April 2, 2014
Lindsay Lohan comped for $150,000 stay at Malibu rehab
Lindsay Lohan did not pay a penny for her stay at the Cliffside Malibu rehab facility. She was comped. Management decided the publicity offset the cost. Her health insurance refused any payment because this was her sixth time in treatment. Total cost: $150,000.
Michael Strahan to join 'Good Morning America' part time
Michael Strahan is expected to join "Good Morning America" on a part-time basis. He will continue as co-host of "Live with Kelly and Michael." Top-rated GMA recently lost Sam Champion to The Weather Channel and Josh Elliott to NBC Sports.
Josh Elliott being groomed to replace Matt Lauer at Today
Josh Elliott took a pay cut to join NBC. ABC signed Robin Roberts for $14M. They offered Josh just $5M. He was insulted, and left for $3M at NBC. It’s a gamble, but it may pay off big…NBC will test viewers to see if he can replace Matt Lauer at some point.
Kanye postpones Australia tour to record new album
Kanye West has postponed his May tour of Australia to concentrate on new music. He announced Tuesday he'll postpone 7 dates in 5 cities to finish his new album, expected to be released later this year. The announcement included no other details.
Kanye returns from trip to China
Kanye West is back in Los Angeles after a trip to China. He was there promoting the new line of Adidas shoes he has designed. He lived in China for a year at age 10. His mother was an English teacher there. Kim and North are in Thailand filming ‘The Kardashians.’
Justin Bieber likely to receive probation in Miami
Prosecutors in Miami are working out a deal with Justin Bieber's lawyers. He would plead no contest to reckless driving, and the 3 other charges will be dropped. The prosecutors have backed off their demand for random drug testing. He likely will receive a year’s probation.
'Mother' sets ratings record with finale
The one-hour series finale of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ was the show's top-rated episode. About 13 million fans tuned in Monday night. Its young-adult crowd more than doubled ABC's DWTS. Many fans on social media weren't happy with the way Mother ended.
Chris Brown Thanks Fans And Karrueche Tran From Prison Phone
Chris Brown wanted to reach out to his devoted fans, known as 'Team Breezy,' to thank them for their support. He had Karrueche Tran come to prison to record a message on her phone. She has uploaded the clip to Instagram. He has been in jail 3 weeks.
Lance Bass Announces 'N Sync Reunion As April Fools' Day Prank
Lance Bass teased fans on April Fools' Day by announcing the reunion of boy band ‘N Sync. His realistic announcement promised 2 new songs & a world tour, with opening act Miley Cyrus. Bass later followed up his post with a tweet that read: "Happy #AprilFoolsDay!"
Lady GaGa to Perform on 'Late Show' for the First Time tonight
Lady GaGa will perform tonight on the "Late Show with David Letterman." This will be her first performance on the show, but not her first appearance. She sat for an interview on May 23, 2011. She turned 28 last week. Martha Stewart is also on tonight’s show.
Wedding guests of Kim and Kanye to be treated like royalty
200 guests have been invited to attend Kim and Kanye’s wedding in Paris next month. Each was given a gold silk box containing a photo album of their fairytale romance and a silk invitation etched in real gold leaf. They have rented the Trianon Palace Hotel in Paris.
Revealed: Sean Avery cussed out DWTS producer, gets canned
Sean Avery's elimination on DWTS last week was surprising. A show insider has revealed he had a heated argument with the show’s producer, and was booted out, along with swimmer Diana Nyad. Sean, a former NHL player, didn’t like his portrayal as the show’s bad boy.
Sarah McLachlan debuts first new music in four years
Sarah McLachlan has premiered the song "In Your Shoes" ahead of Shine On, her first new album in four years. She calls it "very much a female empowerment song." Shine On will debut on May 6, and McLachlan begins her new tour on June 20 in Seattle.
Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers has book deal
Michael "Flea" Balzary of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has embarked on a "sacred" mission: writing a memoir. He is 51, and has been with the band over 3 decades. He says they helped shape his identity. No release date has been set for the memoir.
Rosie O'Donnell to get honorary Tony Award
Rosie O'Donnell will receive a special Tony award June 8 for contributions to humanitarian causes. She who won a 1999 Emmy for hosting the Tonys. She founded an organization that provides NYC school students with opportunities to learn dance, music and drama.
Anderson Cooper won't get mom's millions
Anderson Cooper won’t be inheriting any money from his famous mother. Gloria Vanderbilt has told him he doesn't stand to inherit her fortune. He doesn’t need it, and doesn’t want it. He believes an inheritance, or trust fund, is a curse. "I think it's an initiative sucker.”
Today's Birthdays: Actor Christopher Meloni is 53. Rock musician Tony Fredianelli (Third Eye Blind) is 45. Actress Roselyn Sanchez is 41. Actor Michael Fassbender is 37. Actress Jaime Ray Newman is 36. Rock musician Jesse Carmichael (Maroon 5) is 35. Actress Bethany Joy Lenz is 33. Singer Lee Dewyze ("American Idol") is 28. Actor Jesse Plemons is 26. Singer Aaron Kelly ("American Idol") is 21.