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Can Brit Save Career with Big Surprise?

8/15/2007 9:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It could be the last chance for Britney Spears to be more than a tabloid tart – yet another "surprise" performance, this time at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Rush & Molloy report that, as rumor has it, Brit-Brit is getting ready for a not-so-secret splash at the VMAs, and that she's been prepping with manager-mogul Jeff Kwatinetz (recently canned by Kelly Clarkson, as TMZ first reported). Her record label, reports the News, is "worried any missteps (or a no-show) could hurt her comeback." Unlike chicken-greased photo shoots or topless hot-tub hookups, of course.

Meanwhile, the rash of subpoena-serving in the Britney-K-Fed divorce spread Tuesday, with another of Brit's ex-assistants and her manny-bodyguard getting their own speedy deliveries. Shannon Funk, who TMZ caught cavorting with OK! mag staffers, and Daimon Shippen, the manny who many thought might be a paramour, were served at the airport and getting of his car, respectively, reports People.

Imus Slapped with Suit by Rutgers Baller


And now, the deluge. Shock jock Don Imus got rapped with his first civil suit stemming from Nappy-Headed-gate, as Rutgers' star center Kia Vaughn filed a lawsuit yesterday alleging libel, slander and defamation on Imus' part, reports ABC News.

Vaughn's lawyer, Richard Ancowitz, says that the suit was filed "to restore the good name and reputation" of Vaughn, and that by calling his client and her team "nappy-headed hos," the I-Man "referred to [Vaughn] as an unchaste woman," which is apparently untrue. Imus, of course, settled with CBS Radio, which fired him earlier this year, for $20 million.

Kim K – I'm Just a Flat-Assed Waif!


Kim "The Tush" Kardashian just shakes her bootay head at the notion that she's had any kind of gluteal implant, but claims that she's small potatoes compared to her much more bodacious relations. "I'm Armenian; you should see all the women in my family," says Kim to King magazine (via Page Six). "The women have bigger breasts and bigger butts." (Gulp.) Kardashian says blame it on her genes: "That's how I was born. I'm not gonna fight it."

Party Favors: Ellen Nabs Hillary for Season Premiere ... Crystal Wants Conan's Slot?


She had the first President Clinton on her show, and now Ellen DeGeneres will be getting the (prospective) next President Clinton as she rolls out the first show of her fifth season. Sen. Hillary Clinton will be joining Ellen in New York as she kicks things off in NYC Sept. 4 and Sept. 5, and the funnywoman promises other "big surprises" beyond. ... Speaking of comics and talk shows, could Billy Crystal of all people have been angling for Conan O'Brien's slot once Big Red moves to "The Tonight Show"? Page Six reports that Crystal wants a late-night show, something in the range of, oh, five years at $20 million a year.

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