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‘GMA3’ hosts Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes benched after romantic relationship goes public

‘GMA3’ co-hosts Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes were benched from their anchoring duties while the ABC news division weighs the effect their recent disclosure of a romantic relationship might have on the program and the company.  ABC News President Kim Godwin informed staffers Monday during an editorial call that Robach and Holmes had not violated any company policy, but indicated ABC News felt the matter had become “an internal and external disruption,” and “wanted to do what’s best for the organization.”

The duo have made headlines since the revelation last week that they had been involved romantically for some time, even though it is believed they were each still in committed marriages. The pair has been the focus of tabloid reports, with viewers analyzing their every word on camera to see if either was making reference to the discovery of the relationship.

Gio Benitez and Stephanie Ramos co-hosted Monday’s broadcast, merely noting that “T.J. and Amy were off for the day.” There is no official word on how the program will be staffed for the rest of the week, or when Robach and Holmes might return. Last week, Robach and Holmes were on-air serving up news and banter that are a regular part of the afternoon showcase.

“GMA3,” an afternoon extension of “Good Morning America,” has been successful for the network. In 2021, the program generated nearly $43.4 million in advertising, a jump of 26.1% from the nearly $34.4 million it captured in the previous year.  The show was originally created for light celebrity news and conversation, hosted by Michael Strahan and Sara Haines. However, when the coronavirus pandemic hit the program moved more toward news, with Robach (a veteran of “Good Morning America” and “20/20”), along with medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton, co-hosting the hour-long program.

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Kirstie Alley dies at age 71 after battling cancer

Actress Kirstie Alley has died at age 71 after a battle with cancer.

Alley’s family and her manager announced the news Monday night, with Alley’s children True and Lillie Parker writing a statement on Alley’s social media pages: To all our friends, far and wide around the world…We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered. She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother. We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care. Our mother’s zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did. We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time. With love always, True and Lillie Parker

Alley first appeared in the 1982 film “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” playing the Vulcan Starfleet officer Lieutenant Saavik. Then in 1987 Alley landed her breakout role, joining the cast of the sitcom “Cheers” to replace Shelley Long, where she remained until the series finale in 1993. Alley’s performance as Rebecca Howe earned her an Emmy Award in 1991 for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series. The actress also starred in 1989’s Look Who’s Talking as well as two sequels, opposite her close friend John Travolta. The 68-year-old Travolta honored his friend on Instagram following the news of her passing, sharing a photo of himself with Alley along with the caption: “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had. I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again.”

Alley is survived by grandson Waylon, 6, as well as her two children, William True Stevenson, 30, and Lillie Stevenson, 28, who she shared with ex-husband Parker Stevenson.

Kirstie Alley Dead at 71 After Cancer Battle

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Aerosmith cancel second show of Las Vegas residency due to Steven Tyler’s illness

Aerosmith canceled its concert Monday (December 5) in Las Vegas due to singer Steven Tyler continuing to recover from an undisclosed illness. The band had previously called off their show on Friday, December 2 for the same reason. A post on Instagram read: “Unfortunately tomorrow’s show, Monday December 5th, in Las Vegas has to be cancelled. Steven Tyler said “on the advice of my doctor, I’m taking more time to rest… there is nowhere we’d rather be than on stage surrounded by the greatest fans in the world..We sincerely apologize.”  Tyler added: ‘On the advice of my doctor, I’m taking more time to rest…There is nowhere we’d rather be than on stage surrounded by the greatest fans in the world.’

Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster will automatically be refunded, with all other refunds available at point of purchase. Aerosmith is scheduled to end its “Deuces Are Wild” Vegas residency after performances on Thursday, December 8 and Sunday, December 11.

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Dave Matthews Band, Imagine Dragons, Paramore and more to perform at Bud Light Super Bowl Music Festival

The NFL and Bud Light shared news of the 4th Annual Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest. The event is scheduled to take place at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Ariz., on Feb. 9-11.

Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest will kick-off on Thursday, Feb. 9, with a headlining performance by Paramore, who are slated to bring unannounced guests to the stage during their festival set. The following day will present a performance by Dave Matthews Band, which is slated to include accompaniment by DJ Pee .Wee – otherwise known as Anderson .Paak – who will spin a set of music during the Friday night show. On Feb. 11, the final day of the festival, Imagine Dragons and Kane Brown will perform. In addition to premiere music, the festival also features surprise appearances by celebrities and athletes.

Tickets for Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest are on sale now. For more information, visit superbowlmusicfest.com.

Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest announces 2023 lineup

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Keke Palmer announces pregnancy while hosting ‘Saturday Night Live”

Actress Keke Palmer announced she is pregnant with her first child while guest hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. Palmer hosted SNL for the first time on the Dec. 3 episode, alongside musical guest SZA. After taking the stage for her monologue wearing a tight-fitting blazer, she surprised the audience by sharing her baby news:  “There’s some rumors going around, people have been in my comments saying: ‘Keke’s having a baby. Keke’s pregnant.’ And I want to set the record straight: I am!” the 29-year-old Palmer said while opening her coat to reveal her baby bump.

Palmer added: “I gotta say, though, it is bad when people on the internet spread rumors about you y’all, but it’s even worse when they’re correct. I mean, like, I was trying so hard to keep it on the down low, cause I got a lot of stuff going on, you know?  But, honestly, this has been the biggest blessing, and I am so excited. Guys, I’m going to be a mom  Even though some people feel a little weird about me having a baby cause I was a child actor, I just wanna say, ‘Look, I’m 29, I’m grown, I have sex, I own a home, I stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. You know? Things adults do.’ I’m kidding. Y’all know I’m the same person I’ve always been and I’m proud of that!”

The notoriously private Palmer has been linked to Darius Jackson, also known as Darius Daulton, the younger brother of Insecure and Good Trouble star Sarunas J. Jackson.  The couple went public with their romance when Jackson dedicated a sweet birthday post to Palmer on Instagram. Palmer subsequently shared a photo of the duo on her Instagram account.

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Scarlett Johansson to lead Amazon limited series ‘Just Cause’

Scarlett Johansson is taking on her first lead role in a TV series, starring and serving as executive producer on Amazon’s Prime Video’s limited series ‘Just Cause’, based on a 1992 novel by John Katzenbach.

The novel was previously adapted for a 1995 feature film starring Sean Connery, and Johansson, in one of her first movie roles, played the daughter of Connery’s character.The series version of Just Cause will center on Madison “Madi” Cowart (Johansson), a reporter for a Florida newspaper who’s assigned to cover the final days of a death row inmate and comes to believe the prisoner’s claims of innocence.

Johansson is currently filming Project Artemis for Apple TV+ and also has Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City and Kristin Scott Thomas’ My Mother’s Wedding coming soon.

Scarlett Johansson To Headline & EP ‘Just Cause’ In TV Debut; Amazon Orders Limited Series Penned By Christy Hall

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U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. unlikely to tour in 2023 due to surgery

U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. said in a recent interview with The Washington Post that if the band tours next year, he will have to sit out the trek, due to plans to undergo surgery. The band was interviewed for a profile piece tied to the group’s acceptance of a lifetime achievement award at the Kennedy Center Honors this weekend.

Mullen is paraphrased in the interview, and not directly quoted (it is reportedly Mullen’s first interview in seven years,). However, Washington Post staffer Geoff Edgers explains, “he [Larry] is blunt.  If the band plays live in 2023, “it will probably be without him, as he needs surgery to continue playing.”

U2 has been busy with two albums in the works: The first is an album of all-new originals, Songs of Ascent, described as “nearly finished”. The second album is the heavily-rumored Surrender, said to feature 40 “stripped-down” versions of U2 songs written about in Bono’s new memoir of the same name. Neither album has been given a release date.

U2 hasn’t toured since 2019, but Bono has stayed busy He’s most recently been doing a limited number of solo tour dates to promote his book, Surrender, from which he recites passages and sings snippets of relevant songs. The US leg of his limited-run tour has wrapped up, and the singer is currently on its European leg.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers release B-Side “The Shape I’m Takin’”

Red Hot Chili Peppers have released their b-side “The Shape I’m Takin’” on streaming. That song was initially released as a bonus track exclusive to the Japanese edition of the group’s latest album,“Return Of The Dream Canteen“.

That double album as well as its predecessor, “Unlimited Love,” topped the Billboard 200 this year. Following this spring’s Unlimited Love, the band similarly released the Japanese bonus track “Nerve Flip” as a digital single.

Take a listen to The Shape I’m Takin’here.

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Richard Lewis confirms return to Season 12 of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

Richard Lewis is returning to the HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm for Season 12.  The 75-year-old actor confirmed the news on Twitter, sharing a photo with series creator Larry David on set along with the caption: “I’m back shooting Curb! I’m a lucky cat to be with my oldest pal who just so happens to be a genius. Don’t tell him I called him that or he’ll mock me to my grave. A 22 year ride so far!”

Curb Your Enthusiasm originally had an eight-season run on HBO from 2000 to 2011. The show then returned for a ninth season in 2017, and was revived again for Seasons 10 and 11 in 2020 and 2021, respectively. Lewis has a recurring role as a fictionalized version of himself and last appeared in Season 11, Episode 7.

Curb Your Enthusiasm has yet to receive a premiere date for the new season.

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Netflix shares trailer for ‘That ’70s Show’ sequel series ‘That 90s Show’

Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp return to their roles as Kitty and Red Forman in the new trailer for Netflix’s ‘That ’90s Show’, the sequel series to ‘That ’70s Show.’  The trailer sees the Forman’s granddaughter and friends showing up to the Forman house and hanging out in That 70s Show’s iconic basement.

The premise of That ’90s Show reads: “It’s 1995 and Leia Forman (Callie Haverda) is desperate for some adventure in her life or at least a best friend who isn’t her dad. When she arrives in Point Place to visit her grandparents, Red (Smith) and Kitty (Rupp), Leia finds what she’s looking for right next door when she meets the dynamic and rebellious Gwen (Ashley Aufderheide). With the help of Gwen’s friends, including her lovable brother Nate (Maxwell Donovan), his smart, laser-focused girlfriend Nikki (Sam Morelos), the sarcastic and insightful Ozzie (Reyn Doi), and the charming Jay (Mace Coronel), Leia realizes adventure could happen there just like it did for her parents all those years ago. Excited to reinvent herself, she convinces her parents to let her stay for the summer. With a basement full of teens again, Kitty is happy the Forman house is now a home for a new generation and Red is, well… Red.”

That ’70s Show creators Bonnie and Terry Turner have returned, along with producer Gregg Mettler. Original cast members Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, and Wilmer Valderrama will be making guest appearances, with Tommy Chong reprising his That’ 70s Show character Leo.

‘That ’90s Show’ will premiere on Jan. 19. Take a look at the trailer – here.

‘That ’90s Show’ Gets Netflix Premiere Date; Red & Kitty Return To Point Place In First-Look Teaser

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