Viola Davis basked in congratulations from Oprah Winfrey and Idris Elba on her historic Emmy win Sunday night, and Tracy Morgan made an appealing return to TV with a heartfelt speech.
Backstage after Sunday’s ceremony, the comedian, who wrote the remarks with his manager Lewis Kay and Jeff Stilson, said, ““We just sat down and it just came from the heart. I just wanted to say to my peers and my comrades in TV land thank you very much,” according to Variety.
But not everyone was enthralled by the speech, in which Morgan talked about recovering from the brain injury he suffered as a result of the June 2014 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed comedian James McNair and injured three others.
David Jay Glassman, the attorney for Kevin Roper, the Walmart driver involved in the crash, argued that the speech will prejudice court decisions against his client, who pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and death by auto in February.
On Monday, Glassman issued a statement saying, “Mr. Morgan has confirmed that his monetary goals have been realized and his personal as well as professional recovery is well underway. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about my client …. who awaits indictment, while his constitutional rights were discarded in favor of an unprecedented rush to judgment and material for comic relief.”
Morgan and Walmart reached an undisclosed settlement over the accident in May. In August, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the crash was caused by Roper’s fatigue (he allegedly had been awake 28 hours and worked almost 14 at the time of the accident) and that he was speeding.
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“Lady Marmalade” singer Patti LaBelle may ask “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?” in her famous tune, but she doesn’t want anyone stripping onstage with her.
Over the weekend at a show in Vancouver, the R&B singer, who invited audiences members onstage to dance, kicked one fan off the stage when he started to unbutton his shirt, according to a video obtained by TMZ.
The singer stopped the music, saying, “Don’t you dare! Not on my stage. Let me say something. Did I say I’m 71-years young. I am not Nicki Minaj or that little ugh … Miley.”
After he continued to dance provocatively, she told him “Get off of my god darn stage, bitch. And stay off. Put him out of the building. Put him out! How dare you!” as the audience applauded.
She later apologized for cursing.
Even though her famed novelist sister Jackie Collins died of breast cancer over the weekend, a treasure trove of clothes, jewelry and art belonging to Joan Collins is slated to go up for auction this week. … Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss claims she has nothing to do with the eBay sale of her notorious black book.
_ Wire report
Actress Bonnie Hunt is 54. … Actress Catherine Oxenberg is 54. … Actor Scott Baio is 55. … Singer Joan Jett is 57. … Singer Andrea Bocelli is 57. … Singer Nick Cave is 58. … Singer Debby Boone is 59. … Actor Paul Le Mat is 70.
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