Plus news on Sawyer Sweeten and the return of 'Punk'd'
Jenner ready for reintroduction
Bruce Jenner's two-hour sitdown with Diane Sawyer on Friday was the kickoff of a larger plan "to reintroduce himself to society as a woman," a source tells Us Weekly in its new issue. Jenner chose Sawyer for the interview "because he knew she would work with him to present his journey tastefully," the insider says. "He felt safe and in control." The father of 10 and former Olympian had been planning Friday's interview for some time, according to the source. "Bruce told Diane he has wanted to be a woman for as far back as he can remember," the source says. "He always felt it and kept burying it."
'Raymond' star dies
Child actor and "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Sawyer Sweeten died this week as the result of an apparent suicide, ABC News reports. Sweeten was 19. From 1996 to 2005 he played Geoffrey Barone, the son of Ray Romano's character, on the hit TV show. "I'm shocked, and terribly saddened, by the news about Sawyer," Romano said. "He was a wonderful and sweet kid to be around. Just a great energy whenever he was there. My heart breaks for him, his family, and his friends during this very difficult time." Added Patricia Heaton, Sweeten's TV mother: "Sawyer Sweeten was a funny and exceptionally bright young man. He is gone from us far too soon."
Punk'd coming back to TV
No, you're not being Punk'd. Ashton Kutcher's MTV prank show is getting a revival at BET, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The network announced at its upfronts this week that it had ordered new episodes of the show. The new "Punk'd" will reportedly include a look at how the pranks are formulated and pulled off. No talent has been attached, and it is unclear whether Kutcher is involved. Also on the docket for BET is a new sitcom starring Brandy Norwood and a new singing competition executive produced by former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland.
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