Bits and Pieces - November 10, 2011
November 10, 2011
The annual Country Music Awards show was on last night and Hank Williams Jr. made a surprise appearance. Unfortunately, Hank got into more trouble when he compared Lionel Richie to Hitler.
He may be locked in a jail cell, but MICHAEL JACKSON'S physician Dr. Conrad Murray will be on TV this week. Before the verdict, Murray sat down with the Today Show for an interview that will air today and tomorrow morning. Murray answered all the questions about the morning Michael died, but didn't accept any blame. Murray did acknowledge that he left Michael's room to make phone calls and that he "could not see" Jackson or hear if he stopped breathing. Murray also explained the delay in calling 911 and not telling paramedics about the Propofol. There's also that documentary coming up on Friday night on MSNBC, which has the Jackson estate and Jackson family in a tizzy. In the documentary, Murray says that Michael's last words to him were, "Let me have some milk"; which was a reference to Propofol. The Jackson estate fired off a letter to the network, blasting them for giving Dr. Murray a platform.
EDDIE MURPHY has quit as host of next year's Academy Awards telecast less than 24 hours after BRETT RATNER resigned as producer over his controversial anti-gay slurs. Ratner directed Murphy's new Tower Heist movie and it's speculated that Eddie quit out of loyalty to Ratner. Brian Grazer, who was listed as a producer of Tower Heist, will take over and a search is on for a new host.
- KEITH RICHARDS says he and fellow ROLLING STONES RONNIE WOOD and CHARLIE WATTS will get together in a London studio later this month and have a jam session. Keith says MICK JAGGER will also probably show up and they're just getting together because they haven't played together in about four years and want to get their chops down. A rumored 50th anniversary tour next year remains up in the air.
It turns out that rapper HEAVY D visited a doctor shortly before he died and had possibly been taking medication for pneumonia. Word is that at the time of his death he was tipping the scales at 344-pounds.
- Today: Where in the World is Matt Lauer; Robert Pattinson; Il Divo performs
- Good Morning America: TBA
- Regis & Kelly: Actor Robert Pattinson; surprise celebrity guests
- The View: Latest castoff from "Dancing With the Stars"
- The Talk: Ellen Barkin; actress Kelly Monaco; numerologist Glynis McCants
- Ellen DeGeneres: Melissa McCarthy; actor Armie Hammer
Penn State coach Joe Paterno announced yesterday that he'd retire at the end of this season in the wake of the sex scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky. However, later in the day, the Penn State board of trustees announced the immediate removal Paterno and school President Graham Spanier. Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley will serve as interim coach.
Today is Remembrance Day in Canada. It's Canada's Veteran's Day, but for the first time in 20 years it won't be observed at Ottawa's Notre Dame High School. This year's event was canceled after school officials told a veteran's group that "no tanks or guns" are allowed on campus. Retired Major Wayne MacCulloch said, "There's a huge difference between some kid with a grudge bringing a weapon that's loaded into a school, and veterans putting on a Remembrance display with non-functioning historical replicas. If those in our education system can't make the distinction, I personally would have to question their professionalism."
1996: The Miami Dolphins' Dan Marino became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 50,000 yards.
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