Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Research: 'Daily Show' viewers better-educated than O'Reilly's
Earlier this month, when Comedy Central's Jon Stewart appeared on Bill O'Reilly's show on Fox News Channel, the famed "no-spin" commentator said fans of Stewart's program, "The Daily Show," were a bunch of "stoned slackers."
That didn't sit well with the Comedy Central clan, who did some homework: According to Nielsen Media Research, viewers of Stewart's show are more likely to have completed four years of college than folks who watch "The O'Reilly Factor."
A Fox News Channel rep said O'Reilly's comments were made in good fun: "Comedy Central must have lost their sense of humor."
Comedy Central did tell The Associated Press it had no statistics on how many people watched "The Daily Show" stoned.
Favorite neighbor on DVD
New York -- It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood video store.
Mister Rogers arrived on DVD Tuesday in a commemorative documentary about the life of the man in the cardigan sweater and sneakers.
The Emmy-nominated, three-hour documentary, "Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor," chronicles the life of Rogers, an ordained Presbyterian minister who produced, wrote and was host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" for more than 30 years. He died Feb. 27, 2003, at 74 after battling stomach cancer.
In it, Rogers reveals his thinking behind the famous routine of putting on a zip-up sweater and changing his shoes that began each show: "It's an invitation for somebody to be close to you, because that's what neighbors are -- close to you."
Divorce is the word
Los Angeles -- Singer Frankie Valli has filed for divorce from his wife of 20 years, according to court documents.
Divorce papers filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court show that Valli, 67, and his estranged wife, Randy, separated Thursday.
The couple have 10-year-old twin boys and a 17-year-old son.
Valli, a Newark, N.J., native whose real name is Frank Castelluccio, was inducted in 1990 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Four Seasons.
He's known for hits such as "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," "Rag Doll" and the theme song from "Grease."