Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell is reportedly set to return to the panel of U.S. talk show The View, seven years after she quit.
The outspoken actress signed up to co-host the daytime programme in 2006, but walked away from the project in May, 2007 after just one season on air, citing her constant clashes of opinion with then-co-host and Republican Party supporter Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
However, O'Donnell has since agreed to join current presenter Whoopi Goldberg on The View, filling one of the vacant seats left by departing personalities Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, according to TMZ.com.
Show creator and executive producer Barbara Walters also stepped down as their fellow co-host earlier this year (14).
Producers are still on the hunt for two additional personalities to complete the new-look panel.
Jenny McCarthy is leaving U.S. daytime talk show The View after less than a year on the panel. The blonde bombshell joined the long-running chat series last September (14), but has decided to walk away just nine months into the job after her co-anchor Sherri Shepherd announced she was leaving.
Shepherd confirmed her exit on Thursday night (26Jun14), saying in a statement, "It's been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on. I am extremely grateful to Barbara Walters and (executive producer) Bill Geddie for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to the business opportunities that lay ahead for me and I am incredibly grateful to my View family and my fans for supporting me on this journey."
McCarthy then took to Twitter.com to tell her followers she is also leaving the programme. She writes, "If Sherri goes... I go too. #sisters... My View will be changing too. As will with many hard working folks. Thanks to everyone at the show for your dedication and an amazing year."
If Sherri goes... I go too. #sisters
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) June 27, 2014
My View will be changing too. As will with many hard working folks. Thanks to everyone at the show for your dedication and an amazing year.
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) June 27, 2014
A statement from bosses at U.S. network ABC confirmed their departures: "The View will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively."
The pair's exit comes months after creator and executive producer Walters retired in April (14). She launched the Emmy-winning show in 1997.
Actress/comedienne Whoopi Goldberg will be the show's only returning host when the programme comes back for its 18th season this autumn (14).
Country star Trace Adkins has become an official part of Louisiana's music history after he was inducted to his native state's Music Hall of Fame on Saturday (21Jun14). The singer was given a warm welcome home when he brought his summer concert tour to Baton Rouge's Dixie Landin' amusement park, and in the middle of the gig, Mike Shepherd, the president and executive director of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, took to the stage to honour Adkins.
Shepherd presented the You're Gonna Miss This hitmaker with an award and an official statement signed by the state’s governor, Bobby Jindal.
Adkins was born and raised in Sarepta, Louisiana, and even named his band The Sarepta Gentleman's Club after his beloved hometown.
He joins the ranks of fellow Louisiana natives, including Louis Armstrong, Jerry Lee Lewis and Aaron Neville, as Music Hall of Fame members.
The honour is a positive after a string of unfortunate 2014 events for Adkins - in January (14) he checked into rehab in a bid to beat alcoholism, he mourned the death of his father in February, and in March, his third wife filed for divorce to end the couple's 16-year marriage.
Married actors Rob Mcelhenney and Kaitlin Olson have been slapped with legal papers after their dog allegedly attacked a 19-month-old baby.
Plaintiff Julie DeLagarde claims her daughter's face was mauled by a German shepherd owned by the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-stars while she attended a Father's Day party the couple threw in Los Angeles in 2012.
In her lawsuit, DeLagarde alleges the dog, which was not on a leash, bit the side of the toddler's face "without provocation", leaving part of her cheek "hanging off with all the insides of her face exposed and blood streaming everywhere".
She is demanding unspecified damages to cover the costs of additional plastic surgery procedures to prevent her child having to live with her scars for the rest of her life, reports TMZ.com.
Members of Soundgarden, Queens Of The Stone Age and Off! have come together to form a supergroup and they are aiming to release new music by the end of the year (14). Rockers Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden, former Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Alian Johannes, and Dimitri Coats from OFF! are part of an as-yet-untitled band, which Coats tells Billboard is a "fun little side project" with his contemporaries.
Cameron, who is also a member of Pearl Jam, reportedly started the side project group in 2008 with Shepherd and Johannes, and he invited Coats to join the band after they connected on Facebook.
Coats explains, "I'm kind of along for the ride on this one. Those guys have known each other for years; I'm like the new guy.
"I was like, 'Dude! I'm a huge fan!' I told him (Cameron), 'I consider myself to be a really excellent air drummer, and I have trouble air-drumming to some of your fills', and he was like, 'Wow, that means a lot coming from you because I'm a huge fan of yours'. We became instant friends."
Coats reveals they've already begun recording tracks in Seattle, Washington, and the bandmates' chemistry together was immediate.
He adds, "There was just an instant chemistry and a really creative and open situation where everybody’s passing around the guitar and throwing in ideas. I sort of felt like I was in the grunge Beatles.
"I think we've laid down the foundation for, like, 10 songs... We might invite a couple of guests at some point."
Coats says he hopes the group will have new music - and a name - by the end of the year (14).
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Fitz/Simmons recent brush with death in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finale got me thinking of some of Joss Whedon's tear-inducing deaths (there are so many!). And after some careful consideration, here are the top 10:
Disclaimer: This whole post is basically one big spoiler.
Talk about character development: this guy made a full 180 from villain to self-sacrificing hero. And while he and Buffy had their ups and downs, he had the audience in his complete thrall from the moment he crooned, "If my heart could beat, it would break my chest!" in the infamous musical episode, "Once More With Feeling." Watching him run mad in the rocky seventh season made him even more sympathetic, and by the time he killed himself in order to close the Hellmouth? So done.
When Whedon thought Buffy was done for good, he decided to kill off his main girl. And how else would Buffy die? By tragically sacrificing herself in order to save her sister, Dawn (and all of Sunnydale), of course. The tragedy is upped significantly in light of the fact that no one really liked Dawn in the first place.
Even after her resurrection, there’s a bittersweetness: Willow ripped Buffy out of a heaven dimension, making her transition back into the real world... well, hell.
8. The Entire Human Race
In The Cabin in the Woods, the victory of Marty and Dana's against-all-odds survival is somewhat tamped down by the fact that their continued existence means angry gods are going to obliterate humankind.
7. Agent Coulson
Coulson died like he lived: standing up to baddies with Captain America memorabilia in his suit pocket. His death rather famously served to unite the quarrelling Avengers against a common enemy: his murderer, Loki.
Though, like Spike and Buffy before him, the blow his death dealt was considerably softened by his resurrection, and ensuing TV series.
Okay, now this was just plain cruel: apparently the Serenity's resident jokester/Hawaiian shirt wearer was killed (impaled, no less) because actor Alan Tudyk was unable to commit to a second Firefly movie that is still yet to come. Talk about adding insult to injury!
5. Shepherd Book
Angel rather tragically regaining his soul mere seconds before Buffy is forced to stab him in the chest (to save the world, of course) was a twist of the knife that was pure Whedon. Luckily, Angel's among the veritable army of resurrected Whedonverse characters!
3. Topher Brink
Like Spike, Topher did some serious character-developing: he went from possibly-sociopathic and morally ambiguous to (yet another) self-sacrificing martyr. Yes, he went mad from guilt over being the mind behind the technology that all but brought on Armageddon, but he was able to scrape together enough lucidity to save the day. Let’s hope he was reunited beyond the grave with his true love, Bennett Halverson!
2. Joyce Summers
After five seasons of brutal vampire slayings and other violent deaths, Whedon found a way to kill off Buffy’s mother Joyce in the most shocking way possible: natural causes. Sarah Michelle Gellar played the scene where she finds her mother’s corpse to heartbreaking perfection, and ‘The Body’ will forever be known as one of Buffy’s most chilling episodes.
Penny's shocking demise at the end of Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog is all the more awful for the fact that it was Dr. Horrible's death ray that ultimately killed her. Sure, it wasn't him wielding it at the time (no, that honor goes to Captain Hammer), but there's no denying his role in her death. There's also some major poetic injustice in the fact that her death becomes the murder that clinches Dr. Horrible's acceptance into the Evil League of Villains.
Michael Douglas, Oprah Winfrey and former U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton helped veteran U.S. newswoman Barbara Walters celebrate her TV retirement on Friday (16May14) by making surprise appearances on her longrunning daytime show The View. The 84 year old's final episode as co-host of the talk show aired on Friday and Douglas, Winfrey and Clinton were among the guests who turned out to wish her well after a career spanning over five decades.
Joining Walters and co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd at the top of the show, former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton said, "I can't believe this day has come, and I can't believe it's for real."
Actor Douglas then reunited with his old pal to reminisce about their longtime friendship and gushed to Walters, "You're an extraordinary person, inside and out. You have the warmest heart, you are the most generous person I have ever seen, you give the greatest parties and I love you, I really do."
Media mogul Winfrey also appeared on air to heap praise on Walters, who became America's first female co-anchor of a network news programme in the 1970s, explaining, "You're the reason I wanted to be in television. You shattered the glass ceiling for so many women."
Winfrey went on to introduce a slew of female TV newscasters to the show to salute Walters, including Diane Sawyer, Arnold Schwarzenegger's estranged wife Maria Shriver, Katie Couric and Robin Roberts.
Walters, also known for her Most Fascinating People TV interview specials, won't be retiring completely - she plans to continue working as a producer of The View, the panel talk show she launched 17 years ago.
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The worst kept secret on this season of Grey's Anatomy finally finished up: Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) left Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. But how would she exit? And would she make it out alive?
Season finales of Grey's have a way of scaring the hell out of fans as cast members have been killed off with little or no notice. In the past, a gunman invaded the hospital, a plane crash turned numerous lives asunder and last season a bus accident and blackout threatened the future of many. Season 10's major threat was a potential terrorist attack at a local mall. Yang narrated the beginning and end of this episode, a task usually reserved for best friend Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). We all knew it was Yang's last day there, yet her narration hinted at the worst: what if she got hit by a bus? Considering that her good pal George O’Malley (T.R. Knight) died in Season 6 by this fate, that wouldn't seem too far fetched.
Yang's final episode wasn't sudden. Her exit was milked by Grey's this entire month. Commercials and teasers on ABC gave us the hint: "Hey, you better tune in, Cristina is leaving." Finally, Yang, the surgeon with the elite skills and even better potential, earned the exit necessary for someone of her talents: she zipped off to Switzerland to run a hospital, at last becoming the cardiothoracic surgeon god she had longed to be even as an intern.
Thankfully, Yang made it through the finale, but not before too-brief goodbyes with her co-workers. The most difficult of all was with Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), Yang's on again-off again lover. This couple never really had a chance; Hunt wanted to settle down while Yang yearned to climb whatever ladder she could to become the best surgeon possible. Their last encounter wasn't a strong hug or deep kiss. Hunt was busy operating and all Yang could do was watch from the viewing room, waving and saying goodbye in the easiest way possible, kind of like ripping a Band-Aid off. Before officially leaving, Yang had to dance it out with Grey, her closet friend. "You're my person," they would always say. They hadn't called each other that in a while as their lives took different routes, but that final dance was a proper sendoff for the best friends, who may or may not see each other again.
The Season 10 finale tied up some story lines and brought some cliffhangers for next season. Here are the biggest questions for Season 11:
Grey vs. Shepherd: Who Wins?
All of Derek Shepherd's (Patrick Dempsey) neurosurgeon work paid off as the White House had asked for his help. Shepherd had been consumed with work so family life and normal hospital duties sometime suffered. The solution? Move to Washington D.C.
Grey, however, realized she didn't want to move across the country. Her life, friends and work were in Seattle. This stalemate looks to be ugly next season, especially since Shepherd had accepted the job and even got his wife a position too. They won't move. They can't; how could Grey's take place in two locations?
Who Gets the Empty Board Seat?
Yang's exit leaves an opening on the board of directors. Initially, Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.) told Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) that it would be a done deal and she would take that seat. But wait, what wrinkle do we get at the end? Yang left Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) a package, which basically gave him the empty seat. Can she do that? Bailey needs that seat to continue her research, which will get cut because of budget issues. Karev doesn't need it, however, he does thrive when added responsibility comes his way.
How's the Baby?
The entire hospital now knows that April Kepner (Sarah Drew) is pregnant. She had kept it a secret for some time. She had kept her marriage to Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) a secret too. What other secrets does she have? Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) and Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) plan to have a baby, but which one of them will carry? Or will they use a surrogate? Anytime a baby is expected, dramatic events are bound to unfold.
Newly-single U.S. TV star Sherri Shepherd has two legal battles on her hands - her first husband is fighting for custody of their nine-year-old son amid the breakdown of her second marriage.
The View co-host hit headlines earlier this month (May14) after she filed for divorce from her husband Lamar Sally to end their union of three years. Sally had previously filed for legal separation and is seeking full legal and physical custody of the unborn baby the couple is expecting through a surrogate mother in July (14).
It has now emerged that Shepherd is also locked in a custody battle with her previous husband Jeff Tarpley, with whom she has a son called Jeffrey. Tarpley filed an emergency request in April (14) seeking full custody of the little boy over claims Shepherd is too busy with her career to focus on motherhood.
The star hit back, accusing Tarpley of neglect. A judge denied his request, but has set a custody hearing for July (14), according to TMZ.com. Shepherd divorced Tarpley in 2009 and she went on to marry Sally in 2011.
Actress and TV personality Sherri Shepherd has reportedly moved forward with divorce proceedings, just days after her estranged husband filed for legal separation. On 2 May (14), Lamar Sally, The View co-host's husband of three years, filed documents seeking full legal and physical custody of the unborn baby the couple is expecting through a surrogate mother in July (14), according to TMZ.com.
Now Shepherd has fired back and filed for divorce in New Jersey, citing irreconcilable differences. She reportedly does not mention their expected baby in the papers.
Shepherd and Sally wed in Chicago in 2011. This is her second marriage - she was previously married to Jeff Tarpley, with whom she has a nine-year-old son, Jeffrey.