Carol Channing, legendary Broadway actress, dies at 97, publicist says

Carol Channing, the legendary Broadway actress who portrayed Dolly Levi in “Hello Dolly!” has died, her publicist said in a statement Tuesday. Channing was 97.

Source: Carol Channing, legendary Broadway actress, dies at 97, publicist says

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Elvis Presley death: New secret voice recording ‘PROVES King faked own death’ – Mirror Online

Die-hard fans say the voice is ‘identical’ to that of the late singer and proves Elvis staged his 1977 demise to escape the pressures of fame

Elvis Presley conspiracy theorists claim a secret recording proves the King of Rock and Roll faked his own death.

In the audio, a man claiming to be the cultural icon can be heard talking about life on a hideaway island.

The conversation was recorded four years after Elvis’ funeral.

Some die-hard fans say the voice is ‘identical’ to that of the late singer and proves Elvis faked his death to escape the pressures of fame.

In the tape the man says he has travelled all over the world in disguise, fearing eventual exposure.

He says: “I realise that sooner or later it’s probably going to end.”

Priscilla said Elvis “knew what he was doing” with his drug addiction and refused to accept help from desperate family members who wanted to save him.

“He knew what he was doing and people go, ‘why didn’t anyone do anything?’ Well, that’s not true,” said the now 72-year-old.

Source: Elvis Presley death: New secret voice recording ‘PROVES King faked own death’ – Mirror Online

‘Today’ Reveals New Third Hour Hosts, Replacing Megyn Kelly | TVLine

NBC veteran Al Roker, meteorologist Dylan Dreyer and journalists Craig Melvin and Sheinelle Jones have officially been named cohosts of Today‘s 9 am hour, which was previously home to Megyn Kelly’s portion of the morning show.

“Hope you don’t mind these faces!” Dreyer tweeted Monday, alongside a selfie with her three fellow anchors. “You’ll be seeing a lot of them at 9 am. Please join us!”

Following Kelly’s firing from Today in October — a result of her controversial comments about blackface — the third hour was temporarily co-hosted by Melvin, Roker and co-lead anchor Hoda Kotb, though Dreyer and Jones also made regular appearances as the year drew to a close.

Source: ‘Today’ Reveals New Third Hour Hosts, Replacing Megyn Kelly | TVLine

Kimberly Guilfoyle bundles up in $1,300 fur coat in NYC | Daily Mail Online

The former Fox News personality, 49, was spotted in New York on Friday. She’s back from having spent Christmas and New Year’s at Mar-a-Lago with her boyfriend, Donald Trump, Jr.

  • The mother-of-one was dressed casually in leggings and $100 sneakers
  • Kimberly added a pricey real fur-lined coat and a designer tote to her look 
  • Donald Dr. is a keen hunter and has been sharing his hobby with Kimberly 
  • The duo has gone on several hunting trips, and they have been pictured holding up rifles and shooting in several Instagram photos 

Source: Kimberly Guilfoyle bundles up in $1,300 fur coat in NYC | Daily Mail Online

Judge rules Harvey Weinstein will have to face trial on remaining sex charges – ABC News

One charge has already been tossed, and the defense wants the rest dismissed.

Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein will face trial on five felony sex crimes, including rape, after a New York judge on Thursday rejected his attorneys’ request to drop all charges.

Source: Judge rules Harvey Weinstein will have to face trial on remaining sex charges – ABC News

Mystery of Glenn Miller’s death is finally solved 73 years after his disappearance December 15, 1944 | UK | News | Express.co.uk

IT is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the Second World War.

Miller, who wrote wartime hit In The Mood, is still listed as missing in action after he disappeared aged 40.

Neither his body nor the wreckage of the plane was ever found, spawning dozens of elaborate conspiracy theories.

Source: Mystery of Glenn Miller’s death is finally solved 73 years after his disappearance | UK | News | Express.co.uk

Ken Berry Dead: ‘F-Troop’ Actor Was 85 – Variety

Ken Berry, a popular TV actor in the 1960s and ’70s who starred in “F-Troop,” “Mama’s Family” and “Mayberry R.F.D.,” died Saturday.

Berry appeared as widowed farmer Sam Jones on “The Andy Griffith Show” and transitioned into the lead as the show spun off as “Mayberry R.F.D.” He played Vinton Harper on the “Carol Burnett Show” spinoff “Mama’s Family” from 1983 to 1984, which starred Vicki Lawrence, Rue McClanahan and Betty White.

“Mayberry R.F.D.” ran from 1968 to 1971, when the folksy smalltown sitcom was cancelled as more contemporary shows such as “All in the Family” came on the air.

Source: Ken Berry Dead: ‘F-Troop’ Actor Was 85 – Variety

George H.W. Bush dead at 94 – CNNPolitics

(CNN)Former US President George H.W. Bush has died at age 94 in Houston, according to his spokesperson Jim McGrath.

Born into privilege and a tradition of service, Bush was a son of a senator, celebrated World War II combat pilot, student athlete, Texas oilman, Republican congressman, national party chairman, pioneering diplomat and spy chief. After his own 1980 presidential campaign came up short, he served two terms as Ronald Reagan’s vice president before reaching the pinnacle of political power by winning the 1988 presidential election, soundly defeating Democrat Michael Dukakis.
After losing the White House in 1992, Bush became a widely admired political elder who leapt out of airplanes to mark birthday milestones. Emphasizing the generosity of his soul, he forged a close — and unlikely — friendship with Democrat Bill Clinton, the man who ended his presidency. When Parkinson’s disease mostly silenced him in public, Bush flashed his sense of humor by sporting colorful striped socks.
Bush’s death comes after his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, passed away on April 17 aged 92. Before her funeral, Bush was pictured in a wheelchair gazing at his wife’s flower-covered casket, in a moment that encapsulated their life-long love affair

Source: George H.W. Bush dead at 94 – CNNPolitics

NASA wants to know how much pot Elon Musk smokes

When Elon Musk appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast and had a taste of the host’s joint, it was totally on-brand for the risk-taking CEO. Musk is a brilliant guy, but he also likes to push the envelope in ways that tend to worry those he does business with. He’s already gotten in hot water over Tesla drama, including tweeting his intention to take the stock private, and his pot smoking adventure appears to have made things worse.

Now, NASA is planning to review the workplace culture of Musk’s other darling, SpaceX, because some senior NASA officials didn’t like the look of Musk indulging in the devil’s lettuce.

Source: NASA wants to know how much pot Elon Musk smokes

Megyn Kelly will reportedly get full $30 million payout from NBC

Departing Today host and former Fox personality Megyn Kelly will reportedly leave with a $30 million payout from NBC after her comments seeming to defend blackface in October — at least according to a new report from Page SixSources told the tabloid that Kelly is in the midst of negotiating a massive exit deal.

Source: Megyn Kelly will reportedly get full $30 million payout from NBC

Comic Book Industry Reacts To Bill Maher Dissing Stan Lee And Comic Books

Television personality Bill Maher penned an op-ed on his blog railing against the comic book industry in the wake of the passing of former Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Maher dropped lines like “I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important,” along with mocking fans who were mourning the loss of the beloved comic creator.

“But then twenty years or so ago, something happened – adults decided they didn’t have to give up kid stuff,” Maher ranted. “And so they pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature. And because America has over 4,500 colleges – which means we need more professors than we have smart people – some dumb people got to be professors by writing theses with titles like Otherness and Heterodoxy in the Silver Surfer.”

Source: Comic Book Industry Reacts To Bill Maher Dissing Stan Lee And Comic Books

Roy Clark dead; ‘Hee Haw’ star, country guitar virtuoso was 85 | Newsday

Clark was “Hee Haw” host or co-host of the cornpone TV show for its entire 24-year run, and a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Country music legend Roy Clark has died at the age of 85. The musician and TV host passed away on Thursday at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, due to complications from pneumonia, Variety reports. Clark’s publicist confirmed the singer’s death to the AP news agency.

Source: Roy Clark death: Country music star and ‘Hee Haw’ host dies, aged 85 | The Independent

Source: Roy Clark dead; ‘Hee Haw’ star, country guitar virtuoso was 85 | Newsday

Stephen Hawking’s Ph.D. Dissertation Auctioned for More Than Manuscripts by Newton, Darwin, and Einstein

A collection of his personal items, including his wheelchair, were sold by Christie’s.

Among the items was Hawking’s motorized wheelchair, used in the 1980s and 1990s. While the chair was expected to sell somewhere between £10,000 and £15,000, the ultimate price was nearly £300,000 (almost $392,000). The proceeds from the wheelchair will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association, The Guardian reports.

Source: Stephen Hawking’s Ph.D. Dissertation Auctioned for More Than Manuscripts by Newton, Darwin, and Einstein

With Megyn Kelly Gone, NBC’s ‘Today’ Show Viewers Return

In what must be considered an unwelcome twist for Megyn Kelly and the team haggling over her severance package from NBC News, ratings for the Today show’s third hour have measurably improved since she was summarily dropped from the program amid the “blackface” debacle.

This latest development is unlikely to enhance the former Fox News star’s negotiating leverage as her high-powered Hollywood attorney, Bryan Freedman, tries to persuade NBC’s upper management—including NBC News Chairman Andy Lack and his boss, NBC chief executive Stephen Burke—to maximize Kelly’s payout, midway through a three-year contract reportedly worth $69 million.

Source: With Megyn Kelly Gone, NBC’s ‘Today’ Show Viewers Return

Megyn Kelly was supposed to be face of NBC’s election night coverage

NBC News declined to comment, but a network insider told us that Kelly is “not going to be part of election-night coverage.”

Sources pointed out that “exit negotiations” are underway.

It’s yet another disappointment in the Peacock Network’s relationship with Kelly.

Several months ago, sources told Page Six that after Kelly’s hour of the “Today” show became a ratings disaster, execs had hoped to use Kelly more in its political coverage as a way to get some of their money’s worth out of their $69 million, three-year deal with her.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote in recent weeks that Kelly had “met with network executives” to discuss winding down the morning show and “expressed a desire to cover more news and politics.” Last week, Page Six reported that Kelly was being taken off “Megyn Kelly Today” — which debuted to muted response last year — after she defended blackface Halloween costumes on the show.

Kelly quickly apologized for the bizarre remark, but she was removed from the air within 48 hours of the incident.

Her lawyer is still negotiating the terms of her exit.

Source: Megyn Kelly was supposed to be face of NBC’s election night coverage

‘Brady Bunch’ Cast Reunites at Famous House For Filming With HGTV | TMZ.com

The main cast from the ‘Brady Bunch’ is reuniting at the show’s iconic house to film part of HGTV’s new show.

It’s throwback Thursday at the famous ‘Brady Bunch’ house, where the main cast from the 1970s sitcom is getting back together to shoot for HGTV’s new show about the groovy makeover going down at their old crib.

Source: ‘Brady Bunch’ Cast Reunites at Famous House For Filming With HGTV | TMZ.com

Megyn Kelly Told NBC She’ll Sign Confidentiality Agreement for $10 Million | TMZ.com

Megyn Kelly has told NBC she will not spill whatever beans she has on the network and the people who work there … but at a hefty price.

Sources familiar with the negotiations tell TMZ … NBC offered Kelly $38 million, which the network says represents the balance owed on her contract. As we reported, Megyn was pulling in around $25 mil a year and she was one year and some change into the 3-year deal.

We’re told NBC attached a pretty standard string … a confidentiality agreement. Her lawyer said his client would sign on the dotted line … for an additional $10 million. We’re told NBC told the attorney to pound sand.

Source: Megyn Kelly Told NBC She’ll Sign Confidentiality Agreement for $10 Million | TMZ.com