Inside Greg Gutfeld’s Meltdown—From Comic Rebel to Punchline

His new late-night Fox News show is a ratings success, but former colleagues and on-air pals say Gutfeld has morphed from iconoclast to dutiful pro-Trump company man.

These days the 56-year-old Gutfeld, whose eponymous 11 p.m. weeknight program Gutfeld! debuted on Fox News last week to largely hostile reviews but robust ratings, has, by some appraisals, morphed from zany rebel to company man, and from rule-breaking joker to handsomely compensated ideologue (at a rumored $4 million a year).

The second Fox News offering with his name in the title—the first aired on Saturday nights for six years starting in 2015—Gutfeld’s latest show thus far has largely consisted of crude parodies of rival personalities on other networks, sneering attacks on Joe and Hunter Biden, repeated warnings about the lying mainstream media, and an amen corner of familiar Fox News panelists, including new hire and former Trump mouthpiece Kayleigh McEnany, attempting variations on owning the libs.

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Ramsey Clark, attorney general under Johnson, dies at 93 – POLITICO

NEW YORK — Ramsey Clark, the attorney general in the Johnson administration who became an outspoken activist for unpopular causes and a harsh critic of U.S. policy, has died. He was 93.

Clark, whose father, Tom Clark, was attorney general and U.S. Supreme Court justice, died on Friday at his Manhattan home, a family member, Sharon Welch, announced to media outlets including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

After serving in President Lyndon Johnson’s Cabinet in 1967 and ’68, Clark set up a private law practice in New York in which he championed civil rights, fought racism and the death penalty, and represented declared foes of the United States including former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman. He also defended former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

New York civil rights attorney Ron Kuby, who worked with Clark on numerous cases, called the death “very, very sad in a season of losses.”

“The progressive legal community has lost its elder dean and statesman,” Kuby said. “Over many generations, Ramsey Clark was a principled voice, conscience and a fighter for civil and human rights.”

Source: Ramsey Clark, attorney general under Johnson, dies at 93 – POLITICO

DMX Dead at 50

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Sharon Osbourne in great spirits after exit from ‘The Talk’

Sharon Osbourne appeared in great spirits Tuesday as she was spotted for the first since her contentious departure from “The Talk,” which a source told us left her with a multimillion-dollar payout.

On her way into lunch at the Sunset Marquis hotel in Hollywood, Osbourne gave a thumbs-up to a videographer who asked her how she’s doing. The former host then threw up the peace sign and appeared to smile underneath her face mask when asked if everything was good.

For the outing, Osbourne, 68, opted for a classic look that included a loosely-fitted black suit and white shirt accessorized with pearls.

Osbourne exited the CBS talk show on March 26 following accusations of racism.

“Sharon is walking away with a $5 to $10 million minimum payout and was able to spin that it was her decision [to leave the show],” a source previously told Page Six.

A separate source added that, under her departure agreement, Osbourne is free to tell her side of the story.

“Sharon will talk when she is ready,” the source said. “She still wants to give her side of the story. She has been on that show for 11 years and knows all the secrets.”

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G. Gordon Liddy, Watergate mastermind and Nixon operative, dead at 90 | Fox News

G. Gordon Liddy, the Nixon 1972 reelection campaign operative who played a central role in the Watergate scandal that led to the former president’s resignation, died Tuesday at the age of 90.

Liddy’s son, Thomas, confirmed his death. He did not provide a cause of death but noted that COVID-19 was not a factor.

A former FBI agent, Liddy was known as the mastermind of a plot to place wiretaps inside Democratic National Committee’s headquarters at the Watergate building in 1972. The plot was discovered and Liddy was later convicted on charges of conspiracy, burglary and illegal wiretapping.

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Katie Couric Goes Makeup-Free for PEOPLE’s Beautiful Issue | PEOPLE.com

When Katie Couric was first asked to go makeup-free for PEOPLE’s annual Beautiful Issue, she had an instant gut reaction.

“Are you out of your mind? Hell no,” the award-winning journalist remembers. But after some thought, the 64-year-old star decided, “Why not?”, and stripped down to her natural, makeup-free self.

“Doing a shoot without makeup, makes you feel both liberated and vulnerable,” Couric tells PEOPLE. “You feel great because you’re being true to who you are and how you look. It’s a huge dose of reality! On the other hand, let’s face it, people feel prettier when they have some makeup on that enhances their features. So I think doing a shoot like this requires a lot of trust.”

Source: Katie Couric Goes Makeup-Free for PEOPLE’s Beautiful Issue | PEOPLE.com

Jessica Walter Dead: ‘Arrested Development’, ‘Archer’ Actress Was 80 – Deadline

Jessica Walter, the award-winning actress whose career spanned six decades, passed away in her sleep at home in New York City on Wednesday, March 24. She was 80.

Walter’s career included everything from a standout turn in Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut, Play Misty for Me, to The Flamingo Kid and her Emmy-nominated turns on Trapper John M..D. and Streets of San Francisco. For her performance as Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development, Walter earned yet another Emmy nomination and two SAG nominations.

Walter won an Emmy starring in Amy Prentiss, an Ironside spinoff in the mid-1970s about a young San Francisco police detective. She also voiced Malory Archer on FXX’s animated series Archer.

Source: Jessica Walter Dead: ‘Arrested Development’, ‘Archer’ Actress Was 80 – Deadline

‘Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?’ And ‘Goldbergs’ Star George Segal Dead At 87 | HuffPost

LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Segal, the banjo player turned actor who was nominated for an Oscar for 1966′s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and worked into his late 80s on the ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs,” died Tuesday in Santa Rosa, California, his wife said.

“The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away due to complications from bypass surgery,” Sonia Segal said in a statement. He was 87.

Source: ‘Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?’ And ‘Goldbergs’ Star George Segal Dead At 87 | HuffPost

James Levine, who ruled over Met Opera, dead at age 77

Conductor James Levine, who ruled over the Metropolitan Opera for more than four decades before being eased aside when his health declined and then was fired for sexual improprieties, has died. He was 77.

Levine died March 9 in Palm Springs, California, of natural causes, his physician of 17 years, Dr. Len Horovitz, said Wednesday.

Levine made his Met debut in 1971 and became one of the signature artists in the company’s century-plus history, conducting 2,552 performances and ruling over its repertoire, orchestra and singers as music or artistic director from 1976 until forced out by general manager Peter Gelb in 2016 due to Parkinson’s disease.

Levine became music director emeritus and remained head of its young artists program but was suspended on Dec. 3, 2017, the day after conducting a Verdi “Requiem” in what turned out to be his final performance, after accounts in the New York Post and The New York Times of sexual misconduct dating to the 1960s.

He was fired the following March 12 and never conducted again. He had been scheduled to make a comeback performances of Brahms’ ”Ein Deutsches Requiem” this Jan. 17 and 21 in Florence, Italy, but the concert were canceled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Yaphet Kotto, ‘Alien’ and ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’ actor, dead at 81 – CNN

(CNN)Yaphet Kotto, an actor known for bringing gravitas to his roles across television and film, has died, according to his agent, Ryan Goldhar. He was 81.

Kotto died on March 14 at 10:30 p.m. local time in the Philippines, where he lived with his wife, Goldhar said. Information on the cause of death was not provided.
Kotto’s on-screen body of work began in the late ’60s and remained steady through the ’90s. In that time, he amassed an array of memorable roles that spoke to his transformative talent.
His notable film work includes roles in “Alien,” “The Running Man,” “Midnight Run” and “Live and Let Die,” in which he played iconic Bond villain Mr. Big.

Source: Yaphet Kotto, ‘Alien’ and ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’ actor, dead at 81 – CNN

Prince Philip leaves hospital after heart surgery | Prince Philip | The Guardian

The Duke of Edinburgh has left King Edward VII’s hospital in central London where he has been recovering after heart surgery, four weeks after first being admitted.

He was driven away from the private hospital on Tuesday morning.

“The Duke of Edinburgh has today been discharged from King Edward VII’s hospital and has returned to Windsor Castle, following treatment for an infection and a successful procedure for a pre-existing condition,” Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday.

“His Royal Highness wishes to thank all the medical staff who looked after him at both King Edward VII’s hospital and St Bartholomew’s hospital, and everyone who has sent their good wishes.”

Philip, 99, the nation’s longest-serving consort, was admitted on 16 February and, two weeks later, was moved to St Bartholomew’s hospital in the City of London where he underwent the heart procedure on 3 March.

After that, he was transferred back to King Edward’s to recuperate and to continue his treatment. He has spent 28 nights as an inpatient, his longest ever stay.Concern for his welfare has been heightened because of his advanced age. He has been treated for heart problems in the past and, in 2011, was taken to hospital by helicopter from Sandringham after suffering chest pains as the royal family was preparing for Christmas. He was treated for a blocked coronary artery at Papworth hospital in Cambridgeshire and underwent a minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting.

St Bartholomew’s is home to Barts Heart Centre, Europe’s largest specialised cardiovascular service.

Source: Prince Philip leaves hospital after heart surgery | Prince Philip | The Guardian

Roger Mudd, Anchorman Who Stumped a Kennedy, Is Dead at 93 – The New York Times

A staple of CBS, NBC and PBS, he was best known for his interview with Senator Edward M. Kennedy in 1979, when he asked a simple question: “Why do you want to be president?”

During more than 30 years on network television, starting with CBS in 1961, Mudd covered Congress, elections and political conventions and was a frequent anchor and contributor to various specials. His career coincided with the flowering of television news, the pre-cable, pre-Internet days when the big three networks and their powerhouse ranks of reporters were the main source of news for millions of Americans.

Besides work at CBS and NBC, he did stints on PBS’s “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” and the History Channel.

When he joined Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer’s show in 1987, Mudd told The Associated Press: “I think they regard news and information and fact and opinion with a reverence and respect that really is admirable.”

Source: Roger Mudd, Anchorman Who Stumped a Kennedy, Is Dead at 93 – The New York Times

Nicolas Cage, 56, ties the knot for the 5TH TIME in Las Vegas

Nicolas Cage, 56, has tied the knot for the fifth time to 26-year-old girlfriend Riko Shibata in a small Las Vegas ceremony where his ex-wife and son joined in the celebrations, DailyMail.com can reveal. The Oscar-winning actor married Riko in an ‘intimate’ wedding at the Wynn Casino and Hotel in Sin City back on February 16, with the date chosen to honor the birthday of the groom’s late father.

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Longtime Allegheny County councilman, labor leader John ‘Jumping Johnny’ DeFazio dies | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Local elected officials mourned his passing, both in statements and on social media.

“John was a mentor, a friend, a colleague, and a guiding voice who taught me about what it is to be an elected official,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald in a statement Friday. “For all of us who served on that first Council, he taught us about this new government that he had helped shepherd in that so many of us now take for granted. And as part of that education, he stepped to the side and pushed us, his colleagues, into leadership positions. I would not be County Executive today if it were not for John’s influence and encouragement.”

Source: Longtime Allegheny County councilman, labor leader John ‘Jumping Johnny’ DeFazio dies | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bob Kudzma, Former KDKA-TV Chief Meteorologist, Dies At 81

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s a sad day for us here at KDKA-TV and for our viewers who spent more than three decades planning their lives around the daily forecast from former KDKA-TV chief meteorologist Bob Kudzma.

Kudzma died Thursday morning, just a few weeks shy of his 82nd birthday.

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Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio pioneer, dead at 70 | Fox News

Rush Limbaugh, the monumentally influential media icon who transformed talk radio and politics in his decades behind the microphone, helping shape the modern-day Republican Party, died Wednesday morning at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer, his family announced.

Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn, made the announcement on his radio show. “Losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life,” she said. “Rush will forever be the greatest of all time.”

The radio icon learned he had Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then-President Trump at the State of the Union address days later. First lady Melania Trump then presented America’s highest civilian honor to Limbaugh in an emotional moment on the heels of his devastating cancer diagnosis.”

Rush Limbaugh: Thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country,” President Trump said during the address.

Source: Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio pioneer, dead at 70 | Fox News

Britney Spears’ father loses bid to retain control of delegating her investments

Britney Spears’ battle to remove her father’s conservatorship over her estate continued Thursday as a judge denied her father’s objections to how her conservatorship will be delegated.

Britney Spears filed a petition with the court last year to remove her father and to place a financial institution as the sole conservator over her estate. Her attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, argued last year that the singer was afraid of James “Jamie” Spears and would rather a professional financial institution take over her estate.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny denied the singer’s petition last year but appointed Bessemer Trust as a co-conservator along with James Spears.

Objections raised by James Spears’ attorney, Vivian Thoreen, on how the co-conservatorship would be delegated were rejected Thursday. One objection raised by Thoreen asked that James Spears have the power to delegate investment powers, an issue that was a point of debate between the two attorneys Thursday.

Ingham told the court that the nature of a co-conservatorship is that James Spears’ powers as sole conservator, appointed by the court in 2019, would be reduced. Thoreen argued that the court orders should be consistent with the 2019 order that gave him sole conservatorship.

“There’s no intent or desire to create unequal power or decision-making as between the two, your honor,” Thoreen argued. “This is a way to make it consistent and to not take away powers that Mr. Spears as a conservator had.”

Source: Britney Spears’ father loses bid to retain control of delegating her investments

Chick Corea, Groundbreaking Jazz Pianist, Dead at 79 – Rolling Stone

Chick Corea, the virtuosic keyboardist who broadened the scope of jazz during a career spanning more than five decades, died on Tuesday from a rare form of cancer. A post on his Facebook page confirmed the news. Corea was 79.

“Throughout his life and career, Chick relished in the freedom and the fun to be had in creating something new, and in playing the games that artists do,” his family wrote in a statement. “Through his body of work and the decades he spent touring the world, he touched and inspired the lives of millions.”

“Chick Corea was the single greatest improvisational musician I have ever played with,” John Mayer, who had appeared with Corea onstagewrote on Instagram. “Nobody was more open, more finely tuned to the moment, changing his approach with every new offering by the musicians around him. If you hit a wrong note, he’d immediately pick it up and play it as a motif so as to say ‘all of this has value, whether you see it or not.’ What an immeasurable loss in so many ways.”

In the early Sixties, Corea established himself as an A-list pianist, working with Stan Getz, Herbie Mann, and others. Later in the decade, he joined Miles Davis’ band and played a key role in helping the trumpeter make the transition to a more contemporary, plugged-in sound on albums like Bitches Brew. Following his work with Davis, he formed his own groundbreaking electric band, Return to Forever, which played some of the most vibrant and dynamic music of the fusion era. In the ensuing decades, Corea threw himself into countless projects, showing off his limitless range — from a refined duo with vibraphonist Gary Burton to his trendsetting Elektric Band. His most recent album, the 2020 live solo disc Plays, showed off his wildly diverse skill set and body of influences, touching on classical pieces, bebop, and more.

Source: Chick Corea, Groundbreaking Jazz Pianist, Dead at 79 – Rolling Stone