Is it live?
If Ashlee Simpson's stomach was upset Saturday night, imagine how she's feeling now.
The 19-year-old singer was busted for a "Saturday Night Live" lip-synch gone awry, with her manager-father saying Monday that his daughter used the extra help because acid reflux disease had made her voice hoarse.
"Just like any artist in America, she has a backing track that she pushes so you don't have to hear her croak through a song on national television," Joe Simpson told Ryan Seacrest on Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM. "No one wants to hear that."
He said she's never used the extra help before.
Ashlee Simpson appeared on NBC's "Radio Music Awards" Monday night. Before she sang a song from her hit album, host Carson Daly reassured the audience they were getting a live performance.
Simpson poked fun at herself during Monday's awards show. When her band started playing, she screamed, "It's the wrong song!"
Seconds later, she told the crowd: "Only kidding."
Spare the bears ...
Pamela Anderson has sent a petition to Queen Elizabeth II urging Britain's monarch to stop the use of bear pelts in making the tall black helmets worn by palace guards.
The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said the former "Baywatch" babe collected 200 signatures from fans in Britain during a book signing at a London store and mailed the petition to Buckingham Palace over the weekend.
In her petition, the 37-year-old actress argued that synthetic materials should be used to make the guard hats. "We the undersigned urge the queen to call on the Ministry of Defense to cease the use of real fur on the uniforms for the regiment of foot guards," the petition said.
Army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Dick-Peter said no suitable synthetic alternative had yet been found. He said that "no bears are killed simply for the caps. The bears are killed to control the population. Where we can use an artificial alternative, we do so."
Bad backup ...
Singer Lenny Kravitz is being sued for what his neighbor claimed was $333,849 worth of water damage caused when Kravitz's toilet backed up in their SoHo apartment building, the New York Times reported.
In the suit, the Amica Mutual Insurance Co. seeks to recover the money it says its client -- Kravitz's neighbor -- spent repairing damage to his apartment, caused when Kravitz, a winner of several Grammy Awards, allowed the overflow in his penthouse apartment, causing "catastrophic" damage.
In business ...
Sin City regular Paris Hilton has finally found a place she can call home here.
Hilton is opening Club Paris and designing her own personal suite at the Aladdin hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
"Las Vegas is hot, Planet Hollywood is hot and I wanted to be part of the newest, hottest resort in Las Vegas," Hilton, 23, said when the project was announced.
A partnership forged? ...
Could a Jennifer Lopez-Marc Anthony tour be in the works?
The New York Daily News reports that Anthony's manager, Tommy Mottola, has been telling the newlyweds that they could make a fortune doing concerts together.
The couple has a duet, "Escapemonos," on Anthony's Spanish-language album, "Amar Sin Mentiras." He's also producing J.Lo's Spanish-language CD, but she's said there'll be no duets with him.