McCarthy to replace Behar
Jenny McCarthy will officially be joining “The View” as co-host, Barbara Walters confirmed Monday on the ABC talk show.
“We love her because she’s fun and uninhibited and opinionated enough to help us begin the latest chapter in ‘The View’ history,” Walters said of McCarthy, who has made 17 appearances on the show, including eight as guest co-host.
The former Playboy model, who rose to fame on the ’90s dating show “Singled Out,” will join the show in September, when its new season officially kicks off. She will be replacing Joy Behar, the longtime co-host, who bids farewell next month. “The View” has yet to name a replacement for Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who abruptly left last week for Fox News.
Brown’s probation at risk
Prosecutors moved Monday to revoke the probation of singer Chris Brown after he was charged last month with misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving without a valid license.
The singer has been on felony probation in the 2009 beating of former girlfriend Rihanna and has been in and out of court since then, reporting on fulfilling the requirements of his probation.
In February, the Sheriff’s Office investigated a fight between Brown and singer Frank Ocean at a recording studio, but Ocean decided not to pursue a battery case against Brown. The same month, Brown crashed his Porsche while being chased by paparazzi.
Brown’s most recent problem stems from a May 12 traffic accident in which he is suspected of rear-ending a car stopped at a red light in the San Fernando Valley and refusing to give the other driver his license or insurance information.
Christie to appear on sitcom
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has appeared many times on late-night TV, including “Saturday Night Live.” Now he has scored his first gig on a sitcom.
His office Monday confirmed a report in the Huffington Post that the Republican governor will appear as himself on an episode of the new NBC comedy “The Michael J. Fox Show.”
Fox will be playing a sportscaster with Parkinson’s disease who is returning to work, much like Fox is an actor with Parkinson’s who is returning to series television.
Danes eyed career change
Claire Danes, interior designer?
The “Homeland” actress says she considered a change of careers when she went through a stretch where she couldn’t find a good role.
In an interview for Vogue’s August issue, the 34-year-old says she didn’t work for two years after starring in the 2010 biopic “Temple Grandin,” which earned her an Emmy and Golden Globe. Danes said she couldn’t just take any role after playing Grandin, an activist for autistics and animal rights.
Danes calls it a grim experience that left her so hurt that she flirted with a career change. Says Danes: “I really like interior design.”
Of course, Danes didn’t leave acting and has won an Emmy and two Golden Globes.