Lewinsky may be live from New YorkThe buzz is that Monica...

People And Places

May 08, 1999

Lewinsky may be live from New York

The buzz is that Monica Lewinsky, who has spent the last 16 months as the butt of jokes on "Saturday Night Live," will appear as herself on tonight's show. That's what an NBC source says, anyway. She would push aside actress Molly Shannon, who has frequently portrayed her in skits. John Goodman may appear to reprise his role as Linda Tripp. If he does not make it to New York in body, he will lend his voice, the source says.

And add the kitchen sink

It's been a rough week for Busta Rhymes. First, he pleaded guilty to gun-possession charges -- and got kicked off the R. Kelly tour. Why? "Busta Rhymes is too much to handle," said tour publicist Chris Hulbert. "He was a genuine handful. His ego got in the way." First off, Busta wanted to be billed as a co-headliner with R. Kelly, leapfrogging Nas, Deborah Cox, Foxy Brown, Kelly Price and Sparkle. Wanted his own set, requiring two additional 18-wheelers. Wanted more money. Wanted a case of Kristal champagne in each dressing room; big-screen TVs (plural); multiple DVDs, and an exotic brand of condoms that the production crew found impossible to procure. Asked to comment, Busta's rep declined.

21 hours at top of the world

A Sherpa guide completed 21 hours at the summit of Mount Everest yesterday, setting what is likely a record for the longest stay atop the world's tallest mountain. And 33-year-old Babu Chhiri Sherpa didn't use bottled oxygen during his overnight stay, said Shailendra Sharma, chief of the mountaineering department at Nepal's Tourism Ministry. The Sherpa hoisted a national flag and sang Nepal's anthem, "Praise the King and the Country." No official records have been kept for the longest time spent at Everest's summit, but high winds, low air pressure and rapid changes in extreme weather conditions usually force climbers to retreat after just a few minutes.

Court complaints

Robert De Niro appeared in a Paris court yesterday to press his case against a judge who hauled him in last year for questioning in a probe of an international prostitution ring. De Niro, accompanied by his French lawyer, informed Judge Herve Stephan of his reasons for filing a complaint against Judge Frederic N'Guyen, whom the actor accused of leading a "witch hunt." The actor denied any involvement in the ring and denied ever paying women for sex.

Water balloon's wet blanket

A water balloon didn't mix well with about 20,000 screaming teen-agers and the pop group 'N Sync. The nearly all-girl mob wept, Beatlemania style, before and after the band walked out of a Mall of America autograph-signing in Minnesota on Thursday. The water balloon, thrown from a balcony, spooked the band's security staff.

That old time TV religion

Jeremy Sisto ("Clueless," "White Squall") has been cast in the title role of CBS miniseries "Jesus" opposite Gary Oldman as Pontius Pilate. Shooting begins in Morocco next week. Jacqueline Bisset and Armin Mueller-Stahl will play Mary and Joseph, and "Braveheart's" David O'Hara has been tapped as John the Baptist. Even Jesus isn't immune to special effects -- several miracles and battles with Satan are expected.

Today's birthdays

Comedian Don Rickles is 73.

Environmentalist Sir David Attenborough is 73.

Author Peter Benchley is 59.

Actor James Mitchum is 58.

Jockey Hall-of-Famer Angel Cordero Jr. is 57.

Singer Toni Tennille is 56.

Singer Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind and Fire) is 48.

Rock musician Billy Burnette is 46.

Actor David Keith is 45.

Actor Stephen Furst is 45.

Rock musician Alex Van Halen is 44.

Actress Melissa Gilbert is 35.

Rock musician Dave Rowntree (Blur) is 35.

Country musician Del Gray is 31.

Net Byte du Jour

Avid fans of "The Sopranos" on HBO can learn more at http: //www.hbo.com/sopranos. Pub Date: 5/08/99

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