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Names in the news - May 8, 2006

May 8th, 2007 12:39 am by Staff Report



LOS ANGELES - Ty Pennington, host of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," apologized to his fans and co-workers Monday after he was arrested for investigation of drunken driving.


"I made an error in judgment," Pennington said in a statement released through his publicist, Stan Rosenfield.


"We all make mistakes, however this is about accountability. Under no circumstances should anyone consume alcohol while driving. I could have jeopardized the lives of others and I am grateful there was no accident or harm done to anyone," the reality TV host said.


Pennington was arrested on a misdemeanor charge shortly after 12:30 a.m. Saturday by the Police Department's West Traffic Division, according to inmate information posted on the county Sheriff's Department Web site.


Pennington was released two hours later after posting $5,000 bail and was due back in court June 4, according to the Web site.


"This was my wake-up call," Pennington said. "I also want to apologize to my fans, ABC Television and my design team for my lapse in judgment and the embarrassment I have caused."


Police officials said Monday they had no further information.



LOS ANGELES - A judge on Monday suspended David Hasselhoff's visitation rights with his two teenage daughters after last week's surfacing of a videotape showing the recovering alcoholic apparently intoxicated in his Las Vegas home.


"This videotape changes the landscape, it just does," Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas said.


The judge set a May 21 hearing to determine if the tape is authentic and who was responsible for its release. His visitation order will remain in effect until then.


Hasselhoff, 54, did not attend the hearing, but his former wife Pamela Bach was there.


Portions of the video were aired last week on syndicated entertainment shows. The video shows Hasselhoff, wearing only blue jeans, lying on a floor and clumsily eating a hamburger while one of his daughters videotapes him and reproves him about his drinking.


Hasselhoff said in a statement last week that he's a recovering alcoholic and the tape was made to show him what he can be like under the influence of alcohol.


"I have learned from it and I am back on my game," he said then.



LOS ANGELES - Kim Fields, who played Tootie Ramsey on "The Facts of Life," has given birth to a son.


Sebastian Alexander Morgan, who will be called Sam, was born Friday at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces, said the actress' publicist, Linda J. Stewart, in a statement Monday.


He is the first child for Fields, 37, and her fiance, Christopher Morgan, 30, a Broadway actor. Morgan was in the delivery room when the baby was born.


"The Facts of Life" ran from 1979 to 1988.


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