Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy leaving 'The View'

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Take a little time to enjoy Whoopi’s view.

The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg just became the show’s only host after Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy were suddenly canned.

ABC said Thursday night that big changes were coming, and soon after, Shepherd and McCarthy shared the news that they would be leaving the morning talk show.

The View will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively,” said spokeswoman Lauri Hogan, according to the New York Daily News.

Barbara Walters, 84, The View’s executive producer who last month retired from the show she created in 1997, declined to comment on the firings that come as the program takes a week-long break.

“It’s been seven wonderful years on The View, and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on,” Shepherd said in a statement after contract talks broke down. “I am extremely grateful to Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to the business opportunities that lay ahead for me and I am incredibly grateful to my View family and my fans for supporting me on this journey.” …

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Shia LaBeouf kicked out of 'Cabaret’ and arrested

Shia LaBeouf is arraigned in Midtown Community Court in New York City on Friday.

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Shia LaBeouf is arraigned in Midtown Community Court in New York City on Friday.

You’d think someone who’s been in a ton of crummy movies would have more respect for other people’s art. But alas, when that “someone” is falling star Shia LaBeouf, all bets are off.

The 28-year-old actor was released from police custody Friday after he was escorted from a Broadway theater Thursday for barking obscenities, according to the Associated Press. The former Transformers lead was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and harassment at a performance of Cabaret.

According to police, security asked LaBeouf to leave the Studio 54 theater at about 8:45 p.m., but he refused, used salty language and got physical. Police said he made aggressive statements and threats to security guards and police officers. Officers said he appeared intoxicated or under the influence of some kind of drug. LaBeouf is due back in court July 24.

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Amy Adams gives soldier her first-class seat

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Amy Adams is a class act.

The American Hustle star gave her first-class seat to a soldier on a flight to Los Angeles on Friday morning, and she didn’t even do it for publicity! Adams, who tried to keep the gesture as low-key as possible, was outed as a do-gooder when fellow passenger and co-host of ESPN2’s Numbers Never Lie, Jemele Hill, tweeted about her good deed.

“Just saw actress Amy Adams do something incredibly classy,” Hill tweeted. “She gave her 1st class seat to an American soldier. I’m an even bigger fan now.”

When approached by a camera after landing in L.A., Adams played it cool.

“I didn’t do it for attention for myself,” she told Inside Edition. “I did it for attention for the troops.”

Adams, 39, noticed a man in uniform waiting for a plane in Detroit, where she privately asked to switch seats with him. …

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Meshach Taylor of 'Designing Women' dies at 67

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Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on Designing Women and appeared in numerous TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday.

Taylor died Saturday at his home near Los Angeles, agent Dede Binder said.

Taylor got an Emmy nod for his portrayal of Anthony Bouvier on Designing Women from 1986 to 1993. Then he co-starred for four seasons on another successful comedy, Dave’s World, as the best friend of a newspaper humor columnist played by the series’ star, Harry Anderson.

Other series included the cult favorite Buffalo Bill and the popular Nickelodeon comedy Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. Taylor’s movie roles included a flamboyant window dresser in the 1987 comedy-romance Mannequin as well as Damien: Omen II.

He is survived by four kids and his wife, Bianca Ferguson.

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Lana Del Rey ends engagement to Barrie-James O’Neill

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Seems Lana Del Rey is feeling some Summertime Sadness.

The 28-year-old singer and her British rocker fiance Barrie-James O’Neill have split, MTV UK reports. In an interview with Swiss newspaper 20 Minuten, Lana revealed, “We are currently not together. He is a wonderful person. But there are some things he has to deal with.”

She didn’t want to get into what ended the relationship that began in 2011, but added, “I no longer felt free. We’ll see how it goes.”

The Ultraviolence singer spoke out about the former Kassidy frontman during a recent interview with the Guardian in which she said she wishes she was “dead already.”

“We have a difficult road,” Lana said of her partnership with O’Neill. “He’s a very dark character,” she added. “He has months on end where it’s a really dark stretch of writing and waiting, he has his total own world, so …”

As for the death wish, Lana was just responding to a question about Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, both of whom died at the age of 27. The Nirvana frontman’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, took issue with Lana’s somber comment on Twitter — because that’s pretty much all Frances Bean does — like, ever. …

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Phil Collins, Alamo aficionado, donates collection of artifacts

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Remember the Alamo? Phil Collins sure does. The British 1980s music icon was in San Antonio on Thursday, announcing the donation of his collection of artifacts related to the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says the Genesis singer-drummer is looking for a home for his collection. It mostly has been kept in Collins’ Switzerland home. Some artifacts could go on display at the Alamo within a year. Collins, 63, first became an Alamo aficionado watching a 1950s Disney miniseries on Davy Crockett as a lad in England. Patterson says Collins has the world’s largest private collection of Texas Revolution artifacts. His most prized item is a receipt signed by Alamo commander William Barret Travis.

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'Survivor' contestant Caleb Bankston dies in train mishap

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Caleb Bankston, a popular contestant on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, was killed in an industrial accident Tuesday afternoon when a derailed train car crushed him at a coal plant in Birmingham, Ala.

The train derailed when the 27-year-old engineer and conductor was standing on the ladder of a hopper car and directing an engineer who was backing up a train, the Birmingham News reports. The derailment threw Bankston from the train and the car fell on top of him, crushing him. He died at the scene.

Bankston, who lasted 32 days on Survivor and finished ninth, competed on the show with fiance Colton Cumbie.
“I just wish it was me,” Cumbie tweeted after the accident.

The couple were set to wed in October. Fellow contestants were quick to offer support after news of the accident surfaced.

“Caleb was an amazing man and friend,” Aras Baskauskas told People. “One of the sweetest and most sincere humans I’ve ever come across. I am gutted by his loss. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.” …

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Chris Brown rejects plea deal, will stand trial

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Chris Brown was as close to resolving his D.C. assault case as the U.S. men’s soccer team was to beating Portugal when the singer rejected a plea deal at the last minute, instead choosing to go to trial.

Talks between prosecutors and Brown’s lawyer broke down Wednesday, the Associated Press reports, when they couldn’t agree on what exactly happened during a scuffle outside a Washington hotel that led to his arrest.

“They wanted him to read from a script that wasn’t true,” Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said after the hearing. He wouldn’t give any details on the disagreement.

Brown was charged with misdemeanor assault in October after a man accused the singer of hitting him after he tried to photobomb the entertainer and two women. At the time, Brown was on probation for the 2009 Rihanna beatdown.

A trial in the D.C. case is set for Sept. 8.

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Tom Cruise wants to be in 'Star Wars’

No.

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No.

If you felt a disturbance in The Force, here’s why: Tom Cruise is talking to J.J. Abrams about getting a role in the new Star Wars VII film. According to sources, it seems director Abrams has plenty of time on his hands now that Harrison Ford is laid up with a broken leg. And Abrams just LOVED working with Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5 — The Search for Spock (or whatever it was called). The HuffPo and UK’s Sun report that Cruise met with Abrams over dinner on Saturday night to make his case. Will Abrams seriously consider Cruise, whose Scientology leanings make him sci-fi enough, for Star Wars? Sure. He’s the perfect height to be an Ewok.

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Diane Sawyer is stepping down as ABC anchor

From left, David Muir, George Stephanopoulos, Diane Sawyer and ABC News President James Goldston.

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From left, David Muir, George Stephanopoulos, Diane Sawyer and ABC News President James Goldston.

Diane Sawyer is stepping down as ABC’s evening news anchor, the network announced Tuesday, to be replaced by David Muir. The network said Sawyer will concentrate on interviews and specials. During her tenure, ABC’s World News was a steady second to Brian Williams at NBC, although the ABC broadcast has made gains among younger viewers. Muir is familiar to World News viewers as a substitute for Sawyer. ABC said George Stephanopoulos will take on a new role as chief anchor for live news events.

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For Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, baby makes 4

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Baby No. 2 is on its way for Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard.

“I can confirm that Kristen and Dax are expecting their second child and a sibling for Lincoln,” a rep tells Entertainment Tonight. “The whole family is beyond excited.”

The Veronica Mars star already has a 15-month-old daughter with Shepard. The House of Lies actress told People last week how much she’s enjoying being a mom.

“She’s delicious. It’s such a fun age,” says Bell, 33. “I feel like having a toddler is exhausting and extremely rewarding — and far more rewarding than exhausting.”

Don’t expect to see any photos of this couple’s kids, though. The Frozen star and her 39-year-old hubby, who married in October, recently championed a cause to keep celebabies out of the spotlight. In February, the couple took the lead in creating the “No Kids Policy,” urging news outlets to stop sharing photos of celebrities’ children that were taken without consent.

“By creating a greatly diminished demand for these images,” Bell said in February, “it is my hope that these children will no longer be subjected to being followed, yelled at, taunted and having their privacy invaded on a daily basis.”

Hear, hear.

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Gordon Ramsay’s 'Kitchen Nightmares’ to end after 10 years

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He’s had enough!

After 10 years, 12 seasons and over 120 episodes of berating, belittling and bemoaning the most intolerable of all restaurant owners, Gordon Ramsay is taking the cleaver to his Kitchen Nightmares run.

“As filming comes to a close on the latest series of Kitchen Nightmares I’ve decided to stop making the show,” the chef announced Monday on his personal website, gordonramsay.com. “I’ve had a phenomenal 10 years making 123 episodes, 12 seasons shot across 2 continents, watched by tens of millions of people and sold to over 150 countries. It’s been a blast but it’s time to call it a day.”

Ramsay did not divulge why he decided to cease production on the restaurant renovation series. The show that aims to help restaurateurs turn around their struggling businesses first premiered in the U.K. in 2004 (You wouldn’t believe the myriad ways one can cook and serve fish and chips.) and moved to Fox in 2007.

“I’ve visited over 100 restaurants, meeting and trying to help or, in some cases failing to help, some of the most weird and wonderful people,” Ramsay wrote on his blog. “I’m glad I’ve been able to entertain and hopefully help a few people along the way.” …

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SNL Weekend Update: Kenan Thompson is a dad!

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It’s a girl for Kenan Thompson! The Saturday Night Live comedian welcomed his first child with wife Christina Evangeline around 10:30 a.m. on Friday in New York City.

Georgia Marie Thompson (aww) weighed in at 6 pounds and has a nice head of hair, per mom’s Instagram pics. TMZ says both parents are ecstatic but exhausted.

The 36-year-old funnyman announced his wife’s pregnancy on Late Night With Seth Meyers in March. “I’m about to be a daddy!” he said “That’s right! Papa Kenan.”

Was he prepared, Seth asked. “I am terrified,” the former Nickelodeon star joked. “I don’t know what to do with babies.”

Well, he’s about to find out: Satisfy her every whim.

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Katie Couric weds in backyard ceremony

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After a 10-month engagement, Katie Couric married financier John Molner on Saturday in an intimate ceremony at her home in the Hamptons.

“So excited to make my debut as Mrs. John Molner!” Couric tweeted shortly after saying “I do.”

The bride wore an ivory, crystal beaded and embroidered Chantilly lace gown, designed by Carmen Marc Valvo, her rep told E! News. The reception decor at the couple’s backyard wedding included garden roses, peonies, dahlias and hydrangeas. Hank Lane provided the music and guests enjoyed strawberry lemon cake for dessert.

The 57-year-old journalist got engaged to Molner, 51, in September after dating for two years, and her bachelorette party sounded much more fun than her nuptials: Katie celebrated her last nights of singlehood with 45 friends in New York City last week, eating at Le Midi near Union Square and singing at the Karaoke Cave located downstairs. Katie was surprised by a gospel choir and M&Ms customized with her and Molner’s faces on them. Gross.

This will be the former Today anchor’s second marriage. Her first husband, Jay Monahan, died of colon cancer in 1998.

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Kat Von D target of Columbine-style threats

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Everyone’s favorite female tattoo artist on a reality show, Kat Von D, has been receiving online death threats from a man who says he’s going to “go Columbine in Los Angeles.”

A couple weeks ago, Michael Nunn — the Iowa man behind the threats who says Kat ruined his life — tweeted, “You have to understand, Kat, my life is over because of you. Therefore, what would my only reason for living be? Revenge.”

Nunn also said he wants people to feel guilt for “what I’m about to initiate in a few weeks,” and told Kat, “Get it through your f--king head!! Lose the game or watch people die!” And “Your [sic] running out of time and I’m not running out of anger and determination.”

According to TMZ, Kat got a restraining order against Nunn in 2012 after he harassed her on the phone and showed up at her home and workplace.

LAPD located Nunn “somewhere outside California” on Thursday, but they won’t say where he is and did not — we repeat, did not — arrest him.

But they’re going to keep in touch, you know, just in case.

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