Reality TV mom Jennifer Masche has filed for separation from her husband, Bryan, less than a week after his arrest for domestic violence at the home of her parents in Arizona. Jenifer Masche, who stars with her family of sextuplets on the WE reality show, "Raising Sextuplets," filed the petition in Yavapi County (Ariz.) Superior Court. "We're very, very sad about the split," Jennifer's mother, Sue Simbric, told RadarOnline. Jennifer Masche is seeking custody of all six children and chid support, but no spousal support from her husband. The couple married in 2004 and welcomed three sons and three daughters on June 11, 2007. Relatives say the Masches' move from Lake Havasu to Destin, Fla., which was filmed for the show's second season, as a main source of conflict. "I have no idea why they did it," says Jenny's uncle, Sergio Bustamante, who lives in Arizona. "There's more support here." Jennifer's brother, Jeff Simbric, says, "In Florida, it was rough. ... I don't think they put a lot of thought into it. If they had stuck here with our family support, it would have been better." The Masches are now staying at their parents' homes in Arizona, where they will care for their children and try to work out their differences. "If they both get the help they need," says Jeff Simbric, "they'll both understand each other better." A source tells People that a third season of the show has not been ordered yet.
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Shortly before she reportedly checked into a Southern California drug and alcohol rehab facility Tuesday, Lindsay Lohan demonstrated that she has turned over a new leaf by allowing RadarOnline to photograph her reading a self-help book on the balcony of her Hollywood apartment, Lohan was standing on the balcony holding a copy of the self-help book, "The Power of Rest: Why Sleep Alone Is Not Enough. A 30-Day Plan to Reset Your Body," by Dr. Matthew Edlund. A source close to Lohan says the 24-year-old is "tired of being the party girl" and turned to the self-help book for guidance to deal with a "terrible" sleeping pattern. "Lindsay hopes to use this book to help restructure her sleeping patterns so she can function better," said the insider. "She has been shooting films into the wee hours of the morning since she was 11 or 12 years old and then sleeping in trailers while on the set. She never established a normal sleeping pattern. She was recommended the book by both a doctor and a friend and hopes it will guide her in the right direction."
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Buffalo native Jeffrey Jones, a character actor whose most famous role was Principal Rooney in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," pleaded guilty to failing to update his sex offender registration on Tuesday, his 64th birthday. In 2003, Jones pleaded no contest to paying a minor for the purpose of taking sexually explicit photos, and was required to register annually as a sex offender. But last year, he was arrested for failing to keep up with the registration. In court Tuesday, Jones was sentenced serve three years of formal probation and 250 hours of community service in a roadside clean-up program. He could have been sentenced to up to three years in a state prison.
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The polygamous family featured on the TLC reality show "Sister Wives," which debuted Sunday, says although they have become the target of a felony bigamy investigation in the town where they live, they decided before starting that the show that it was a "risk worth taking." Kody Brown and his four wives issued a statement saying, "We are disappointed in the announcement of an investigation, but when we decided to do this show, we knew there would be risks. ... But for the sake of our family, and most importantly, our kids, we felt it was a risk worth taking." In the first episode of the show, Brown, who has been married to his first three wives, Meri, Janelle and Christine, since before any of the women's 13 children were born, tells the kids, ranging from toddlers to teenagers, that he is "courting" another wife, Robyn, who has three children of her own.
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Usually low-key "Top Chef" judge Eric Ripert took volatile TV chef Gordon Ramsay to task after a former contestant committed suicide. Ramsay, known to heap abuse on contestants, told contestant Joe Cerniglia in 2007 that his business, a New Jersey eatery, was "going down the Hudson." Cerniglia was found dead in the Hudson after jumping from a bridge. In a flurry of tweets, Ripert took Ramsay to task for his abrasive interactions on the shows. "Nothing personal against Gordon Ramsay but he is a poor inspiration for professional chefs in his shows. Who perform better scared, insulted?" tweeted Ripert, who is the executive chef of Le Bernadin when not on "Top Chef" and "Avec Eric." "I have my bad days to but always try to improve.TV or not it s no excuse! Ultimately I believe in the goodness of Gordon but he is very wrong," wrote Ripert. "Smart chef lead kitchen by sharing, teaching, inspiring with respect. Not insulting, abusing, humiliating their team." Cerniglia, who leaves behind three young children and a wife, is the second Ramsay charge to commit suicide. Rachel Brown, a chef who came in fifth on Hell's Kitchen in 2005, shot herself in her family's Dallas home a year later.
-- Anne Neville
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