‘Today’ west coast contributor Maria Menounos took a look at the most memorable pop culture moments in 2005, including Britney Spears’ pregnancy, Michael Jackson’s child molestation trial, the breakups of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston as well as Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, the shocking weight loss of Nicole Richie, Hilary Duff and others, the Mariah Carey and Madonna comebacks, and more. Then, NPR’s entertainment critic Elvis Mitchell talked with ‘Today’ show host Matt Lauer about what to watch for in 2006. The segment at Bing.com has since been removed.
Jackson Threatened With Contempt Of Court
December 23, 2005 – Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com reports that Judge Linda K. Lefkowitz of Los Angeles Superior Court issued a ruling on Thursday (December 22), ordering Michael Jackson to come to the LA court in two weeks and explain why he shouldn’t be held in contempt for defying her order to make sure all of former partner Marc Schaffel’s bills were paid. Read more.
Ravens Trounce The Packers
December 21, 2005 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Tuesday night, “In sports news, the Baltimore Ravens beat the Green Bay Packers last night 48-3. That sounds like a a Michael Jackson date, doesn’t it? 48-3.”
Debbie Rowe Files Abduction Papers In Court
December 20, 2005 – TMZ.com reports that a secret hearing was held Monday (December 19) near Palm Springs, California, in which Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson’s former wife and the mother of two of his children, filed legal papers accusing the singer of abducting the children.