Janet Jackson trying to avoid subsidizing her siblings: source
By Bill Zwecker
July 30, 2012 6:52PM
Janet Jackson Live In Sydney
Updated: September 1, 2012 6:10AM
M any readers have been wondering why Janet Jackson got herself into the middle of the big family squabble over the guardianship of Michael Jackson’s children and joined the potential challenge to Michael’s will and his estate’s executors.
Plain and simple, a key Jackson source says it’s about Janet’s fear of becoming the main financial supporter of her many siblings, given her resources are second only to Michael’s. Instead, Janet believes that responsibility should fall to Michael’s estate — with assets that reportedly will soon soar to $1 billion.
TOP CHOICE: Northwestern grad Seth Meyers may coyly laugh off reports he’s the guy Kelly Ripa and her team want as her permanent “Live” co-host, but show sources continue to stress he’s everyone’s favorite choice to inherit Regis Philbin’s place.“He’s perfect. Kelly loves him. He’s perfect for our key female demographics. He has a wonderful quick wit and is edgy without being
too edgy,” said a veteran “Live” insider.
If they can work out the money and scheduling to allow Meyers to continue as “Weekend Update” anchor on “Saturday Night Live,” it’s thought he’s sure to get the gig.
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Voting at myspace.com/sparkle or bet.com/sparkle ends at 2 p.m. Wednesday. If Isaac’s posted video wins, he will go to New York, appear on BET’s “106 & Park” and get a recording session with the Punch Monkeys production and writing team — plus a Myspace homepage feature.
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Kelsey Grammer’s fictional Chicago mayor, Tom Kane.
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