Beloved Talk Show Host Regis Philbin Dies At The Age Of 88

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Regis Philbin

As reported on People.com

“His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about,” the Philbin family shares with PEOPLE in an exclusive statement Regis Philbin has died. The beloved star was 88.

The longtime television host died on July 24, PEOPLE confirms. “We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday,” his family shares with PEOPLE in an exclusive statement on Saturday.

“His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss,” the Philbin family says.

In 1988, Philbin began his run as host of Live! with Regis and Kathie Leealongside Kathie Lee Gifford. After 15 years, Gifford left the ABC show but the pair remained close after her departure.

In 2001, the franchise became Live! with Regis and Kelly, co-starring Kelly Ripa before he left in 2011 after 23 years on-air. (He was replaced by former football player Michael Strahan, who later departed for Good Morning America and was replaced by Ryan Seacrest in 2017.)

Philbin also served as the original host of the widely popular game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? from 1999 to 2002. In addition, the New York City native’s hosting credits include Million Dollar Password, the first season of America’s Got Talent, as well as a reoccurring co-host seat on Rachael Ray.

Born on August 25, 1931, Philbin was raised in the Bronx and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in 1949 before attending the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a sociology degree in 1953.

After serving in the Navy, Philbin began his career in show business as a writer and made his way in front of the camera in 1961 with a local talk show in San Diego called The Regis Philbin Show. Then in 1967, he became widely known as Joey Bishop’s sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show.

After a string of local talk shows, including A.M. Los Angeles and Regis Philbin’s Saturday Night in St. Louis, he moved to New York in 1983 to host The Morning Show, which was renamed three years later as Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee.

Philbin’s accolades include Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding talk show host for Live! in 2001 and 2011 as well as outstanding game show host for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He also received a Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.

Throughout his career, Philbin had various health issues. He underwent an angioplasty in 1993, followed by triple bypass surgery due to plaque in his arteries in March 2007. In December 2009, the television personality had his hip replaced.

Philbin, who was married twice, is survived by daughters J.J. Philbin and Joanna Philbin, whom he shared with his wife of 50 years, Joy Philbin. He was also father to daughter Amy Philbin, whom he shared with his first wife Catherine Faylen. Philbin and Faylen had another child, son Daniel Philbin, who died in 2014.

“Glee” Actress Naya Rivera Missing at Lake Piru in California

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Naya Rivera

As reported on CNN –

Officials are investigating the disappearance of “Glee” actress Naya Rivera at a lake in Southern California as a “tragic accident,” according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.”

We hope for the best, we prepare for the worst,” Deputy Chris Dyer said in a news conference Thursday morning.

Rivera, 33, vanished from Lake Piru in Ventura County on Wednesday evening. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said search efforts would resume Thursday “at first light” and called it a possible drowning.

Rivera went to the lake Wednesday afternoon and rented a boat with her young child. Both were seen going out on the lake together, Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Buschow said at an earlier news conference.

About three hours after they left the dock, another boater discovered a boat drifting with a child asleep onboard. Authorities were notified and they began searching from air and with a dive team.

While it was hard to get information, the child said they went swimming but the mother didn’t get back on the boat, Buschow said. He said the child had on a life vest and an adult life vest was found on the boat.

The child is healthy and with family, Dyer said Thursday morning.

The boat that Rivera rented — a pontoon boat with a deck cover — was found on the north end of the lake, Dyer said. Wind is often a factor in the area, he said. The lake is up to 40 feet deep, and the bottom has a lot of debris.

Rivera has a 4-year-old son and local media outlets are reporting he was the child found on the boat. CNN has reached out to her representatives for more details.

Rivera played Santana Lopez on the Fox show for six years from 2009, and appeared in nearly every episode of the musical-comedy-drama. She was also on the CBS sitcom “The Royal Family” and in the comedy film “The Master of Disguise.”

Fellow celebs, including her “Glee” co-star Harry Shum Jr., shared their concern on social media.

Rivera was previously married to actor Ryan Dorsey.

We’ll bring you more as this story develops.

July 13, 2020 –

As reported CNN.com

A body has been found at the Southern California lake where former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera disappeared, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office announced in a tweet Monday. The body, which has not been identified, was discovered Monday morning at Lake Piru. “Recovery is in progress,” tweeted the VCSO.A news conference is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s department has notified Rivera’s family and the medical examiner’s office of the body found in Lake Piru, Capt Eric Buschow said Monday morning.

“When you have a situation like this and it ends up being a recovery, it’s hard for everybody involved. I can’t even imagine what it’s like for the family,” Buschow said in a live interview with KTLA Monday morning. “Hopefully this provides some level of closure, whatever that means, for the family.”

He did not give confirmation that it is indeed Rivera’s body.

The body was found floating in the northeast area of the lake Monday morning.

Authorities have been searching for Rivera, 33, since Wednesday. She had gone to the lake that afternoon and rented a pontoon boat with her 4-year-old son, according to authorities.

Rivera’s son was later seen on the boat, but his mother was nowhere to be found. One life jacket was found on the boat and the boy was wearing another. Investigators found Rivera’s purse and her identification, but no other clues on the boat.

Rivera has been presumed dead.

Video from the dock shows Rivera and her son as the only two people getting on the boat, Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Donoghue said at a news conference last week.

Detectives have spoken to Rivera’s son and as a result of that conversation do not believe Rivera made it to shore, he said.

Rivera played Santana Lopez on the Fox show “Glee” for six years between 2009 and 2015, and appeared in nearly every episode of the musical-comedy-drama. She was also on the CBS sitcom “The Royal Family” and in the comedy film “The Master of Disguise.”

Update 3pm:

The body found at a Southern California lake has been identified as former “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said during a press conference Monday.

The body was discovered Monday morning at Lake Piru, where it was found floating in the northeast area of the lake where the water is between 35 and 60 feet deep, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said.

“We are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera,” Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said, adding “there is no indication of foul play or that this was a suicide.”

The body is being taken to Ventura County Coroner’s Office, where it will be identified through dental records.

Prayers go out to Rivera’s family that she leaves behind.

California Governor Pumps The Brakes On California Re-Opening

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As reported on USAToday.com

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday said bars must close and indoor operations will need to stop in certain business sectors including restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, museums and card rooms, in order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus ahead of Fourth of July weekend.

The order is effective immediately and Newsom expects it to be in place for at least three weeks.

“This doesn’t mean restaurants shut down,” Newsom said. “It means we’re trying to take activities, as many activities as we can, these mixed activities, and move them outdoors, which is a way of mitigating the spread of this virus.”

The order applies to the 19 counties that have been on the state’s monitoring list for at least three consecutive days. Those counties include:

  • Contra Costa 
  • Fresno 
  • Glenn 
  • Imperial 
  • Kern 
  • Kings 
  • Los Angeles 
  • Merced 
  • Orange 
  • Riverside 
  • Sacramento 
  • San Bernardino 
  • San Joaquin 
  • Santa Barbara 
  • Santa Clara 
  • Solano 
  • Stanislaus 
  • Tulare 
  • Ventura 

Newsom said the closures are designed to focus on indoor operations, which have been open for several weeks. Some of the affected sectors, like movie theaters, bowling alleys and arcades, were allowed to reopen less than three weeks ago. Restaurants were able to open to indoor dining on Memorial Day weekend. 

Additionally, state beach parking facilities will close in Southern California and the Bay Area, though Newsom is not mandating their closure. The state ordered beaches to close in counties where local officials have already done so.

The state on Tuesday reported 5,898 new COVID-19 cases and 110 virus-related deaths, with a positivity rate of 6% over the last 14 days, Newsom said. Two weeks ago, the state’s positivity rate was 4.6%. 

Newsom in recent days has warned residents about becoming lax with public health protocols like wearing masks and physical distancing, especially at family gatherings, in advance of the Fourth of July holiday. It’s “a weekend that has raised a lot of concern from our health officials,” he said Wednesday. As such, he’s urging counties to shut down fireworks displays and telling residents to avoid gatherings with people from outside of their household. 

“Patriotism, at least in a COVID-19 environment, can be expressed a little bit differently with consideration of our independence again from COVID-19,” Newsom said. “That needs (to) come with conditions and considerations on wearing masks and making sure we’re physically distanced.”

Newsom urged people to avoid family gatherings or meeting up with friends and neighbors who aren’t in their immediate household. While people may have the best of intentions and come wearing masks, they may get lax as the party goes on, he said.

Newsom also announced the launch of “strike teams” that will be responsible for targeting non-compliant workplaces, comprised of state representatives working in partnership with local health departments. He said they’re going to target workplaces that have had multiple abuses complaints.

Newsom said the enforcement measures will start with education, as well as enforcing state codes and licenses. The state also will look at regulatory and fiscal pieces, he said. It’s not just about wearing masks, Newsom added, but health and safety in workplaces. 

“One should not have to put their life at risk to go to work as an essential worker,” Newsom said.

As many tribal casinos remain open, Newsom said the state is “in deep conversations and will be making public the fruits of those efforts to at least get a rationale of understanding between partners in our sovereign nations and the state of California.” 

Newsom initially put the state under a shelter-in-place order in mid-March that closed all but essential services. As the curve of coronavirus cases flattened, more sectors of businesses and services were allowed to reopen in May and into June in counties that attested they had the virus under control and a plan in place to handle surges. 

While public health officials expected cases to rise in connection with the reopenings, the spikes in some places have come with a higher positivity rate, or the percent of tests coming back positive, as well as concerns about overloading hospital systems.

Newsom on Tuesday addressed residents who aren’t wearing face coverings when going out in public. Though the state requires masks under an order issued in June, not all are following suit  He called mask-wearing a sign of character and resolve.  

“It’s a sign of someone who gives a damn,” Newsom said. “It’s a sign of someone who wants to solve a problem.”

Disneyland Postpones Opening Amid Corona Virus Surges

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Disneyland California

The greatest place on Earth has decided to pump the brakes. Disneyland has made it official that they will not be opening on July 17 as planned. Disney which has resorts in both California and Florida recently made the announcement.

The company said that the State of California had indicated it would not issue theme park reopening guidelines “until sometime after July 4,” according to a statement. “Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials.”

The news of Disneyland’s delayed reopening comes as coronavirus cases are spiking across the country, especially in California, which just experienced it largest single day record of positive cases.

Disney still must negotiate with its unions before the parks can be reopened. The company said it has had “positive discussions” and has signed agreements with 20 union affiliates.

The company has gotten pushback from unions that represent Disneyland workers about the reopening. An online petition on Change.org, which called for Disney to schedule the reopening of Disneyland to a later date. That petition has over 50,000 signatures. A similar petition is being circulated for Disneyworld in Florida, another state experiencing huge surges for the coronavirus.

Disney is implementing several measures to reopen safely and prevent the spread of coronavirus at its parks, including requiring employees and guests to wear face coverings. Disney also will reduce capacity at the parks and the resort will temporarily suspend parades, fireworks and other events that create crowds.

At this time Disneyland has not released a date for a new proposed opening.

Golden Globes Become The Latest Award Show Pushed To 2021 Due To Coronavirus

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Golden Globe Awards

As reported by foxnews.com –

The Golden Globes became the latest major awards show to have its 2021 ceremony postponed amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

As major Hollywood productions, movie theaters and other businesses shutter their doors in light of restrictions on large, indoor public gatherings, many awards shows have had to rethink their massive Los Angeles events in 2020.

On Monday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which produces the Golden Globes, announced that it will be celebrating the accomplishments of people in film and TV a little later than expected. The 78th annual Golden Globes will now debut on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021.

“We are excited to announce the 78th annual Golden Globe® Awards will take place on Sunday, February 28, 2021,” the organization tweeted Monday. “The ceremony will air live coast to coast 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET on NBC from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.”

As Variety notes, this postpones the show roughly two months from its usual air date. Typically, the Golden Globes air on the first Sunday of the calendar year as a sort of unofficial kickoff to the Hollywood Awards season. Fortunately, the Globes’ new date doesn’t prevent it from acting as the usual influencer for the Oscars.

Last week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC announced that the 93rd Academy Awards will now be held on April 25, 2021, eight weeks later than originally planned but still well after the Golden Globes. The Academy’s Board of Governors also decided to extend the eligibility window beyond the calendar year to Feb. 28, 2021, for feature films, and delay the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures from December until April 30, 2021.

Meanwhile, the Emmy Awards announced late-night host Jimmy Kimmel as the host for the 72nd ceremony, which is still poised to take place in September of this year.

“I don’t’ know where or how or even why we are doing this, but we are and I am hosting it!” Kimmel tweeted at the time of his announcement.

Earlier this year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced that comedians Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will host the 2021 show after a controversial performance by Ricky Gervais last year.

Dreyer’s Changing The Popular Eskimo Pie Brand After Almost 100 Years

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Eskimo Pie Logo

As reported by cbs.com –

The brand behind the popular Eskimo Pie ice cream announced Friday that it will change the product’s brand and marketing after nearly 100 years. It’s just the latest in a slew of companies to announce they are changing or reviewing brand imagery as they attempt to grapple with racist histories amid global protests against racial injustice. 

Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, which owns Eskimo Pie, said it acknowledges the name is “derogatory.”

“We have been reviewing our Eskimo Pie business for some time and will be changing the brand name and marketing,” Elizabell Marquez, head of marketing, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, told CBS News. “We are committed to being a part of the solution on racial equality, and recognize the term is derogatory.”

Marquez said the rebrand is part of a larger company review to ensure products reflect its values.

The chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream bar got its name from the indigenous people of the Arctic regions, including northern Canada, Alaska, Greenland and Siberia. The ice cream’s packaging features a young boy dressed for snowy weather. 

Many indigenous people consider Eskimo a derogatory term because non-native colonizers used it to mean “eater of raw meat,” connoting barbarism. 

Dreyer’s Grand, a U.S. subsidiary of Froneri, follows in the footsteps of several major brands announcing product changes or reviews this week. Following an announcement from Quaker Oats that it will rebrand Aunt Jemima, the companies that make Uncle Ben’s, Mrs. Butterworth’s and Cream of Wheat announced reviews of their products’ branding.

Marques Houston Sets The Record Straight

I have a lot of respect for my friend and his fiance. Proud of them both and in full support of them. They move with Jehovah’s spirit and put they’re full trust in him. With that type of love and understanding they will always stay strong together and make it through any problems presented to them.

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With all that’s going on in the world, my love life shouldn’t be a topic. But since it is let me just give y’all the facts so you don’t have to “allegedly” believe or create rumors. After reading the Blog that was published about my fiancé and I, I felt with this situation I needed to speak because this is not music or television, this is my family, my future wife and my life. I met Miya in 2018 through a mutual friend. Never before then, did I even know she existed. The fact that she was listed on one of our films was a misprint or someone being messy. Anyone can post on IMDB. And there’s no way someone that young could even work on a film set in the position of Art Directer because that position requires years of experience. Miya is like a daughter to Chris Stokes because we are all like family. Being a Jehovah’s Witness, we all showcase true love like family. That’s it. Chris’ real daughter, Chrissy Morales became friends with Miya in 2018, where we all first met Miya at a Jehovah’s Witness convention. It was then that Chrissy and Miya became friends. Miya and I didn’t start dating until she was an adult. We fell in love and got engaged in March of 2019. My dad Michael loves her, and the people I am closest to all love her as well. Most importantly we have Jehovahs blessing ? There is so much more to be concerned about in the world, than creating rumors about me. No one ever gets facts anymore, they just run with “stories”, but hey, I guess it comes with the territory ??‍♂️. So to all the rumors about me, none of it is true! And that’s the story. No twists, no turns, no scandals, just true love. There is nothing that can come to light, because there’s no darkness in my life. You wanted the truth. I don’t have anything to hide, so if you’re waiting for something else, you will be waiting for ever. Please people focus on staying safe through this pandemic. And continue fighting for what you believe in, as long as it is true justice, and the fight is with love, not hate, because we all matter to God ?? and I put God first in all things. I love all who support me and thank you. I won’t let you down. I love y’all! Peace and Love, MH.

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Marques Houston and his fiance Miya

-Chris Stokes

A Day In The Life Of Chris Stokes

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Chris Stokes with Louis Vuitton bag

Not much to say in this one LOL. Just left a mixing session for a new movie that will be coming your way soon. I can’t say much but I can tell you it’s a thriller. I hope you love it. Keep checking back here for more information. You know I like to keep you in the loop. ?

-Chris Stokes

So Proud Of My Daughter

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I’m so extremely proud of my daughter. She’s always been my little twin but for so long she was just my little girl. Now seeing her as a wife and a mom, I’m proud to call her my friend. She’s such an awesome human being. She recently premiered her new show Howard High (which I directed lol) and I’ve had the pleasure to get to see her do all her interviews for her part in the show. It makes me so proud to see how she handles herself and stays so humbled. I may have just raised her right lol. All jokes aside I’m very proud of my Best Friend.

Check her out here in Orange Magazine

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And here she is on Diva Gals Daily

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Rest & Relaxation with Chris Stokes

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Chris Stokes

During these turbulent times, I have had some ample time to get back to basics. Being at home these last few months has been the best form of peace and calm that I think I’ve ever experienced. I’ve been able to exercise more. Make a schedule that allows for me to eat more healthy. Going outside and exercising has been great for my overall health. Staying positive and motivated has fueled so much new creative projects for me and allowed me to turn this time into something great! I hope you are all doing the same!!! Have a great day and rest of you week!!!

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Chris Stokes cooking in the kitchen

-Chris Stokes