US bidding war to get Pippa Middleton on top chat show

It must be true - it's in the Sunday papers: from Pippa on the TV couch to the bra queen leaving Scotland

LAST UPDATED AT 14:28 ON Sun 29 Jan 2012

US TELEVISION networks are said to be in a bidding war to get Pippa Middleton as a chat show guest. The Sunday Mirror claims a fee as high as £300,000 could be paid to get “the British beauty” they regard as “the biggest prize among their dream guests for 2012”. Big guns Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters are both said to be eager. The chance to persuade Pippa onto a chat show will come when she has to promote her upcoming book about how to throw the perfect party – though she is likely to face more questions about her own media fame and her sister Kate’s marriage into the royal family. The Mirror says any fee will go to charity...

FORMER FOREIGN secretary David Miliband earns as much as £21,000 a day for his political consultancy work and uses a "tax loophole" condemned in the past by his own government, reports the Mail on Sunday. The Labour leader's brother allegedly pays his earnings to a company owned 50-50 by himself and his wife to avoid tax…

THE SCOTTISH inventor of the Ultimo bra, Michelle Mone, told The Sunday Times she will move her Glasgow-based business to London if Scotland becomes independent after a 2014 referendum. One of the UK's most successful businesswomen, she said: "I don't think we can survive on our own and I think it would be really bad for business…"

DAILY MAIL parliamentary columnist and theatre critic Quentin Letts has launched a quixotic bid to become Director General of the BBC, reports The Independent on Sunday. Saying the favourites to take over from Mark Thompson this year all have the same "establishment left" politics, Letts promises he'd do the job for a tenth of the current salary…

SENIOR CHURCH figures including former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey have come out in support of a therapist who claims she can "cure" gay men and believes that homosexuality is a "mental illness", says The Sunday Telegraph. Carey has written in protest to the professional body which struck Lesley Pilkington off…

ACTRESS AND TV talent show judge Amanda Holden may still not be strong enough to hold the baby daughter she gave birth to last Monday, Hollie Rose. The 40-year-old needed an emergency caesarean and then spent three days in a critical condition, the People reveals. She has improved but remains in hospital… 

MANCHESTER CITY last week rejected a straight 'swap' deal, offered by Liverpool, of Andy Carroll for Carlos Tevez, The Sunday Times reports. Liverpool have categorically denied offering Carroll, who The Sunday Times says was outstanding in yesterday's fractious victory over Man United…

Gary Barlow has asked the Spice Girls to reform in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert which he is organising – but Posh Spice, aka Victoria Beckham, isn’t interested, says the Sunday Mirror. The four other members of the girl band are “up for it” but Posh is too busy with her fashion label and “every spare minute she has is spent with her children”... · 

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