Walters departure date set
Barbara Walters plans to make her final appearance on “The View” on May 16, part of a daylong retirement celebration that will include ABC News naming its New York headquarters after her.
Later that night, ABC will air a two-hour prime-time special on her career. Walters, who is 84, began in television in 1961 and became the medium’s best-known interviewer. She announced last year that she will retire from regular TV appearances.
Walters will remain involved behind the scenes as an executive producer at “The View.”
“That way, I can keep my eye on all of you,” she said on Monday’s show, with a glance at her fellow panelists, as well as watch her longtime producer Bill Geddie “get older and balder – as I get blonder.”
No reunion for the Jenners
A little hand-holding doesn’t mean a reconciliation for Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner.
The couple is still broken up, despite their photographed hand-in-hand jaunt through LAX Airport last week, according to TMZ.com. The pair separated in October after 22 years of marriage.
Sources told TMZ that the Jenners did not rekindle their romance while on a recent family vacation in Thailand, which they returned from last Wednesday, but that they “don’t hate each other” and are “still close.”
However, the two are – and have been – living separately, with 58-year-old Kris at the family’s Calabasas, Calif., mansion and 64-year-old Bruce in Malibu.
‘Got Talent’ sets record
The producers of the “Got Talent” franchise say the TV talent contest is a winner in its own right.
Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia said Monday that Guinness World Records has deemed the series the most successful reality TV format worldwide.
The format that was launched as “Britain’s Got Talent” has been adapted for broadcast in 58 countries, the producers said. The latest versions to air include those in Iceland and Brazil.
Alistair Richards, president of Guinness World Records, said in a statement that “Got Talent” was the new record holder. It displaced “Strictly Come Dancing,” another British format that has sold to more than three dozen countries.
The “Got Talent” format was created by music and reality TV entrepreneur Simon Cowell.
Brown’s assault case proceeds
Singer Chris Brown’s assault case is going forward after a judge in Washington on Monday rejected a request to dismiss it.
Lawyers for the Grammy-award-winning singer had argued the case should be dismissed because prosecutors abused the grand jury process to prepare for trial. Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, said prosecutors used the grand jury to “freeze” the testimony of the alleged victim in the case, a man who says Brown and his bodyguard punched him outside a Washington hotel in October.
Geragos called the incident “the most investigated misdemeanor of all time.”
But Judge Patricia Wynn agreed with prosecutors and ordered the case to proceed.
— From News wire services