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Stern to Birkhead: I Own You, and Your Little Girl Too

3/3/2007 5:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

As TMZ previously reported, it looks like Larry Birkhead is on his way to being crowned Dannielynn's daddy – but only if the price is right for Howard K. Stern.



As Stern continues to lose control of the whole Anna Nicole circus, he's pressuring the would-be daddy into making him look like the good guy.

According to FOX News, Stern has tried to force Birkhead into signing a contract saying they will appear side by side in upcoming exclusive interviews on "Entertainment Tonight," but Larry won't ink the deal. "Howard wanted Larry to sign so that it looked like ... it wasn't just Howard benefiting from these deals," a source says.

But TMZ has learned that is not the way it went down. Sources say Stern and Birkhead discussed a deal that would have benefited a trust for Dannielynn, but ultimately Birkhead wouldn't sign. Did Stern then cut his own deal? You be the judge.



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61.

my own damn opinion    

Anna Nicole: Stern Pressures Larry to Sign Deal
Anna Nicole Smith's two baby daddies (I don't know what else to call them) continue to be in a tug-of-war this morning, even as their beloved cash cow is readied for burial.
Overnight, attorney Howard K. Stern — whose hold on the situation is starting to slip — has been strong-arming photographer Larry Birkhead to do a couple of things: keep Birkhead's legal reps out of Smith's Bahamas funeral, sign a contract deal with "Entertainment Tonight" and acquiesce even further regarding the future of baby Dannielynn.
Stern, as I told you the other day, has already had one secret meeting with Birkhead in which he cut out the photographer's lawyers.
I'm told that Stern has kept up the pressure on Birkhead, actually presenting him with contracts, sources say, in which Birkhead would join Stern for more exclusive interviews on "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider

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"Howard wanted Larry to sign so that it looked like everyone was in agreement, and that it wasn't just Howard benefiting from these deals," my source said. "Larry said the baby's guardian should sign the papers for him and the baby, but he wouldn't. So then Larry wouldn't."
At the same time, Stern is trying to negotiate separately with Birkhead, away from his attorneys, to sign a deal by which Stern would continue to be in baby Dannielynn's life and oversee her finances.
Stern, my sources say, is working as quickly as he can to effect these agreements before he has to turn over the baby to Birkhead, her biological father.
Sources say that Birkhead's representatives are considering taking legal action against Stern to prevent further communication between the two sides as soon as today.
The problem, sources also say, is that Birkhead — a novice at these games — continues to be intimidated by Stern.
"Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," both owned by CBS Paramount Television, have denied paying for interviews. But I'm told their method — it's semantics — is to "license" footage either directly from Stern or through a third party.
Recently, "ET" used Solana Productions of Southern California in such a deal. Neither Solana nor anyone from CBS Paramount answered calls yesterday.
Anna Nicole: Dead, and For Sale
Today, Anna Nicole Smith — a ridiculous person who accomplished just about nothing in her life — will be buried in the Bahamas.
There are several wars taking place all over the world, not to mention famines. Artists are hard at work, movies are opening, buildings are going up, diseases are being investigated. But, hey: Anna Nicole is being buried, and "Entertainment Tonight" will be there for every cheesy second of it.
That's because "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," two half-hour shows syndicated by CBS's Paramount TV, have paid a high price for this honor.
Real insiders (not the kind you have to pay for info) tell me that Paramount TV cut the deal with Howard K. Stern — Anna Nicole's lawyer and Svengali — right after her son Daniel died of a lethal combination of drugs in her Bahamian hospital room last September.
Paramount TV has denied this, somewhat passively, so far. But my sources say that Paramount paid Stern around $3 million initially, and that this was renegotiated right after Anna Nicole herself died on Feb. 8 of this year.
Of course, we could believe that Stern — who in court told clueless Florida probate judge Larry Seidlin that he was living off his parents — just loves "ET." Anything's possible.
But the reality is that Anna Nicole's death has proven to be a ratings-sweep godsend.
Linda Bell Blue, the show's executive producer, previously helmed Paramount's ugly tabloid show, "Hard Copy." For years, she's had to sit through Mary Hart's tedious, publicist-arranged interviews with low-level TV stars, just waiting for this moment: a huge celebrity death, in a sweeps month, and already contracted for!
As recently as last night, "ET" correspondent Mark Steines was reporting "from inside" Anna Nicole's Bahamas mansion — no mention of the fact that it apparently didn't belong to her, and that the landlord is kicking everyone out.
Steines had "the inside scoop" about the B-list country singer who would serenade Anna Nicole into the next life, the color of her burial gown ("pink!") and what would be inside the coffin (with any luck, Anna Nicole).
Steines performs these interviews — as he has since last Nov. 1, when he had his first "exclusive" after Smith's son, Daniel, died — with a reasonably straight face.
He either knows he's skating on very thin ice and doesn't care, or doesn't get it and is happy to accept the money. In either case, he loses.
As far back as last November, the show's viewers were writing into "ET" forums on the Web aski

2756 days ago
62.

truth sleuth    

someone had a theory on here I wondered if it was possible, basically she was detoxing at the hotel and it made her very sick, that made me wonder if that was why they bought the boat, to keep her away from drugs after she detoxed, remember, it was reported she was going to give in and do the DNA. If that was true, and if it is true they were also requiring a drug test from her because of her drug usage, then she needed her blood test to come out clean so she could retain custody. Would detoxing off of some of those drugs she was on kill a person though? I read detoxing off of methadone can give a person flu-like symptoms but can that actually kill a person? Would the people around her be held liable for not having her detox in a hospital or rehab?

2756 days ago
63.

Cathy    

LARRY! STAND UP TO THIS GREEDY PARASITE!!!

Anna Nicole was Howard K Stern's meal ticket in life and now in her death. It would be a huge mistake for Larry Birkhead to sign or agree to anything that Stern proposes.

Remember this: Anna began on her downward spiral because she allowed Stern to deal her life away like a pack of cards. He benefited. She didn't.

If Anna excepted the original settlement from Marshall's estate, she would be alive today. Instead she let Stern bulldoze her sanity through years of litigation so she could get more money.

NO... SO HOWARD COULD GET MORE MONEY.
In this regard, Virgie was right. She told Anna to take the $8 million and walk.

Howard set Anna up in a Reality show when she was at her lowest - fat, depressed, and loaded up on medication. Howard saw it as an opportunity that he could not pass up.

Anna became a laughing stock and Howard became famous and rich via Anna and her miserable state. (Remember the video of Anna as a clown - eight month's pregnant. Howard saw that as an opportunity too).

These are the issues nobody is talking about, We should start recognizing what Howard really did to Anna and what his motive's were. Money. He may not have directly killed her, but step by step, he sent her to an early demise.

Larry better see that all Howard wants is a new meal ticket and I hope with all my heart that Larry isn't next... via his baby Dannielynn.

Howard, the well educated Attorney is a snake. He knows what he is doing. He is a smart, shady, manipulative man -hell-bent on monetary success. Howard discreetly swaps tears for dollar signs. His heart in his wallet.

LARRY - STAND UP TO THIS GREEDY PARASITE!

2756 days ago
64.

Mad Balls    

What a great speech HKS gave at the funeral . I did'nt know that you could announce your run for president from the Graveside . Once again Howie comes up as the victim , everyone else is a plotter to get to his " Wife" , his " Kid" , His " Money " . Of course none of these are " HIS " . Give it time people . The recent linking off the same drug mixture in Daniel 's body as was found in Anna's is telling and chilling . Things are working behind the scenes and should start showing up in public . Don't cheer to much for those paid goons who booed Vergie , remember that HKS threw money around in the bahamas and people remember him as "kind and generous" kinda like Saddam Hussien used to refered to by his goons . Most probably HKS will be charged with second degree murder in Daniels death . Most of the other breakings of the law will be atributed to Anna . So we will go to HKS praising anna at the funeral to HKS painting anna as a drugged out loser who could'nt control her money , drugs and kid . HKS the new poster boy for Maniac Bi-polar disease .

2756 days ago
65.

Lark    

To TMZ, all of the newscasters except E-T, just remember, what goes around comes around!
There is no greater pain than loosing a child, yet ...right after Daniels death, Larry choses to file a paternity suit against them and dear ole mom, goes on Nancy Grace and tells the world Anna and Howard killed Daniel. NOW, I ASK YOU ALL, who is the bad people???? Certainly not Howard, she probably wouldn't have lived that long without him. Do any of you think you could survive that kind of stress, I think not.
Again, what goes around comes around.
Howard worked without a salary as her attorney for 11 years. His paycheck will be a commission IF the Marshall estate is ever finalized. What is wrong with that?
What goes around, comes around people!

2756 days ago
66.

joanne    

jolie can't stand the idea of someone besides her getting more coverage than her (Stern, Spears, etc) can't she think up a better way to get in the news besides adopting? it seems as soon as they are to old to be carried around, she gets another. except her daughter of course, what kind of news coverage can you get carrying a white child. Children derserve batter than that. Children, no matter what color they are, are not wardrobe accessories. They are our future. Treat them well. Poor danilynn is making money for stern. sad. Pray for our troops.

2756 days ago
67.

truth sleuth    

Nancy Grace and tells the world Anna and Howard killed Daniel
Posted at 11:54AM on Mar 3rd 2007 by Lark Harrison

I am not a huge Virgie fan but that isn't totally true. I saw the very first time she went on there and have watched the reruns countless times. Virgie never one time said ANS killed her son nor did she ever imply it. She implied very strongly that HKS did though and warned her daughter to be careful and started crying. Watch it again, you will never see her say her daughter killed her grandson, at least not on that particular show.

2756 days ago
68.

try2befair...    

POST # 32...ALI......GO TO ETONLINE.COM.,....THERE IS THE SPEECH IN ITS ENTIRITY, I THINK IT WAS VERY APPROPIATE....ESPECIALLY AFTER THEY ALL SAT IN THE CHURCH WAITHING FOR 45 MINUTES AS VERGI WAS IN COURT TRYING TO HAVE ANNA REMAIN IN THE HEARST ON THE STREET....NOT TO BE BURIED...IMAGINE THE FEELING HOWARD, LARRY ....ETC....HAD WHEN THEY HEARD THIS AS THEY SAT THERE....

2756 days ago
69.

alicia    

There was something strange about the broadcast ET did of Anna Nicole's funeral. I watched the entire ET/Insider hour of it last night.

And at some point, it started to become clear that a not so subtle shift had occurred -- as contrasted to all of the other coverage ET had previously done of the Anna Nicole saga.

Because although it was Anna's funeral, Anna's death, Anna's beribboned coffin with the rhinestone smiley face for goodness sakes, it was instead HOWARD who was being engineered by ET as the most featured player.

It was Howard's speech around which the broadcast of Anna's funeral was based. With Anna's dead body almost just there to prop Howard up.

In fact, if that broadcast had been put into scripted form and presented to Anna for approval, she, no doubt, would have protested and wondered who exactly the "star" was.

That speech, artfully edited into particular targeted clips, was presented as Howard's call to arms. Oh, the drama. The dramatic arc.

I guess now that Anna Nicole is below ground and no longer as readily available to accept their calls, ET needs a new story line. They seem to have decided on Howard the Warrior.

Oh yeah, Howard the Warrior has entered the building.

All the better to try to take focus off of the real Howard(s):

HOWARD THE ENABLER

HOWARD THE BABY KIDNAPPER

HOWARD THE PERJURER TO JUDGE SEIDLIN

HOWARD THE SQUATTER

HOWARD WITH TWO DEATHS ON HIS WATCH

HOWARD WHO HAS MARKETED THESE TWO DEATHS FOR MILLIONS TO ET

2756 days ago
70.

barbara sue terry    

This whole mess is a sad circus which noone will benefit from in the end. Money is
a necessary but it only pays friends or things. My motto which may be far fecthed but
live and let live. When you have never had much and struggled for even the bare stuff
you realize what matters. I hope and pray this will settle down soon and all those
people will just greive and get on with it....The good stuff needs to be remembered
and let the bad stuff go because it only breeds hate.

2756 days ago
71.

my own damn opinion    

Laurel;
you are damn good with that hammer..........................U hit the nail RIGHT on the HEAD !!
Howie'$ head that is LOL

2756 days ago
72.

Minnie    

Anna died before HKS could get her on the boat !! She would have "accidently"
fallen overboard or simply disappeared. Her death screwed up his plans.

2756 days ago
73.

try2befair...    

ALL YOU HOWARD BASHERS...ARE TOTAL ASS-HOLES..ANNA LOVED HIM AND ANNA STAYED WITH HIM....SO I GUESS THERE IS SOMETHING TO HIS SPEECH..".NO ON KNEW EXCEPT US WHAT THE TRUTH WAS...." SO WHY DON`T U ALL SHUT UP....WATCH AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS NOW..HE CAN DOAND SPEAK FREELY ...ANNA IS WITH DANIEL, THAT WAS WHAT HE HAD TO DO...ITS DONE ...NOW HE WILL DO WHAT HE HAS TO DO....WHAT A BUNCH OF IDIOTS..

2756 days ago
74.

Haley    

I hope Howard gets what he deserves real soon, but it looks as though he has the upper hand these days; he's got the baby, custody through Bahama law, the money, named trustor and guardian, and so on. He's no poor schmo, he's getting tons of money on these interviews and will ultimately as the trustor of the estate. And, what about those life insurance policies if true? ANS has a lot of money coming in over the years through her name and likeness. Such a sad and bizarre story this all is.

If all this is true (and I never see TMZ being sued for libel or slander), then why is LB being so chummy with Stern? Seems he gave his tickets to Howard and they were talking friendly at the reception and DO had her hand on Stern's arm? Weird.

2756 days ago
75.

Libby    

HKS loved Anna to a FAULT! He probably did have her best interests at heart but I believe his control of the decision-making aspects of her life probably contributed to her death. - She needed to be in a hospital!!!! She was SICK and in DANGER.. Yet Howard and MOE plopped her into an ice bath, which is NOT done these days to someone with a fever. - Howard CATERED to her out of his love for her. And that was NOT a good thing! No DOUBT he loved her but it was NOT a healthy love . - If she was s diabetic, he would have fed her candy just because that is what she wanted. This is a pathological behavior. - And like Judge Seidlin said, he enabled her.

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