When “Good Morning America” correspondent Amy Robach participated in an on-air mammogram screening last month as part of the show’s October Pink Initiative to help encourage viewers to get checked, she had no idea how important that scan would be, People reports.
“I was a little reluctant at first,” the journalist told colleague Robin Roberts on “GMA” Monday morning, speaking out for the first time since the diagnosis. “I’m 40, I’m the age, and I’ve been putting it off.”
After the initial on-air mammogram, doctors followed up with additional tests, and last week they made the shocking discovery that Robach has breast cancer.
The news came as a shock to Robach, who says she has no family history of the disease. “It’s still hard for me to say the words out loud. I have breast cancer.”
Married to former “Melrose Place” star Andrew Shue, Robach has two daughters and three stepsons. “Telling my children was the toughest part,” said Robach, who was joined by Shue and other cast members on the couch while making the announcement. “But that’s when you get strong, because you have to be strong for other people.”
Robach says while she doesn’t know the stage of her cancer or if it has spread, “I have decided to have a bilateral mastectomy.”
“You’re going to beat this,” her colleagues said, as Roberts held Robach’s hand.
“I’m so grateful that I got the mammogram that day. Robin’s words still echo inside of me: ‘If I got the mammogram on-air and saved one life then it’s all worth it,’ she had said. It never occurred to me that that life would be mine,” Robach said.
Angela Lansbury says “it’s a mistake” for NBC to call a new series “Murder, She Wrote,” The Associated Press reports.
The network recently announced plans to reboot the show with Oscar winner Octavia Spencer as its star. Spencer acknowledged her new TV project on Twitter last month.
Lansbury, who will accept an honorary Academy Award later this week, said “Murder, She Wrote” was her “greatest doorway to the world.”
“I suddenly became a worldwide-known character as Jessica Fletcher and really built an enormous audience, which I have to this day,” the 88-year-old said in a weekend telephone interview from her New York home. “That was the thing that really made me a star in the minds of everybody.”
Lansbury had three Oscar nominations and four Tony Awards when she joined the CBS drama, which aired from 1984-96, earning her 12 consecutive Emmy nominations and international acclaim.
She’s sensitive about the show’s reinvention.
“I think it’s a mistake to call it ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ ” Lansbury said, “because ‘Murder, She Wrote’ will always be about a Cabot Cove and this wonderful little group of people who told those lovely stories and enjoyed a piece of that place, and also enjoyed Jessica Fletcher, who is a rare and very individual kind of person. …
“So I’m sorry that they have to use the title ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ even though they have access to it and it’s their right.”
Lansbury said she admires Spencer’s work.
“I saw her in ‘The Help’ and thought she was absolutely wonderful, a lovely actress,” Lansbury said. “So I wish her well, but I wish it wasn’t in ‘Murder, She Wrote.’ ”
Representatives for Spencer didn’t respond to an email from the AP seeking comment.
Lady Gaga has come clean about her addiction to marijuana, People reports.
The singer, 27, said that she smoked marijuana to deal with the mental and physical challenges of her career, including a recent hip injury that forced her to cancel a large portion of her Born This Way tour.
“I have been addicted to it, and it’s ultimately related to anxiety coping, and it’s a form of self-medication, and I was smoking up to 15-20 marijuana cigarettes a day with no tobacco,” she said on The Z100 Morning Show.
“I was living on a totally other psychedelic plane, numbing myself completely, and looking back I do see now that some of it had to do with my hip pain. I didn’t know where the pain was coming from so I was just in a lot of pain and very depressed all the time and not really sure why,” she said.
The pop star said that over the years, she has experimented with various drugs to avoid difficult emotions — particularly challenges that arise from being in the public eye.
“I’ve been addicted to various things since I was young. Most heavily over the past seven years. A friend gave me this term, ‘I lily pad from substance to substance,’ because I get to a point where I can’t go any further with one substance so I move to another.”
“But, the truth is that it is very hard to be famous,” she added. “It’s wonderful to be famous because I have amazing fans. But it is very, very hard to go out into the world when you are not feeling happy and act like you are because I am a human being, too, and I break, and I think there is an assumption … that I cannot break because I am an alien woman and I am unstoppable.”
“The truth is that I can break, and I did. I was not very good at breaking. I lost everything that I love. I was in a wheelchair for six months. I did a lot of drugs and took a lot of pills,” she admitted.
But Gaga said she plans to “fight” her addiction and challenge herself to create music without the aid of mood-altering substances.
“I do put that pressure on myself; I have to be high to be creative. I need that, that’s an error in my life that happened for over 10 years. Can I be brilliant without it? I know that I can be and I have to be because I want to live, and I want my fans to want to live.”
It hasn’t been an easy past several months for Khloe Kardashian Odom — and the reality star opened up about her rocky marriage to Lamar Odom on the season finale of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” on Sunday, E! News reports.
“As many times as I have protected Lamar or dodged a bullet for him, lately everything is getting more than what I can protect or control,” Khloe, 29, said during a confessional after her husband’s agent called looking for him. “I’m getting bombarded with questions, and I don’t know what to say.”
Reports first surfaced in August that the former Los Angeles Lakers star, 34, was using “hardcore recreational drugs” for two years and even spent time in rehab.
“I feel like a connection with him because he’s married to my sister, but I don’t know what goes on in that house,” Khloe’s sister Kourtney Kardashian said on the show, adding that the couple, who are currently leading separate lives, “live in their own world” with “weird stuff going on.”
On an earlier episode of “Keeping Up,” Khloe also addressed her marital woes, explaining, “I laugh to keep from crying,” while telling Odom through cameras, “You’re not my child. I can’t lock you in a room, as much as I would like to.”
Just when you thought it was safe to watch another awards show … Miley Cyrus turns up and twerks again! But the bad behavior didn’t end there — she also lit what appeared to be a joint, People reports.
The 20-year-old got her wriggle on when she opened the MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam on Sunday.
This time around, the “Wrecking Ball” singer — who wore a skimpy bikini when she did the bump and grind against Robin Thicke at August’s Video Music Awards — was a little more covered up in a skintight knee-length silver dress. But it was her dance partner who’s likely to cause controversy.
Cyrus twerked against a little person dressed in black bondage gear as she performed “We Can’t Stop,” at one point grabbing the woman’s breast and slapping her bottom. The dancer returned the favor by slapping Cyrus’ derriere.
Later on in the show, Cyrus came back to the stage to accept an award for her “Wrecking Ball” video and unashamedly lit what appeared to be a joint.
On Thursday in Amsterdam, the singer was spotted at the Greenhouse coffee shop, which reportedly offers cannabis on its menu.