Sharon Osbourne returned to The Talk on Oct. 6 and disclosed that during her hiatus one of her breast implants started leaking, so she had both of them removed. The talk show host, 59, said she was happy with her decision because “I don’t feel like I have a water bed laying on my chest anymore.”
On Oct. 6 ESPN yanked the theme song for Monday Night Football from the show after Hank Williams Jr. compared President Obama to Hitler. On the Oct. 3 show Fox & Friends, the country singer said the summer golf game between the President and House Speaker John Boehner “would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu.” Williams, 62, later apologized for his remarks and insists it was his decision to drop the song, which had asked fans “Are you ready for some football?” since 1989.
Arthur C. Nielsen Jr. (inset), 92, who turned his father’s market research firm into the global giant synonymous with television ratings, died Oct. 3 in Winnetka, Ill., after suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The Nielsens, an audience measurement system, are the standard by which networks judge a TV show’s success.
Griffin O’Neal, 46, pleaded not guilty to drug and weapons charges stemming from a head-on crash that injured him and another driver. At the Oct. 6 arraignment in San Diego, prosecutors said the son of actor Ryan O’Neal had firearms in his car and drugs in his system when he veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a van Aug. 2. His attorney said that O’Neal, who was on probation for DUI at the time of the accident, was rushing to help his younger brother Redmond O’Neal, who had been arrested earlier that day on drug charges. If convicted, Griffin faces up to 11 years in prison. • On Oct. 6 in Orlando, Amanda Brumfield, the estranged daughter of actor Billy Bob Thornton, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2008 death of a friend’s baby. In May Brumfield, 32, was convicted of manslaughter after her 1-year-old goddaughter Olivia Garcia fell and hit her head during an overnight visit. Brumfield claimed the child was hurt when she tried to climb out of a playpen, but prosecutors argued that her injuries were not consistent with a fall from that height.
Jani Lane, former lead singer for the metal band Warrant, died of alcohol poisoning, the L.A. County coroner’s office said on Oct. 5. The rocker, 47, was found dead on Aug. 11.
AMANDA KNOX MOVES ON
Days after arriving in Seattle following four years in an Italian prison, Amanda Knox, 24, is adjusting to life at home. Her father, Curt Knox, says she often has to remember to speak English, not Italian, and that she is not sleeping well. “I’m really overwhelmed right now,” she said at a press conference, and as yet her parents have not decided if she will get counseling. Also recovering from his time in jail is Knox’s codefendant and former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 27 (inset), who has been invited to visit the Knoxes. His lawyer says he will eventually visit, but right now, “he’s afraid to go out.”