CONCLUDED: After 11 years and 31 Emmys (more than any other show in TV history), Frasier signed off the air Thursday night. At the fade-out: Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) is due to start a brand new radio-TV gig in San Francisco, but first makes a Chicago detour in search of the lovely Charlotte (Laura Linney). Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and Daphne (Jane Leeves) greet the arrival of their first child, a son named David, at the office of a vet (Jason Biggs), because Eddie the Jack Russell swallowed the wedding ring Martin (John Mahoney) is to give Ronee (Wendie Malick). Roz (Peri Gilpin), meanwhile, is named radio station manager, and all said their good-byes.
ENDED: Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs has disbanded Da Band (rather than release a follow-up album to their 800,000-copy-selling debut, Too Hot For TV) as of Thursday night’s season finale of MTV’s Making the Band 2. “Initially my goal with Da Band was to make sure the world saw realistically how serious hip-hop was,” Combs, 33, tells the Associated Press. “So at times it was kind of embarrassing to me the way they were portraying themselves, not taking it as serious as most artists take this art form. The venture with Da Band was successful because it had the TV backing. But at the end of the day, it’s not worth me getting money for something I think misrepresents what (my record label) Bad Boy and hip-hop is about.”
ENGAGED: Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, 23, and Dallas Cowboy Roy Williams, also 23, announced their engagement to friends and family Wednesday night in New York, her publicist announced. No wedding date has been announced, but the rep says that Rowland will be back in a recording studio next month, as Williams returns to training camp with his teammates.
PLANNED: A sequel to last year’s Jim Carrey box-office hit “Bruce Almighty,” to be called “The Passion of the Ark,” is in the works, reports Variety. Carrey, 42, is being wooed to reprise his role as a man who finds God – in himself – though, as the trade paper notes, the star almost always refuses to do sequels.
DEMANDED: Racial Unity USA, a Philadelphia-based organization that promotes diversity, has called for an apology from Rosie O’Donnell following her remarks on Wednesday’s “The View” in which she argued with cohost Star Jones over what O’Donnell, 41, termed the unfairness of Martha Stewart’s conviction, given that O.J. Simpson and Jayson Williams have gone free. Racial Unity was reportedly outraged that O’Donnell considers the acquitted athletes roles models of the African-American community, “I’m not even going to dignify that with a comment,” O’Donnell’s rep told the New York Post.
TREATED: ABC “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host Jimmy Kimmel, 36, was back on the air Thursday after what is being called a severe allergic reaction that sent him to the hospital during his Tuesday night show. “I don’t know what’s happening, but I feel like it’s about to burst,” He said as his face swelled and voice weakened during the Tuesday show, which he finished before seeking medical treatment, “I know this sounds like one of Courtney Love’s stories, but I took about eight Advil … and my head blew up like a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.”