NBC News anchor Brian Williams is returning from the disabled list.
The network said Thursday he’ll be back to work at Nightly News tonight. He’s been out since undergoing knee replacement surgery Aug. 6.
NBC has the top-rated evening news program, but ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer has been creeping closer. Lester Holt has been filling in for Williams since his surgery.
Williams said in an interview with NBC medical reporter Nancy Snyderman he’s been highly motivated to end 30 years of knee pain. He thanked viewers, particularly those who have had a similar surgery, for their good wishes.
Fans are upset after Dave Chappelle stopped his headlining set at a Connecticut comedy show because of hecklers and left the stage after telling only a few jokes.
Chappelle was the closing act Thursday night at the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford.
Fans say he stopped his routine after only a few minutes. He sat on a stool making comments about the situation and responding to hecklers until the end of what apparently was his contractually mandated time onstage.
Some fans say the whole thing was awkward, and some say they should get refunds.
It was Jon Voight’s portrayal of male prostitute Joe Buck in the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy that put him on the path to becoming an acting legend. Now he says he was paid a pittance for the part.
Voight says that he wanted the role so badly he told his agent, I said, Tell them I’ll do this part for nothing.’ The actor says to his surprise, they took me at my word and they gave me minimum for Midnight Cowboy.’
Home to be restored
The British businessman who bought Liberace’s 15,000-square-foot Las Vegas mansion for half a million dollars said Friday he plans to work on it relentlessly to restore it to its former glory.
Martyn Ravenhill, 50, told the Associated Press that he’s been a huge Liberace fan all his life as well as a lover of Las Vegas.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer-guitarist Al Jardine is 71.Guitarist Steve Jones is 58. Actor Charlie Sheen is 48. Musician Redfoo is 38. Actor Nick Wechsler is 35. Actor Garrett Hedlund is 29.