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Tabloid Tidbits

Those lingering rumors about the possibility that Howard Stern could replace Simon Cowell as “American Idol’s” resident grump can finally be put to rest. Although the veteran shock jock still counts himself as an “Idol” super-fan, he just can’t see himself sitting in Cowell’s seat.

“I like Simon,” Stern told E! Online. “I think he's great, but I tend to (do) more than just break people's hearts about their dreams in singing. I don't think that's my kind of job.”

So whose kind of job is it? Stern wasn’t prepared to jump into the ongoing guessing game.

Mistress shoots down James’ claim
Jesse James’ televised mea culpa didn’t earn him any sympathy from one of his alleged other women. In fact, shortly after Sandra Bullock’s soon-to-be ex-husband told the world he believed he intentionally sabotaged himself where extra-marital affairs were concerned, Michelle “Bombshell” McGee denied James’ version of events.

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“When I was doing it, you know, one, I knew it was horrible; it made me feel horrible,” James said in his recent Nightline tell-all. “And two, I knew I would get caught eventually, and I think I wanted to get caught. I know for a fact now what it was, you know. I mean, it was me trying to self-sabotage my life.”

Not so, according to McGee.

“He took every precaution NOT to get caught,” the tattoo model insisted in an interview with In Touch Weekly. “I was only allowed to come up during after-hours at the shop. We could never go get food — even at his own restaurant.”

Bachelor Jake isn’t quite ready to settle down
“The Bachelor’s” Jake Pavelka and his made-for-TV intended, Vienna Girardi, still haven’t made firm plans to settle down together.

“Well, as far as a wedding date, you'll be the first to know," Pavelka dodged when asked directly about his supposedly upcoming nuptials by Radar Online, although he did note, “(Vienna) picked her shoes out.”

Not that footwear isn’t a perfectly good indicator of ... something, but Pavelka’s non-committal responses to commitment-related questions certainly seemed to say a lot more. When pushed for any when or where details about the wedding, the pilot instead turned to more practical relationship talk.

“We're just dating, having a good time, you know, getting to know each other,” Pavelka said. “We've been together for seven months now, and we've been engaged for seven months now, and each day just gets sweeter and sweeter.”

Dish on the fly
When Jake Gyllenhaal landed the lead role in the video-game-to-big-screen release “The Prince of Persia,” he went into the part with a new outlook on acting. “For a while I thought that to be a skilled actor you had to do things that were torturous,” Gyllenhaal told USA Today. But after a career filled with intense films such as “Brokeback Mountain” and “Brothers,” the 29-year-old decided, “Now I feel more like having fun and enjoying myself.” … Keeping the peace with husband Josh Kelly isn’t as important as telling it like it is for “Killers” star Katherine Heigl. “There are some things that if you say them out loud it will hurt the other person's feelings,” the actress explained in an interview with Parade magazine. “I tend to say them anyway because I think it's better to be honest. I gave Josh a really hard time recently because he got this new haircut for a photo on the country album he's releasing. I really didn't like it, even though everybody else loved it. I was like, 'You don't look like you. You're really sexy, you're a manly man and this is kind of a metrosexual look.' Finally, he just stopped listening to me.” For the record: Team Josh.

Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Ree Hines. Follow her on Twitter and gab about the latest gossip at twitter.com/ReeHines.

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Photos: ‘American Idol’ season 9 finale

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  1. A true Idol

    Country superstar Carrie Underwood, who was the season 3 winner, performs "Undo It" during at the "American Idol" finale at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 26. (Vince Bucci / PictureGroup via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. School daze

    Alice Cooper, center, joins the 12 finalists to perform his hit "School's Out" during the "American Idol" finale. (Vince Bucci / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Guitar gal

    Orianthi helped to kick off the "American Idol" finale, joining the top 12 finalists and Alice Cooper in a rendition of "School's Out." (Frank Micelotta / PictureGroup via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Taking it to the finale

    Former Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald, left, and finalist Michael "Big Mike" Lynche perform "Taking It To The Streets" during Wednesday night's finale. (Vince Bucci / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. He's baaaack

    William Hung returned to perform "Pants On The Ground" with its writer, Gen. Larry Platt (on the ground, center), during Wednesday night's show. (Vince Bucci / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Can't keep him down

    Newly crowned "Celebrity Apprentice" Bret Michaels and Idol finalist Casey James team up on Poison's hit "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." (Vince Bucci / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Oh yeah, they know

    Crystal Bowersox gets a little help from Alanis Morissette, right, on Morissette's hit single "You Ought To Know." (Kristian Dowling / PictureGroup) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. A little bit of soul

    Darryl Hall, top left, and Jon Oates, top right, otherwise known as Hall & Oates, perform "I Can't Go For That" and "Maneater" with the top 12 male finalists. (Vince Bucci / PictureGroup via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. She is beautiful

    Christina Aguilera was among the music superstars to perform at the "American Idol" finale at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday. (Kristian Dowling / PictureGroup) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Sweet home Chicago

    Lee DeWyze, who hails from Mt. Prospect, Ill., joins the band Chicago to perform a medley of their hits during Wednesday's "American Idol" finale. (Vince Bucci / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Happy reunion

    Ex-judge Paula Abdul, left, who often played Simon Cowell’s sparring partner during the seasons the shared, returned to say goodbye to the acerbic British judge. "I've loved all the fun we've had together," Abdul told Cowell. "'American Idol's' not gonna be the same without you." (Vince Bucci / PictureGroup) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Swan song

    Simon Cowell, left, next to Kara DioGuardi, made his final appearance as a judge on "American Idol" on Wednesday night. The caustic Brit will launch a new show, "X-Factor," in 2011. (Michael Becker / PictureGroup via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. No, her first name isn't baby

    Janet Jackson performs her hit "Nasty" during the "American Idol" finale at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 26. (Vince Bucci / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Simon takes his bow

    Simon Cowell gets a hug from Ryan Seacrest, center, while receiving an ovation from past "Idols" and fans in the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday. (Ray Mickshaw / PictureGroup via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. They are the champions

    "Idol" winners Carrie Underwood, left, Ruben Studdard, center, and Kelly Clarkson were among the former contestants who took the stage Wednesday to pay tribute to Simon Cowell. (Kristian Dowling / PictureGroup via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. A little help

    Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze are joined by Joe Cocker on "A Little Help From My Friends" in the closing minutes of the "American Idol" finale. (Kristian Dowling / PictureGroup via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Awaiting the results

    Crystal Bowersox, left, and Lee DeWyze, center, await the announcement from host Ryan Seacrest of the "American Idol" season nine winner. (Vince Bucci / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Lee's first song

    Season nine winner Lee DeWyze performs "Beautiful Day" during the "American Idol" finale at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Vince Bucci / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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