Bits and Pieces - June 23, 2011
June 23, 2011
President Obama announced plans to pull 33,000 U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by next summer. It was the biggest withdrawal announcement in Washington in the past week, not counting Anthony Weiner leaving Congress.
The toxicology report on JACKASS star RYAN DUNN was released and he was over twice the legal limit when he crashed. Dunn's blood-alcohol level was 0.196 and they're also now saying he may have been going as fast as 140 mph. It's also reported that Dunn had at least 23 driving citations in the past 13 years, 10 of which were for speeding and careless driving. Meanwhile, the hate brigade from the Westboro Baptist Church say they plan to picket Dunn's funeral, although his Jackass cohorts can probably come up with a special welcome.
GLEE creator Ryan Murphy now says that not all of the show's cast will be graduating at the end of next season. Murphy says that characters played by Chord Overstreet and Darren Criss aren't seniors and will be back. He also says there'll be no guest stars next season and fewer songs.
- Flags in New Jersey are flying at half-mast today in tribute to E Street Band saxophonist CLARENCE CLEMONS. In a statement, Governor Chris Christie said: "Clarence Clemons represented the soul and spirit of New Jersey. His partnership with Bruce Springsteen and the rest of the E Street Band brought great pride to our state and joy to every fan of this music around the world."
- DMX says he's planning to hit the studio immediately after finishing a six month jail sentence next month. He'll be working with Swizz Beatz and the album will include guest appearances by Sean Kingston and Tyrese.
- The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced that VINCE GILL will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year.
- Today: Justin Bieber; swimmer Michael Phelps; TV host Tom Papa
- Good Morning America: Brooke Shields; actress Raven-Symone ("State of Georgia"); TV-show host Dave Salmoni
- Regis & Kelly: Elton John performs; actress Amy Poehler
- The View: Brooke Shields; TV host Dave Salmoni
- Ellen DeGeneres: Ryan Gosling; reality star Camille Grammer
The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly fired coach Kurt Rambis. However, the team probably won't make the official announcement until after tonight's NBA draft in which they have the number-two pick.
You are now free to move your foot about the mouth. Southwest Airlines has suspended a pilot after he went on an obscenity-laden rant from the cockpit about the airline hiring so many flight attendants that he felt were unsuitable for dating. To be exact, the pilot said, "Eleven (expletive) over-the-top (expletive) ass (expletive) homosexuals and a granny." All of this might've gone unnoticed had the pilot not failed to shut off his plane's communications link with air traffic control, who forwarded the tape to Southwest.
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