People: Laura Prepon, Lindsay Lohan, Russell Simmons and Justin Timberlake

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Laura Prepon has flown the coop.

"Orange is the New Black," the Netflix original series that takes place in a women's prison, will lose one of its central characters, inmate Alex, played by Prepon, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

While Prepon, 33, will no longer be a series regular, she still will return for season 2 in order to tie up any loose ends in her storyline. There also remains the possibility of a comeback in the future, says the trade publication.

"Our season is still developing and nothing is confirmed," a Netflix rep said in a statement. Season 2 of the series is currently in production.

It is not clear if Prepon decided to leave the show or if the plotline requires her exit. Alex is a love interest of the main character, Piper, played by Taylor Schilling.

Has Kenny Powers met his match in Lindsay Lohan?

The recently rehabbed actress -- who appears to be taking her recovery seriously with the help of a sober coach -- posted a photo on Instagram Tuesday confirming she has landed another acting gig, People reports.

"#back@work! So grateful today! :)" she captioned a sultry selfie.

Although Lohan did not specify what exactly she'd be doing, E! News confirmed she will appear in the fourth and final season of "Eastbound and Down." The HBO comedy follows the downfall and rebirth of foul-mouthed former major league baseball pitcher Powers, played by Danny McBride, whose bad attitude and drug and alcohol problems wrecked his once red-hot career.

Lohan will play the daughter of one of the main characters, according to the report, and took part in a wedding scene set many years in the future -- with her as the bride.

Since she was released from rehab on July 30, Lohan, 27, has guest-hosted "Chelsea Lately" and sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a frank interview about her troubled past (in addition to allowing OWN to film an eight-part series about her recovery to air next year).

The "Eastbound and Down" role is her first since "The Canyons," the largely panned movie released earlier this month but filmed prior to her most recent rehab visit.

The film's director, Paul Schrader, recently told People the entertainment community is pulling for her, and whether she continues to work is largely up to her.

"If she can create a reputation of reliability, and that's her number one problem, she will have a career because people do ... like her," he said.

nRussell Simmons is apologizing for a parody video of Harriet Tubman in a sex tape that appeared on his All Def Digital YouTube channel.

The clip features an actress portraying Tubman having sex with her white slave master as someone films it so the abolitionist can bribe her boss. The "Harriet Tubman Sex Tape" video was posted Wednesday.

The 55-year-old Simmons, founder of Def Jam Records, writes Thursday that he "can now understand why so many people are upset." He said he removed the video after a call from the NAACP.

Simmons adds that he doesn't condone violence against women and that he's "sincerely sorry" to those offended by the clip. Though Simmons removed the video, it still lives online.

Justin Timberlake is set to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards later this month, the AP reports.

The pop icon will also receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at the Aug. 25 awards show, the network said Thursday. Timberlake is tied with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for the most nominations, with six each.

Timberlake's nominations include video of the year, best male video and pop video for "Mirrors." His comeback album, "The 20/20 Experience," is the year's best-selling album. He'll release "The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2" on Sept. 30.

Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke will also perform at the VMAs, to air live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Along with joy came anxiety for last weekend's Miss Teen USA winner, Cassidy Wolf, People reports.

The blond beauty, 19, is involved in a case being investigated by the FBI, following a threat from an anonymous person claiming to be in possession of nude photos taken of Wolf from her webcam.

A spokeswoman for the FBI's Los Angeles office confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that the investigation is several months old but would not share further information, including whether a suspect had been identified.

The Orange County, Calif.,-based pageant star said the suspect tried to extort her so she could avoid the photos going public.

She's hanging up her scrubs for good.

Next season will be the last for "Grey's Anatomy" star Sandra Oh, after what will be 10 seasons on the hit ABC medical drama.

"It's been a great privilege to play the character of Cristina Yang on GA, and I am both sad and excited to see where this, her final season will take her," Oh, 42, said in a statement, reports.

"It was an emotional and deeply creative decision for me and I feel fully supported by Shonda [Rhimes, the show's creator and executive producer,] and the writers," her statement continued.

Oh, who won a 2006 Golden Globe for her role as the tough-as-nails surgeon, and earned five consecutive Emmy nominations from 2005 to 2009, says the decision to part ways with the show wasn't an easy one.

"Creatively, I really feel like I gave it my all, and I feel ready to let her go," she told the Hollywood Reporter.

But rest easy, "Grey's" fans. A rep for ABC says Oh's departure won't mean the end of "Grey's Anatomy."

"It's our intention to have 'Grey's' on the air for many years to come, with as many of the original cast as possible," said a network rep.

Meanwhile, fans will be eager to see how the writers will handle the departure of Oh's character.

NBA player Ryan Anderson, who discovered girlfriend Gia Allemand after her apparent suicide, issued a statement Wednesday mourning the loss of "The Bachelor" starlet.

"I'm deeply grateful for all the love and support we have received from family, friends and fans," says Anderson. "Gia was the most beautiful person I knew inside and out and she always smiled and made everyone else around her smile."

"She had such an amazing impact on my life and anyone that knew her was blessed. All I have left is to cherish those memories we made together and help perpetuate the many values, faith and love that we shared."

The model-actress, 29, who also appeared on two seasons of "Bachelor Pad," was found in her New Orleans home on Monday by Anderson, who plays for the city's Pelicans team. He called 911 and Allemand was transported to the hospital in critical condition. She remained on life support until her death Wednesday.


First Published August 16, 2013 4:00 AM


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