Satur­day’s birthdays

The Detroit News - - Weekend - Com­piled by Melody Baetens

Ap­plauded and con­tro­ver­sial jour­nal­ist Jemele Hill has con­firmed that she’s leav­ing the ESPN net­work. “Over the last sev­eral weeks, there have been a lot of ru­mors about my job sta­tus,” she tweeted Fri­day. “To­day is my last day at ESPN.” The Detroit na­tive made na­tional head­lines last year when she called Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump a “white su­prem­a­cist” on so­cial me­dia. The Michi­gan State grad, who was named Jour­nal­ist of the Year at this year’s Na­tional Association of Black Jour­nal­ists con­ven­tion, worked on air at ESPN and later wrote for the net­work’s news and pop cul­ture web­site the Un­de­feated. In a state­ment posted to Twit­ter Hill said she worked at ESPN since 2006 and but that “the time has come for me to be­gin a new chap­ter in my life.”

Greta Van Fleet adds two more Fox Theatre shows

Af­ter Greta Van Fleet’s Dec. 27 Fox Theatre show sold out within min­utes of go­ing on sale Fri­day, 313Pre­sents added two more con­certs for Dec. 29 and 30. The ris­ing Franken­muth rock group, which played three sold-out shows at the Fill­more Detroit ear­lier this year, in­cludes Josh, Jake and Sam Kiszka and Danny Wag­ner. Tommy Lee Jones, 72 Tom Hardy, 41

Prince Harry, 34

Jemele Hill con­firms de­par­ture from ESPN

Julie Chen: ‘I’m Julie Chen Moonves’

Tele­vi­sion an­chor Julie Chen made a state­ment Thurs­day night by sign­ing on “Big Brother” us­ing her full name. “I’m Julie Chen Moonves, good night,” she said with a smile. The CBS an­chor doesn’t usu­ally — or ever? — use her sur­name name “Moonves,” so some are see­ing this as a sig­nal that she’s stand­ing by her hus­band, Les Moonves, who was re­cently re­moved as CEO from the net­work af­ter mul­ti­ple sex­ual abuse charges. They’ve been mar­ried since 2004. Chen also teased the re­turn of “Big Brother” by post­ing a photo of the cue cards that hap­pened to show her wed­ding ring. TMZ in­ter­preted this as her sig­nal that her mar­riage is strong.

Chris Pizzello / AP

Julie Chen seems to be stand­ing by her hus­band, Les Moonves, who is now an ex-CBS ex­ec­u­tive.

John Salangsang / AP

Jemele Hill says, “the time has come for me to be­gin a new chap­ter in my life.”

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