BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The revelation that Arnold Schwarzenegger has an out-of-wedlock child with a former employee turned into a tabloid frenzy Wednesday, as scores of reporters and photographers swarmed a quiet suburban cul-de-sac in the middle of California farm country amid reports it was the home of the child’s mother.

The woman was not at the Bakersfield home when the flash mob arrived, its satellite TV trucks filling her quiet Bakersfield street and spilling onto another one. The media descended after the woman’s name surfaced in several Internet reports.

Schwarzenegger’s office declined to discuss whether the woman is the mother of the former governor’s child.

A photo of the boy posted on the woman’s MySpace page shows a fairly strong resemblance to Schwarzenegger, particularly when the actor-bodybuilder-politician was younger.

“If I saw him or his picture, I would see the resemblance,” next-door neighbor Marilyn Steelman said. “But if I just saw him on the street, to say, ‘Wow, Arnold’s son?’ No, I would not say that.”

Steelman said the woman, her husband and 13-year-old son are nice people.

Shriver’s focus is on hostess at taping Tuesday

CHICAGO – Maria Shriver didn’t address revelations that her husband fathered a child with another woman when she appeared at Oprah Winfrey’s farewell show on Tuesday.

Shriver, the TV journalist and Kennedy heiress, walked onstage wearing a sparkly blue dress with Winfrey’s best friend, Gayle King. Earlier in the day it was revealed her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, fathered a child with a woman on his household staff more than a decade ago.

In a statement Shriver called it a “painful and heartbreaking time.” Last week, Schwarzenegger and Shriver announced they had separated.

But on Tuesday evening Shriver focused on Winfrey.

“You have given me love, support, wisdom and most of all the truth,” Shriver said to applause as Winfrey responded, “the truth.”

Shriver appeared on the second of two star-studded episodes taped at the United Center. It is scheduled to air May 24.

Clinton endorses new home for Mothership

WASHINGTON – The funkiest UFO in the galaxy is about to land in Washington.

The Mothership — the iconic stage prop made famous by legendary funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic — has been acquired by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, where it will anchor a permanent music exhibition when the museum opens in 2015.

“I’m about to cry!” Parliament-Funkadelic frontman George Clinton said over the phone from his home in Tallahassee, Fla., on Wednesday. “They’re taking the Mothership! They’re shipping it out! . . . But I’m glad it’s going to have a nice home there.”

It isn’t the original Mothership. This 1,200-pound aluminum spacecraft was built in the mid-’90s. Clinton says it’s identical to the smoke-spewing stage prop he first introduced to funk fans in 1976. The original was scrapped when the group encountered money problems.

Flav’s eatery partner sued 

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Flav’s Fried Chicken may be gone, but its debts aren’t forgotten.

A food distribution company has filed a lawsuit against the now-closed Clinton restaurant founded by reality television star Flavor Flav, claiming his ex-business partner Nicolo Cimino owes more than $12,000 for past food shipments.

Flav’s Fried Chicken opened with much fanfare in January but closed in April after Cimino and the former rapper cut ties and accused each other of mismanagement.