Hamm downplays polyp
Jon Hamm says he’s “fine” despite an upcoming procedure to remove a polyp on his vocal cord.
“It’s a simple injury,” said a raspy sounding Hamm in an interview Thursday. “Something that develops on your vocal cord from overuse, because I talk a lot.”
“Other than that, believe it or not, I’m healthy as a horse. Hoarse, get it?” he joked. Hamm’s publicist, Erica Gray, said he will undergo a routine outpatient procedure.
Kimmel, rapper West spar
Jimmy Kimmel and Kanye West either are engaged in a bitter feud or a wild parody of one.
A skit poking fun at West on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday provoked an irate call from the rapper about an hour and half before Thursday’s show, Kimmel said in his monologue.
“He is very angry because of a bit we aired this week,” Kimmel said, in which a child re-enacted an interview that West gave to Britain’s BBC. It was “pretty innocuous,” the late-night host said.
But West ordered him to make a public apology and said Kimmel’s life would be “much better” if he did so, Kimmel said, adding that West also called himself the most powerful voice in media.
Then came more than a half-dozen tweets posted on West’s official Twitter site. One called Kimmel out of line for spoofing what West called “the first piece of honest media in years,” and another referred to photographers trying to get shots of West’s baby daughter with Kim Kardashian.
Band’s mascot returned
A theater manager says a stuffed armadillo that was stolen from Willie Nelson’s band after a show in suburban New York has been returned unharmed. He says the band isn’t pressing charges.
The toy critter, known to the band as Ol’ Dillo, disappeared after a Sept. 19 concert in the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. General Manager Tom Bailey says the armadillo was a treasured possession of Nelson’s monitor engineer, Aaron Foye.
Video shows a woman snatching it away. Bailey says a different woman brought the armadillo to the box office Friday in a sealed box. She did not identify herself.
Williams show gets big boost
Robin Williams has early bragging rights over Michael J. Fox in the competition between two sitcom veterans returning to network TV – with an asterisk.
The Nielsen company said Friday that Williams’ new CBS comedy, “The Crazy Ones,” debuted before 15.6 million people Thursday night. It competed directly at 9 p.m. Eastern with “The Michael J. Fox Show” on NBC, which was seen by 7.2 million people.
Williams, who plays an advertising executive working in a firm with his daughter, had a huge advantage. His new sitcom directly followed a new episode of television’s most popular comedy, “The Big Bang Theory,” which was seen by 19.5 million people in the second part of a two-part season premiere.
By contrast, the second half-hour of “Parks & Recreation” on NBC, which preceded Fox’s new show, had less than 3 million viewers.