Nike has aired its first commercial featuring Tiger Woods, post-sex scandal. The commercial aired yesterday during Master's coverage on ESPN and The Golf Channel, and features a somber Woods, filmed in black & white, as the voice of his late father, Earl, asks the golf superstar what his thinking was, what his feelings are whether he has learned anything.
Nike said of the commercial, in a statement: "We support Tiger and his family. As he returns to competitive golf, the ad addresses his time away from the game using the powerful words of his father."
In the meantime, Augusta National has been criticized this week for limiting access to Woods, and trying to keep the focus on golf, while the rest of the media wants answers about the November accident and sex scandal. Yesterday, the head of Augusta spoke out about Woods, himself.
Chairman Billy Payne said during a press conference, "It is not simply the degree of his conduct that is so egregious here. It is the fact that he disappointed all of us, and more importantly, our kids. Our hero did not live up to the expectations of the role model we saw for our children. Is there a way forward? I hope yes. I think yes. But certainly his future will never again be measured only by his performance against par, but measured by the sincerity of his efforts to change."
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The rep for Jesse James is joining Sandra Bullock in saying that there are no sex tapes of them, as rumors swirl that as many as a dozen tapes featuring James may exist. "The claims of sex tapes are untrue and completely fabricated," James' rep said. People mag says that rumors of up to a dozen tapes featuring James with other women, some including Nazi paraphernalia.
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Shania Twain is joining the ranks of the celeb reality show. Twain will be launching a show called 'Why Not? With Shania Twain' which will premiere on the new Oprah Winfrey Network and "will follow [Twain] as she begins her climb back to the top, a personal journey filled with risk, revelations and unexpected adventures."
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A second member of the 'Dynasty' cast has passed away this week. British actor Christopher Cazenove, who played Ben Carrington on the iconic show, died yesterday from septicemia, a blood infection. Cazenove's death comes on the heels of the death of John Forsythe, who played Blake Carrington. Forsythe died last week after a year-long battle with cancer.
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Kate Gosselin's team of lawyers say that Jon's emergency custody filings make no sense and are full of holes. "It's hard to really understand it. We think that the filing is incoherent on a number of levels." Mark Momjian plans to file a response today or tomorrow, but is certain that the judge will throw out Jon's request for physical custody of the eight children, and spousal support. "We do think it is a seriously flawed filing that the court will ultimately dismiss."
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Speaking of Kate Gosselin, Hugh Hefner knows one thing for sure... Kate will never appear in Playboy. "No! No!" Hefner said when asked by E! News whether the reality TV mom would be a good fit for Playboy. He even questions why she is on 'Dancing with the Stars.' "I don't think she's a celebrity," Hef said.
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Whitney Houston has been released from a Paris hospital after being treated for a respiratory infection. Houston is calling rumors of drug use "ridiculous." Houston said, "I'm feeling great. I'm just ready to move on and continue my world tour." Houston will resume her tour in Birmingham, England on April 13, and continue through June.
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'Screech' is in danger of losing his home again. Former child actor Dustin Diamond's home is close to foreclosure, as Wells Fargo Bank has filed a petition to try to recoup $290,000 in mortgage payments that Diamond has failed to make. Diamond's manager says it is all a misunderstanding, "He's been making payments and as far as I know everything's been going fine on his end."
-- Dave Valenzuela