DONALD TRUMP LASHES OUT AT JOHN McCAIN AGAIN
WASHINGTON (AP) – We’ll know soon whether Meghan McCain will have more to say about President Donald Trump’s most recent attack on her late father. She’s a co-host of “The View” on ABC – and has recently clapped back at Trump, saying he has a “pathetic” life and will never be as well-loved as her father was. Yesterday, Trump doubled down on his criticism of McCain, declaring that he was never a fan of his – and never will be.
WENDY WILLIAMS – “SOBER HOUSE”
NEW YORK (AP) – Another bombshell from talk show host Wendy Williams. She says she’s been living in a “sober house” because of her struggles with addiction. Speaking to her audience during her show yesterday, Williams said she had been addicted to cocaine – but never sought treatment. Speaking through tears, Williams says each day she does her show, works out and then is driven to the sober home – where she spends the night before returning the following day to do her next show. Williams is 54. Earlier this month, she returned to her talk show for the first time since December – because of thyroid issues associated with Graves’ disease.
KRISTOFF ST. JOHN – AUTOPSY REPORT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – We have a better idea now about why “The Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John died. A coroner’s report says he died of heart disease – combined with excessive drinking. “Hypertrophic heart disease” is listed as the cause of the Feb. 4 death of the 52-year-old actor. The term “hypertrophic” means the heart muscle has become too thick to properly pump blood. Three days before he died, St. John was released from a mental health hospital where he’d been admitted for alcohol abuse and threatening self-harm. For 27 years, St. John played struggling alcoholic and ladies’ man Neil Winters on the CBS soap opera, “The Young and the Restless.” He won two Emmys.
JUSSIE SMOLLETT INVESTIGATION
CHICAGO (AP) – They’ve investigated Jussie Smollett. Now authorities in Chicago are investigating those who investigated the “Empire” actor. The latest twist in the case is that the head of the Chicago police union wants the Justice Department to investigate the top prosecutor in Cook County. Kim Foxx recused herself from the Smollett case – and the union chief claims she interfered in the investigation. There have been reports that Foxx asked Chicago’s police superintendent to let the FBI investigate Smollett’s now-debunked claim that he was the victim of a hate crime. Foxx said she recused herself because an aide to former first lady Michelle Obama reached out to her to say Smollett’s family had concerns about the investigation.
TYLER PERRY HELPS FAMILY OF SLAIN MOTHER OF FOUR
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) – Once again, Tyler Perry has stepped up to help someone who has been brought down by tragedy. Less than a day after the family of a slain single mother of four launched a fundraising appeal, the actor and filmmaker pitched in. News reports say Perry offered to pay the family’s rent to stave off eviction. He will also arrange for Tynesha Evans’ body to be flown to Wisconsin for burial. Perry will also cover the slain woman’s daughter’s tuition at Spelman College so she doesn’t have to drop out. Evans was killed Saturday morning outside a bank near Atlanta. Her boyfriend was arrested at the scene.
STEPHEN COLBERT – NEW ZEALAND
NEW YORK (AP) – Talk show host Stephen Colbert has put off what was supposed to be a surprise visit to New Zealand. The “Late Show” was supposed to head to New Zealand today to do a week of shows after being invited last fall by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. But Colbert says the trip is off because of the terrorist attack in Christchurch last week that killed 50 people. Colbert says he hopes to reschedule.
JAMES CORDEN TO HOST TONYS AGAIN
NEW YORK (AP) – James Corden is making an encore appearance at the Tony Awards. The host of “The Late Late Show” will return to handle the hosting chores at the 73rd annual Tonys, set for June. Corden hosted three years ago – and says he’s “thrilled” to be asked back. Corden won a Tony in 2012.
TOM HANKS SINGS “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” TO NEW MEXICO WOMAN
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – It can be cool when the staff of a restaurant serenades a guest with a rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Imagine having an Oscar-winning actor do it. That’s what happened to Samantha Aragon this past weekend when she dined at an Albuquerque, New Mexico restaurant. The actor who did it: Tom Hanks. Aragon says it was probably the best 12 seconds of her life. Hanks is in Albuquerque filming a sci-fi drama titled “Bios.”
JEANINE PIRRO – FOX’S DILEMMA
NEW YORK (AP) – Fox News Channel still hasn’t said whether Jeanine Pirro is suspended from her show. But the network is still coming under fire from two directions over the host who ignited a firestorm by criticizing congresswoman Ilhan Omar for wearing a Muslim head covering. A leading Muslim-American civil rights group is calling for advertisers to boycott Fox News. Meanwhile, another group is petitioning to get Pirro back on the air. Pirro wasn’t on this past Saturday. Fox declined to say why, saying it won’t discuss “internal scheduling matters.”
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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