Veteran BBC broadcaster Paul Gambaccini has been arrested and quizzed about historical sexual offences as part of a wide-ranging U.K. police investigation launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile child abuse revelations. The 64-year-old DJ was held in custody at his home in South London on Tuesday (29Oct13) to answer questions regarding Scotland Yard's Operation Yewtree.
He was bailed until January (14) and has since denied any wrongdoing after the news emerged on Friday (01Nov13).
A statement released by his spokesman reads: "Mr Gambaccini was interviewed by Operation Yewtree officers about historic allegations. He answered their questions and was co-operative. He denied all allegations."
Gambaccini's arrest was not directly connected to the hundreds of child molestation claims brought against late TV host Savile following his death in 2011.
In light of the police investigation, Gambaccini has temporarily stepped down from presenting his Saturday show on BBC Radio 2.
A host of veteran celebrities, including publicist Max Clifford, comedian Jim Davidson and former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis, have all been questioned over the past several months in connection with Operation Yewtree.
Veteran British entertainer Cilla Black celebrated her 50 years in showbusiness by throwing a lavish party in London on Friday night (28Sep13). The singer-turned-TV star released her first single, Love of the Loved, written by Beatles legends John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney, on 27 September, 1963 and she marked the occasion 50 years on by throwing a big bash dubbed a 'Cillabration'.
The event was attended by guests including Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ronnie Wood's ex-wife Jo, and fellow British TV personalities Bobby Davro, Jim Davidson and Des O'Connor.
Black also released a special audio message for fans to mark her special day, in which she says, "Can you believe it? Fifty years ago today I released my first ever single, Love of the Loved, and I want to take time out to thank all of my fans for your love and support over the years. So let the 'Cillabrations' begin..."
The man who wrote Luke Bryan's maligned new song That's My Kind Of Night has hit back at Zac Brown over his radio remarks about the tune. Brown sparked a new war of words in country music when he called Bryan's single the "worst song" he's ever heard, adding it makes him want to "throw up" every time he hears it.
Justin Moore and Jason Aldean have both jumped to Bryan's defence, and now Dallas Davidson, one of the three songwriters behind the tune has broken his silence about the furore.
Davidson, who also co-wrote Blake Shelton's Boys 'Round Here and Lady Antebellum's Just a Kiss, among other hits, reveals Bryan actually called him to let him know what Brown had said during a radio chat.
He tells Roughstock.com, "The first thing I did was sit there and soak it in. A comment like that will hurt your feelings because when you write a song, it's kind of like one of your babies. To hear a successful artist say it was the worst song he's heard and it makes him want to throw up, that's just not cool."
Davidson adds, "We write about what we know about. What I know about is sitting on a tailgate drinking a beer. Hell, I live on the river. When Luke called me to tell me about what happened, I was literally smoking Boston butts on my homemade cooker at my 800 square foot river house with about four of my buddies with their trucks backed up, sitting on a tailgate."
The songwriter insists he won't be getting involved in a rap-style diss with Brown, adding, "My mom always told me if you don't have nothing nice to say, then don't say it at all. That's true.
"I think social media... has really changed this whole generation where it's OK to be mean, and it's OK to talk bad about people. When I grew up, you didn't do that."
But he jokes, "If that song makes him want to throw up, I hope I write one today that gives him the flu because that means I'm doing my job right."
Actress Mia Wasikowska is determined to seek out new projects that will allow her to spend more time in her native Australia after deciding to purchase her first home there. The Alice in Wonderland star, 23, has been renting accommodation in the U.S. since breaking into Hollywood at the age of 17, but after filming new drama Tracks in the desert Down Under, Wasikowska is keen to set down more permanent roots back home.
She tells Reuters, "I've been back and forth from America and Australia and I've always lived at my parents' house when I've come back. (But) I'm going to live here and it's time to get my own place and really kind of commit (to staying in Australia)."
Tracks, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in Italy on Thursday (29Aug13), stars Wasikowska as Aussie author Robyn Davidson, who penned a memoir documenting her nine-month camel trek through the outback in 1977.
British comedian Jim Davidson will not face sex charges following an investigation into allegations against him. The beloved TV host has consistently denied the allegations and now prosecutors overseeing his case have ruled he will face no further action.
The 59-year-old hit the headlines when he was arrested in January (13) by detectives connected to the Operation Yewtree investigations, which were set up after hundreds of sex charges were brought against late BBC broadcaster Jimmy Savile.
Davidson was arrested again in March (13) after new allegations emerged.
Prosecutors have now declared there was "insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction in relation to all complaints" against the comic.
Fourteen people people, including publicist Max Clifford and former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis, have been arrested under the umbrella Operation Yewtree investigation. Five men have been released without further action and six remain on police bail.
The couple which wed onstage at the Academy of Country Music Awards last year (12) is planning to name their unborn daughter Martina after the singer who performed the pair's marriage anthem. Martina McBride teamed up with Train star Pat Monahan to serenade Christina Davidson and Frank Tucci with the song Marry Me and the newlyweds have revealed they plan to honour the country star by naming their firstborn child after her.
Pregnant Davidson revealed the news in a tweet on Thursday (01Aug13), writing, "We're expecting a baby girl! We're naming her Martina."
McBride responded almost immediately and congratulated the couple on the baby news.
The baby is due on 12 September (13).
Country star Scotty Mccreery has been hit with a lawsuit from his former manager. Todd Cassetty claims he has not been paid for his services since they began working together last October (12), even though the American Idol star allegedly orally agreed to give the businessman 15 per cent of his revenue.
The two parted ways in April (13) without ever having put their financial agreement in writing, and now the boss of Cassetty Entertainment has taken legal action against the 19 year old in Davidson County, Tennessee seeking unspecified actual, consequential and punitive damages.
The documents were filed last week (begs01Jul13) and an excerpt obtained by the Nashville Post reads, "Celebrities should be required to pay their bills, just like anyone else."
Johnny Borrell fell out with his former girlfriend Kirsten Dunst when he rode a motorcycle through the house they shared during a party. The British singer dated the Hollywood actress during his hey day with rock group Razorlight and they ended up living together in London.
However, Borrell admits the relationship was dealt a blow following a particularly rock 'n' roll moment at a wild house party.
When asked about rumours which suggested Dunst dumped him because he rode a Harley Davidson through her house, he tells Britain's Seven magazine, "The worst thing about you saying that is there was no Harley involved - it was a 1969 Triumph T100 Competition. And there's a big difference. It's a sixties British bike I was running around town as transport at the time, in London. We had a house in Islington. But yeah, I did ride it around the house - it was a party... There was a huge window, a crowded party, lots of people, and it was very inviting for a bit of brum (sic) through a sea of people. It's quite a good story - apart from the Harley aspect."
Oddball actor Gary Busey has trouble censoring his thoughts ever since his brain was rewired following a near-fatal bike crash. The Big Wednesday star almost died in the 1988 smash and he admits the accident have left him unable to control what he says.
He tells BlogTalkRadio.com,"I don't know what I'm saying because that's the way I've been working in my mind and my communications area since I hit my head on a curb off a Harley Davidson and split my skull wide open."
Busey claims he died while surgeons were trying to save his life following the crash and he "went to the other side", where he was given a taste of the meaning of life.
He adds, "I got information that you can't get just staying here on earth. I could tell you more but it's like explaining an orgasm to a 10 year old."
Longrunning U.S. soap The Bold And The Beautiful, comedienne Ellen Degeneres and movie mogul George Lucas were among the big winners at the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday (16Jun13), each taking home top honours. The Bold and the Beautiful's Heather Tom was named Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the second consecutive year, while her co-star Scott Clifton was jointly awarded Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series alongside The Young and the Restless' Billy Miller.
The creative talent behind The Bold and the Beautiful scored both the writing and directing accolades in the Outstanding Drama Series team categories, but the coveted Outstanding Drama Series award went to Days of Our Lives.
Lucas celebrated his first Emmy win for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which was named Outstanding Special Class Animated Program, and accepted the award from Princess Leia, actress Carrie Fisher.
There were no surprises in the Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment category - that accolade went to The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the seventh time, beating Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters' The View and rival panel show The Talk, which features Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sara Gilbert.
The Young and the Restless icon Jeanne Cooper, who died last month (May13), was gone but not forgotten at the 40th annual ceremony - she was remembered during the In Memoriam segment, which was introduced by her son, actor Corbin Bernsen.
The Los Angeles event, which celebrates the best in daytime programming as voted for by members of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was not the smoothest of ceremonies - Aisha Tyler was given the wrong envelope as she presented the best informative talk show award and had to stall as the correct one was located, while a pre-taped tribute reel for Lifetime Achievement honouree Monty Hall had to be cut off after the beloved game show veteran was called to the stage early.
The main list of winners at the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards is as follows:
Outstanding Drama Series:
Days of Our Lives
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Heather Tom (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Doug Davidson (The Young and the Restless)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Julie Marie Berman (General Hospital)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Scott Clifton (The Bold and the Beautiful) & Billy Miller (The Young and the Restless)
Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series:
Kristen Alderson (General Hospital)
Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series:
Chandler Massey (Days of Our Lives)
Outstanding Morning Program:
CBS Sunday Morning
Outstanding Culinary Program:
Best Thing I Ever Made & Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Outstanding Game Show:
The Price Is Right
Outstanding Game Show Host:
Ben Bailey - Cash Cab
Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment:
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Outstanding Talk Show/Informative:
The Dr. Oz Show
Outstanding Talk Show Host:
Ricki Lake, The Ricki Lake Show
Outstanding Original Song:
Good Afternoon by Little Big Town, from Good Afternoon America
Monty Hall & Bob Stewart.