Grapevine—Ken Ober, Sarah Palin, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, Adrianna Lima

November 19, 2009 Updated: October 8, 2018
Ken Ober (Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Ken Ober (Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

Ken Ober Dies

Television personality and comedian Ken Ober has died at the age of 52. Ober’s most recent work included writing and producing for such shows as "Mind of Mencia" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine." His career included stand-up performances and television roles.

Ober is best known, however, for his 1980s gig as host of the MTV’s game show “Remote Control.” The cause of his sudden death is yet to be determined.

Some of Ober’s peers are remembering him through “MTV News.” Adam Sandler said, "Ken Ober was one of the sharpest, quickest, sweetest guys I ever met. He was always a great friend and I will miss him very much."

Dennis Leary said, “Kenny Ober was and always will be the quickest wit in the room … He was fall-down funny from the moment he was born—a smart, fast, and hilarious human being who made many of us, including myself, laugh until we cried. As the star and host of 'Remote Control,' he was a welcoming ringmaster who helped to kick start the careers of numerous talents, including Adam Sandler, Colin Quinn and myself. He will be remembered always by each of his friends not only for his massive talent but for his true, deep, and enduring friendship."

Ober is survived by his mother Claire Freeman, father Burton Ober, stepmother Iris, and brother Andrew.

Sarah Palin Disapproves of ‘Newsweek’ Cover

Former Vice-presidential candidate and new author Sarah Palin spoke out on Monday via her popular Facebook page regarding what she deems a “sexist” choice by magazine Newsweek. The publication featured Palin on its cover in athletic clothes, including jogging shorts—utilizing a photo she took for fitness magazine, Runners World.

Palin commented, “The choice of photo for the cover of this week's Newsweek is unfortunate. When it comes to Sarah Palin, this ‘news’ magazine has relished focusing on the irrelevant rather than the relevant. The Runner's World magazine one-page profile for which this photo was taken was all about health and fitness—a subject to which I am devoted and which is critically important to this nation. The out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist and oh-so-expected by now. If anyone can learn anything from it: it shows why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, gender, or color of skin. The media will do anything to draw attention—even if out of context.”

Ashlee Simpson-Wentz Heading to Broadway

Singer/actress Ashlee Simpson-Wentz has been cast as Roxie Hart in the Broadway musical, Chicago. This will be the second time she takes on the iconic role, as she did so in London in 2006. Simpson-Wentz is slated to join the production for 10-weeks beginning November 30 at the Ambassador Theater. The actress recently made headlines after being let go from the television revival of “Melrose Place.” Chicago will be her Broadway debut.

Adrianna Lima Welcomes Baby Girl

Model Adrianna Lima gave birth to a girl, according to People. Lima and her husband, basketball star Marko Jaric, welcomed their daughter into the world in New York on Sunday. A representative for the couple told the magazine, “Adriana and Marko are thrilled to announce they had a baby girl, Valentina Lima Jaric. Mother, father, and baby are all doing well." Lima is most famous for her catalog appearances and Jaric plays for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Celebrities Step Out

The red carpet was worn after the parade of celebrity entertainers flocked to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) 30th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles on Saturday. Among the attendees were Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale, Jessica Alba, Christina Ricci, Ciara, Eva Mendes, James Franco, Kate Beckinsale, Kate Bosworth, Marisa Tomei, Neil Patrick Harris, Pierce Brosnan, and Rose McGowan. Lady Gaga performed, accompanied by the Bolshoi Ballet, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were reportedly given a private tour of the museum prior to the festivities. The event raised close to $4 million for MOCA, according to reports.

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