Grapevine: Bill Cosby turmoil
Cosby troubles deepen
There seems to be no end to the women coming forward with stories about assaults they allegedly suffered at the hands of actor/comedian Bill Cosby. A former Warren woman, model/actress Angela Leslie, told the New York Daily News that she was the victim of a Cosby assault in 1992, in Las Vegas. Actress Louisa Moritz claimed Cosby forced himself on her in the green room of "The Tonight Show" in 1971. And Carla Ferrigno, wife of bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno, claimed she was attacked by Cosby in 1967, years before her marriage, after a double date with the actor and his wife, Camille. Cosby's lawyers continue to label the new reports as untrue, while Cosby refused to address the matter during a benefit performance in the Bahamas on Thursday.
Two of Cosby's upcoming appearances have been canceled: one at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Nov. 28, and an April show scheduled for the Virginia Theater in Champaign, Illinois. While the cable channel TV Land canned reruns of his iconic 1980s sitcom — and even swabbed it from the channel's website in light of the new allegations — some networks have refused to dump the Philadelphia-born performer's series. The channels Centric and ASPiRE, which cater to urban audiences, will continue to air reruns of "The Bill Cosby Show."
Michael the godfather?
Brooke Shields had a close relationship with late Michael Jackson, as revealed in her new memoir "There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me," but she said Wednesday that when Jackson asked if he could be godfather to her firstborn, she said no. "I thought ... that's so sort of sad that he wanted to do that and I sort of had to deny him that," Shields, 49, said on the program "Watch What Happens Live." "He was really wanting to have that connection." Shields' child, daughter Rowan Henchy, is now 11. She chose a family member to be the girl's godfather, instead.
Latifah's talker is axed
Queen Latifah's 2-year-old talk show got the ax, according to TMZ. Latifah posted a note on her Facebook page thanking her staff. "Your dedication and sacrifice was crucial to the entire team, and in the face of intense challenges, you displayed 'True Grit'!"
Madonna is 'flummoxed'
Now Madonna, 56, is weighing in on the Kim Kardashian naked rear-view cover for Paper magazine, a little late but always spicy. The Daily Mail reports that the former Michiganian posted an old topless image of herself online, with her chest "censored" by a black bar. Madge complained about her breasts being considered "forbidden and provocative" while exposing one's backside apparently was not.
Miniscule run Saturday for charity
Dave and Chuck "the Freak" of 101 WRIF will host a .5K Run at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Wyandotte, following the Wyandotte Christmas Parade. Participants — and some 900 "runners" have already signed up, according to the station — are invited to run the arduous half kilometer to a heated party tent at Elm and Biddle Streets, where New Belgium beer will be served. WRIF's weekend show, Mark & Andy, will broadcast live from 9 a.m. on, and a portion of the $10 runner's fee will go to Toys for Tots. Runners are also encouraged to bring toys to donate.
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