Prince Harry has been shipped out to Afghanistan to begin a 4-month combat tour for the British military.
We're assuming he'll be wearing pants.
The 27-year-old arrived Friday at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. TMZ reported he will begin work as an Apache co-pilot and gunner within 10 days.
A rep for the military released a statement saying, "Captain Wales is a serving soldier and a qualified Apache pilot having completed the Apache Conversion to Role course earlier this year. As such, and after further flying experience, he has deployed along with the rest of the squadron as part of a long-planned and scheduled deployment to provide support to ISAF and Afghan forces operating in Helmand."
In other words, he's being sent away for getting his picture taken while running around naked in Las Vegas with strange women.
But wait ... a spokesman for the royal family told TMZ that Harry's naked romp in Vegas last month had nothing to do his being sent back to the war. "It goes without saying that one doesn't deploy as an Apache pilot to Afghanistan at short notice."
The spokesman said "Prince Harry's time in Las Vegas was his last break before the front line."
RIHANNA PLAYS KISSIE FACE WITH CHRIS BROWN IN PUBLIC: Come on, kids. Not in public.
Apparently missed by the TV cameras -- but caught on live Internet feed -- Rihanna approached Chris Brown at Thursday's
I have a feeling that a few opinionated women aren't very pleased with Rihanna today.
According to TMZ, it happened live on MTV's "VIP Seating Cam." Rihanna approached Brown before the show, and when she got close, Brown stood up and then Rihanna kissed him on the cheek. The two then hugged, and Rihanna walked back to her seat.
It's the first time the pair have touched in public, as far as anyone can tell, since the night before the 2009 Grammys, when Brown beat Rihanna up, earning himself two years of probation from a judge.
Last month, Rihanna told Oprah Winfrey on her show that Brown was "the love of my life."
Feel free to groan and feel a bit nauseated.
KHLOE KARDASHIAN MAY HOST 'X FACTOR': No one panic, but there's a chance ... a chance ... that a Kardashian might be getting a job.
No, this is not April 1.
Khloe Kardashian is allegedly the front-runner to become the "X Factor" host, according to TMZ.
Sources "intimately" -- intimately? -- connected to the show said Kardashian is No. 1 among the women who tried out and is generally considered the best in the entire pack.
Hopefully she won't bite any of the contestants.
Kardashian did a screen test that apparently went over well. Producers, including Simon Cowell, believe Kardashian would draw viewers.
Producers will allegedly make a decision soon. The host won't appear until the live shows air, and that begins next month.
One well-connected source said "There's at least an 85 percent chance she'll get the job."
Good. She obviously could use the money.
CLINT EASTWOOD EXPLAINS CHAIR ROUTINE: Clint Eastwood said he accomplished what he wanted to with last week's address at the Republican National Convention, which left many viewers scratching the heads.
But, to be fair, my office chair says he liked it.
Eastwood told the Carmel Pine Cone this week that he was aiming to tell people that Mitt Romney would do a better job of running the country than President Obama. He also said the whole talking-to-the-empty-chair thing was spontaneous.
"I had three points I wanted to make," Eastwood said. "That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who's not doing a good job," he said. "But I didn't make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it."
Eastwood's appearance Thursday was kept secret until the last minute. The Pine Cone reported Romney's campaign aides asked for details about what Eastwood would say to the convention.
"They vet most of the people, but I told them, 'You can't do that with me, because I don't know what I'm going to say,'" Eastwood said.
A lot of people still don't know what he wanted to say.
By the way, I say that with all due respect. I don't care if Clint Eastwood is 82. I'm still afraid of him.
Despite being mayor of Carmel in the 80s, Eastwood said he hasn't given a lot of speeches and admitted "I really don't know how to." He said he hates using a teleprompter, so he sort of went for it.
"It was supposed to be a contrast with all the scripted speeches, because I'm Joe Citizen," Eastwood said. "I'm a movie maker, but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there."
Eastwood has said he is liberal on social issues like gay marriage and abortion, but has strong conservative opinions about the national debt.
"Even people on the liberal side are starting to worry about going off a fiscal cliff," Eastwood said.
Eastwood allegedly only started mapping out what he'd say after a quick nap in his hotel room a few blocks from the convention site. "I got to the convention site just 15 or 20 minutes before I was scheduled to go on," he said. "That was fine, because everything was very well organized."
He told the Carmel newspaper the idea for the chair routine came as he was waiting to go on.
"There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down," Eastwood said. "When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I'll just put the stool out there and I'll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn't keep all of the promises he made to everybody."
He asked a stagehand to take the chair onstage
"The guy said, 'You mean you want it at the podium?' and I said, 'No, just put it right there next to it.'"
He said he's aware his presentation was "very unorthodox," but that was his intent from the beginning, even if it appeared haphazard.
"They've got this crazy actor who's 82 years old up there in a suit," he said. "I was a mayor, and they're probably thinking I know how to give a speech, but even when I was mayor I never gave speeches. I gave talks."
Eastwood wasn't aware of the very mixed reaction to his speech. He said Romney and running mate Paul Ryan came backstage to thank him.
"They were very enthusiastic, and we were all laughing," Eastwood said.
They weren't the only ones.
SEPTEMBER 8 IN HISTORY
Saturday is Sept. 8, the 252nd day of 2012. There are 114 days left in the year.
1504: Michelangelo's towering marble statue of David was unveiled to the public in Florence, Italy.
1565: a Spanish expedition established the first permanent European settlement in North America at present-day St. Augustine, Florida.
1761: Britain's King George III married Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, just a few hours after meeting her for the first time.
1892: An early version of "The Pledge of Allegiance," written by Francis Bellamy, appeared in "The Youth's Companion."
1900: Galveston, Texas, was struck by a hurricane that killed an estimated 8,000 people.
1921: Margaret Gorman, 16, of Washington, D.C., was crowned the first "Miss America" in Atlantic City, N.J.
1935: Sen. Huey P. Long, D-La., was shot and mortally wounded inside the Louisiana State Capitol; he died two days later. (The assailant was identified as Dr. Carl Weiss, who was gunned down by Long's bodyguards.) 1941: The 900-day Siege of Leningrad by German forces began during World War II.
1951: A peace treaty with Japan was signed by 49 nations in San Francisco.
1971: The John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts made its official debut in Washington, D.C., with a performance of Leonard Bernstein's "Mass."
1974: President Gerald R. Ford granted an unconditional pardon to former President Richard Nixon.
1987: Former Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart admitted during an interview on ABC's "Nightline" that he had committed adultery, and said he had no plans to resume his White House bid.
1994: A USAir Boeing 737 crashed into a ravine as it was approaching Pittsburgh International Airport, killing all 132 people on board.
2002: The government reported that violent crime rate had dropped by ten percent the previous year, reaching lowest level since 1973. Pete Sampras beat Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to win his 14th Grand Slam title and the U.S. Open for the fifth time.
2007: Sheriff's deputies in Logan County, W.Va., removed Megan Williams, a 20-year-old black woman, from a house in Big Creek, where she'd endured what authorities described as days of torture. (Seven white men and women pleaded guilty in the case, but in a strange twist, Williams recanted her accusations in 2009; however, one of the defendants said, "It did happen.") Top-ranked Justine Henin overwhelmed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-3 to win her second U.S. Open women's title and seventh Grand Slam championship.
2011: Addressing a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama challenged a reluctant Congress to urgently pass a larger-than-expected $450 billion jobs plan to "jolt an economy that has stalled." Ten oil workers were forced to abandon a crippled 94-foot research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico and pile into a life raft during Tropical Storm Nate; by the time rescuers arrived three days after, three of the men had died, and a fourth died later at a hospital.
Comedian Sid Caesar (90), ventriloquist Willie Tyler (72), musician Will Lee ("Late Show with David Letterman") (60), actress Heather Thomas (55), singer Aimee Mann (52), pop musician David Steele (Fine Young Cannibals) (52), alternative country singer Neko Case (42), TV personality Brooke Burke-Charvet (41), actor Henry Thomas (41), actor David Arquette (41), rock musician Richard Hughes (Keane) (37), actor Larenz Tate (37), pop singer Pink (33), actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas (31).