- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Rosie: ‘Price’ not right

Rosie O'Donnell has shut the door on coming on down to be the next host of “The Price is Right” — all because she doesn’t want to deal with schlepping to Los Angeles, TMZ.com reports.

In a post on her video blog over the weekend, Miss O'Donnell called the gig “a fantasy childhood indulgence,” and explained that she asked CBS to let her tape multiple episodes on the days she was out West, but the network said no way.

According to Miss O'Donnell, it would’ve been a lark anyway, since, as she put it, “I don’t really need a job,” and uprooting her large brood wasn’t an option.

The search continues.

Losing ground?

The latest nightly news ratings are out, and Brian Williams and his “NBC Nightly News” are losing to Charlie Gibson and “World News Tonight,” says Mediabistro.com, citing a report from Associated Press.

Although Katie Couric is in a distant third place, Nielsen reports that Mr. Williams has lost over 246,000 more viewers than Miss Couric over the past 39 weeks.

For his part, Mr. Williams calls it a “back-and-forth dogfight.”

Moore fined for DUI

“Criminal Minds” star Shemar Moore has been fined and given probation after copping a no contest plea Friday on a DUI charge, Zap2it.com reports.

Charges against Mr. Moore — whose credits include a long run on the CBS soap “The Young and the Restless” and co-starring roles in the feature films “The Brothers” and “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” — were filed on Friday morning stemming from the actor’s June 1 arrest in Los Angeles.

Mr. Moore, 37, was pulled over for speeding on Santa Monica Boulevard early in the morning. At the time, the officer reported Mr. Moore “displayed signs of alcohol impairment and a DUI investigation was conducted.” Mr. Moore blew a .08 blood alcohol level, exactly California’s legal limit.

Although Mr. Moore’s next court hearing was scheduled for today, the actor’s lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, entered a no-contest plea on the charge of exhibition of speed, according to TMZ.com. The two misdemeanor DUI charges were dropped.

The celebrity news Web site also said that Mr. Moore was swiftly sentenced, received probation, paid a $1,400 fine and was ordered to perform community service.

Shaq attacks fat

Think Shaquille O’Neal’s great love is hoops?

Think again.

“I love kids, even more than basketball,” Mr. O’Neal says in the first episode of his new ABC show, “Shaq’s Big Challenge,” in which the superstar helps motivate six Florida middle school students to lead healthier lives.

The show, premiering at 9 tonight, tackles the issue of childhood obesity.

“Kids just need to be active,” Mr. O’Neal told the New York Daily News. “I don’t want kids to go in the gym and [do] a heptathlon and do 20 different sports. Just be active.

“We live in a society now where it’s easy to eat a bag of chips and watch TV, easy to eat a bag of chips and play with your PlayStation,” he said. “It’s easy to eat a bag of donuts and just sit down and not do anything.”

To combat complacency among his six young participants, Mr. O’Neal enlisted a “dream team” of experts, including his own physician and trainer, Dr. Carlon “Doc” Colker; personal trainer Tarik Tyler; nutritionist Joy Bauer, and childhood obesity expert Dr. William Muinos.

“The most emotional part [of the show] is when we took the kids to Dr. Muinos … and he explained what can happen to them,” Mr. O’Neal said.

“He showed them pictures of other obese children who became obese adults. That was part of my motivation, with a little bit of reality scare tactic, and I think it worked, because at the end of the show, you’re going to see fabulous results.”

Ultimately, Mr. O’Neal and his “team” hope to help spur a health revolution for the youngsters, their community and for viewers.

“We have a meeting with the governor in about a week or so,” he said. “Basically, I’m going to be pushing trying to get the mandatory P.E. back, and trying to get better school lunches.”

As for the show’s six youngsters, Mr. O’Neal says they’re doing fine. If more care is needed, “they have my e-mail address,” he said.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports



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