Drake sorry for outburst
Drake is apologizing for lashing out at Rolling Stone for replacing him on the cover with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The 27-year-old writes Friday on his blog: “I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone” putting the actor on the cover. He calls Hoffman “legendary.”
The rapper adds that he was frustrated and says Thursday was “an emotional day.” He titled the post “Tough Day At The Office.”
Drake tweeted Thursday that he was “disgusted” that Rolling Stone put Hoffman on its cover and he was finished doing magazine interviews. He also said the magazine misquoted him when Kanye West came up, which he didn’t mention in his Friday post.
‘Soup’ host coming to D.C.
The host of “The Soup” is coming to Washington.
The White House Correspondents’ Association says Joel McHale will host its annual dinner on May 3 in the nation’s capital. The group said Friday that the star of NBC’s “Community” and E!’s pop-culture show “The Soup” will provide entertainment for the centennial White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
The president and first lady typically attend the starry celebration that gathers the White House press corps and celebrity guests.
Figure skating tops posts
Snowboarder Shaun White is the most buzzed-about Olympic athlete on Facebook, but figure skating is the sport that attracts the most interest by a wide margin.
The social media site said Friday that more than 24 million people have commented on the Olympics during Sochi’s first week, with a total of 48 million posts, comments and “likes.”
By a margin of more than two to one, figure skating is the most talked-about sport. That’s true in countries all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Russia and Brazil.
Still, Facebook said that of the five most commented-upon athletes, only one was a figure skater. That was Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines, who finished No. 20 in the men’s free skate on Friday.
Vieira subs for Costas
NBC turned to Meredith Vieira Friday and probably for at least one other day to substitute for Bob Costas, who continues to be held off the network’s prime-time Olympics broadcast because of an eye infection.
Costas is feeling better but his participation is a day-to-day decision, said Jim Bell, executive producer of NBC’s Olympics competition, on Friday.
If Costas’ illness lingers into next week, the network will consider shutting him down for the rest of the games, he said. Matt Lauer subbed for Costas for three nights starting Tuesday.
For someone with an infection in both eyes and sensitive to light, a TV studio is a lousy place to be, Bell said.
“He’s frustrated, of course, to have this happen but appreciative of the support he’s been getting both internally and externally,” he said.
“His spirits, relatively speaking and all things considered, are pretty good.”