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David Letterman is Old and Tired

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9c71JTM 066484 David Letterman is Old and TiredDAVID Letterman shocked the world earlier this week when he announced he’s retiring.

The TV titan announced Thursday that he is stepping down after more than three decades.

David — who began in 1982 on Late Night with David Letterman on NBC before moving to the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS — told the audience at Thursday’s taping that he will leave next year.

One source says David is getting out of the business for the most obvious of reasons.

“He’s old – he’s 67 and has been doing this a looooooooooooong time,” the source told The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s also been claimed that Dave is retiring because he made a promise to his wife back in 2009.

Insiders say the star had intended to work well into his 70s — but was forced to put his family first, when, in 2009, he cheated on his wife, Regina Lasko, and admitted to having sexual relations with female members of his staff.

Former CBS producer Robert Joel “Joe” Halderman was accused of attempting to extort $2 million from Letterman.

Halderman allegedly told Letterman in September ’09 that unless he forked over the sum, his sexual relations with female staffers would be made public. So David was forced to dish the dirt himself.

The scandal rocked David, Regina and their young son Harry — so the star was forced to do the right thing by his wife and child, insiders allege.

“David promised Regina that he’d retire in 2015,” said an insider.

“He had originally planned to work until he was 70 — he loves his show — but Regina wanted him to scale back on his work, so that he could spend time at home with her and Harry.

“Obviously trust became an issue after David confessed to the affairs, so it was better all around for him to do what Regina wanted, or risk destroying his marriage even further!

“David doesn’t need the money, and is at retirement age anyway – so he’s looking forward to spending more time with his family, golfing – and going on lots of vacations!”

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PEOPLE Takes You Behind the Scenes at the ACM Awards

04/06/2014 at 02:55 PM EDT

It’s a good thing that what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas when Nashville’s finest hit Sin City for the weekend.

PEOPLE headed to Las Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards, which take over the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday.

Not to brag, but we hung out with Keith Urban (swoon!), Miranda Lambert (hey, girl!) and more of your favorite country stars. From rehearsals to the ACM Party for a Cause Festival to the best cowboy hats in the business, here’s your all-access pass to all of the down-home, downright awesome fun.

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Trista Sutter: “We Have A Strong Family Bond”

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Trista Sutter has had an eventful year so far. She renewed her wedding vows to her husband Ryan in January which resulted in an ABC primetime special – and she released her new book Happily Ever After, The Life Changing Power of a Grateful Heart.

This spring the mom of two has partnered with Colgate to help spread the word about the Champions for Kids SIMPLE Giving campaign. Celebrity Baby Scoop caught up with The Bacherlorette alum to talk about her involvement and what life is currently like raising her children Max and Blakesly.

CBS: Could you tell us about your partnership with Colgate’s Champions for Kids SIMPLE Giving Campaign through Walmart? How and why did you want to be involved?

TS: “I’d be happy to. I got involved because I’m a former pediatric physical therapist and
a mom-of-two, so children’s health has always been a priority to me. Colgate is partnering with Champions for Kids and I am partnering with both of them to help raise attention and awareness around a cause that’s extremely common, but very preventable. I’m excited about giving back and being a part of raising awareness for this issue.

Colgate will donate $100,000 worth of oral care products to school districts and kids in
need who don’t normally have access to proper dental care or dental products. It was
interesting to find out that nearly 51 million school hours are missed each year because
students don’t have access to proper dental products to take care of dental health.
We want to encourage people to get behind the initiative as well by shopping at
the Walmart stores listed on our website at
Shoppers can purchase toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other oral care products that
will be donated to school districts across Walmart’s Central Business Unit. I am excited
about putting a happy bright smile on every student’s face.”

CBS: Kids in the US miss more than 51 million hours of school due to dental
related issues. How will this program help impact kids’ dental health and reduce that number?

TS: “Providing kids with dental products will hopefully reduce the school hours missed
due to dental related illnesses. Many low-income communities don’t have the funds to
buy toothpaste; so we’re putting that in their hands. We hope that people will support
this effort and get more oral care products into the hands of kids who really need them.”

CBS: As a mom of two young children, how important is it to teach kids good oral hygiene habits?

TS: “Oh gosh, it’s so important. The statistics about how tooth decay and dental related
illness play in kids missing school speak volumes. Kids shouldn’t have to deal with
health issues that are so easily preventable. As parents, we try to be great role models for our kids. We take them to the dentist at least twice a year. We have a great dentist so they are excited about going. We also try to encourage them and get them excited about their oral care.

My kids love shopping for things in the toothpaste aisle, which is what they call it. They
like picking out toothpaste. We bought three different kinds of toothpaste for Blakesly
in the past two weeks! They get really excited about it. It’s not a normal thing, but when
they are ready for a new tube, I’m excited to buy them something that is not incredibly
expensive and is also really important to their dental health.”

CBS: What advice can you give to moms whose kids hate brushing their teeth?

TS: “All of these things I just talked about. It’s important to find a great dentist, be
positive about the dental experience, and be a great role model by brushing your teeth
in front of them and by teaching them how brush properly. Most importantly, get them
excited by getting them involved in their dental care choices.”

CBS: What are Max and Blakesly looking forward to doing this summer?

TS: “I’ve signed them up for lots of little summer camps. Max will go to basketball camp
and also attend a camp called Camp Invention, where they focus on science related
stuff. Blakesly will go to dance camp and she is also looking forward to going to fairy
camp, where they build tiny fairy houses by one of our local rivers. They’re really excited
to do all of those things.”

CBS: What kinds of things do you like to do as a family over Spring Break?

TS: “Well, this year we will travel to California to be a part of our niece’s baby dedication
ceremony. We get travel and spend time with family who are coming from Germany, so
I’m really looking forward to it.”

CBS: Your family seems like you all have such a strong bond with one
another. Is that something you work at?

TS: “Oh gosh, yeah. Spending quality time together is important to us. I make a point to
ensure my kids know they are a priority in my life and that my husband is a priority in my
life. My relationship with Ryan is the foundation of our family. So, yeah, we do have a
strong family bond, but it takes effort and time to create it.”

CBS: You recently renewed your vows to celebrate your 10th wedding
anniversary. How meaningful was that ceremony to you?

TS: “It was so incredibly meaningful and it was wonderful to be able share it with our
kids. What you didn’t see on TV was that we included them in our vows. We vowed to
always have fun together and always be there for each other. That was special. It was
also wonderful to share it with friends and family who have been with us for the past 10
years. I know it was on television, but it was very intimate ceremony and I’m glad we
did it.”

CBS: How did becoming a mom change your relationship with Ryan?

TS: “Well, number one, it has decreased the amount of time I can spend with him.
That’s because our kids demand a little bit more time from each of us. So, it’s changed
in that way. But, honestly, our relationship has grown so much; I respect him so much
more because he is such a wonderful father. Our relationship continues to thrive
because we bond over our children and we both respect each other as parents.”

CBS: Mother’s Day is just around the corner. What is your favorite way to spend the day?

TS: “This year, my favorite way will be watching my daughter at her first dance recital
over Mother’s Day weekend. I can’t wait. She is so proud of her dance class and what
she’s able to do and she just thoroughly loves it.

We have an event called ‘Dance TV’ through the Vail International Dance Festival.
Each year they teach master classes with some of the people from So You Think You
Can Dance. Allison Holker, Twitch, and Alice Long were there one year and we took
a class. She turned to me and said, ‘Mommy when is everyone else going to leave
because I want the stage.’ [laughs] It is in her bones–she wants to perform and she
wants to dance. I’m so excited to see her at her first recital!”

CBS: What kind of feedback have you gotten on your book, Happily Ever After? What have your readers found most helpful?

TS: “I’ve gotten great feedback! People are really embracing it, reaching out to me on
social media, and thanking me. They have shared how my book has helped them get
through really difficult times in their lives, like losing a job or coping with the death of a
loved one. Honestly, if it touched just one person, then it means it was a success. So
to me, it was a success.”

CBS: Do you have any plans to start a second book?

TS: “Not yet. No. I’m just trying to keep my head above water with everything going on
in my life right now.”

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The Good Wife Mourns Bombshell Death: Our Critic’s Take

03/30/2014 at 06:30 PM EDT

The Good Wife is now a de facto widow. It’s hard to imagine a lonelier, sadder lot than hers.

That’s what we experience and learn on Sunday’s episode (9 p.m. ET/PT) of the CBS legal drama, an established classic that a week ago, after five seasons, suddenly became the sort of show that sends shock waves up and down the Twitter ladder. Lawyer Will Gardner (Josh Charles) was killed in a courtroom shoot-out in one of the most jolting twists ever – a jaw-dropper in an age when shocking twists are becoming routine as meals.

That episode ended with investigator Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) on her phone, trying to reach Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), Will’s former lover and – although the show would never be corny enough to use the phrase – his eternal flame.

“Last Call,” which is the title of this latest, superbly written episode, begins with Alicia taking that call, trying to grasp the enormity of the death, then moves out in a widening circle to witness the grief, disbelief and dismay at her new law firm and, more significantly, at her old one, Lockhart/Gardner. Even David Lee (Zach Grenier), an attorney as hard-shelled as a crustacean, slips into a conference room and allows himself one gasp of a sob. Then he goes about the business of contacting Will’s clients.

The episode goes a bit too far with Kalinda’s behavior – her cold, melodramatic fury feels manufactured, which is very rare for this show. But most of the interactions in the firm have a believable, interlocking flow, moving from attorney to attorney, and there are some welcome bits of humor (not rare for this show) that give a shapeliness to the story.

I especially liked the reaction of Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) to an intern wailing out of proportion about her acquaintance with Will. Although that joke, in fact, ends up having quite a bite to it.

Now: Alicia.

She’s reeling from the loss of the man she loved more than her husband, Illinois Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth). Peter knows this, and Alicia knows he knows, and he wants to give her space for her grief. And yet, she is still too thoughtful (or cautious) to diminish Peter by letting him acknowledge how much Will meant to her.

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Josh Charles in the March 23 episode of The Good Wife

But Peter’s solicitousness can also be gravely overbearing, something like Downton Abbey‘s Mr. Bates and his almost threatening concern for wife Anna. Will Alicia allow herself to shrink inwardly (as she has done in the past) out of respect for Peter?

One doesn’t usually expect this kind of emotional delicacy in Chicago political circles.

And yet Peter reminds us – in the sort of fast, almost throwaway line that gives The Good Wife some of its most incisive moments – that he is a political beast. He could serve Mr. Bates in a meat pie and not lose a night’s sleep.

Alicia, meanwhile, floats in and out of moments of what might be described as magical thinking, alternately punishing and consoling herself by imagining the full content of Will’s last fragmentary phone message.

As fans of the series know, destinies hang on voicemail – and that’s as far back as season 2.

Margulies, whose performance tends to be underrated because Alicia operates within restrained parameters that she herself establishes and obeys, is immaculate in this episode. She wanders about in a state of troubled, searching sorrow. She’s like Ma Parker, the pitiable, grief-stricken character in a famous story by Katherine Mansfield:

Oh, wasn’t there anywhere where she could hide as long as she liked, not disturbing anybody, and nobody worrying her? Wasn’t there anywhere in the world where she could have her cry out – at last?

For The Good Wife, it isn’t easy.

FLASHBACK: Julianna Margulies: ‘The Poop Hits the Fan’ in Season 5

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