log in to manage your profile and account
- Create your account
- Receive up-to-date newsletters
- Set up text alerts
Published: Monday, June 05, 2017 @ 12:42 PM
Comic Kathy Griffin’s upcoming tour dates have been scrapped amid outrage over a gruesome photo she posted on social media last week. Griffin quickly deleted the now infamous picture of herself holding what looked like the bloodied, severed head of President Donald Trump.
Griffin’s web site appeared temporarily inoperable immediately after the controversy began; it was unclear whether it had been taken offline or was perhaps overwhelmed by a sudden surge of interest. A cached version at the time indicated her next performance had been planned for June 16 at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley, Calif. The venue’s site noted, “Mature Content: May not be suitable for younger audiences.”
An updated message on the site now says the appearance has been canceled.
A venue in New Mexico posted a similar message via its Facebook page:
Griffin’s now operational site, which previously listed a slew of upcoming dates, now says simply, “No dates currently scheduled. Please check back for new tour date announcements.”
CNN also parted ways with Griffin, who had been part of their New Year’s Eve coverage in the past. A statement posted by the network’s public relations department read, “CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program.”
Griffin posted a somber video shortly after the uproar over the photo started, saying, “I sincerely apologize. I’m a comic. I crossed the line ... I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it.”
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:20 PM
— Former Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams is getting married.
The 37-year-old singer is engaged to pastor Chad Johnson, 40, after a year of dating.
Johnson, founder of Elevate International, led the retreat in Arizona and said he and Williams were in “very similar places on a personal level.”
“I was in a horrible, dark place,” Williams said. “I just needed to go somewhere where I could get a message of hope and restoration, rejuvenation — get connected to God.”
“Michelle was coming off the heels of a really bad relationship, and I was just in a place of despair as well,” Johnson, a professional sports chaplain who has worked with the Pittsburgh Steelers and L.A. Dodgers, said.
The two kept in touch after the retreat and progressed from texts to FaceTime calls.
“We spent almost three months without even seeing each other, just building a strong foundation on the phone and through FaceTime,” Johnson told People. “It was really built on friendship and communication.”
The two went on their first date at a wedding in the Dominican Republic, had their first kiss and decided to date officially.
“I told her, ‘I’ve been looking. I don’t want to look anymore. I’m done. My search is over,’” Johnson said.
A year to the day Johnson first reached out to Williams -- on March 21 -- the two got engaged. Johnson proposed with a 5-carat ring and a video of himself with members of Williams’ family.
“I started weeping and wailing when I see all these special people,” Williams said. “Towards the end of the video, something in my head said, ‘Pull yourself together! He’s about to propose! Stop all this crying!’”
Destiny Fulfilled! Everything to Know About Newly Engaged Michelle Williams' Fiancé, Pastor Chad Johnson https://t.co/kWvsL94NfK— People (@people) April 19, 2018
Williams said she was drawn to her now-fiance because she could be herself with him, adding that Johnson calls her by her first name.
“My first name is Tenitra; my middle name is Michelle. I felt like I could be Tenitra; just ratchet, I didn’t have to have on any makeup, if I had to have on my hair bonnet — he just made me feel very safe in being myself,” she said.
The two plan on having a wedding this summer.
“It’s gonna be … think James Bond-meets-’Midsummer Night’s Dream’ — with a little hood in it,” Williams said. “It’s gonna be very traditional. We’re doing black-tie. We want it to be small and intimate and very private.”
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.