Grapevine: Celebrity and entertainment news

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Ariana Grande says ‘hate America’ jab taken out of context; won’t perform at MLB All-Star concert

Pop singer Ariana Grande was caught on camera saying “I hate Americans, I hate America,” at a California doughnut shop recently. TMZ slapped up the footage Tuesday, causing the Florida native to release a statement explaining she’s proud to be an American and she loves her country. “What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words.” She admitted she was frustrated by how freely Americans eat and consume things without regard to health. “We need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison that we put into our bodies,” she said. The 22-year-old singer was scheduled to perform at Saturday’s MLB All-Star concert, but pulled out because she says she is recovering from emergency oral surgery. Demi Lovato will appear instead.

Tom Selleck accused of stealing water

The Calleguas Municipal Water District is pointing a finger at actor Tom Selleck, accusing him of diverting water from a public hydrant to his 60-acre Hidden Valley ranch and avocado farm, the L.A. Times reports. The water district even hired a private investigator to prove that the “Magnium, P.I.” actor and Detroit native is getting water that does not belong to him delivered to his ranch. He’s lived there for nearly three decades with his wife, Jillie Mack, also named in the complaint. While we’re drought-shaming the 70-year-old veteran actor, can we take a minute and point out he’s been married to Mack for nearly 30 years now? That’s an eternity and a half by Hollywood standards. Maybe the secret is those well-watered avocados.

Ruth Spencer to retire from WDIV at end of the year

Ruth Spencer, Emmy Award-winning WDIV anchor and “Ruth to the Rescue” reporter, will retire at the end of the year, the station announced Wednesday. “I’ve been in television news since 1981, spending the last 25 years here at Local 4,” Spencer said in a statement. “I’ve felt privileged to serve our loyal viewers as a nightly news anchor and as the consumer investigator, heading up the ‘Ruth to the Rescue’ unit.” Spencer will sign off in December and retire to Longboat Key, Florida, where she and her husband have been building a house. The anchor had to take two and a half months off last fall after she fainted in a store and underwent a series of tests to try to figure out what was wrong. A stroke was ruled out, but doctors were unable to pinpoint exactly what happened.

Cass Tech grad to compete on ‘Project Runway’

Detroiters may recognize a familiar face on this season of design competition show “Project Runway.” Laurie Underwood is a Detroit native and a 2003 Cass Tech graduate. She is the designer behind the brand Wanda Grace and she’ll be part of the new season, which airs 9 p.m. Aug. 6 on Lifetime. The 29-year-old now lives in Chicago, where she attended the Illinois Institute of Art.

Cosby statue to be removed from Hollywood Studios

A Disney World spokeswoman said Tuesday that a bust of Bill Cosby will be removed from its Hollywood Studios theme park, the Orlando Sentinel reported. An online petition had circulated for months asking the park to take the statue down. After this week’s reveal that Cosby testified a decade ago that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent to give them to women he wanted to have sex with, the company decided to take action.

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■After less than a year, Rosie Perez is leaving “The View.” is reporting her last show will be Aug. 6, and the reason for leaving is to go back to acting full time.

Horatio Sanz is scheduled to appear at this year’s Detroit Improv Festival in Ferndale Aug. 5-9. Last year other “Saturday Night Live” alumni Rachel Dratch, Tim Robinson and Mike O’Brien were special guests. Visit for information.

■Pop singer Meghan Trainor has postponed her Thursday date at Fillmore Detroit to Sept. 11 because of illness. Tickets for Thursday’s show will be honored on the new date. Tickets can still be purchased at

Susan Whitall contributed

Thursday’s birthdays

Kevin O’Leary, 61

Tom Hanks, 59

Courtney Love, 51

Jack White, 40