David Letterman Recalls Giving Regis Philbin a Dangerous Retirement Gift: ‘He Could’ve Been Killed’

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David Letterman is recalling his memories with the late Regis Philbin — including the time he almost endangered the TV legend.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday evening, Letterman, 73, told the story of when he had Philbin on his late-night CBS show the night before he was retiring from hosting Live! With Regis and Kelly in 2011.

One person from the Late Show With David Letterman suggested they give Philbin a Rascal Scooter as a retirement gift as “a joke about how old and feeble” he was, Letterman recalled.

“I said, ‘No, no. Let’s not give Regis a Rascal Scooter,” Letterman continued. “Let’s give him an actual scooter, like a Vespa. Everybody knows how to ride a motor scooter.”

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“So that’s what we decided to do — ‘Regis, we’re so excited. We’re sorry you’re retiring, but to commemorate the evening and your last show tomorrow, we’re giving you this beautiful, brand-new Vespa scooter,’ ” he said.

Kimmel then played a clip of what happened next. Right after getting on the scooter and waving goodbye, Philbin took a fall off the Vespa. “He could have been killed. He actually could have been killed,” the My Next Guest Needs No Introduction host said.

“The last night before he retires he comes over, and I kill him,” Letterman said with a laugh. “Nobody checked him out on it, because the assumption was, A, anybody can ride a scooter and B, certainly Regis will ride a scooter.”

Luckily for Letterman, Philbin got right back up after his fall, declaring, “I made it!,” and even gave the scooter another try later on in the show.

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In addition to retelling the hilarious story, Letterman reflected on what Philbin meant to him, calling him a “tremendous individual” with a “great heart.”

Philbin, who died in July at the age of 88, represented “the last connection to a show business that I grew up watching back in Indiana,” Letterman told Kimmel.

“When Regis left us, to me, it seemed like, ‘OK, that chapter is closed.’ That made me very sad,” he added. “But I’m telling you, this guy, if somebody said, ‘Let’s pick somebody to drive across country with,’ if it couldn’t be Regis, then I would hitchhike.”

In July, Letterman shared a heartfelt statement on Twitter in tribute to Philbin. “Regis is in the same category as [Johnny] Carson,” he wrote. “Superlative. He was on our show a million times, always the best guest we ever had, charming, lovable and could take a punch. When he retired I lost interest in television. I love him.”

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Craig Conover’s Holiday Gift Guide Brings Southern Charm Under the Tree

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Craig Conover is ready to add some Southern Charm to your holidays.

When not filming a juicy new season of TV for Bravo, the reality star has been hard at work building his Sewing Down South empire. He’s also been preparing for a festive season with the ones he loves.

“I know we’ve all been together a lot lately, but for some reason, the time of the year just makes a big difference,” Craig exclusively shared with E! News. “I’m looking forward to getting in the kitchen with my mom, making a big dinner and then settling in to watch all the Hallmark movies.”

Until then, the designer is sharing a few gifts that will make great presents for anyone on your list. From pillows to cookware, see Craig’s picks below.

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Darn it, socks again? Netflix romcom ‘Holidate’ is the ‘gift’ we keep on getting

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“Holidate” knows it’s hitting every branch as it falls down the cliché tree. Does that soften the landing?

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Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey play singles who live near each other and like each other a lot but find reasons to see each other only on holidays and definitely not fall in love in the Netflix romcom “Holidate.” (Steve Dietl/Netflix)


Arriving with a quiet thud in the holiday romcom sorting trough is this new Netflix offering with Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey. Sloane (Roberts) and Jackson (Bracey) are the latest pair of extremely good looking single people to like each other very much but find about 95 (out of about 104 total) minutes’ worth of reasons not to be together.

Sloane is heartbroken (Read: unpleasant) and Jackson is not into commitment (Read: shallow), so by the Gods of Meet Cute, they are decreed to be each other’s “holidates.” That is, they conspire to see each other only on holidays (with no sex, of course) so they don’t have to suffer the terrible trauma of not having a super-hot platonic companion on, say, St. Patrick’s Day or Cinco de Mayo.

But what of Arbor Day, I ask thee?

Anyway, the movie, written by Tiffany Paulsen, is self-aware enough to nod at the formula — the characters even say of another romcom, “You know from the poster they’ll be together.” The question here is, will you stay focused long enough for them to overcome the molecule-size obstacles keeping them apart? I mean, this isn’t exactly “Titanic” or “The Great Gatsby.” They’re two folks in the same city with no other attachments and really no reason not to skip to what we all know is coming (not a spoiler; just look at that poster).

These factory-made widgets continuously roll off the conveyor belt for one reason: There’s demand for them. Folks clicking on its Netflix thumbnail know how “Holidate” will turn out and figure these two are gorgeous enough to make waiting 90 minutes for it to happen worthwhile.

Sadly, not so much. There’s plenty of dialogue that would rub off the surface of any romcom snow globe, but alas, little beneath.

Bracey and Roberts are just fine. Other characters are familiar — the oversexed aunt (Kristin Chenoweth chews scenery with aplomb), the Black friend (Andrew Bachelor wrings out a few chuckles), the too-perfect couple with thinly veiled problems solvable by montage, the wacky younger sibling. They are acceptably executed, though their stories won’t linger in the mind. Set in Chicago (but shot in Atlanta), the film achieves a generic cleanliness in the hands of director John Whitesell (“Deck the Halls,” two “Big Momma’s House” sequels).

In such troubled times, one supposes there’s comfort to be found in the lack of adventurousness of “Holidate,” but it’s like opening the same present again and again.

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Creative Discovery Museum gets $1 million Volkswagen gift for $10 million capital campaign

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Volkswagen is giving $1 million to the Creative Discovery Museum’s capital campaign in one of the biggest gifts to the downtown Chattanooga attraction since it opened 25 years ago.

“That gift is a game-changer,” said Henry Schulson, the museum’s executive director. He said the donation helps put the museum on a path toward hitting its $10 million goal for the Ignite Discovery campaign.

Tom du Plessis, president and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga, said the museum is a staple in the community and has been committed to educating and inspiring children for the last two-and-a-half decades.

“We are proud to invest in their future, and look forward to collaborating on the creation of the STEMzone,” he said about a new exhibit where the money primarily will go to focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

The gift comes at a time when the museum, as other attractions, has had to limit attendance since reopening after the economic lock down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Schulson said the VW donation, the largest non-endowment gift to the museum since its opening, won’t be used for operating expenses. Rather, the museum official said, it will go to the capital effort that will finance renovations, updated and new exhibits, expanded outreach programs and a more vibrant urban space on its 321 Chestnut St. plaza.

He said the museum probably will lose between $800,000 to $1 million this year due to the pandemic.

“We’re going to take a financial hit this year,” Schulson said. He said the museum qualified for federal coronavirus-related aid and has a credit line along with an endowment, noting it has laid off about 44 part-time staffers.

“We’ll be able to get through this year,” Schulson said. “Looking to next year, the goal is a balanced budget or slight deficit. It will be very tight.”

With the VW gift, the museum is at $7.1 million in its capital campaign that kicked off in January but was suspended in March after the pandemic hit. The museum resumed the campaign in September, Schulson said.

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He said the museum, which reopened in June, has seen a steady increase in attendance. During October, its numbers are at about 50% compared to the same month a year ago, Schulson said.

Schools are one area he doesn’t expect to see coming back soon, but the museum is doing outreach and developing a virtual initiative.

“It may take a year before schools come back to the museum,” Schulson said, even though the museum is undertaking rigorous cleaning during the day, requiring masks for visitors age 5 and above, and limiting attendance to about 20% of typical numbers.

“Eventually, we’ll get back to normal,” he said. “A lot depends on a vaccine and effective therapies to treat [the coronavirus].”

His sense, Schulson said, is that the museum “won’t get fully back next year.”

However, concerning renovations and updates, the museum is


Markus Golden a ‘Great Gift’ for the Cardinals Defense

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When the Cardinals return to play after this week’s bye, a familiar face in No. 44 will be with them. Arizona traded for outside linebacker Markus Golden last Friday, an addition to a linebacker corps that lost Chandler Jones for the season (biceps). In his absence, the unit has stepped up, with Haason Reddick coming up particularly big with three sacks and five quarterback hits in the two games without Jones.

However, more help is now available, and defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said that Golden will slide in seamlessly.

“He fits perfectly into our plan,” Joseph said Wednesday. “I mean, he’s a classic outside ‘backer. He loves to be in the two-point stance. He loves to get one-on-one in pass rushes and he is a guy that plays hard. As an outside ‘backer with his relentless personality, he is going to make plays for us. Watching him over the years as an outside rusher, he overwhelms tackles just with effort, and that’s what it takes in this league.”

Golden was with the Cardinals from 2014-2018.

Reddick played his first two years with Arizona alongside Golden, a player he’s excited to see in red and white again because of the energy that Joseph alluded to. The more “relentless “players Arizona has, the more tiring it will be to face them. 

“I’m happy to have him here,” Reddick said. “When I first got here, he was here. A great guy. He’s a great player, great teammate, a great attitude. And he’s relentless. He plays the game hard and he has a dog mentality. He wants to be one of the best. So, I’m happy to have him here. I know he can make an impact right away and I can’t wait to see him get back on the field and get to see him flying around and get to play with him again.”

Golden worked his way to 10 sacks last season with the New York Giants. 

His sacks largely came from plays in which he had to work to break free from the tackle and didn’t give up on the play. Joseph said not all sacks come easy, and Golden’s ability to work constantly until the whistle blows is an asset.

“Most pass rushes, most sacks aren’t cute rushes,” Joseph said. “I mean, it’s dirty, it’s grimy, and it’s tough and that’s the type of player he is. So, that’s a great gift for our defense at the moment.”

Golden’s career-high in sacks was 12.5, which he had with Arizona in 2016. 

The Cardinals have three edge rushers with multiple sacks this year without Jones: Reddick (five), Devon Kennard (two) and Dennis Gardeck (two). As a team, Arizona has 19 sacks, seventh-most in the league.  

A strong motor is something that seems to fit in everywhere, with Gardeck being a perfect example of someone with that drive who has found some success this season. Golden has recent experience getting to the quarterback and a play style and motor that Reddick and


Fake post claims Chick-fil-A is offering free gift baskets

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Don’t be fooled by a social media post that promises a free gift basket from Chick-fil-A — it’s fake, the company says.

The post has been circulating on Facebook and purports to be from a Chick-fil-A regional manager named Travis Porter.

It claims that Chick-fil-A is giving away gift baskets full of Chick-fil-A swag to people who share and comment on the post in honor of the chain’s 61st anniversary. The post then directs people to click on a link to verify their entry.

Those who click the link are directed to a site where they’re told to click through to yet another site to answer a few questions.

The Facebook post reads: “Hello everyone, my name is Travis Porter and I am the Regional Manager of Chick-fil-A! I have an announcement to make – To celebrate our 61st Anniversary, We are giving EVERYONE who shaᴦes & then comments by 7pm SUNDAY one of these gift-baskets containing a $35 Chick-fil-A gift-card plus surprises that will make your heart flutter – After visit (link) to validate your entry.”

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The post, however, is a hoax, Chick-fil-A confirmed to McClatchy News.

A representative for the restaurant chain said Chick-fil-A is working with Facebook to get the post removed.

The Federal Trade Commission has warned against these kinds of scams, explaining that they’ve been on the rise in the last few years. In the first six months of 2020, social media scams have netted a whopping $117 million from victims.

If you believe you’ve seen a scam on social media, report it to the platform and to the FTC.

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Tim Tebow talks Tua Tagovailoa ahead of QB’s first Dolphins start: ‘Tua has a special gift’

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Tim Tebow has no doubt Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be a successful quarterback.

And, it has nothing to do with the fact is left-handed.

The SEC Network analyst and former quarterback shared Wednesday on ESPN what he sees as Tagovailoa’s best qualities and the advice he would share with the former Alabama quarterback.

Tagovailoa, Miami’s top pick with the fifth selection in the draft in April, will get his first NFL start when the Dolphins (3-3) host the Los Angeles Rams (4-2) on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium.

“I’ve seen every game Tua’s played in college,” Tebow said. “What gives Tua an advantage has nothing to do with which hand he throws it with. It has to do with the way he throws it. I think he is the most pure thrower of the football I have ever seen on the college level, and I have had a chance to see a lot of really good ones.

“Tua has a special gift to throw the football from different angles, to throw it with velocity but so catchable, on time and in rhythm. He just has a unique feel and gift. It is incredible to watch him. He will go through practices and warm-ups where it doesn’t even come close to being an incomplete pass. Every ball will be right on the money.”

That’s high praise from Tebow, who noted playing quarterback left-handed isn’t an advantage.

“Schematically, with your coaches and receivers, it might be a slight disadvantage, (but) not enough to worry about it,” Tebow said. “It’s enough that your receivers have to get used to it. When there’s offensive line and defensive line running around the quarterback and you are throwing a slant pattern or a crossing route, they kind of see it coming from a certain place. So, receivers have to get used to it coming from a different angle.

“I also think offensive coordinators have to adjust how they call the game. Coordinators get so used to calling a play-action or a bootleg to the quarterback’s right. They have to adjust.”

Tagovailoa is replacing 16-year veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had an 8-11 record as the Dolphins.

But the Dolphins are second in the AFC East behind the Buffalo Bills and ahead of the New England Patriots and New York Jets.

“My piece of advice to Tua is to continue to do what you’ve done your entire life that’s made you different and made you special,” Tebow said. “Yeah, if a piece of that is being left-handed, so your awesome, Tua, but what makes you more awesome is the type of person you are, the way you care for people, the way you lead your team. It’s yes, you throw an amazing pass and you are a great competitor and you are great in clutch moments, but what sets him apart – and I think he has a chance to be great in the NFL – is he’s not just an elite quarterback and elite passer,


Flu shot recipients donate gift cards to food pantry

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Residents of Hunters Run Country Club in Boynton Beach not only received gift cards from Publix Super Markets for getting flu shots, but they also donated them to Alpert Jewish Family Service of Palm Beach County’s Kosher Food Pantry.

“When Hunters Run Fitness Committee decided to set up a program whereby people could get their flu shot on our premises, we thought it was a great idea,” said Sharon Sackin, one of the organizers of the donation idea. “Publix rewards the flu shot recipient with a $10 gift card. Out of the clear blue, 24 hours before the event, it was suggested that we try to have people donate their gift card to the Alpert Jewish Family Service food bank.”

Sackin continued, “With practically no prior notice, our residents generously donated over $800 to help feed people in need.”

“Hunters Run believes in giving back and we have done so on many occasions,” she said. “With the holidays coming up, we will once again come up with a unique idea to help bring a smile to people that are suffering in these trying times.”

Marc Hopin, Alpert JFS’ chief executive officer, said, “The generosity of the residents of the Hunters Run community is such a blessing to our agency.”

“I was touched when I received the call about this donation,” Hopin continued. “They turned a shot in their arm for a flu vaccine into a shot in the arm of assistance for our most vulnerable and appreciative clients.”

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Library receives $500K gift from Oakwood native, former Dayton attorney

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OAKWOOD — Wright Memorial Public Library has been given a $500,000 donation from an Oakwood native.

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The financial support by 1969 Oakwood High School graduate and former Dayton attorney David L. Flory was announced today.

The gift is the first in a $1.5 million capital campaign to raise private funding to support renovations to the library that are expected to begin in early 2021, according to the library.

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Flory graduated from DePauw University and from Vanderbilt Law School. He worked as an attorney in Dayton and later as an attorney in the legal department of Hobart Corp. in Troy.

Flory also served as counsel for a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives, was named a vice president for Washington affairs for Prudential Securities Corp., and served as chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Robert W. Kasten, R-Wis.

Flory worked for his own government relations business, WinCapitol Inc. before retirement.

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AFI Receives $5 Million Gift From the Perenchio Foundation

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The American Film Institute has received a $5 million gift from the Perenchio Foundation, established to fulfill the charitable wishes of Andrew Jerrold “Jerry” Perenchio, who died in 2017.

The gift will fund the Perenchio Family Endowed Scholarship to support diverse voices at the AFI Conservatory.

“Though he was famously anonymous in his philanthropy, Jerry’s generosity knew no bounds,” said Bob Daly, chair of the AFI Board of Directors. “Through this endowed scholarship at the AFI Conservatory, his legacy will continue to echo across generations in tomorrow’s storytellers.”

AFI said the first AFI Conservatory Perenchio Fellows will be announced in the coming months.

Perenchio amassed a fortune by building a powerhouse TV production company and later the Spanish-language network Univision. He was among California’s most prolific philanthropists and political donors.

Perenchio was a partner with Norman Lear in the production of such shows as “The Jeffersons” and “One Day at a Time.” He made a fortune on megahits of the 1970s, particularly from the sale of the shows into syndication. With Lear, Perenchio formed an entertainment consortium called T.A.T. Communications, which eventually grew into a production and distribution company that produced TV shows like “The Jeffersons,” “One Day at a Time,” “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” and “Diff’rent Strokes.”

The AFI Conservatory opened its doors in 1969 to an inaugural class that included Terrence Malick, Caleb Deschanel and Paul Schrader. Alumni include Andrea Arnold, Darren Aronofsky, Ari Aster, Sam Esmail, Brad Falchuk, Liz Hannah, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kamiński, Matthew Libatique, David Lynch, Melina Matsoukas, Polly Morgan, Rachel Morrison and Wally Pfister.

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