Michael Jackson Thanks Fans, Steven Cojocaru Has Transplanted Kidney Removed, Corey Clark's Food Fight and Paula Abdul's Nail Hygiene Fight

Michael Jackson Thanks Fans for Support
Michael Jackson has broken his silence. (That Martin Luther King Jr. comparison on his Website doesn't quite count.) Two weeks after his acquittal, Jacko has written a public message. "Without God, my children, my family and you, my fans, I could not have made it through," Jackson wrote in his signed post. "Your love, support and loyalty made it all possible. You were there when I really needed you. I will never forget you. Your ever-present love held me, dried my tears and carried me through. I will treasure your devotion and support forever. You are my inspiration." Jacko's still recovering from the stress at Neverland. And meanwhile, Live 8 organizer Bob Geldof said that he turned down the chance to have the King of Pop headline the Philly event. "Musically [Jackson] is a genius; humanely, I believe he is innocent," Geldof said. "But he has been through a terrible time. He's strained and tired. He needs tranquility, not to return under the spotlights in an event like this." Who needs tranquility when you have the media spotlight? And millions of dollars of debt!

Steven Cojocaru's Transplanted Kidney Removed
Fashionista Steven Cojocaru had to have his transplanted kidney removed after it became infected. Cojo, formerly the best thing about the Today show, is recovering in a hospital and doing well. "My spirits have not been dampened in the least," the Entertainment Tonight commentator said in a statement. "I'll be back to work shortly on the red carpet while I seek the right donor match for a new transplant." He suffers from a hereditary kidney disease that causes cysts to grow on the kidney. Fingers crossed for your next transplant, Cojo!

Corey in Food Fight, Paula Fights for Nail Rights
Two ridiculous American Idol stories in one day, so we must lump them together. Firstly, former contestant Corey Clark -- the one who alleged an affair with Paula Abdul -- has been charged with misdemeanor battery after a food fight. Yes, people, a food fight. Clark was supposedly eating breakfast in a Sacramento hotel with his record company manager when the two had an argument about his concert the previous night. When police arrived, there were broken dishes and a bowl of cereal hurled on the wall, and both men had scratches. All over the most important meal of the day! As for Ms. Paula Abdul herself, she was campaigning against a crucial issue facing the world at large -- nail hygiene. Yes, Paula, all this African poverty stuff is getting far too much attention. We need to hear more about your infected thumb. With "an open heart and a selfless agenda," the Idol judge spoke to California legislators about the importance of sanitation in nail salons.

Blabber Bits
We'd bet Mama's choking on her meatballs about now. Hottie chef Rocco DiSpirito has been seen around town with useless Queer Eye culture expert Jai Rodriguez. Six Feet Under star Rachel Griffiths is the proud mom of a daughter, her second child with hubby Andrew Taylor. Mom and baby are doing fine, and no name has been announced yet; we're hoping it's not Ukulele (their firstborn son is named Banjo Patrick). Us Weekly reports that Avril Lavigne is engaged to marry Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley. They started dating in early 2004 but had been friends before that. Avril's 20, he's 25.


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