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WHITNEY'S REP: REHAB IS JUST FOR A MOVIE

Whitney Houston's career resurgence officially took a detour back into rehab, with the singer heading to outpatient treatment, People reports. Don't go thinking she's back on drugs just yet, though. "Whitney Houston is currently in an outpatient rehab program for drug and alcohol treatment," her rep tells the mag. "Whitney voluntarily entered the program to support her long-standing recovery process." TMZ adds she entered the program 10 days ago, and can go out in public as long as she remains monitored. But the program isn't really because she fell off the wagon, the site says. A source claims "she's cleansing herself to get ready for a new movie." Would that be the one about the brilliant singer who got hooked on crack and ruined a promising celebrity career? Because we've seen that one already.

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The loony, the meanie: Abdul, Cowell reunited

All the pieces in Simon Cowell's X-Factor puzzle are in place, with Paula Abdul being announced as the fourth judge. His strategy to destroy the empire he built with American Idol is complete. Wow, did he hate having Ellen DeGeneres on that much? The AP confirmed reports Abdul will be joining Cowell, Brit singer Cheryl Cole and producer Antonio "L.A." Reid at the judge's table, a move that couldn't be cinched down until right before taping, although it wasn't clear as to the reasons why. British TV host Steve Jones and former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger were also announced as co-hosts, but so what? Anyone is better than watching more Ryan Seacrest.

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It had to happen: Bristol gets a reality show

In a move three years in the making, Bristol Palin will be getting her own reality show on the Bio Channelsoon, since she's moving in with her fellow Dancing With the Stars contestant Kyle Massey and his brother, Christopher. It's like a D-List watcher's dream come true! Don't think there are any untoward shenanigans, however; the network notes the trio are all pals. And, yes, Bristol's 2-year-old son Tripp is coming with mama to the L.A. home they'll all be sharing, CNN reports. "Bristol is the kind of personality Bio is drawn to," A&E Network and Bio Channel programming exec David Killop said about Sarah Palin's oldest daughter. "Her personal life has been playing out in the media for several years, but this will be the first time she's opening up her real life, with her son and her friends the Massey Brothers." Well, "real life" is relative when she's spent most of her time since the 2008 election trying to get on TV.

- jgillin@tampabay.com

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