Byrne still benched
After more than a month, Tom Bryne,
nighttime host for 97.5 The Fanatic, remains on leave from the sports-talk station as a result of being arrested last month and charged with aggravated assault and robbery over his alleged beating of a cab driver.
Through the station, Byrne apologized for his actions last month and said he would be taking leave while "he works through these issues," read a statement from Greater Media, which owns the Fanatic.
Byrne's preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 17.
We checked in with Greater Media about if and when Byrne would return, but the company had no comment. Reached yesterday on his cellphone, Byrne also declined to comment.
The horror, the horror
Horror movie buff Michel Sabourin
, of West Grove, Chester County, will be a contestant today and tomorrow on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (12:30 p.m., 6ABC). Sabourin, who runs SlasherCast.net, told show producers his favorite film is "Friday the 13th" and that he wanted to name his two sons Jason and Freddy, after the killers in "Friday the 13th" and "Nightmare on Elm Street," but his wife Misty
vetoed that and they went with Andrew and Johnathan
instead. The couple also have daughters Rebecca
. Sabourin said he hoped to win enough money to buy a new car. But will he? Tune in and find out.
Kardashian switcheroo Kim Kardashian
flew to town last minute yesterday to take her under-the-weather sister Kourtney
's place selling the family's K-Dash fashion line live on QVC.
CHARITABLY MINDED * Will Smith is in town shooting "After Earth," with director M. Night Shyamalan, but only time will tell if he drops by the Maternity Care Coalition's Escape to Hawaii event March 10 at the Millennium Ballroom at the Loews Hotel. His mother, Carolyn Smith, is an honorary chairwoman, as is Diane Croce, wife of pirate-lover Pat Croce. The event, hosted by 6ABC's Nydia Han, who is expecting a baby soon, is themed after the 2012 Flower Show. It honors Jack Ludmir, OB/GYN chairman at Pennsylvania Hospital, and Nathalie Bartle, professor at Drexel's School of Public Health. For tix or info, call Grace Rosenthal at 215-989- 3565 or visit momobile.org. * 6ABC's Ali Gorman hosts the 4th annual Fallen Hero Polar Plunge, at 11 a.m. Saturday at the 15th Street beach, in North Wildwood. An after-party at Keenan's Irish Pub will benefit the families of fallen Philly police officers. For info, call 215-990-8689.
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