Black Thought is surely having a good week, after it was officially announced that Jimmy Fallon would take over for Jay Leno as the host of "The Tonight Show" next year. Philly let out a collective, "Yo, what's up?" when the Roots, who have been Jimmy's house band since the show began in 2009, were not part of the announcement. I called up NBC last week, and they gave me the "no official announcement yet" runaround, but Black Thought had other thoughts.
According to okayplayer.com, he tweeted, "Yes we will be making that move as well. #embracechange." Roots percussionist Frank Knuckles also tweeted, "Were Staying! #latenight," along with a pic of him hanging near the "Late Night" logo.
Kyle, cancer and CHOP
Actor Kyle MacLachlan ("Twin Peaks," "Sex and the City") stood with Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia's Dr. John Maris in Washington, D.C., last night to announce the formation of a Dream Team to fight childhood cancer. Maris will lead the team, funded by a $14.5 million grant from Stand Up To Cancer and the St. Baldrick's Foundation, along with the American Association for Cancer Research.
MacLachlan is a Stand Up to Cancer ambassador, proving that even if you excel at playing weirdly creepy on TV, you can still be a good guy.
Go on a BENder
95.7 BEN-FM will announce the lineup for its Summer BENder, taking place on Aug. 3, but I got the list on the early side. Smash Mouth headlines, along with Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon and Fastball. It all takes place at the Electric Factory Outdoors. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon on Ticketmaster.
Ali to Al Jazeera
As my buddy Howard Gensler reported in the paper Friday, Bryn Mawr's own Ali Velshi left CNN to be the first high-profile hire of the new Al Jazeera America. When I got Velshi on the phone, he said the new job wouldn't mean a permanent move to New York. "I'll probably spend more time in Bryn Mawr. CNN had become all-consuming. I was doing economics, weather," Velshi told me. "This will probably mean more family time and more Philly time, which is nice."
* In other TV news, former Eagles cheerleader Vittoria Woodill joined CBS 3 as a traffic reporter. The Northeast native graduated from La Salle in 2009 and runs the lifestyle and fashion blog polishedforpennies.tumblr.com.
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Adrianne Curry, who took home the first crown on "America's Next Top Model" and starred on "My Fair Brady," with then-hubs Christopher Knight (a/k/a Peter Brady from "The Brady Brunch"), stopped by the Zombie Run down in FDR Park to cheer on runners (including a couple hundred in their best zombie attire). But I hear she only stayed for a hot minute and then bailed.
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