Today is the day that the world will get their chance to say their final goodbyes to Michael Jackson. Although it has not been known until just recently Michael Jackson’s body will be at the Staples Center today for the memorial service. In fact it is being reported that the LAPD SWAT team will be part of the motorcade bringing the body from Forest Lawn Cemetery, where the family held a private memorial, to the Staples Center. There is also a helicopter ready to go as well in case any safety issues do develop. The event is going to end up costing the city of Los Angeles around $4 million and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is asking the fans to help cover the costs. There is even a PayPal account that has been set up by the mayor where you can donate money directly. You can visit the mayors Facebook page or even his twitter page if you would like to participate. www.Facebook.com/villaraigosa or www.twitter.com/villaraigosa . The Staples Memorial Service will start at 10:00 a.m. pacific time and Rev. Al Sharpton is set to deliver the eulogy. I have to say I am a bit nervous to watch, I just hope there are no altercations or issues with all those people and fans gathered together. This event is said to be the biggest of all time, even bigger the Obama’s inauguration. Billions of people are going to be watching it on TV and between being streamed live and people Twittering about it this will really be a historic event.
Although Michael Jackson is still the main news there are some other gossip tidbits to share. Starting with Casey Kasem. After 39 years on the radio this iconic DJ hosted his final broadcast on Saturday. Kasem is 77 years old and says he is leaving the show to “free up time I need to focus on a myriad of other projects.” One of those projects is said to be his memoir. Kasem stared the “American Top 40” countdown back in 1970 and back in 2004 handed the reigns over to Ryan Seacrest. Kasem has since been doing a shorter syndicated version of the “American Top 20”. Casey, you and our amazing voice will be missed.
A big career change for a famous actor. Kal Penn, who you probably recognize from the Harold and Kumar films, or more recently his TV career on “House”, is now working at the biggest house of all, the White House. Monday was his first day on his new job as Associate Director in the Office of Public Liaison. Basically what that entails is bringing the Asian- American and Pacific communities together with Barack Obama as well as connecting them all together with the art world. It is a pretty big change from what he was doing, but after working on Obama’s campaign in 2007 he felt “really inspired” and wanted to do more.
In other TV news, Jenna Fischer form the show “The Office” got engaged to her boyfriend during their European vacation at the end of June. Kara DioGuardi, the 4th judge from “American Idol”, got married this weekend during a small ceremony attended by only 30 friends and family members. Kara will be back for season 9 along with Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest.
Brett Michaels and his tour bus were in involved in a 5 car pileup on the 4th of July. Luckily no one was hurt when a car ran into the tour bus causing the 5 car accident. The Poison singer was on his way to St. Paul Minnesota after performing in Toronto when the accident occurred. Between the Tony Awards and now this he has been very lucky to escape serious injury.