Posted: 5:06 pm Saturday, January 11th, 2014

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

By Rodney Ho

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 publicity 2012 P

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.”

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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.

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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.

12 comments
AtlantaBorn4Life
AtlantaBorn4Life

FREE speech is off the table when it involves same-sex!  Learn to keep it closed or you will be destroyed---they everywhere!

TimInLouisville
TimInLouisville

Why is it that Christians have to apologize for saying what they believe in. Evander may be a loser these days, but as far as his beliefs I'm 100% behind him.

ImAdad2
ImAdad2

The man is 199% correct no matter who likes it. You can't put a square peg in a round hole. People were not made to bed with the same sex. If this was the case the human race wouldn't be here. You know it, they know it and nature knows it. But yet it still happens. My view on it is like this.... Who Cares! what I think or anyone else in the world thinks is not worth the time it takes to try to make gay or lesbian people straight. It's their choice. But what does bother the living HELL out of me is the gay and lesbian world trying to convince the rest of the world it's right. And that they should have some special treatment for being all jacked up and twisted. 


As far as Holyfield goes and how many kids he has in the world who cares. He hasn't done anything any different than the rest of you people. There is no telling what kind of things you have hiding in your own closets. Lets dig around in your past and present and I'm sure you got some things to hide!!!

Astropig
Astropig

To all that spotted it- Yes, it IS Bochco. Steven Bochco was a TV mainstay in the 70's/80's/90's. He wrote for lots of schlock "movie of the week" stuff back when it was a network staple. He also created Hill Street Blues,which changed cop shows forever.HSB made him a TV powerhouse. (Just to show that he's human,he was also the creative "genius" behind "Cop Rock"). But misspelling his name is just sloppy,lazy reporting. The author owes the audience an apology.

missnadine
missnadine

@darbrednew - not knowing the difference between "loser" and "looser" kind of negates any of your credibility.

TrishaDohertyWDE
TrishaDohertyWDE

Homosexuals are the new fascists..submit to their perverse lifestyle or be destroyed,

darbrednew
darbrednew

at one time Evander was a good boxer that tried to be great but he wasnt big enough to make that mark in the heavyweight division. Now with him loosing his house, impregnating many women with many kids, and a mouth that doesnt know when to keep shut, he has become a looser. 

Calel
Calel

No surprise in Evander's situation. You're just not going to last long in entertainment when homosexuals feel offended by remarks you make. Even rappers, performing in a genre of music that used to be the ultimate form and expression of machismo, are now toning down the so-called anti-gay rhetoric. Matter of fact, there's been a change there to where you can now hear the N-word more than "f*ggot," which would never have been the case about 20 years ago.

As for CNN, that rumor is interesting. Why would that network no longer try to compete with MSNBC and Fox? Are they admitting defeat? Suggesting that you'll now compete with networks like the History Channel would be like the Falcons saying they'll now compete in the Georgia High School Athletic Association, because we all know they have the advantage there. (well, maybe not against Norcross or Tucker, but not the main point here.)

I wish they would stand and fight because the network has a shot, and they have the strongest international presence and resources. They can be right in the middle of MSNBC and Fox. First thing on the list: hire a proven and respected, PARTISAN person with TV credentials to host a show. Laura Ingram might be a good start, but I'm not a TV executive.

readthis
readthis

Who is Steven Boccio, errr, Bochco?  Never heard of him!

Merilee
Merilee

Really? Steven Boccio? How do you call yourself an entertainment reporter and can't get the name of a TV legend correct? Steven BOCHCO.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Then you don't know your television History