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The Situation will be getting lessons in anger management, The Associated Press reports.

Former “Jersey Shore” star Michael Sorrentino, better known as The Situation, has agreed to take the classes as part of a deal to resolve simple assault charges he faced following a July 15 fight with his brother at their family’s tanning salon in Middletown Township, N.J.

A municipal court judge Monday accepted the deal and adjourned the matter for three months. If Sorrentino successfully completes the counseling program, the charge against him could be downgraded.

Sorrentino’s family — including his brother — attended the court hearing. The family-owned Boca Tanning Club is the setting for a new reality show about them.

The cast members of the MTV reality show “Jersey Shore,” filmed in Seaside Heights, were known for their love of tanning and the motto GTL, or gym, tan, laundry. They also were known for a rowdy, partying lifestyle that resulted in some cast members getting in fights and some facing legal troubles related to alcohol use.

Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network, the AP reports.

The Sarah Palin Channel, which went live Sunday, bills itself as a “direct connection” for the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate with her supporters, with “no need to please the powers-that-be,” Palin says in a video mission statement on her channel’s home page.

“Are you tired of the media filters?” she asks. “Well, I am. I always have been. So we’re gonna do something about it.

“We’ll talk about the issues that the mainstream media won’t talk about,” she adds.

Palin says she oversees all content posted to the channel. This will include her own political commentary. Other features for subscribers include the ability to submit questions to Palin and participate with her in online video chats.

Membership is set at $9.95 per month or $99.95 for a year.

Palin remains active elsewhere as a Fox News Channel contributor and reality-TV personality.

The Sarah Palin Channel is part of the TAPP video platform, which launched earlier this year.

The temperature wasn’t the hottest thing in Miami this past weekend!

Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello hit the town with Vergara’s family for a food- (and PDA-) filled weekend, People reports.

After landing in Miami on Thursday, the new couple began their food tour right away. Their first stop: Cecconi’s Miami Beach, where they ate with Vergara’s parents, sharing the restaurant’s meatballs and the octopus, served with lemon capers, celery and olives.

The following day, the lovebirds had eyes only for each other when they stepped out for a romantic lunch at Mandolin Aegean Bistro in Miami’s Design District. “They couldn’t keep their hands off of each other,” an onlooker said.

Friday night, Vergara and Manganiello hit Seasalt and Pepper on the Miami River, where they joined a group of friends in the courtyard and dined on more octopus (this time marinated in olive oil, lemon and parsley), plus albacore tuna salad with lavender dressing and Osetra caviar, shrimp-stuffed Vidalia onions, and turbot with black truffle risotto. To drink? A bottle of Moet Ice.

After picking up the check around 1 a.m. and leaving a generous tip, Vergara posed for a photo with Seasalt’s chef, Alfredo Alvarez, and thanked him for a lovely meal, a source said.

On Saturday night, the entire Vergara family partied at LIV Night Club in the Fontainebleau Hotel, arriving at about 1:30 a.m. and dancing until about 3:30 a.m. Manganiello and Vergara “were very affectionate, held hands, and enjoyed dancing with one another. They didn’t take their eyes off each other the entire night,” according to a source.

Bad news, Barbz, Nicki Minaj has delayed the release of her upcoming single “Anaconda.”

The 31-year-old rapper took to Twitter on Sunday to let fans know that the song’s debut has been pushed back a week and will now hit airwaves on Monday, E! News reports.

“My darlingz, I’ve pushed the release of  Anaconda to next week, Monday 8/4. I promise you will understand why before the week is out. Loveeeeeeee uuuuuu,” the “Super Bass” beauty wrote.

But luckily, it wasn’t all bad news for Minaj’s loyal fan base as the message was accompanied by another super-hot shot of the singer, in which she’s sporting a pink G-string and matching sports bra (just like the “Anaconda” cover) while leaving little to the imagination.

And while it’s not quite as revealing as the racy cover art, the image is sure to raise some eyebrows.

Minaj found herself on the receiving end of criticism last week when she released the cover art for her upcoming single. The scandalous shot sees Minaj wearing a pink sports bra, matching G-string and Nike tennis shoes as she flaunts her famous booty for the camera.

In response to the backlash, Minaj took to Twitter to defend the photo, sharing a series of sexy and “acceptable” Sports Illustrated shots in an effort to prove that her pic is no different.

But despite insisting that she’s unconcerned with the criticism, it seems that the many “Anaconda” memes have indeed upset the singer.

Although Freddie Prinze Jr. progressed from teen hits such as “She’s All That” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer” in the 1990s to a role in the TV thriller ”24” in 2010, apparently he couldn’t leave the high school-style drama behind, People reports.

According to Prinze, working with Kiefer Sutherland on the popular show nearly led him to quit acting altogether.

“I did ‘24’ — it was terrible. I hated every moment of it,” Prinze, 38, told ABC News while at Comic-Con promoting his new Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels.” “I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped.”

“Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world,” Prinze continued. “That’s not me talking trash, I’d say it to his face. I think everyone that’s worked with him has said that.”

Prinze’s scorched-earth comments continued: “I went and worked for Vince McMahon at the WWE, for [Pete’s] sake … but, at least he was cool and tall. I didn’t have to take my shoes off to do scenes with him, which they made me do [at ‘24’]. Just put the guy on an apple box or don’t hire me next time. You know I’m 6 feet and he’s 5 foot 4 inches.”

Sutherland’s rep could not be reached for comment.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy fueled romance rumors about Jennifer Lopez when he showed up at her 45th birthday bash in Southampton, N.Y., on Thursday, People reports.

Whether they are just “friends,” as sources have described them — or more — remains a mystery for now. The “Dancing With the Stars” pro sidestepped questions about the pop star before heading onstage for his performance Saturday of “Sway: A Dance Trilogy” in nearby Westbury, N.Y.

Asked if the “First Love” singer was coming to see him in the show, Chmerkovskiy, 34, said, “I have a lot of friends, and a lot of them are coming tonight.” (Lopez, 45, did not come.)

Are he and Lopez dating?

“I’m just focused on dancing,” he replied. “I’m not interested in talking about anything other than the show.”

Authorities say several dozen people were treated for alcohol-related illnesses at a weekend Keith Urban concert in Massachusetts, the AP reports.

Police and fire officials say ambulances from five surrounding communities responded to the Saturday night concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, about 30 miles south of Boston.

At least 46 people were treated, and 22 were taken to local hospitals.

Police say more than 50 people were taken into protective custody at the concert, and some could face charges.

Officials say about 18,000 country music fans attended the concert at the outside venue.


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