Scoop: Jon Gosselin Worried About His Image

Also in the Scoop: Bradley Cooper's star power and Jermaine Jackson's dud

By Courtney Hazlett
|  Monday, Sep 7, 2009  |  Updated 11:15 PM CDT
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Jon Gosselin may look good but he is hurting inside.

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LOS ANGELES - Jon Gosselin’s grandmother was taken to the hospital after a fall at his Pennsylvania home over the weekend and Gosselin tweeted about the incident, saying, “Just to clear up any faulty reports: my grandmother did in fact fall in my driveway but she'll be fine. Thank you for all of the concerned calls.”

For a guy who’s been away from his eight kids a great deal, traveling to far-flung places such as St. Tropez, as well as hosting pool parties in Las Vegas, this might seem like a sign that Gosselin is returning to a more grounded family life. But not so, say some who’ve witnessed his behavior away from home.

He’s still trying to be the center of attention while out on the town, sans kids, to the extent that Bethany Frankel of “Real Housewives of New York” (who has been known to find her way into a publicity opportunity) is avoiding him. She gave him “the cold shoulder,” while leaving Philippe restaurant in East Hampton recently, and the same observer said that Jon was “flirting with any woman that he had contact with … at the bar, table next to him.”

Gosselin is bothered by his reputation as of late, said one source close to him. “He feels like he’s really been treated unfairly. He’s not going to be quiet much longer — he’s really looking forward to having the divorce behind him.”

The Gosselins’ divorce could be final as early as the end of the month.

Jermaine Jackson’s concert scam
On Tuesday, Jermaine Jackson will unveil plans for the “The Tribute,” the September 26 concert dedicated to his brother Michael, to be held in Vienna, Austria. The concert was originally announced in mid-August, and has yet to draw any of the big names Jackson originally bandied about — Larry King’s wife Shawn was the biggest name attached, and has since dropped out.

Regardless of who appears on the roster after Tuesday’s announcement, ticket holders should be wary. The fine print on the show’s Web site makes no guarantees that any performers touted will show, and if they don’t, there’s no getting your money back.

“Jermaine Jackson and the producers will make every attempt to present some of the world’s leading artists, however there is no right or legal claim whatsoever that certain artists will perform ‘The Tribute’,” according to the site. “All ticket sales are final. Any refund or discount due to the performance or non-performance of a specific artist is hereby explicitly excluded.”

 

Tickets range from $78-$702, based on current exchange rates (they’re priced in euros), and other Jackson family members aren’t happy with Jermaine for moving forward with little-to-no support. “He’s been told he’s fleecing people in Michael’s name,” said one member of the Jackson clan.

Summer box office: Thanks, Bradley Cooper
If there’s anyone who deserves a thank you note from Hollywood, it’s Bradley Cooper. “The Hangover” turned out to be the surprise summer hit: The relatively low-budget film (it only cost about $35 million to make) turned into a $272 million hit, and Cooper’s newfound star power helped propel the really marginal “All About Steve” to an opening weekend that was probably better than it would have been if it were released before any “Hangover” set in, so to speak. “Steve” made $13.9 million, which was enough to crack the top three — “The Final Destination” came in first place. So all told, Cooper’s contributions accounted for more than $285 million — and when you consider the profit margins involved (i.e., no $100 million budgets here), he’s probably done more for the bean counters this summer than any other male star.

Backstage at ‘America’s Got Talent’
Have any questions for the “America’s Got Talent” judges or the show’s host, Nick Cannon? I’ll be backstage with them for the live taping on Tuesday. Let me know what you’d like to know via Twitter, @courtneyatmsnbc.

Courtney Hazlett delivers the Scoop Monday through Friday on msnbc.com. Follow Scoop on Twitter: @courtneyatmsnbc.

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