David Letterman Rips Jamie Oliver’s U.S. Healthy-Eating Crusade

  • After Jamie Oliver got his ass handed to him by a bunch of lunch ladies on his new ABC show, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, even David Letterman is criticizing the celeb chef’s healthy eating crusade here in the U.S. The late show host told Oliver, who was a guest on Letterman’s show last night: “Try as hard as you might you are never going to succeed because we are living in a culture dominated by the commerce of selling food that is inherently unhealthy.” (Daily Mail)

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  • Noel Gallagher told authorities he may never recover from the injuries he sustained in an onstage attack during a Toronto Oasis concert in 2008. “I would describe the impact and shock as feeling as if I had been hit by a bus,” Gallagher said in a witness statement. “I ended up in a heap. I have been told that I will never really recover from the damage and still feel painful twinges.” (The Sun)
  • Did a convicted serial killer murder Dame Shirley Bassey‘s daughter back in 1985? “The Welsh singer has always maintained that the death of Samantha Novak, 25 years ago, was not an accident or suicide…But today Avon and Somerset Police revealed the family of convicted killer Michael Moffat‘s victim – Penny Beale – has written to detectives with a new lead. Miss Beale’s mother said the killer claimed to be ‘involved in the murder’ of Miss Novak.” (Daily Mail)
  • The Ricky Gervais Show has been picked up for a second season on HBO.(Sky News)
  • Gavin & Stacey‘s Rob Brydon will get his own show titled, quite creatively, The Rob Brydon Show. The Stage reports, “The Rob Brydon Show will feature a mix of stand-up comedy from Brydon himself, as well as a different guest comedian each week. Brydon’s series is being filmed in front of a live studio audience and will be broadcast later this year.”
  • The Daily Telegraph has been named the UK’s paper of the year. (BBC)
  • Scary Spice continues to seize opportunities to display her fit bod. Hey, if I put all that time and money into my figure, I’d show it off, too.(Daily Mail)
  • New Doctor Who star Matt Smith admits that he suffers from a common male problem. Hey, it happens, as George Costanza once demonstrated. Fortunately, most men don’t have to deal with said problem when they are naked in front of former Bond girl Eva Green.(The Sun)
  • Speaking of Who, check out these exclusive interviews with stars Smith and Karen Gillan (Amy Pond). First up there, Wired’s interview with Matt Smith. And there’s Karen’s interview with IGN. God, this girl is lovely.
  • Is there a star who has been more assaulted by fans than Robert Pattinson? Apparently, the Twilight star fears that the screaming of thousands of 15-year-old girls will leave him deaf.(The Sun)
  • Cheryl Cole‘s brother Andrew Tweedy has emerged to defend his sis against her husband, Ashley Cole: “He’s cheated on a gorgeous woman with absolute dogs.” (The Sun)
  • Katori Hall, writer of The Mountaintop, talks about her surprise win for Best New Play at Sunday’s Oliviers.(Guardian)
  • The brilliant Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back with a new video! She also reveals that a song on her new album is about a stalker. Creepy!
  • Rock legends Squeeze would not have made it in today’s record industry, Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford told the BBC. “If we’d been placed under the same commercial criteria, I think we’d have been gone after our first album,” Tilbrook said. “We had barely a top 20 hit with ‘Take Me I’m Yours,’ and I don’t know if that would have been good enough.”
  • Taio Cruz and Jay Sean, two British “urban” artists who’ve claimed Billboard No. 1 singles in the past year, talk to The Daily Telegraph‘s Neil McCormick. They claim the changing music scene will help other Brits conquer the U.S. charts. Sean says, “Music is changing very quickly in the US. Hip hop is turning into a kind of pop-dance-electro thing, and that should suit British artists.” And Cruz adds, “People like Kanye started sampling Daft Punk, and rappers started using Autotune on their vocals to make it sound more electronic. Pop has followed that trend, so it’s moved a bit closer to the kind of electro-pop sound of the UK. It’s becoming a universal pop sound, and we do it as well as anyone.” It also doesn’t hurt that both guys are smack-your-grandma gorgeous.
  • A TV ad featuring Lenny Henry (Dawn French‘s husband) doing Jack Nicholson‘s “Here’s Johnny!” scene from The Shining has been deemed too scary for kids in the UK.(Guardian)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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