Tom Hanks Drops F Word On GMA (video)
Hanks was asked to speak like one of the characters from his upcoming movie, Cloud Atlas, and Hanks warned that the character has a penchant for four-letter words. He launched into it anyway, and, sure enough, a fleeting expletive quickly followed.
ABC later released the following statement: “This morning Tom Hanks accidently [sic] used an expletive during a live interview on ‘GMA’ with Elizabeth Vargas. They both immediately apologized on air, and the show was corrected for the all subsequent feeds.”
GMA’s Robin Roberts ‘Doing Fantastic’ After Bone Marrow Transplant
Robin Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant yesterday to treat a rare blood disorder and “is doing fantastic”but, added her doctor, “I think she misses her mother.”
Roberts’ mom died the day after Roberts took leave from her job at GMA to prepare for the transplant
Roberts was surrounded by loved ones during the procedure, and they sang “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” after it was finished. Her sister Sally was the donor.
Roberts may not feel better for about two weeks, but her attitude is positive. “I got a good email this morning,” her doctor says. “This morning she sounds energized and she wants to be out of bed and the end of the email was, ‘I want to go home’ with an exclamation point.”
Katie Couric to guest host ‘Good Morning America’ next week
She will sub for the vacationing Robin Roberts for a week, teaming with George Stephanopoulos.
Couric was co-host of “Today” in December 1995, when the NBC show’s streak began. “Today” has won every week in the ratings since then, 850 consecutive and counting, according to the Nielsen company.
Yet frisky “GMA” has been making noise lately. Last week the ABC show was only 137,000 viewers behind “Today” (an average of 4.98 million to 4.84 million), the closest the two shows have been since 2008.
“This has been one of the longest marathons of all time,” said Tom Cibrowski, senior executive producer in charge of “Good Morning America.” ”There will eventually be a time when the No. 1 spot turns over. We strive every day to take over the No. 1 position. We never stop working on that.”
He’s not making any predictions about next week, but the curiosity factor of Couric in a new morning chair seems sure to pull in some viewers.
Couric was co-host of NBC’s “Today” for 15 years before leaving the network in 2006. Before jumping to ABC last year, she was at CBS, where she anchored the “Evening News.”
The winning streak has a big psychological impact in one of the most important parts of the day on television for the broadcast networks. Morning shows are hugely profitable at a time of declining viewership, and none has been more of a cash cow than “Today.”
The closest “GMA” got to breaking the streak, in the spring of 2005, NBC fired the “Today” show executive producer and installed the current boss, Jim Bell.
“You kind of wait for these times in morning television, when you get a team together that clicks,” Cibrowski said. “We have a team that is on fire. We have the big ‘C.’ We have the chemistry now.”
NBC had no comment on Thursday. Privately, some at NBC suggest that ABC’s stronger prime-time lineup is helping “GMA,” particularly when the morning show takes advantage of it by featuring stories on “Dancing With the Stars,” for example. Last week, ABC was boosted by having actors from the hottest movie, “The Hunger Games,” on the show each day of the week.
ABC’s best chance of ending the streak would likely come within the next two months. NBC televises the Olympic games from London this summer, and the Olympics traditionally give a boost to “Today.”
“Today” is also awaiting a decision by its top anchor, Matt Lauer, on whether he wants to continue in the morning.
Chris Brown apologizes for GMA outburst
ABC didn’t stick to the “talking points” set forth by his camp, he says. ABC says, “There were no talking points offered.” During an appearance on BET’s 106 & Park yesterday, he said, “I want to apologize to anybody who was startled in the office, or anybody who was offended … I’m disappointed in the way I acted.” He also explained that he had to release “the anger that I had inside of me.”
ABC News reports that interviewer Robin Roberts suggested that Brown knew exactly what he was going to be asked: “Any time we have a guest here on the program, we let them know ahead of time the subject matter, the topics that we’re going to discuss.” And though GMA’s staffers may have been frightened by his outburst, they’re apparently willing to risk his wrath again: He’s been invited to return to the show. “We’d love to have another chat with him,” Roberts said.
In case you missed it: Chris Brown’s anger management class didn’t work
Chris Brown is back in the headlines. The newly-blonde crooner is under fire from critics after he reportedly lost his marbles and went batshit following an early morning performance on Good Morning America Tuesday.
Word on the Curb has it that the Grammy-nominated “Deuces” star became enraged when GMA host Robin Roberts began relentlessly grilling him about the infamous 2009 attack on his then-girlfriend Rihanna. The incident led to Brown’s arrest and his subsequent fall from grace. Brown tried to redirect the questions to focus on his album — but Roberts continued to ask about Brown’s legal issues stemming from the Rihanna incident.
“I think I’m past that in my life,” he said, steering the conversation to F.A.M.E., which he explained means “Fans Are My Everything.” “I’m just focusing on this album. This album is what I want to talk about.”
But then Robin brought Rihanna up — again. That’s when hell broke loose, spywitnesses say.
“We’re told after the interview, Brown freaked out, storming into his dressing room and screaming so loud, the people in hair and makeup became alarmed and called security,” TMZ.com reports. “We’re told Brown was out of control, and one source present tells us he smashed a window in his dressing room, and the glass shattered and some shards fell onto 43rd and Broadway.”
“I’m so over people bringing this past shit up!!! Yet we praise Charlie Sheen and other celebs for there bullshit,” Chris Tweeted shortly after the AM melee.
Back in December, a proud Chris Tweeted a photo of his Certificate of Completion after wrapping up his domestic violence course. The classes were part of Chris’ sentence after pleading guilty to the assault on Rihanna.
“This certificate is presented to Christopher Brown For Completion of the Fifty-Two Week Domestic Violence Course of Commonwealth Catholic Charities,” read the document, which was dated Dec. 20, 2010.
“im done with class,” Brown wrote in a caption beneath scribbled beneath the image.
Capri Anderson goes on Good Morning America, talks about Charlie Sheen assault
The petrified porn star that Charlie Sheen is accused of terrorizing intends to file a criminal complaint with the NYPD against the “Two and a Half Men” star, her lawyer and police sources confirmed Monday.
Capri Anderson’s decision to sic the law on Sheen came as the skin-flick starlet recounted how she was trapped inside a Plaza hotel bathroom while Sheen tore up his room while ranting “racial epithets.”
Anderson, the 22-year-old daughter of a Park Ave. doorman, also claims she was offered $20,000 “in a text message” to clam up about Sheen’s drug-and-alcohol induced meltdown last month.
“I never expected the night would unfold the way it did,” Anderson told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in a segment broadcast Monday. “He definitely was growing more intense as the night grew and went on.”
Anderson added that the actor thinks a lot of himself.
“It’s hard to say, being that it was my first time hanging out with him, if it was normal of his everyday behavior or not,” she said. “He seemed like a very egotistical person.”
A gamine brunette who specializes in hard core porn, Anderson admitted she went to Sheen’s room willingly – but said she didn’t expect to be attacked.
“When I became really uncomfortable is when he put his hands around my neck,” she said.
Sheen, the 45-year-old Hollywood scion, hired Anderson for $3,500 to escort him to dinner – money the porn star says she still hasn’t been paid.
Anderson said she wound up being plunged into a night of drunken debauchery and partying with an entourage that included – at one point – Sheen’s ex-wife Denise Richards.
After Richards split, Anderson said she was asked by one of Sheen’s buddies to escort him to his room – and to make sure he stayed there.
“At this point he was fairly intoxicated,” she said.
Once there, Sheen poured them drinks and began “snorting” a “white powdery substance.”
“There was a little bit of romance, if you will,” said Anderson, who added that by then her dress was off.
It was then, Anderson claims, that Sheen called her a “whore” and went nuts.
“He started throwing things,” she said, her voice cracking. “He threw a lamp. That was the first thing he picked up. And he threw it across the room at me.”
In an interview with ABC’s “Nightline,” Anderson said Sheen pounded on the bathroom door and demanded that she come out.
“He was calling me a whore a lot,” she said. “And he was yelling things like, you f—— b—-. If you don’t come out here, I’m going to kill you.”
When the cops arrived, they found Anderson locked in the bathroom and rushed the drug-addled actor to a nearby hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. Six days later, he announced he was seeking a divorce from current wife Brooke Mueller.
Anderson is also expected to file a civil suit against Sheen in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Sheen’s lawyer, Yale Galanter, has called Anderson a gold-digging liar.
“These allegations against Mr. Sheen are completely false, and are a blatant attempt to cash in on his celebrity,” Galanter said.
Oklahoma Couple Wants To “Return” Adopted Son who left them a “sorry you have to die” note
Today Good Morning America interviewed Melissa and Tony Wescott, who are fighting to return their adopted 11-year-old son to the state of Oklahoma because he has severe psychiatric problems. They say loving him now means “letting him go.”
It’s hard not to feel some sympathy for the Wescotts. They adopted the boy two years ago, but he spent the last year in a psychiatric facility after trying to burn their house down and leaving a note that said, “Sorry you have to die.” He’s violent, kills animals, stashed butcher’s knives under his bed, and he’s been diagnosed with “reactive detachment disorder, disruptive behavior disorder, major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and fetal alcohol syndrome,” according to ABC News.
The Wescotts say they knew what they could handle and requested a child who wasn’t “violent or acting out sexually.” Since the Oklahoma Department of Human Services claimed he was “well-behaved,” “respectful toward authority,” and had no significant behavioral problems, they say that when he returns from an inpatient psychiatric hospital in January, they should be able to dissolve the adoption and put him back foster care.
Other parents in the Wescott’s adoption support group are backing their fight to make it legal in Oklahoma for adoptive parents to return their child if the he or she turns out to be violent. The state counters that it warns all parents that the children grew up in abusive homes and are likely to have emotional and behavioral problems.
While Melissa Wescott says, “It’s not like we’re trying to return an itchy sweater,” in some ways it is. They didn’t promise to take care of the boy unless things didn’t work out, and if their biological 11-year-old son developed psychiatric problems, abandoning him would be considereed illegal. Obviously, the Wescotts need help caring for their son. But, with so many adoptive parents fighting to be recognized as their child’s “real” parents, creating a law that makes adoption less permanent isn’t the answer.
Diane Sawyer said “Good Morning America” for the last time
After nearly 3,000 shows, Diane Sawyer said “Good Morning America” for the last time today as anchor of the broadcast. Sawyer opened the show with grateful words for her fellow anchors and the “GMA” audience.
“I’m going to try to take the advice of that immortal philosopher, Dr. Seuss, who says, ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.’ And this morning I am beaming at all of you. My heart is smiling. And the privilege of sharing my mornings with all of you has been more than I can say.”
Calling Sawyer “the queen of television,” co-anchor Robin Roberts said, “Thank you for your leadership, your guidance and your love for us all.”
Sawyer, 63, will take over the “World News” anchor chair Dec. 21, succeeding Charles Gibson, who will retire Dec. 18.
New members of the “GMA” family, anchor George Stephanopoulos and news anchor Juju Chang, who begin Monday, stopped by the show today.
“I am scared to death,” Stephanopoulos said. “I’m excited. I love ‘GMA,’ I love the ‘GMA’ audience.”
The studio audience at today’s show was composed of “GMA” staff members. “It’s a wonderful thing to be here with people we know and love,” Sawyer said during the show.
She also shared a personal essay, looking back on her own most memorable moments.
When her travels for “GMA” are added up, Sawyer said, “I’ve circled the globe 14 times.”
Today’s show included a look back at many of Sawyer’s newsmaking interviews and reports, as well as highlights of some of the funniest and most entertaining moments, including a dance with John Travolta and interviews with stars from Bruce Springsteen to Will Smith.
Dr. Oz dropped by with some gifts to help Sawyer sleep now that she won’t have to get up so early. And chef Emeril Lagasse brought a special meal
Goodbye messages were shown from familiar faces, including former president George H.W. Bush and late-night hosts David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert. The children of 9/11 victims whom Sawyer followed for years, since they were infants, surprised her on the show.
Sawyer said Monday that this would be her final week on the show after 10 years as anchor.
“I’ve calculated, 2,881 shows,” Sawyer said. “Roughly.”
Roberts said, “It is so difficult,” calling Sawyer “my Thelma. Thank you, we are going to do all things just like you this week.”
Co-anchor Chris Cuomo told Sawyer, “It is amazing, I think to all of us, what we’ve been able to see you do on this show. It makes us all proud.”