NEW YORK - (AP) The birth of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's twins is turning into the type of mystery that might make a good movie one day.
The executive producer for "Entertainment Tonight" said Monday that she wanted to "see how this story plays out" before retracting a report that the twins had been born, despite a denial from Pitt's manager and a claim that someone might be posing as Jolie's personal assistant to fool reporters.
The TV show reported Friday that twin girls had been born, identifying its source as a person in the delivery room, and quoted another Web site giving the babies' alleged names.
Rival news organizations quickly shot the story down. The Associated Press, which had picked up the "Entertainment Tonight" report after talking to executives at the show about their source, later quoted Pitt's manager saying the "ET" story was not true.
In the world of celebrity journalism, it may be the biggest story of the year.
"This is an absolutely huge, huge story for us," said Sarah Ivens, editor in chief of OK! magazine. "Essentially you have two of the most beautiful, famous people in the world. We've all seen they've had one baby, Shiloh, and it is the coolest, most adorable baby on the planet. And this time they're having two? It can't get any better."
It was "pandemonium" at the offices of Us Weekly when the "Entertainment Tonight" report was posted, said Dina Sansing, the magazine's entertainment director.
People magazine was first to report that the story was not true. Us Weekly checked its own sources and concluded the same, Sansing said.
On Monday, Jolie's attorneys advised news organizations that someone was posing as Holly Goline, Jolie's personal assistant, and had sent out false information about the movie star. The source for the "Entertainment Tonight" report was an e-mail supposedly from Goline, said an executive at the show who did not want to be identified for competitive reasons.
Was "Entertainment Tonight" punk'd? Perhaps not, the executive said.
The show initiated its own contact with Goline after hearing rumors the babies had been born in France, said the executive. The person who made the contact was an "ET" producer who had worked with Goline while at CNN and kept Goline's e-mail address, the executive said. The executive forwarded an e-mail exchange that appeared to support this version of events.
In the e-mails, Goline — or the impostor — said she was there for the deliveries and everyone was doing well. Pressed by "ET" for more information, the person said she could say no more.
"Entertainment Tonight" had removed its story from its Web site after the questions were raised. No mention was made of the story on Monday's show.
"Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are friends of `Entertainment Tonight.' We have spent years cultivating that friendship, working with them side by side on many of their projects," Linda Bell Blue, executive producer for "Entertainment Tonight" and its sister broadcast, "The Insider," said in a statement Monday. "We wish them and their children well. We are waiting to see how this story plays out."
Millions of dollars could be at stake. After Shiloh was born, Pitt and Jolie were at the forefront of a growing movement by celebrities to auction off exclusive rights to first public pictures of their babies (Pitt and Jolie donated the money to charity). Sometimes exclusive details on the birth come with these rights.
Ivens said OK! would be interested in exclusive pictures of the babies, but would not discuss whether there were any negotiations to obtain them.
Jolie has said the babies are due in August. Ivens said OK! grew more comfortable over the weekend that the "Entertainment Tonight" story was wrong because of other clues. There were no reports of flowers being delivered to hospitals, or grandparents flying in, she said, and Pitt was seen attending a sporting event over the weekend — an unlikely spot for a new father of premature twins.
we see their adopted kids way more than we see shiloh..we ain't gonna see those twins either
I AGREE WIT YOU DOPEETOPN
Ummm... I have a question.
WHY THE FU*K DO WE CARE?
@TheMinuteMan- What did I tell you about not commenting on the post, you loser? Once again, I hate you.
Well if she already had them the maybe premature.
I want Angelina Jolie to ADOPT ME!
I would dig that woman out til Christmas
I she wants children call me......NOW!!!
Angelina Jolie is Jesus' "Bust It Baby"
GOOD MORNIN TO ALL MY SEXY LADYS OUT THERE
I'm glad you stopped calling females "bust it babies" because that wasn't cute. You look like a nice guy so please don't follow in the ignorant footsteps of Plies...
And speaking of that loser, when are his 15 minutes up? I'm so tired of him already.
Oh, and who cares if she gave birth or not??? I am so tired of all of the hype surrounding celebrity babies.... PEOPLE HAVE CHILDREN EVERYDAY... These children are no different. Please, find something else to talk about.
So what? It's not like she would be doing something out of the ordinary.
That article almost made me throw u.
What is the BIG *** DEAL! Why is the world glorifying them like they are untouchable Gods, meanwhile they are probably in their comfy homes cursing, laughing, and ridiculing the "little people" who worship them?
They bleed, ***, *** and belch like the rest of us...do they not?
enlighten me please.
I cant believe how ridiculous and crazed people can get over the birth of a celebrities child..its manic at this point..you have people camping out in the bushes, flying around in helicopters with cameras..when is it enough? who really gives a sh*t about how their babies look? why does People Magazine pay these celebs millions of dollars? now its a trend..its sickening..these celebs hold out for the best deal..Nicole Richie, Christina Aguilera, J-Lo..come on now..is nothing sacred anymore? do you really want the world to see something this private..and its funny because they spend 9 months denying their pregnancy, then a week after they have their kids theyre in the tabloids cheesin for the cameras..doenst make sense
ughhhhhh im so sick of hearing about her and all her kids that she cant control! smh! well b*tch needs to gain sum weight after she has this kid
dopeetopn---agreed! i have only seen her w/shiloh a couple times..she even said in an interview when she was 1st born that she doesnt feel as much for shiloh bc she was born into wealth and the other kids werent! well it wasnt shilohs choice to be brought into this world! god she makes me sick..she is a f*cking fake skinny b*tch..
Goliano says, "Who gives a ***!?"
They are all a bunch of LIARS! One said they checked their sources? HAHA! Have any of you read those magazines? That sh!t is comedy! All liars making up sh!t!
Are these babies going to save the world? This is absurd. The media (ET, OK Mag., Insider) can be ridiculous with reporting the mundane.
So what if she had them or not...cant stand Angolina Jolie or her lil bytch for what they did to J. Aniston.
Oh ok...anyways...HEY LOOK THEY FINALLY COMBED ZAHARA'S HAIR!!! Now THAT'S NEWS!!!!
Who cares? She's a scant HO, & he's a CHEATER!!!!!!!!!! Hey deserve each other!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why should we care??? She already has a ton of other kids so what difference will two more make??
i cant belive mto type all that *** i DID NOT READ by the way for these self absorbed nobodies they just want more attention like jay and bey they all leak there own stories, old game
OK, they ran across a fake story like MTO does from time to time, but atleast ET talked with a person instead of hearing word. So tell me MTO, did she have the twins or not. MTO dont know who to believe