TV briefs: Evander Holyfield quickly evicted from ‘Celebrity Big Brother,’ Cee Lo Green, CNN

CBB's Evander says sorry for homophobic remarks

Evander Holyfield apologized for his comments about gays in the “Celebrity Big Brother” house but was the first one booted anyway. CREDIT: Getty Images

Not surprisingly, Atlanta boxer Evander Holyfield‘s stay in the “Celebrity Big Brother” home in the U.K. was short lived. He was the first one knocked out.

He had two of the lowest vote counts from the public. Two of the existing castmates chose him to go home.

Earlier in the week, he was reprimanded by the producers for saying homosexuality was a choice, that it was not normal like a disease and could be “fixed.”

”I am going to make a public apology about that because I am sorry for anybody I offended in that situation,” he said he was out of the house. “I was telling one person my view. I do owe an apology for what I said because I really wasn’t talking and really wasn’t trying to talk about somebody, because I don’t talk about nobody.”

According to OK, the British website:

Despite being a controversial character for his views on homosexuality and admitting he punched a horse, Evander left the house to a positive reaction from the crowd.

When interviewed by Emma Wills, Evander was asked:  Is it difficult for you, you’re a sportsman, you like to win? 

He went on to say: “I thought I’d be loved here, I thought I’d get more votes, but I didn’t. 

When asked if he was shocked that Lee and Casey had saved Luisa, Evander said: “No, they said Luisa was their friend… that’s their choice. ”


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Cee Lo Green. CREDIT: publicity photo

Cee Lo Green, who probably spends more time outside of Atlanta than in it nowadays, spent 20 minutes with TV writers at the semi-annual Television Critics Association gathering in Los Angeles that I stopped attending seven years ago (Budgets, you know.)

He was promoting a new reality-ish show for Atlanta-based TBS about his life “CeeLo’s Goodie Life.”

The Hollywood Reporter wrote a lengthy piece here.

The show will be sort of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” like, that it won’t be a true real depiction of Green’s life.  It was mostly shot in Las Vegas while he was in residency there.

“I didn’t want to do another reality show. I wanted to do something innovative and cutting edge,” he told reporters.

He acknowledged being disappointed none of “The Voice” winners have become superstars: “I think the only thing that jades me just a bit about The Voice is that we have to discover… the next big thing.”


Atlanta’-based TNT at TCA also brought out Steve Bocchio (“Hill Street Blues”) to promote his new series “Murder in the First.”

The show will follow a single case across an entire season like his short-lived ABC series “Murder One” from the 1990s but he prefers the 12 episode format versus the 23 he had to do for ABC.

In the first season: San Francisco homicide detectives Terry English (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) as they investigate an apparent drug-related murder with a connection to a celebrated Silicon Valley CEO.

Atlanta-based CNN also carted out Jeff Zucker at TCA. He denied that CNN is trying to seriously woo Ann Curry or Jay Leno to the network.

“I know there’s been a lot of talk about CNN looking for late-night programming, a late-night comedy show,” Zucker says. “That’s really not a priority for us at this time. We have some other things I’d like to concentrate on first. …”

He has told other press he is looking to seriously revamp primetime and get more programming along the lines of Anthony Bourdain to compete with History and Discovery. But he emphasized CNN is not abandoning its core mission of breaking news.

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