Oprah Winfrey and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton paid surprise visits to Barbara Walters on Thursday as the veteran newswoman taped her final edition of “The View” to end a half-century career on television, The Associated Press reports.
The ABC hour airs Friday at 11 a.m.
Actor Michael Douglas, a longtime friend and frequent subject of Walters’ interviews, also dropped by for the tribute.
And after hailing the 84-year-old Walters for helping open the door to women in TV news, Winfrey introduced a parade of additional surprise guests: some two dozen prominent on-air women for whom Walters helped pave the way. They included Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts.
Walters, who began her TV career on NBC’s “Today” show in 1962, created “The View” 17 years ago.
A New York hotel where someone recorded security video appearing to show Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles, attacking Jay Z inside an elevator said Wednesday it had identified and fired the person, the AP reports.
The Standard Hotel said the person had been terminated for “breaching the security policies of the hotel and recording the confidential CCTV video.”
Celebrity website TMZ posted the 3-minute video Monday and said it was shot last week inside a Standard Hotel elevator.
The video appears to show Solange attacking Jay Z in Beyonce’s presence. A security guard intervenes. The footage shows the performers in the outfits they wore to the Met Gala last week. There is no audio.
The hotel said after the video was first aired that it was “shocked and disappointed” by the security breach. It said Wednesday that it will turn over “all available information to criminal authorities.”
Jay Z and Beyonce, who were married in 2008, will kick off their co-headlining “On the Run Tour” on June 25 in Miami.
Beyonce, Jay Z and Solange say they are moving on since the video leaked this week, People reports.
"As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it," they say in a statement to AP Thursday.
"Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family."
"The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false," the statement continued. "At the end of the day families have problems and we're no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We've put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same."
And we may finally know what caused the heated elevator fight between Solange Knowles and Jay Z, E! News reports.
It turns out the family feuding occurred because Jay Z got a little too close with designer Rachel Roy, who's the ex-wife of his business partner Damon Dash.
"At the gala, Rachel was being flirtatious with Jay," a source exclusively tells E! News. "Once everyone was at the Boom Boom Room for the afterparty, her flirtations were elevated."
"Beyonce approached Rachel to let her know the behavior was disrespectful and she wanted her out of their lives for good," the source goes on. "Solange came over to have her sister's back, and things got heated with her and Rachel. Jay said some disrespectful things to Beyonce and Solange as the confrontation was going down. That's why all hell broke loose in the elevator and why Beyonce just stood back and let Solange hit Jay."
Roy's camp didn't immediately repond to E! News' request for comment, but her ex Dash did tweet an interesting message after Solange's attack. "I am actually impressed with her independent spirit, she seems like a fighter," he wrote earlier this week.
Billy Bean still wishes he'd handled things differently back in 1995 when he quit baseball, rather than tell his teammates that he is gay, People reports.
"The double life I was leading was just exhausting," says Bean, who played for the Detroit Tigers, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.
He spoke with People exclusively for a portfolio of gay professional athletes on their choices to play and live openly.
Married young to a woman, Bean later divorced and began dating men. When he did, he moved 20 miles from the ballpark, just to avoid having teammates stop by.
The most difficult moment came a year and a half later, when his then-partner passed away.
"Think if you lost your wife or your partner and went to work and didn't tell anybody," says Bean, 50.
Rather than share the truth, he quit the game and, he says, "cut himself off" from friends, family and former players, because he was convinced he'd let everyone down.
"I regret making the decision the way I did, because I loved being a player so much," admits Bean who, in 1999, was among the first gay pro baseball players to go public.
Today, Bean says, "I'm proud to be one of the first people to tell the truth and I'm proud with what my life's been like."
Closing the door on his sports career opened another as a mentor.
"I've been an ambassador for baseball – I love the game and I've tried to be a great role model to young athletes who are still in the closet," he says.
He remembers meeting the mother of Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming college student who had been beaten to death in a 1998 hate crime.
"She said, 'This [mentoring] is what you're supposed to be doing. You're going to change the world,' " recalls Bean, who now works as a realtor in Southern California. "I thought, 'Maybe I haven't thrown it all away.' "
The Foo Fighters are headed to the small screen, the AP reports.
The rock band said Thursday it will show the making of its new album in a series on HBO. The series will feature the group recording one song in eight cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.
The show and album will premiere in the fall.
Bandleader Dave Grohl will direct the series. He received critical acclaim last year for his directorial debut, the music documentary “Sound City.”
The Foo Fighters recorded tracks for its eighth album in Austin, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; Seattle; New Orleans; and Washington, D.C. A news release says the songs will include “local legends.”
The new album is the follow-up to 2011’s “Wasting Light,” which won five Grammys in 2012, including best rock album.
In a field that featured superstars such as Veronica Roth, Rick Riordan and Jeff Kinney, the winner of the Children’s Choice Book Award for author of the year was a brand name of a different kind: Rush Limbaugh, the AP reports.
The conservative commentator won Wednesday night for his best-selling “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.” Nominees are determined by how many copies their books sell, but winners are picked by kids, who vote online. The awards were presented by the Children’s Book Council, a nonprofit trade association.
Roth’s “Allegiant,” the finale of her blockbuster “Divergent” series, won the award for best book for teens.