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Perry to get honorary AARP award


Tyler Perry will receive an honorary AARP award for uplifting communitie­s and helping people “overcome various obstacles” through his foundation.

The organizati­on announced Thursday that Perry will receive the honorary AARP Purpose Prize award during a live ceremony on Oct. 25. The famed filmmaker-actorphila­nthropist will be recognized for his work through the Perry Foundation.

Perry’s foundation — which launched in 2006 — has focused on aiding several initiative­s such as education, health, human rights, technology and global sustainabi­lity. Some of his charitable efforts include building a home for a great-grandmothe­r of seven who lost everything in a fire, surprising kids with a trip to Disney World, and holding a camp quarantine at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.

Five individual­s will be awarded the AARP Purpose Prize, which honors people ages 50 and older who are making a difference through their “knowledge and life experience.” AARP said 10 previously named Purpose Prize fellows will also be honored. Each of them will receive a $10,000 award to further the mission of their organizati­on.

‘Jeopardy!’ details plan to split hosting duties:

Executive producer Michael Davies said in an announceme­nt posted online Wednesday that deals were signed with Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings “to be the hosts of ‘Jeopardy!’ moving forward.”

Actor Bialik and “Jeopardy!” champion Jennings have been serving as rotating hosts since Mike Richards exited the show amid controvers­y after a short

tenure as the late Alex Trebek’s replacemen­t.

Jennings, who is also a “Jeopardy!” consulting producer, will kick off the new season in September and host the Tournament of Champions. During that period, Bialik will host “Celebrity Jeopardy!” on ABC in prime time.

“When she takes over from Ken in January, the current plan is to have her host a couple of new tournament­s as well as the ‘Jeopardy! National College Championsh­ip’ ” and whatever else her commitment to “Call Me Kat” will allow, Davies said in the statement.

“We know you value consistenc­y, so we will not flip flop the hosts constantly and will keep you informed about the hosting schedule,” he said.

Mendes cancels world tour:

Shawn Mendes has pulled the plug on the rest of his world tour, canceling dates in North America and Europe so he can focus on his mental health.

“I was not at all ready for how difficult touring would be after this time away,” the singer-songwriter posted on social media Wednesday. “… It has become more clear

that I need to take the time I’ve never taken personally, to ground myself and come back stronger.”

Mendes kicked off the tour in June, but earlier in July said he needed to take a three-week break. That break has now stretched into the whole tour.

Meyers cancels ‘Late Night’ shows: “Late Night” host Seth Meyers took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce that he has contracted coronaviru­s for a second time this year.

“After negative tests Monday and Tuesday I tested positive for COVID this morning,” said Meyers, 48. “Canceling shows the rest of this week. Apologies to our scheduled guests and loyal viewers!”

Just after the new year, Meyers also caught COVID-19.

July 29 birthdays: Actor Robert Fuller is 89. Musician Geddy Lee is 69. Filmmaker Ken Burns is 69. TV personalit­y Tim Gunn is

69. Singer Patti Scialfa is 69. Singer Martina McBride is

56. Actor Timothy Omundson is 53. Actor Wil Wheaton is 50. Singer Wanya Morris is 49. Actor Josh Radnor is 48. Actor Cait Fairbanks is 29.

 ?? EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION ?? Tyler Perry, seen March 27, will receive the honorary AARP Purpose Prize award on Oct. 25.
EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION Tyler Perry, seen March 27, will receive the honorary AARP Purpose Prize award on Oct. 25.

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