People: Monty Python, Maria Bartiromo and Sue Kerr


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No joke: Monty Python are reuniting!

The five surviving members of the famed British cult comedy group -- John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Eric Idle -- are preparing to make a comeback almost 45 years since their first TV shows together, People reports.

"We're getting together and putting on a show -- it's real," Jones confirmed to the BBC early Tuesday. "I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!"

The comedians are all in their early 70s now. A sixth founding member, Graham Chapman, died of cancer in 1989 at age 48. Rumors of a Python reunion surface regularly, but have led nowhere -- until now.

Famous for their zany sketch show "Monty Python's Flying Circus," which first aired in 1969, and subsequent films "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "Monty Python's Life of Brian" and "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life," the Pythons have taken varied paths through show business since parting.

Cleese has been a success in movies, starring in films including "A Fish Called Wanda." Palin makes travel documentaries and writes books. Gilliam is a filmmaker. Jones has been writing scripts, including the film "Labyrinth."

The group, whose work has been living on in the musical "Spamalot" (penned by Idle), was set to announce its comeback Thursday. But news was already circulating, with Idle tweeting Monday that fans should look out for a "big forthcoming news event." And The Sun newspaper splashed the news Tuesday with a front-page headline proclaiming "Monty Python Flies Again."

The five members are still set to hold a press conference Thursday at the Playhouse Theatre in London (where "Spamalot" is playing). A rep would not confirm any further details.

 

Maria Bartiromo will leave CNBC later this month after 20 years with the network, BroadcastingCable.com reports.

"After 20 years of groundbreaking work at CNBC, Maria Bartiromo will be leaving the company as her contract expires on Nov. 24," said a network spokesperson. "Her contributions to CNBC are too numerous to list but we thank her for all of her hard work over the years and wish her the best."

Bartiromo is expected to join Fox Business Network, where she would anchor a daily program and could have a role with Fox News as well.

Bartiromo had served as the host of CNBC's "Closing Bell." She also is the host and managing editor of the weekly syndicated show "On the Money With Maria Bartiromo." She joined CNBC in 1993 after working five years with CNN. In 1995, she became the first journalist to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on a regular basis.

Elizabeth Vargas has checked out of rehab after being treated for alcohol abuse, People reports.

"Hello everyone! I am home, and so grateful for all your support and well wishes," Vargas, 51, Tweeted on Tuesday. "I am so much better and taking it one day at a time. :)"

The co-anchor of ABC's 20/20 revealed that she was in treatment on Nov. 6, saying in a statement, "Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction. I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. And feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming."

Sue Kerr, founder and editor of the LGBTQ blog Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents, has taken CBS's "Mike & Molly" to task for slurs against the LGBTQ community.

In a Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents blog post that was republished at HuffingtonPost.com on Monday, Kerr writes:

"Last season the hit CBS sitcom Mike and Molly went astray with two jokes about transgender women, specifically using the slur 'shemale.' That very same weekend a movie starring Melissa McCarthy used another slur, 'tranny.' ...

"CBS officials met with [LGBTQ advocacy group] GLAAD, and I had hoped that things would get better. GLAAD was also concerned about the depiction of transgender characters on the various procedural shows.

"So I was literally stunned into silence the other night when we tuned in to the second episode of the season. I had heard that the writers were planning to turn Molly into something more like the assorted hard-ass women characters McCarthy plays in her successful movies, so I expected the show to be a bit more coarse.

"Ha. In the first 15 minutes I counted:

"A lesbian-prison-bitch joke

"A lesbian-prison-rape joke

"A straight-men-perceived-as-gay joke

"A soap-on-a-rope-in-the-locker-room joke

"A Carl-kissed-a-trans-woman-ha-ha-ha joke ...

Kerr's post goes on to criticize the network, the show and the actors, including Swissvale native Billy Gardell and Melissa MeCarthy, for demonstrating an insensitivity to LGBTQ issues and people.


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