Names & Faces: Charlie Sheen, Jon Stewart, T-Pain
Sheen chooses rehab
Charlie Sheen is back home after a Thursday morning trip via ambulance to a Los Angeles hospital, following reports of a 36-hour drug- and drink-fueled party at his home, the Associated Press reports. But he won't be home for long - Sheen has decided to seek treatment. "Due to Charlie Sheen's decision to enter a rehabilitation center 'Two and a Half Men' will be placed on production hiatus," CBS executive producer Chuck Lorre said in a statement Friday evening. "We are profoundly concerned for his health and well-being, and support his decision. '' Sheen, 45, is the highest-paid actor on U.S. television, reportedly earning about $27.5 million a year for his starring role as a womanizing bachelor, according to AP.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich said Friday that he's settled a lawsuit he filed against a House cafeteria for injuries suffered when he bit down on a stray olive pit that wasn't supposed to be in his sandwich wrap. In a statement, the Ohio Democrat made it clear that he didn't see the widely covered incident as anything to giggle at: The olive pit split a tooth in half, painfully, causing an infection all the way to the bone and requiring the replacement of not one, but six teeth, which his health insurance didn't cover, Kucinich said. The former presidential contender said the settlement he reached with the contractor that runs the Longworth cafeteria and a couple of suppliers "reflects the actual out-of-pocket expenses." Oh, and this: "I don't want to have to make another dental visit for a very long time."
Jon Stewart at Ground Zero
Jon Stewart isn't just cracking jokes anymore. The Emmy-winning comedian-activist has been appointed to the board of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the Associated Press reports. Stewart will work alongside the foundation's chairman, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in building a twin reflecting pool at Ground Zero, set to open to the public this September.
T-Pain's Facebook tattoo
Earlier this month, rapper Gucci Mane tattooed an ice cream cone on his cheek. Now T-Pain is getting in on hip-hop's wacky-ink craze. The rapper, a Florida native, has tattooed a Facebook-inspired "like" symbol across his neck, accompanied by the phrase "You don't have to like me," TechCrunch reports. "I get a tatt every time I come to Hawaii. I think this ones pretty sweet," the hip-hop star announced via his Twitter account. "Unless facebook shuts down soon 0_o."
Mark Whitaker to CNN
NBC News lost its Washington bureau chief Friday, as CNN announced Mark Whitaker would come onboard as its executive vice president and managing editor, responsible for editorial coverage at CNN, HLN, CNN's Web site and international network, and other news properties. In the newly created position, he will "influence the overall approach, tone and direction of CNN's reporting" and will be based in New York, according to a CNN statement. Since joining NBC in 2007, Whitaker has been an analyst on many of its news programs, and he took on bureau chief responsibilities after Tim Russert's death. Before his NBC gig, Whitaker was editor of Newsweek from 1998 to 2006, during which the magazine was owned by The Washington Post Co. NBC News also announced that deputy bureau chief Antoine Sanfuentes - who began at NBC News decades ago while still attending American University - will replace Whitaker as bureau chief.
- From staff and wire reports