On April 3 NBC announced that Jimmy Fallon, 38, will replace Jay Leno, 62, as the host of The Tonight Show next spring. “Congratulations, Jimmy,” Leno said in a statement. “I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy. If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.” Fallon added, “I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow.”
Jane Henson, who, along with her husband, Jim Henson, created the Muppets, died April 2 in Greenwich, Conn., after battling cancer. She was 78. Jane first met Jim in a puppetry class in 1954 at the University of Maryland and became his creative and business partner in bringing to life the Muppets, who made their debut on Sesame Street in 1969. The couple, who had five children, launched The Muppet Show in 1976. Ten years later they separated but remained friends until Jim’s death in 1990 at the age of 53. • Socialite-turned-designer Lilly Pulitzer, famous for bright tropical-print shifts that became a fashion staple for wealthy clients including Jacqueline Kennedy, passed away on April 7 in Palm Beach, Fla. She was 81. The designer was once married to the grandson of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. • Matthew Warren, 27, the youngest son of Pastor Rick Warren, committed suicide by shooting himself on April 5. In a letter to his congregation at Saddleback Church, one of the country’s largest evangelical churches, Warren, author of 2002’s bestseller The Purpose-Driven Life, said his son took his own life in “a momentary wave of despair” after battling depression for much of his life. Warren, 59, described his son as a “kind, gentle and compassionate man.”
Olympic beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings (inset), 34, delivered a girl named Scout Margery on April 6. The baby joins big brothers Joey, 3, and Sundance, 2, and is the first girl for the three-time gold medalist and her husband, beach volleyball player Casey Jennings, 37. “We cherish our lil Scout already and can’t wait to watch her as she grows in this world alongside her sweet big brothers,” she told PEOPLE.
BABY ON BOARD
NCIS heartthrob Michael Weatherly, 44, and his wife, internist Bojana Jankovic, are expecting their second child together this fall. The couple are already parents to daughter Olivia, 1. Weatherly also has a 17-year-old son named August from his previous marriage to soap star Amelia Heinle.