Passion for ratings, maybe.
Things to ask late-night hosts
The question on the lips of all ShowBiz pundits: Will Jimmy Kimmel survive his aggressive move to take over the 11:35 p.m. spot at ABC in direct competition with Jay Leno and David Letterman? Don't know.
Letterman has bigger, existential fish to fry than worrying about JK.
The 65-year-old Ball State University alum tells Oprah he sees a therapist once a week as part of a bid to realign his soul in the wake of an extortion scandal that led him to reveal his many infidelities.
"For a long time I thought I was a decent guy," Letterman says. "But . . . I was still capable of behavior that wasn't coincidental to leading a decent life. That's what I'm working on. I want to really be the person I believe that I was. I want to be a good person."
The late-night talking head says he's taken a big step to the light: His wife, Regina, has forgiven him.
Alcohol killed Winehouse
As anticipated, a second inquest into the July 2011 death of Amy Winehouse confirmed that the British blues diva died of alcohol toxicity when she binged on vodka after a couple of weeks of abstinence. Her body had a blood alcohol level five times the legal driving limit, the autopsy shows.
Things not to believe . . .
. . . about Anderson Cooper.
He's not going blind. And he's not doing Playgirl. (Is there a scientific link between the two?)
"The National Enquirer has a story . . . that I am terrified that I am going blind," Coop told Anderson Live guest Cyndi Lauper in a chat to air Wednesday. "It's not true."
Coop also denies rumors he'll take it all off for Playgirl, breaking the hearts of CNN fetishists across the world. "We had the photo shoot yesterday. I felt really free and comfortable," Coop joked. "No, in truth no one wants to see my pale little chicken legs sprawled out on some shag carpet." Appetizing!
Katherine McPhee, the pro
Anyone taken in by Katherine McPhee's admittedly delightful naïve-girl-next-door act on American Idol (I was) should know: It was just an act. The Smash star has been a showbiz pro since birth.
"On Idol, I was very strategic with my look," she tells Lucky mag.
"I specifically wore very little makeup. . . . I wore beat-up jeans and a simple jacket that covered my body up because I knew that viewers like seeing transformation." McPhee came off as a naïf when it came to high style. "I wanted to . . . push the story that I had no idea about fashion - which was not actually true," she said.
Major Tom? He's back
David Bowie celebrated his 66th birthday Tuesday by releasing "Where Are We Now?," the quietly beautiful and quite promising first single from The Next Day, his first LP in more than nine years, due on March 12.
- Dan DeLuca
Conor Maynard at Franklin Mills
English singer Conor Maynard ( Contrast) will do an acoustic set at 5 p.m. Friday at Franklin Mills mall in Northeast Philly. Info: www.franklinmills.com.
Tidbits 'n' pieces
Skater and local hero Johnny Weir is selling off some of his costumes on http://shoplindasstuff.com. A portion goes to charity.
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