Is Octumom Nadya Suleman Being Paid? Plus Nick Cannon And Grammy Ratings

by | February 10, 2009 at 9:03 AM | The Ticker

Here’s your early serving of TV scoop:

  • NBC’s Ann Curry continues her riveting interview with Octumom Nadya Suleman tonight on Dateline, but the most fascinating parts of this story are elsewhere. First, RadarOnline.com has an interview with Nadya’s mother, Angel, who calls her daughter’s decision to add eight more children to her already taxing brood of six “unconscionable.” She also contradicts her Angelina Jolie-lookalike daughter’s claim that the same doctor who helped with her first pregnancy was also involved in conceiving this next round. “Her dad and I were talking to her doctor so he would not do this again,” Angela told RadarOnlne.com. “He did promise and he kept his promise. However she went somewhere else and had this last in vitro done again which resulted in octuplets.”
  • Just as interesting is the idea that large amounts of cash are being exchanged for these interviews. Jossip.com claims that NBC paid Nadya Suleman $300,000 for her on-camera story and that ABC coughed up an unspecified amount of money for the RadarOnline.com videotape, which was actually made by paparazzi agency Splash News, then sold to the National Enquirer-owned website RadarOnline, which then brokered to ABC. Oh, keep in mind that news divisions don’t pay for stories.
  • Also – and if you’re addicted to this story, you’re still reading – the unemployed Suleman told Ann Curry she wasn’t receiving any financial help from the government.  Yet last night the Los Angeles Times reported Suleman was already getting $490 a month in food stamps to help feed her first six kids, three of whom are disabled and receiving other federal assistance. The NY Post provides a fine update.

  • Apparently Nick Cannon has talent. The comic whose credits include hosting MTV’s ‘Wild’n Out‘ and marrying Mariah Carey, will replace Jerry Springer as host of NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent,’ reports Variety. Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and David Hasselhoff continue as judges.
  • Congratulations to the 51st Grammy Awards – and CBS. The pairing of Taylor Swift and Miley Cryus, plus 23 other performances, not to mention the attention-grabbing headlines made by Chris Brown and Rihanna, gave the awards show a 14% boost in ratings from the previous year.