HBO chairman Chris Albrecht was forced to resign last night after allegedly beating up his girlfriend Sunday, likely because this wasn't his first domestic assault. Harvey Weinstein had to explain to girlfriend Georgina Chapman that Elie Wiesel was notable for being "in a concentration camp" at the Time 100 fête. And Jessica Simpson dressed conservatively at the event to not draw attention from boyfriend and honoree John Mayer. Cameron Diaz went to a sex show at the Box the night before appearing on the Today show. Josh Hartnett and Helena Christensen sang karaoke together. Lorne Michaels sang karaoke at oil heir William Hess's bar mitzvah. Nancy Grace is trying to get on The View now that she's out at Court TV. NBC News' David Gregory may be Don Imus's replacement.
Judging from the seating assignments at last night's Time 100 dinner at Jazz at Lincoln Center, we have determined that it is the sad fate of former "Influentials" (and current science honorees) to be relegated to the nosebleed seats with the journalists and advertising executives. We were seated with speed skater Joey Cheek, an Olympic gold-medalist honored at last year's event, who was kind enough to joke about his seat placement for the record.
You just made a joke about being a has-been.
No, no, no. I'm very tongue-in-cheek about that. I made it onto the slideshow they're projecting up on the wall tonight, so I guess I still make the cut.
Do you wear your commemorative Time 100 pin around the house just to remind yourself that you were once an Influential?
It's kind of the same principle as Olympic medals. It's a little-known secret that in the Olympic Village people are always saying, "Hey, put your medal on." But no one will. You know you have it. Everybody else knows you have it. So it's pretty lame to be the dude who walks around with his medal on in his underwear in his house.
The Time 100 dinner, to be held tomorrow night at Jazz at Lincoln Center in celebration of the magazine's annual "Most Influential People in the World" issue, is a hot ticket, an exclusive and glittering black-tie affair. And it seems the influential people will go to great lengths not to miss it. Virgin mogul Richard Branson, on the list this year, is currently on a 325-mile dogsled journey across Canada's Arctic province of Nunavut to see the effects of global warming. He's rushing to reach his endpoint — the delightfully named Igloolik — by Tuesday morning so he can be whisked to New York to make the dinner that night. "Will get the husky dogs to work a little bit harder!" he e-mailed.
Jared Kushner was caught making out with Ivanka Trump while bowling. While hanging with some ex-CIA spies, Robert De Niro hit the sauna with KGB colonels and fired guns with Taliban warriors. An aide in the Israeli U.N. mission quit after being outed as a DL gay-porn star. NBC paid $2.5 million for the rights to air a Princess Di tribute concert in July, which may have been the reason they also scored an interview with the princes. Surprising Time "100 Most Influential People" includee John Mayer will also perform at the party. Paris Hilton appears in court today for her DUI charges. Jon Stewart and Tom Brokaw helped raise $72 million from hedge-fund bigwigs at a Robin Hood Foundation charity event.