything so the last communication was Sunday, they
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Chyna Found Dead Surrounded By Medication As Dr. Drew Says He Fears Addiction Took WWE Star's Life

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Chyna Found Dead Surrounded By Medication As Dr. Drew Says He Fears Addiction Took WWE Star's Life
WWE legend Chyna was surrounded by medication when she was found dead and authorities believe she may have died from an accidental overdose. The former wrestling star, real name Joan Laurer, was discovered by friend in her Redondo Beach, California apartment on Wednesday - and she may have been dead for days, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner tells People. She was 45. "Evidently either a friend or someone close to her hadn't talked to her since Sunday and they went over there and went in and found her deceased or unresponsive," Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter says. "Paramedics
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Chyna Dead Found Surrounded By Medication As Dr. Drew Says He Fears Addiction Took WWE Star's Life

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Chyna Dead Found Surrounded By Medication As Dr. Drew Says He Fears Addiction Took WWE Star's Life
WWE legend Chyna was surrounded by medication when she was found dead and authorities believe she may have died from an accidental overdose. The former wrestling star, real name Joan Laurer, was discovered by friend in her Redondo Beach, California apartment on Wednesday - and she may have been dead for days, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner tells People. She was 45. "Evidently either a friend or someone close to her hadn't talked to her since Sunday and they went over there and went in and found her deceased or unresponsive," Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter says. "Paramedics
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Wrestling star Chyna dead at 46

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Wrestling star Chyna dead at 46
The wrestling world lost one of its legendary performers as Chyna (Joanie Laurer) was found dead at her Los Angeles apartment on Wednesday, April 20. She was 46 years old. “It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th wonder of the world has passed away. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her,” said her website TheRealChyna.com. CNN is reporting that the wrestler/body builder was found unresponsive after a friend asked police to check on her. While foul play is not suspected, the cause of death is under investigation. Laurer was one of WWE’s leading attractions in the late 1990s while part of D-Generation X, grappling alongside Shawn Michaels and Triple H. She later earned the Intercontinental Championship as well as the Women’s Championship,
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Chyna Remembered: WWE Superstars Mourn Legendary Wrestler

Chyna Remembered: WWE Superstars Mourn Legendary Wrestler
The professional wrestling world is in mourning today, after news broke last night that Joanie Laurer, best known as WWE Superstar Chyna, passed away at the age of 45. We showed you a number of social media posts that came in last night, from pro wrestlers past and present, paying tribute to this squared circle icon. As the news continued to spread, even more wrestlers paid their respects through social media, as you can see in the several tweets we've gathered below.

The former wrestler's manager told E! News last night that "she was found peacefully," and police couldn't find any signs of foul play. Authorities were called to Chyna's apartment in Redondo Beach, California on Wednesday afternoon, after a friend discovered she was not breathing. She was pronounced dead on the scene, and the cause of death is currently unknown.

Ever since debuting in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF
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WWE Legend Chyna Dead at 46

WWE Legend Chyna Dead at 46
Pioneering WWE legend Joanie “Chyna” Laurer, who found renewed fame as a reality-tv star, has died. She was 46.

According to the Associated Press, Laurer — whose TV gigs included a celeb edition of NBC’s Fear Factor, VH1’s The Surreal Life and an episode of 3rd Rock From the Sun — was found dead Wednesday evening in her home outside Los Angeles after police responded to a 911 call from a friend who found her not breathing after not answering phone calls for several days.

A cause of death has not been released.

“It is with deep sadness to inform you today
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8 Things You Forgot About the First Season of American Idol

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8 Things You Forgot About the First Season of American Idol
Nearly 14 years have passed since the first season of American Idol. Yup, Kelly Clarkson has been in our lives for over a decade. The fifteenth (and final) season finale airs on Wednesday and Thursday nights, and we're getting nostalgic about it - "it" being the show and the year 2002 in general (a gallon of gas cost $1.61. $1.61!). Here are some of the moments, people, performances and quirks from American Idol Season 1 that we almost forgot about. 1. Calling in to vote.Remember when the only way to vote for our favorite contestants was to pick up the telephone to call? Once again,
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7 Things You Forgot About the First Season of American Idol

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7 Things You Forgot About the First Season of American Idol
Nearly 14 years have passed since the first season of American Idol. Yup, Kelly Clarkson has been in our lives for over a decade. The fifteenth (and final) season begins on Wednesday, and we're getting nostalgic about it - "it" being the show and the year 2002 in general (a gallon of gas cost $1.61. $1.61!). Here are some of the moments, people, performances and quirks from American Idol Season 1 that we almost forgot about. 1. Calling in to vote.Remember when the only way to vote for our favorite contestants was to pick up the telephone to call? Once again, we are confronted with
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Gary Busey Joins Dancing With the Stars — See His Over-the-Top Announcement

Gary Busey Joins Dancing With the Stars — See His Over-the-Top Announcement
Show of hands: Who had “sexy cowboy” in the What Costume Will Gary Busey Wear to Announce He’s Joining Dancing With the Stars office pool?

PhotosDancing With the Stars Season 21 Cast

If it’s you, congratulations. Busey did, in fact, wear the aforementioned costume while announcing his participation Tuesday during a surprise — but not entirely surprising — appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Did I forget to mention Busey came in on a white horse? That part is crucial.

In case you’re not up on your Busey history, this is hardly the Bikini Model Academy star’s first time at the reality rodeo.
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