7 items from 2012
What had Et readers buzzing this week?
1. N.M. Men Suspected of Plotting Bieber's Death
Police confirm to Et that two New Mexico men have been suspected of plotting to murder pop sensation Justin Bieber.
As first reported by Albuquerque news station Krqe, the plot was allegedly hatched by two prison inmates and one of their nephews to murder Bieber at a sold-out show at NYC's Madison Square Garden.
According to a police report obtained by Et, a New Mexico prisoner named Dana Martin, serving out two life sentences for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl, enlisted the help of former fellow inmate Mark Staake and his nephew Tanner Ruane to carry out four murders. Two of the reported targets were Justin Bieber and his bodyguard.
The report continues to claim that Martin actually has a tattoo of Bieber on his leg.
The report also delves into the details of the planned murders, which involved »
Two Australian radio DJs are speaking out on the death of the British hospital nurse they prank called who committed suicide after being tricked into giving information on Kate Middleton's pregnancy. Michael Christian, of Sydney's 2DayFM, says he is "shattered," "gutted" and "heartbroken" in a new interview alongside colleague Mel Greig on the Australian program Today Tonight (via NBC News). Jacintha Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, was found dead on Friday, having taken her own life, after the DJs phoned King Edward VII hospital, pretending to be royals and duping Saldanha into putting their call through to another staffer who leaked details
- Erin Carlson
Mel Greig and Michael Christian are 'gutted, shattered and heartbroken' over Jacintha Saldanha's death, the nurse who allegedly committed suicide after she took their prank call to Kate Middleton's King Edward VII Hospital room on Dec. 4. The DJs gave their first interview on Dec. 10 as they shed tears and apologized for their actions. Watch the full interview! Mel Greig, 30, and Michael Christian, 25, who work for Sydney radio station 2Day FM, opened up to Clare Brady on Channel 7's Today Tonight, regarding their infamous prank call to Kate Middleton's King Edward VII Hospital room that allegedly resulted in a nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, taking her own life out of guilt. Mel and Michael said they were devastated and wanted to apologize to the family of Jacintha, a mother of two. "The first thing I asked was: 'Was she a mother?'" a very emotional Mel said. "If we played any »
- Christopher Rogers
Damian Whitewood insists he isn't the reason behind the supposed split between Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer. When news broke recently that the couple had apparently called it quits after nine years of marriage, rumors began running rampant that the hoofer's relationship with Spencer was to blame. The two competed on the Australian version of Dancing With the Stars earlier this year and the pair was later photographed getting cozy together in June. "I'm not the other man, never have been, never will be," Whitewood said during an interview on the Australian program Today Tonight. And while Whitewood pointed out "you can't stop a friendship forming when you are doing »
Kerri-Anne Kennerley has responded to suggestions that she is not taking her breast cancer diagnosis seriously enough. The Australian TV personality was questioned on Today Tonight over why she had decided to delay surgery until after this weekend's season finale of Dancing with the Stars, on which she was a contestant. Kennerley said: "If my surgeon had said [so], I'd be in at 4 o'clock today, I'd be there. I do take advice, but there is a few days' flexibility on this. And you know, who doesn't want to dance with Carmelo [Pizzino]? "I'm taking it so seriously. Within virtually seven days, I've done everything that's appropriate. I made sure I got the best advice as quickly as possible. I've had the right tests a couple of times over, the right biopsies. [I've] booked in everything. I'm not mucking (more) »
- By Kate Goodacre
Sally Obermeder has revealed that she is writing a personal memoir. The Australian television presenter, who is best known for her role on current affairs show Today Tonight, will tell all in the book about her battle with aggressive stage three breast cancer. Obermeder has "insisted on writing every word herself", according to The Daily Telegraph, and will talk about her diagnosis, the effects of chemotherapy and juggling her cancer treatment with caring for her baby daughter. She was reportedly told recently that she has to undergo an extra three months of chemotherapy to fight the illness, after being hospitalised due to an infection last month. The book is scheduled for release in November this year and is (more) »
- By Rebecca Davies
Channel Ten bosses have said that they feel "positive" about The Project's viewer ratings. The Australian current affairs show, which is hosted by Dave Hughes, Carrie Bickmore and Charlie Pickering, was recently renamed and moved to an earlier timeslot in order to boost ratings, but was still beaten by Today Tonight, A Current Affair and the Seven and Nine Network news bulletins last night. The Project achieved less than half a million viewers, while all the rival programmes got audiences of over a million. However, Ten's programming chief David Mott said that they are pleased that The Project still gave the station a 22% audience increase in its 6pm to 7pm slot. Mott told (more) »
- By Rebecca Davies
7 items from 2012
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