LONDON -- Mick Jagger has dropped by Olympic Stadium to watch some track and field, providing relief to celebrity-watchers who worried that the world's biggest sporting event has been a little lacking in star power -- off the field, that is.
The Rolling Stones singer, photographed Monday chatting with London organizing committee chief Sebastian Coe, is not the only A-lister to take in the games. But most are keeping a low profile.
There's been a healthy sprinkling of royalty, with Prince William, his wife, Kate, and Prince Harry popping up at everything from swimming to sailing to gymnastics to cheer their subjects on.
Condoleezza Rice was spotted at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday. Bill Gates has watched table tennis and beach volleyball. Samuel L. Jackson has been live-tweeting like crazy and cheering on competitors from around the world in a riot of capital letters and creative language. Nicole Kidman went to the Opening Ceremony -- "Wow!" was her Facebook reaction -- and attended a party at the Omega House hospitality venue. Paul McCartney, who closed the Opening Ceremony with "Hey Jude," has shown up several times at the Olympic Stadium and the Velodrome.
But Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, both filming in Britain this summer, have so far gone undetected at the games and in London nightspots -- to the regret of the world's paparazzi.NBC says it doesn't discriminate
NBC defended itself Monday against Sharon Osbourne's claim the network discriminated against her son in casting a new reality show. The "America's Got Talent" judge told the New York Post that she's quitting the show because NBC fired her son, Jack Osbourne, by e-mail two days before he was to co-star on the reality show "Stars Earn Stripes." Jack, 26, has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said the network "does not discriminate on any basis." All potential contestants for "Stars Earn Stripes," which debuts next Monday and puts celebrities through arduous military-style exercises, had to undergo medical vetting, Greenblatt said. Jack Osbourne was offered two alternative roles on the show but declined both, he said.
BACK TO LENO: Michelle Obama is headed back to Jay Leno's stage. NBC announced that the first lady will make her third appearance on "The Tonight Show" next Monday to talk about the London Olympics and life with the president and their children at the White House. On her last stopover in January, the first lady promoted her "Let's Move!" campaign to get kids excited about fitness and healthful eating habits.
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