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Celebrity Slam - August 7, 2013

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Shirley Jones was a swinger? Shirley Jones was a swinger?

In this day of 24/7 celebrity media coverage, it's easy to think that we're living in the wildest time to be rich and famous. We hear about all of the over-the-top, entitled, reckless behaviors that go along with 21st century fame, so we sometimes forget that no matter how weird and wild things are today, there are some stories from the past that put them all to shame.

Actress Shirley Jones perhaps best known for playing the matriarch of TV's 'The Partridge Family' back in the day has a new memoir. Since she was in her heyday during the 60s and 70s, it seemed to make sense that there would be some pretty racy stuff.


But this stuff is so racy that one of the subjects has sued to get it removed from the book.

According to Jones, back in the late 1960s, she and then-husband Jack Cassidy were at the home of Joan Collins and her husband Jack Newley. Jones claims that after dinner, Newley suggested they all get naked and watch porn together and that said suggestion was a clear precursor to swinging.

Collins immediately fired off a cease-and-desist letter, claiming that the story never happened and accusing Jones of libel. Publisher Simon & Schuster has since agreed to remove the offending passages from the e-book and recall all bound copies.

Those were the days, huh?

You'd hate to think that Mama Partridge would fabricate stuff to sell books; on the other hand, it's not like Joan Collins would even care if the story was accurate. It's not so much as to whether the story is true or not my guess is that reality lies somewhere in the middle as it is the fact that it could have happened. You could tell me anything about Hollywood during that time and I'd believe you. That's what makes it fun; you just know that Robert Evans was there somewhere, doing massive amounts of cocaine and calling everyone 'baby.'

Even in this era of reality television 'stars' and celebrity sex tapes, it's hard to imagine something like this happening today. Of course, if it did happen, everyone involved would be tweeting afterward (or during); there might be an Instagram shot or two. And that sleazebag from Vivid would be there before the sheets got cold with a massive check.

All we can do is hope that this doesn't give the Kardashians any more bright ideas.

The Ex-Factor

Simon Cowell is one of the most powerful producers in the world, as well as a globally recognizable face for his meaniepants judge turns on shows such as 'American Idol' and 'The X-Factor.' However, it turns out that no matter how mean he might be to some of the aspiring pop stars on his assorted reality shows, he might be even meaner to his close friends.

We're talking 'steal your wife' mean.

Andrew Silverman a longtime friend of Cowell's has filed for divorce from his estranged wife Lauren. In the documents, he alleges that Cowell engaged in a relationship with Lauren that culminated in her getting pregnant.

According to the cuckolding Cowell, he swears he and Lauren never got together until after she and Silverman had separated. But Silverman is crying 'adultery' and it certainly looks like he's got a case. Meanwhile, Cowell is apparently applying a little pressure to Lauren to settle the divorce quickly to avoid getting dragged into a protracted and messy legal battle.

Man we all knew that Simon Cowell was kind of a dirtbag, but this is some old-school scoundrel-type stuff. I mean, that's cold-blooded. That's your buddy's wife, man. Sure, it makes a difference if they actually did wait until official separation before canoodling (though TMZ, among others, has photos that imply hanky-panky from over a year ago), but not that much of a difference. Even in the best of circumstances, it's a harsh way to treat a friend.

Of course, Cowell has made his money by crafting a persona that is borderline sociopathic. At this point, it would be surprising if he cared at all or had anything else that resembled an actual emotion. Trying to convince the woman to basically fold in her divorce proceedings so that he can keep his hands clean is a particularly nice touch. He's pretty terrible, all right. You wonder how he sleeps at night.

Oh right on a giant pile of money. With your wife.

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