WEEK IN REVIEW: Jerry Rocks the Cradle
03/07/2003 AT 11:00 AM EST
OPRAH RATES: According to a new Harris Poll surveying Americans on their favorite TV stars of 2002, Oprah Winfrey, 49, is once again No. 1, after having earned that title in 1998 and 2000. In 2001, she slipped to No. 3, behind Drew Carey and Regis Philbin -- neither of which even made this year's Top 10. After Oprah, and in order, came Ray Romano, David Letterman, Katie Couric, Bill O'Reilly, Jennifer Aniston, Dr. Phil McGraw, Tom Brokaw, Jay Leno and Dan Rather. The poll surveyed 2,201 adults across the country from Jan. 21-27.
AUTHOR MATERIAL: Madonna, 44, is about to become a children's book author, having signed a deal with publisher Penguin to write five children's books, each of to be illustrated by a different artist, reported Reuters. The first, to be titled "The English Roses," based on the adventures of a red fox and a little prince, will be published in hardback in September 2003. "Madonna is an artist with a universal appeal and these books will touch children of all backgrounds everywhere in the world," Penguin's John Makinson said in a statement.
TIRED BACHELOR: ABC announced that Andrew Firestone, 27, swill begin wooing women starting with the premiere of "The Bachelor 3" on Wednesday, March 26. He is the son of California vintner Brooks Firestone (whose grandfather, Harvey Firestone, of Akron, Ohio, founded the eponymous tire company in 1900) and British Royal Ballet soloist Catherine Boulton Firestone. There were reports that ABC originally wanted Andrew's older brother, Adam, who runs the family-owned vineyard, to be its man to marry off. But then it was discovered that Adam had a wife and four children.
JACKSON'S CURSE: Michael Jackson, 44, paid $150,000 to a witch doctor for a fatal "voodoo curse" on Steven Spielberg and David Geffen (whom he blames for his sinking career), according to a scathing article published in Vanity Fair last week. "This is bizarre, but what else is new?" Spielberg's spokesman, Marvin Levy, told New York's Daily News. Jackson's spokesman, Stuart Backerman, told PEOPLE.com that he had read the article, "but I have no comment. There's nothing to say about that."