MORNING ROUNDUP: Don Imus Apologizes for Telling Kids' Charity Singer to 'Go to Hell'
Plus, a never-before-seen Marilyn Monroe pic expected to auction for $5,000, VIDEO of Chilean miner Edison Pena’s appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman, Oprah gets a farewell plane and David Cassidy is arrested for DUI.
- Don Imus has apologized for his criticism of a children's' charity on his radio show Wednesday. The controversial shock jock interrupted a Kars4Kids jingle, telling the singer to "shut up" and "go to hell." He then said, "I should give you my Bentley -- you morons." The Kars4Kids rep tells TMZ.com the site was inundated with emails. The organization also posted a clip on their website titled, "Is Imus really donating his Bentley to Kars4Kids?" On Thursday, Imus issued an apology on air, which appeased Kars4Kids. Said a rep for Imus, "Very catchy tune, very silly controversy." In 2007, Imus was suspended and later fired from his CBS radio show when when he referred to the mostly black Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos." Eight months later, his returned to the airwaves on WABC.
- The Israeli version of Dancing With the Stars, Rokdim im Kochavim, debuted the franchise's first same-sex dance couple this week. Gili Shem-Tov, an openly gay TV sportscaster, requested a female dance partner. "I live with my girlfriend and we are raising my 1-year-old son together. It felt natural for me to dance with a woman. That’s my way of life,” Shem-Tov explained to the New York Post. " Producers paired her with professional dancer partner Dorit Milman, who is straight. "We still show the emotions of love and hate, seducing and rejecting. We still use the movements and language of movement in the same way,” Milman said. They switch off each week on leading and following.
- Bonham and Butterfields' L.A. auction house plans to put never-before-seen photos and personal items of Marilyn Monroe on the block next month, Jezebel reports. One headshot of Monroe from the early 1905s signed to "Sammy" -- Sam Benson, a staffer in the wardrobe department of 20th Century Fox -- is expected to sell for $5,000.
- Chilean miner Edison Pena appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman Thursday. Pena, who is in town to run the New York City marathon (he ran three to six miles a day in stifling heat while trapped underground for more than two months) broke out into an Elvis song and said through a translator, "The first time I walked into a mine, I wanted to turn around and get out, but that wasn't really an option. So I just kept going deeper and deeper in the mine, and I kept saying, 'couldn't we just turn around?' But it didn't work out that way." Quipped Letterman, "That's how people feel when they come to my show." Also announced Friday: the first book on the Chilean miner ordeal, as written by a journalist on the scene.
- A Boeing 757 was made over to commemorate Oprah Winfrey's last season on air. The United Airlines "Oprah Winfrey Show Farewell Season Plane" was shown off at Chicago's O'Hare airport Thursday. “We are delighted to team up with United to bring some of the excitement of The Oprah Winfrey Show’s Farewell Season to their customers,” said Sheri Salata, president of Harpo Studios and executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show. “It is thrilling to see our farewell season commemorated with a plane that will visit cities all over the country.
- David Cassidy was arrested for drunk driving Wednesday night in Fort Pierce, Florida. The former teen idol failed a roadside sobriety test and registered .14 on the alcohol breath test, according to an arrest report obtained by CNN.com. The arrest report said the Partridge Family star "appeared to be somewhat confused" and was "very apologetic for having to be stopped." He admitted to police he'd taken a Vicodin painkiller three hours earlier. Police also found a half-empty bottle of bourbon under the seat of his Mercedes.