Costas Weighs Anchor on 'King'
Bob Costas, CNN's occasional fill-in on "Larry King Live," refused to anchor Thursday's show because it was primarily about Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teenager who went missing in Aruba.
"I didn't think the subject matter of Thursday's show was the kind of broadcast I should be doing," Costas said in a statement. "I suggested some alternatives, but the producers preferred the topics they had chosen. I was fine with that, and respectfully declined to participate."
Costas's manager declined to say why Costas didn't like the topic.
The show's senior executive producer, Wendy Walker, described the decision as mutual. "We love having Bob. . . . There will always be shows that he will enjoy hosting," she said.
Thursday's guests included the girl's mother, a television reporter and an investigator in the case; seven of the 10 guests talked about the missing girl. The other segment was about the serial killer who called himself BTK. Chris Pixley filled in for Costas at the last minute.
Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren has been getting record ratings with her almost nonstop attention to the Holloway case.
Football Foes Red-Dogg Snoop
Snoop Dogg's new youth football league is generating extra heat in Southern California.
The 33-year-old rapper-turned-coach began directing his son's team, the Rowland Raiders, two years ago in the Orange County Junior All-American Football Conference. His privileged pee-wee players watched game videos in a school bus tricked out with DVD players, TV screen and a loud sound system. That's not normal?
Snoop made personal calls to recruit talent and apparently lured kids from other teams. The undefeated Raiders won last year's league championship and kept on winning: The team won the "Snooperbowl" and received trophies donated by Tiffany & Co. It's all about the bling, kids.
This year the rapper is creating his own little league. He reduced the fees for joining to $100 from $175 or more and eased residency requirements. Players and coaches have flocked to the Snoop Youth Football League, leaving supporters of the old league in the dust.
"I'm mad at Coach Snoop," said 10-year-old Xavier Bernal, who plays for the Rowland Raiders. "He was so cool; he told me to play my heart out. But now I just want to ask him, why did he take all our players?"
Snoop appears unfazed. "It's so easy for a kid to join a gang, to do drugs," said the rapper, who in 2002 was named "Stoner of the Year" by High Times magazine. "We should make it that easy to be involved in football and academics."
* Courtney Love was ordered into a 28-day treatment program yesterday after the singer tearfully admitted using drugs in violation of her probation. This came a day after it was announced that fellow musician Eminem is being treated for an addiction to sleep medication.
* TV star/ex-Playboy playmate Jenny McCarthy, 32, and director John Asher, 34, have filed for divorce after nearly six years of marriage.
-- Compiled by Korin Miller
from staff and wire reports
Courtney Love is consoled by her attorney after being ordered to undergo drug rehab.