Gordon Ramsay reacts to second chef suicide
Plus, more Yahoo! executive shake upsThe stories you missed overnight:
- Gordon Ramsay is finally speaking out on the news that Joe Cerniglia, who appeared on "Kitchen Nightmares" in 2007, killed himself by jumping off the George Washington Bridge in New York City last Friday. "I was fortunate to spend time with Joe during the first season of Kitchen Nightmares," he said in a statement obtained by E! Online. "Joe was a brilliant chef, and our thoughts go out to his family, friends and staff." Cerniglia was Ramsay's second chef to commit suicide; Rachel Brown shot in 2007 herself after appearing on "Hell's Kitchen."
- The actor who played the principal on "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," Jeffrey Jones, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of failing to update his information on the sex offender registry in June, the Associated Press reports. He pleaded no contest in 2003 to hiring a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually-explicit photos. Jones will perform 250 hours of community service.
- MC Hammer and Jay-Z engaged in a war of words on Twitter. Jay-Z poked fun at the "U Can't Touch This" rapper on his newest G.O.O.D. Friday track, "So Appalled," with lyrics: "Hammer went broke so you know I'm more focused/I lost 30 mil' so I spent another 30/ 'Cause unlike Hammer 30 million can't hurt me." Hammer took to twitter to call Jay-Z "HellBoy" and "Jay-Hoe," and posted a video of himself boxing, leading MTV News to speculate he was challenging Jay to a match. Added Hammer on Twitter, "The Answer to Jay comes on Oct 31 (Devils Night)… I saw him coming."
- Jimmy Pitaro is eyeing an exit as Yahoo! VP Media, as the Wall Street Journal's All Things D blog reported Tuesday. He had been working to expand and develop the portal's push into original content, which has also been a focus at competitor AOL. Yahoo has not yet confirmed the news. Pitaro is the latest in a series of short-term stints atop Yahoo Media, including Vince Broady, Scott Moore and Lloyd Braun. Read more on The Hollywood Reporter's Rewired blog.
- A federals appeal court has tossed out the method for calculating music royalties, the Los Angeles Times' Company Town blog reports. Yahoo Inc. and RealNetworks Inc. are in court arguing over how much they should have to pay the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers to stream music online. The decision could affect a number of other sites, including AOL, YouTube, Pandora, Slacker Radio and MOG , a digital media analyst tells the Times.