STAR JONES HAD ((GASP)) GASTRIC BYPASS! » On August 19, 2003, Star Jones did the unthinkable. She underwent gastric bypass surgery in an attempt to lose weight! Hah, it’s not like you guys didn’t already know. But homegirl finally opened up and decided to tell the whole world. I, for one, am surprised. I seriously thought the weight fairy, known to us common folk as “Al Reynolds,” sprinkled his love and magic over Star, which explains her dramatic weight loss over a period of what … 2, 3 months years? Here’s what Star had to say:

“I admit that when asked about my obvious weight loss over the past four years, I was intentionally evasive,” writes Jones, 45, in the September issue of Glamour. Lying was never an option for me, so I called it a ‘medical intervention,’ which was true, but it was really a pathetic attempt to tell the only truth I could handle at the time.”

WYCLEF JEAN SAYS LAURYN HILL IS THE PROBLEMWYCLEF JEAN SAYS LAURYN HILL IS LOONEY » Is it irony that every time I get in the car and hear a Fugees hit on the radio, I check for the latest gossip and find out more crazy shit about this whole “Fugee Reunion?” Just a week ago, I posted about PRAS TELLING BILLBOARD that a Fugees reunion will never happen … in this lifetime at least. And now Wyclef Jean is pretty much saying the same! Check out a snippet of an interview he recently had with Scratch Magazine (subsidiary of XXL) below:

What’s going on with the Fugees reunion, or lack there of?
WYCLEF: I’m officially Paul McCartney from the Beatles now. If the Fugees wanna come back, and Lauryn wanna come back…you can’t break the format. Don’t come back and be like, “I wanna produce a beat.” That’s like me saying I wanna sing an R&B vocal. When we was working on the album, I was like, [to Lauryn], “You need to do this like this.” [And] she says, “How do you know what’s relevant? I haven’t heard anything from you in the past like three, four years?” The minute she said that I was like, I gotta go back to working.

So what’s ultimately holding you guys back?
WYCLEF: Lauryn is straight up the problem, bro. She wants to be a producer. Don’t come telling us how to chop up beats so you can get credit for it.

What makes you think she would take the credit?
WYCLEF: We did a remix [with] Lauryn for John Legend, for the record “How High.” John Legend was saying our names. You know what she had [him] do? She was like, “Take off Wyclef and Jerry’s names.” Because she wanted people to think that she was the one doing the beat…I’m a producer and I’m a beatmaker with my cousin Jerry Wonder, and I’m a writer. She’s a writer, a vocalist, [and] a great [vocal] composer. And she’s great at picking out samples—she got 20 billion samples but can’t chop ’em up to save her life.

So she hasn’t made any of the beats she got credit for?
WYCLEF: It’s real simple—if you did the beats, where are the beats? Show us one beat that you did. If you bring ’Clef to the studio, put an MP, put an SP, put a bunch of stuff, bring a bunch of cameras [and] say, “Clef, do a beat in two minutes.” The beat’s done! Bring Lauryn Hill in the studio with the same camera, say we give you three hours. Matter fact, fuck it, we’ll give you a month—do a beat. She can’t put it together!

Why, Lauryn?! Whyyyyyy?? That last comment ‘clef made had me slayed though! Haha! ((Sighs)) The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill will always hold a special place in my heart. ‘Cause album was, and still is, the truth!


DMX IS GONNA GO BROKE … SOON! » According to the Associated Press, Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Jane Goodman ruled that DMX, who holds the government Earl Simmons, be required to pay Amusing Diversions Inc. an amount that equals up to $242,000. The company, named after X’s dog, Boomer 129, produced and marketed a line of dog clothing, that included caps, scarves, raincoats and bomber jackets. The ruling was the result of the rapper’s failure to promote the line on television, at concerts and at other live appearances as previously dictated by his contract. Additionally, DMX caused substantial damage to the plaintiff by publicizing competitors, the court said. In the July 25 ruling, the court added that X had repeatedly ignored court proceedings and orders and that his attorney had been excused at the rapper’s request. Dang, X! I guess you were too busy worrying about Jay-Z wearing flip-flops and not being a “real man” instead of handling your own business. 242 G’s is a lotta damn money when you ain’t got no steady income!!

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