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Robert Pattinson relieved he skirted scandal on ‘Daily Show’

This Monday Aug. 13 2012 phoreleased by Starpix shows Robert Pattinspremiere 'Cosmopolis' Museum Modern Art New York.  (AP Photo/Starpix

This Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 photo released by Starpix shows Robert Pattinson at the premiere of "Cosmopolis" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca)

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Updated: September 16, 2012 6:17AM

After Robert Pattinson finished his ice-cream-slurping session with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” Monday night, the “Twilight” star expressed a lot of relief backstage at the popular mock news chatfest.

A source reports Pattinson let loose with a loud “Whew!” — knowing he had dodged any comments about his ex-girlfriend and “Twilight” co-star Kristen Stewart in his first interview since Stewart’s cheating scandal with her married “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders broke several weeks ago.

Another close Pattinson associate said Stewart was “a natural choice” for the breaking of the actor’s silence. “Rob and his team knew that Jon would not press him on the situation and likely would dance around it with some kind of comedy twist,” which is exactly what Stewart did do with his Ben & Jerry’s shtick.

Even Stewart’s passing reference to breakups was easily ignored by Pattinson, who has told friends he has no intention of discussing Stewart as he fulfills his commitments to promote “Cosmopolis” (opening Aug. 24 in Chicago).

† On “The Daily Show,” Pattinson was perfectly styled and looked great — clearly rested, relaxed, tan and beautifully styled in a great Gucci suit. “It was very important that Rob look terrific Monday,” added the second source. “He needed to show the world that he’s doing OK, despite what obviously has been an emotionally wrenching event in his personal life.”

† Hollywood insiders are saying the actor and his team should be paying better attention to his big-screen choices. With the exception of his mega-hit “Twilight” films, pictures starring Pattinson mostly have been disappointments at the box office — including “Bel Ami” and “Remember Me.”

Many think the somewhat quirky “Cosmopolis” will suffer a similar fate.

The sole big hit of Pattinson’s non-“Twilight” movies is “Water for Elephants” with Reese Witherspoon, which grossed more than $100 million around the world.

Of course, Pattinson did appear as Cedric Diggory in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” — a huge hit, but not due to his minor role.

A NEW LOOK? While those close to Bobbi Kristina Brown pooh-pooh online tales about Whitney Houston’s only child planning plastic surgery to play down her close resemblances to her estranged dad, Bobby Brown, they do say she likely will cap her front teeth to hide that gap that matches her father’s. But that’s more about the budding actress hoping a better smile will help her snare roles.

MORE AMY? Fans of the late Amy Winehouse will want to know her dad, Mitch Winehouse, hopes to bring out a new album of unreleased tracks by the talented but troubled singer, who died last summer after a long struggle with drugs and alcohol. Winehouse told the New York Post he may even include songs recorded by Amy as a teen, long before she found fame.

HAD TO MISS OUT: Gov. Pat Quinn was so busy working on state employee pension reform issues, he had to miss one of his favorite Illinois State Fair acts — “Million Dollar Quartet” — which the guv has seen a bunch of times at the Apollo Theatre on Lincoln. By all accounts, the sing-along of “Great Balls of Fire” could be heard halfway to Peoria!

AGENDA ACTION: After his Sunday concert at the Allstate Arena, Latin pop star Marc Anthony hits the “Maestro Cares” fund-raiser the next day at the Sofitel Water Tower Hotel, co-hosted by local entrepreneur Henry Cardenas, to raise funds for for an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. … Lowell Thompson will be signing his African Americans in Chicago, 7 p.m. Thursday at Revolution Books, 1103 N. Ashland in Wicker Park. … North Shore native, actor and comedian Hal Sparks will be headlining at Mayne Stage, Sept. 6-8. … Cabaret star Michael Feinstein will be bringing the American songbook to life with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra at the Auditorium Theatre, Sept. 29.

ON THEIR TOES: The Joffrey Academy of Dance — the official school of Our Town’s Joffrey Ballet — is seeking artists to submit applications for the Joffrey’s third annual Choreographers of Color Award. The deadline is Sept. 1 for the competition and opportunity to work with the academy’s artistic directors, Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik. For more information go to

Young Chicago dancers who would love to perform with the Moscow Ballet’s 20th anniversary production of “The Nutcracker” at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont can audition for all the kiddie roles Aug. 29 at 3433-37 W. Peterson. For details, age group times and to register, go to or call Altin Naska at (773) 463-1220.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Guy Barryman of Coldplay was spied dining at Chicago Cut Steakhouse, as was (separately) John Cusack, who got his steakery fix twice this week, mentioning his favorite things include going to Cubs games and hanging out along the lakefront. … Jose Maria Olazabal, captain of the European Ryder Cup team, lunched at Harry Caray’s in Lombard, chatting up the Ryder Cup coming to Medinah Country Club next month.

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