John Mayer wrote a series of tweets apologizing for using the N-word during a recent Playboy interview, for which he received a barrage of criticism. He later broke down on stage while performing in Nashville, “So maybe I need to take a break from trying to be clever,” he said with his voice cracking, adding: “I quit the media game. I’m out. I’m done. I just want to play my guitar.” Following a brief stint with a more mature (24-year-old) Basque model, Madonna’s back to hitting the dance floor with Jesus in Rio. Alec Baldwin was rushed to Lenox Hill hospital early this morning because he “may have swallowed some sleeping pills.” Bruce Willis says lots of guys try to beat him up because they want to say they kicked the guy from Die Hard’s ass.
Michelle Braun, the former madam who allegedly provided Tiger Woods with his women, had to return $10,000 worth of clothing and jewelry after charging her South Beach shopping spree to sports agent Jeff Rubin’s hotel room. Kelly Bensimon and chef Sam Talbot are trying to keep their relationship under wraps, meanwhile they party-hopped to three different Tuesday night bashes, including a dinner at Butter to celebrate Bensimon’s upcoming Playboy spread. In a Band of Outsiders look book, Knocked Up’s Leslie Mann plays a cougar on a yacht, snuggling up to James Franco’s younger brother, Dave, and Community’s Donald Glover. And while dining at Le Perigord, Mario Cuomo avoided questions from fellow restaurant-goers about when his son will announce his candidacy for governor.
At the Sports Illustrated party to celebrate their swimsuit issue, Bar Refaeli didn’t say she was jealous of cover girl Brooklyn Decker, she just “had a scowl on her face and wouldn’t even look up for photographers who had been waiting for hours in the freezing cold outside.” Jillian Michaels is getting hit with a class-action lawsuit claiming her dietary supplement is a scam. HBO’s How to Make It in America creator, Ian Edelman, celebrated his new series at a Cinema Society screening with Adrian Grenier, Kevin Bacon, Chloë Sevigny, Zoe Salanda, Rachel Zoe, Ed Westwick, and Jessica Szohr, followed by a late-night after-party at the Bowery Hotel. And Tom Cruise signed on to a fourth Mission Impossible.
Rag & Bone creative director David Neville was so busy prepping for Fashion Week that he forgot to attend an East Side Social Club lunch in his honor. He later apologized via e-mail to guests like Vogue style director Alexandra Kotur and CNN’s Alina Cho, who went ahead and ate anyway. Yesterday’s snowpocolypse stopped Jersey Shore’s Vinny from attending a charity event at Yale, but in a video message he said that if they raise $4,000 for cancer research, he’ll fly out and party with them anyway. Barney’s creative director Simon Doonan can’t wait to see the Jersey Shore cast hanging around Fashion Week events, commenting, “It would be fun to see JWoww wearing Alexander Wang, or doing a Rodarte thing. Snooki could do a Proenza Schouler something something. I could see Ronnie wearing a John Bartlett, having a super-butch look. And it would be really fun to put Mike ‘The Situation’ in a Thom Brown suit, but the short pants would probably get stuck on his calves.” Blake Lively dropped off her Maltipoo, Penny, for a grooming at the Dog Store on East 61st Street, while Connor Paolo attended Wendy Diamond’s book party for It’s a Dog’s World. And Topher Grace told George Lopez how he first got stoned at a party with Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, but he thought he was just taking a breath strip. “My friend said, ‘Are you okay?’ and I said ‘No, I think I’m fine, but I can touch colors. Should I get naked?’”