The Juice with Jem! (Tues, Jan 24)

Jan 25, 2012 | G-BLOG | 1 comment

TRACY MORGAN collapsed in Utah on Sunday and had to be rushed to the hospital. At first everyone thought that drugs and alcohol were involved.  But hospital officials say that neither was found in his system.  Tracy’s rep says he was brought down by a combination of exhaustion and altitude. Tracy is a diabetic, and he had a kidney transplant in 2010. He’s 43 years old. Tracy himself Tweeted, quote, “Superman ran into a little kryptonite.  The high altitude in Utah shook up this kid from Brooklyn.” Tracy is expected to be back towork on “30 Rock” today. Tracy was attending an award ceremony at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah  and there were reports that he was ACTING drunk.  But his rep says that any claims that he was drinking are, quote, “100% false.”

KID CUDI played Australia’s Heatwave festival this weekend, and it didn’t go well. Organizers sliced Cudi’s time in half, because they were behind schedule.  That’s mostly because the event started THREE HOURS late. Cudi wasn’t pleased . . . and he TRASHED THE STAGE on his way out, knocking over lights and speakers. Yesterday, Cudi posted this explanation on his Tumblr:  Quote, “If my set is EVER cut short at any show, I’m trashing the stage.  Not out of anger . . . it takes a lot to get me furious nowadays . . . but out of principle. The fans always deserve a full set at all shows, especially when they spend their hard-earned money on expensive tickets.  A lot of artists wouldn’t do what I did in Australia, but I will.  Spread the word. No matter the circumstance, [if you] cut my set short, I’m breaking [stuff] . . . and next time I’m startin’ a riot.  Me and my fans. Cause promoters will sometimes take advantage of the artists, and you gotta let ’em know what   time it is.  Cutting nobody any slack.”

Many of you have probably been noticing over the weekend some changes online, from Wikipedia going down (on purpose) for a day, to the file sharing service megaupload practically disappearing overnight. Universal Music Group got extra upset  after a few of its artists (Diddy, Kanye West,, Chris Brown, The Game, Alicia Keys) appeared in an online video for “Megaupload” (Megaupload is a file sharing company for which Swizz Beatx is the acting-CEO). Megauplaod was in fact completely shut down and sued for “racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement, conspiring to commit money laundering and two substantive counts of criminal copyright infringement.” SOPA  is the controversial anti-piracy legislation that congress was trying to pass that targets online piracy and would  control and/or SHUT DOWN any site that has any link to any unapproved property uploaded/linked to on the site.  Even if commenters/users were the people uploading. And even if the artist approved.  Rep Lamar Smith however has withdrawn SOPA after facing heavy fire from politicians, artists and voters alike. Now let’s just see what happens to MegaUpload as it will set a HUGE precedence for other file sharing companies. As the 13th most visited website in the world, Megaupload has vast financial resources and top tier lawyers at their disposal. So they are definitely up for the challenge. (Crossing  my fingers and hoping I dont have to go back to the PVR life)

HALLE BERRY is going to court today to seek some kind of legal protection for her 3-year-old daughter Nahla . . .  claiming the child’s father is a danger to her.  And she might have a point. Nahla’s father, GABRIEL AUBRY, is being investigated for CHILD ENDANGERMENT, after he pushed Nahla’s nanny while she was holding Nahla. Law enforcement sources say that last Wednesday, Aubry decided to keep Nahla home with him instead of taking her to school. The nanny . . . who works for both parents . . . was supposed to pick Nahla up at school.  But when she got there, she was told Nahla never came in. So the nanny went to Aubry’s house to see what happened.  With Nahla in her arms, she asked Aubry why he didn’t take her to school. Her apparently flipped out on her, yelling, quote, “You’re the [effing] nanny.  Who do you think you are?  You are a nobody.  You don’t need to [effing] know anything.” Then he pushed the nanny out the door.  So she filed a police report. Aubry is now being investigated by the cops for battery and child endangerment . . . and Child Protective Services is also looking into the incident. Halle has yet to comment . . . but we assume she’s going to ask for full custody.

50 CENT bet a few stacks on the New York Giants last weekend . . . and when they beat the San Francisco 49ers in overtime, he collected…. HALF A MILLION dollars. He says he’s going to give the winnings to his grandma. He Tweeted, quote, “I love NEW YORK.  See this is life baby.  LMAO.  Man all you had to do was listen, I told you we’re gonna win. “Sometimes I hear voices in my head, and they tell me things.  Like bet on the GIANTS.  So I listen, now look.”  He added, quote, ” I’m giving this money to my nana she gonna faint.  LMAO.  All she do is go to the church :o)”

Aretha Franklin – who announced Jan. 3 that she and her “forever friend” William ‘Willie’ Wilkerson would wed this summer – released a statement Monday with a change of plans.
“Regretfully, To Our Friends and Supporters: Will and I have decided we were moving a little too fast, and there were a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly,”said Franklin. “There will be no wedding at this time.” “We will not comment on it any further because of the very personal and sensitive nature of it. We appreciate all of the many well wishes from friends.” The statement was signed “Aretha and Will.” Franklin is famously private about her personal life. In an interview with PEOPLE last year, she politely declined to discuss whether she was even in a relationship. Presumably, the longtime friends will remain that way. “Will and I are very close,” Franklin told Jet in 2007. “We stayed close and he escorts me on occasion and we’re just cool. We’re real cool.”

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