Katie Couric on ‘Today’ drama over Megyn Kelly’s debut and Tamron Hall’s exit

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 11:25 AM

Former ‘Today’ show anchor Katie Couric, pictured here moderating a panel discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2014 in New York City, weighed in on the shake-up at the longtime morning show with Tameron Hall’s departure and Megyn Kelly’s upcoming debut.
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Former “Today” show host and news anchor Katie Couric weighed in on the recent anchor shake-up at the longtime NBC morning show.

The former “Today” anchor stopped by “Watch What Happens Live” and talked to Andy Cohen about her thoughts on Megyn Kelly’s upcoming debut and Tamron Hall’s sudden exit.

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Couric kept mum on a lot of the details and made it clear she isn’t taking sides after a caller asked about the shakeup.

“I haven’t talked to Tamron. I don’t know Tamron well. I do know Megyn a bit,” she said. 

“Unfortunately I think sometimes people turn morning shows into soap operas that they’re not. Because they feel so intimately connected to the people on the show, they feel like they’re members of their family. They get very territorial and proprietary about it. And they read things into relationships.”

Couric predicted the upheaval will settle down soon.

“I think it’ll all work out.”

“And I think the show is great. I wish Tamron well. But I’m just not getting involved in the drama of it.”

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Hall announced her departure from the show in February just days after she learned she would lose her 9 a.m. time slot to newcomer Megyn Kelly, who will join the show in September. It’s rumored that Kelly will either take over Al Roker and Hall’s old spot at 9 a.m. or take on Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb’s 10 a.m. hour.

“The format is still in progress, but she will most likely be hosting the hour on her own,” a source told People.

Jeff Goldblum reprising original role as brash mathematician in ‘Jurassic World 2’

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 6:28 PM

Actor Jeff Goldblum and his wife, Emilie Livingston, attend the formal Artist's Dinner honoring the recipients of the 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors at the State Department in Washington on Dec. 3, 2016. Goldblum has signed on to reprise his original role in the movie ‘Jurassic Park’ in the latest franchise installment, ‘Jurassic World 2.’
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A familiar face is returning for the latest installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise.

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Actor Jeff Goldblum, played the brash mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm in 1993’s “Jurassic Park” and its sequel in 1997 “The Lost World,” and has now has signed on for “Jurassic World 2,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Goldblum, who also reprised his role in last year’s “Independence Day: Resurgence, sat out “Jurassic Park 3” and the series reboot “Jurassic World” in 2015.

The newest installment, “Jurassic World 2” will be directed by J.A. Bayona, and actors Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are returning for the sequel, THR confirmed.

“Jurassic World” earned almost $1.7 billion worldwide and is the fourth highest-grossing film in history, Time reported.

Madonna unhappy with biopic in works on life of Material Girl before fame

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 2:43 PM

Madonna in her younger years in 1988 with actor Sean Penn, who she married in 1985, then divorced 27 months later. The Material Girl is upset about a planned biopic on her life and struggles in New York before her first album was released.
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Madonna has some strong words for the producers of a planned biopic on her younger years, before she hit the big time.

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“Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen,” she said in an Instagram post. 

“Only I can tell my story.”

Universal acquired the rights to a script, called “Blond Ambition,” about the Material Girl’s life in New York and her struggles before her first album, “Madonna,” was released, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Brett Ratner is expected to produce the film.

Madonna isn’t pleased about someone else telling her story, saying that “anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool.”

She said the project is an example of “instant gratification” and “disease in our society.”


Bill O’Reilly payout could top $25 million as anchor announces new podcast

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 10:18 AM

Former fox news host Bill O'Reilly, pictured here waiting for the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama during an event at the White House in February of 2014 in Washington, is launching a new podcast Monday amid reports he’s getting a $25 million payout from Fox News. 
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Ousted Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly isn’t taking his termination for sexual harassment allegations lying down. After three weeks off the air and less than a week after Fox let him go, O’Reilly is returning Monday evening with a new podcast, according to his website BillO’Reilly.com

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A banner across the top of the site reads, “Monday. The no spin news returns.” O’Reilly usually started off his Fox show “The O’Reilly Factor” with the phrase “You are about to enter the no spin zone.”

Fox is also paying O’Reilly, 67, a reported $25 million over the next year, according to NBC News, after he inked a new four-year contract with the network just last month guaranteeing he’d make at least that much.

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O’Reilly was terminated from the network last week after the New York Times reported in early April that Fox had paid out $13 million to five women over several years to settle sexual harassment allegations against the longtime Fox anchor.

In a statement after his ouster, O’Reilly denied the allegations, calling them “unfounded claims.”

His top-rated cable news show, on the air since 2001, generated millions of dollars in advertising revenue for Fox and consistently netted more than 3.5 million viewers a night in recent months.

Erin Moran’s cause of death released, co-star Scott Baio responds to tabloids

Published: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 12:09 PM

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“Happy Days” star Erin Moran most likely died from complications of cancer.

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that a “joint investigation into Moran’s death was conducted” and “a subsequent autopsy revealed she likely succumbed to complications of stage 4 cancer,” TMZ reported.

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“Standard toxicology tests were performed, and the results are pending, however no illegal narcotics were found at the residence,” sheriff officials said.

On Saturday, Moran was found unresponsive in her mother-in-law’s trailer in New Salisbury, Indiana. She was 56 years old.

Neighbors in the trailer park said before her death Moran was “full of energy,” but that she had stopped leaving her home in the last few months.

>> Related: ‘Happy Days’ actress Erin Moran dead at 56

“I used to see her all the time, walking up to get the mail or just out for a stroll,” David Holt said. 

“She always waved or stopped to say hello. But I hadn’t seen her for a couple of months. She kind of hibernated at the end. It’s so sad. She was a good person.”

After her death, her “Joanie Loves Chachi” co-star Scott Baio shared his condolences on Facebook.

“May people remember Erin for her contagious smile, warm heart, and animal loving soul. I always hoped she could find peace in her life. God has you now, Erin.” 

Baio also responded to reports that he blamed Moran’s death on drug and alcohol use calling it “fake news.”

Tabloids are “stating that I'm saying drugs caused her to die after it was reported stage 4 cancer. This is so wrong! Now I truly understand the meaning of ‘Fake News.’ This is crazy,’ he posted.