Obama to appear on ABC’s ‘The View’
New York — ABC’s “The View” has welcomed many notable guests, but none more prominent than President Barack Obama, who is scheduled to visit for Thursday’s edition.
In making the announcement on Monday, executive producers Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie said this marks the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited a daytime talk show.
They said the majority of the hour will be devoted to Obama’s appearance, which will touch on topics including jobs, the economy, the Gulf oil spill and family life inside the White House. It is scheduled to tape on Wednesday.
Walters will make a special return to the studio for the occasion, joining co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. Other than a brief segment broadcast from her home this month, Walters has been off the air since undergoing open-heart surgery in May and had not planned to be back until September.
Wyclef Jean mulling Haiti presidential run
Port-au-Prince, Haiti — Singer Wyclef Jean is considering a run for president of Haiti but has not decided whether to seek a five-year term as leader of the quake-ravaged nation, the musician’s family said Monday.
There have been rumors for some time the Haitian-born entertainer might enter the 2010 presidential contest, ever since his 2007 appointment as ambassador-at-large for the Caribbean nation by President Rene Preval, who cannot seek re-election.
Jean, 37, was born on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince but left the hemisphere’s poorest country as a child and grew up in New York City’s borough of Brooklyn.
He told The Associated Press in a recent interview he intended to be involved in the Nov. 28 election, but not necessarily as a candidate.
NBC affirms Carell’s exit from ’The Office’
Los Angeles — NBC may wish Steve Carell was just joking, but a network executive said “The Office” star has consistently told NBC he’s leaving after this coming season.
In the network’s first acknowledgment of Carell’s plans, NBC Primetime Entertainment President Angela Bromstad said Monday the actor’s seven-year run as erratic Dunder Mifflin boss Michael Scott will end when his contract expires in 2011. But Bromstad said the show will go on.
Bromstad said the sitcom will remain in its 8 p.m. Central time slot on Thursdays. It’s the linchpin of NBC’s schedule on a key TV night of advertising revenue.
Carell, 46, who’s become a busy big-screen actor during his “Office” tenure, has said in interviews he plans to leave the series to better balance his work and family life.