Kobe Bryant's soon-to-be ex-wife, Vanessa, is a chip off the old block, according to her ex-stepfather who is spilling her tea to the media.

Celebrity blog TMZ.com spoke with Vanessa's ex-stepfather, Stephen Laine, an inventory manager for a food company who was married to Vanessa's mother from 1990 to 2003. Laine helped raise Vanessa from a child to a teen -- she met Kobe when she was barely 17.

Laine tells TMZ.com: "Her mother taught her well to wait for the ten-year mark [before divorcing]."

He explains, "In California, it's considered a long term marriage and then she gets paid for life or until she remarries -- just like her mother is doing to me."

Laine gripes about paying Vanessa's mom $1,800 in spousal support every month "and clearly they don’t need it." He said Vanessa's mom lives like a true baller, free and clear, in one of Kobe's mansions, courtesy of Vanessa.

"I have a six-year-old daughter and that money could be used toward her college fund or something," says Laine. "You'd think she'd care. But no, she's spiteful."

Bryant, meanwhile, is being hotly pursued by every shameless gold digger on the west coast, including actress Sanaa Lathan. The 5-time NBA champ, who is nearing the end of a brilliant NBA career, will no doubt fall victim to another LSLH gold digger who will eventually clean out his bank accounts and leave him a lonely, broken man in his 40s.

Talk show maven Barbara Walters was a guest on Late Night With Dave Letterman on Tuesday. Letterman grilled Walters about including the Kardashians on her 'Most Fascinating List', even offering to remove them from the list himself.

Walters saw the opportunity to brand the most hated reality TV family as liars:

"They were the first ones we interviewed and we did them in September," Walters explained. "We said, anything going to happen? 'No no no, you can do it now because nothing's going to happen.' Then Kim gets married. Then Kourtney gets pregnant. Then Khloe's moving to Dallas. You cannot trust the Kardashians."

As the Huffington Post explained; Khloe Kardashian can't be blamed for moving to Dallas with her husband, Lamar Odom, who was traded to the Mavericks by the LA Lakers on Saturday.

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Twitter.com was in a frenzy last night when news broke of a 3-team deal sending New Orleans Hornets star Chris Paul to the Lakers in return for Pao Gasol and Khloe Kardashian's husband, Lamar Odom.

Before the deal had even been confirmed, Laker haters set their sights on Khloe Kardashian's Twitter account, which was uncharacteristically silent --until word came down that the deal was off.

That's when Khloe took to Twitter.com to proclaim her love for her man -- and to prove that she is nothing like her narcissistic sister, Kim Kardashian. It was amusing to see Khloe subtweeting her own sister, who selfishly refused to follow her husband to Minnesota where he was training in the off season.

Khloe tweeted that she would follow Lamar anywhere, even to New Orleans, which is still rebuilding in the wake of that hurricane.

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Did anyone watch 'Kim & Kourtney Take NY' last night? The episode took up where last week's episode left off -- after Kim's new husband, Kris Humphries, packed his bags and moving back to his home in Minnesota where he could live in peace.

It seems that the show's producers saw no problem with a grown man sharing a hotel suite with his wife, another couple and their screaming kid. So when Kris left, the producers urged Kim to follow her man to Minnesota and bring him back. Because, after all, didn't she marry him for the show?

When Kim arrived in Minnesota, Kris said, "I've missed you: I haven't missed living with everyone -- crying babies, weirdo yoga teachers. I've been able to focus here ... I'm chilling."

When Kim insisted that Kris return to NY with her, the NJ Nets player explained that in the off-season he still had to train to keep in shape. And his trainer is there in Minnesota.

We watched the manipulative Kardashian use her feminine wiles to goad Kris into returning to NY to live in a cramped suite with his wife, his sister-in-law, Kourtney Kardashian, her baby daddy, Scott Disick, and their kid.

There's a reason the show is called 'Kim & Kourtney Take NY' rather than 'Kim, Kourtney & Khloe Take NY'. It's simple: Khloe has way too much respect for her husband, Lamar Odom, to ask him to leave the city where he trains in the off-season, to live in a hopeless situation just for television ratings.

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Yesterday MTV published an article on Beyonce that read like a diss pretending to be a logical explanation for why she pushed her reported due date up by 2 months (so she can give birth in peace).

The article, titled "Does Beyonce Have A Smoke And Mirrors Plan To Have Her Baby In Peace?", was a long overdue, disguised attack on Beyonce's credibility and narcissism.

We told you last month that the national media weren't all that thrilled that Bey tricked them by showing up pregnant one day, when she had been in the public eye all along. We told you that there would be some form of retaliation from the tabloids in response to Beyonce's blatant manipulation tactics.

But this all-out attack on Beyonce's credibility by a national music network seems bizarre when you consider their usual ersatz approach to Beyonce coverage in the past.

The article starts off innocently enough -- "Beyonce is one smart cookie". But then the writer launches into an SR-worthy critical analysis of Beyonce's baby bump -- complete with images showing the bump's ridiculous progression from zero to 5 months.

*(We highlighted the particularly biting comments for emphasis!)

Yes, pregnancy hits everyone a little differently, every lady gains different amounts of weight and begins to show at different times, but does Beyonce look five months pregnant in the first image [above] (from August 18)?

Which brings us to the second and third pictures in the above image. Again, a lot can happen in three weeks in the life of a pregnant woman, and we hold degrees in English and communications and not obstetrics so we are not experts in pregnancy, but the middle image is from Beyonce's performance at the MTV Video Music awards on August 28 and the third image is from the "Countdown" set video on Sept. 23. It's a dramatic difference.

It's also worth pointing out that the first image and the third image in the above photo were taken one month and five days apart.

It warmed the cockles of our hearts to see a national media outlet going IN on Beyonce. We only hope that more journalists will continue to expose her for the fraud that she is.

Special thanks to loyal reader Shani for the tip!

Usually when completely mismatched couples get together, the fake excitement and passion that they feel for one another is fueled by a brain chemical called Dopamine -- not to be confused with eternal love.

This chemical helps to remove the hesitancy, uncertainty and doubts that one might feel so that they can quickly get to the matter at hand -- hot, passionate, sticky sex in order to populate the earth.

The street drugs cocaine and Ecstasy work in much the same way.

So once that Dopamine stops leaking in their brains, some normalcy is restored and these couples are often left wondering what the heck they saw in each other in the first place.

That's the dilemma that R&B crooner Usher Raymond and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster, faced before they got divorced. To complicate matters even further: they have two sons together.

Now word is spreading around the industry that Usher and Tameka are no longer on speaking terms with each other. They say that if Usher wants to communicate with Tameka he sends word through a liaison.

I also heard that Usher has much more than joint custody of his kids, and that the children are with him more than they are with Tameka. But, according to gossip website TMZ.com, that information appears to be inaccurate -- Usher and Tameka still share joint custody of their boys, but now Tameka wants a judge to strip Usher of his parental rights because he closed her Saks Fifth Avenue card.

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This is why we LOVE Keri Hilson. At least one person in Hollywood isn't afraid of Beyonce and Jay Z!

According to celebrity blogger Miss Jia, Keri has once again shaded Bey -- and this time, she left no doubt as to her feelings for the "PArty" singer!

The latest Ultimate Diss occurred during the 2011 Soul Train Awards last week as Juicy magazine was conducting interviews with celebs on the red carpet.

The interviewer asked each celeb to do a verbal "drop" while holding up the current magazine, which featured Jay Z and Beyonce on the cover.

All the other celebrities complied with the request for a drop. But when Keri's turn came, she glanced at the cover and said dryly, "Yeah, who is that?" then she said, "No, I can’t do that. I’m sorry."

It should be noted that Keri went ahead and did the drop -- without holding up the magazine. At least Keri was polite and gracious while declining to acknowledge Beyonce, which she is within her rights to do.

Watch the video after the break!

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Fans of The X-Factor contestant Brain "Astronomical Kid" Bradley were shocked at his terrible attitude during last week's results show.

The spoiled 15-year-old threw a mini-tantrum onstage and refused to perform when he landed in the bottom 2. His meltdown was reminiscent of troubled singer Chris Brown's most famous antics. The Brooklyn teen's cocky attitude was an alarming indication of what is to come when he faces real pressure from the music industry.

Astro is a perfect example of a kid raised in the narcissistic street culture of Hip Hop, where they have no morals or values.

Astro, as he's called, apologized to his "fans" and said the X-Factor was "punishing" him for something that occurred "behind the scenes."

"Just look at the numbers" he bragged during a recent interview. “I don’t see how you can have the most followers on Twitter out of everybody in the competition and get voted in the bottom 2. So, I thought something was jiggy."

After judge Simon Cowell scolded Astro for his bad behavior and told him not to disrespect his mother on national TV, Astro revealed that it was his mother who encouraged him to quit the show.

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A brawl inside a Snellville Walmart sent a teenager to the emergency room with facial lacerations and fractured teeth -- and it was all captured on video.

The trouble started when a woman walked into the Regal Nail Salon inside Walmart and became irate at the prices. She spent the next half hour cursing at the staff and customers. The fight started when the woman's daughters exchanged words with the child of another customer.

"And from there, it was off the chain," a witness told Channel 2 Action News. "Bowls were flying, glass was flying, hair was flying, braids was flying, weaves was flying, everything was flying."

A flying porcelain bowl struck 17-year-old Ashley Corbett who was waiting to get her nails done.

"As I headed toward her, all I could see was just blood," Corbett's mother, Gail Dudley, told Channel 2. "She opened her mouth and her teeth were shattered."

Witnesses say the woman who threw the bowl fled the salon. Police are searching for the woman.

Watch the raw video after the break!

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The Basketball Wives: LA Reunion lived up to its hype last night. Right off the bat, Jackie Christie let the other cast members know that she was the boss!

First, Jackie got into it with Draya, then she and Gloria Govan went at it. “I feel hurt, because you are like my sister, Laura, and Draya I have gotten to know as well, and this is something for you all to talk about and not let us instigate. So relax. Fall the f— back!” she said.

“Stop your talking, it does not make sense!” said Gloria to Jackie. Then she asked where Doug was "So you can tell him what to do!"

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Cartoon rapper Nicki Minaj walked away with two trophies during last night's 2011 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theater in LA. Nicki pulled a stunning upset over Jay Z and Kanye West by winning Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album for Pink Friday, easily defeating the much-hyped album, Watch The Throne.

The 29-year-old rapper, wearing a shiny speaker suit, performed her hits "Turn Me On" and "Super Bass" backed up by DJ David Guetta.

The night's other big winners included Taylor Swift (Artist of the Year); Beyoncé (Soul/R&B Female Artist), Bruno Mars (Pop/Rock Male Artist), Rihanna (Soul/R&B Album) and Jennifer Lopez (Latin Music Artist). Unfortunately, Rihanna's abusive ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown, didn't win a thing as he had hoped.

Brown, who has over 5 million followers on the social networking site Twitter.com, deleted his entire timeline after a follower questioned him about Rihanna last Thursday.

The troubled singer tweeted "Don't say s*** to anybody and everyone feels its cool to attack me. GROWN ADULTS!!!! That s*** happened three years ago." He followed that up with other angry tweets, including a reference to last night's American Music Awards, where the delusional singer had hoped to finally earn some respect.

"I wake up thinking of living my life..... YOU wake up thinking of me! NOW I REALLY CAN'T WAIT FOR THE AMA's! U dont have to respect me now... but u will."

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If you thought U.S. President Barack Obama was the most hated Democrat in the country, think again. The first lady Michelle Obama received a rude reception in Florida when she was booed at the final NASCAR race of the season at the Homestead-Miami Speedway yesterday.

Mrs. Obama shared the honor of calling the start of the race with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden; and Sgt. Andrew Barry and his beautiful family on behalf of 'Joining Forces' - a group that helps military families. But the race car fans started booing before Mrs. Obama could even utter the traditional words, "Gentlemen, start your engines!"

Rev Run's son JoJo Simmons found out the hard way not to DM females on social networking websites without checking out their stats first or at least asking his boys who already ran up in her to verify her equipment.

A tranny sent a video to Worldstar Hip Hop claiming JoJo was open to a down low relationship. The tranny said JoJo knew it wasn't a biological female, and to prove it she gave out JoJo's personal cell phone number and provided private text messages.

JoJo, who probably can't afford a publicist, immediately took to his Twitter page to dispute the allegations and to defend his manhood, which is currently in jeopardy.

We believe him because no industry man could be that stupid.

See the video after the break, courtesy of WSHH.

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According to the National Enquirer, Kris Humphries is ignoring that 30-page prenup requiring him to keep his mouth shut about Kim's silicone loaded butt.

KIM KARDASHIAN’s big booty is a big, fat fake, sources say – and her estranged hubby KRIS HUMPHRIES is threatening to expose the truth!

The reality TV sexpot insists her bubble butt is all natural . . . But some insiders claim the curvy 31-year-old beauty uses butt pads and say Kris filmed a video that proves his estranged wife’s prized posterior is phony!

Kris remarked to pals that, while he loves Kim’s shapely butt, it’s not the same as what you see on the red carpet…or TV.

“Kris told his buddies that it takes a lot of work for Kim to make her bottom look as good as it does,” said a source. “He revealed all her secrets – how she uses ‘booty pads,’ Spanx and other things to enhance it. When she takes off the Spanx, the pads and everything else, it’s not the same.

“He knows what the real thing looks like – be­cause he’s recorded it on his cell phone camera!”

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In the season finale of 'Basketball Wives: LA', cast members Draya Michele, Gloria Govan, her sister, Laura Govan, Imani Showalter and Malaysia Pargo meet up with antagonist Jackie Christie for the last time to tell her they're leaving her for good.

As soon as Jackie shows up, she makes them wait ten minutes for her Hennessy to arrive before addressing the matters at hand. “Jackie always needs her drink. It’s her spinach. It gives her her muscles, it’s liquid courage,” Draya says of Jackie’s power move.

“You are the common denominator between all the stuff that’s been started," says Gloria. "We’re all on the same page and this relationship isn’t working."

“We’re breaking up with you!” Draya puts it more bluntly. “Jackie will not die,” says Draya. “She keeps popping up out of the casket like the Cryptkeeper.”

But Jackie is confident in the knowledge that there is no show without her. She makes them all get up and leave the restaurant as her way of saying she's not going anywhere.

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