John Hillerman, beloved ‘Magnum, P.I.’ star, dead at 84

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 7:24 PM

‘Magnum, P.I.’ Star John Hillerman Dead At 84

John Hillerman, the 84-year-old actor who most notably starred in Magnum, P.I. as Tom Selleck’s exacting sidekick Higgins, has died at his home in Houston

A spokesperson for the family confirmed the news, according to the Hollywood ReporterThe Associated Press reported the actor was in declining health.  Hllerman’s nephew, Chris Tritico, said the cause of death is not known.

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Hillerman also was known for his 1970s roles as arrogant radio show detective Simon Brimmer on the “Ellery Queen” series, and as a difficult boss on “One Day at a Time.” 

“He had an outstanding sense of humor and was one of the most well-read people I ever met. You couldn’t play Scrabble with him,” Tritico told The AP.

Hillerman appeared in a number of other series, including “Valerie,” “The Love Boat” and “The Betty White Show.” His film credits include “The Last Picture Show,” “High Plains Drifter,” and Howard of the Johnson family in Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles.” 

Tritico said there will not be any funeral services, per Hillerman’s request.

Hillerman is survived by his sister, Jo Ann Tritico, and seven nieces and nephews, Chris Tritico among them.

David Cassidy’s younger brother Shaun offers touching tribute on Twitter

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 5:02 PM

Musicians and brothers Shaun and David Cassidy photographed together in January of 1994.
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Musicians and brothers Shaun and David Cassidy photographed together in January of 1994.(Time Life Pictures/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Teenage heartthrobs run in the Cassidy family. David Cassidy’s younger brother, Shaun Cassidy, who was also a teen idol and singer in the 1970s, remembered his late brother with a touching tribute on Twitter after the pop culture icon’s death Tuesday from organ failure.

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“When I was a little boy and my big brother would come to visit, the first call of business would be a punishing pillow fight. During the battle, he would regale me with hysterical stories of our father, often culminating in his taking a giant leap off my top bunk,” Cassidy posted on Twitter, along with a black and white photo of the boys as children.

“I tried to catch him of course. I always tried to catch him. But I never could. Now, I will carry him, along with all of the funny/sad/extraordinary days we shared, none more filled with love than these last few at his side.”

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Eight years younger than David, Shaun was the oldest son of Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones, while David was Jack’s only child with his first wife, Evelyn Ward. In addition to being his step-mother, Shirley Jones played David Cassidy’s on-screen mother in the ‘70s musical sit-com “The Partridge Family.”

The relationship between Cassidy and his family was strained over the past years over his battle with alcoholism. Several months before his death, a video of Cassidy struggling to perform at a live show raised concerns about his well-being. Family and fans thought he had relapsed, instead he revealed he was suffering from dementia.

Regardless of past estrangements, his family rushed to his side after hearing of his hospitalization. A source told People magazine, Cassidy “was delighted to see them … There’s been total resolution within the family. They will always be there for him.”

David Cassidy passed away in a Florida hospital on Nov. 21. at the age of 67.

An outpouring of tributes came from celebrities, including Danny Bonaduce — who played David’s television brother — John Stamos, Marie Osmond and Carnie Wilson.

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Cassidy is survived by half-brothers Shaun, Patrick and Ryan; daughter Katie Cassidy and son, actor Beau Cassidy.

Jimmy Fallon, Maroon 5 pull street performing prank in NYC subway station

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 5:02 PM

Adam Levine (L) and James Valentine of Maroon 5 busked in a NYC subway with Jimmy Fallon (not pictured) on
Adam Levine (L) and James Valentine of Maroon 5 busked in a NYC subway with Jimmy Fallon (not pictured) on "The Tonight Show."(Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

An oddly familiar-looking band of street musicians treated New York subway commuters to a jam session, and it turns out it was made up of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and James Valentine and “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon in disguise. Disguised as buskers -- people who perform in public for donations -- the trio performed a rousing rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender” and the Maroon 5 hit. “Sugar” at the 50th Street subway station

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The commuters weren’t in on the joke, and their reactions when the subway musicians’ revealed their true identities were priceless.

This isn’t the first time Fallon has pulled this busking prank. Previously, he went undercover with his good friend, Miley Cyrus, to surprise a bunch of rowdy tourists. 

After devising new identities — with Cyrus becoming “Charlene” and Fallon playing “Bart” — the pair donned their disguises and headed to the Rockefeller Center subway station. “No one knows that this is going to happen,” Fallon told viewers before he began busking with Cyrus. “No one knows that it’s Miley Cyrus. Let’s do this.”

Michael Jordan replaces family’s signed jersey stolen from home after fire

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 3:56 PM

Michael Jordan is sending a new signed jersey to a family who lose theirs in a fire.
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Michael Jordan is sending a new signed jersey to a family who lose theirs in a fire.(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/Getty Images)

A family received a surprise from NBA legend Michael Jordan after one of his signed jerseys was stolen from their home when it burned down in October.

Officials with the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office said the family was forced out of its Rock Creek, Wisconsin, home on Oct. 11 when it caught fire. 

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Authorities said a family member went to the house on Nov. 2, after the fire, and noticed two men behind it with a vehicle. The family member told officials that the men said they were looting the house and then left with a garbage can full of items. 

Authorities said they later arrested one of the men. 

According to officials, a signed No. 45 Michael Jordan jersey was among the items taken by the men and is believed to have been sold. 

The Star Tribune reported Monday that the family’s daughter, Kelsey Schiel, got the item signed by Jordan at his Chicago restaurant in 1995. The meetup was coordinated by Starlight Children's Foundation, an organization that supports hospitalized children and their families. At the time, Schiel was battling a life-threatening illness. Now 28, she has beaten the disease that she now likes to keep private.

“It’s devastating to know that someone stole such an important item,” Schiel said. “I really hope that whoever has it realizes its importance and turns it in. We won’t ask questions; it’s just really special to me.”

According to the Star Tribune, Jordan heard about the robbery and is having the jersey replaced.

“Michael was very sorry to hear about what happened to the Schiel family and was happy to send Kelsey a new signed jersey,” a representative for Jordan said.

Wendy Williams said she was groped on live TV, fans named names

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 3:04 PM

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Wendy Williams has her own story about workplace sexual harassment, but the talk show host is trying to keep mum about who it involves.

While discussing the recent slew of sexual assault allegations against veteran journalist, Charlie Rose, Williams, 53, revealed that her least favorite guest on her show was one who had groped her on live television, Inside Edition reported.

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“My worst guest, I’m not gonna name, but I can tell you this -- it had to do with some groping and you all saw it, but didn’t say a word,” Williams  told viewers on her live show Tuesday. “And I felt it and I didn’t say a word. My staff saw it, and, you know, that guest will never be here anymore. He’s not relevant anymore anyway.” 

The television host said that when the individual went further than a quick embrace, she didn’t know how to react.

Wendy Williams says one of her guests on her talk show touched her inappropriately.(Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Wilhelmina Models/Getty Images for Wilhelmina Mode)

“He hugs me, but lays in my breast inappropriately and I didn’t know what to do because I’m brand new on TV, whereas now, I would definitely push somebody through a glass coffee table. I didn’t know what to do,” she said.

She continued, saying that guest looked up at her, saying, “Oh! You’re not Oprah!” 

“I’m two seconds away from saying his name but it’s not worth it. However, if I see you in the mall, I’ll tell you,” she told viewers.

Williams maintained that she wouldn’t be revealing who she was referring to, but viewers pulled out their own receipts. Photos of comedian Gilbert Gottfried resting his face on Williams’s chest during a 2011 appearance quickly spread. Wendy can be seen grimacing in the photo while Gottfried grabs her tightly around the waist.

Gottfried, 62, denied having any recollection of the incident when contacted by Inside Edition. When asked about being banned from her show, he said wasn’t aware if he had. 

As of now, Williams has neither confirmed nor denied that Gottfried was whom she referred to.