Celebrity roundup

Ricky Martin appears as guest judge on ‘Dancing with the Stars’


We always knew Ricky Martin was a softie. The Livin’ the Vida Loca singer was a special guest judge Monday night for “Latin Week” on Dancing With the Stars and praised paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy, who forged ahead despite a “seized up” back and trouble breathing. Martin told her he had “mad respect” for her while the other judges were pretty critical. Purdy was later taken to the hospital and missed her team dance. Despite Danica McKellar’s broken rib, she also plowed ahead with the help of a brace; the dancers sent home were NeNe Leakes (“I am so proud of myself”) and Tony Dovolani.

On the market

If anyone is interested in dating Zach Braff, he’s single again after five years. JustJared.com reports that the former Scrubs star, now in Bullets Over Broadway, split with model Taylor Bagley last month. “They are continuing their friendship but are no longer a couple,” a rep told the site. Somebody didn’t want to commit, apparently.

Same story with Prince Harry, who broke things off with Cressida Bonas after nearly two years.

Good night

There goes another one. Craig Ferguson, host of the flagging The Late Late Show is stepping down. The native Scot, 51, has had the post since 2005. He claims that it was his decision, and he already has a new job, hosting the upcoming Celebrity Name Game. CBS said the search is on to find Ferguson’s replacement.

Doing time

Those wild and crazy rock stars: The drummer for the Scorpions has been sentenced to one month in the United Arab Emirates. James Kottak was convicted of offensive behavior: insulting Islam, raising his middle finger and being under the influence of alcohol while in transit at Dubai airport. Kottak was arrested April 3 en route from Russia to Bahrain to perform.

Bad behavior

The past came back to bite Columbus Short in the you know what. The Scandal co-star was just about to release a single, Gave Ya; instead, the actor-singer is suffering scandals of his own, and it was announced he was leaving the hit ABC show (the finale saw his character in the sights of a gun). In February, Short was arrested after his wife, Tuere Short, called to report he was being abusive. He pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor spousal battery. In March, he was charged with felony battery after allegedly knocking out a man in a bar fight. Three weeks ago, his wife accused him of threatening her with a knife, filed for divorce and obtained a restraining order.

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