David Gregory to leave NBC
“Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory confirmed Thursday night that he and NBC have parted ways after six years. Gregory, 43, tweeted, “I leave NBC as I came — humbled and grateful. I love journalism and serving as moderator of MTP was the highest honor there is.” Things apparently got ugly between Gregory and the NBC head honchos after the show slipped into third place behind CBS’s “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week.” Page Six reports the final confrontation between Gregory and top execs was especially nasty. But Gregory seems to have prospects — the New York Post also reports he was recently spotted with CNN head Jeff Zucker.
Gracin note worries fans
Coming the same week as Robin Williams’ suicide, “American Idol” season two finalist Josh Gracin, 33, gave fans and friends a huge scare Thursday by posting what appeared to be a suicide note on Facebook. “I’ve loved her for 17 years,” he wrote in apparent reference to his wife, Ann Marie. “I made mistakes … I admitted them, told her the truth and she turned her back on me when I needed her … I love you all. Pray for my family as they carry on in this world without me,” he concluded, according to USA Today. But it turned out to be a false alarm, TMZ reports. The police stopped the former Marine on his way home after the flap broke and, just to be safe, placed him under observation. Gracin has since apologized to his fans, and said he was “getting help.”
Tallulah Willis in rehab
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s youngest daughter, Tallulah Willis, has checked herself into rehab. The 20-year-old has reportedly been suffering from depression and had been given an ultimatum by family to shape up quick — or else. “Her parents were about to take away everything from her,” an unnamed family friend told People. “The situation had been building for a while.” The magazine also suggested that Tallulah, who dropped out of the University of San Francisco in her freshman year, never recovered from her parents’ super-public 2000 divorce.
Gore sues Al Jazeera
Former Vice-President Al Gore, 66, is suing Al Jazeera America for tens of millions of dollars he says the Qatar-based network owes him from its purchase of Current TV last year. At the time, the price was $500 million. Gore’s attorney David Boies said in a statement that Al Jazeera America “wants to give itself a discount on the purchase price that was agreed to nearly two years ago.” Gore owned Current TV with several other investors, including Comcast Corp.
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