Liz Smith, the legendary gossip columnist who detailed New York goings-on for decades, died Sunday. She was 94. Smith’s column was syndicated to nearly 70 newspapers and is credited with helping to bring forth the era of celebrity journalism. Literary agent Joni Evans told the Associated Press that Smith died of natural causes in New York.
TIffany Haddish made history last night as the first African-American female comedian to host the long-running sketch show Saturday Night Live on Saturday. The comedienne shined through the opening monologue and throughout the episode in her history-making hosting gig. This was the first time a black female stand-up comic has hosted the show in 43 seasons.
“Friends” star Jennifer Aniston is coming back to television and she’s partnering with Reese Witherspoon. The Apple streaming service said Wednesday the actresses will star in and produce a behind-the-scenes drama series about a TV morning show. The new series marks a TV reunion for its stars: Witherspoon and Aniston played sisters on an episode of “Friends.”
Amazon has opened up an investigation into Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor after sexual harassment allegations were made against him. No other details are available at this time, as the investigation is in its early stages. According to a statement Tambor, a “former disgruntled assistant” claims he “acted in an improper manner toward her.” Reports state that this assistant made those claims in a private Facebook post.
Elton John has achieved one of Harvard University’s highest honors: Humanitarian of the Year. The celebrated musician’s philanthropic efforts to combat HIV and AIDS garnered the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award, which John received during a ceremony at the Cambridge, Mass.-based institution on Monday.