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Kanye West’s hatred of paparazzi strains his love for Kim Kardashian

Updated: June 18, 2013 6:05AM



Could the pressures of pending parenthood, nonstop media attention (even if self-generated!) and juggling major career duties with a romantic relationship be taking a toll on Kanye West and Kim Kardashian?

That’s what some folks close to the high-profile couple are gossiping about. There’s word Chicago native West has grown very tired of Kardashian’s constant need to be in the public eye. Though long a hugely popular music star, West doesn’t think he deserves the full-court press of paparazzi attention — which has really increased since he and Kardashian hooked up.

While performing at the Adult Swim TV upfront presentations Wednesday, West even ranted, “I ain’t no mother-[expletive] celebrity,” which naturally caused many to laugh — since he obviously is a celebrity. Perhaps in reaction to last week’s footage of West banging his head on a metal street sign as he and Kardashian scooted away from the ever-present shutterbugs, he went on to complain about the “dumb-ass” questions TMZ-type photographers constantly throw at him. He said it’s a big distraction from his musical life.

Don’t look for West to spoof his run-ins with the paparazzi this weekend when he shows up as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live,” being hosted by Ben Affleck. He already told the Adult Swim crowd that won’t happen, because “it’s not a joke.”

As first reported by Radar­Online, Kardashian is not happy that West will leave on a international tour to support his new album shortly after the couple’s baby is born. “That should not have come as any surprise to Kim,” my source confirms. “That tour and that album have been on Kanye’s schedule for a long time.” Reportedly, the new West album will be released June 18.

PIVEN’S POINT: The first season finale of “Mr. Selfridge” airs on PBS Sunday (9 p.m., WTTW-Channel 11), but Evanston’s own Jeremy Piven, who plays the title role, already is back in London taping episodes for the second season, airing in 2014.

Without revealing too much, Piven says the second season takes place “five years on [during World War I], and the luster of the store has worn thin. [Selfridge’s] wife Rose has become a bit icy and drama heightens.”

Cast as the American-born founder of London’s famous Selfridge’s — arguably the world’s first truly modern department store — Piven admitted he loves playing a “character that cheats on his wife, and is still likable.” That’s the challenge for the actor, who made un- likability a delicious romp while playing Ari Gold on the hit “Entourage” HBO series.

That was one of the big hooks for him in agreeing to play Selfridge: “It’s the duality you look for in characters that [makes them] complex and not easy.”

The actor would’ve loved the chance to meet the real Harry Selfridge and “ask him how he found making his way — trailblazing at the turn of the [last] century, and what it was like to navigate through a [British] culture resistant to his very American ways.”

No word from Piven about the long-touted “Entourage” big-screen project, but the Chicago native did ask me to “hug my city for me and … Go Blackhawks!”

TV TALK: NBC anchor Lester Holt — who long anchored at WBBM-Channel 2 here — will be back in Chicago as “Today” broadcasts live from here Wednesday. Lester also will shoot a piece on how Chicagoans celebrate summer. Considering our Windy City winters have reached legendary proportions elsewhere in the nation, it’s nice Lester will focus on how our lakefront comes alive with the Air Show, festivals and Taste of Chicago and showcase our beaches, volleyball leagues, sailing activities and our unique Chicago sport: 16-inch softball!

Some of Chicago television’s best-known personalities — both in front of and behind the camera — will be honored by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the annual Silver Circle Awards, Friday at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel. This year’s inductees include WGN-Channel 9 news director Greg Caputo, veteran WTTW-Channel 11 producer Jamie Ceaser, WLS-Channel 7 entertainment reporter Janet Davies, WFLD-Channel 32 political editor Mike Flannery, WBBM-Channel 2 reporter Mike Parker and WLS-Channel 7 sports anchor Jim Rose. The late, great broadcaster Norm Barry will be honored with the organization’s Pioneer Award.

DIVALICIOUS: Chicago’s one-and-only Lynne Jordan will be heading to New York to present her spectacular homage to Nina Simone at the City Winery in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. If you know anyone who lives in the Big Apple or will be there July 2, let them know this musical powerhouse will be sure to wow ’em with her amazing voice.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Mayor Rahm Emauel and his wife, Amy Rule, were spotted lunching at Terzo Piano at the Art Institute Wednesday. … “The Book of Mormon” cast caught the Wednesday matinee of “Oklahoma!” at the Lyric Opera — going backstage afterward to greet longtime pals from other shows.

TALENT’ TIME: “Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent” will hold auditions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 6-8, by appointment only, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St. in Arlington Heights.

The overall winner will receive a trip to a 2014 “America’s Got Talent” audition to perform for a show screening panel — a travel package valued at $2,000.

Organizers stress that the audition trip does not guarantee the winner will ultimately be seen by “America’s Got Talent” celebrity judges.

The entrance fee for a solo act is $5; $10 for a group act. Only amateur acts will be accepted. For more information and to sign up for an audition time, go to MetropolisArts.com/scgtauditions.

Bill Zwecker reports regularly on WFLD-Channel 32.



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