"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson -- suspended from the series indefinitely after making disparaging remarks about gays -- is getting some support from key followers, The Associated Press reports.
Sarah Palin posted a picture on her Facebook page of her with the reality show clan with the message, "Free Speech is an endangered species." And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also lamented the suspension on free speech terms.
"It's a messed-up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended," said the governor in a statement Thursday. (The show is filmed in his state.)
A&E announced Wednesday what it called a "hiatus" for Robertson, 67, after he disparaged gays in the January edition of GQ magazine. He also said that, growing up in Louisiana before the civil rights movement, he never saw mistreatment of blacks.
In a statement, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to see Robertson's anti-gay remarks, which it said were based on his personal beliefs and do not reflect those of A&E Networks or the show. A&E Networks, a joint venture of The Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp., called itself a supporter of the lesbian and gay community.
America's most bubbly journalist is moving on, E! News reports.
Disney-ABC announced today that Katie Couric's daytime talk show has reached the end of its run. The former CBS News anchor will host her final show of Katie in June 2014. At that time the series will reach the end of its second season in television syndication.
"While production will continue on "Katie" through June 2014, we've mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show," Couric and Disney-ABC said in a joint statement.
Couric recently signed a deal with Yahoo as global anchor in 2014.
Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer announced in November that Couric will "lead a growing team of correspondents at Yahoo News who will cover the world's most interesting stories and newsmakers."
Britain's phone-hacking scandal has entered a strange phase, People reports.
During the trial of journalists accused of illegally listening into private conversations over the cell phones of the royal family, the court is playing voice mails that were allegedly hacked into.
Surprisingly, what the court has revealed so far seems to be pretty innocent -- adorable, even.
* Prince William calls Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge "babykins." Or, at least, he did in 2006 when the two were dating.
* Prince William also likes to prank-call Prince Harry, sometimes pretending to be his girlfriend. According to court documents, the future King of England allegedly once put on "a falsetto voice" meant to be that of Chelsy Davy, whom Harry dated from 2005-10. In the transcript of the call read in court, Prince William then allegedly called his younger brother "the best looking ginger" in the world.
Singing star Adele has been honored at Buckingham Palace, being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles, the AP reports.
The 25-year-old with the soulful voice has become a worldwide star since her debut album topped the charts in 2008.
Last year she co-wrote and performed the title song in the latest James Bond film, "Skyfall." She received an Academy Award for that effort.
Adele has recovered from throat problems that jeopardized her singing voice two years ago. She won a record six Grammy awards last year.
Demi Lovato says she's leaving "The X Factor" to focus on her music career, the AP reports.
In an interview after Wednesday's show the 21-year-old singer-actress said she wanted to return to her "roots."
Lovato plans to devote next year to touring and working on a new album.
Lovato's fourth studio album, "Demi," debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in May.
Foo Fighters, The Roots and Imagine Dragons will perform on a cruise ship ahead of the Super Bowl, the AP reports.
The bands will hit the stage on the Bud Light Hotel New York, which will be docked at Pier 88 in Manhattan on the Hudson River. The Super Bowl will be played Feb. 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
The Roots will perform with Run DMC and Busta Rhymes on Jan. 30, while Grammy-nominated Imagine Dragons will perform a day later.
Foo Fighters will headline the main event on Feb. 1, where Zac Brown Band will also perform.
Fall Out Boy and country singer Jake Owen will play a concert before the Super Bowl.
The cruise ship will offer lodging for 4,000 guests in 1,900 staterooms.
Despite the chill in the air, Heather Mills allegedly had a major meltdown, E! News reports.
The model and activist, who perhaps is best known as the ex-wife of Paul McCartney, had been training for the upcoming Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi when an issue regarding a piece of equipment, combined with a lingering injury, prompted her to quit the team, according to the British Disabled Ski Team.
According to multiple reports, however, her exit comes after she lunged at Sylvana Mestre, the head of the International Paralympic Committee, screaming "you bitch, you bitch," and had to be restrained by security. Per the BBC, the IPC is considering taking disciplinary action against Mills.
And this all apparently went down because the IPC told Mills that the boot she was wearing on her prosthetic limb didn't meet competition standards.
"Heather waited patiently -- as the IPC confirmed -- to try to explain to Sylvana Mestre that her left boot was legal and purely cosmetic to abide by the archaic IPC rules. It was just cut down and the buckles removed to stop more weight limb damage," a rep for Mills told the BBC.
Mills, whose left leg was amputated below the knee after she was injured in a motorcycle crash in 1993, had run into this issue with her boot before, explaining earlier this year that what the IPC wanted her to wear caused "intolerable pain." She proceeded to wear the unapproved boot in a race in Austria on Monday.
"As a result of this and on the back of an injury, Heather Mills has decided to resign from BDST, thereby removing herself from the selection process for the Sochi Paralympic Games. Occasionally in sport equipment issues arise, especially with adaptive equipment and the interpretation of the rules in relation to its use. Therefore we are all saddened that she has decided to retire at this stage, rather than working with BDST and IPC Skiing to resolve the issue.
"Heather has shown determination and made great progress over the past few months and is to be commended for the success she's had in her skiing career."
It sounds like good riddance as far as the IPC is concerned, however.
"I was trying to explain to her that this is not the equipment we approved earlier in the year and then that was it, she exploded," Mestre told BBC Sport. "She jumped on me. She started to say I was a bitch. She grabbed me from the back and she started to say that 'you don't know who I am, I will make your life miserable'. I don't understand the reaction."
"It was harassment," added IPC spokesman Craig Spence. "It was absolutely disgraceful behaviour."