- - Wednesday, January 18, 2012

LL Cool J tapped as first Grammy host in seven years

After seven years with a no-host format, the Grammys will have an emcee — LL Cool J.

The Grammy-winning rapper and actor said the Feb. 12 broadcast is “gonna be a great night” and said his hosting duties are a dream come true, the Associated Press reports.

The Recording Academy already has named some performers — the Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Jason Aldean.

While it will be LL Cool J’s first time hosting the Grammys, he has hosted the live Grammy nominations concert since it began in 2008.

The Grammys will be broadcast on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The rap legend is a star on the network’s “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

Teen targets ‘Modern Family’ episode about cursing toddler

An anti-profanity crusader on Tuesday asked ABC to pull this week’s “Modern Family” episode in which a toddler appears to use a bleeped curse word, the Associated Press reports.

“Our main goal is to stop this from happening,” said McKay Hatch, an 18-year-old college student who founded the No Cussing Club in 2007. “If we don’t, at least ABC knows that people all over the world don’t want to have a 2-year-old saying the F-bomb on TV.”

“We hope they know better,” Mr. Hatch said. He’s asking his club’s members, whom he said number 35,000 in the United States and about three dozen other countries, to complain to ABC.

ABC has yet to respond, he said Tuesday. The network had no comment, a spokeswoman said.

In the episode titled “Little Bo Bleep,” which was set to air Wednesday, 2-year-old Lily shocks parents Mitchell and Cameron (Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet) with her first expletive.

The dads, who are preparing Lily to serve as flower girl in a wedding, now have an added parenting challenge.

The tot is played by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who said the word “fudge” during taping.

Steven Levitan, creator and executive producer of the sitcom with Christopher Lloyd, told the Television Critics Association last week that he’s “proud and excited” about the F-word plot line ABC was persuaded to allow.

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