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No sitcom for Lohan, Spears and Hilton

It’s tough to know whether this is good news or bad: a sitcom starring Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears is not in the works.

While you might have been busy watching the new voting PSA starring Leonardo DiCaprio, a rumor that HBO was working on a sitcom that would star Spears, Hilton and Lohan playing versions of themselves began to circulate.

Among the most intriguing details of the rumor: “Lindsay will be a little like Joey from ‘Friends.’”

When asked if there was truth to any part of this story, Lohan’s rep Leslie Sloane was the first to respond with “none at all.”

So what's really next for the threesome?

Hilton is focusing on the release of her new film “Repo! The Genetic Opera,” Spears is putting final touches on her new album “Circus,” and Lohan’s got her line of leggings. Lohan’s rep didn’t respond with any info about future singing or acting projects in the works.

Everything's not OK at OK!Given the rampant staff cuts among magazines in and outside the celebrity genre, it doesn’t come as a surprise to hear that magazine-buyers are cutting back as well.

But according to some industry insiders, OK! might be the hardest-hit magazine of all.

“Their circulation has been steadily declining,” says an industry source. “Every single week there’s been a significant drop in sales. They dipped below 300,000 in sales last week. It’s  really bad, especially for (new general manager) Kent (Brownridge) who was brought in to save money, not sell fewer copies.”

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The tepid-at-best sales have some speculating that Brownridge, who has only been on the masthead since September, could be on his way out of OK! sooner rather than later.

A spokesperson for OK! didn’t comment about the magazine’s sales numbers, but did issue a statement that implied Brownridge's job isn't in danger.

“As the New York Post reported last week, we are on track on budget and will be profitable next year," the statement said. "Rumors abound in this business lately and much of them are unfounded. What is clear is that OK! is on the ascent and our new leadership is part of that success.”

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On the subject of being vocal about her political opinions, the “View” co-host told Us Weekly, “I find it easy, it’s what I believe.”

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The two have been dating since Cook asked Caldwell out in May, and Cook told In Touch Weekly, "as long as I don't screw it up, hopefully she'll be around to hear a lot more of my songs."

She’ll likely be on hand for Cook’s first major promotional appearance for his new album Nov. 2 on “Saturday Night Live.”

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