- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 3, 2007

Ailing Paula vents

Paula Abdul, who on Thursday said she is “deeply hurt” that a phone call with her reps was leaked to the press, opened up to People.com about how she’s doing.

“Look at me, I’m OK, really I am,” the “American Idol” judge, 44, said.

“I’m doing just fine and don’t have to explain myself to anyone. It hurts. The leak, that’s illegal. That was a private conversation. That was a violation of my privacy and totally illegal.”

The phone call was first reported by the New York Post.

On the tape, Miss Abdul talks about having Addison’s disease, an adrenal disorder that causes chronic fatigue, muscle weakness and irritability. Asked whether she has the illness, she replies, “I haven’t been diagnosed with it. I’m just exhausted. Sometimes I have really low blood sugar levels. It’s all because I work very hard, that’s it.”

“When you work as hard as I do, you become exhausted. That’s what happens. I’m working on five different projects right now. And now people are saying I have Addison’s. I’m tired,” Miss Abdul continued.

In the call, Miss Abdul also talks about her strained relationship with former publicist Howard Bragman. She would not comment about whether she was upset about her split with Mr. Bragman, People.com reports, but said: “I’m not happy about that phone call being leaked. That’s illegal.”

Finally, Miss Abdul — who recently broke her nose when, her rep said, she tripped over her Chihuahua — had a message for concerned fans. “I love my fans,” she said. “They mean so much to me. I’m doing fine. I’m a fighter.”

Miss Abdul’s reality show, “Hey Paula,” premieres June 28 on Bravo, Associated Press reports. It follows the star as she films a new season of Fox’s “Idol” and develops her own perfume and cosmetics line. The show also promises to feature Miss Abdul playing practical jokes on her assistants and will show how her lack of sleep makes her loopy.

Final trip

Sci Fi Channel’s “Battlestar Galactica” will end after this season, the show’s fourth, concludes, reports TVWeek.com.

Season four is currently in production and the producers will use the 22 episodes to bring their tale to a close.

“This show was always meant to have a beginning, a middle and, finally, an end,” said executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. “Over the course of the last year, the story and the characters have been moving strongly toward that end and we’ve decided to listen to those internal voices and conclude the show on our own terms.”

An extended two-hour episode of the show. titled “Razor,” will premiere in November, setting the stage for the rest of the season to commence in 2008, the network said.

Sisto gets ‘L&O;’ badge

Jeremy Sisto is joining the police force on “Law & Order” next season.

Mr. Sisto, who starred on “Kidnapped” last season, will return to NBC as a detective on “Law & Order,” said Dick Wolf, the series’ executive producer. The crime drama will begin its 18th year when it returns to the air in midseason.

Although he guest-starred on the series’ 17th-season finale last month as a defense attorney, Mr. Sisto will be playing a new character with the New York Police Department. He is expected to replace Milena Govich, who played Detective Nina Cassady.

Mr. Sisto previously starred on the hit HBO drama “Six Feet Under.” His screen credits include Adrienne Shelly’s romantic comedy “Waitress,” now in theaters.

‘Heroes’ new addition

Dania Ramirez (“The Sopranos”) has been added as a regular on “Heroes,” NBC’s hit sci-fi series, which is returning for a second season this fall.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Miss Ramirez will play Maya, a new hero whose powers are being kept under wraps.

Maya is one of four to five new characters expected to be added to “Heroes” next season, but her character might be the only regular one. The other roles, most of which are said to have international flavor, include a sexy boyfriend for Claire (Hayden Panettiere), a 28-year-old black mother, a surrogate for Niki’s (Ali Larter) son and an Irish mobster.

The Dominican Republic-born Miss Ramirez is garnering attention with her recurring role on HBO’s “Sopranos,” on which she plays A.J.’s (Robert Iler) former fiancee Blanca. She also played Callisto in Fox’s “X-Men: The Last Stand.”

On tap tonight

Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen is back for its third season at 9, with master chef and show star Gordon Ramsey returning to abuse a new crop of competing chefs.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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