I still love her and adore her music!!

Country singer Chely Wright reveals she is gay
WASHINGTON ñ Country singer Chely Wright is the latest celebrity to come out.
Wright tells People she’s gay and that nothing in her life has been more magical than the moment she decided to reveal her sexuality.
The 39-year-old says she experienced a community in which homosexuality was shunned and she “hid everything” for her music.
Wright is releasing her memoir, “Like Me,” and her new album, “Lifted Off the Ground,” this week.
An e-mail sent to Wright’s record label wasn’t immediately returned Monday.


Now that is fantastic news!!!

Stallone scraps ‘Rambo’ plans
Sylvester Stallone has abandoned plans to bring his iconic Rambo character back for a fifth time – work on another movie in the action series has been scrapped.
The actor resurrected Rambo in 2008 to battle the Burmese army in the fourth installment, 26 years after the action hero made his big screen debut in 1982’s First Blood.
Stallone previously announced plans for Rambo V and began scouting locations for the fifth film, but the star has now revealed the follow-up has stalled and he’s “99 per cent sure” the character won’t return.
He tells, “I think Rambo’s pretty well done. I don’t think there’ll be any more. I’m about 99 per cent sure.
“I was going to do it… But for Rambo to go on another adventure might be, I think, misinterpreted as a mercenary gesture and not necessary. I don’t want that to happen.
“I’m very happy with the last Burmese episode, because I didn’t pull any punches on it. I wanted it to be what civil war really is – rough. You can’t candy coat it, and where do you go from there? So that’s (Rambo V) going to go.”


Bring it on!!

‘Dark Knight’ sequel has an official release date!
Warner Bros. has set July 20, 2012, as the release date for the third Christopher Nolan-directed Batman movie.
The studio has barely begun the process of developing the movie; Nolan is in postproduction on ìInception,î but is hammering out a story with David Goyer.
There is no title as this point and no start date.
July is becoming Nolanís month. ìThe Dark Knightî opened on July 18, 2008, and ìInceptionî debuts July 16.
With Batman 3 on the docket, summer 2012 is shaping up to be one of the greater geek movie seasons. Marvelís ìThe Avengersî is slated to come out May 4, board game adaptation ìBattleshipî leaves port May 25, the ìStar Trekî sequel beams up June 29, and the rebooted ìSpider-Manî swings into theaters on July 3.


May she rest in peace!!

Actress Lynn Redgrave has died at age 67
NEW YORK ñ Lynn Redgrave, an introspective and independent player in her family’s acting dynasty who became a 1960s sensation as the unconventional title character of “Georgy Girl” and later dramatized her troubled past in such one-woman stage performances as “Shakespeare for My Father” and “Nightingale,” has died. She was 67.
Her publicist Rick Miramontez, speaking on behalf of her children, said Redgrave died peacefully Sunday night at her home in Kent, Conn. Children Ben, Pema and Annabel were with her, as were close friends.
“Our beloved mother Lynn Rachel passed away peacefully after a seven year journey with breast cancer,” Redgrave’s children said in a statement Monday. “She lived, loved and worked harder than ever before. The endless memories she created as a mother, grandmother, writer, actor and friend will sustain us for the rest of our lives. Our entire family asks for privacy through this difficult time.”
Redgrave was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2002, had a mastectomy in January 2003 and underwent chemotherapy.
Her death comes a year after her niece Natasha Richardson died from head injuries sustained in a skiing accident and just a month after the death of her older brother, Corin Redgrave.
The youngest child of Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, Lynn Redgrave never quite managed the acclaim ó or notoriety ó of elder sibling Vanessa Redgrave, but received Oscar nominations for “Georgy Girl” and “Gods and Monsters,” and Tony nominations for “Mrs. Warren’s Profession,” “Shakespeare for My Father” and “The Constant Wife.” In recent years, she also made appearances on TV in “Ugly Betty,” “Law & Order” and “Desperate Housewives.”
“Vanessa was the one expected to be the great actress,” Lynn Redgrave told The Associated Press in 1999. “It was always, ‘Corin’s the brain, Vanessa the shining star, oh, and then there’s Lynn.'”
In theater, the ruby-haired Redgrave often displayed a sunny, sweet and open personality, much like her ebullient offstage personality. It worked well in such shows as “Black Comedy” ó her Broadway debut in 1972 ó and again two years later in “My Fat Friend,” a comedy about an overweight young woman who sheds pounds to find romance.
Redgrave’s play “Nightingale” at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2009 was the last time she appeared on stage in New York.
“She was adored by audiences, and although she embarked on a medical treatment as previews began, she never missed a show and gave magnificent performances eight times a week,” said Lynne Meadow, artistic director of MTC.
“We admired her strength, her talent, her courage and her enormous good heart. There wasn’t a stage hand, a press rep, a box office person who didn’t worship Lynn. She was true theatre royalty.”
Tall and blue-eyed like her sister, she was as open about her personal life as Vanessa has been about politics. In plays and in interviews, Lynn Redgrave confided about her family, her marriage and her health. She acknowledged that she suffered from bulimia and served as a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers. With daughter Annabel Clark, she released a 2004 book about her fight with cancer, “Journal: A Mother and Daughter’s Recovery From Breast Cancer.”
Redgrave was born in London in 1943 and despite self-doubts pursued the family trade. She studied at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, and was not yet 20 when she debuted professionally on stage in a London production of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream.” Like her siblings, she appeared in plays and in films, working under Noel Coward and Laurence Olivier as a member of the National Theater and under director/brother-in-law Tony Richardson in the 1963 screen hit “Tom Jones.”
“Before I was born, my father was a movie star and a stage star,” the actress told the AP in 1993. “I was raised in a household where we didn’t see our parents in the morning. We lived in the nursery. Our nanny made our breakfast, and I was dressed up to go downstairs to have tea with my parents, if they were there.”
True fame caught her with “Georgy Girl,” billed as “the wildest thing to hit the world since the miniskirt.” The 1966 film starred Redgrave as the plain, childlike Londoner pursued by her father’s middle-aged boss, played by James Mason.
Dismissed by critic Pauline Kael as a false testament to free thinking, the movie was branded “cool” by moviegoers on both side of the Atlantic and received several Academy Award nominations, including one for Redgrave and one for the popular title song performed by the Australian group The Seekers.
“All the films I’ve been in ó and I haven’t been in that many attention-getting films ó no one expected anything of, least of all me,” Redgrave said in an AP interview in 1999.
“Georgy Girl” didn’t lead to lasting commercial success, but did anticipate a long-running theme: Redgrave’s weight. She weighed 180 pounds while making the film, leading New York Times critic Michael Stern to complain that Redgrave “cannot be quite as homely as she makes herself in this film.
“Slimmed down, cosseted in a couture salon, and given more of the brittle, sophisticated lines she tosses off with such abandon here, she could become a comedienne every bit as good as the late Kay Kendall,” he wrote.
Films such as “The Happy Hooker” and “Every Little Crook and Nanny” were remembered less than Redgrave’s decision to advocate for Weight Watchers. She even referenced “Georgy Girl” in one commercial, showing a clip and saying, “This was me when I made the movie, because this is the way I used to eat.”
At age 50, Redgrave was ready to tell her story in full. As she wrote in the foreword to “Shakespeare for My Father,” she was out of work and set off on a “journey that began almost as an act of desperation,” writing a play out of her “passionately emotional desire” to better understand her father, who had died in 1985.
In the 1993 AP interview, Redgrave remembered her father as a fearless stage performer yet a shy, tormented man who had great difficulty talking to his youngest daughter.
“I didn’t really know him,” Redgrave said. “I lived in his house. I was in awe of him and I adored him, and I was terrified of him and I hated him and I loved him, all in one go.”
Redgrave credited the play, which interspersed readings from Shakespeare with family memories, with bringing her closer to her relatives and reviving her film career. She played the supportive wife of pianist David Helfgott in “Shine” and received an Oscar nomination as the loyal housekeeper for filmmaker James Whale in “Gods and Monsters.” She also appeared in “Peter Pan,” “Kinsey” and “Confessions of a Shopaholic.”
On stage, she looked at her mother’s side of the family in “The Mandrake Root” and “Rachel and Juliet.”
“Nightingale” touched upon her health, the life of her grandmother (Beatrice Kempson) and the end of her 32-year marriage to actor-director John Clark, who had disclosed that he had fathered a child with the future wife of their son Benjamin. She sat at a desk and worked from a script, but it didn’t affect what the AP called “her touching, beautifully realized performance,” the AP wrote last year.
Lynn Redgrave is survived by six grandchildren, her sister Vanessa, and four nieces and nephews.
A private funeral with be held later this week.


When it was good…it was very good. When it was bad…it was absolutely awful!! Happily, there was usually more good than bad!! Bye bye 24!!

Kiefer Sutherland and costars say goodbye to ’24’
LOS ANGELES ñ Eight seasons in, “24” was 86’d. But cast and crew were still counting their blessings at the drama series’ finale party.
By the time the last episode airs on May 24, there will have been nearly 200 hours of “24.” To date, there have been 18 Emmy wins.
“I think over the course of the eight years, we’ve had 16 marriages and 30-something children have been born,” said star Kiefer Sutherland, who portrays federal agent Jack Bauer on the series. “We were like a family. So, it’s very hard to say goodbye.”
Dozens of the show’s cast and crew members joined Sutherland to celebrate in Hollywood Friday night. Among them was longtime show regular Mary Lynn Rajskub, who plays Bauer’s go-to colleague, Chloe O’Brian.
She recalled her final day on the set. “When they said, ‘Cut!’, I don’t know what I was thinking,” Rajskub said. “And then they said, ‘This is Mary Lynn’s series wrap.’ And I just looked around. The crew was surrounding me. And I just kind of burst into tears.”
Sad as the end may be, Sutherland said the time is right.
“It was a lot of different things. It’s a very, very difficult show to write. And (executive producer) Howard Gordon . . . normally halfway through the season will say, ‘I’ve got a great idea for next year.’ And he just wasn’t feeling it. And all his energy was focused on this season eight. He said, ‘This is where I feel it should end, and we should be making the films.’ And once he says that, you’ve got to go with him.”
The “24” feature film, still in development, will stray from the show’s format in at least one key way: It won’t take 24 hours to tell its story of a day in the life of Jack Bauer.
“The film is a great opportunity for the writers, because it’s the first time they won’t be working in real time,” Sutherland explained. “It will be a two-hour representation of a 24-hour day, so, all of a sudden, it’s very feasible in 24 hours to get from England to Eastern Europe, so it opens up our horizons a great deal.”
As for the finale? Rajskub dropped a few clues.
“Right now, we see Chloe having to come up with Jack and go after him, and go against his wishes, which she’s never really done,” Rajskub said. “She’s being put in this position of power and having to grapple with these decisions that she’s never had to do before, so she decides to take it on herself and go find him and confront him, and it’s pretty explosive.”

The Couch Potato Report

Pick it up, put it in, press play…enjoy!!

The Couch Potato Report – May 1st, 2010
This week The Couch Potato Report peels a grown up movie star and weíll travel to Tombstone, Arizona.
Back in January Regina-born actress Tatiana Maslany made a big splash at the world-renowned Sundance Film Festival when she captured a special jury prize for breakout performance in world cinema for her role as a rebellious teen in the made-in-Newfoundland film GROWN UP MOVIE STAR.
In the film she plays a 14-year-old in the midst of a sexual awakening who is also dealing with a mother who has run off to become famous and a father who has come home to be with his daughters, but has some very serious issues to work out.
Because of the publicity the film and Tatianaís performance had received GROWN UP MOVIE STAR was a movie I really wanted to seeÖand now that I have ñ let me tell you to make sure that you avoid it at all costs!!
GROWN UP MOVIE STAR does have some very good acting ñ and I can see why Tatianaís performance would have been singled out and given an award as it is a very showy performance.
I can also understand how there would be people who would enjoy the film as it is full of very familiar characters that could be found in any smaller town anywhere in Canada.
But, no matter how I can understand all those things, I just didnít like this movie at all!!
I disliked it so much in fact, that I could not wait for it to end!!
Yes, GROWN UP MOVIE STAR does have some good actors and performances, but I did not like one of the characters that populated this film and so I didnít like the movie. I also didnít believe that these people would actually do most of the things that the script has them do.
Itís not complicated, this movie is just not worthy of your time.
Now, had the filmmakers filled the movie with characters and people you wouldnít mind spending two hours with, then they may have produced something I could recommendÖeven if it was only a mild recommendationÖand that is what I give this next release ñ ITíS COMPLICATED.
IT’S COMPLCATED was written and directed by Nancy Meyers, who over the years has given us Something’s Gotta Give, Father of the Bride, Baby Boom, Private Benjamin, and What Women Want, among others, and it stars Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve MartinÖhowís that for a cast?!
Meryl and Alec are a divorced couple who spend the night together after drinking too much at their sonís college graduation, and then continue to see each other afterward as well.
The primary complication in their relationship is the fact that he has remarried.
Another complication is Steve MartinÖhe is an architect working on Merylís house, and they have a lot in common as well.
As I sat and watched this one, I was thinking how nice it is to see a movie made for grown-ups from time to time. This is a movie made for adults, by adults, and if you like the cast, youíll probably like the movie. No, it isnít perfectÖbut it is very good.
I liked itÖand thus, the mild recommendation.
Like is where all great relationships begin, then comes loveÖand that is where we are now because, NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU!!
In addition to being a statement of fact, NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU is also the name of this next film, an anthology that has eleven short films, from eleven different directors, with each segment running around 10 minutes long, and the ensemble cast includes Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson, Chris Cooper, Andy Garcia, Hayden Christensen, Robin Wright, James Caan, Maggie Q, Ethan Hawke, Shia LaBeouf and Julie Christie, among many, many others.
As with any anthology, some of these films are hit, some are miss…and the ones that miss do so primarily because they are trying to hard to be unique and artistic, when I didnít think they needed to be.
Ultimately all of the films are interesting, even the ones I didnít think were that good, so I enjoyed the movie as a whole and can recommend it quite easily.
NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU is the second in the series of films about some of the worldís greatest cities. PARIS, JE TíAIME was the first one, and SHANGHAI, I LOVE YOU and RIO, EU TE AMO are up next.
Up next here on this weekís Couch Potato Report is DISGRACE.
No, I am not going to ñ purposefully ñ do anything to lose your respect, or commit and act that causes shame, reproach, or dishonorÖI am talking about the movie DISGRACE, starring John Malcovich from BURN AFTER READING and IN THE LINE OF FIRE as a college professor in Cape Town who ñ after having an affair with a student ñ moves to the Eastern Cape of South Africa, where he gets caught up in his daughterís life, and some post-apartheid politics.
DISGRACE isnít the most compelling film that I have ever seen, and if you donít like John Malcovich then you might even find it boringÖbut I like his work, and I must admit that I found this film interesting from start to finish.
If you find yourself looking for a very small, very dramatic movie about South Africa this Saskatchewan Weekend, then search this one out.
From Cape Town, South Africa, lets go to Cape Canaveral, Florida, now as that was one of the locations for the 1998 disaster film ARMAGEDDON!!
I have said many times before how much I enjoy disaster movies, and when I can sit and watch them in High Definition, I tend to enjoy them even more!!
That is what I was able to do this week as ARMAGEDDON has made itís debut on Blu-rayÖand it looks, and especially soundsÖgreat!!
ARMAGEDDON is a great popcorn movie with an all-star cast that includes Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Owen Wilson, and Steve Buscemi.
Willis leads a rag-tag group that have to go into space to blow up an asteroid to save the planet and the movie is still fun and entertaining.
No, itís not WAR & PEACEÖbut I always enjoy it!!
Another film I always enjoy is the 1993 release TOMBSTONE, and it too is new on Blu-ray this weekÖand while it isnít WAR & PEACE either, I love the peace that ultimately arrives after the war between law and order in this film!!
TOMBSTONE focuses on Wyatt Earp and his brothers’ move to Tombstone, Arizona, where they and Doc Holliday face off against a band of criminals called the Cowboys.
It stars Kurt Russell, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Michael Biehn, Dana Delany, and Val Kilmer gives a fantastic performance as Doc Holliday!!
He is so good that I still canít believe he wasnít nominated ñ and didnít win – an Oscar!!
TOMBSTONE remains a very entertaining movie, and it is one that I will own forever!!
And the I-wish-it-was-better, made-in-Newfoundland film GROWN UP MOVIE STAR, starring Regina born actress Tatiana Maslany, is available now, only on DVD.
Coming up on the next Couch Potato Report
I’m Dan Reynish. I’ll have more on those, and some other releases, in seven days.
For now, that’s this week’s COUCH POTATO REPORT.
Enjoy the movies and I’ll see you back here again next time on The Couch!


I am stoked for “IRON MAN 2”!!!

‘Nightmare,’ ‘Iron Man’ lead US, overseas bills
LOS ANGELES ñ Freddy Krueger is raking in cash at the box office again, while Robert Downey Jr.’s “Iron Man 2” got off to a big start overseas.
A remake of the slasher flick “A Nightmare on Elm Street” led the weekend with a $32.2 million debut domestically, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Released by the Warner Bros. banner New Line, the movie features Jackie Earle Haley as Krueger, a psycho killer who stalks and slays victims in their dreams.
Paramount’s “Iron Man 2” got an international head start on its domestic debut this Friday, pulling in $100.2 million in 53 foreign markets. While Hollywood blockbusters typically open around the same date in most countries, some get an overseas jump of a week or more on their U.S. debuts.
“Iron Man 2” brought in $12.2 million in Great Britain, $10.8 million in South Korea, $8.8 million in Australia and $8.2 million in France. According to Paramount, the sequel had bigger openings than 2008’s “Iron Man” in every market.
“Iron Man 2” continues the story of Downey’s billionaire superhero, a genius who builds himself a metal suit loaded with gadgets. Mickey Rourke co-stars as a new enemy with his own high-tech arsenal.
Fright films typically drop steeply in their second weekends, since hardcore horror fans rush out to see them in the first few days. But “A Nightmare on Elm Street” already is headed toward a solid profit after an opening weekend that roughly matched its modest production budget of just over $30 million.
Given the history of slasher sagas ó the original 1984 “A Nightmare on Elm Street” was followed by seven sequels ó the franchise likely has a long life ahead of it.
“It’s certainly something we would entertain, the same with ‘Friday the 13th,'” another New Line horror series that was revived last year and has a sequel in the works, said Dan Fellman, head of distribution at Warner Bros.
“A Nightmare on Elm Street” was unable to match the fresh start of “Friday the 13th,” whose remake had a $40 million opening weekend in February 2009.
This weekend’s other new wide release, Brendan Fraser’s family comedy “Furry Vengeance,” bombed with just $6.5 million. The Summit Entertainment release stars Fraser as a housing developer assailed by the cute woodland creatures whose habitat is threatened by construction.
The previous weekend’s No. 1 movie, DreamWorks Animation’s hit “How to Train Your Dragon,” slipped to second place with $10.8 million, raising its total to $192.4 million.
While “A Nightmare on Elm Street” opened well, overall business was modest, continuing a lull as theaters prepare for the summer season, Hollywood’s busiest time.
With “Iron Man 2,” new potential blockbusters will start arriving virtually every weekend through August. Downey’s “Iron Man” premiered domestically with a whopping $98.6 million weekend, ranking No. 15 on the chart for best debuts.
“What ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ did is bridge the gap between the middling last part of spring leading into the summer,” said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for “‘Iron Man 2,’ I’m prepared to say, is going to be one of the biggest openings of all time. Interest is huge.”
In limited release, Sony Pictures Classics’ “Please Give” opened strongly with $128,696 in five theaters, averaging a healthy $25,739 a cinema. That compares with an average of $9,665 in 3,332 theaters for “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”
“Please Give” stars Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt as a Manhattan couple who buy an elderly neighbor’s adjoining apartment ó with the stipulation that the old woman can live out her life there before the buyers can do any expanding and remodeling.
Here are the estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Final figures will be released Monday.
1. “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” $32.2 million.
2. “How to Train Your Dragon,” $10.8 million.
3. “Date Night,” $7.6 million.
4. “The Back-up Plan,” $7.2 million.
5. “Furry Vengeance,” $6.5 million.
6. “The Losers,” $6 million.
7. “Clash of the Titans,” $5.98 million.
8. “Kick-ass,” $4.5 million.
9. “Death at a Funeral,” $4 million.
10. “Oceans,” $2.6 million.


He was fun to watch!!

Letterman putting life back together after scandal
NEW YORK ñ David Letterman says the scandal surrounding his workplace dalliances “knocked him down” and depressed him, but that he’s putting the pieces of his life back together.
During a guest appearance on Friday’s “Live with Regis and Kelly,” the CBS late-night star said his behavior hurt his family and himself. But he sounded hopeful that life with his wife and young son can “even be better, in a different way” than before the explosive revelations that he had had sex with co-workers.
Letterman made no reference to the $2 million shakedown attempt over his sex life that spurred him to acknowledge the affairs on his show last October.
Former television producer Robert Halderman, who pleaded guilty to the blackmail attempt, is scheduled to be sentenced next week.



Neil Young Hits the Studio With Producer Daniel Lanois
Neil Young recently announced a solo acoustic tour, but his buddy David Crosby is handling the job of letting fans know his old bandmate is back in the studio. Crosby tells Rolling Stone that Young is recording a new album with producer Daniel Lanois, best known for his work with U2 and Bob Dylan. “Neil told me last week that he was having a great time talking music with him and just relating to him,” David Crosby says, adding that he volunteered his services for any upcoming sessions. “I said to him, ‘If you want a harmony, I’m volunteering.’ He said, ‘You know, if I need one you’ll be the first guy I call.’ ”
Young has rarely worked with big-name producers throughout his four-decade career. “I think that Neil’s been a little lonely for someone to interact that way because his best buddy [L.A. Johnson] died and that just really left a hole there,” says Crosby. “The guy’s paid an awful lot of dues, man. I suspect this will be a very heartfelt record. I expect it will be a very special record.” Fans will likely hear a preview of songs destined for the in-progress LP when Young hits the road May 18th for his three-week American theater tour.
“He does that [solo acoustic] thing probably better than anybody,” adds Crosby. “One of my most favorite concerts of his was him at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. He had a circle of his guitars around him and a chair, and he walked out there and sang. It was mesmerizing. He’s a fantastic musician, but also a great storyteller. I was standing there in the wings with Bob Dylan. He and I are huge Neil fans, and we didn’t move. We stood there the entire concert and just watched. We were as mesmerized as much as the audience was.”


I think he would have!!

O’Brien: I wouldn’t have done what Jay Leno did
NEW YORK ñ In his first post-“Tonight” show interview, Conan O’Brien said that if he had been in Jay Leno’s shoes, he would not have taken back the show less than a year after publicly handing it off to someone else.
“That’s me, you know,” O’Brien told Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” in an interview to be broadcast Sunday, excerpts of which were released Thursday by CBS. “Everyone’s got their own way … of doing things.”
O’Brien, in the midst of a sold-out concert tour, said he decided to leave NBC because “this relationship is going to be toxic and maybe we just need to go our separate ways.”
It was the comic’s first interview about the late-night television drama that played out this winter.
He has since been hired by TBS, where he will launch a talk show in November.
In a transition laid out five years earlier, Leno left “Tonight” last year and O’Brien took over. NBC worried about losing Leno to a competitor so the network gave him a prime-time show five nights a week.
That failed on two fronts: affiliates objected to Leno’s low ratings and threatened to pull the show, and O’Brien’s poor “Tonight” show ratings enabled CBS’ David Letterman to surge ahead to first place.
NBC tried to please both comics by offering Leno a half-hour show at 11:35 p.m. and letting O’Brien keep the “Tonight” show name and begin a half hour later. O’Brien said no and Leno, who never wanted to leave “Tonight” in the first place, slipped back into his old home.
“I wouldn’t have done that,” O’Brien said.
Asked by Kroft what he would have done, O’Brien said, “Done something else, go someplace else. I mean, that’s just me.”
O’Brien said he didn’t see the point in giving everything to a relationship with NBC that seemed to have no future.
“I’m not sure these people even really want me here,” he said.
During the few weeks between his public decision and actual exit, O’Brien became something of a folk hero. An Internet “Team Coco” tribe rose up to support him, and O’Brien’s ratings soared for shows with pointed jabs about his bosses.
NBC and a Leno spokesman had no comment about O’Brien’s statements.
His buyout by NBC forbade O’Brien from giving interviews that could be printed or telecast before May 1; the “60 Minutes” telecast will be May 2.
CBS’ release of the interview excerpts may be a technical violation of that deal, but NBC wasn’t expected to pursue it.