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‘Terrible event’ prompts radio show host to resign
■ Art Bell, whose ‘Coast
to Coast’ is syndicated
nationally, said Tuesday’s
broadcast would be his last.
PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) - Radio
talk host Art Bell, whose popular
overnight show is an outlet for con
spiracy theories and claims of the
supernatural, announced Tuesday he
was quitting, claiming his family was
under a mysterious threat.
“What you are listening to is my
final broadcast,” Bell told the vast
listening audience of his show,
“Coast to Coast,” before signing off
at about 3 a.m.
He said “a threatening, terrible
event occurred to my family, which I
could not tell you about. Because of
that event, and a succession of other
events, what you’re listening to right
now is my final broadcast.”
Bell, 51, did his broadcasts from
his Pahrump, Nev., home. His tele
phone was disconnected Tuesday,
and he couldn’t be reached.
Covington, Ky.-based radio giant
Jacor Communications Inc., which
distributes Bell’s show, referred tele
phone inquiries to its Los Angeles
syndication arm, Premiere Radio
“We will be playing ‘best-of’
shows until further notice until we
find out what’s going on,” Premiere
spokeswoman Mir Hendrickson said.
Jacor also distributes shows by
such popular personalities as Rush
Limbaugh and Dr. Laura
Schlessinger. Last week, Cincinnati
based Clear Channel
Communications announced it was
taking over Jacor in a $3.4 billion
stock deal.
Bell’s program was said to attract
some 15 million viewers on more
than 400 stations nationwide, mak
ing it the country’s most listened-to
overnight radio show. Typical topics
would be people who claimed to be
kidnapped by space aliens, had a
theory on cattle mutilations or
thought the CIA was following
“I’ll talk about anything,” Bell
said recently. “I allow those phones
to ring, and I go straight to it. As a
result, I get some very, very strange
phone calls.”
In November 1996, an amateur
astronomer told Bell he had a photo
showing a mysterious “Saturn-like
object” trailing the Hale-Bopp
comet. Astronomers later said the
object was actually a star whose
image was distorted by the
Law firm sues Flockhart
of Fox’s‘Ally McBeal’
NEW YORK (AP) - Real-life
lawyers are taking Calista Flockhart
to court.
The law firm of Frankfurt,
Garbus, Klein and Seitz is suing the
star of “Ally McBeal,” saying they
deserve 5 percent of everything she
earns on the hit show, because they
reviewed and negotiated the contracts
that sealed her deal with Fox.
Flockhart, who plays a flighty
young lawyer, agreed to 5 percent, the
firm said. As of last week, according
to the firm, she earned at least
$780,000 and owed the attorneys at
least $39,000.
“We’ve tried and tried and tried to
resolve this amicably,” said Maura
Wogan, who filed the lawsuit Friday.
“We’ve*been paid absolutely no
Flockhart’s Los Angeles lawyer,
Barry Tyerman, said: “I know noth
ing about this suit. It’s news to me. I
know that Frankfurt, Garbus had
made some claims, but I thought they
had been dropped.”
Charlton Heston says he has
no regrets about baring rear
There’s a certain coffee girl Charlton
Heston hasn’t forgotten from the
The 74-year-old actor was asked
Monday at a book-signing whether he
regretted baring his rear end in 1968’s
“Planet of the Apes.”
“No,” he said. “Actors have the
modesty of mice. In summer stock,
you’re always changing your clothes
in the wings. Of course, what you do
when you’re naked is another thing.”
Heston found the experience fun.
“While my back was turned,” he
recalled, “I heard one of the coffee
girls behind me say, ‘Oh, nice buns!”’
Garth Brooks makes
surprise visit at mall
Attention shoppers, Garth Brooks in
the rotunda!
The country star surprised Trisha
Yearwood at the Mall of America on
Monday by stepping out of a crowd as
she signed autographs and breaking
into song. The pair did two duets
before 5,000 screaming fans.
Yearwood has been opening for
Brooks, and the two were in town for
sold-out shows at the Target Center in
nearby Minneapolis.
Golfer’s wife reportedly
sues for millions in divorce
LONDON (AP) - Golfer Nick
Faldo’s 12-year marriage to his sec
ond wife ended in divorce Tuesday.
A money and property settlement
has yet to be decided. Gill Faldo, the
mother of Faldo’s three children,
reportedly wants millions.
Neither was in court Tuesday.
The marriage isn’t the only recent
breakup for Faldo, 41, a three-time
Masters and British Open champion.
He disclosed this month that he and
American girlfriend Brenna Cepelak
were ending their three-year relation
Raiders’ coach awaits tests
on drunken driving charge
Oakland Raiders Coach Jon Gruden
was arrested for investigation of
drunken driving after his team beat
San Diego.
Gruden, 35, the NFL’s youngest
coach, was jailed Sunday and
released three hours later. He is to
appear in court Nov. 9.
Gruden was straddling lanes and
exceeding the 35 mph speed limit by
15 to 20 mph, the California Highway
Patrol said. He took a blood test,
which authorities said takes 10 days
to two weeks to process.
Reached at his home Monday,
Gruden said he wants to wait “to see
if justice prevails.
“I’m confident it will,” he added.
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astronomer s telescope.
Rumors continued for weeks,
fostered by debate on the Internet
and continued publicity on Bell’s
In March 1997, 39 people in the
so-called “Heaven’s Gate” cult com
mitted suicide in a Southern
California mansion about the time
the comet was closest to Earth. They
left a message saying that with the
comet comes “the spacecraft from
the Level Above Human to take us
Bell said he was saddened by the
suicides, but never heard of the cult
and carried no responsibility for
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