BET has suspended a producer after a joke about Beyonce and Jay Z’s daughter that aired Monday on the network’s music video countdown show, “106 & Park.”
A source at BET, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to discuss the matter publicly, said the producer was suspended after a remark about 2-year-old Blue Ivy’s hair.
On Monday’s show during a segment about Blue Ivy’s hypothetical thoughts during Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, guest host Karrueche Tran said: “I really did wake up like this, because my parents never comb my hair.” Blue Ivy joined her mother onstage at the VMAs.
Stephen Hill, BET’s president of music programming and specials, publicly apologized on Twitter.
Hill also said the network privately apologized to Beyonce and Jay Z.
Tran tweeted Tuesday that she did not write the joke. She wrote: “Now y’all know I LOVE me some Beyonce and Blue Ivy!”
Baldwin visits mom at N.Y. State Fair
Alec Baldwin has paid a visit to his mother’s cancer research booth at the New York State Fair.
The Post-Standard reports that the actor spent a couple of hours Tuesday at the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY Inc. booth at the suburban Syracuse fairgrounds.
The former “30 Rock” star signed autographs and posed for pictures with his mother, who lives in Camillus, outside Syracuse. Carol Baldwin’s organization has had a booth at the fair for 13 years.
Baldwin is on a break from filming “Mission: Impossible 5” with Tom Cruise in Morocco.
Comics will gather to honor Leno
Jimmy Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his “Tonight Show” predecessor Jay Leno with the nation’s top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
The performing arts center announced Wednesday that Fallon will join Chelsea Handler, Jerry Seinfeld, Wanda Sykes, Betty White, Kevin Eubanks and others in honoring Leno with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Leno will receive the prize on Oct. 19 in Washington. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS stations.
The prize recognizes people who have had an impact on American society through their humor and social commentary in the tradition of Samuel Clemens. Past recipients include Carol Burnett, Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Cosby.
The birthday bunch
Actor David Soul is 71. Actress Barbara Bach is 68. Actor Daniel Stern is 57. Movie director David Fincher is 52. Country singer Shania Twain is 49. Actor Billy Boyd is 46. Actor Jack Black is 45. Actor Jason Priestley is 45. Country singer LeAnn Rimes is 32. Actor Armie Hammer is 28. Rock singer Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine) is 28. Actor/singer Samuel Larsen (“Glee”) is 23.