Blake Shelton (pictured at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival) is suing In Touch over a cover story it ran accusing him of “hitting rock bottom.” (Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)

Scoop: Blake Shelton sues tabloid over ‘rehab’ cover

Excuse you, In Touch: Blake Shelton didn’t go to rehab.

The country singer and host of “The Voice” is suing the tabloid over a cover that suggested he checked into rehab after his divorce from Miranda Lambert, according to TMZ.

Shelton takes issue with the magazine’s Sept. 28 issue that has his picture and the headline “Rehab for Blake … he finally hits rock bottom.”

The suit, which seeks more than $1 million in damages, was filed against In Touch’s parent company Bauer Media in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Shelton’s attorney Larry Stein.

Shelton isn’t in rehab and has no plans to go to rehab, according to the suit, which also refutes other comments in the story, including: “His friends are terrified that he could end up dead at this rate”; that his “drinking and womanizing … helped torpedo his four-year marriage”; and that he was “caught” by Lambert with “a bunch of naked women” in their home.

Meanwhile, Shelton and Lambert will be reuniting in public in November at the 2015 Country Music Association Awards. Their names were on the roster announced by the CMAs on Monday. Other participants include Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Ashley Monroe. Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Keith Urban, Hank Williams Jr., and Kacey Musgraves.

The awards show, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, is Nov. 4.

OPRAH BUYS WEIGHT WATCHERS

Oprah Winfrey, who has publicly struggled with her weight for decades, is going on a diet again. But this time she stands to gain a lot of money from her efforts.

Weight Watchers said Monday that it signed a five-year deal with the former talk show host. Winfrey, a co-owner of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, is paying about $43.2 million for a 10 percent stake in the weight loss company, the Associated Press reports.

The deal is already paying off: Weight Watchers shares more than doubled after the partnership was announced, earning Winfrey about $45 million on paper.


QUICK TAKES

Former NBA star Lamar Odom is breathing on his own and told his estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian, “I love you,” his former coach Jim Harrick told CNN. … San Francisco ad agencies Goodby Silverstein & Partners and Pereria + O’Dell are among the honorees recognized in the Association of Independent Commercial Producers 24th annual awards; the winners, including Adobe’s “Dream On,” Comcast’s “Emily’s Oz,” and Skype’s “Pet Detective.” screen tonight at a ticketed panel event at the Exploratorium. … A limited-series revival of “Gilmore Girls” penned by series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and exec producer Daniel Palladino is in the works, with stars Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop and Scott Patterson all on board.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actor John Krasinski is 36. … Rapper Snoop Dogg is 44. … Actor Viggo Mortensen is 57. … Musician Tom Petty is 65. … Singer Wanda Jackson is 78. … Actor William Christopher is 83.

— Wire report

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