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Judd disses King's queen

Plus: Gilbert lays down the Wal-Mart law; fur flies between Pink and Beyoncé
/ Source: msnbc.com

Was Naomi Judd trash-talking Larry King’s wife?

The talk show host was taken aback, says a source, when the country music maven insinuated that King’s wife was shallow. At least, that’s what our interpreter tells us Judd said.

Judd was on King’s show this week, discussing how women are too obsessed with youth and beauty — and then she simultaneously made a pitch for her beauty products and took a swipe at King’s wife, Shawn.

“We have got it so backwards about our obsession with youth and beauty,” Judd said. “I started a skin care line called Esteem so that I can literally have a tangible manifestation of this philosophy and be vicariously alone with a woman, Shawn, your wife, in the bathroom, get her to look in the mirror of truth and start being defined from within. Start figuring out who she is. The number one cause of mental illness is not knowing who you are.”

“Larry’s jaw just dropped,” says a insider close to the show. “He’s very protective of Shawn and was not pleased about having her brought into the discussion that way.”

King’s rep had no comment at press time.

Shopper stopper

Melissa Gilbert arriving at The 27th Saturn Awards at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Los Angeles June 12, 2001 - Tsuni/ImageDirectImageDirect

Bad news for budget-minded celebs: Melissa Gilbert wants you to stop shopping at Wal-Mart.

The “Little House on the Prairie” alum, now the president of the Screen Actor’s Guild, has sent an email to fellow actors, asking them to shun the discount store. "Wal-Mart’s low prices come at a tremendous cost,” Gilbert wrote, “not only to workers in groceries and retail but to thousands of workers in manufacturing whose jobs have moved out of the country as suppliers struggle to meet Wal-Mart’s demands for cheaper products. We all feel the pain of runaway production — so shop union, work union.”

J. Lo will, no doubt, be terribly inconvenienced.

Notes from all over

NEW YORK - JANUARY 27: Martha Stewart arrives at federal court January 27, 2004 in New York City. After four days of jury selection the eight women and four men on the panel are scheduled to hear opening arguments today. Stewart is accused of lying to investigators, obstructing justice and securities fraud. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Martha StewartStephen Chernin / Getty Images North America

Agnetha Fältskog of ABBA is releasing a new CD this spring. “It’s called ‘My Colouring Book’ and the first single will be Cilla Black’s ‘If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind,' ” says a source in Sweden. “Definitely an English album, but not the funky stuff that ABBA fans might want.”  . . .  Barbara Walters was spotted at Martha Stewart’s trial, sitting next to the domestic diva’s mother.  . . . Pink and Beyoncé are battling it out. The bootylicious star wore fur to the London premiere of a Pepsi commercial  which stars the two, along with Britney Spears. Pink, a staunch animal rights activist, became furious with Beyoncé, according to reports, and is now refusing to speak with her.

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