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Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 3:05 PM
— While promoting her upcoming album, “Double Dutchess,” singer Fergie is addressing her split from husband Josh Duhamel.
The couple, who were married for eight years before separating, announced the separation long after they were actually apart. The timing meant Fergie, 42, and Duhamel, 44, had to respond to questions about each other when in public as though they were still together.
“Honestly, it was just getting a little weird for us with all the romantic questions,” Fergie told People Tuesday while making the rounds promoting her album.
“We’re great friends, we love each other so much, and it just got to the point where it was getting a little weird,” she said. “There’s no perfect time, so we just decided to do it. We just wanted to get adjusted in private.”
The parents to son Axl Jack, 4, announced the separation Sept. 14 in a joint statement.
“With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year,” the statement said. “To give our family the best opportunity to adjust, we wanted to keep this a private matter before sharing it with the public. We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family.”
Fergie went on to say co-parenting with the actor is going well, and their son’s school has helped with the process.
“We have a co-op so Josh and I would walk there several times before the school season. I get to learn from the teachers and see how he reacts in a group of friends that he knows. And I get to help out and serve them snacks and clean the dishes. We have fun, we get down and dirty and read the stories with our costumes. You get down in the sand and get dirty -- I love it. I love that part of it all.”
“Double Dutchess,” the followup to Fergie’s 2006 debut album, “The Dutchess,” is set for release Sept. 22.
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 11:33 PM
CARVER COUNTY, Minn. — Authorities in Carver County, Minnesota, could announce charges Thursday in the investigation into the opioid-related death of legendary entertainer Prince two years after he died, according to news outlets.
Prince was found unresponsive at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen on April 21, 2016, and was later pronounced dead.
An autopsy report by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office was released two months later and called Prince’s death “accidental.” The cause was listed as “fentanyl toxicity,” according to Entertainment Tonight, and the drug was “self-administered.”
According to news reports at the time, prescription drugs were found at the musician’s Paisley Park home and in his possession when he died.
Some of the bottles of prescription painkillers found at Paisley Park were in the name of a longtime friend of Prince and were prescribed by a doctor the “Purple Rain” singer saw before he died.
It’s unclear if anyone is facing charges at this point.
Carver County Attorney Mark Metz is holding a press conference Thursday at 11:30 a.m. to further discuss whether investigators are charging anyone in connection with the musician’s death.
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 4:27 PM
— The nominations for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards were announced Tuesday, and Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar lead the nominations with 15 each. In the top artist award category the three are up against Drake, with nine nominations, and Taylor Swift, who snagged five BBMA nods.
Here’s a list of the nominees in the top categories:
Top Artist: Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift
Top New Artist: 21 Savage, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Khalid, Kodak Black
Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Drake, Sam Hunt, Ed Sheeran
Top Male Artist: Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Post Malone, Ed Sheeran
Top Female Artist: Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Halsey, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group: The Chainsmokers, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Migos, U2
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 6:03 PM
— Longtime NPR broadcaster Carl Kasell has died at the age of 84 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, NPR announced Tuesday.
The unflappable Kasell with his reassuring baritone voice, delivered the news at the top of the hour for both for the network’s flagship news magazines “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” during his long career, before diving into a new role in the late 1990s as the comedic judge and scorekeeper of NPR’s satirical news quiz show “Wait, Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!”
Kasell started with NPR in 1975 as a part-time employee and contributor for “Weekend All Things Considered,” and four years later announced the news for the first broadcast of “Morning Edition,” a new morning show at the time, according to the network. He went on to become one of NPR’s most recognizable voices.
The prize for winning on “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!” was a custom-made voice recording of Kasell for answering machines or cellphone voice mails, and over the 16 years he was part of the show, he provided more than 2,200 recordings for contestants, according to NPR.
Quiz show co-host Peter Sagal called Kasell a “dear friend” in a Twitter post Tuesday.
“He was, and remains, the heart and soul of our show,” Sagal said.
I am extremely sad to tell you all that my dear friend and colleague for 16 years, Carl Kasell has passed away at the age of 84, from complications of Alzheimer's. He was, and remains, the heart and soul of our show.— ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal) April 17, 2018
Kassel retired from “Morning Edition” in 2009, but continued on “Wait Wait” for another five years.
Kasell, who was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, in 1934, started in radio when he was 16 at a local radio station hosting a music program and continued his career in college at the school radio station at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His broadcasting career spanned more than 50 years in radio.
A sad day at NPR. RIP to our colleague and friend Carl Kasell at 84. A GREAT journalist he gave this network early credibility. Later, on WaitWaitDon'tTellMe the world learned something we already know -- just how hysterically funny he is! RIP Carl. Godspeed.— Don Gonyea NPR (@DonGonyea) April 17, 2018
He was married for 37 years to Clara de Zorzi, who died in 1997, according to The Washington Post, and married Mary Ann Foster in 2003.
He leaves behind a son from his first marriage and a stepson.
Kasell is also survived by a sister and four grandchildren.
Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 7:55 PM
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Actor and comedian Harry Anderson, of “Night Court” fame, has died at the age of 65 at his home in Asheville, North Carolina, police confirmed.
"This morning at 6:41 a.m., the Asheville Police Department responded to the home of actor Harry Anderson, where he was found deceased," the police department’s public affairs officer Christina Hallingse told THR.
"No foul play is suspected."
Anderson, who was also a magician, was probably best known as Judge Harry Stone on the 1980s sitcom "Night Court."
He also appeared on “Cheers,” “Saturday Night Live” and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” among other shows.
Anderson was born in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1952 and leaves behind two children.
WSOCTV.com contributed to this report.