The heart of the matter: According to Country Weekly and E! News — among others — Celebrity Apprentice champ, onetime parade grand marshal and general controversy magnet John Rich was allegedly booted from a Southwest flight from Vegas to Nashville for, as E! puts it, "drunkenly kickin' up a ruckus." Here's an excerpt:
"Did John Rich have a great time with fans in Las Vegas? Yes. Was there an altercation? Absolutely not," the country singer's spokesman tells E! News in response to a report that the Celebrity Apprentice winner was kicked off a Southwest flight from Vegas to Nashville yesterday for drunkenly kickin' up a ruckus.
But we hear that Rich was indeed the passenger whom the airline assessed was "not fit for travel."
"Our crew assessed the situation and determined that the passenger was not fit for travel," read a statement from Southwest, which, as a rule, does not reveal or confirm passenger names. ... A source close to the situation tells E! News that it was indeed Rich who was boisterous with other passengers before boarding and appeared intoxicated once he was in his seat. When the flight crew asked him to leave, he left without incident.
Well, at least Brooke Burke didn't have to sit through that. Anyway, every time Mr. Rich pops up on our radar for something of this nature, I find myself asking the same question: What is Big doing right now?