No Host Oscars?

With Kevin Hart’s unexpected departure as the Oscars host, the Academy is scrambling. They’re set to meet tonight to go over options. One top comedy agent tells Variety they have no idea what they’re going to do, but one idea is emerging as a favorite: No host. Instead, celebs would do bits and throw to commercials between awards and show segments. It’s not the worst idea; with no one wanting to do it and some hosts getting bad reviews before the show even airs, the Academy would be taking a major stumbling block off the table, and move closer to a format that might once again attract massive audiences. Viewership numbers have plummeted over the last decade.

Mel B in Bed

Former Spice Girl Mel B is laid up in the hospital for broken ribs and a severed right hand, but no one is sure why. The former pop star posted a pic to Instagram of her arm in a giant sling and a bit about what she was in the hospital for, but without giving an explanation why. One friend tells TMZ Mel was staying with friends and took a tumble down the stairs. 

A pic was later posted of the other three Spice Girls, without Posh Spice aka Victoria Beckham, by their friend’s bedside. They’re gearing up for a reunion tour next summer.

Hart Knock Life

Kevin Hart can’t catch a break. A woman who attended his show in San Diego last July is suing because she wasn’t allowed to use her cell phone to check an app that monitors blood sugar. The plaintiff is diabetic, and was feeling unwell, but was asked to leave when security saw her taking the phone out. Fortunately — the suit is against the venue and Live Nation, not Hart himself.

In Yo’ FACE

Ron Teigen celebrated his daughter’s 33rd birthday in style — getting her FACE tattooed on his left arm. Chrissy Teigen posted a pic to Instagram of her dad with his tattoo artist sporting the new ink on Monday. Famous pal Kim Kardashian-West commented “OMG” and January Jones chimed in with “Now that’s a good dad.”

In My Defence…

Thomas Markle spilled the beans to the DailyMail about missing his daughter’s wedding over the weekend, but it was just to clear his name, not do anything to damange Meghan’s reputation. Tom showed the paper medical records to prove he did indeed undergo surgery right before her wedding to Prince Harry, and that it wasn’t a stunt done out of ill will. One questionable quote came when he called Meghan “demanding but not rude” … though maybe that’s a good thing? A princess knows what she wants.

$120 Million Scandal

CBS Chairman Les Moonves will likely leave $120 million on the table as he exits the network in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. At issue is whether he was terminated “for cause,” something that the lawyers will have to hash out, but if they do, could open up all kinds of old wounds. The Hollywood Reporter says that for Les, who’s made over a billion dollars while working for The Eye, it might just make sense not to fight for the payout. 

Birthdays: December 11, 2018

Hailee Steinfeld – Mattie Ross in “True Grit” – 22

Mos Def – actor, rapper – 45

Monique – actress – 51

Nikki Sixx – singer – 61

Jermaine Jackson – singer – 64

Teri Garr – actress – 71

Brenda Lee – singer – 74

John Kerry – fmr Secretary of State – 75

Rita Moreno – first person to EGOT (win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) – 87

BORN ON THIS DATE

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – Soviet dissident – 1918

History: December 11, 2018

1777

General George Washington and more than 12,000 troops start their cold slog to Valley Forge.

Across the Schuylkill River, they encountered British soldiers and battled with General George Cornwallis and his men. The fight was completely coincidence, not strategic: Cornwallis’ men had been foraging for berries.

Washington ordered a swift retreat, being unprepared to fight. They destroyed the bridge that linked both sides of the river, keeping the Brits at bay.

They would finally make it to Valley Forge on December 19.

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1815

President James Madison presents a treaty to Congress to manage trade with Great Britain.

Following the end of the War of 1812, trade with Great Britain restarted, with the Empire finally completely giving in to America’s status as an independent, free, and powerful nation.

The agreement was largely ceremonial, but asserted and established America as a legitimate power on the High Seas in regard to both military and commerce.

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1816

Indiana becomes the 19th state.

The organized territory had already drafted and approved a Constitution, and had a functional capitol and and governor.

It quickly went from frontier territory to organized, industrial powerhouse.

But the aggressive expansion bankrupted the state. Meanwhile, the value of goods it produced increased and land value skyrocketed.

At first, it was dominated by German immigrants, and later overtaken by ethnic English.

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1941

The Nazis declare war on the United States.

Following the attacks on Pearl Harbor, America swiftly entered into the Pacific conflict, at least politically.

This declaration of war would bring America to the European front as well.

Hitler had a standing agreement with Japan to begin fighting America at some point, and the attack on Pearl Harbor was his entry point.

He also believed that Japan would force the Americans to surrender quickly, and would aide him in fighting Russia.

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1961

American helicopters begin staging in South Vietnam.

33 Vertol H-21C Shawnee helicopters arrived in Saigon aboard the Core.

A total crew of 400 would man and operate the helicopters. At first, the mission was to only assist South Vietnamese troops in getting into North Vietnamese territory.

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2008

Bernie Madoff is arrested.

Madoff engineered one of the biggest cons in history, deftly maneuvering more than $65 billion in assets for various clients, for his own financial gain.

When the economy began to tank in 2008, he couldn’t keep it up.

He confessed to his sons, who turned him in.

Madoff pled guilty to 11 felony counts and was quickly convicted. Though he was sentenced to 150 years behind bars, the path of destruction continued. His own son killed himself the following year, and his other son was implicated in assisting with the scheme, though he claims innocence.

History: December 10, 2018

1778

John Jay becomes the president of the Continental Congress.

He had previously served as a delegate to the Congress.

Jay was known for favoring independence in the colonies, but was weary of a complete split from Britain.

Nonetheless he would eventually be named the first Chief Justice by George Washington, and later negotiated the Jay Treaty in 1794 to settle ongoing military and commercial disputes between the US and Britain.

He finished his political life as Governor of New York from 1797 to 1801.

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1901

Five years after the death of Alfred Nobel, the first of his namesake prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden.

The fields were: physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace.

Nobel himself most notably invented dynamite and the science of controlled explosions. He willed his tremendous fortune to those who benefited mankind.

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1915

The one-millionth Model T is produced by Ford.

It was a milestone that was unexpectedly overlooked. Only later, in an internal newsletter, did the company note the milestone.

Nine years later the ten-millionth car was paraded around to much fanfare, traveling from coast to coast.

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1936

King Edward VIII abdicates the Throne.

In order to circumvent the traditional, ceremonial, political, and religious obligations of the monarchy, Edward would have to leave power in order to marry commoner Wallis Simpson.

The Church of England dictated that divorced people could not marry again as long as their ex was still living. As to not cause dangerous precedent, Edward left his station as head of the Church of England.

He was succeeded by George VI. Much of the drama was illustrated in the movie, “The King’s Speech.”

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1967

Otis Redding and his band die in a plane crash over Lake Monona, just outside Madison, Wisconsin.

Severe weather was blamed for the accident, though the exact cause of the crash was not determined.

The wreckage and the bodies were found the next day.

Hart: Out

That was quick: Comedian Kevin Hart is out as the host of the Oscars in 2019. There was uproar over previous tweets deemed to be anti-gay. Meanwhile, online videos surfaced of his 2010 act which had a whole bit on wanting to be sure his son wasn’t gay. Hart took down the offending tweets during the furor, but it wasn’t enough. 

He at first refused to apologize, saying he’d addressed these criticisms previously. Then, without apologizing, he bowed out from hosting duties in the early hours of Friday morning. In a lengthy Instagram post and video he apparently took while lying in bed, he says he’s evolved, said people are just looking for things to be mad about, and is putting the entire issue to rest.

Birthdays: December 7

Nicholas Hoult – actor – 29

Aaron Carter – former teenie-bopper hearthrob – 31

Sarah Bareilles – singer – 39

C. Thomas Howell – Actor, “The Oustiders” (Ponyboy) – 52

Jeffrey Wright – actor – 53

Larry Bird – Indiana Pacers star – 62

Tom Waits – singer – 69

Ellen Burstyn – Actress – 86

Noam Chomsky – socialist author and writer – 90

BORN ON THIS DATE

Eli Wallach – Actor, “The Good, the Bad, The Ugly”; more recently “Wall Street 2” – 1915

History: December 7, 2018

1787

The Delaware state legislature ratifies the US Constitution, making Delaware the first of the United States.

By June of the following year, New Hampshire was the ninth of the 13 states to ratify the Constitution, rendering it binding.

The laws of the new government came into effect March 4, 1789.

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1805

Westward explorers Lewis and Clark build camp at what would become known as Fort Clatsop, near present-day Portland.

The Winter home was built after the crew laid eyes for the first time on the Pacific Ocean just a couple months earlier. The weather would be too brutal to continue an eastward crossing back across the newly-explored territory.

The area was full of elk and deer, providing plenty of food and resources for the winter. The nearby mountains provided protection from exceedingly inclement weather.

There crew departed Fort Clatsop in March the following year.

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1941

At approximately 7:02 a.m., radar operators stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii spot a fleet of aircraft on the radar headed toward the island. They were expecting American B-17s, so they found no reason to be alarmed.

They were wrong.

More than 360 Japanese fighter planes appeared less than an hour later, attacking the quiet Naval base early on a Sunday morning.

2400 Americans were killed and 1200 were wounded. Five of 8 battleships were destroyed, 3 destroyers were sunk, and 7 more were left severely damaged.

It was one of the worst foreign attacks on American-held land ever.

The next day the Senate voted to go to war with Japan unanimously, 82-to-0.

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1987

Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev flies into the United States to meet with President Reagan.

During the visit, the two heads of state would approve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty, which would have each nation do away with stockpiles of ballistic missiles in Europe with ranges between 320 and 3400 miles.

This treaty was unique in that it called for eliminating weapons, not just limiting the number a country could have.

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1999

The Recording Industry Association of America files a lawsuit against music service Napster for allowing free sharing of copyrighted tunes.

The case would define the new rules of file sharing on online networks.

It took almost 8 years to tie up the case. Though Napster sit down at first, it later returned as a paid service and is still around as a subscription music service.

Ina & Jen In & Out

Ina Garten is known for making complex meals with authentic ingredients, but she’s no food snob. Garten wrapped up her book promotional tour in California Thursday then headed to In ‘N Out Burger with her pal Jennifer Garner — the ladies have been friends for three years. Each posted a pic of their dinner to Instagram, each with complimentary things to say about the other.

Sir Howie the Forgetful

Howie Mandell tells Dr. Oz he doesn’t remember Meghan Markle from her days as a suitcase model on his gameshow Deal or No Deal. The host says he was “shocked” when photos emerged of the royal-to-be as a model on set, following Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry. But he says he wishes her nothing but the best.

Newlyweds, for Now

Newlyweds Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas just want to enjoy being newlyweds. In their cover feature for PEOPLE magazine, the pair say they’re thrilled to be married and kids are in their future, but for now they just want to enjoy being together…

BUT WAIT: The pair are already back to work, showing up for the launch of dating app Bumble in New Delhi, India. Priyanka is an investor on the app. The app has already been stateside for a while and is known for only allowing women to make the first move. 

History: December 6, 2018

1865

Georgia ratifies the 13th Amendment, thus ending slavery.

The law was passed only 8 months after the end of the Civil War, and signaled the end of people being treated as property. Though of course it would be years before Civil Rights legislation was properly enacted.

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1868

The Reno Gang pulls off its last train robbery.

Reno brothers Frank William and Simeon held a short but active robbing career. On this train robbery, they killed a guard who was on board. They were caught shortly thereafter.

The public was in uproar over the guard’s death — so much so that the masses busted out the three brothers from their jail cells to have them promptly hanged.

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1884

The Washington Monument is finished, when construction workers put the final, 9-inch pyramid at the top of the obelisk.

It was named, obviously, for the nation’s first commander-in-chief.

The location for the monument was decided by city architect Pierre L’Enfant. The Washington Monument stands between the Lincoln Monument and the Capitol Building, near the banks of the Potomac River, just a block from the White House.

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1917

The Mont Blanc munitions freighter sails full speed to rendezvous with a small convoy it would lead across the Atlantic to Europe.

On board were 2300 tons of picric acid, 200 tons of TNT, 35 tons of gasoline and 10 tons of gun cotton.

The Mont Blanc collided with the Norwegian boat Imo in the North Atlantic at approximately 8:45 a.m., as it was exiting the harbor. The collision propelled the Mont Blanc back toward shore. It burned safely for about 20 minutes. The nearby fire department came to shore to try and put out the small blaze.

But it was for naught. When the blaze erupted, almost 1800 people were killed instantly and another 9000 injured. 200 were blinded by the bright white explosion.

It’s the largest explosion known to man before the detonation of the atomic bomb.

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1969

The Rolling Stones headline the Alamont Free Concert in northern California.

Also performing were Santana, Jefferson Airplane, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

There were 300,000 in attendance, hoping to make this the Woodstock of the west coast. A bunch of hippies in California did not behave as well as some would have hoped: there was one homicide and three accidental deaths reported. Meanwhile, four women gave birth to children, and among the brawling, stampeding, and moshpit of humanity, hundreds were injured, and dozens reported stolen cars and other property.

As a result of the mayhem, the Grateful Dead pulled out of performing.

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1992

49ers Wide Receiver Jerry Rice catches a ball in the end zone, making him the record-holder for most career touchdown receptions, with 101. It had been held by Steve Largent.

Rice played for another 8 years, ultimately scoring 208 TDs, leaving the old record in his dust.

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2006

NASA releases photos taken by the Mars Global Surveyor that suggests there could be flowing water on the Red Planet.

The images showed deep gullies and canyons that scientists believe could only have been formed from water erosion. (Or an evil Martian race polluting their planet with a highly-toxic and corrosive industrial goop for the sake of profit).

The release came a month after the last contact had been made with the probe. Human error was to blame for losing the spacecraft, but that’s okay — the mission lasted 3 times longer than NASA expected.

Birthdays: December 6, 2018

Ryan Carnes – D-List TV Character Actor – 36

Noel Clarke – actor “Dr. Who” – 43

Judd Apatow – Director & Writer – 51

Andrew Cuomo – politician – 61

Peter Buck – REM guitarist – 62

Steven Wright – comedian – 63

BORN ON THIS DATE

Randy Rhoads – Ozzy Osbourne guitarist – 1956

Agnes Moorehead – actress, “Bewitched” – 1900

History: December 5, 2018

1492

Christopher Columbus reaches the coast of Hispaniola.

The culmination of his first adventure across the Atlantic made him the first recorded European to set foot in the Caribbean.

The natives received him and his men well, at least at first.

Later, inhabitants of present-day Dominican Republic attacked the crew with arrows. He managed to kidnap a handful of the attackers, though, and brought them back to Europe.

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1872

A small British boat discovers an American vessel at full sail near the Azores islands.

The American boat was called the Mary Celeste. It was completely stocked and in tip-top condition — but no one was on board.

The British crew boarded the Mary Celeste to find water in the hold and the lifeboat missing.

The captain, his family, and the 8 passengers were never found.

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1933

Prohibition ends.

With ratification of the 21st amendment, the sale and transportation of alcohol was again legal in the United States.

For the previous 14 years, gangsters like Al Capone thrived on the bootlegging business.

Several states would remain dry for a couple decades. Mississippi remained a dry state until 1966.

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1945

Five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers disappear while flying over the Bermuda Triangle.

All of the pilots and their crews were never found. A Mariner flying boat was put into the air to search for the missing planes — it too disappeared, and is suspected to have exploded in mid-air.

A Navy investigation concluded that the planes ran out of fuel and the pilots ditched in the ocean.

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1969

The prototype of the Internet grows, with the expansion of the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency computer network. ARPANET for short.

The project linked what were called network nodes in Los Angeles, Menlo Park, Santa Barbara, and the University of Utah.

At first the computers only shared test messages to ensure that information could be shared between networks. From there, it expanded exponentially as more researches connected to this network of networks.

The same principles and technology now power the Internet.

Birthdays: December 5, 2018

Franke Muniz – Actor, Malcolm in the Middle – 33

Amy Acker – Actress, Root on “Person of Interest” – 42

Margaret Cho – comedian – 50

Gary Allan – country star – 51

John Rzeznik – Goo Goo Dolls guitarist – 53

Morgan Brittany – Actress, “Dallas” – 67

Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman) – singer – 86

BORN ON THIS DATE

Strom Thurmond – racist former Senator – 1902

Walt Disney – famed animator – 1901

George Armstrong Custer – Civil War general – 1839

Martin Van Buren – POTUS 8 – 1782

Oscar Host: Kevin Hart

The Oscars had been struggling to find a host for its 2019 broadcast — but landed on Kevin Hart. Following lackluster ratings and the La La Land Best Picture snafu, A-listers aren’t clamoring for the top emcee spot.

The Hollywood Reporter says that everyone who’s anyone had turned it down, including Oprah, Justin Timberlake, Julia Louis-Drefyus, Jerry Seinfeld, and even Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as a team effort, who successfully helmed the Golden Globes a few years back.

The job requires weeks of work for a paltry low-six figures; the media, critics and fans inevitably rip the host to shreds; and the show does little to make the host more visible or famous.

In recent years, no one has done it more than twice, including Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen Degeneres, Hugh Jackman, Chris Rock, and Jon Stewart. In contrast, Bob Hope did it 19 times in his heyday.

Modern Family

Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland is under fire for requesting donations to a GoFundMe page for her late 14-year-old cousin’s funeral arrangements. Her cousin was killed by a drunk driver over the weekend. The donation page was asking for $10,000, an amount social media followers were quick to point out would be easy for Hyland to cover herself. 

Hyland did give $1000 to the fund, and Modern Family co-star Ariel Winter put in $2,5000. Hyland clapped back at the detractors on Twitter, saying the haters just don’t know all the details. 

McCain Bitches Behar

The View co-host Joy Behar hijacked a tribute to George H. W. Bush on Monday, and Meghan McCain had none of it. Behar managed to dovetail the segment into a criticism of President Trump’s environmental policies. McCain snapped that she wanted to focus on President Bush — and when the women started bickering, Whoopi Goldberg threw to commercial. Onlookers say that even during the break, the women continued to have it out. Behar said she’d quit the show if McCain kept interrupting her and to “Get this bitch under control,” referring to McCain.

McCain and Behar have an icy relationship — and producers don’t see it thawing anytime soon.