Bits and Pieces - February 2, 2012
February 2, 2012
Today is Groundhog Day. Legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow today it means we'll have six more weeks of global warming.
Legendary Soul Train host DON CORNELIUS died at the age of 75 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. One of his sons found him early yesterday morning and notified police. Cornelius had been having health issues in recent years, including a stroke and a condition that required brain surgery, and had told people that the pain had become unbearable. During his bitter 2009 divorce proceedings, Cornelius complained of "significant health issues" and asked the judge to finalize the divorce before he died. The divorce was granted in 2010 and while there was no suicide note, he apparently did leave behind two life insurance policies worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the ex-wife he hated will get all the money.
HENRY WINKLER will play the father of Maya Rudolph's Ava character on NBC's UP ALL NIGHT. Look for him in late April or early May.
- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND will perform at Harlem's Apollo Theater on March 9th, just three days after his new "Wrecking Ball" album hits stores. It'll be Springsteen's first Apollo appearance.
- YOUNG JEEZY will hit the road next month on his Hustlerz Ambition Tour. The 25-city tour begins March 3rd in Washington, DC.
- WILLIE NELSON has signed a deal to return to Sony Records, which was his label from 1975-1993. The deal calls for five new albums and the re-release of classic material from his previous run with the label. Willie's first new album under the deal is due this spring.
- Today: Affordable Valentine's trips; Super Bowl drinks
- Good Morning America: Snooki and JWoww' (Jersey Shore); chefs Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali
- Kelly: Michelle Williams; Snooki and JWoww; co-host Peter Facinelli
- The View: Lisa Kudrow; actor Steve Van Zandt
- The Talk: John Stamos; guest co-host Kelly Osbourne
- Ellen DeGeneres: Michelle Obama; actor Daniel Radcliffe; teacher Sara Ferguson
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay says he expects to meet with quarterback Peyton Manning next week, but that a decision on whether to keep him or cut him loose won't likely happen until early March.
An unnamed 31-year-old Madison, Wisconsin woman, whom we'll call Eve, was attending a book club meeting at another member's home when she noticed a 4-foot long ball python. Apparently thinking the snake looked cute, and with no prior experience in handling snakes and therefore no reason to believe she was putting herself in danger, Eve took the python out of its terrarium. Eve ended up with the snake latched onto her face. Luckily, the snake was non-venomous and the owner was able to remove it from Eve's cheek without any lasting damage.
1967: The American Basketball Association was formed.
actress Marissa Jaret Winokur (Fever Pitch, Scary Movie, Stacked) 39