NEW YORK — “Live” co-host Michael Strahan will exit the show in May, not September, as originally announced.
News that Strahan would leave on May 13 came from a “Live” spokesperson on Tuesday just hours after Ripa returned to the syndicated talk show after taking time off to “gather (her) thoughts” in response to learning last week that Strahan would be leaving for full-time duties on “Good Morning America.”
Ripa, having been blindsided by Strahan’s planned departure, told viewers that the incident had started a conversation about workplace respect.
She said her bosses had apologized to her for the slight.
Strahan will be seen with increasing frequency on “GMA” this summer in preparation for his start as a full-timer in September.
Kid Rock’s assistant killed in crash at singer’s property
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kid Rock’s assistant was killed in an ATV accident overnight at a suburban Nashville property belonging to the singer.
The Tennessean reports 30-year-old Michael Sacha was found lying face down on the side of a driveway of Rock’s White Creek house early Monday morning. Nashville Fire Department spokesman Brian Haas told The Tennessean that Sacha was deceased by the time the department arrived.
A news release from the Metro Nashville Police Department says the accident happened when Sacha drove two people down the driveway to meet an Uber driver at midnight. Sacha crashed while riding the ATV back to the residence. Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, and a friend found Sacha on an embankment late Monday morning and called for help. The police department tweeted Monday evening that Sacha’s death has been classified as accidental.
Turner, Criterion Collection launch movie-streaming service
NEW YORK — Turner and the Criterion Collection are teaming up to launch a movie-streaming TV service to cater to art house aficionados.
The companies announced Tuesday that the new over-the-top streaming service, dubbed FilmStruck, will debut in the fall. It will make available art house, independent, foreign and cult films for a not-yet-announced monthly cost.
FilmStruck will be the new exclusive home to the Criterion Collection, which currently streams on Hulu Plus. Its library will also pull from other studios, such as the Janus Films library.
The service will be curated by programmers from Turner Classic Movies, the cable network.
Former Jay Z protege pleads guilty to DWI
NEW YORK — A former Jay Z protege has pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge.
The Daily News says rapper Wais P entered the plea Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court. The 42-year-old rapper, whose real name is Malcolm Byer, could be sentenced to time served.
His attorney says he’s happy with the outcome of the case. He says there was no accident and no injury, and what his client “really wanted all along was treatment for alcoholism.”
Meanwhile, the Brooklyn rapper faces trial in May on a charge of promoting prostitution. Byer was arrested on the charge last year after appearing in court on his 2014 DWI case.
His attorneys in that case say they’ll argue that the language used in hip-hop culture doesn’t mean Byer is really managing prostitutes.
Susan Boyle ‘fine’ after police incident at Heathrow
LONDON — Susan Boyle’s spokeswoman says the singer is at home and fine after an incident involving the police at London’s Heathrow Airport.
British media reported that the “I Dreamed a Dream” singer was led away by officers after creating a disturbance at the airport on Monday.
London’s Metropolitan Police said officers were called “around 1:20pm (1220 GMT) on Monday April 25 to a lounge in Terminal 5, Heathrow to reports of a distressed woman. Officers attended and spoke with the woman.”
Spokeswoman Nicola Phillips said Boyle was at home in Scotland Tuesday and “she is fine.”