Bits and Pieces - March 17, 2015
March 17, 2015
Scott Baio, who played Chachi on Happy Days, has endorsed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for president. Before I decide who to support for president, I want to hear who's getting the endorsement of Skreech from Saved by the Bell.
There's some buzz that KATHY GRIFFIN was about to get fired before she blasted "Fashion Police" and quit the show. There was supposedly a production meeting several days before she quit in which someone pitched an idea for a segment called "Whore Score." The idea was rejected because it was too mean, but Kathy later ranted about the idea saying, "Name calling and alliteration with no comedic context is simply the lowest hanging fruit." Sources tell Radar Online that Kathy's comments infuriated the production staff and they felt she was slamming her own show. They also said she was a hypocrite because they claim her shtick is exactly what she described. However, Kathy denies the story and says that one of the reasons she quit was because she was told she could do her brand of comedy, but they went back on their word.
DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON will host SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE for the fourth time on March 28th with musical guest GEORGE EZRA.
STEVEN TYLER is reportedly working on a country album and is expected to sign with Big Machine Records. Tyler announced he planned to record a country album during a Twitter Q&A last October and relocated to Nashville in January. He's been collaborating with some of country music's top songwriters and an album will reportedly be out late this year.
If you like feeling secure, the Economist Intelligence Unit has rated the safest cities in the world based on personal safety, infrastructure safety, health security and digital security. They found that Tokyo, where even petty crime is unusual, is the world's safest city. Tokyo was followed by Singapore and Osaka, Japan, which also have low crime rates. Stockholm was fourth, thanks to the best digital security in all of Europe. Fifth was Amsterdam because it's one of the top cities in global food security. The only U.S. city in the top 10 was New York City, thanks to its record low 335 homicides last year.
Alabama has fired coach Anthony Grant after six seasons. Grant led the team to an NCAA tournament appearance in 2012 and to a pair of NIT appearances, reaching the championship game in 2011. Alabama was selected to the NIT again this year and will take on Illinois tomorrow. An interim coach has yet to be named.
Arnez Harper went into the ladies room of a Chicago restaurant. If that weren't odd enough, he then walked into the kitchen and told the staff he was being pursued by men with guns and became combative with owner Lee Varon. That's where things started going wrong for the 18-year-old Arnez. It seems he'd wandered into the wrestling-themed Squared Circle restaurant co-owned by Lee and his wife Lisa Ann, a former WWE star known as Victoria. After Arnaz reached into his pocket for a gun he was body-slammed by Lee. Arnaz was arrested on charges of battery, aggravated assault, unlawful use of a weapon and, in what may explain everything, possession of a controlled substance. (See here)
2005: Actor Robert Blake was acquitted in the murder of his wife.
actor/comedian Jerry Lewis (The Nutty Professor, Hardly Working, MDA Telethon) 89