R&B SINGER ON "INTERVENTION"
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Remember this song? "What Would You Do" was a big hit by the group City High in 2001. But the group split up and now, one of its members has fallen on hard times.
Robby Pardlo was profiled on Monday's episode of "Intervention." Robby fell into a deep depression after City High split up. It didn't help when he was dumped by his bandmate, Claudette Ortiz, for the other male member of the group, Ryan Toby. Robby turned to alcohol to fix his emotional wounds, but spiraled out of control. His family brought him on "Intervention" to get his life turned around. Robby accepted the intervention and has been clean since October 2009. You can watch the full episode on A&E's site. It's also available on On Demand right now.
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JOHN EDWARDS KICKED TO THE CURB
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
He cheated and had another woman's baby. Now, John Edwards is a single man.
A friend of Elizabeth Edwards confirms the couple are separating. Last week, the two-time presidential candidate finally admitted he father a child with a former campaign aide. His daughter is now almost two years old.
Elizabeth Edwards says she wants to put this difficult chapter in her life behind her. As if her cheating hubby isn't bad enough, she is also battling incurable cancer. The couple had also weathered the death of their 16-year-old son.
"It is an extraordinarily sad moment, but I love my children more than anything and still care deeply about Elizabeth," Edwards said in a statement to the Associated Press.
posted by jc @ 9:16 PM, ,
CONAN O'BRIEN GETS $45 MILLION
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Conan O'Brien may have lost the "Tonight Show" after five long years of planning, but he'll be crying all the way to the bank. Conan and NBC have reached a $45 million settlement. Conan gets a $32.5 million severance. The show's employees will split up $7.5 million. Incredibly, the show's executive producer will get a cool $4.5 million in the deal. Conan's last "Tonight Show" airs Friday.
posted by jc @ 10:35 AM, ,
John Edwards is finally admitting that he fathered a child with this mistress. The former presidential candidate says he had a two-year-old daughter, Frances Quinn Hunter, with former campaign aide Rielle Hunter. The whole time, his wife has been fighting breast cancer.
"It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me," Edwards said in a statement. "I have been providing financial support for Quinn and have reached an agreement with her mother to continue providing support in the future," he continued.
To think that this guy, who's lied over and over again, could have been our president.
posted by jc @ 10:30 AM, ,
CONAN O'BRIEN WON'T HOST "TONIGHT SHOW" AFTER LENO
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Conan O'Brien is breaking his silence about Jay Leno coming back to late night. Conan released a long letter (see below) today about the controversy. He says he will not host "The Tonight Show" if it's moved to 12:05am. "The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show," Conan wrote.
Yesterday, NBC canceled "The Jay Leno Show" after four months of poor ratings at 10pm. Leno is said to be moving back to 11:35 to host a half-hour show. Conan was supposed to be bumped to 12:05, followed by Jimmy Fallon at 1:05.
Conan claims to not have any offers from other networks. Fox is said to be interested in him, since the network has no presence in late night talk.
posted by jc @ 4:14 PM, ,
People of Earth:
In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky. That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.
Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.
But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.
Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.
So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.
There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.
Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.
posted by jc @ 4:08 PM, ,
SIMON COWELL TO LEAVE "AMERICAN IDOL"
Monday, January 11, 2010
Simon Cowell will leave "American Idol" after this season. He is leaving the singing competition to be the executive producer and a judge on "X Factor." The show has been a fit overseas (it's where Susan Boyle was discovered) and is coming to Fox when 'Idol' goes on hiatus. TMZ reports that Cowell has already been courting Paula Abdul to be a judge on the show. Does this mean Fox with cancel "Idol" after this season? Stay tuned.
In other competition TV news, Howie Mandel has signed on to be a judge on "America's Got Talent." Last week, David Hasselhoff announced he's leaving the show to start up his own show.
posted by jc @ 6:06 PM, ,
LENO TO MOVE BACK TO 11:35, NBC SHAKES UP LATE NIGHT AGAIN
Thursday, January 07, 2010
The Jay Leno Show has been a failure in primetime. Now, the New York Times is reporting that Leno will get his coveted 11:35pm timeslot back.
Although nothing is official yet, NBC is likely to put Leno on for a half-hour at 11:30. Conan O'Brien would still be an hour, starting at 12:05. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon would move to 1:05am. No word on if Carson Daly's show would also slide.
The big change is set to happen after the Olympics. No word on what will fill the five slots left vacant by Leno at 10pm.
posted by jc @ 9:26 PM, ,
Howard Stern show favorite Artie Lange reportedly tried to commit suicide over the weekend. The New York Post reports, the troubled comedian stabbed himself nine times. Lange's mother discovered him covered in blood at his apartment and frantically called 911. She was visiting him to drop off some food when she made the horrible discovery. Despite the heavy bleeding, surgeons were able to save Artie. Artie has battled drugs, alcohol and depression all of his life.
Recently, it appeared he was finally getting things together. He lost a bunch of weight and has a new girlfriend. But before Christmas break, Artie seemed to be headed downhill again. The show gave him a week off and now, this very sad news.
Howard Stern spoke out about the suicide attempt this morning.
"I'm angry about it. I'm sad about it," Stern said. "He's wrestling with some serious stuff...I wish him well," Stern said.
Stern also said that he's upset that the story hit the papers and wants to know who leaked it. Stern started to read the story from the paper, but just couldn't get through it. He said it "feels weird" for him to be the one to read it because they're so close.
"Artie's demons run deeper than I ever knew," Stern said. "It's a real tragedy. It's a real tragedy."
Stern says he has not spoken to Artie since the attempt. Stern said he figures Artie will call him if he needs anything, adding he's "freaked out" about this. Robin Quivers said she has talked to him and said that he's doing well physically.
Stern then took a bunch of calls from listeners. One woman was in tears. All of them, expressed their great support for Artie.
Stern said he doesn't want anyone to forget how talented Artie is and how much he has contributed to the show. Of course, it's too early to know if Artie will ever be back.
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posted by jc @ 1:42 PM, ,
Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa appeared on the Howard Stern show this morning and sunk his fangs into radio rival Don Imus. Sliwa said that Imus uses oxygen live on the air during his show. He also claimed that Imus was nasty to everyone on his staff, especially the sales people. Sliwa said he would often see the longtime host tear into interns and make them cry. Sliwa does have an ax to grind with Imus. He was dropped from New York's powerful WABC radio, which replaced him with Imus' show. But Sliwa might be getting the last laugh. On Monday, he starts a new morning drive show on rival WNYM 970AM "The Apple."
posted by jc @ 1:12 PM, ,
MUST SEE VIDEO
Mariah Carey let loose at an awards show Sunday night. When she went to accept an award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, she slurred her speech and rambled on for about five minutes.
Last night, she won an award at the People's Choice Awards. Husband Nick Cannon helped her get up to the stage. She still seemed like she was in a daze.
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FAST FOOD MANIA
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If you listen to the Howard Stern show, the you already know that Jon Hein is the biggest fan of fast food around. Join Jon as he checks out the best places to chow down for cheap on this new show on the new network, Destination America. If you're not craving something greasing after watch this show, then something is wrong with you.
Trisha Goddard hosted talk shows overseas for years. Now, she's the star of her own show, a spin-off of Maury, here in the states. Topics have included a man with 5 wives and women who eat strange objects like drywall and dirt.
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