eBay Pulls Sale of Live 8 Tickets
eBay has ended the auctions of Live 8 tickets after the benefit concert's organizer, Bob Geldof, complained. The tickets for the London concert, which were given away free through a lottery system, started appearing on eBay for hundreds of English pounds. Geldof called eBay an "electronic pimp" and told fans to swamp the site with bogus offers and bids. After his announcement, bids surged to 10 million pounds, and eBay cancelled the auctions of Live 8 tickets. The concert will raise awareness to help fight African poverty. We have a little idea, though, Bob -- if someone is willing to pay $1,000 because he or she is desperate to attend, then that's just one more person to take up the cause. Performers for the London show include a reformed Pink Floyd, plus U2, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Madonna and REM.
Regis and Kelly Hit the Deck
Reg is hitting the high seas! Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa and the cast and crew of Live with Regis and Kelly are going all aboard the cruise ship Pride of America. They will be broadcasting the first nationally syndicated show from sea next week. Regis was typically jokey about the prospects: "I just hope there is smooth sailing," Philbin said. "Kelly hasn't been on a cruise since she was six. [Executive producer Michael] Gelman has never been on a cruise. ... During the course of a week, there's got to be one or two bad days. When it's bad, it's going to be fascinating." The cruise leaves New York on Saturday before heading toward Miami. Live held a contest for 1,000 fans to win spots aboard the ship.
Jackson Celebrates Victory Online
Okay, just who is advising Michael Jackson about his public image? Somehow, we don't think his recent Web post showed the kind of humility that might help him get his musical career back. Jacko's Website mjjsource.com boasted an "Innocent" headline and showed a hand giving the victory sign. Then the site compared his acquittal to such events at Martin Luther King's birth, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the release of Nelson Mandela. It didn't seem to bother all of his fans, who flocked to Neverland to celebrate his not-guilty verdict. Hundreds of Jackson supporters gathered at the gates. Jackson didn't talk, although his brothers Randy, Tito and Jermaine made appearances and dad Joe signed some autographs.
Geraldo Rivera, who has been a correspondent and host for the Fox News Channel, has just signed a four-year contract to stay at the network. Rivera didn't give many details other than to say that he "got a promotion." Burt Reynolds and his former girlfriend Pamela Seals have agreed to settle lawsuits they filed against each other. Seals sued Reynolds in November for abuse and broken promises one day after he sued her, alleging that she was trying to extort him. Since when can you sue over broken promises, anyway? Even before the not-guilty verdict, the Jackson family was shopping a TV project featuring Michael and his relatives. Fox, ABC and A&E were among the networks contacted about a prospective six-episode reality series.