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Lewis Black Slams Mainstream Media Coverage of Whitney Houston’s Death

Lewis Black appeared on The Daily Show last night to lambast the mainstream media’s tasteless coverage of the beloved pop idol’s passing.

Eric Bolling‘s crack pipe remark was a special kind of ick. “Finally, a guy who says what only assholes are thinking,” quipped Black.

KTLA’s Sam Rubin Calls Out KFI, John and Ken

KTLA entertainment anchor Sam Rubin delivered a wonderful tw0-minute analysis of KFI’s suspension of Ken Chiampou and John Kobylt for their insensitive comments towards the late Whitney Houston.

This is where you could normally watch the video on this blog … but it appears KTLA.com isn’t big on that whole embed code concept.

Alas, head over to their website to view the video from Friday morning as Rubin tears KFI’s management and the conservative talk show duo a new one.

BREAKING: KFI Suspends John and Ken for Whitney Houston Comments

You knew this might be coming, given the frequency with which KFI 640 AM weekday afternoon hosts Ken Chiampou and John Kobylt like to ruffle feathers. Today, officially, the pair’s incendiary, ratings-chasing ways have finally caught up with them.

From a bulletin issued this afternoon by radio industry trade magazine TALKERS:

The Orange County Register’s Gary Lycan tips TALKERS that KFI is suspending the hosts for comments about Whitney Houston

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Christian Bale Gives Whitney the Weirdest Love of All

It’s a clip that is bound to rack up a new round of hits on YouTube. Until perhaps the rights holder(s) for the 2000 Christian Bale drama American Psycho asks for it to be removed.

Currently at around 25,000 views, the borderline-NSFW scene features Bale’s creepy character Patrick Bateman rhapsodizing about Whitney Houston‘s chart-topping debut album accomplishments. As he prepares to engage in a threesome.

This unsettling slice of serial killer love was astutely re-pointed out yesterday by LA Times music critic Randall Roberts. Creepier than ever.

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TMZ Posts Whitney Houston ‘Death Room’ Correction

Actually, it’s not so much a correction as a passing of the buck.

After E! Online refuted a TMZ report yesterday claiming that the Beverly Hilton hotel had already morbidly booked a new party into the room where Whitney Houston died, the website that usually beats everyone to this type of news was forced to post an article update. It reads:

The Beverly Hilton’s publicist is now saying Whitney’s room is not available yet–which is a different story than a reservations agent and the executive assistant to the manager told us. They both said the room is being rented out and is currently occupied.

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Should Clive Davis Have Canceled Pre-Grammys Bash?

On the red carpet for Saturday’s pre-Grammys party at the Beverly Hilton hosted by Clive Davis, retired CNN host Larry King was clearly not happy to be there. With Whitney Houston tragically passed away just a few floors above, he suggested to interviewer Tai Beauchamp the event should have been canceled. He was there with wife Shawn Southwick, who disagreed.

Originally, it appeared that the event had been canceled. A report on Just Jared (since scrubbed) and tweets by the likes of Beauchamp’s fellow Grammys.com reporter Alison Haislip indicated that an original decision to ditch the event was communicated, then quickly reversed.

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National Enquirer Zig Zags to Whitney Houston Doc

The National Enquirer is certainly not alone in racing to put together a broadcast about the late Whitney Houston. For example, OWN has already announced a special two-hour block for Thursday, anchored around Oprah Winfrey‘s memorable September 2009 interview with the singer.

But the tone of the tabloid’s doc, the first product of a new multi-platform partnership between American Media and UK production house Zig Zag, is decidedly closer to the gutter. Per a report on realscreen.com:

The documentary promises to focus on details of the singer’s much-publicized battle with addiction and provide audiences with a “harrowing” account of her private life… The film is billed as featuring interviews with drug dealers and photos of the singer’s “drug den.”

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Clive Davis Ready for Another AAA-List Grammy Weekend Bash

It’s been nearly ten years since super-agent Swifty Lazar hosted his final, epic Oscar weekend bash. Thankfully, Lazar’s Grammy Awards counterpart Clive Davis is still going strong at age 79, set to welcome the crème de la Grammy crème on Saturday for another Beverly Hilton jam.

LA Times reporter Randy Lewis caught up with Davis earlier this week at one of the famed pink bungalows at the nearby Beverly Hills Hotel. Davis ran through the 2012 guest list, A to J, while pointing to another A-artist as a beacon in the record industry stormy night:

He’s particularly gratified by the success over the past year of British soul singer Adele, even though he wasn’t involved in the commercial and artistic breakthrough of her “21″ album, which has sold more than six million copies in the U.S. alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Getting Ready for the Restaurant Rolling Stone LA

After being used for an American Music Awards after-party in November, the restaurant Rolling Stone LA (a.k.a. RS/LA) is set to open its doors to the public February 1st. The new eatery is located on the second level of the Hollywood & Highland Center with seating for a 140 diners and a patio.

On the executive ownership side of things, one of the people involved with the licensed-brand eatery has very legitimate connections to the music industry. Jason Edmonds, a VP with American Dream, the company partnered on the project with Dwight Freeney of the Indianapolis Colts, has written songs for Whitney Houston, Boys II Men, Baby Face and others.

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Magazines Remembering Michael Hit Newsstands

time.pngForget Jon & Kate, Michael Jackson‘s death may be the latest event to help resuscitate the faltering magazine industry. After news of his death broke on Thursday afternoon, magazines rushed to honor the pop star.

Today, Time magazine has a commemorative issue hitting newsstands. The issue features memories of Michael from a laundry list of his famous friends and admirers, including Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Nancy Reagan.

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