It's good to know that much of the British public is judging the United States based on what they see out of Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag.

Montag and Pratt are doing their best to offend so many people while appearing on the U.K.'s "Celebrity Big Brother," that they're actually getting death threats from the British public.

Right -- those British. The ones who are always polite and speak with charming accents.

"The American couple have become the most reviled contestants in the history of the show and 'Big Brother' chiefs will ensure they get close protection from minders when they eventually exit the house," reports the Daily Star.

According to the tabloid, the pair commonly known as Speidi "have mocked the other contestants, argued with them and refused to join in tasks to get rewards." They have also engaged in some X-rated action on air, making many uncomfortable.

After a recent episode, many of the show's fans in the U.K. took to Twitter to express their grief, using harsh words such as "kill" and "death" in relation to the controversial twosome.

Well, there's a reason why they had to go overseas to be on TV.

The couple's obsession with guns might not help. The two NRA enthusiasts "have built up an arsenal of weapons and have also rented many firearms," reports Daily Star, "including an M16 semi-automatic rifle, a .44-caliber Ruger revolver and a .45mm-Glock pistol." In a photo shoot, conducted in Los Angeles, the two stars show off their rifling skills.


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Well, to be fair, they probably need the guns.

What's funny is that less than two weeks ago the married couple -- who received $500,000 for being in "Celebrity Big Brother" -- were winning over the fans with their conniving ways. "No one in England had any idea who they were or what they did," a London agent told the Huffington Post at the time. "But they are so barmy they have won over the public." A crew member confirmed this to the Daily Star, saying "Initially everyone seemed to love their meddling. But now it's turned into real hatred."

I have a feeling the embassy might not unlock the door if things get really bad.

LINDSAY LOHAN'S LAWYER IS DONE: Shawn Holley has officially jumped off the badly listing S.S. Lohan.

TMZ reported Wednesday that Holley quit even though Lindsay Lohan made nice and practically begged Holley to continue being her lawyer. This after firing her last week on the same day Holley was to meet with a prosecutor and cut a deal to keep her out of jail (I'm pretty sure it was for lying to police about her car accident last June, but really ... who can keep up?). Lohan hired Mark Heller, a New York lawyer who isn't even licensed to practice in California. Then she apparently changed her mind.

Sources connected with the case supposedly told TMZ Holley is doing the paperwork and getting the necessary signatures to officially withdraw from the case, before Lohan's hearing on Jan. 30.

Holley has apparently had it with Lohan, who still owes her truckloads of money. Hope she wasn't counting on that to pay the bills.

SCHWARZENEGGER TO RETURN FOR ANOTHER 'TERMINATOR' FILM: Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to star in the next "Terminator" film.

Well ... he did say he'd be back.

Sorry.

The fifth film in the series is being producer by David Ellison, although there's been no official confirmation as of yet. Schwarzenegger revealed the big news during a London press conference for his current film "The Last Stand," according to Bleeding Cool.

"Avatar" co-producer Laeta Kalogridis and "Drive Angry" writer Patrick Lussier will team for the screenplay, although it's unknown if it will revolve around the Connor family like the previous installments.

Schwarzenegger starred as the killer cyborg in James Cameron's 1984 "The Terminator," before coming back as a good guy in 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." Cameron exited the series, and it took more than a decade for "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" (2003) to come out. Schwarzenegger skipped 2009's "Terminator Salvation."

"The Last Stand," Schwarzenegger's first leading role in ten years, has so far struggled at the U.S. box office.

PRINCE HARRY IRRITATES THE TALIBAN: The Taliban isn't happy with Prince Harry.

The British royal recently spoke to the media about his just-ended four-month tour in Afghanistan, saying he killed Taliban fighters from a helicopter and reportedly likened it to playing video games.

"I am one of those people who like playing PlayStation and Xbox, so with my thumbs I would like to think that I am quite useful," he said.

Not surprisingly, the Taliban responded.

"This is a serious war, a historic war, resistance for us, for our people," a Taliban spokesman told Agence France-Presse. "And now this prince comes and compares this war with his games, PlayStation or whatever he calls it."

The spokesman added, "We don't take his comments very seriously, as we have all seen and heard many foreign soldiers, occupiers who come to Afghanistan, develop some kind of mental problems on their way out."

JUSTIN BIEBER MAY BE DATING KYLIE JENNER: Of course Justin Bieber has to date a Kardashian at some point.

Technically, though, she's a Jenner.

No, not Kris. Stop being gross.

The Huffington Post reported that a photo of Bieber and Kylie Jenner holding hands is making the Internet rounds, though a later report said it was actually a photo of Bieber with Selena Gomez, with Kylie's head photoshopped on.

But ... the photo in question came from Kylie's Instagram account.

Duh Du DUH!!

The 18-year-old singer finally ended things with Gomez just before the new year, and is now rumored to be dating Kylie. The pair have known each other for a while and Jenner's sister Kendall is also rumored to be dating Bieber's pal Lil Twist.

Has "Lil" become a real name yet? Like, do people who want their children to grow up and be rappers name them "Lil?"

The photo was later deleted, but the conversation between Jenner and what appears to be Bieber's secret Instagram account suggests that the pair have made out. Right ... OMG.

It's still unclear if the Instagram accounts belong to both Bieber and Jenner. Neither Bieber's nor Jenner's camps have commented.

Contact Tony Hicks at thicks@bayareanewsgroup.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks.

 

JANUARY 24 IN HISTORY

Thursday is Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2013. There are 341 days left in the year.

1813: The Royal Philharmonic Society was formed in London.

1848: James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill in Northern California, a discovery that led to the gold rush of '49.

1908: The Boy Scouts movement began in England under the aegis of Robert Baden-Powell.

1942: The Roberts Commission placed much of the blame for America's lack of preparedness for Imperial Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on Rear Adm. Husband E. Kimmel and Lt. Gen. Walter C. Short, the Navy and Army commanders.

1943: President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.

1961: A U.S. Air Force B-52 crashed near Goldsboro, N.C., dropping its payload of two nuclear bombs, neither of which went off; three crew members were killed.

1963: A U.S. Air Force B-52 on a training mission crashed into Elephant Mountain in Maine after encountering turbulence and losing its vertical stabilizer; seven of the nine crew members were killed.

1965: Winston Churchill died in London at age 90.

1978: A nuclear-powered Soviet satellite, Cosmos 954, plunged through Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated, scattering radioactive debris over parts of northern Canada.

1987: Gunmen in Lebanon kidnapped educators Alann Steen, Jesse Turner, Robert Polhill and Mitheleshwar Singh. (All were eventually released.)

1989: Confessed serial killer Theodore Bundy was executed in Florida's electric chair.

1993: Retired Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall died in Bethesda, Md., at age 84.

2003: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security officially opened as its head, Tom Ridge, was sworn in. (Creation of the new Cabinet agency was the largest government reorganization in more than 50 years, a response to the Sept. 11 attacks and the threat of further terror.)

2008: Congressional leaders announced a deal with the White House on an economic stimulus package that would give most tax filers refunds of $600 to $1,200. French bank Societe Generale announced it had uncovered a 4.9 billion euro ($7.14 billion) fraud by a single futures trader.

2012: Declaring the American dream under siege, President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address to deliver a populist challenge to shrink the gap between rich and poor, promising to tax the wealthy more and help jobless Americans get work and hang onto their homes. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released his 2010 tax returns, showing that his annual income topped $20 million and that he paid about $3 million in federal income taxes.

BIRTHDAYS

Actor Jerry Maren ("The Wizard of Oz") (94), singer-songwriter Neil Diamond (72), singer Aaron Neville (72), actress Nastassja Kinski (54), Olympic gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton (45), actor Matthew Lillard (43), actor Ed Helms (39), actress Tatyana Ali (34), actress Mischa Barton (27).          

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