The big hurt: Hello, goodbye

By DAVID THORPE  |  February 20, 2008

LENNY KRAVITZ was hospitalized in Miami with something not quite bad enough to get my hopes up. It appears he’s suffered from “respiratory problems” for a few months. If they’re referring to the sucking, it’s been a lot longer than that.

Alleged pop star LILY ALLEN recently taped the first of probably very few episodes of her BBC talk show, Lily Allen and Friends. The taping was fraught with misfortune: a third of the audience is reported to have walked out bored, Ms. Allen seemed to have difficulty reading her cue cards, and the program’s guest was CUBA GOODINGJR. — who is, both in films and on talk shows, a walking apology for the inability to cast/book anyone more interesting.

Allen, in a blog post, quickly denied the reports that audience members had left because the show was awful, explaining that they had to catch their trains. One presumes that she gleaned this information from the way so many of them sheepishly shrugged and tapped their watches as they backed toward the exits in droves. Allen also wrote: “I was shitting it but I’m really happy with the results.” Being unfamiliar with the expression, I elect to take her statement literally.

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