NEWS OF NOTE
Five Networks Join Forces for Hurricane Harvey Relief Telethon
Houston native rapper Bun B has teamed up with SB Projects founder Scooter Braun to present “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief” telethon to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The one-hour special will be based in Los Angeles with stages in New York, Nashville and a special performance by Country Music icon and Texas native George Strait from his San Antonio benefit concert. “Hand in Hand” will air live on ABC, CBS, CMT, Fox and NBC on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on the East Coast and will replay in the p.m. PDT on the West Coast. The show will also be available internationally via live stream on Facebook and Twitter starting at 8:00 p.m. EDT during the first broadcast.
Celebrity participants will include George Clooney, Jamie Foxx, Tori Kelly, Karlie Kloss, Beyoncé, Matt Lauer, Rob Lowe, Matthew McConaughey, Dennis Quaid, Julia Roberts, Kelly Rowland, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Blake Shelton, Michael Strahan, George Strait, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon.
Proceeds from the telethon will benefit United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas and The Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief (administered by the Greater Houston Community Fund) through the Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Fund managed by Comic Relief Inc.
Bianna Golodryga Joins CBS News
Bianna Golodryga has joined CBS News as a correspondent based in New York, where she will report for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms effective immediately. Golodryga began reporting for CBS News this morning from her hometown of Houston where she is covering the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. In addition to her CBS News role, Golodryga will serve as a CNN contributor.
Golodryga’s career has spanned CNBC, ABC News, and, most recently, Yahoo News where she served as the News and Finance anchor at Yahoo responsible for leading coverage of major financial and news stories. From 2007-2014, Golodryga was at ABC News as the weekend co-anchor for ABC’s “Good Morning America” and as the network’s business correspondent.
Clayton Morris to Exit Fox News
“Clayton Morris,” one of the co-hosts of “Fox & Friends Weekend,” has announced his departure from the network. Guest co-hosts will fill in on the weekends until a permanent replacement is named.
Morris joined Fox News in 2008 from Fox station WTFX in Philadelphia where he was co-host of “Good Day.” Prior to that, he worked in Orlando on the launch of the nationally syndicated morning show “The Daily Buzz.”
Lisa Rinna to Return to “Days of Our Lives”
Lisa Rinna will reprise her role as Billie Reed on veteran NBC daytime drama “Days of Our Lives” in early 2018. Rinna originated the role in 1992 and briefly returned in 2002 after three initial years. Most recently, she returned, also briefly, for a second in 2012.
Since Rinna’s most recent departure from “Days of Our Lives” in 2013, she’s been a series regular on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” She was also a cast-member on the original “Melrose Place” on Fox.
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