Barbara Walters confirms retirement, Prosecutors won't let Lindsay change rehabs; Jay Leno's viral video may have been faked; Charlie offers Denise more money; Fox resurrects 24 and Savannah Guthrie's engaged.
WALTERS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
As expected, Barbara Walters announced on The View yesterday that she will be retiring in May 2014. "Let me just say I have been on television continuously for over 50 years. But in the summer of '14 I plan to retire from appearing on television at all,” said the 83-year-old. “It has been an absolutely joyful, rewarding, challenging, fascinating, and occasionally bumpy ride,” adding, “I wouldn’t change a thing. I'm perfectly healthy. This is my decision. This is what I want to do.” For the next year, Walters will continue her duties on The View, and will anchor specials and reports for the network. "I am very happy with my decision," Walters said, "and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead." She also won’t be completely gone from TV. She’ll still serve as executive producer of The View and possibly make appearances on “special occasions.” Said Barbara, “I’m not walking into the sunset.”
NEWS ON LENO’S TONIGHT SHOW DEPARTURE
NBC announced yesterday that Jay Leno will end his 22-years on the Tonight Show during the week leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics (which start February 6th), with Jimmy Fallon taking over during the second week of the games. In addition, Late Night with Seth Meyers will debut Monday, February 24th.
LENO’S VIRAL VIDEO MAY HAVE BEEN FAKED
Last week’s a couple who appeared on Jay Leno’s “Pumpcast News” segment became viral sensations when they performed karaoke versions of “Living on a Prayer” and “Sweet Dreams” but it turns out the whole thing may have been faked. According to The Smoking Gun, the couple, Will and Monifa Sims, are actually professionally trained actors from Chicago. Although this doesn’t prove anything, the site does note that Sims appeared on “Pumpcast News” once before, in 2011. Will actually admitted to the Chicago Sun-Times that Leno producers gave them fake job titles so it would look less suspicious. "[The producers] didn’t want [people] to think we were actors and it was a 'plant,'" Will told the paper. "They were like, ‘You’re a bartender and she’s a fitness [trainer].'" But in an interview yesterday, Monifa said it was a fluke that she had appeared on the segment twice, telling The Smoking Gun, “when it happened again, I said, ‘I cannot believe it!!’” Neither can we.
PROSECUTORS SAY NO TO LINDS’ REHAB TRANSFER
Lindsay Lohan is determined to get out of Betty Ford, but it looks like she’s out of luck. It was reported over the weekend that Lindsay wanted to transfer rehab facilities because doctors at Betty Ford took away her Adderall. Sources close to Lindsay tell TMZ she is going “crazy” in rehab and believes Betty Ford is too “old school” for a young person like herself. She’s reportedly found another west coast facility which she believes is suitable, but prosecutors in California are “unbending” and will not let her move. "She had 45 days to find a suitable place. She didn't listen to her people and just did what she wanted so it's her problem now,” claims a source. "Not gonna happen."
TODAY’S SAVANNAH GUTHRIE ENGAGED
Today anchor Savannah Guthrie announced yesterday morning that she’s gotten engaged. The 41-year-old revealed that her boyfriend of four years, political consultant Mike Feldman, popped the question over the weekend. Joked Savannah, “No one will accuse us of rushing into anything.” Guthrie said she tried to get her co-workers to notice her ring when she got on set, but they were oblivious. Although Matt Lauer was surprised they missed it. “You could have seen it from across the street. It’s a beauty,” he said.
BEYONCE PREGNANCY RUMORS
The New York Post reports there are rumors circulating that Beyonce and Jay-Z are expecting their second child. The paper notes that Bey wore a high-waisted gown that covered her midsection to last week’s Met Gala and added that photos from her current tour show what some people suggest is a baby bump. Beyonce recently told ABC News that she would like to give daughter Blue Ivy a sibling, but it sounds like it’s not happening yet. A source close to the couple told People, "Beyoncé and Jay are planning for another baby after her tour is over and things calm down just a bit." But even if she’s not pregnant, it sure sounds like Beyonce is eating for two. According to Radaronline, after her concert in Dublin, Ireland, she ordered in a $1,000 chicken feast. Her order from Nando’s chicken included fourteen jumbo platters of poultry, which amounts to 28 whole chickens and ten large sides of corn, garlic bread, rice, coleslaw and chips. In addition she ordered 70 wings. There’s no word on how many people actually enjoyed the feast.
Q-Beyonce’s third solo album, I Am... Sasha Fierce, helped her win how many Grammy Awards in 2010, which broke the record for most Grammys won by a female artist in one night? 6
BEY’S DAD OWES $1.2 MIL IN BACK TAXES
Beyonce’s dad owes the government a lot of money. According to TMZ, the IRS just filed a lien against Matthew Knowles claiming he owes Uncle Sam more than $1.2 million in back taxes. Knowles, who used to be his daughter’s manager, reportedly owes $485,575.95 in taxes for 2010 and $728,004.89 for 2011.
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK STARS SIGN NEW CONTRACTS
The Real Housewives of New York will be back on Bravo after the cast finally agreed to sign on for another season. Last week it was reported that Ramona Singer, Carole Radziwill, LuAnn de Lesseps, Heather Thomson, Sonja Morgan and Aviva Drescher had banded together to demand a big raise, but the network balked, telling them they had to sign the contracts offered or they’d be out of a job. Well, apparently Bravo’s threat worked because they all signed on for another year, receiving only a “modest pay increase.”
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER FINALLY REVEALS MOTHER
[Spoiler Alert] On last night’s season finale of How I Met Your Mother, the show’s titular character was finally introduced. The final scene of the episode revealed the woman, holding a guitar and a yellow umbrella, buying a ticket to the location of Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) wedding. Fans of the show know that in previous episodes, Ted (Josh Radnor) explained that he met his wife after the wedding. He also said she owned a yellow umbrella. The woman, billed only as “The Girl with the Yellow Umbrella,” was played by actress Cristin Milioti, best known for Tony nominated role in the Broadway musical Once.
CHARLIE OFFERS DENISE MORE MONEY
No one can accuse Charlie Sheen of not taking care of his children…at least financially. Radaronline reports Charlie offered to increase child support payments to Denise Richards now that she is taking care of his twin sons while their mom Brooke Mueller is in rehab. Surprisingly, Denise turned him down. “Charlie is extremely generous, and wanted to make sure having the twins in Denise’s care didn’t place a financial strain on her,” said a source. “Denise was thankful for the offer, but declined because she has the financial means to take care of them herself. She isn’t doing this for the money.” Charlie currently pays Denise $55,000 a month for their two daughters Sam and Lola. He pays Brooke the same amount for the boys, Bob and Max.
CHARLIE GIVES DENISE A RIDE FOR MOTHER’S DAY
Meanwhile, Denise Richards was shooting a film in New York over the weekend, which kept her away from her kids on Mother’s Day, but Charlie Sheen made sure the separation didn’t last too long. Yesterday she tweeted that her ex gave her quite a gift for the special day. "Greatest ex @charliesheen," Richards tweeted along with a picture of her in front of a plane window. "My mom's day gift flying me home on his plane so I can take the kids to school."
Q-Denise Richards played a beauty pageant contestant in what 1999 dark comedy? Drop Dead Gorgeous
BROOKE CLAIMED MAFIA CONNECTIONS BEFORE PSYCH HOLD
TMZ reports that Brooke Mueller was so high when she was placed on an involuntary psych hold earlier this month that she was rambling about having “mafia connections.” According to the site, on May 1st a man who was at Brooke’s home called 911 to report an assault and when cops arrived she claimed not only that she had connections to organized crime, but that she was in contact with the FBI about Charlie Sheen, giving them info that would “bring him down.” Her twin sons were at the house at the time, so cops called LA County Department of Children and Family Services and steps were immediately taken to protect the kids and get Brooke to UCLA Medical Center. Sources tell TMZ that it was Adderall, the same ADHD drug that Lindsay Lohan can’t live without, that triggered Brooke’s meltdown.
FOX ANNOUNCES FALL SCHEDULE
Fox yesterday announced their new fall lineup, which includes five new comedies and four new dramas. Comedies include: The Seth MacFarlane-produced Dads; the Andy Samberg sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine; Enlisted, starting Geoff Stults and Chris Lowell; Surviving Jack (midseason), starring Christopher Meloni, and Us & Them (midseason), the U.S. version of the British comedy Gavin and Stacey, starring Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel, as well as Murder Police, an animated cop show. Among the new dramas: J.J. Abrams’ Almost Human; Sleepy Hollow, a modern retelling of the Washington Irving classic; Rake, a legal drama starring Greg Kinnear, and Gang Related, set in the world of a Los Angeles elite gang task force. They've also added Wayward Pines, a miniseries from The Sixth Sense’s M. Night Shyamalan starring Matt Dillon. Among the other tidbits from yesterday’s announcement: a new episode of New Girl, plus one of Fox’s yet-to-be named new comedies, will air following the Super Bowl on February 2nd, 2014; Glee will take a midseason break to make room for Rake; Bones will move from Mondays to Fridays in late fall and Raising Hope will move from Tuesdays to Fridays, and will premiere in late fall.
Q-What actor starred in Tim Burton’s 1999 film Sleepy Hollow? Johnny Depp
24 RETURNS TO FOX
Fox officially announced yesterday that 24 will be returning in May, 2014 as a 12-episode limited-run series. Star Kiefer Sutherland will once again play Jack Bauer in 24: Live Another Day, with creator Howard Gordon also coming back. “The response to 24 is unlike anything I have ever experienced as an actor before,” said Sutherland. “To have the chance to reunite with the character, Jack Bauer, is like finding a lost friend. The story ideas from Howard Gordon are exciting and fresh, and will not disappoint.”
Q-What actress played Jack Bauer’s trusted CTU analyst Chloe O'Brian on 24? Mary Lynn Rajskub
FOX DISCUSSES IDOL PROBLEMS
After weeks of rumors, Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly finally addressed the problems American Idol had this past season. He blamed the ratings decline on the age of the show, as well as some creative changes they made to the format. “More so than any one factor is the age of the show right now, but [also] maybe the format this year,” he said. “We expanded some of the middle rounds, we did a boy-girl thing that went over three weeks — that’s really where the ratings took their biggest hit.” But even though he blamed the decline on this season’s tweaks, he adds there will be more, promising “a few fresh twists…that will be a nice jolt for next season.” As for the judges, when asked if Mariah Carey, Keith Urban or Nicki Minaj will back he said “everything at this point is on the table,” but added it was “likely” the show will return to a three-judge panel instead of four.
VIN DIESEL TAKES CREDIT FOR FACEBOOK
Fast & Furious 6 star Vin Diesel is taking credit for Facebook’s popularity. He tells Entertainment Weekly he was one of the first stars to reach out to fans through the social networking site, leading other stars to do the same. “When I had started my page, the only person that had a million fans was Barack Obama…So, when I started talking to the fans, I became the No. 1 page in the world. Over Coca-Cola, over huge companies. And it was only because I said: 'Hi, guys, I love you,’” the humble actor explains. "Facebook used to ask me to come up to their office to explain what the f**k I was doing, and why I had so many fans…Facebook really owes me billions of dollars. But whatever."
Q-Vin Diesel played an extreme sports enthusiast who becomes a spy in what 2002 action thriller? XXX [Triple X]
SELENA’S GONNA BE A BIG SISTER/SAYS SHE’S SINGLE
Selena Gomez revealed over the weekend that her mother is pregnant. On Sunday she tweeted a picture of herself touching mom Mandy’s baby bump. “Hope all the amazing moms had a great day! I have the best momma in the world :)) I love you so much!,” she wrote. This will be the first child for Selena’s mom and her husband Brian Teefey. The couple sadly suffered a miscarriage in 2011. Meanwhile, it sounds like Selena and Justin Bieber are definitely off again. During an interview Friday, Selena was asked, “So sometimes you may see a boy walking down the street and he says, 'Let’s grab an ice-cream.' You’re available?" She responded, “Yep!" adding, "By the way, that would be awesome if someone asked if I wanted ice cream because that would be cool."
DR. JOYCE BROTHERS DIES
Popular psychologist and media personality Dr. Joyce Brothers died Monday in New York City after a long illness. She was 85. Brothers is considered a pioneer in TV advice shows. She got her TV start on the quiz show The $64,000 Question, where she became the only woman ever to win the top prize. In her four decade broadcasting career, Brothers dolled out advice on her own syndicated radio show as well as TV advice show, and appeared as herself on programs like The Love Boat, and Chips, as well as the the movie Naked Gun. She also wrote 15 books including the 1983 bestseller What Every Woman Should Know About Men.
ANGIE EVERHART DIAGNOSED WITH THYROID CANCER
Model/actress Angie Everhart revealed yesterday that she has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. "Word has been trickling out about [Angie's] health," her rep told Extra. "[Angie] wants to set the record straight by letting everyone know that it is true that she has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, however, the prognosis is very good." Added the rep, “[Angie] will undergo surgery tomorrow and expects to be back to work and to mommy duties in a few weeks."
Q-Angie made her big screen debut alongside what action star in the 1993 film Last Action Hero? Arnold Schwarzenegger
œ NBC yesterday released trailers for their upcoming new fall programs, including The Michael J. Fox Show, Welcome to the Family, starring Mike O’Malley, Mary McCormack and Ricardo Chavira; Sean Saves the World, starring Sean Hayes; Dracula, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers; The Blacklist, starring James Spader and Ironside, staring Blair Underwood.
œ NBC will air a three-hour live staging of The Sound of Music on Thursday, December 5th. The special will star Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, the role made famous by Julie Andrews.
œ CBS yesterday announced the airdates for the next two Grammy Awards. The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will air January 26th, 2014, while the 57th broadcast will air February, 8th, 2015. Both events will take place in Los Angeles.
œ The HBO comedy Girls beat out Homeland and Game of Thrones to win Best International Program at the British Academy Television Awards Sunday. Game of Thrones wasn’t a complete loser; it won the Audience Award, beating out both Homeland and the London Olympics Opening Ceremony.
MISCELLANEOUS MOVIE NEWS
œ Samuel L. Jackson will play the President of the United States in the new movie Big Game. The film centers around a 13-year-old boy spending one day and night alone in the wilderness to test his manhood. When Air Force One is shot down by terrorists, he discovers the U.S. President in an escape pod and they team up as the terrorists close in.
œ Smallville’s Tom Welling will join Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Denis Leary in the film Draft Day. He’ll play a veteran quarterback at a crossroads in his career. The film stars Costner as a Cleveland Browns GM trying to save football in his city.