Cake Boss: I learned my lesson

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“Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro admitted Monday to driving while impaired, saying he’d learned a valuable lesson from his arrest last month.

“One is too many, and that’s what I’m going to practice” when it comes to drinking before getting behind the wheel, the reality TV star said after he pleaded guilty to driving impaired, which is a violation, not a crime.

His driver’s license will be suspended for three months, and he’ll have to pay a roughly $300 fine and attend classes on the hazards of drinking and driving.

Pleading guilty, he said he hadn’t realized he wasn’t fit to drive after having alcohol at a business dinner, but “the fact that you realize you could have hurt someone is horrible.”

The 37-year-old baking whiz from Montville, New Jersey, was arrested on misdemeanor drunken-driving charges after police said they saw his yellow 2014 Corvette swerving through traffic in Manhattan about 12:30 a.m. Nov. 13. A court complaint said he was unsteady, smelled of alcohol and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.09 percent; New York’s legal limit is 0.08 percent.

“You can’t arrest me — I’m the Cake Boss!” he told officers, according to an account prosecutors gave at his arraignment.

The cake master, whose formal name is Bartolo Valastro, stars in TLC’s Cake Boss and Next Great Baker. His Carlo’s Bakery has four locations in New Jersey.

TLC said in a statement that his arrest was “a personal matter.”


ABC’s World News Tonight anchor David Muir will do a one-minute newscast each weekday for Facebook, touching on the day’s top stories and trending topics online.

Facecast: The One Thing will usually be posted in the early afternoon, and was set to start Monday. ABC said Facebook users will see the report in their news stream if they have “liked” World News Tonight, or else will be able to find it on the newscast’s Facebook page.

ABC said it was the first newscast created specifically for social media by an evening news anchor.


Lil Wayne’s daughter Reginae Carter got spoiled for her Sweet 16 party held over the weekend in Atlanta. Form of transportation to the venue (Summerour Studio): a horse-drawn coach.

On the guest list: American Idol alum Fantasia Barrino, Real Housewives star (and former Xscape singer) Kandi Burruss, and Weezy’s protégé Nicki Minaj, who sang Beez in the Trap.

The theme: “Winter White.”

Her gifts: A Ferrari and a BMW, topped with a big red bow.

“Happy birthday to my angel, my princess, my pride and joy!” the Young Money CEO tweeted on Saturday. “16 years of being a reminder of how beautiful life can truly b.”