The news team at Los Angeles station KTLA cleared the air Monday about “Sweatergate,” referring to the outcry that erupted after weather reporter Liberte Chan covered up her black beaded cocktail dress with a gray cardigan while on the air.
Anchor Sam Rubin (perhaps a tad jealous Chan made the “Today” show?) said the video that went viral was taken out of context.
On Saturday morning, Chan’s colleague Chris Burrous handed her the sweater not to make her cover up, but in “the spirit of satirizing” viewer complaints the station received because the meteorologist’s dress seemed inappropriate for the morning report.
Burrous told her, “We’re getting emails,” so she put the sweater on, calling the look “librarian.”
Rubin explained that Chan changed into the fancy frock (which she kept at the office) because the outfit she originally wore clashed with the station’s green screen.
Over the weekend, a post of the video prompted a firestorm. Some called the incident body shaming, and one person, citing double standards, put up a screen grab of a 2012 KTLA forecast that pictured a male meteorologist and two models in skimpy lingerie.
For the record, Chan said she was not ordered to put on the sweater, that she was going along with her co-worker’s gag, and that she loves her job.
LUCAS MUSEUM ON TREASURE ISLAND?
Mayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce are inviting “Star Wars” creator George Lucas to put up his big memorabilia museum on Treasure Island.
On Monday, Christine Falvey, the mayor’s communications director, issued a letter calling San Francisco “the perfect location for this significant private investment by one of the world’s most prominent filmmakers” and noting that a “Treasure Island site has emerged.”
Meanwhile, the chamber, representing 2,500 local businesses, said it “wholly supports” Treasure Island for the Lucas museum, which would have “the vision, programming and financial commitments” to complement the revitalization of the island and would “draw a significant number of visitors, generate economic activity and support regular ferry service.”
In 2014, controversial plans to build a museum near Crissy Field at the Presidio in San Francisco were rejected by the Presidio Trust; and a more recent proposal to build it in Chicago has been stalled due to legal issues similar to those Lucas faced in The City.
The Los Angeles Times, which called the museum Lucas’ “$700-million passion project,” reports that L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti would welcome the project in Southern California, in “the heart of the movie industry.”
Sinead O’Connor is no longer missing.
The troubled singer was found after being reported missing outside of Chicago, police in Wilmette, Ill., said Monday.
Police spokesman Eric Peterson said she is “safe and no longer considered a missing or endangered person,” though he did not offer details about where she was found or her condition.
Local police issued a well-being check for O’Connor earlier Monday, after someone contacted authorities, saying she hadn’t been seen since leaving for a bicycle ride early Sunday morning.
According to the Chicago Tribune, O’Connor has been living in Wilmette since February. She performed with the David Bowie cover band Sons of the Silent Age at a tribute concert in the area on March 4, and appeared with blues legend Buddy Guy in Chicago in January.
The musician, who came on the scene in 1990 with her rendition of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” is known as much for her outspoken opinions and shaved head as she is for her artistry.
Earlier this month, she was sued for $5 million by comedian Arsenio Hall over a Facebook post that mentioned Hall as a supplier of drugs used by Prince. She also accused him of drugging her.
JIMMY JOINS KELLY
Of course, Michael Strahan came up on “Live with Kelly” on Monday, the first episode since the sports star’s departure from the daytime talk show.
Kelly Ripa and guest co-host Jimmy Kimmel reeled jokes about Strahan from the start, with Kimmel quipping “Where’s Michael?” soon after they sat down.
Kimmel is among many slated to fill the hot seat next to Ripa as ABC tries to decide on her next permanent co-host. They include: “Empire” star Jussie Smollet, comic Cedric the Entertainer, ABC host David Muir, actor Fred Savage and Ripa pal Andy Cohen.
Actress Nikki Reed is 28. … Musician Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is 51. … TV host Craig Ferguson is 54. … Singer Enya is 55. … Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard is 60. … Actor Bill Paxton is 61. … Singer Taj Mahal is 74.
— Staff, wire reports
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