■ Once again Kanye West made a spectacle of himself at the MTV Video Music Awards, this week launching into a selfcongratulatory ramble that stretched to seven minutes, almost twice his allotted time. “I am Kanye West; that feels really great to say that, especially this year,” he began. “I came here to present my new video [“Fade”]. But before I do that, Imma talk.” _Nominated for video of the year (it lost to Beyoncé’s “Formation”), “Famous” depicts the rapper sprawled in bed with lifelike wax figures of nude celebrities, including his nemesis Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, Vogue editor Anna Wintour—and West’s wife, Kim Kardashian. “It was an expression of our now, our fame,” he explained. Calling himself one of the world’s “thought leaders,” West also chided “older, like, rich people...aka white” who have told him not to compare himself to legendary American visionaries such as Howard Hughes, Walt Disney, and Steve Jobs.
■Larry King and his seventh wife, Shawn Southwick, last week denied reports that she carried on a yearlong affair with publicspeaking guru Richard Greene. King was reported to be “heartbroken” by stories about the affair, in which Southwick, 56, allegedly told Greene that her marriage to King, 82, was over._Married since 1997, she and King reportedly sleep in separate bedrooms, but in a joint TV interview last week they showed a united front, even getting into a bed together to cuddle. “I’ve been in the business now maybe 60 years and I’ve dealt with rumors a long time,” King said. “[I’ve] interviewed people involved with rumors, and rumors are what they are—rumors.”
■Mariah Carey’ estranged older sister last week was arrested for prostitution, the New York Post reports. Alison Carey, 55, allegedly offered an undercover officer sexual services for cash at a hotel in upstate Saugerties, N.Y. Police say Carey, who was also charged with prostitution in 2005, had posted online ads quoting her sister’s lyric “It’s such a sweet, sweet fantasy baby, when I close my eyes I come and take you on and on.” Carey, who was sent to Ulster County Jail, is reportedly HIV positive, and authorities have warned anyone who has had sexual contact with her to get tested.