Paul Lieberstein’s ‘Office’ Character Inspired by Some Loser He Knows

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Alix Pearlstein's Goldrush (production still) (2008). Photo: Getty Images

"What brings him back is failure to escape. There was a friend of mine, who is actually one of the writers here, who decided to collect enough money to live poor in Hawaii. He was gonna just do it and surf, because he loved to surf, and he had made a big deal out of it — he had a little going away party and he was back in two weeks. He was lonely, nobody talked to him, he was robbed on the beach and that was it. So, that was our model for Toby's success." Paul Lieberstein on the inspiration for Toby on The Office [Access Hollywood]

"I wanted to say [Sarah Palin] was forcing her teenage daughter to have a baby because she is so anti-abortion. But also, as a Republican, she is pro-execution so she is going to give her the electric chair for being a little slut. They weren't keen on that one." Russell Brand on being censored by MTV [Sun UK]

"It's definitely influenced by my own life. The books are about a girl who moves to L.A. and stars in a reality show, so obviously there are some similarities." Lauren Conrad on her new three-book deal with HarperCollins [People]

"He said, 'You're written into an episode shooting next week; can you come?' I said, 'I don't have any weddings next week, and so far no one's dead.' " Reverend Ann Gillespie on returning to Beverly Hills 90210 [WP]

"I've gotten a lot of flak in interviews like, 'You know, you're talking about cheating, but you're with Katy right now.' And I'm like, 'Yeah, but the song was written before.'" Travis McCoy [MTV]