Sad news this weekend for “American Idol” winner David Cook. He lost his brother Adam, 37, who has been battling a brain tumor for over 10 years. Ironically, David was in D.C. for the 12th Annual Race for Hope 5K, in which he was the grand marshal as well as a runner. Along with his team they raised over $98,000 which will go to the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. David actually spoke to the crowd and actually shared with them that morning that his brother had just died the night before. He told the crowd “I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else right now.” Jeff Kolodin, who was the co chair for the race said this about David, he “is beyond the most courageous young person I have ever known. He spent his entire day hugging survivors, signing autographs for them taking pictures. He shared his very private moment with thousands. He was willing to put his personal raw emotion out there, knowing he was being filmed. He’s a heck of a person.” That is an incredible story. Our thoughts and prayers are with you David, during this very difficult time.
Oprah Winfrey has a new project and her name is Jenny McCarthy. Just like Dr. Phil and Rachel Ray, Jenny McCarthy is the latest person to sign a multiyear deal with Harpo productions that will include several projects. Jenny has spent time lately with Oprah not only as a guest on her show to promote her books, “Louder than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism” and “Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds”. She also has been on Oprah’s panel a few times for her Friday Live shows as well. Already Jenny has started a blog on the Oprah.com website and she will most likely have her own syndicated talk show at some point. With Oprah’s name behind her you can imagine that only good things will be ahead for Jenny’s career.
Good news for Melissa Rycroft fans, she is feeling much better and plans to perform on tonight’s “Dancing with the Stars”. She says she still is in some pain and she has been using a numbing patch to help with the pain, but she is going to give it her best shot. On the other hand there was not such good news for Denise Richards who also gave it has best shot this weekend but failed miserably. Denise was given the honor of singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch at a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field this past Friday. Richards herself admits not only is she not a singer but that she knew her performance was “horrifying”. Denise is originally from Downers’ Grove a suburb of Illinois and was happy to be at the game and at Wrigley Field. Denise said she really got into the game of baseball when she was married to Charlie Sheen, who was a big baseball fan. And finally another celebrity couple tied the knot this weekend. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sargaard made it official in Italy this weekend. The two have been together for years and already have a 2 ½ year old daughter together. Brother Jake Gyllenhaal and girlfriend Reese Whitherspoon were among the guests. Most recently Maggie was in “The Dark Knight” and Sarsgaard has been in the movies “Kinsey, Jarhead, and Shattered Glass”. Congratulations to the happy couple.