Hef to give one of his girlfriends away
One of Hugh Hefner's live-in girlfriends is trading the grotto for the gridiron.
The Playboy mogul said in a statement that “The Girls Next Door” co-star Kendra Wilkinson is engaged to Philadelphia Eagles receiver Hank Baskett. The 23-year-old model-actress has lived with Hefner since 2004 and currently co-stars as one of his three girlfriends in the E! reality series.
“I have given her my blessing and will be giving her away at a very special wedding ceremony at the Playboy Mansion this coming June,” Hefner said.
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The 82-year-old publisher's love life has been in flux. Last month, he and “No. 1” girlfriend Holly Madison called it quits. Twin 19-year-olds Karissa and Kristina Shannon are currently living with Hefner. Associated Press
McCain going on Leno
Republican presidential nominee John McCain has chosen Jay Leno's show for his post-election return to the TV airwaves. In a statement Friday, NBC said the Arizona senator, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, will appear Tuesday on “The Tonight Show” in honor of the traditional observance of Veterans Day. Staff reports
Britney, Justin sing for Madonna
Britney and Justin still share one bond: Madonna.
In separate appearances, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake performed Thursday night during Madonna's show at Dodger Stadium. The former pop power couple did not take the stage together, and it wasn't clear whether they'd crossed paths.
Rumors of the guest appearances swirled Thursday, making it a can't-miss event for some of Hollywood's biggest stars: Elizabeth Banks, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Lopez and Lucy Liu were among those in the first few rows.
Spears took a moment from her turn on stage to lament the passage of a gay-marriage ban in California.
“I am the luckiest girl in the world,” she said, “but am sad because African Americans are equal finally, but gay marriage is not.” Associated Press
Comic takes stage after jail
Comedian Katt Williams was arrested on weapons charges in midtown Manhattan after being pulled over by police for allegedly driving a car without license plates.
The 35-year-old performer was released on bail Thursday in time to make it for his show at Carnegie Hall. He told the audience that he “just got out of jail.”
Police say a handgun was found in Williams' car after he was stopped for the alleged traffic violation.
His attorney, Charles Ross, did not immediately return a call requesting comment Friday.
Williams is best known for his role in the movie “Friday After Next” and for his appearances in rap videos. He also voices “A Pimp Named Slickback” in “The Boondocks” animated television series. Associated Press
Actor Norman Lloyd, 94. Singer Patti Page, 81. CBS newsman Morley Safer, 77. Singer Bonnie Raitt, 59. Actress Alfre Woodard, 55. Singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones, 54. Singer-actor Leif Garrett, 47. Actress Courtney Thorne-Smith, 41. Actress Parker Posey, 40. Actress Gretchen Mol, 35. Actress Tara Reid, 33. Actress Dania Ramirez, 29. TV personality Jack Osbourne (“The Osbournes”), 23.
This day in history Nov. 8
1889: Montana became the 41st state.
1923: Adolf Hitler launched his first attempt at seizing power with a failed coup in Munich, Germany, that came to be known as the “Beer-Hall Putsch.”