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Taylor Swift inspires Jimmy Kimmel to throw out his music booker

Taylor Swift reignited a grudge Jimmy Kimmel has held for nearly 10 years: missing out on being the person who introduced the crossover star to the masses.

Swift, 24, stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to promote her upcoming first pop album "1989," which officially drops Monday but leaked online Friday, when the host recalled what happened to her the first time she tried to appear as a musical guest on the show. She was 14 at the time, still a fresh face writing country songs about Tim McGraw.

The now-megastar had auditioned for musical booker Scott Igoe, but, as Kimmel tells it, Igoe sent her packing.

"By the way, the guy who threw you out of our show -- he said, 'No. you may not play a song for me, get out of our building' -- is standing right there. His name is Scott Igoe."

Igoe appeared nearby with Kimmel's sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez and corroborated that "it happened, but not exactly" how Kimmel recounted it.

"There was no pointing of the finger," Igoe said.

"OK, so I remember it...

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Aaron Paul calls out Toys R Us for pulling 'Breaking Bad' figures

Aaron Paul isn't happy that Toys R Us pulled "Breaking Bad" action figures from its shelves under pressure from a petition launched by a Florida mom -- to the point where he's actively supporting a counter-petition asking the retailer to rethink its decision.

"Dear @ToysRUs, We have close to 30,000 signed on the petition, that is 3 times the amount that caused you to remove the toys. Talk to me. Ap," the actor, who played Jesse Pinkman on the AMC show, tweeted Friday. 

Hours later, there were closer to 40,000 signatures on the Change.org document, which aimed to reach 50,000 names.

Paul's hackles had gone up Thursday on Twitter. "Wait, so @ToysRUs pulled all of the Breaking Bad figures from their shelves and still sells Barbie? Hmmmm...I wonder what is more damaging?," he said. "And what about all of the violent video games you sell @ToysRUs? Do you still sell those? Florida mom really messed it up for everyone."

He linked to the counter-petition late that night.

The Florida mom, Susan...

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Hear ye, tweet ye! Queen Elizabeth II sends first tweet

The queen has taken her reign to Twitter, sending her first tweet from the official British Monarchy account Friday to open the Science Museum's Information Age exhibition in London.

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Chrissy Teigen bails on Twitter amid backlash over gun-control comment

Chrissy Teigen packed up her gun-control opinions and split after getting hit with a barrage of negativity over a comment she tweeted Wednesday regarding the deadly shooting in Ottawa, Canada.

"active shooting in Canada, or as we call it in america, wednesday," the supermodel opined while the crisis was still unfolding. "That's not a joke. It is a fact."

Teigen, the 28-year-old wife of musician John Legend, soon found herself back on her heels, criticized either by people who didn't understand her and thought she was trashing Canada or making light of the situation, or by people who did understand her and simply weren't thrilled by what she said.

Though she tweeted that "90% of my mentions" were along the lines of just shut up and look pretty, some went beyond "not thrilled" and slammed the Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model with vulgar personal attacks and threats.

"Sorry you don't understand that is a knock at america and our issues with gun control. No one is...

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Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino pleads not guilty in tax-fraud case

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino pleaded not guilty to federal tax charges in a New Jersey court on Thursday.

The "Jersey Shore" alum, 32, who along with his brother Marc was indicted in September, appeared in U.S. District Court for the arraignment, where attorneys entered the not-guilty pleas for the brothers, according to New Jersey's Star-Ledger and the Associated Press.

The Sorrentinos stand accused of failing to pay federal taxes on nearly $9 million in income and were charged with conspiracy to defraud the federal government and filing false tax returns, including failing to report large cash payments the reality star received for promotional appearances.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Wigenton set a Dec. 2 trial date.

The Situation and his brother were originally expected to appear in court Oct. 6, but the arraignment was postponed because the reality star was busy filming "Marriage Boot Camp" with fiancee Lauren Pesce in Los Angeles. His attorney submitted a letter to get the...

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Mama June of 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' reportedly dating sex offender

A dating choice reportedly made by June Shannon, Honey Boo Boo's Mama June on the series spun off from "Toddlers

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