Padma gets grief for forgetting a greeting, Donovan McNabb gets a broken fence, Regis Philbin gets exposed, and a movie crew gets competitive with a television station. Everyone gets what they deserve in today's Smart Set.
- At a shoot for a Bravo commercial, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi got a little heat for a perceived cold shoulder. A bevy of Bravo stars, including Kyle Richards, NeNe Leakes, Patti Stanger, Jill Zarin, Lisa Vanderpump, Kara DioGuardi and Jamie Oliver, showed up three hours before her, Page Six reports, and when she walked by with a six-person entourage and without a word of greeting the sniping started. "Our source overheard one star hiss, 'It takes a village to raise a child,' noting the entourage who formed a barricade around Padma's dressing area and played with her 14-month-old daughter, Krishna." [Page Six]
- After an unknown hit-and-run driver knocked down the fence at the house of Redskins' quarterback Donovan McNabb early Saturday while the family was away, his wife Raquel was very gracious: "I hope whoever did it is okay," she told Reliable Source. Police have no leads so far. [Reliable Source]
- Regis Philbin was on his way to a dinner party with David Letterman, Don Rickles and Steve Martin at "an exclusive French restaurant" where the "great comedic minds" were to sit in a private room, with a private entrance to the street. But the door was locked, "meaning Regis had to expose himself in front of all these people in the restaurant," the talk show host told co-host Kelly Ripa. "Why did you have to expose yourself?" Ripa countered. [PopEater]
- The cast and crew filming Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve on New York's Upper West Side have a rival team in the form of the ABC staff. The film crew has been working near the ABC offices, and has created some fierce competition for street parking. In addition to extra cars from cast members Robert De Niro, Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher and Lea Michele, the movie fleet includes a film truck "that covers half the block in front of ABC that's normally taken up by WABC News trucks." [Page Six]
- Billy Joel unintentionally piqued the public's interest when he pulled the plug on his autobiography, as we noted yesterday. Now it seems we'll get a chance to learn about at least some of his salacious past in fiction form. Joel ex-wife and budding novelist Katie Lee will have her book, Groundswell, published on June 21. Described as a fictional woman's "journey of self-discovery after the breakup of her marriage to an older movie star," the novel appears to be a thinly veiled biography itself. [Gatecrasher]
- Like any nerd who suddenly finds himself a popular TV personality, Judah Friedlander overtly uses his clout to impress the ladies. He chatted up two Italian models at the Cinema Society after-party for Keanu Reeves's new movie, Henry's Crime. When a friend wondered aloud whether 30 Rock is played in Italy, Friedlander grinned: "Probably." [Page Six]