CHRIS HANSEN ARRESTED ON BAD CHECK CHARGES
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) – It’s a sad commentary on the times we live in. When news came out that “To Catch a Predator” host Chris Hansen had been arrested – more than a few people online thought the bust had something to do with the kind of predatory behavior Hansen routinely exposed on his old TV show. But that wasn’t so. Hansen was busted as part of a police investigation alleging he wrote bad checks. Authorities say checks totaling $13,000 went for marketing materials like coffee mugs and T-shirts. Unlike many of the people he caught in stings for his show, Hansen won’t be put away. He was charged with issuing a bad check – and released after promising he’d appear in court to answer for the charges.
R. KELLY – STUDIO VIOLATIONS PROBED
CHICAGO (AP) – Was there more going on at R. Kelly’s recording studio than just recording? That was the focus of a recent inspection of the Chicago building where the R&B star works. A building department official says inspectors turned up code violations at the studio, including evidence the industrial space was used as a residence. The department says inspectors looked at things like plumbing, electrical systems and carpentry – and apparently used that to determine that part of the building may have been used as living space. That is being challenged by Kelly’s attorney, who says no one was living there. He says it should be no surprise that the studio included places to sleep or take breaks.
All of this comes in the aftermath of that Lifetime TV series that drew renewed attention to allegations that R. Kelly engaged in sexual misconduct with young women and girls. Kelly denies any wrongdoing.
CELINE DION JOINS ARTISTS DISASSOCIATING SELVES FROM R. KELLY
TORONTO (AP) – Add another to the list of recording artists who have distanced themselves from R. Kelly in the wake of renewed attention to his alleged sexual misdeeds with young women and girls. Celine Dion has asked her label to yank her duet with Kelly from streaming services. “I’m Your Angel,” was recorded in 1998 and was on a holiday album Dion released. Last week, Lady Gaga said she was pulling from streaming sites her duet with R. Kelly, “Do What U Want (With My Body).” Recently recording stars like Smokey Robinson and Fantasia have publicly called out Kelly for his alleged behavior – though he denies any wrongdoing.
STEVE CARELL – NEW SHOW
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It isn’t “The Office.” But a new workplace comedy starring Steve Carell is set in an office. Instead of being a paper company based in Scranton, Pennsylvania, this office has its focus on outer space. “Space Force” will stream on Netflix. It’s about people assigned to create a sixth branch of the armed services to deal with things outside the planet. The project will see Carell reunite with Greg Daniels and Howard Klein, co-producers of the American version of “The Office.”
BOY GETS PRIZE PACKAGE FOR SAVING FAMILY FROM FIRE – BECAUSE WE WAS WATCHING TV
MINQUADALE, Del. (AP) – A teenager who defied his mom by staying up late to watch TV is being hailed not as disobedient – but heroic. The News Journal newspaper of Wilmington, Delaware says Damir Carter tarried in front of the TV, despite his mom’s edict, to watch “The Flash” – a drama on CW and Netflix. While he didn’t heed his mom, he did pay attention to signs a fire had broken out in the house. Since he was up, he was able to get the family up and out of the house. Good thing too, because the blaze destroyed the place. After word of Damir’s defiance/heroics got out, writers of “The Flash” sent him a package of goodies related to the show, including DVD’s, posters and action figures.
BROADWAY DIMS LIGHTS FOR CAROL CHANNING
NEW YORK (AP) – The bright lights on Broadway were a little less blinding for a minute last night – as the theater community paid tribute to Carol Channing. Marquee lights of theaters dimmed to honor Channing, who died earlier this week. Channing was 97 – and is best known for her work as star of the musical “Hello Dolly!” Channing received a special Tony in 1968 – and a lifetime achievement Tony in 1995.
BOB COSTAS LEAVING NBC
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Bob Costas has thrown in the towel with NBC Sports. The network says it and the veteran sportscaster have parted ways. NBC Sports gave no details on the departure and a rep for Costas didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. But the New York Post quotes Costas as saying his leave-taking was done “quietly and happily for all concerned.” Costas is 66 and joined NBC Sports in 1979. During his tenure, he covered baseball, football and basketball – and served as host for NBC’s Olympic coverage 11 times, starting in 1992. In 2017, he was replaced by Mike Tirico (tur-REE’-koh), who had come over from ESPN.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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