MORNING SHOW UPDATE

JUNE 2, 2009

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Hey everybody! Susan Boyle has checked herself into the mental section of a hospital, the President has gone on a date in New York and Lebron James is not in the NBA Finals! Oh, and an Air France Plane is missing at press time. Visit me online at Facebook. I’d love to have you as a friend. My email address is freddie@freddiebell.com. Call 888-639-9738 with your celebrity news tip!

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IT’S DATE NIGHT FOR THE PREZ AND FIRST LADY

Michelle and President Obama

Michelle and President Obama

President Barack Obama kept a campaign promise he made to his wife Michelle and whisked her off to the Big Apple Saturday night to see a Broadway play.
“I am taking my wife to New York City because I promised her during the campaign that I would take her to a Broadway show after it was all finished,” the president said in a statement an aide read to the press.

After grabbing a two-hour dinner at Blue Hill, a West Village restaurant touted by New York magazine as a “seminal Greenmarket haven” that features food grown by chef and owner Dan Barber on his upstate farm, the Obamas arrived at the Belasco Theater to see the August Wilson play “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.”

The production is about black America in the early 1900s, with residents of a boardinghouse recalling their migration from the sharecropping farms of the South to the industrialized North.

As the motorcade left the West Village and drove up Sixth Avenue to the theater, crowds of people, at times about eight deep, gathered on the sidewalks of the blockaded streets to wave as the Obamas passed, reports the Associated Press. Cab drivers opened their doors and stood on the frames of their taxis to glimpse the president and first lady.

MAGIC AND LAKERS MEET IN NBA FINALS

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Wow, even with King James, Cleveland got hit in the gut with another jab when it comes their sports teams and their collective self esteem.

Saturday night in Orlando, Led by the unstoppable Dwight Howard, the Magic defeated the Cavaliers 103-90 to take game six and close out the Eastern Conference finals. Next up is a meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.

Like Orlando, over in the Western Conference finals, the Lakers played a similarly impressive game 6 to defeat the Denver Nuggets Friday night, 119-92. That’s why they’re in the Finals, too.

In a game the Cavaliers had to have to stay alive … surprisingly the team and their main man didn’t exactly come out firing on all cylinders the way you would have expected them to. And even though he said their loss wasn’t for lack of passion or effort, Cavaliers coach Mike Brown didn’t bring his “A” game, either. On the other hand, props have to given the Orlando Magic’s mad man acting coach, Stan Van Gundy.

It was interesting seeing LeBron James walk off the court without showing love to Dwight Howard and The Magic. He also showered and left the Amway Arena without speaking to the press.

“It’s hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them,” he told the AP on Sunday. “I’m a winner. It’s not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you’re not going to congratulate them. That doesn’t make sense to me. I’m a competitor. That’s what I do. It doesn’t make sense for me to go over and shake somebody’s hand.”

He also said he sent a congratulatory digital message to Dwight Howard. But still, the bottom line question remains: Is King James guilty of being a poor sport or does he get a pass because he was obviously bummed out because of the loss?

DRAMA FOLLOWS SERENA AT FRENCH OPEN

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

I’m, like, drama. And I don’t want to be drama,” Serena Williams told reporters following her contentious third round win Saturday over Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez at the French Open.

During the match, Williams swore the ball went off her opponent’s arm, which is against the rules. Sanchez, insisted the ball went off her racket, which caused Williams to accuse Martinez Sanchez of “cheating.” Martinez Sanchez, in turn, said that was a “stupid” thing for Williams to say.

The point in question helped Martinez Sanchez win the first set of their match Saturday, but Williams – who had a coughing fit during a third-set changeover – went on to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

At the post-match press conference, a hoarse Williams admitted that she brings drama to the court, albeit reluctantly.

“I’m like one of those girls on a reality show that has all the drama, and everyone in the house hates them because no matter what they do, like, drama follows them. I don’t want to be that girl,” she said.

Williams was perhaps referring to a 2003 French Open semifinal loss marked by Justine Henin’s gamesmanship and Williams’ post-match tears, and a 2004 U.S. Open quarterfinal loss to Jennifer Capriati that contained enough questionable officiating to prompt the introduction of replay reviews in the sport.

NBC, which televised Saturday’s match, showed The Associated Press replays in which the ball appears to bounce first off Martinez Sanchez’s right forearm, then off her racket, before going over the net. Tennis rules say if a ball touches a player, the point is lost.

As the women headed to the ensuing changeover, Williams tried to say something to Martinez Sanchez, who kept walking. Then Williams spoke to the chair umpire, Emmanuel Joseph, saying, “I felt so bad. I didn’t mean to hit her.”

Repeatedly pointing to her own forearm, Williams told Joseph, “I don’t know why you gave her the game. That’s totally not cool.”

“She better not come to the net again,” Williams said.

When asked by reporters afterward whether she thought the ball touched Martinez Sanchez, Williams said, “I didn’t ‘think’ the ball touched her — the ball did touch her, 100 percent, on her arm. The rules of tennis is when the ball hits your body, then it’s out of play. You lose a point automatically. So the ball hit her body, and therefore, she should have lost the point — instead of cheating.”

TONE LOC PASSES OUT

Rapper Tone Loc, whose last big hit was 1989’s “Funky Cold Medina,” was into the sixth song of his performance in Pensacola, Fla. when he passed out on stage and had to be rushed to the hospital.
The 42-year-old, born Anthony Terrell Smith, was at the Capt’n Fun Beach Club when he fainted mid-song early Friday morning (May 29). Emergency medical personnel were called to the scene and he was taken by ambulance to Gulf Breeze Hospital. He was released later Friday morning.

The gravelly-voiced star is blaming the episode on jet lag and heat-related exhaustion.

“Leading up to the show, Tone had flight problems including long layovers,” manager Bobby Bessone said in a statement. “It took him about 12 hours to get to Pensacola from Burbank. Tone was exhausted and very hot onstage, and became ill because of it.”

Temperatures were reported to be in the low 80s with humidity at 87 percent.

Aside from scraping his elbow during his fall, the rapper is reportedly feeling fine and discussing make-up dates with the club’s owners, reports E! Online.

BLACK HISTORY FACT

June 1, 1843: Sojourner Truth left New York and began her career as an antislavery activist.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Actor Morgan Freeman is 72.

WORDS TO THE WISE

“It’s always worthwhile to make others aware of their worth.” — Malcolm Forbes

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