The latest round of rumblings began with the Wall Street Journal, which reported that NBC executives, including “Today” executive producer Jim Bell, met with Mr. Seacrest this week to discuss the possibility of him joining NBC’s morning show. Multiple sources confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that the meeting did take place but described it as part of continued discussions with the “American Idol” host.
Making the chatter that much more intense is the fact that Mr. Seacrest’s rich contract with E!, where he is lead anchor and managing editor of “E! News,” is up early next year, and his representative confirmed his negotiations with E! parent NBCUniversal are ongoing.
Alec Baldwin apologizes to passengers, not airline
Alec Baldwin issued an apology Wednesday to fellow passengers on an American Airlines flight that was delayed by his refusal to stop playing a cellphone game — but stopped short of apologizing to the airline or the flight attendant he later mocked on Twitter.
The “30 Rock” actor’s note, posted to the Huffington Post, instead lamented the state of modern air travel. Mr. Baldwin noted the financial struggles of airlines, saying the result is that air travel has devolved into an inelegant experience, akin to riding a bus.
Mr. Baldwin wrote that increased security on commercial airplanes post-9/11 has resulted in a “paramilitary” aura around air travel.
“September 11th was a horrific day in the airline industry, yet in the wake of that event, I believe carriers and airports have used that as an excuse to make the air travel experience as inelegant as possible,” he wrote.
Mr. Baldwin’s letter is the latest volley in a dust-up with American Airlines, with the airline taking to social media Wednesday to maintain that it was following federal regulations when it booted an “extremely vocal customer” from a flight for refusing to shut off his cellphone.
The company never cited the “30 Rock” TV star by name.
Mr. Baldwin took to Twitter after Tuesday’s incident at Los Angeles International Airport, saying he was asked to leave a New York-bound plane after a “flight attendant on American reamed me out” for playing a game on his cellphone.
American said Wednesday on Facebook that Federal Aviation Administration regulations require that cellphones and other electronic devices be turned off as soon as the airliner’s door has been closed. The company said Mr. Baldwin refused to comply.
The airline added that Mr. Baldwin was “extremely rude” to the flight crew, calling people “inappropriate names” and using offensive language.View Entire Story
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