People & Entertainment

PEOPLE & ENTERTAINMENT

December 08, 2008|By From Sun news services

Gregory named successor to Russert on 'Press'

David Gregory's new job as moderator of Meet the Press was made official yesterday with an announcement on the long-running NBC interview program that he will take over starting next week.

The 38-year-old chief White House correspondent was introduced by Tom Brokaw, who stepped in as temporary host in June after the death of Tim Russert, the program's moderator since 1991.

"I've thought a lot about what it means to succeed somebody like Tim Russert," Gregory told viewers. "I'm not Tim. But along with this great team, I can just work real hard to make him proud."

A ratings leader with enormous influence, Meet the Press brings Gregory "one of the greatest jobs there is," he said in an interview after the broadcast. "It's a place where accountability reigns, where leadership is explored and where people come to understand how the government works and try to understand the important issues of the day."

In addition to his Meet the Press responsibilities, Gregory will be a regular contributor for Today and continue as a backup anchor. He will also continue as a regular contributor and analyst on MSNBC.

Barbra meets the Bushes

Barbra Streisand promised to play nice on her visit to the White House yesterday.

"Art," she says, "transcends politics this weekend."

Streisand, a vocal critic of President George W. Bush, has the awkward honor of visiting 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. during one of Washington's few A-list events.

The singer and actress is a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, along with Morgan Freeman, country singer George Jones, dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp and musicians Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of the Who.

The honors recognize individuals who have had an impact on American culture through the performing arts.

After the White House reception, the group will travel with the president and first lady Laura Bush to the performing arts center for a gala in their honor.

It's Man vs. Hospital

The Discovery Channel says Bear Grylls, rugged adventurer and star of its popular Man vs. Wild series, has been injured during an expedition in Antarctica.

A fall resulted in a shoulder injury for Grylls, who was headed home to Britain for medical treatment, according to Discovery.

He was not filming for Discovery, but instead was taking part in an independent expedition.

The 34-year-old Grylls has hosted Man vs. Wild, on which he strands himself in remote locations to demonstrate survival techniques, since November 2006.

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Actor David Carradine, 72.

Singer-keyboardist Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers), 61.

Actress Kim Basinger, 55.

Actress Teri Hatcher, 44.

Singer Sinead O'Connor, 42.

Actor Dominic Monaghan, 32.

Actor Ian Somerhalder, 30.

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