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NEW YORK (AP) -- He didn't get Jay Leno's job as host of "The Tonight Show." And for all the accolades he got the other night, David Letterman didn't get the ratings Leno did for his farewell show. Nielsen reports the Letterman finale drew 13.76 million viewers. That was even more than any prime-time show Wednesday night. But it was short of the 14.6 million viewers Leno drew when he signed off for the last time on the show that Letterman coveted. Both exits take a back seat to the man who came before them. Johnny Carson's signoff in 1992 drew more than 41.4 million viewers -- more than Letterman and Leno combined. But in fairness, that was a time when most Americans were still getting TV off the air -- not through the myriad options viewers have today.
David Letterman's farewell didn't have quite as many viewers as Jay Leno had for his final show. AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel has the numbers.
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Oscar Wells Gabriel
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports David Letterman drew a larger-than-usual audience for his final show on Wednesday night.
UNDATED (AP) -- We don't know yet how much "Red Nose Day" raised on NBC last night. But with about an hour to go in the three-hour broadcast, Al Roker said they had brought in nearly $11 million. A host of celebrities took part, including Will Ferrell, Gwyneth Paltrow and the band Coldplay. A running bit on the show was Coldplay rehearsing "Game of Thrones: The Musical." Peter Dinklage from the HBO show sang lead. Organizers of Red Nose Day say the money raised will be used to fight childhood poverty in the U.S. and around the world.
Will Ferrell makes an appeal to viewers. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Jane Krakowski, co-host
Co-host Jane Krakowski wraps up the three-hour, prime-time broadcast. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
NEW YORK (AP) -- Josh Duggar is out as a member of a Christian lobbying group. The Family Research Council says it has accepted the resignation of the reality TV star who's in TLC's "19 Kids and Counting." He isn't being specific as some reports have been on why he's stepping down. All he's saying about it -- is a Facebook apology, saying he was involved in bad behavior as a youth. The head of the Family Research Council says information coming out now would "make it difficult" for Duggar to be effective as a public face of the organization.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Some people complain they get pulled over by police when they aren't doing anything. Then, there's Flavor Flav. He faces a laundry list of charges after being arrested in Las Vegas early yesterday. He faces misdemeanors accusing him of DUI, speeding, and for having pot -- and an open container -- in his car. The Nevada Highway Patrol says Flav was doing 73 in a 45 mile-per-hour zone when the black Beemer he was driving was pulled over. He has since posted bail.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Is love in the air on "Orange Is the New Black?" Of course, those who really know aren't saying. But the actress who plays Piper says it seems everyone wants to know what happens in the new season between Piper and the former drug smuggler, Alex. She says she doesn't even know if the two will get together. But she notes her character "is changing" and is "finding herself in new ways." She says that ends up changing her relationships both inside and outside the lockup. The new season of "Orange" launches on Netflix next month.
Selenis Leyva, who plays Gloria Mendoza, says this coming season of "Orange Is the New Black" will get viewers' pulses racing.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Uzo Aduba has warm memories from winning an Emmy for "Orange Is the New Black." And based on where she's had it sitting, some of those warm feelings likely came from the trophy, itself. She says she kept it on a ledge just over her radiator. No more. She says she recently bought a bookshelf -- and the Emmy makes its home there now.
Uzo Aduba says her Emmy now is in more suitable place in her home.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- He's done it again. Celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz has stepped in to help a woman who fell ill at a Florida mall. News reports in Jacksonville say Dr. Oz was making an appearance at a mall when a woman collapsed -- and he went to help. Reports say he jumped a railing to get to the woman and look after her until paramedics arrived. Earlier this month, emergency responders say Dr. Oz helped treat two people injured in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.
May 23, 2015 07:06 GMT
Today is Saturday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2015. There are 222 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 23, 1945, Nazi official Heinrich Himmler committed suicide by biting into a cyanide capsule while in British custody in Luneburg, Germany.
On this date:
In 1430, Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians, who sold her to the English.
In 1533, the marriage of England's King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void.
In 1788, South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the United States Constitution.
In 1814, a third version of Beethoven's only opera, "Fidelio," had its world premiere in Vienna.
In 1915, Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary during World War I.
In 1934, bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
In 1939, the Navy submarine USS Squalus sank during a test dive off the New England coast. Thirty-two crew members and one civilian were rescued, but 26 others died; the sub was salvaged and recommissioned the USS Sailfish.
In 1949, the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) was established.
In 1967, Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli ships, an action which precipitated war between Israel and its Arab neighbors the following month.
In 1975, comedian Jackie "Moms" Mabley, 81, died in White Plains, New York.
In 1984, Surgeon General C. Everett Koop issued a report saying there was "very solid" evidence linking cigarette smoke to lung disease in non-smokers. "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," starring Harrison Ford, was released by Paramount Pictures.
In 1995, the computer programming language Java was publicly released at the Sun World Conference in San Francisco.
Ten years ago: Afghan President Hamid Karzai (HAH'-mihd KAHR'-zeye) met at the White House with President George W. Bush, who declined to promise Karzai more control over thousands of American troops in Afghanistan. A string of car bombs and suicide attacks in Iraq killed dozens of people.
Five years ago: In a new al-Qaida video, U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki (who would die in a U.S. drone attack in September 2011) advocated the killing of American civilians, accusing the U.S. of intentionally killing a million Muslim civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Space shuttle Atlantis undocked from the international space station. The Czech Republic captured the ice hockey world championship, ending Russia's 27-game tournament winning streak with a 2-1 victory in Cologne, Germany. The final episode of the supernatural castaway drama "Lost" aired on ABC after six seasons.
One year ago: A 22-year-old armed with knives and a gun went on a rampage near the Univesity of California, Santa Barbara; Elliot Rodger killed six students and wounded 13 other people before taking his own life. In a report potentially exposing the Catholic Church to new legal arguments by clerical sex abuse victims, a U.N. committee found that the Vatican did exercise worldwide control over its bishops and priests, and had to comply with the U.N.'s anti-torture treaty.
Today's Birthdays: Bluegrass singer Mac Wiseman is 90. Actress Barbara Barrie is 84. Actress Joan Collins is 82. Actor Charles Kimbrough is 79. International Tennis Hall of Famer John Newcombe is 71. Actress Lauren Chapin is 70. Country singer Misty Morgan is 70. Country singer Judy Rodman is 64. Chess grandmaster Anatoly Karpov is 64. Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler is 61. Singer Luka Bloom is 60. Actor-comedian-game show host Drew Carey is 57. Actress Lea DeLaria is 57. Country singer Shelly West is 57. Actor Linden Ashby is 55. Actress-model Karen Duffy is 54. Actress Melissa McBride is 50. Rock musician Phil Selway (Radiohead) is 48. Actress Laurel Holloman is 47. Rock musician Matt Flynn (Maroon 5) is 45. Singer Lorenzo is 43. Country singer Brian McComas is 43. Actor John Pollono is 43. Singer Maxwell is 42. Singer Jewel is 41. Game show contestant Ken Jennings is 41. Actor D.J. Cotrona is 35. Actor Lane Garrison is 35. Actor-comedian Tim Robinson is 34. Actor Adam Wylie is 31. Movie writer-director Ryan Coogler is 29. Folk/pop singer/songwriter Sarah Jarosz (juh-ROHZ') is 24.
Thought for Today: "Life is like a game of poker: If you don't put any in the pot, there won't be any to take out." -- Jackie "Moms" Mabley (1894-1975).
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