Having a face like that would cause so many problems I can't even begin to list them all.
And now comes word that a contestant that was taping an appearance on the show has died.
People Magazine has gotten the news that Tom DeLay will officially be dropping out of Dancing with the Stars tonight. His double stress fractures were finally too much to bear. I have sneaking suspicion that Tom got enough votes to survive into next week and was strongly advised to quit.
Quitting is the classiest thing for Tom DeLay to do at the moment. He probably wouldn't survive another week and Cheryl would have to tip-toe around choreography next week. This also gives yet another a second chance for Debi Mazar and Michael Irvin to prove themselves.
Creator Nigel Lythgoe told the gathered writers and critics that, for legal reasons, he can't specify what Jessica's injury was, how she got hurt, or when. He told reporters, though, that Jessica will discuss the injury on this week's show.
He also tried to imitate Comfort's Southern accent, repeating what she said when she heard she was returning, but he didn't quite make it. More on the SYTYCD press conference later today.
DeGeneres seriously injured her back over the weekend and is under doctor's orders not to get out of bed. So... she's going to conduct interviews from a hospital bed on her set. Her first guest is Ryan Seacrest and that bedridden interview will air today. She's also expected to explain what happened to her.
Not sure if it's because we're in sweeps, because Ellen loves her show, or because she's trying to outdo the recent Rosie O'Donnell/Elisabeth Hasselbeck news, but she's not letting anything sideline her. Take that, Regis!
*UPDATE: Ellen says she hurt her back while trying to pick up her dog. Isn't it crazy how something so simple can lead to major pain? People has photos of the bed-ridden host.
During the eight months that passed between Preakness and Barbaro's eventual death, he became the center of immense media and public attention. Somewhere along the way, Barbaro, like Seabiscuit before him, became more than a horse. He became a symbol - albeit a contested one. To the thousands who sent him "get well" letters and holy objects to speed his recovery, he was the picture of strength and perservance. To some on-lookers, his story was an intolerable mixture of media overkill and misplaced senimentality. To others, he represented the excesses of breeding animals for sport. Regardless of what you think of Barbaro and his fans, a film was inevitable. Expect to see HBO's Barbaro documentary in June, during Triple Crown season.
In advance of that special, Woodruff spoke to reporters about the bombing and his recovery. He described what he saw and felt right before the explosion, and what he said to cameraman Doug Vogt -- who was also severely injured -- right afterwards. He talked about being in a coma for 36 days, and having to put his memory back together as he recovered. "I couldn't remember my two young daughters - not their names but their existence," he told the reporters. He did say he may not ever be 100% recovered from his injuries, but "maybe if I get somewhere in the 90s, that would be pretty damned good."
Woodruff will be interviewed by Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America tomorrow morning, and Oprah Winfrey will also interview him on her show tomorrow.
While awaiting an extradition ruling by a Mexican judge in connection with his arrest of Andrew Luster in 2003, Duane "Dog" Chapman (a.k.a. Dog the bounty hunter) has had another lawsuit filed against him, this time by a woman who claims she was injured by Dog and his crew while they were apprehending her boyfriend.
Audrey Emery says she was thrown down a flight of stairs and suffered a broken back after Dog and his team broke into her apartment to capture suspect Stuart Calistro. Chapman and his wife Beth have released a statement saying they always work within the boundaries of the law and that as Dog has become more famous they've been slapped with more and more "frivolous lawsuits."
As much as I'd like to play "armchair lawyer" here, I really don't know what to think of this. I obviously wasn't there when all of this went down, but it seems that in Dog's line of work in which you're working with the law rather than for the law, there's always going to be the question as to whether or not you've crossed the line and did more than you should have.
**Update: Matt Roloff details the accident here. It sounds like everybody's going to be okay.
As we well know by now, Michael Scott can be as obnoxious as the next guy (or woman) sitting in the cubicle across from you. However, as a regional manager for Dunder Mifflin, his obnoxiousness is amplified many times over. This week we see that Michael is not exactly the toughest guy when it comes to dealing with pain, although burning his foot on a George Foreman Grill while waiting for his six strips of bacon to cook is kind of a stupid way to hurt yourself.
Michael calls the office and begs for someone to pick him up and take him to work, but no one is exactly jumping at the chance. Finally, Dwight (who else) volunteers to get him, but while leaving the office parking lot, he bangs into a pole and it appears he has hurt himself as well, but he soliders on.
We then see Michael enter the office on crutches with a makeshift bubble wrap around his burned foot. Although he is doing his best to garner sympathy from the staff, he is not very successful. We also notice that Dwight is acting a bit strange, which is a stretch because we all know he is a bit off-kilter to begin with. In fact, Dwight is being personable, and downright nice. Pam is pleasantly surprised, but Jim is not sure to what make of this development.
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