‘Sesame Street’ Set Gets Remodeled for Season 46
“Sesame Street” has been on for 45 years, and in all that time the set has stayed pretty much the same. But that’ll change for the 46th season, which premieres this fall. They wanted to put the characters in real homes so that kids, quote, “get a better sense of community and what it means to live in a place, [and a] better understanding of who the characters are, where they live, and what they do.” But they won’t be messing with any of the classic elements. Cookie Monster will live in an apartment above a remodeled Hooper’s Store, Elmo will move into the brownstone at 123 Sesame Street, Big Bird has a colorful new nest, and Oscar’s trash can will be moved to a more central location. And he may even pop up in recycling bins. Get the full story here.
65-Year-Old Billy Joel is Going to Be a Dad Again
At 65 years of age, Billy Joel is going to be a dad again. His 33-year-old longtime girlfriend, Alexis Roderick, is pregnant. It will be the couple’s first child together and the second child for Joel, 65, who shares daughter Alexa Ray Joel, 29, with ex-wife Christie Brinkley. Joel and Roderick, 33, are expecting their new addition “this summer.” The two started dating in 2009, congrats to the couple! Get the full story here.
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Rita Wilson Has Breast Cancer, Undergoes Double Mastectomy
Rita Wilson was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and last week, she underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. She tells “People” magazine, quote, “I’m recovering and most importantly, expected to make a full recovery. Why? Because I caught this early, have excellent doctors, and because I got a second opinion.” She says her doctors had been monitoring her for breast cancer due to another condition she has, and recently, they had something tested, and the pathology showed no cancer. But a friend suggested she get a second opinion, just in case. That’s when the cancer was detected, and another doctor confirmed it. She says, quote, “I share this to educate others that a second opinion is critical to your health. “You have nothing to lose if both opinions match up for the good, and everything to gain if something that was missed is found, which does happen.” Get the full story here.
Michael Lohan off to Jail if He Doesn’t Pay His Child Support
A Florida judge threatening jail time has suspended Michael’s license until he shells out more than $16k in back child support to Dina Lohan. Sources close to Dina tell TMZ, a judge called Michael on the carpet for cruising around Boca Raton in his flashy Maserati while he owes thousands. The judge revoked Michael’s passport and stripped him of his driving privileges … until he pays up. Michael phoned in during the hearing and promised the check’s in the mail. The judge has heard that line before, and warned if the check doesn’t come by April 24th, it’s off to jail. Get the full story here.
Paula Deen Has a Brand-New Restaurant
E! News revealed that Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is set to open for both breakfast, lunch and dinner beginning April 27 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. “I am so excited to serve the food family style—in big bowls to the table. Everyone will share like they are at their grandmother’s table, everything is so fresh. I want to take people back to the time when their feet were under their grandmother’s table. I want them to relive those memories and create new ones.” Deen’s beloved fried chicken and biscuits to traditional favorites like fried okra, corn and sweet potatoes, will be on the menu, and guests will get a true taste of Southern cooking. “I want them to feel very satisfied! Dining at the restaurant is going to be an unforgettable experience. I want to fill their souls as well as bellies.” Get the full story here.
Sugar Bear’s Brother Billy Missing
Sugar Bear’s brother is missing, and Sugar Bear and Mama June are so worried we’re told they’ve filed a missing persons report. Billy Thompson was last seen 3 days ago in McIntyre, Georgia. He’s gone off the radar, not returning phone calls or texts. The last time Billy was seen was Saturday, at Sugar Bear’s home where Mama June’s daughter Jessica was getting ready to go to prom. Mama June’s people tell TMZ, they’re especially worried because he’s been going through hard times lately. He’s unemployed and unable to find work. He’s also having a hard time seeing his kids in the wake of a bad breakup with his baby mama. Mama June’s people say they’ve gone to the local police department and filed a report, but so far no luck in finding him. Get the full story here.