July 27, 2014
Actress Jennette McCurdy has finally responded the cancellation of Nickelodeon’s “Sam & Cat,” on which she starred alongside Ariana Grande. In a post on Reddit, McCurdy did her best Charles Barkley impression, writing, “I am not a role model. I don’t claim to be, I don’t try to be, and I don’t want to be… What defines a person as a role model is the way they live their life. And no offense, but none of you know how I live my life.” Rumors of trouble on “Sam & Cat” began swirling earlier this year when McCurdy failed to show up for Nickelodeon’s “Kids Choice Awards” during a reported salary dispute. Responding to a question on Reddit if she would appear in future projects on the cable network, she wrote, “I left Nickelodeon recently because I needed to move forward with my life.” Also, when asked about racy photos of her leaked earlier this year, McCurdy wrote, “Nothing about an adult woman taking a sultry picture and being proud of a body she worked hard for should equal ‘Miley Cyrus,’ imo. I’m not riding giant inflatable dicks. (And if she wants to, so be it!)”
Fox News Channel weekend anchor Gregg Jarrett pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on Friday in Hennepin County District Court in Minnesota, entering the plea by petition. Jarrett was arrested in May after he had a run-in with police officers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Actor Finn Wittrock has joined FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” although there’s no word yet on his role. The former “All My Children” actor recently appeared on Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.”
AOL has named Marta Martinez global head of video sales, working out of the company’s New York office. Martinez was most recently chief marketing officer at MediaMath.
Gene I. Maeroff, an author and former education reporter at The New York Times, died last week at age 75 of complications following a medical procedure. Maeroff wrote for The Times for 16 years beginning in 1971, and during his career he wrote more than a dozen books, the last of which was published in 2013.
Susan Smith Ellis has been named senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Getty Images, beginning in September. Smith Ellis had been chief marketing officer at Morgan Stanley.
Chef Mario Batali has ended his New York Times Magazine column “What I’m Drinking Now” after three years, and it appears the choice was his. The magazine’s editor, Jake Silverstein, told The New York Post that it was Batali’s choice to end the column because he’d written everything he could about drinking.
Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman has filed a notice to appeal the dismissal of his lawsuit against NBC, after a judge in June ruled that Zimmerman didn’t show the network acted with actual malice. Zimmerman sued NBC for defamation, claiming it inappropriately edited a tape of his 911 call recorded on the day he shot and killed Martin.
Actress Jessica Biel will guest on Fox’s “New Girl” next season, playing a scientist who competes for a guy with Zooey Deschanel’s character. This will be a rare TV appearance for Biel, who has mainly appeared in movies since her role on “7th Heaven.”
CBS has added Charley Koontz to the cast of its spinoff “CSI: Cyber,” which stars Patricia Arquette. Koontz most recently had a recurring role on NBC’s “Community” as Fat Neal.
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