*Solid ratings have prompted NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution to renew “Steve Harvey” for a second season, reports Deadline.
The sleeper hit among this season’s crop of new syndicated talk shows joins Katie Couric’s ABC show “Katie,” which had a two-year deal from jump, as the two freshmen to be locked in for next fall.
Endemol-produced “Steve Harvey” has improved dramatically its time periods, delivered strong demo ratings and provided great lead-in for “Ellen” on the NBC stations, boosting the ratings for Ellen DeGeneres’ veteran talk show.
“This project was a long time in the making and it would not have been possible without the incredibly talented Steve Harvey. His humor, honesty and insight were an immediate hit with the daytime audience,” said David Goldberg, Chairman and CEO, Endemol, North America.
“Steve Harvey” is taped before a live studio audience at the state-of-the-art HD NBC 5 studios in downtown Chicago.
*La Toya Jackson stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” earlier this week and recounted events leading up to her brother’s death.
She said she was actually on her way to visit Michael and got lost. She phoned home for an update or directions and was told he had died.
She says she was so overcome with grief that she lost it and got disoriented that she had to ask a passersby to drive her to the hospital.
“I almost crashed the car. I started crying. My head went to the steering wheel and I started begging people on the street to drive me. My legs got so week.” Though choked-up, she went on to detail, “I said ‘please drive me to the hospital’. I couldn’t believe it. My heart just fell to the ground.”
She also shared about her experience on “Celebrity Apprentice.” She did dodge a few questions about Star Jones, but eventually fessed up saying:
“OK, she’s mean. And I mean, mean.” She added, “I always say if I had lost that much weight. I would be so happy and pleased with myself.”
*Maybe NeNe Leakes is out to get back at Star Jones. According to recent reports, the “Housewives of Atlanta” star has been hanging with the Star’s ex-hubby, Al Reynolds.
Coincidence? Maybe not.
NeNe and her “Celebrity Apprentice” co-star Jones have been feuding on the show since the beginning, but this takes their fight to a “whole ‘notha level.”
Star is apparently having a hard time dealing with the thought of them even being in the same room with one another.
“Star thinks it’s pathetic that these two has-beens have teamed up together,” one of Star’s friends told PopEater. “NeNe knows how much pain and hurt that man caused Star. For NeNe to suddenly befriend him tells you exactly what sort of woman she really is.”
But what’s really eating Star is that if the two are as close as they appear, Al could be divulging some very personal information about the pair’s marriage.
“Al will do anything to get back into the press, including hanging out with reality stars,” a source from Star’s camp said. “But to be getting close and personal with a woman who has publicly stated she wouldn’t spit on your ex-wife if she was on fire, is just desperate.”
To add insult to injury, NeNe gabbed on Ellen about how Star is so “manipulative” and “conniving.” She also shares her thought on “The Talk.”
Check out the video:
So much for NeNe not wanting to be the “villain” anymore as she professed to us a few weeks ago.
*The NY Times has done a piece on Steve Harvey. With all of his accomplishments over the years and now his recent turn as an author and “relationship guru,” the title of the piece asks if he’s a “Multimedia King?”
It’s not going out on a limb to say that Mr. Harvey has never been more popular – and he is not exactly a stranger to the spotlight. He has appeared on television before, in his own sitcom and as host of a variety show, and he was for years a successful stand-up comedian.
But it is the books that have landed him on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Ellen” and “Good Morning America.” His turn as a relationship adviser is not a complete career reinvention, it is a definitely a dramatic redefinition.
Mr. Harvey has become “a legitimate, genuine American media star,” said Michael Harrison, the publisher of Talkers magazine, which covers the radio business. “He’s a successful radio host for the African-American community, and he’s multicultural.” It’s the goal of any contemporary radio host, Mr. Harrison said, “to not be just a radio personality, but to be a television personality, an author or a newsmaker.”
Even with Mr. Harvey’s new profile, some people sure seem to be mad at him, and the object of that anger is the phenomenally successful “Act Like a Lady,” which has sold 1.2 million copies, according to BookScan, whose figures do not include sales at some mass-market retailers like Wal-Mart.
“I was shocked by his misogynistic views on love and marriage,” wrote one commenter on Amazon.com.
Another wrote: “The book is sexist, stereotyping all men into knuckle-dragging, sports-loving hunters that just need a little sex to keep them happy.” (The book elicited nearly 900 customer reviews on Amazon.)
Mr. Harvey said he was unfazed.
Read Steve Harvey’s response and get MORE of this story HERE.
*Willow Smith is a big buzz in the young music world these days, and recently appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show, where she performed her signature song, “Whip My Hair.” And did an excellent job we might add. (Scroll down to watch.)
As a quite humorous gift, Ellen gifted the young hair swinger with a neck brace so she won’t break her neck while “whipping her hair.”
“Because you have such a great style, I want to make sure [that] if you do ever hurt your head you will be in style.”
Watch it here:
Watch Willow’s outstanding live performance of “Whip My Hair”:
Beyonce & Jay-Z arrive at their hotel in Miami on Wed.
*On Wednesday the internet was a blaze with chatter that Beyonce was finally pregnant. Well, as much as some folks would like for the news to be true, it isn’t according her mother, Tina Knowles.
The information was released by The Ellen Degeneres Show on which Mama Knowles will appear on Thursday.
“No, no. It’s not true. Not right now,” Beyonce’s mom, Tina Knowles, told host Ellen DeGeneres when the pregnancy speculation was brought up during the chat. Tina earlier joked, “I’m here to clear the rumors up. The truth is that it’s me, not Beyonce, that’s pregnant. It’s me,” before quickly adding “I’m kidding, no, no I’m 56.”
The rumor that Beyonce is expecting her first child was first published by UsMagazine.com. A source told the site that Beyonce “was shocked” and although she “loves kids,” she “wasn’t ready to be a mother just yet.” The source went on, “She really wanted to get her album done and tour the world again.” That should have been a clue to UIs, but they published the story anyway.
Watch as Tina Knowles tells Ellen Bey is not preggers:
*Kanye West has found a way to get around the controversy surrounding his new album cover (pictured above). The plan, he says, is to release the product with five interchangeable sleeves.
As previously reported, the rapper said this week that his new album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” is facing a ban at Wal-Mart due to its controversial cover, which pictures the artist as a naked demon being straddled by a phoenix-type creature.
He later poked fun at the outrage in a post on his Twitter.com page, writing, “In response to the reaction of my album cover… I’m deeply sorry if I haven’t offended everybody.”
But West has now decided to give fans a variety of different covers to choose from, explaining to MTV.com, “It’s five covers. And you get all five of them when you buy the album.”
Meanwhile, Kanye West made a surprise appearance on “Ellen” yesterday, literally coming out of the floorboards in the midst of an ongoing Chilean miner skit to the crowd’s complete surprise.
He went on to discuss and show a clip from his new short film “Runaway,” and explain why he replaced his bottom row of teeth with diamonds. [Watch below.]