Bits and Pieces
January 3, 2011
The year 2011 is here. In Times Square they greeted the New Year by watching the ball drop. Meanwhile, in Minneapolis, people rang in 2011 by watching Brett Favre's pants drop.
Stay off the sidewalks because LINDSAY LOHAN is due to check out of rehab tomorrow after three months at the Betty Ford Center. It was an eventful stay that included an alleged fight with a Betty Ford staffer. The staffer wasn't named, but they were fired after they gave an interview about the incident. Of course, Lindsay will still have probation and random drug testing to deal with once she gets out and the judge has said that any slip-up will mean a mandatory six months in jail.
RAY CHEW has reportedly been hired as American Idol's new musical director. He's been the musical director for Showtime at the Apollo and The Singing Bee.
- JOHN MELLENCAMP has confirmed that he and his wife of 18 years, Elaine, have split. His rep issued a statement saying, "John and Elaine Mellencamp are proud of their 20 years together and are very happy with their accomplishments both as parents and as a family. They will continue to raise their two children in Indiana but have decided to call it a day as a couple."
- M.I.A. dropped a 36-minute mixtape on New Year's Eve featuring production by Diplo, Rusko, Switch and Blaqstarr and even opening with a quote from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange saying: "We choose the right format. We leak the information to the public, and we defend ourselves against inevitable legal and political attacks." (Hear here)
- SHANIA TWAIN married her Swiss business executive boyfriend, Frédéric Thiébaud, on New Year's Day in Puerto Rico. The two began dating after their exes left them and hooked up with each other.
- Today: Figure skater Joannie Rochette performs
- Good Morning America: Activists George Clooney and John Prendergast
- CBS Early Show: Author Cynthia Sass ("Cinch!") talks about jump-starting a diet
- Regis & Kelly: Actress Michelle Williams; reality TV star Brad Womack
- The View: Nicole Kidman; author Nora Ephron ("I Remember Nothing")
- Ellen DeGeneres: Ray Romano; actress Carmen Electra
Here's how the NFL playoffs shake out. Indianapolis, Atlanta and Pittsburgh clinched division titles Sunday, while Green Bay grabbed the final wild-card spot. On the outside looking in are Tampa Bay and the New York Giants.
Spokane, Washington's 33-year-old Ramon D. Noggles often took his sons sledding around the neighborhood. However, it wasn't quite as fun when he took a couple of neighbor kids out. This sledding adventure involved tying the kids and their sled to the back of his ATV and towing them up a steep incline. To up the degree of difficulty, Noggles took the kids out after he'd been drinking. The fun ended when the sled swung out from behind the ATV and struck the back of a parked patrol car. The kids wound up in the hospital and Noggles ended up in jail.
1996: Bryant Gumbel left the Today Show
football's Eli Manning 30