Grapevine: Is Ben Affleck dating the nanny?

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Is Ben Affleck dating the nanny?

Shortly after the news dropped that Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are divorcing after three children and 10 years of marriage, Us Weekly reports that Affleck has been romantically linked to their former nanny, Christine Ouzounian, 28. The magazine claims that although Ouzounian was let go from her position a while ago, she and Affleck were photographed together on July 17. A representative for the “Batman v. Superman” star told People that the story is “complete garbage.” “It’s shameful. We are considering legal options.”

‘Married with Children’ spin-off in the works

On the red carpet of ChristinaApplegate’s new comedy “Vacation,” David Faustino told E! News that he’s developing a spin-off of the dysfunctional family show “Married with Children.” Faustino and Applegate played teenage children on the show, which also starred Ed O’Neill and Katey Sagal. Faustino said he’s behind the spin-off, which will feature the original cast in “little bits.” “Sony has it. They’re excited about it,” Faustino said. “They’re working out some legal issues that we hope they work out.”

Jane Birkin tells Hermès to rename bag

British model and singer Jane Birkin has asked fashion house Hermès to remove her name from the popular (and expensive) Birkin bag after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a report on the mistreatment of crocodiles used to make some of the bags, which cost several thousand dollars. “I have asked Hermès Group to rename the Birkin until better practices responding to international norms can be implemented for the production of this bag,” Birkin said in a statement. Hermès denies that the crocodile farm in the PETA expose belongs to them and “an investigation is underway.”

Kimmel likens lion-killing dentist to Bill Cosby

On “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” this week, host Jimmy Kimmel lambasted Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, who became Internet famous this week after it was revealed he paid $55,000 to track and kill an African lion. Kimmel said of Palmer: “Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you need to kill things?” Kimmel said if Palmer had just taken Viagra, he could “save himself from being the most hated man in America who never advertised Jello-O pudding.” Kimmel, who briefly got choked up at the end of his monologue, encouraged his audience to donate to Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, the group that had been tracking the lion that was killed.

Thursday’s birthdays

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 68

Lawrence Fishburne, 54

Lisa Kudrow, 52

Vivica A. Fox, 51

Terry Crews, 47