NAMES & FACES

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A-Rod's Divorce Is Finalized

It's back to the single life for New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, 33, and wife Cynthia, 35. Yesterday the pair reached a settlement in their high-profile divorce case, their lawyers confirmed.

Terms weren't disclosed, but the Associated Press reports that the split was amicable. Concern centered on the best interests of their children, a statement from their lawyers said.

The drama-free announcement was a far cry from Cynthia Rodriguez's original divorce filing in July, when she claimed that her husband had been repeatedly unfaithful. Rumors of a romance with pop star Madonna-- which Madonna and A-Rod denied -- fueled tabloid fires for several days.

The couple married in November 2002 and have two daughters: Natasha, 3, and Ella, 5 months.

Seeking a 'Very Discerning' Woman

Minister Thomas Weeks III, who divorced televangelist Juanita Bynum after a fight between them landed him in jail in August 2007, is taking his search for a new wife to the Internet.

A 10-part series, featuring dating tips and what Weeks is looking for in a mate, will begin Tuesday on his Web site, AP reports. Excerpts available yesterday showed Weeks, reportedly in his 50s, discussing what he wants in a wife: She should be at least 25, though there could be "special exemptions for 21 and up if they are classy," and she must want to have children.

"This woman has to be very discerning, and very intimate, and very social and very sensual," Weeks says in a clip. "And on the ministry side, she has to be very diverse. She can't be ugly."

Bynum, 49, and Weeks were based in Atlanta and often preached together in Washington until a physical altercation in the parking lot of an Atlanta hotel prompted Bynum to file for divorce. Weeks pleaded guilty to assaulting her and is serving three years' probation.

'Insider' and Host O'Brien Part Ways

Pat O'Brien is leaving "The Insider," the tabloidesque entertainment show he hosted for nearly four years.

A statement from the program gave no reason for his departure. A show representative told People magazine that O'Brien is "a talented broadcaster" and wished him success in future endeavors.

O'Brien, known for his almost 20 years with CBS Sports and seven years co-hosting "Access Hollywood," has weathered many personal problems in recent years. About the time he entered rehab for alcoholism in March 2005, several sexually graphic voice-mail messages -- which he left for an unidentified woman while drunk -- surfaced online and on talk radio. This February, O'Brien did a second stint in rehab.

End Notes

Spotted: Jennifer Hudson at the Newseum yesterday morning. The newly engaged singer (purple shift dress, cute bob haircut) performed two songs for live broadcast on "Good Morning America." . . . Magic Johnson, drinking with friends at Degrees Bar and Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown on Thursday night . . . Ted Turner, in town for business, dining at both of his local Ted's Montana Grill locations (Thursday night in Crystal City and Wednesday night in Ballston, where he took in the view of Glebe Road from the patio).

Quoted: "Oprah is very funny in the episode, and we are beyond grateful to have her. Also, I would like to announce that we are officially best friends." -- Tiny Fey's official word on Oprah Winfrey's upcoming appearance on NBC's "30 Rock." No details on whether the media mogul will play herself -- or a caricature of herself.

-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports


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