1/6/22 Entertainment News
— Betty White will be remembered at a private funeral service. White’s agent and close friend Jeff Witjas tells People a private ceremony is still being planned. The television icon died on New Year’s Eve at the age of 99. Witjas encouraged those who want to do something in her honor to donate to a local animal charity of their choosing.
— The 2022 Grammy Awards Show is being postponed due to concerns of surging COVID-19 cases. In a joint statement from the Recording Academy and CBS, officials said the postponement comes “after careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials” as well as health experts. CBS and the Academy cite the uncertainty related to the Omicron [[ ahm-ih-cron ]] variant and hosting the show on January 31st contains too many risks. A future date will be “announced soon.”
— “Jersey Shore:Family Vacation” season five is returning. The show’s premiere is set for tomorrow at 8 p.m. Eastern on MTV. This season, “Snooki”, Mike “The Situation,” “DJ Pauly D,” Vinny Guadagnino, “JWoww,” Angelina Pivarnick and Deena Nicole Cortese head to the Florida Keys for the first time.
— Chris Noth is getting booted from the series finale of And Just Like That. Variety reports that even though Noth’s character, Mr. Big, died earlier in the season he was set to make an appearance in the finale. Now that’s been scrapped. This comes as Noth is facing several accusations of assault.
— Jana Duggar is pleading guilty on child endangerment charges. TMZ reports “19 Kids and Counting” alum plead guilty last month. She was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor in Arkansas. Duggar commented on the incident saying a child she was babysitting snuck out of the house without her noticing. She denied ever doing anything to intentionally harm a child. The plea means she has to pay almost 900-bucks in fees. The news about the charge broke not all that long after her older brother Josh was convicted on child pornography charges.
— Ticketmaster and its parent company, Live Nation Entertainment are being hit with another lawsuit. The class-action suit, which was filed in California, alleges Live Nation violated antitrust laws by monopolizing ticket sales. The suit claims the 2010 merger allowed the company to overcharge customers and squash out any competitors. The complaint follows a similar one in 2020, which was thrown out by a judge who ruled buyers entered into an agreement to settle disputes privately and not in open court. The new suit claims the arbitration agreements are unfair.