Snooki gets philanthropic: Nicole “Snooki Polizzi, breakout star of MTV’s latest reality sensation, Jersey Shore, is doing her part to help Haiti by signing autographs at a Pennsylvania car dealership this weekend in hopes of raising some funds.
She’ll be at the Star Pontiac Buick GMC in Easton, Penn. from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The dealership is also donating $100 per every car sold on Saturday, sales manager Eric Watson told US Weekly. Polizzi is one of many celebrities cashing in on their status to raise money for the Haitians who were devastated by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake earlier this month.
“Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” telethon will take place this Friday on networks across the board, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT. According to MTV News, more than 100 stars have signed on to help raise funds which will benefit the impoverished victims. Justin Timberlake, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Wyclef Jean, Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Stevie Wonder and Taylor Swift are performing.
Taking a cue from similar telethons, celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Ellen DeGeneres, Jason Bateman, Ashley Tisdale and Tobey Maguire will also be on hand to take donations over the phone. Jean, a native of Haiti, Clooney and CNN’s Anderson Cooper will appear on the show, which will be broadcast from New York, London, Los Angeles and Haiti and feature more than 100 of the biggest names in film, television and music providing testimonials and answering phones. The two-hour program will air commercial-free on Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
For more information on how you can donate to relief efforts for Haiti check out ThinkMTV.com.
Jay Leno visiting Oprah: Suffering from weeks of public scrutiny and bad press over NBC’s late-night shake-up to replace Conan O’Brien on The Tonight Show, Jay Leno is taking to Oprah Winfrey’s talk-show stage to make his case and try to recapture that “good guy” persona.
Leno will be on Oprah this Tuesday, according to GossipCop, where he’s expected to tackle the whole late-night debacle from his perspective.
O’Brien, who will host his last Tonight Show tonight, settled with the NBC this week over his buyout to the tune of $45 million. Since the late-night war broke out, O’Brien has gained support in his ratings, from competing late-night hosts like David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel as well as throngs of other celebrities. Fans have also held massive “I’m With COCO” rallies across the country to show their allegiance. O’Brien has repaid them all with incredibly sharp-witted, star-packed shows all week. Last night’s lineup included a drop-in from The Hangover’s Ed Helms and Adam Sandler, who had his fair share to say about NBC execs (see clip below).
Meanwhile, Leno–who’s made only lame attempts to attack Letterman and NBC in his 10 p.m. show–has been struggling to keep his “good guy” image intact in light of the media scrutiny. We’ll find out if he can resurrect his persona and his ratings when he returns to the Tonight Show seat March 1. And here’s hoping he leaves behind everything that sank his 10 p.m. show (“Earn Your Plug” and “Green Car Challenge,” we’re talking to you!).
“We’re pleased that Jay is returning to host the franchise that he helmed brilliantly and successfully for many years,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gaspin said in a statement. “He is an enormous talent, a consummate professional and one of the hardest-working performers on TV.”