Gender War Costs Kim on Survivor
BOOTED: After losing their fourth Immunity Challenge in a row, the Ulong tribe of CBS's Survivor: Palau voted on Thursday's episode to lose Kimberly Mullen, 25, a grad student from Huber Heights, Ohio. "I guess tonight was my night to go. I hope the girls really stick up for themselves, because lord knows the guys have proven that they're nothing special on this tribe," Kim said when her torch was snuffed. To her credit, she seemed to see it coming, citing her own perceived lack of work ethic by the others in her tribe. Then there was her bad idea to launch a gender war between her fellow players. That, more than anything, was responsible for the unanimous vote to get rid of her.
RATED: Dan Rather's farewell on the CBS Evening News Wednesday finally boosted his ratings above that of his rivals, according to Nielsen Media Research. Rather, 73, earned a 7.3 overnight share (each point roughly translates into one million viewers), compared to the 6.5 share earned by NBC's Brian Williams and the 6.4 for ABC's Peter Jennings.
SUED: Yael Oestreich, a former female employee of Madonna's film company, is suing the star and other executives of Maverick Films on claims she was sexually harassed and wrongfully terminated, reports the Associated Press. The suit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims Oestreich was never given a promised salary increase by the firm's CEO and that he fired her in July without cause. Naming Maverick Films co-founder Guy Oseary and Madonna as defendants (neither of whom have commented), the suit seeks general damages, medical expenses, loss of earnings and punitive and exemplary damages.
REQUIRED: Oscar-winner and onetime fitness guru Jane Fonda, 67, may undergo hip replacement surgery in the near future, her spokeswoman said on Thursday. No date for such an operation has been set, but it promises to be after her April publicity tour for her upcoming 600-plus-page autobiography, My Life So Far, and her additional appearances in May to hawk her first movie in 15 years, Monster-in-Law, costarring Jennifer Lopez.
SCHEDULED: Lower Manhattan, still recovering from the aftereffects of 9/11, is about to get a healthy dose of star power, in the form of a concert series to star Rod Stewart (on March 15), Sheryl Crow (April 26), Lionel Richie (May 25), Alicia Keys (June 23), Marc Anthony (Sept. 15) and Stevie Wonder (in October), according to a neighborhood paper, The Battery Park City Broadsheet. The shows will benefit the organization Wall Street Rising – but carry a hefty admission price. Tickets will be available by the table only for all seven concerts. Prices per table range from $100,000-$125,000.
ARRESTED: Veterinary technician Tracey McShane, 36, the wife of Daily Show host Jon Stewart, had her car impounded, was handcuffed and booked by New York police after being stopped while driving through Central Park, New York's Daily News reports. Stewart's rep tells the paper: "She wasn't speeding. But the police discovered that she had a suspended license. She didn't even realize it. She paid a ticket last week. But apparently her check hadn't been processed." The rep, Matt Labov, added: "Jon said the cops were very nice and professional."