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 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.(John Moore/Getty Images)

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.

Fans want Missy Elliott statue to replace Confederate monument in Portsmouth, Virginia

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 7:48 PM

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One fan of Missy Elliott has made waves on the internet, having created a Change.org petition that has gained more than 28,000 signatures in less than a week.

The reason? Nathan Coflin wants the city of Portsmouth, Virginia, to replace a Confederate monument with a statue of Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott.

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The Washington Post reported that Coflin, a resident of Elliott’s hometown of Portsmouth, is a longtime fan of Elliott.

“I wanna show we can honor the positivity that’s happening today in Portsmouth and I think no one better suits that than Missy Elliott,” he told The Post.

“We believe it is time to finally replace the Confederate Monument in Olde Towne Portsmouth Virginia near the intersection of Court and High streets with a new statue of a true Portsmouth native hero,” Coflin wrote on the petition. “Who better to encapsulate the culture and spirit of the city enshrined in a new monument than Grammy Award winning rapper, dancer, and record producer Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliott?”

Making nods to Elliott’s 2002 single “Work It,” Coflin expressed his reasons for replacing the monument.

“Getting this statue put up will be a lot of work and you may ask yourself is it worth it? I say yes and ask you to join me in letting us work it,” he wrote. “Together we can put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it. Let us come together in getting City Council to erect this statue in honor of Missy Elliott and all those in the great City of Portsmouth who work it each and every day.”

In response to a tweet about the petition, Elliott said “just to see this warms my heart and it's so humbling to me.”

Jay-Z dedicates ‘Numb/Encore’ performance to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 11:43 PM

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Jay-Z dedicated a performance of "Numb/Encore," a 2004 collaboration with Linkin Park, to Chester Bennington, the band's late member.(Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images/Getty Images)

While performing a set at Virgin V Festival in Chelmsford, England, Sunday, Jay-Z paid tribute to Chester Bennington, the late Linkin Park singer.

UsWeekly reported that the rap icon, 47, mentioned Bennington by name before performing “Numb/Encore,” a 2004 single that was a collaboration between Jay and Linkin Park.

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“Can you guys light it up tonight for Chester, Linkin Park, one time tonight?” he said. “Please make some noise so he can hear you all the way up in heaven tonight!”

Bennington died of a suicide July 20 at his Los Angeles home. He was 41 years old.

“Numb/Encore” comes from “Collision Course,” a collaborative EP released by Jay and Linkin Park in 2004. 

Linkin Park member Mike Shinoda tweeted a thank you to Jay-Z for dedicating the performance to Bennington, according to People.

“We appreciate you,” Shinoda wrote.

A video, uploaded by a concertgoer, of the performance at the festival can be watched on YouTube.

Venus Williams agrees to turn over phone records from day of fatal crash

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 7:19 PM

Tennis champion Venus Williams poses with her trophy after beating her sister Serena during their final tennis match of the 2008 Wimbledon championships at The All England Tennis Club in southwest London, on July 5, 2008.
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Tennis champion Venus Williams poses with her trophy after beating her sister Serena during their final tennis match of the 2008 Wimbledon championships at The All England Tennis Club in southwest London, on July 5, 2008.(CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Tennis great Venus Williams has agreed to turn over her cell phone records to attorneys representing a family who is suing her in connection with a June traffic accident that claimed the life of a 78-year-old man.

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In a brief court hearing on Tuesday, lawyers for Williams and those representing the family of Jerome Barson told Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Cymonie Rowe that the 37-year-old athlete had agreed to turn over records of calls from noon to 2:30 p.m. on June 9, the day of the crash, said attorney F. Malcolm Cunningham Jr., who represents Williams.

The records will be redacted in court documents so the phone numbers would be kept from public view, Cunningham said. He described the request as routine.

“It’s very typical — very standard — for this kind of litigation or any kind of litigation, actually,” he said.

>> Related: Venus Williams breaks down during Wimbledon press conference

Attorney Michael Steinger filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Williams on behalf of the Barson family. In court papers, Steinger and his associates said the phone records could help show whether Williams was distracted at the time of the mid-day crash. They are also seeking Williams’ phone and any other electronic devices she had with her during the June 9 accident. That request is still pending.

>> Related: Surveillance video shows deadly car crash involving Venus Williams

Palm Beach Gardens police say Williams was at the wheel of her SUV in the middle of the intersection at Northlake Boulevard and BallenIsles Drive when the light turned red. Linda Barson, who was driving a Hyundai Accent, drove through the green light, smashing into the side of Williams’ vehicle as Williams continued through the intersection, they said. Williams, who lives in the nearby BallenIsles Country Club, told investigators she did not see Barson’s car.

Jerome Barson, a passenger in the vehicle, was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center and died there on June 22. Williams was not injured in the crash.

Chrissy Teigen says ‘I have to fix myself’ when it comes to alcohol

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 5:50 PM

Chrissy Teigen reveals she struggles with alcohol in a new interview with Cosmopolitan.
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Chrissy Teigen reveals she struggles with alcohol in a new interview with Cosmopolitan.(Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions/Getty Images for Tony Awards Pro)

Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen revealed Wednesday in an interview with Cosmopolitan that she struggles with alcohol abuse.

“I was, point blank, just drinking too much. I got used to being in hair and makeup and having a glass of wine,” the “Lip Sync Battle” host said. “Then that glass of wine would carry over into me having one before the awards show. And then a bunch at the awards show. And then I felt bad for making kind of an ass of myself to people that I really respected. And that feeling, there’s just nothing like that. You feel horrible. It's not a good look for me, for John (Legend, my husband), for anybody.”

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USA Today reported that Tiegen has posted videos of herself while she was drunk before. One video posted in February showed Legend helping her take off her jewelry after the Grammy Awards show.

Tiegen told Cosmo that her family has a history of alcohol abuse and that she “can't just have one drink.”

She and her husband, who are parents to daughter Luna, 16 months, have gone on a series of vacations before they begin in vitro fertilization treatments as they try to have another child. Luna was conceived via IVF in 2015.

“We're going to try to have a child. This is for us to try to get in the zone of ‘Let’s travel. Let’s be away together. Let’s see our closest friends,’ and then we’re going to have to do something super hard, which is the IVF process, all over again.”

Tiegen, who revealed her struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety in March, said that “alcohol is like the least thing that helps.” She takes “a number of medications” for depression and anxiety, according to Cosmo.

During a recent trip to Bali, she abstained from alcohol completely and didn’t miss it. 

“I would wake up feeling amazing, she said. “My skin felt amazing. I was just so happy.”

Now that she is back home in Los Angeles preparing for another vacation. Teigen may not drink at all, but it will be a challenge: as a sposkesperson for Captain Morgan and Smirnoff, drinks are often free and plenty at events.

“I used to think it was kind of nutty to have to go totally sober, but now I get it,” she said. “I don't want to be that person. … I have to fix myself.”

Read more at Cosmopolitan.com.