Bits and Pieces - March 15, 2012
March 15, 2012
President Obama has made his final four predictions. Obama correctly predicted Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.
Monday night's finale of THE BACHELOR was the lowest rated finale ever with just 9.1 million viewers tuning in. Now the big question is whether Ben and Courtney are still together. Publicly, they say they are. However, Courtney was spotted running errands in Los Angeles yesterday instead of doing the traditional post-Bachelor promotional duties with Ben. But the big thing is that she wasn't wearing her engagement ring.
Auditions for the new season of X-FACTOR start today in Kansas City, even though the show hasn't hired any new judges yet. SIMON COWELL won't confirm or deny the BRITNEY SPEARS rumors, but says: "You think you've got your mind made up ... Last night two other people threw their names in the hat, one a very famous singer and one a very famous actress."
- Former DOOBIE BROTHERS drummer MICHAEL HOSSACK has died of cancer at age 65. Hossack played with the group from 1971 to 1973 and rejoined in 1987, but stopped performing with the band two years ago while battling cancer.
- FLAVOR FLAV will open his new House of Flavor restaurant in Las Vegas tomorrow. Flav has decorated the place with career memorabilia and says when he goes to the restaurant, he'll be in the kitchen cooking and mingling with customers. He opened Flav's Fried Chicken in Iowa last year, but it closed after just four months due to management issues.
- BRAD PAISLEY is on the cover of the current issue of Cigar Aficionado magazine. The magazine's website also has a photo that shows Paisley lighting a cigar with a laser.
- Today: Jersey Shore stars
- Good Morning America: Journalist Katie Couric; author Heather Bauer ("Bread Is the Devil")
- CBS This Morning: Actor Jason Segel
- Kelly: Susan Sarandon; actor Jeremy Sisto; co-host Michael Strahan
- The View: Muppets Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog; author John Ramsey
- The Talk: Daniel Radcliffe; chef Guy Fieri; guest co-host Kelly Osbourne
- Ellen DeGeneres: Jonah Hill; record executive L.A. Reid; Chris Rene performs
The National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel upheld the penalties to Jimmie Johnson and his team at the Daytona 500. Johnson lost 25 driver points and crew chief Chad Knaus was fined $100,000 and suspended for six races. The team has appealed the decision and Knaus will be in the pits this weekend at Bristol.
Spencer, Massachusetts' 22-year-old George A. Doyle is accused of harassing an unnamed 16-year-old boy as he sought payment for services rendered to the kid. Those services consisted of allegedly giving the boy a tattoo after getting him drunk. Despite not being trained in the art of tattooing, Doyle etched the word "Juggallo" along the boy's rib cage. Police note that the word Juggallo is a reference to followers of the Insane Clown Posse and appeared to be misspelled.
2003: Robert Blake was released from jail on $1.5 million bail while awaiting trial on charges he murdered his wife.
actor Michael Caine (Cider House Rules, Hurry Sundown, Batman Begins) 79