The list of musical names was fierce, with taped performances from Kelly Clarkson (U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”), CeeLo Green (“Lead Me”), Deborah Cox (Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All”), Billy Idol and Steve Stevens (“To Be A Lover”), Annie Lennox (“Walking on Broken Glass”), Kristin Chenoweth (Alabama’s “Angels Among Us”), Juan Pablo Di Pace (“Without You”) and Josh Groban (“Lullaby”).
Project Angel Food has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic strongly with a small staff this year -– including some laid-off L.A. chefs –- as its operations have continued through the coronavirus quarantine.
The virtual event exceeded its $500,000 goal by nearly $200,000, totaling more than $700,000 during the all-star event, at very little cost to the Hollywood-based nonprofit Project Angel Food. In a sign of what may be seen as an emerging, successful alternative to expensive red carpet charity events, Saturday night’s two-hour Lead With Love: Project Angel Food Emergency Telethon, which aired live on KTLA 5, smashed its fundraising goal.
“Project Angel Food embraces all Angelenos, and I think that is just delicious,” Brown said.
Providing a crucial statistic, Yvette Nicole Brown said 73% of the community that Project Angel Food serves is people of color, including nearly 30% of its meals are given to African Americans.
Both reminisced about celebrating Hayes’ 50th birthday this week with a “socially distanced surprise party.” In addition to "NCIS," “Will & Grace” was represented, as longtime Project Angel Food supporter Eric McCormack cohosted the telethon, Debra Messing gave a taped message and Sean Hayes called in to speak with McCormack.
“Welcome to old age, pal,” McCormack, 57, joked to Hayes.
“When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and clients at Project Angel Food, who were already struggling with illnesses, were at even more risk, they didn’t see obstacles. They saw the need,” Furnish said.
Furnish and Curtis both mentioned bringing their families with them to volunteer at the facility, which prepares and delivers tens of thousands of meals each week to people in need. A-list names, including Sir Elton John, David Furnish, Jamie Lee Curtis, Matt Bomer and Sharon Stone, contributed brief segments celebrating Project Angel Food’s contributions to Hollywood’s underserved community.
For “NCIS” fans, dreams of a (virtual) reunion came true, as several of its past and present cast members, including Pauley Perrette, Rocky Carroll, Michael Weatherley, Sasha Alexander and Brian Dietzen gathered, via Zoom.
Sheryl Lee Ralph and KCAL’s Jessica Holmes cohosted Saturday with McCormack.
“There are a million fans out there that are really happy now,” Perrette, who is on Project Angel Food’s board of trustees, said. “These are some of the best people on the planet right here.”
Other celebrities appearing on tape or live included Joely Fisher, Rachel Lindsay, Valerie Bertinelli, Margaret Cho, Carson Kressley, Sandra Lee, Jonathan Scott, Duff Goldman, Alexandra Shipp, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Charo, Eileen Davidson, Kirsten Vangsness, Lauren Tom, John Goodman, Jimmy Smits, Tyler Henry, Cheryl Tiegs, Josh Flagg, Sasha Roiz, Olivia Newton-John, Danny Trejo, Marlee Matlin, Lawrence Zarian and Gregory Zarian.” />

Ellen K, radio personality and the chair of the Walk of Fame selection panel, announced the new honorees alongside Rana Ghadban, the president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The honorees were chosen from among hundreds of nominations at a selection committee meeting held this month with the final approval coming down from the Hollywood Chamber’s board of directors.
In the category of Recording: The Chi-Lites, Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Ana Gabriel, Jefferson Airplane, The Judds, Don McLean, Salt-N-Pepa, Trisha Yearwood and Charlie Parker (Posthumous).
Mehmet Oz, Sarah Paulson, Peter Roth and Christian Slater. In the category of Television: Nick Cannon, Courteney Cox, Marla Gibbs, Jenifer Lewis, Laura Linney, Judge Greg Mathis, Dr.
In the category of Live Theatre/Live Performance: Sarah Brightman, Luciano Pavarotti (Posthumous) and August Wilson (Posthumous)
Each honoree will be recognized with a star unveiling ceremony in Hollywood though dates have not been scheduled as of yet.” />
In the category of Radio: Big Boy
The Honorees for the Class of 2021 Hollywood Walk of Fame and their respective categories are as listed:
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced the latest group of entertainment professionals in the categories of Motion Pictures, Television, Live Theatre/Live Performance, Recording and Radio to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2021. The new selections were revealed via the Walk of Fame Facebook page on Thursday.
In the category of Motion Pictures: Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Morris Chestnut, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zac Efron, Giancarlo Giannini, Shia LaBeouf, Jimmy Smits, Naomi Watts and a double star for Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal.
“The panel has done an exemplary job in choosing very talented people. The Selection Panel, made up of fellow Walk of Famers, hand-picks a group of honorees each year that represent various genres of the entertainment world,” said Ellen K. We can’t wait to see each and every honoree’s face as they realize that they are becoming a part of Hollywood’s history as we unveil their star on the world’s most famous walkway!” “The Walk of Fame selection panel is pleased to announce 35 new honorees to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Was there anything you were sad to lose that you wish could've stayed in?
The thing that I want everyone to watch it to know is that Rihanna was exactly that much fun every minute the camera wasn’t rolling. There's no on/off switch to her charm or charisma.
You also have to know she's pretty game to get in a "Battleship" dig.
So she started it. Well, I first want to give credit where it's due to Retta. To say yes to this as an idea, you’re already the right kind of person for it. They've all been really different but very fun. This was originally supposed to be me drinking with my family, and Retta was the guest who reached out and said, "I want to do this with Seth." We never thought this would be me drinking with guests.
Looking back, I almost wish it was two hours longer. The best moments are the ones that are just Rihanna being Rihanna that we never could’ve planned for nor written. I mean, my god, some of her one-liners are better than anything you'll hear on any comedy show!
We did have to drop the monologue for the first time in a while…maybe the first time since the 2016 election?! To be honest with you, we were looking for other things to cut because it's long. So it was historic. No…I did sing a version of Only Girl in the World, but that was pretty rough to listen to. It turns out that a lot of her work is outside my register.
So how does this experience stack up against your other Day Drinking segments?
I was impressed that you made it to the show yesterday. How are you doing?
"Day Drinking with Rihanna," in all its messy glory, aired on Thursday's show in lieu of a monologue. Within just a few hours of shooting, Meyers and Rihanna downed themed drinks (including the "Bitch Better Have My Bunny," i.e. a hollow chocolate bunny full of tequila), practiced pickup lines, tried out her Fenty Beauty makeup line, and had a wild, unabashed singalong to her hit song "Work."
I'm so stuck on the tequila shooters in the chocolate bunny. I don't know who came up with it, but I applaud them and am worried for them.
So the very fact that she showed up and was so game to do it was such an awesome gift to us. That was the fun part. I've gotten enough from Rihanna, her just being in the world, I feel I’ll never quite deserve. She's really just a very…I mean, look, if she had never shown up, I also would have been fine. But the really nice thing was that in the moments between shooting, she is the easiest person to talk to.
So it's a very interesting journey. Of course, I should say that drinking on camera is unfortunately like drinking in real life, in that it's fun, and then you wake up the next morning and are like, "oh my god, what happened?!" Unlike the times when you drink with your friends at a bar and call them to see how you embarrassed yourself, this was filmed and was going to air a day later so you'll see exactly what you did.
I don't want Rih to think I'm just moving on that quickly.” /> I think I just want to bask in this for a little bit longer, you know?
Two and a half, three, maybe?
She gave us a date, and historically when we've done "Day Drinking" it's been on a day without a show, because it goes without saying that it would be impossible to do a show that night. I think we knew for about six weeks. So we actually had to go to the network and say, "hey, we want to show a mid-week rerun," which we never do, "in order to do Day Drinking with Rihanna." And it was a very speedy approval from NBC.
Yes, I think everybody was.
Was there anything that you learned about Rihanna that particularly surprised you?
You've wanted to have Rihanna on the show for a long time, so how did this happen?!
(Past guests have included Kelly Clarkson, Ina Garten, and Meyers' entire family.) Seth Meyers has made no secret of his love for Rihanna. And yet he never was able to get Rihanna to come on his show until this week, when Meyers revealed that he had spent Wednesday shooting back tequila with her for his "Day Drinking" segment, in which the host gets ridiculously drunk with a celebrity guest instead of sitting through a traditional interview. As the "Late Night" host told Jimmy Fallon in February, he's "fully in love" with the pop star slash business mogul (he clarified that his wife is fine with it because "she's also in love with Rihanna — it's what we have in common").
I feel like your second son will understand.
I genuinely had no idea what she was saying, and then what I realized how perfectly timed it was…I mean, it was so perfectly delivered.
I do want to point out that this was only the second time we've had to cancel a show,and the other was the birth of my first son. So the order goes, my first son, Rihanna, my second son. For the birth of my second son, I just went to work the next day.
I give all credit to Jeremiah Silva, who's our music booker. Obviously, he also was aware how much I wanted Rihanna to be on the show, so over the past two years he's been telling me that he's making progress, and that he thought "Day Drinking" would be a good idea. It struck me as wishful thinking, but looking at it now…it paid off.
And by the way,I had no intention of making that joke until that very moment and that fully came out of being super drunk, fully appreciating how much fun she was to be around, and being pretty confident that she would have a great reaction. Yes!
But you have to get drunk pretty fast for it to cut together well. I should say, tor the kids reading this piece, 1) you shouldn’t drink, and 2) if you do, you shouldn’t drink like this. It's also like, you can't say that Rihanna has nothing better to do. So we were just very cognizant of her time. Everything she has to do is better than drinking with me!
How many hours was it altogether?
Variety spoke with Meyers the day after the segment dropped to talk about how it all came together, if Rihanna lived up to his sky-high expectations (spoiler: yes), and why the "kids reading this" should not mimic their questionable drinking strategies.
It's really just a way to start drinking. I don't know which writer came up with that very funny idea, but I'm sure whichever one forget to score the second bunny isn't too upset. The thing about "Bitch Better Have My Bunny" is that I said we should have a knife [to open them] and Mike said no, we'll score it so it's easy to twist off. Over the weeks the writers on this piece — Amber Ruffin, Jenny Hagel, Seth Weiss, Ben Warheit, and Mike Karnell was the director — were just coming up with ideas, and [themed drinks] is something we've always done, like with Kelly Clarkson.
Her advice for you and your wife [in which Meyers asks Rihanna how he can blow his wife away and Rihanna answers "you said it: blow her away"] has been getting a lot of pickup.
I thought it would be much longer and now I'm even more concerned about how quickly you drank all that. Oh!
Once I introduce him to her work, I think he will applaud the decision. Yeah, he will.
The thing about her that didn’t just strike me, but struck every single person who was there, she was immediately so friendly and relatable, and it became clear that she was down for the idea and what it entailed. I had said hello to her a few times when she came through at "SNL," but certainly never had anywhere near the kind of interaction I had within five minutes of day drinking, when I talked to her more than I ever had in my life.
You can plan what you think you're going to do with "Day Drinking," but you understand that the best moments are going to be what happens in between, and what kind of drinker this person is. We had no intention for her to be chugging beer, but when she did that, I think it was a signal to everyone involved and everyone watching it that we were going to take off full speed ahead.
Having wanted her as a guest for so long, how was it to not just meet her but do something as intense as this bonding experience?
When was it confirmed that you were going to do this? Did it come together quickly, or had it been in the works for a while?
Do you have another dream "Day Drinking" guest?

listing photos (Tennessee): Parks Realty; listing photos (California): Keller Williams” />
The estate’s variety of outdoor recreational amenities includes extensive terraces and loggias that give way to manicured gardens and thick lawns that roll down to the lake’s tree-shaded edge. A games room with a wet bar where authentic saddles have been repurposed as stools is joined in the sprawling finished basement level by a home theater with tiered seating for ten or more in deep-cushioned black leather theater recliners and a children’s bunk room with built-in bunk beds. There’s also a sand-pit volleyball court, a children’s playground, a private boat dock and a swimming pool and spa overlooked by an open air poolside dining cabana.
A double height great room highlights Corinthian columns, a towering wall of windows and a carved stone fireplace over which hang several taxidermy buck heads and a full bear standing on a mossy rock while the colossal, cook-ready kitchen, fitted with polished concrete countertops on custom barn-wood cabinetry, opens to a window-lined breakfast bay and a family room with raised hearth stone fireplace. Furnished in a manner that casually mixes unabashed decadence and glamour with country-luxe finishes, the house opens to a grandiose double height foyer with twin curved staircases flanked by a petite sitting room/library with black marble fireplace and a spacious formal dining room that features a solid wall of acid etched mirrored panels and two Toyota-sized crystal chandeliers.
At 9,839 square feet, the Clarkson-Blackstock’s newly acquired Los Angeles homestead, behind gates in the affluent foothills south of the San Fernando Valley community of Encino, Calif., is unquestionably huge yet still more than half the size of their titanic Tennessee mansion. With eight bedrooms and eleven bathrooms, the brand new, spec-built modern farmhouse-style residence features hand poured sinks, artist-commissioned light fixtures, barn-style doors handcrafted from reclaimed wood and a mix of wide plank hardwoods and custom blended brick floors and the roughly half-acre, resort-style grounds offer an outdoor lounge with built-in daybed, a swimming pool, several fire features, manicured lawns and a two-level guesthouse with living room and complete kitchen.
The steeped-in-showbiz couple, she a three-time Grammy winning winner of the first season of “American Idol” (2002) and he the step-son of country music icon Reba McEntire, purchased the just over four-acre spread and it’s by almost any standard conspicuously gigantic 20,121-square-foot, brick-built three-story behemoth in the fall of 2012 for $2.86 million. Listing details, which make no secret of the estate’s owner, indicate there are seven bedrooms and eight full and three half bathrooms. Though they’ve shelled out a whopping $8.5 million for a brand new, spec-built mansion of not quite 10,000 square feet in Encino, Calif., — a bit more on that in a minute — crossover pop/country superstar Kelly Clarkson and talent manager Brandon Blackstock have yet to sell their more than 20,000-square-foot lakefront mega-manse in Hendersonville, Tenn., about 45-minutes outside of Nashville, that remains available after more than a year on the market at $8.75 million.