Pat Sajak’s Final Wheel of Fortune Episode to Air Tonight, Dolly Parton Musical Sets Sights on Broadway, Netflix’s Baby Reindeer Facing $170 Million Defamation Lawsuit

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June 7, 2024

Pat Sajak bids farewell to Wheel of Fortune after 41 seasons
The time has come for the longtime game show host to say goodbye. Sajak announced his retirement in June of 2023, with his final episode set to air tonight. In his years as host, Sajak has won 3 Daytime Emmy awards for outstanding game show host co-host, and has won the hearts of viewers across the country. Vanna White, who has served as co-host for all of Sajak’s 41 years, shared her heartfelt farewell on Thursday night's episode saying, “You're like a brother to me, and I consider you a true lifelong friend who I will always adore.” White will continue hosting the show next season alongside Sajak’s replacement, Ryan Seacrest.

Dolly Parton bio-musical coming to Broadway in 2026
Dolly Parton is telling her story, this time on a Broadway stage. The country sensation announced the musical project titled “Hello, I’m Dolly” Thursday at CMA Fest in Nashville saying “I’ve written a whole lot of original songs for it as well as all the hit songs that you know.” Parton will serve as a producer on the show as well as writing the music, and co-writing the book. Casting for the musical will be announced at a later date.

Baby Reindeer’s “real-life Martha” seeking $170 million in damages from Netflix, claiming defamation
Netflix debuted Baby Reindeer in April and it’s been a hit with audiences, but not with the woman it’s reportedly based on. 58-year-old Fiona Harvey is now seeking $170 million in damages from the streaming platform for “mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of business” according to the lawsuit. The 7 episode series follows the true story of comedian Richard Gadd and his experience being stalked and harassed by a crazed woman. While Harvey has identified herself as the woman being depicted in the show, neither Gadd or Netflix have directly confirmed her claims. Netflix has since responded to the suit in a statement to Sky News, saying “We intend to defend this matter vigorously and to stand by Richard Gadd‘s right to tell his story.”

In today’s birthday news:
Singer Tom Jones turns 84, actor Liam Neeson 72, musician Gordon Gano 61, musician Dave Navarro 57, actor/comedian Bill Hader 46, actor Michael Cera 36, rapper Iggy Azalea 34, model Emily Ratajkowski 33, and rapper Fetty Wap 33.

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