GUMBEL AND PAULEY RETURN TO ‘TODAY’: The Today show went back to its roots on Monday (December 30), bringing back Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley to co-host alongside Matt Lauer. Gumbel and Pauley were headliners on the show together from 1982 to 1989. The retro move won’t be permanent; the two were filling in for Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales, who were on vacation.
‘TODAY’ EDGES ‘GMA’: In other morning show news, Today edged out Good Morning America in the coveted adults 25-54 demographic for the week of December 16 — marking the first time Today beat out its rival in nearly six months. The margin of victory however, was only 18,000, and GMA still leads Today in total viewers.
JIMMY FALLON ANNOUNCES ‘LATE NIGHT’ SPECIAL: Before he heads to the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon is going to celebrate the legacy he’ll leave behind with Late Night. The talk show host announced via Twitter that NBC will be airing a two-hour primetime special next week called The Best of Late Night. He wrote, “One week from tonight: The Best of Late Night 2 Hour Primetime Special!! 9pm Jan 5th. Set your DVRs. We did a lot of fun stuff in 5 years!”
‘FROZEN’ BANKS OVER $500 MILLION: Disney’s Frozen has surpassed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office. The animated musical opened on November 27th and already has the distinction of the largest Thanksgiving debut in history with $93.6 million over the five-day holiday. Domestically, Frozen is currently Disney’s most successful animated film in North American after The Lion King.
MEGAN FOX DIDN’T WANT HUBBY ON ‘ANGER MANAGEMENT’: Megan Fox was reportedly unhappy about her husband Brian Austin Green joining the cast of Anger Management because she did not like the association with Charlie Sheen. A source told RadarOnline.com, “She has always kept her distance from Charlie Sheen, that is not somebody she wants or needs to associate with.” Despite her reluctance, the couple — parents to son Noah with another baby on the way — needed the job for the income it provided. However, Green’s arc on the show has come to a close and he can now focus on his family full-time.
DAVID ARQUETTE’S SAD CHRISTMAS: Although he’s supposedly been sober for over 100 days, David Arquette behaved strangely on Christmas, leaving his pregnant girlfriend at home to tell crude jokes at The Comedy Store late on December 25th. A source told RadarOnline.com, “The bar was closing when out of nowhere David showed up all by himself and seemed to be way off the wagon. There were only about eight or 10 people left in the bar and he bought a round of shots for everyone before taking the stage.” Courteney Cox’s ex-husband is expecting a child with his longtime girlfriend, Christina McLarty.
RACHEL ZOE STEPS OUT AFTER BABY: Rachel Zoe has always been known for her thin physique, so it’s no surprise that she joins the ranks of Hollywood moms to rapidly regain her pre-baby body. The 42-year-old fashion designer/reality star stepped out in L.A. on Sunday (December 29) looking slim just one week after giving birth to son Kaius. This is the second child for Zoe and husband Rodger Berman, who also have a two-year-old boy named Sklyer.
AIDEN TURNER ARRESTED: Aiden Turner — best known for his role on All My Children and appearance on Dancing With the Stars — has been arrested for domestic violence. TMZ.com reported that the actor is accused of throwing a remote at his live-in girlfriend, causing a cut and bruising. He’s now been charged with four misdeamonor counts of domestic violence. No details of upcoming court dates have been released.
Spelling Spotted Without Wedding Ring
Tori Spelling has yet to publicly respond to rumors that her husband Dean McDermott cheated on her, but the reality star was spotted without her wedding ring over the weekend.
E! News reported that Spelling was out and about in Encino, CA with her four children on December 29 — but dad Dean was nowhere in sight — nor was Tori’s ring.
The source said, “When Tori came out of the restaurant [around 9 p.m.] she seemed stressed out and was not happy to see photographers. She had her nanny with her to help with all the kids and she stayed tight-lipped when asked questions about Dean’s infidelity. Tori did not make eye contact with anyone and just stared ahead.”
- RadarOnline.com recently reported that McDermott slept with a twentysomething blonde during a trip to Toronto earlier in December.
Tebow On TV
Tim Tebow is embarking on a TV career. The Heisman Trophy winner has been hired by the new SEC Network as a college football analyst on the pregame show SEC Nation. In announcing the new gig, Tebow and the network noted that the job does not preclude a return to the NFL.
ESPN, which runs the network, specified that the multiyear deal “will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL.” Tebow has been without a team since he was cut by the Patriots in August.
Tebow said of his new job, “While I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.”
- Tebow will make his debut during pregame coverage of the BCS championship on January 6.