Sideshow: Vieira and her 'one-way trip'

Meredith Vieira spoke on the "Today" show about life with her husband, Richard M. Cohen, who has multiple sclerosis.
Meredith Vieira spoke on the "Today" show about life with her husband, Richard M. Cohen, who has multiple sclerosis. (DAVID BECKER / Getty Images)
Posted: November 22, 2011

"He has very bad days," Meredith Vieira tells AARP The Magazine of her husband, news producer Richard M. Cohen, who has multiple sclerosis. "He's so funny; he'll say, 'I'm in control. I hate my life, but I'm in control,' " she says. "It's good that he vents. He's having a [very bad] day, and what is he going to do, pretend that he's not? But then he'll soldier on." Vieira, 57, left the Today show in June to spend time with her husband of 25 years and their three kids, Benjamin Edwin, Gabriel Anthony, and Lily Max. Cohen, 63, was diagnosed with MS when he was 25. A decade ago, he also survived two bouts of colon cancer.

Vieira was back on Today Monday for a chat with chimp-attack survivor Charla Nash. She says she knows she and Cohen will face many bad days. "If there is anything I've learned, it's that progressive diseases progress," she says. "You just know on every level that it's a one-way trip. You're never going to cross back over."

New album, tour for the Boss

Just the other day, a perhaps prophetic Bruce Springsteen fan asked me: "So where's the Bruce album about the recession?"

Good question. Maybe right here, coming out in early 2012, still untitled, to be followed by the first E Street Band tour of the post-Clarence Clemons era, beginning in Europe before coming Stateside. On Sunday night, the Boss wrote this on his website:

"Well, things are starting to heat up down on E Street. . . . A lot of you have been hearing that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be on tour in 2012. That is absolutely correct. The European dates run from the middle of May until end of July and are being announced this week. Info on the US dates and the World tour dates will coming up shortly.

"In addition, we want you to know that the music is almost done (but still untitled), we have almost settled on the release date (but not quite yet), and that we are all incredibly excited about everything that we're planning for 2012. That's all the info we have for right now, but we'll get back to you - real soon."

Dates for four U.K. shows have been announced, including the Isle of Wight Festival on June 24 and Hard Rock Calling at Hyde Park in London on July 14.

- Dan DeLuca

'Twilight' bloodies box office

Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 is hardly a critical darling, but You, the People seem to love it. The 347th film in the Nosferatu-meets-Annette-Funicello's-Beach-

Blanket-Bingo teen romance had the fifth-best domestic opening of all time at the box office this weekend, raking in $139.5 mil, according to studio estimates. The film, which has Kristen Stewart's Bella marry, and have passionate sex with, real-life beau Robert Pattinson's Edward, also hit big in Britain with a weekend draw of $21.8 mil. It's the biggest-ever opening for an American film in the U.K., fifth behind the British Harry Potter and the James Bond series.

Other top domestic earners this weekend include Happy Feet Two, a distant second with $22 mil, and Immortals, which is No. 3 with $12.3 mil.

Robin Gibb has liver cancer

Bee Gees legend Robin Gibb has been battling liver cancer for several months, London's Daily Mail has revealed.

Gibb, 61, who is being cared for by his wife, ordained Druid priestess Dwina Murphy-Gibb at their 12th-century manse in Oxfordshire, was rushed to the hospital last Tuesday for an unknown emergency. He returned home after a few hours and was joined by mum Barbara, 91, and older brother Barry, 65, who flew in from America to see him.

Gibb's frail physique led to various rumors last month, when he had surgery on his intestine. He denied he was seriously ill, saying, "I'm feeling great, absolutely great."

Gibb's twin brother, Maurice, died following complications involving a twisted intestine in '03 at age 53. Their younger bro, Andy, died in '88 at 30 after fighting cocaine addiction.

Robin has yet to make a public statement.

A Princely surprise in Sin City

Prince Harry dates the most beautiful women in the British Isles. He can fly helicopter gunships and kill you with his bare hands.

But there's something this 27-year-old Royal never knew: Casinos give you free drinks if you gamble.

"He couldn't believe you got free drinks from gambling at the blackjack tables," Anonymous Source tells People about Harry's three-day visit this weekend to Las Vegas.

Harry, who was in Sin City with six pals and two bodyguards, took in a little middlebrow culture first, checking out Cirque du Soleil's O show at the Bellagio Saturday night. By early morn, he had lost $300 gambling. Don't think that'd break the bank back home. Harry also went out clubbing with his posse all three nights of his stay.

Gaga shares all her $ with . . . dad

Lady Gaga is many things: A rebel, a friend to the LGBT community, a singer, an artist, a fashionista. Seems she's also a devoted daughter. Her Gagaship, possibly the biggest act in the known universe, shares half of her earnings with her dad, Joe Germanotta, under their L.L.C.s Team Love Child and Mermaid Music, the New York Post reports. The deal is unprecedented. At least that's what various entertainment lawyers and reps tell the Post, especially since the Lady's dad isn't professionally involved in her music at all.

Gaga seems to share a powerful bond with Dad. She credits Joe with getting her off cocaine. And she once told Elle mag, "I'm married to my dad." Is this good?


This article contains information from Inquirer wire services and websites. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

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