Archive: May, 2013
Expect failure at some point in your lives, Oprah Winfrey said to Harvard's graduating class of 2013 Thursday afternoon. How you deal with difficulty will ultimately define your success, she added.
"It doesn't matter how far you might rise because at some point you might stumble," she said before the sea of students dressed in black and crimson robes. "There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction," added the extremely successful media mogul, who cited her first year at OWN as an experience that left her "stressed" and "frustrated." Though it would not be a story worth sharing without a triumphant ending: "I have turned that network around!" she exclaimed.
"Learn from every mistake," Winfrey said. "Each mistake will force you to learn who you really are. Then figure out what's the next, right move."
Jason Miller recently posted up a Craigslist ad saying that he was taking the best offer to cut his 27-inch long "virgin" hair that has never "been dyed, permed, or chemically altered." It caught the eye of South Jersey's own Kelly Ripa and her co-hosting bud, Michael Strahan, who will pay Miller $700 to get his hair cut and styled by "Live with Kelly and Michael" hairstylist Diane D’Agostino on tomorrow show.
Turns out, Miller is from Philly (he reportedly looked to Craiglist to widen his search). The 33-year-old is a creative construction consultant who hasn't cut his hair in three years (ugh, so jealous of those locks).
Miller's lock will go to help Wigs for Kids, an organization that provides hair pieces from children suffering from the effects of alopecia, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and other conditions that cause hair loss.
CBS3 meteorologist Kathy Orr has been chosen to guest-host CBS' "The Talk," Tuesday, June 4 at 2 p.m. She'll join regular hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, (my personal fave) Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood.
She'll bring her "Orr at the Shore" segment, where she broadcast the downashore temps, to "The Talk," as well with a West Coast addition on Monday, June 3 during the 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. editions of "Eyewitness News."
Orr isn't the only one given "The Talk" honors. Kate Bilo announced that she was pregnant with her second child during her guest-hosting stint.Of course, later Bilo told me about her maternity leave activities.
Blake Shelton introduced Miranda Lambert at a benefit concert in Oklahoma City Wednesday night as "an amazing woman, a compassionate human being, a great talent, oh, and by the way, an amazing wife."
Lambert conveyed just that as she gave an emotionally-poignant performance of her Grammy-nominated song, "The House That Built Me." The country star had to regain her composure several times during the song to wipe away her tears.
The "Healing in the Heartland" benefit, aired live by NBC and hosted by Shelton, a native of Oklahoma, was held to raise funds for United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Watch Lambert's performance below.
Fox's "MasterChef" will have two finalists from the Philly area on their upcoming fourth season.
Krissi Biaseillo, a 34-year-old paralegal from Philly, and Bri Kozior, at 22-year-old theater assistant from Doylestown, have both made it through to the next round. Catch their next challenege -- a team challenge where they are tasked with making a healthy lunch for 300 schoolchildren -- next Wednesday, June 5 at 8 p.m. on Fox.
"MasterChef," hosted by Fox's resident angry cook Gordon Ramsay, seeks to find the best amateur in the country. The winner gets a cookbook deal and $250,000.
I've exclusively learned that Rosemary Connors has been promoted to weekend anchor at NBC10, replacing Lori Wilson who left the station for her homestate of Indiana earlier this month. Word is she starts on Saturday.
Connors has been with the station since 2009, covering the 2012 presidential race and the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. In addition to her duties at NBC, Connors is also a part time law student at Temple. She'll graduate May. Neal Zoren of the Delaware County Times named her the 2012 MVP.
Fun fact about Connors: The Penn graduate is the third generation of women in her family to report the news in Philly, including her mom, Mary Flannery, a Daily News alum. Her cousin is "The Office's" Kate Flannery, who will make her Philly stage debut next month.
Two years after the queen of the daily talk-show set stepped down from her top spot, Oprah Winfrey has made it clear which hosts have taken over: Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.
During an appearance on Tuesday's "Live" show, Winfrey surprised the two and joined Tyler Perry on the set. During the course of the animated conversation, Winfrey called Ripa and Strahan "the reigning king and queen" of talk show land. Which, by the way, is probably the highest praise any talk show host will ever receive from Oprah Winfrey.
CBS3 announced today that they are adding Cleve Bryan to their Eyewitness News roster as a New Jersey reporter. Bryan has deep Jersey roots. Hailing from Turnersville, Bryan is a graduate of Washington Township High School and spent five summers training lifeguards in Ocean City. Shore folk might remember Bryan from his time at WMGM-TV in Atlantic City, where he began his career in 2005 as a photographer/reporter. He returned to station from 2007 until 2009 as a reporter and back-up morning news anchor.
Bryan, who was recently an anchor at WVEC-TV in Norfolk, Va., and wife, Nicole, have a newborn son, Joshua. Bryan starts in Philly July 1.
In other CBS news, I reported that Ben Simmoneau left the station last week but had no words on where's he going. Turns out, Simmoneau will be only two hours to the north. Simmoneau will be the new co-anchor of “Good Day Wakeup,” holding down the 4:30 to 7 a.m. shift on Fox affiliate WNYW.