Prepare for a whole lot of naked jokes and “Girls” parodies!
Lena Dunham, creator and star of HBO’s hit series “Girls,” has been tapped to host “Saturday Night Live” for the first time, NBC announced Tuesday. Dunham will make her hosting debut March 8, with musical guest The National, E! News reports.
“Girls” is midway through its third season, with a new episode airing March 9, so you’ll have a Lena Dunham double feature that weekend.
“Thank you for the ‘SNL’ love. Dream come true,” Dunham tweeted of her hosting debut. “Can’t wait to debut my character ‘girl who googled serial killers all night & has lots to say’!”
“SNL” hilariously parodied “Girls” in the Season 39 premiere when Tina Fey hosted and played an Albanian girl named Alberta, who moves to Brooklyn and starts giving advice to “Girls’ ” four girls. Noel Wells, in particular, nailed her Dunham impression.
Dunham watched the parody at Mindy Kaling’s house and tweeted her thoughts. “The ‘SNL’ parody of ‘Girls’ was a true honor,” she wrote, later adding, “Very excited about the current lineup of ‘SNL’ ladies. They are funny like whoa.”
“Saturday Night Live” returns Saturday with “The Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons acting as host and musical guest Beck.
Paula Patton and Robin Thicke’s decision to separate came as a surprise, in part because they seemed to be a fun-loving couple on red carpets — including at the Grammy Awards last month, People reports.
But signs of trouble in their marriage may have started as early as 2010, when the couple welcomed their first child.
The “Blurred Lines” singer, who was spotted out at Disneyland with their son on Sunday, also said that they were having a problem finding balance. “It was hard when we became parents, because we had to balance our careers with this new person in our lives,” Thicke told People at Art Basel in 2011.
“[Having a baby] changed everything,” he added. “It was tough at first. She was stressed. I took time off. I lost my mojo. After a while, we hit our rhythm and we are more in love and supportive than ever.”
Both Patton, 38, and Thicke, 36, have seen their careers blossom since becoming parents, and an industry source says their grueling work schedules may have been a factor in their separation.
“They’re both at the top of their careers right now and they’re never together. She’s filming in Canada and he’s on tour,” says the source.
Cheating rumors have also plagued the couple. Thicke was photographed grabbing a woman’s backside at New York City nightclub 1Oak following his controversial performance with Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.
“He didn’t act married,” says an observer.
Still, the couple has nothing but love for one another. Says an insider: “They do love each other. They’ll continue to be friends.”
Piers Morgan is not happy.
But it has nothing to do with the fact that CNN is canceling his prime-time show, “Piers Morgan Live.” Rather, the veteran British journalist is angry over a report that claims he didn’t treat his staff very well, E! News reports.
“Hi @NYDailyNews — found any CNN makeup artists I was ever rude to yet? Or you going to admit you just invented that garbage?” Morgan tweeted regarding a story the paper pubbed on Tuesday morning.
The New York Daily News quotes a source as saying that Morgan “was always such an a------ to people working for him,” adding, “The makeup girls suffered the worst — he was rude and belligerent … . The general feeling is Morgan didn’t show any respect to anyone working under him — the people who were trying to make him look good.”
Morgan continued to insist such statements were just plain false by writing, “Sorry, don’t mind all the crap swirling around my CNN show ending, but abusing makeup artists? NEVER. Just pisses me off to read that.”
He added, “So @NYDailyNews response is to tweet a link to their lie? Halfwits. And their Brit editor Colin Myler worked with me at the Mirror, too!”
Last Sunday, a rep for CNN confirmed to E! News that “Piers Morgan Live” would be coming to an end.
According to The New York Times, Morgan said he and CNN president Jeff Zucker had discussed the show’s failure to connect to the network’s audience and had decided to cancel it, more than likely in March.
Morgan told the Times, “It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings.”
The former “America’s Got Talent” judge started hosting his show in January 2011.
Writing duo Gamble and Huff will receive the Johnny Mercer award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony, The Associated Press reports.
The organization announced Tuesday that Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff will be honored with the top prize June 12 in New York City. Elton John and Bernie Taupin earned the honor last year.
Philadelphia-based Gamble and Huff have written and produced many hits, including Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” and the O’Jays’ “Love Train.” They also wrote the “Soul Train” theme song, “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia).”
The duo was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995.
Ray Davies, Donovan and songwriters Jim Weatherly, Graham Gouldman and Mark James make up the 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame class.
The younger brother of actress Salma Hayek was hospitalized with several broken ribs after being involved in a Los Angeles car crash that killed his passenger, the AP reports.
Police Officer Zachary Hutchings says 40-year-old Sami Hayek was driving on Sunset Boulevard in a 2006 Ford GT on Sunday when he lost control and collided with a 2011 Toyota Tacoma pickup.
Coroner’s officials say the crash killed 43-year-old Ian Cuttler Sala. According to his website, Cuttler was a photographer and art director who won a Grammy for his design of the “Johnny Cash: The Legend” music box set.
The driver of the Tacoma, 20-year-old Alvin Gomez, suffered a broken foot.
Investigators haven’t determined what caused Hayek to lose control.
Hayek is a furniture designer.