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Leslie Sloane Zelnick's Backstage Battle for Lindsay Lohan / Jossip
Leslie Sloane Zelnick's Backstage Battle for Lindsay Lohan
— Tue, May 9, 2006 —

With Caryn James devoting so many words to Lindsay Lohan in the Times, we thought it'd only be customary to, well, devote a few more. When Ms. Lohan followed up her suspect Today show appearance with a stopover at MTV's TRL yesterday, she was equally nescient. But perhaps that had something to do with the backstage drama we're hearing took place just moments before she walked on stage to make a stab at pretending Just My Luck will sell tickets.

Lindsay's segment was hosted by VJ Vanessa Minnillo, a one-time friend of Lohan's. But ever since their falling out, they haven't said much to each other. Which is why uber-publicist Leslie Sloane Zelnick was backstage throwing a fit just minutes before Lindsay went live, demanding MTV stick to an agreement to have anyone but Minnillo host the segment. Unfortunately, fellow VJ Damien Fahey was downstairs with goth-poppers AFI at the Nokia Theater, leaving only Vanessa to field Lohan.

Adding to the clusterfuck: Zelnick also reps Minnillo, so of course she had both of her clients' interests in mind. (Weighed equally, of course.)

Cue the awkward on-stage (and on-air) conversation, unwelcome mic jabbing, and Lindsay's accusatory tone. If it weren't for Lindsay's hairline fracture she would've kicked the Nick Lachey hash mark as soon as the show cut to commercial. But they made it through their TRL bits just fine, though Zelnick is anything but forgetful. Just watch that elephant hold a grudge against Les Moonves' minions.


No. 1
s says:

lol trl was really fun and there was some obvious tension between those two. but im so on team lindsay, venessa just seems so bitchy.

May 9, 2006 4:32 PM
No. 2
bob says:

they both fall off a cliff and do the world a favor... :)

May 9, 2006 7:26 PM
No. 3
jen says:

Pretty catty and unprofessional of both of them, don't ya think? I watched the clip on YouTub that Trent, your very cute b-friend, posted. It was the worst, most awkward and boring and strange, interaction ever. I thought it was just because Lohan was coked up (am I the only one who got that vibe?) but this makes much more sense about why Lohan was acting so strange.

May 9, 2006 8:34 PM
No. 4
winona4eva says:

I'm sorry but I'm not a fan of Vanessa. I think she's just unappealing and talks way too much, way too fast. She's just super annoying. Sure she may be a nice girl (sometimes not even) but she's still a tool. I don't think she's all that attractive either. Her cheeks are weird. I dunno, these are only my opinions. But anyway, TRL should get another girl VJ who isn't full of herself and is actually likable. Damn people, do you job right. And to be clear, Lindsay is not any better. She copies everyone she can possibly copy -MK, Kate, Sienna. She has no ideas herself which is why she is a poseur. I'll cut her some slack because sometimes she can keep it real but mostly she justs acts way older than she is, thats it.

May 10, 2006 12:54 AM
No. 5
kate says:

Can Lindsay BE more of a brat? Just watched the video of her and Matt Lauer on the Today show. Her attitude sucks, her voice sounds like she just smoked a billion cigarettes, and they nicely play an awful sounding track of her "music" at the end which wraps the whole interview in a nice little bow.

May 10, 2006 6:48 AM
No. 6
krista says:

Lohan looks and acts like a twelve year old

May 13, 2006 8:28 AM
No. 7
Lara Croft says:

Can someone please tell me wtf they're doing in that picture.

May 15, 2006 2:22 AM
No. 8
Austin says:

Vennessa Is soo awsome and HOT ! Soo Linsy Can kiss Venessas ASS!
IM VENESSAS # 1 FAN ! !! Whhoooo HOooo !

May 29, 2006 9:46 PM
No. 9
Austin says:

Vennessa Is soo awsome and HOT ! Soo Linsy Can kiss Venessas ASS!
IM VENESSAS # 1 FAN ! !! Whhoooo HOooo !

May 29, 2006 9:47 PM
No. 10
Justina says:

y dosen't vanessa and nick just shout out that they are together!!!

August 4, 2006 10:17 AM
No. 11
Justina says:

y dosent nick and vanessa shout out on trl that their together!!!!

like hearts and justina

August 4, 2006 10:19 AM
No. 12
Justina says:

y dosent nick and vanessa shout out on trl that their together!!!!

August 4, 2006 10:19 AM
No. 13
ARIEL says:


August 11, 2006 1:24 PM

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