WEEK IN REVIEW: Whitney Enters Rehab
03/19/2004 AT 10:00 AM EST
RAY REDUX: Ray Romano, 46, told reporters he is "almost sure" his hit CBS Sitcom, "Everybody Loves Raymond," will continue for a final season -- albeit for an abbreviated run -- next year. "We're going to try to make it happen ... but how many episodes we don't know yet," he said. Romano and show producer Phil Rosenthal had been threatening to call it quits.
STEWART SLIPS: Disgraced domestic diva Martha Stewart, 62, announced Monday that she is stepping down from the namesake company she founded, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. "I am taking this action today because it is in the best interests of MSO and because I think it's the right thing to do," she said. MSO chairman Jeffrey Ubben said the board "respects Martha's decision to resign her officer and director positions. In accepting her resignation, we have decided to create a new, continuing role as founding editorial director -- a role that reflects our desire for Martha to continue to make an important contribution to our business."
ROCK HALL: Prince was king, ZZ was tops, and the English rock-jazz fusion band stopped Traffic -- all this, and a salute to honorees Bob Seger and George Harrison, among others. Eight inductees were crowned rock royalty Monday night in the Grand Ballroom of Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. Besides Prince, Harrison and Seger, the class of 2004 included ZZ Top, Jackson Browne, the British Traffic, The Dells and Rolling Stone magazine publisher Jann Wenner, reported Reuters. Each of them has spent at least 25 years in the music field. An edited version of the ceremony will air this Sunday on VH1.
BURNT BEN: Obviously Ben Affleck didn't get the joke when Razzies founder John Wilson hand-delivered the worst-actor prize to the "Gigli" star at the CNN studios in Los Angeles on Tuesday, while Affleck was on "Larry King Live." "Ben Affleck refused to believe it was a real Razzie," Wilson told PEOPLE.com afterward. "He rejected it for looking, as he called it, "cheap" -- which, of course, is the whole point of it." But it's not cheap anymore. Wilson placed the item (street value: $4.89) on eBay, and as of noon Friday, bids were up to $1,325 -- and climbing.