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Posted at 7:56 AM ET, 07/ 7/2009

Fans Gather for Jackson Memorial Event; 'Three's Company' Star Arrested for DUI

By Liz Kelly

Former 'Three's Company' star Joyce DeWitt is shown in a photo released by the El Segundo, Calif. Police Department. (AP)
Tuesday

Headlines: Fans begin to gather for today's Michael Jackson memorial event: movie theaters, 16 networks to air memorial... Debbie Rowe, Elizabeth Taylor not expected to attend... Tickets listed for up to $15,000 on eBay... Event may cost up to $2.5 million for taxpayers... Katherine Jackson loses control of son's estate... Kal Penn finally starts White House gig... "The Office's" Jenna Fischer engaged... Accident-prone Bret Michaels uninjured in tour bus pile-up... Miley Cyrus says her new jeans line will be good for "Middle America"... Rumer Willis set for "90210" cameo... Benicio del Toro encourages Puerto Rico inmates to seek a second chance... Casey Kasem gives up weekly countdown.

Crime Watch: "Three's Company's" Joyce DeWitt arrested on suspicion of DUI [insert Regal Beagle jokes here]... Brother accused of stealing $11 million from Dane Cook.

Pix: Cameron Diaz channels vintage Madonna for magazine shoot.

Video: The ghost of Michael Jackson haunts Neverland in Larry King interview? (Puh-leeze)... Debbie Rowe threatens paparazzo.

Rumor Mill: Five doctors allegedly investigated in 2004 for prescribing drugs to Michael Jackson... Sharon Stone in air rage incident?... Director made Megan Fox wash car for "Transformers" audition... Britney Spears calls K-Fed "K-Fatter-Line."

Say What?
"She's a butter face. She has everything but the face. She reminds me of Peaches Geldof." -- Kelly Osbourne on Lady GaGa

Coming Later Today: Post Rock blogger David Malitz, The Post's Ashley Surdin and I will be live-tweeting for the duration of the Jackson Memorial. We'll also be streaming live video of the Staples Center event. Come back around 1 p.m. ET as we kick off the play-by-play.

By Liz Kelly  | July 7, 2009; 7:56 AM ET
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Comments

Really, is Kelly Osbourne one to talk?

Posted by: boutros23 | July 7, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

"She's a butter face. She has everything but the face. She reminds me of Peaches Geldof." -- Kelly Osbourne on Lady GaGa

Not only is that a classic example of the pot calling the kettle black, it's some of the ugliest damn kitchenware I've seen in my life.

Posted by: byoolin1 | July 7, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

"Fans begin to gather for today's Michael Jackson memorial event"


Yawn, wake me when it's over. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Posted by: jezebel3 | July 7, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Dammit Janet!

Posted by: VaLGaL | July 7, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

16 networks to air Jackson's memorial... so I guess that means no Montel this afternoon. Just great.


Elizabeth Taylor: classy. "How I feel is between us. Not a public event."


Bret Michaels uninjured, but the bus driver was Garped by a "Rock Of Love" contestant trying to work her way to the star.


So Miley Cyrus's Middle America jeans will feature stretchy material, pleated fronts and extra pockets to carry goodies from the buffet back to the table?


Rumer Willis set for "90210" cameo... Finally, someone to give Tori Spelling's acting a run for the money.


That Joyce DeWitt mug shot looks like it's part of a matched set with Gary Busey's.


Dane Cook has $11M to steal? Now I *really* feel like I've made some poor career choices.


"Cameron Diaz channels vintage Madonna for magazine shoot." Time to change the channel.


"Rumor Mill: Five doctors allegedly investigated in 2004 for prescribing drugs to Michael Jackson." That would be The New Jackson Five, then.


Something tells me Megan Fox's "Transformers" audition would be more fun to watch the movie.


Best Celebritology live tweet so far: "'Today' is now checking in with Bubbles the chimp."

Posted by: byoolin1 | July 7, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

"Fans begin to gather for today's Michael Jackson memorial event"

Lizards, please don't miss the Divine Ms. de Moraes' take on the topic, "Let This Jackson Circus Begin (The Michael Jackson Memorial Orgy of Excess has arrived)":
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/06/AR2009070603683.html
Hint: She opens with elephants. Among Pookie's gems:

Overwhelmed by the sheer number of Jackson death-march viewing options? We're here to help... For starters, given the historic ratings problems at most of the broadcast networks this summer, the timing of Jackson's death has been their salvation, ratings-wise...

ABC has planned today's gutsiest coverage, once again trotting out Martin Bashir. We're guessing Jackson fans probably won't be watching ABC's coverage...

NBC is replacing its trademark peacock with a vulture today in honor of its exhaustive, leave-no-stone-unturned coverage of Jackson's death...

CNBC will dip in and out of the service while spending the day discussing the financial aspects of Jackson's death, as in who stands to profit most...

CNN has recruited Anderson "Does This Jackson Memorial Make Me Look Fat?" Cooper, Don Lemon and Soledad O'Brien to cover live from Los Angeles, and also Larry King, who has been deemed sufficiently recovered from his shocking discovery last week that Neverland was a pretty place with a train.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 7, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

"Fans begin to gather for today's Michael Jackson memorial event"

Yawn, wake me when it's over. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Posted by: jezebel3 | July 7, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Thanx Jez for the complete lack of interest in fans wishing to mourn someone of great talent who passed away. You don't have to be a diehard fan to at least recognize the man contributed alot to the music industry on a GLOBAL level. I hope you enjoy your nap, don't feel obligated to set your alarm, I think we'll be alright if you dozed through the whole day... or week perhaps?

Posted by: MrKPrez2U | July 7, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Live tweeting and streaming video from a memorial service. That makes Jon and Kate look fun! Remember the good old celebritology days of Brittney attacking cars with umbrellas and Russell Crowe barred from various countries?

Posted by: kirstenpaulson | July 7, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Rowe unable to attend Jackson memorial because there are still paps who haven't been threatened yet. The taxpayers paying the bill will be California taxpayers, and their state is already bankrupt. (Financially, this time.)

The Willis item should have been in the "Rumer Mill."

So is Cameron now a ho-in-training?

byoo, shame on you for the visual of Gary Busey and Joyce DeWitt.

Ghost of Larry King interviews ghost of Michael Jackson.

Re Megan Fox, one of the Great Minds of Our Time, I guess "washing his car" is a euphemism for "hiking the Appalachian trail."

Posted by: reddragon1 | July 7, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

The thing to remember is, circus or no, this is exactly the way Michael would have wanted it.

Posted by: 44west | July 7, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

"a punky, cute lesbian who isn't afraid to speak her mind."

I re-wrote it to relect reality.

"a ugly, untalented celeb-child who isn't afraid to use her parents star power (and her dad's chin) to get ahead."

Posted by: supersonic2 | July 7, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Liz. On a day when I need to get my "hee-hee" on, I've got that dumb ass Europe song in my head.

Cue the electronic trumpets, y'all...

Kasem's leaving the Countdown
But it's not farewell
And maybe he'll come back
As Shaggy, who can tell?
He's gone, but his voice isn't far
Just push the button
For the help menu for OnStar....

For the final countdown
[press 1 for roadside assistance]
It's the final countdown
[press 2 to make a phone call]
The final countdown
[press 3 to speak to an OnStar Assistant]
It's the final countdown
[press 4 for account information]

Posted by: mdreader01 | July 7, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

FYI--Kelly Osbourne issued a statement yesterday denying comments made about Lady Gaga. She was self-deprecating and quite complimentary of LG. Check Perez, it's on there.

Posted by: jljardon2 | July 7, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

The ghost of Michael Jackson haunts Neverland in Larry King interview?
- I don't believe it. The ghost was nowhere near the medicine cabinet.

Britney Spears calls K-Fed "K-Fatter-Line."
- He'll be a perfect customer for Miley Cyrus' new line of jeans at WalMart.

Elizabeth Taylor doesn't want to be part of the "public whoopla."
- I think we now have the perfect word to describe the day that is unfolding in Los Angeles.

Posted by: mdreader01 | July 7, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Joyce DeWitt, OMG! Rode hard and put away wet. What happened to her?

How long before Kai Penn consults House on healthcare reform?

reddragon I would say Cameron Diaz doesn't need training for what comes naturally.

I would say no Oprah today but I have no doubt she'll be front and center at the memorial today.

Posted by: hodie | July 7, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

hodie, surely Madge could teach Cameron some of the tricks of the trade.

Posted by: reddragon1 | July 7, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Byoolin, thanks for putting Kelly Osbourne in Hell's Kitchen, and special thanks for the Garp allusion.

However, Kelly should refrain from calling Lady Ga Ga "Butter Face," for Ga Ga's safety.
Kevin Fatterline may try to butter his bread with Ga Ga. Hmmmmm...Ga Ga Butter....there may be a product in there. Who's answering Billy Mays' phone these days?

Remember the saying that a bad day off beats a good day at work? With wall-to-wall coverage of Jacko's Wake-O, today is a good day to be at work.

I have yet to see any comments here on the death of Robert McNamera. Either you Lizards are nicely compartmentalized, or, more likely, most of you don't remember him.

Meanwhile, Casey, keep your ratings on the ground, and keep your delusions reaching for the sky.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | July 7, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Live tweeting is a little much for this thing. Although if the Reverends Sharpton and Jackson get into a fist fight I do want to know.

I am actually sad Casey Kasem is ending the countdown. That was my Sundays growing up.

Posted by: epjd | July 7, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Sas, how's this for a McNamara tie-in to Celebritology? Remember the sitcom "8 is Enough," based on the real-life family of journalist Tom Braden, his wife Joan and their brood? Supposedly Joan was McNamara's "dear, dear friend" (as politicians euphemize nowadays) for many years whilst remaining married to her husband till death did them part.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 7, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Yeah. We Californians can REALLY afford another bazillion dollars in debt ... sheesh.

Director "made" her, huh? He held a gun to her head? Grow a pair, Megan. If some dude told me to wash his Ferrari while he filmed me, he'd be told where he could stick it.

Cheetos-and-Taco-Bell Britney, people who live in glass houses ...

Posted by: Californian11 | July 7, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

P.S. Liz, you may want to post a warning that a song starts playing when you open Celebritology today. It was pretty embarrassing since I opened Celebritology here at work and had to immediately close it 'til I could shut off my PC volume.

Posted by: Californian11 | July 7, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Nosy, I heard about Joan Braden and Robert McNamera some years ago. Story has it that Tom and Joan Braden had a open marriage. Interestingly, Tom Braden himself died just a couple of months ago at age 92. Joan died in 1999.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | July 7, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

"Fans begin to gather for today's Michael Jackson memorial event"

Yawn, wake me when it's over. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Posted by: jezebel3 | July 7, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Thanx Jez for the complete lack of interest in fans wishing to mourn someone of great talent who passed away. You don't have to be a diehard fan to at least recognize the man contributed alot to the music industry on a GLOBAL level. I hope you enjoy your nap, don't feel obligated to set your alarm, I think we'll be alright if you dozed through the whole day... or week perhaps?

Posted by: MrKPrez2U | July 7, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I'll be napping, too. Someone of great talent? As a dancer, maybe, if you call that dancing. Maybe he did contribute to the music industry by selling a lot of albums, but he was no musician. At least Elvis could sing as well as gyrate, and he was another grotesque faded asexual costumed drug addict hiding behind his money & a fence.

Posted by: kabuki3 | July 7, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Grow a pair, Megan.

Posted by: Californian11 | July 7, 2009 1:07 PM

*****

Oh, she's already got a pair. No doubt it's what Michael Bay wanted to see.

Posted by: byoolin1 | July 7, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"Fans begin to gather for today's Michael Jackson memorial event"

Yawn, wake me when it's over. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Posted by: jezebel3 | July 7, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Thanx Jez for the complete lack of interest in fans wishing to mourn someone of great talent who passed away. You don't have to be a diehard fan to at least recognize the man contributed alot to the music industry on a GLOBAL level. I hope you enjoy your nap, don't feel obligated to set your alarm, I think we'll be alright if you dozed through the whole day... or week perhaps?

Posted by: MrKPrez2U | July 7, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I'll be napping, too. Someone of great talent? As a dancer, maybe, if you call that dancing. Maybe he did contribute to the music industry by selling a lot of albums, but he was no musician. At least Elvis could sing as well as gyrate, and he was another grotesque faded asexual costumed drug addict hiding behind his money & a fence.

Posted by: kabuki3 | July 7, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes "talent" comes in pairs.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | July 7, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Lucky jez and kabuki, getting to take a nap! Like sas, I'll be slaving away over a hot computer all afternoon. Then this evening I'll strive mightily to avoid TV coverage of the services.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 7, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

From David Brooks' column yesterday, which helps explain our horrified fascination (or fascinated horror?) with ill-behaving celebs:
"In Search of Dignity"
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/07/opinion/07brooks.html?em

...The old dignity code has not survived modern life. The costs of its demise are there for all to see. Every week there are new scandals featuring people who simply do not know how to act. For example...

First, there was Mark Sanford’s press conference. Here was a guy utterly lacking in any sense of reticence, who was given to rambling self-exposure even in his moment of disgrace. Then there was the death of Michael Jackson and the discussion of his life. Here was a guy who was apparently untouched by any pressure to live according to the rules and restraints of adulthood. Then there was Sarah Palin’s press conference. Here was a woman who aspires to a high public role but is unfamiliar with the traits of equipoise and constancy, which are the sources of authority and trust...

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 7, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I'll be napping, too. Someone of great talent? As a dancer, maybe, if you call that dancing. Maybe he did contribute to the music industry by selling a lot of albums, but he was no musician. At least Elvis could sing as well as gyrate, and he was another grotesque faded asexual costumed drug addict hiding behind his money & a fence.

Posted by: kabuki3 | July 7, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

If you can only equate Michael Jackson's contributions to the music industry from only "album sells" alone, you truly don't understand the contributions he's actually made. Look, I'm exhausted by some of this coverage too, believe me, but at the end of the day, the man meant alot to ALOT of people. Hopefully by this time next week, you can return to your exciting summer TV schedule of reruns, reality shows and other crap that couldn't make a decent showing in the Fall. Cheers!

Posted by: MrKPrez2U | July 7, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

If MrKPrez2U had bothered with 20th century US history, he would realize Robert Strange McNamera's life was more significant than any "contributions" made by an abused child start who grew up to be Quincy Jones' greatest creation.

Perhaps, when the Jacko memorial proceedins grow reptitious and dull (that is, after the first 5 minutes) MrKPrez2U should do some reading on the life of Robert McNamera to get some appreciation for his mortal sin of failing to publicly oppose the Vietnam War, and of his efforts to redeem himself in his tenure as President of the World Bank.

If MrKPrez2U would like to see McNamera's take of some of the most bitter lessons of his life, he should see the Oscar Winning documentary, "The Fog of War: Eleven lessons from the Life of Robert McNamera"

I have little doubt that in the near-term future, when some of us are writing about Walter Cronkite, that MrKPrez2U will write something to the effect that Cronkite was just another celebrity news anchor.

Maybe so, maybe so.

McNamera was just another war criminal. Cronkite was just another celebrity news anchor.
And Jacko was just another dancing pedophile.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | July 7, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Tell you what, sasquatch... you bring the "The Fog of War", I'll play 'Thriller' and we'll throw us a helluva party for a Friday night! BYOB

Posted by: MrKPrez2U | July 7, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Sas
And Jacko was just another dancing pedophile.

Wrong, dear cryptid. Jacko was just another crotch-rubbing pedophile.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 7, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Wrong, dear cryptid. Jacko was just another crotch-rubbing pedophile.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 7, 2009 4:41 PM

----------------------------------------
And he rubbed some people the wrong way.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | July 7, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Sas,

Significance does not equal belovedness (is that a word?) I associate McNamera with war mongering and deception. I associated Michael Jackson with entertainment and escape.

McNamera killed people. Jackson made them happy.

McNamera lived long enough not only to see the error of his ways, but to figure out why he made those errors and warn other people of doing the same.

It's been clear for quite some time that Jackson wasn't going to do the same.

For all you know, considering that the people whom McNamera affected the most are dead, there could be throngs showing up to McNamera's funeral. The only ones who will notice will be the mediums. And the nice thing about ghosts is that they don't tie up traffic for the rest of us.

Posted by: mdreader01 | July 7, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm reserving my judgement on Michael Jackon's alleged pedophilia until someone comes forward with an accusation that

a- did not get bought off

b- was reported to the police

c- doesn't want a pay out.

Otherwise, if Jackon was a pedophile, then the kids involved have pimps for parents. It goes both ways. You don't settle a crime "out of court."

Posted by: mdreader01 | July 7, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

mdreader
Jackson made them happy.

Not all people. Jackson killed the souls of the children he molested, then killed their souls again when either their p!mping parents didn't file charges against him, or he skated by with just cash settlements or acquittals (which, as we discussed previously, not being found guilty is NOT the same as being actually innocent).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 7, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

If the accusations are true, at least two parents allowed Michael to molest their child in exchange for cash.

In the end, no evidence has ever been brought forth to prove that accusation.

Michael had plenty of faults, but having read all the information on the previous accusations, I'm just not convinced he molested anyone.

I'm not a psychologist, so I'm wary of making a diagnosis, but someone writing on Slate (?) recalling a dinner she had with Michael probably put it best. "He was not a pedophile, he was a pedo." Michael was Peter Pan and never really grew up. Frankly, he's the kind of guy that would have given me the huge creeps had I met him. I'll just remember the music, thank you.

Posted by: mdreader01 | July 7, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

MSReader notes:

"Sas,

Significance does not equal belovedness (is that a word?) I associate McNamera with war mongering and deception. I associated Michael Jackson with entertainment and escape."

I never wrote about McNamera being a beloved figure. Many people "love" Michael Jackson. Many people hate Robert McNamera. McNamera is a much more significant historical figure than is Michael Jackson.

If your observation about ghosts and mediums being the majority of persons who note -- for good or ill -- McNamera's passing is true, and comparing that with the wall-to-wall media coverage of Michael Jackson's death and memorial service, I shake my head and recall the words of George Santayana:

"Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it."

Ooops, too late.

Perhaps Robert McNamer's ghost should pay a Midnight visit to Donald Rumsfeld.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | July 7, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

mdreader
If the accusations are true, at least two parents allowed Michael to molest their child in exchange for cash.

True, but two wrongs do not make a right as far as the child victims are concerned.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 7, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone considered what Michael Jackson's career would have been like if Quincy Jones had not produced "Off the Wall," and "Thriller"?

Jackson would have spent the rest of his life touring second rate venues doing The Jackson 5 Nostalgia Tour.

Within 10 years, Michael Jackson's most devoted fans will be viewed with the same alarm as Boomers who rant and rave about going to see 1964: The Tribute.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | July 7, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Sas, considering that 20 some-odd years ago, we had a President who got all giddy to meet Michael Jackson, yet he slept through cabinet meetings, I'd say not a whole lot has changed.

Although I do like the prospect of the ghost of McNamara haunting Rummy. Can I put in an order for him to haunt Cheney, too?

Nosy-- My point is that you are assuming something you don't know for sure to be true. Maybe now that Michael is gone, the truth will finally come out. I'd like to see what more can be learned before I come to my conclusions.

And Sas, it can be boiled down to this simple calculation:

Michael Jackson - Quincy Jones = Donny Osmond

Posted by: mdreader01 | July 7, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Breaking George Santayana news:

Those who do not learn from history can pay through the nose to learn how to repeat the same mistakes. Alberto Gonzales has lined up a teaching job this fall at Texas Tech University.

Posted by: mdreader01 | July 7, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow a Jackopalooza BKD day and I missed it!

Thanks for alerting us to the death of McNamara Sas, I hadn't heard .


Posted by: hodie | July 7, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Are they implying the casting couch with Megan Fox

Posted by: 411Tibby | July 8, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

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