ESPN's Sergio Dipp "meant no disrespect" with his "Monday Night Football" sideline report that lit up social media. In a video posted on Twitter Tuesday, Dipp attributed his odd report during Monday night's San Diego Chargers-Denver Broncos game to his desire to pay tribute to Vance Joseph and Anthony Lynn, both making their debut as NFL head coaches, both African Americans, on the anniversary of the Sept.
LOS ANGELES - Brothers Matt and Ross Duffer -- creators of Netflix's streaming hit "Stranger Things" -- have done like "Game of Thrones's" D.B. Weiss and David Benioff and slapped an expiration date on their popular series. During an interview with Vulture, the Duffer brothers explained that they envision "Stranger Things" ending after four seasons. According to the brothers, Netflix has already renewed the series for a third season. But by the end of that season, the preteens of Hawkins, Ind., will be headed toward college.
LOS ANGELES - "Dancing With the Stars" has an eye on Sean Spicer -- but the talks are so preliminary that it's too early to tell if the former White House press secretary will actually make his way to the dance floor. "Right now just talking," a person close to the ABC show tells Variety of the prospect of Spicer joining the series. The insider stresses that there have been no firm discussions with Spicer regarding "Dancing With the Stars," saying, "Nothing beyond talking about casting. We're still so early in the process."
Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington was found dead on Thursday morning, police confirmed to Variety. He was 41. At about 9 a.m. on Thursday, police responded to a call of a dead body in a Palos Verdes Estates (a suburb south of Los Angeles) home, the location of Bennington's private residence, law enforcement said in a statement. He appeared to have died by suicide from hanging, TMZ reports. The case is under investigation by the L.A. County Coroner Office. Variety has reached out to his reps for more details.
A dozen relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre are urging NBC News to reconsider its plan to broadcast Megyn Kelly's interview with firebrand conservative commentator Alex Jones on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES - Megyn Kelly has bagged her prey, securing a one-on-one interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the debut of her NBC newsmagazine show "Sunday Night." Kelly confirmed the booking Thursday during a report she filed for "Today" from St. Petersburg, Russia where she is moderating a panel with Putin at the International Economic Forum on Friday. The report marked Kelly's first on-air appearance as an NBC News anchor.
LOS ANGELES - Olivia Newton-John has postponed her upcoming U.S. and Canadian tour after discovering she has cancer, she announced in a Facebook post on Tuesday. She initially temporarily suspended the first half of her tour due to lower back pain she thought was caused by sciatica before doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer, which has metastasized to the sacrum.
LOS ANGELES - On Thursday's episode of CBS's hit game show "The Price Is Right," contestant Ryan Belz broke Plinko records by landing his chips in the $10,000 slot three times. For those who aren't rabid "Price" followers, Plinko involves a contestant standing at the top of a large vertical gameboard who then drops chips down into a series of channels. At the bottom of the gameboard are a series of slots, each worth a certain amount of money ranging from zero to $10,000. The contestant is given five chips and attempts to rack up as much money as possible.
LOS ANGELES - Katy Perry has joined ABC's "American Idol" reboot as a judge. ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey announced Perry's addition to the show Tuesday at the network's upfront presentation in New York.
LOS ANGELES - Netflix's watercooler hit "13 Reasons Why" will be back for a second season at Netflix, Variety has confirmed.