Ticker: Chris Brown Apologizes, Big Star Refuses To Perform At Oscars, Hayek Gets Hitched, ‘Hills’ Firm Fired

by | February 16, 2009 at 2:02 PM | The Ticker

Here’s Monday’s news wrap-up:

In a written statement released over the weekend, Chris Brown says he’s “sorry and saddened” about the assault that took place last week, and indicates he is seeking counseling. Pop star Rihanna’s father has also told reporters that his daughter has broken off the relationship with Brown.

Peter Gabriel has pulled out of performing at this year’s Oscars to protest a change in the presentation of best song contenders. In the new routine, all songs are merged into a medley as opposed to featuring individual performances. “It’s a bit unfortunate because the songwriters, even though they’re a small part of the whole filmmaking process, we still work bloody hard and deserve a place in the ceremony as well,” he says on his website. The singer’s ‘Down To Earth’ from the film Wall-E is up for best original song.

Fresh from her stint as Jack’s Latina beauty on 30 Rock, Salma Hayek has married her French boyfriend, Francois-Henri Pinnault, on Valentines Day in Paris. They have a daughter together. Will she and Jack ever tie the knot?

People’s Revolution, the PR firm that was prominently featured on The Hills and that played a large role in getting Whitney Port to hop over to New York and into The City, has been fired by a designer from Fashion Week. The crime in question? Allowing Spitzer’s high-priced call-girl, Ashley Alexandra Dupré, into the Yigal Azrouël show. For more People’s Revolution drama, be sure to catch the latest episode of The City.