Word started to make the Internet rounds that Kim Kardasian and Kanye West's baby would be named North -- as in North West -- and the punsters and Tweeters had a field day that apparently keeps on giving.
Among a group of Tweets collected at Masable were these:
• @gracehelbig Kim and Kanye named their baby North West. It's one of the few things in Kim's life that hasn't gone south. #sorryshesprobablyverynice
• @Lord_Voldemort7 So I'm assuming that North West won't be a One Direction fan?
E! Online reported that "the happy trio left Cedars-Sinai overnight Thursday, with doting mom, little Nori and adoring daddy heading to an undisclosed L.A. home."
Abercrombie & Fitch has angered what seems to be a large contingent of its shoppers -- Taylor Swift fans.
People.com says that a T-shirt with the slogan "# more boyfriends than t.s." (seemingly poking fun at the singer's love life) hit stores, Swift's loyal followers expressed disappointment and the top was excised from its shelves nationwide.
On Twitter, the clothing brand said, "Hey #swifties we no longer sell the tshirt. We <3 Taylor's music and think she's awesome!"
Paula Deen, the self-proclaimed queen of Southern cooking, failed to appear on "Today" for a scheduled interview Friday morning with Matt Lauer, citing exhaustion.
According to The New York Times, Deen had agreed to the interview, extensively promoted by NBC News on Thursday night, to address the uproar generated this week by her statements in a deposition for a discrimination lawsuit by a former employee. In the deposition, she admitted she had used racial epithets, tolerated racist jokes and condoned pornography in the workplace.
Clearly upset by her absence Friday, Lauer told viewers that Deen had spoken with him Thursday, agreed to an "open and candid" discussion, flown to New York City -- but in the morning, had her representatives cancel.
"We just found out she's a no-show," he said. On Twitter, he added, "Hoping to get more info on the Paula Deen situation soon. Very confusing."
She posted a Twitter message at noon saying, "I will be releasing a video statement shortly."
Deen, 66, commands a small culinary empire, having produced numerous cookbooks, starred in cooking shows and served as a spokeswoman for Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Smithfield Foods. Her magazine "Cooking with Paula Deen" has a circulation of nearly 1 million, her website says.
The lawsuit against her was filed in March 2012 by Lisa T. Jackson, the general manager of Uncle Bubba's Oyster House, a restaurant that Deen owned with her brother, Earl Hiers. Jackson, who is white, said that her father was Sicilian, with dark skin, and that she had suffered prejudice as a result.
In the deposition, Deen is quoted by the Times as saying she had used a racial slur in the past, though not in the restaurant, and that she and her family did not tolerate prejudice.
She also stated that "most jokes" are about Jews, gay people, black people and "rednecks."
"I can't, myself, determine what offends another person," she said.
First Published June 21, 2013 2:00 PM