Man in the news Josh Elliott was not a physical presence on Monday’s “Good Morning America,” but his spirit was there, People reports.
After teasing the East Coast storm, the L.A. quake and an Arizona student riot, “GMA” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos announced at the top of the show from behind his desk, “First, a little news of our own.”
He congratulated Amy Robach on her promotion. “That’s going to be your chair,” he said, “the new news anchor right here on GMA.”
He added, “It feels so natural,” and that Robach “has been such a big part of our family,” filling in during the illness of the show’s co-anchor Robin Roberts.
Noting that the entire cast was celebrating with Robach, Stephanopoulos then went on to say, “And, of course, that also means we have some big news about our friend Josh Elliott. He is going to back to his roots, reporting on the NFL and the Olympics on NBC Sports.”
Going on, the anchor said, “He let us know last night, and, Josh, it has been a great run with you here on ‘GMA.’ We’re very happy you’re going to be pursuing your passion.”
The show’s lifestyle anchor, Lara Spenser, sitting next to Stephanopoulos, was effusive and expressed her love for Elliott. “He’s our buddy,” she said, “and we’ll miss him very much.”
Elliott, 42, follows former “GMA” weather forecaster Sam Champion in his departure from the top-rated ABC morning program.
On his new morning show on The Weather Channel, Champion said about Elliott, “He’s a great guy and a very good friend, and what folks need to understand is just like The Weather Channel was an incredible opportunity for my heart, NBC Sports is a great opportunity for Josh’s heart. It puts him right in the middle of the sports world, and that is what he loves. … I know that fans of ‘GMA’ are not loving it, but it’s a happy day for Josh.”
Roberts was not in the New York studio Monday morning. She was in Los Angeles, prepping to guest judge that night’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
Pharrell Williams has officially been tapped as a coach for “The Voice’s” seventh season, E! News reports.
“Okay, we can OFFICIALLY say it! WE ARE SO #HAPPY to announce PHARRELL WILLIAMS = #NewVoiceCoach for SEASON 7,” the NBC reality hit’s official Twitter account posted on Monday. (Whether or not his infamous Grammy hit will be joining the show as well remains to be seen.)
After the news broke, Pharrell took to Twitter to confirm the casting news, writing, “This is going to be so fun.” Adam Levine, who has been a coach on all six seasons of “The Voice,” welcomed Pharrell to the family, tweeting, “Welcome to the circus dude!”
But which three other musical superstars will be filling out season seven’s other red chairs? The full coach lineup will be announced at a later date.
“It’s been a huge year for Pharrell, with recognition for his contribution in the world of music — the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise soundtracks, his Oscar-nominated song ‘Happy’ and his Grammy-winning collaboration with Daft Punk on the breakout dance hit ‘Get Lucky.’ His dominance in record sales in 2014, coupled with his incomparable accomplishments in the world of fashion and design, make him an irresistible addition to ‘The Voice’ family,” NBC boss Paul Telegdy said in a statement. “He has already made a considerable impact as a mentor, drawing on an impressive track record as both a producer and performer. It is a perfect fit for ‘The Voice’ as we evolve and reach for new heights with this franchise. It feels like we are welcoming an existing family member home.”
Executive producer Mark Burnett added, “I am thrilled to have Pharrell come back to ‘The Voice’ family, and this time … as a coach. Continuing in ‘The Voice’ tradition of having the biggest and most current music stars as coaches, Pharrell fits perfectly.”
After being nominated for an Oscar for his work on the “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack, Pharrell recently released his latest album, “Girl,” which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S.
And Pharrell isn’t new to “The Voice,” as he served as Usher’s guest mentor back in season four.
Back in February, Cee Lo Green, who was one of the four original coaches, announced he was exiting “The Voice” after four seasons. “I just don’t want to wear out my welcome there, you know what I’m saying? I have so many other things that I want to do,” he said at the time.
“The Voice’s” seventh season will debut in the fall, while the sixth season is underway, with coaches Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher.
The King of Pop lives on — Epic Records is releasing a new Michael Jackson album, People reports.
“Xscape” will come out May 13 and feature eight original songs, the record company announced Monday. Epic also debuted the CD’s cover art, which shows Jackson gazing out from a futuristic, glittery costume.
The work is a collaboration between Epic’s L.A. Reid and music producers like Timbaland, who has engineered hits for Justin Timberlake and Madonna.
“After mining the Estate of Jackson’s archives, Reid was granted unlimited access to the treasures spanning four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals,” according to Epic’s website. “Reid then teamed up with top producers to ‘contemporize’ the songs while retaining Jackson’s essence and integrity, creating the best music you’ve never heard.”
Jackson, a 13-time Grammy winner, died in 2009 from a deadly anesthetic while preparing for his comeback tour. He was 50.
“Xscape” will be available for preorder today.
Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry tied the knot on Sunday, People reports.
The pair, who began dating in 2011, got engaged last April when Perry, 48, popped the question with a music-themed picnic.
“I’m sitting there listening and I’m kind of daydreaming and I’m thinking, like, ‘If I ever proposed to her this would be an amazing way to do it,’ ” Gilbert, 39, said. “The people picnicking next to us pull out string instruments from under the blanket, walk over and they start playing ‘Love Song.’ ”
But Perry’s surprises didn’t stop there. “She goes to her backpack and she pulls out these T-shirts and the first T-shirt says ‘will’ and then puts on another T-shirt, and it says, ‘you,’ then ‘marry,’ ‘me.’ ” Gilbert said. “It was the most amazing proposal ever.”
Gilbert later shared her engagement news on “The Talk.”
“I happened to be talking about gay marriage, and I thank you all for your support on that issue. That was before I had any idea about any of this. I’m super shy and don’t usually want to tell anything,” she said. “But I wanted you guys to know because I feel like you’re a part of our family here.”
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have invited reality TV cameras into their home during a very difficult time in their marriage, which was recently threatened by a cheating scandal that caused the actor to enter rehab, People reports.
Lifetime will air a new docuseries called “True Tori” that will follow the couple as they work on their relationship, beginning when McDermott leaves treatment, the network says in a press release.
The series will premiere just three weeks after the reality show begins filming and continue with a total of six hourlong episodes that document the family in crisis.
“She once said she would never split up her family, and she seems to mean it,” said a source close to Spelling. “However, after the latest cheating rumors, Tori must have put her foot down. She likely gave him an ultimatum.”
Spelling, 40, and McDermott, 47, have been married for seven years and have four children: Liam, 6, Stella, 5, Hattie, 2, and Finn, 19 months.
“True Tori” premieres April 22 at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.
Nicole Richie’s Twitter feed has launched her return to television, The Associated Press reports..
The 32-year-old former reality TV star-turned-designer, who is also an author and actress, is heading to VH1.
“#CandidlyNicole” is based on her popular AOL Web series, which was adapted from her Twitter feed, made up of her musings about everything from parenting to pop culture to random observations.
The VH1 version will feature all new content in eight half-hour episodes premiering July 17.
In an interview last year with The Associated Press, Richie said she was interested in eventually bringing the series to television but viewed an online start as “a nice way to experiment.”
Richie starred in the TV series “The Simple Life” with Paris Hilton and was a mentor on NBC’s “Fashion Star.”