This was another up and down week for Gen X celebrities. From a heartbreaking death to starting new adventures, our celebrities made the news in all sorts of ways in the second week of September
On Sunday, September 11, the handsome and well liked former star of Spartacus, Andy Whitfield, 39, died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a blood cancer that targets the lymph nodes. Fellow Xer Lucy Lawless told EW in part, “How lucky we were to have him grace all our lives. Godspeed, Andy!” Whitfield leaves behind his wife and two young children. RIP Andy.
It was the 15 year anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s death on Sept 13, 2011. Hard to believe the controversial rap star has been gone for that long.
Gen X couple Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz has been reported to have split up once again. My guess is that we’ll see them together soon and the “rumors” will be put to rest.
Out of Work
CBS fired Gen X actresses Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete as co-hosts of The Talk, and according to the most recent TV ratings, it was a big mistake. The Talk’s season premier week was down 10% in viewership from last season’s premiere. A whole Facebook movement has begun about the controversy and fans are working hard to get Leah and Holly their own show.
Kate Gosselin is out of “work” now that her reality TV show Kate Plus 8 has been cancelled by TLC. Her ex-hubby wants her to get a real job but Kate is set on staying in the TV world. There is even a rumor that she will be a guest co-host on The Talk.
TV journalist Anderson Cooper, 44, has a new talk show on ABC called Anderson. It premiered on Sept 12. His first show featured the family of Amy Whinehouse and though his rating numbers were not great, he certainly can grow his audience once ABC starts actually promoting the show. Cooper matches real journalism with a sense of humor and shy charm that makes you root for him to succeed in this endeavor.
Fitness expert Jillian Michaels made her debut on The Doctors and will be a regular part of the cast. The fans seem to love Michaels on the show, which hopefully will lesson the blow of no longer seeing her on The Biggest Loser.
Actor/Director Tyler Perry celebrated his birthday on September 14, turning 42. Perry was named by Forbes Magazine as the “biggest money maker in Hollywood.” Whatever he is doing, he must be doing it right!
On Monday, September 19, Dancing with The Stars comes back for season 13. Celebrity Gen Xers on the show include activist Chaz Bono, fashion expert Carson Kressley, singer Chynna Phillips, actor David Arquette, and actress Ricki Lake. Who will you be rooting for?
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