Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday night, “Did you guys feel the earthquake? We had a 4.9 earthquake here in Burbank, just a couple of hours ago. It was so strong, Britney Spears is still jiggling. That’s how bad it was. … In fact, Michael Jackson ducked underneath a school desk — And that was long before the earthquake. … You know the difference between O.J. And Michael Jackson? See, when Michael Jackson was acquitted, he played miniature golf.” And with the Backstreet Boys as the show’s musical guest, he then threw in a few jokes to the boyband crazed audience. “Let me tell you something about the Backstreet Boys. These guys made it in the music business the hard way, without sleeping with Paula Abdul. Huh? How about that? … It was almost five years ago when they were here last. They took a five-year break. You know, normally, performers are rusty after a five-year break. But I was watching them in rehearsal, and they were totally N Sync. I mean, I couldn’t believe — The first rule of comedy, do not piss off the crowd. Threw that out to see if you were paying attention.”
Russell Simmons Hopes Michael Jackson Will Headline Live 8
June 17, 2005 – Russell Simmons tells Radio 1 he’s working on getting Michael Jackson to headline Live 8 in Philadelphia, especially now that 50 Cent had to drop out of the event because of filming commitments in Canada. “If he’s considering it I’ll certainly call and beg him to. This Live Aid, the artists should be more involved,” Simmons said. “Give to your own family is one thing, but to give to people outside your family, to see the global community as your family, that’s a beautiful thing as well.”
The P.I. Who Helped Clear Michael Jackson
June 17, 2005 – Michael Jackson may very well be a free man today thanks to Scott Ross, a private investigator who many believe found information that led Jackson to beat the charges of molestation. “My focus was very specific,” Ross tells ‘Celebrity Justice’. “It was to develop information on the accuser’s mother.” The information Ross gathered showed that “Lying, cheating and stealing seemed to be a way of life for her.”
Diane Dimond Defends Herself In The Jackson Case
June 17, 2005 – Diane Dimond spoke with the New York Times about the criticism she’s received for her long-term coverage of Michael Jackson. “I defy any of these people that say I’m pro-prosecution to point out one program where I don’t give both sides,” she said. “I’ve never said he’s a pedophile. I’ve never said he’s guilty. I have said that it’s inappropriate for a 46-year-old man to sleep with other people’s children. He says it’s innocent. My response is that society doesn’t see it that way.” Read more.