MAURY POVICH TO SIGN OFF AFTER 31 YEARS OF “MAURY”
NEW YORK (AP) – If he had announced his retirement the way he’d announce a reveal on his show “Maury,” host Maury Povich would tear open a “results” envelope, pause dramatically and say, “that is the truth.” The longtime daytime host is ending his show, leaving troubled couples, parents and siblings looking elsewhere on how to vent their feelings and finally get to the bottom of a conflict. The last original episodes of “Maury” will air in September. What will happen after that? Like many successful sitcoms, it’s expected “Maury” will be popular in reruns. For example, “Judge Judy” reruns are still popular, though she now has a new show with a different name available on Amazon.
REESE WITHERSPOON RECRUITS DOLLY PARTON FOR NEW ROLE
NEW YORK (AP) – It didn’t take long for Dolly Parton’s new book to get the Hollywood treatment. She is working with Reese Witherspoon’s production company for a movie version of the novel she wrote with James Patterson. “Rose, Rose Run” came out earlier this month. And now, Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine production hub is working on the movie, in which Parton says she’d like to star.
DISNEY WORKERS WALKOUT HIGHLIGHTS COMPANY’S CHALLENGES
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A walkout by some Disney workers starting today is putting the company that promises good times and fun in a sticky situation. It has to walk the line between meeting the needs of a diverse workforce – while not alienating what is an increasingly polarized marketplace. The walkout is fueled by LGBTQ advocates and Disney employees angered by CEO Bob Chapek’s delay in responding to a measure critics call the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. It bars teachers from sharing information about sexual orientation or gender identity in the early years of school. Meanwhile, conservative critics say Disney is caving to what they like to call “cancel culture” – and that the company should be focused on making money, not pushing a political agenda. It was unclear how many employees would walk out, or what might happen to those who do. A Disney official said there had been no interruptions in any operations as of Tuesday midday.
DADDY YANKEE RETIRING
NEW YORK (AP) – One of the biggest names in Latin music is calling it quits. Daddy Yankee is doing a new album and a farewell tour. The news, announced on his website Sunday, is catching fans by surprise. Daddy Yankee says he sees his three-decade career in music as a marathon – and that now he can, at last, “see the finish line.” The Puerto Rican star helped put reggaeton on the world map with hits like “Gasolina”, “Somos de Calle” and “Despacito.”
MARILYN MONROE IMAGE TO BE AUCTIONED
NEW YORK (AP) – For the record, the silkscreen image of Marilyn Monroe done by Andy Warhol is named “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn.” But most casual art fans know it as “that one where her hair is yellow.” Another description the image may end up with: the most expensive piece of 20th-century artwork to be sold at auction. Christie’s is putting the image up for bids in May. It’s expected to fetch around $200 million.