Bachelor Castoff to Rebound on DWTS

Rihanna makes music again as Jessica Simpson craves ring
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2009 7:13 PM CDT
Martha Stewar in Chicago, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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(Newser) – Melissa Rycroft has dried her tears and put on her dancing shoes, People reports. Only days after being jilted by Jason Mesnick on The Bachelor—and renouncing reality TV altogether—Rycroft has agreed to compete on Dancing With the Stars' Monday premiere. She will fill in for Access Hollywood host Nancy O'Dell, who bowed out with a knee injury. In other gossip news:

  • Rihanna is making music again, Us reports. "I guess her refuge is her music, of course, as it should be," says producer Adonis Shropshire.
  • Pop starlet Jessica Simpson is miffed that boyfriend Tony Romo didn't propose on Valentine's Day. "Jessica was really hoping that she was going to get an engagement ring," a source tells OK!
  • One of Martha Stewart's dogs died in a propane blast at a Pennsylvania kennel, TMZ reports. It was her second pup to perish during the last year.