TV.com's The Gab: Ellen, Idol, The View, "Mr. Excitement"

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show must go on

Talk about a gamer. TMZ.com is reporting that comedienne Ellen DeGeneres is playing through the pain of an injured back and will be hosting her talk show supine this week. The former Oscar host allegedly hurt her back over the weekend and is required to stay horizontal until she gets better. Rather than pass up afternoon chitchat on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, DeGeneres will perform her duties from a hospital bed wheeled onto her set.

The injury has forced DeGeneres to cancel two events: a special show that would have been taped on location from a Delta 767 plane and a charity event for the Make A Wish Foundation that was scheduled for this past Saturday.

Former Idol arrested for assault

A Tampa man was mugged in the mug with a mug early Sunday and has found an unfortunate 15 minutes of fame at the hands of another 15-minute flameout--former American Idol contestant Jessica Sierra. According to the Associated Press, the 2005 Idol star was arrested in South Tampa for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after she smashed a glass across the face of the unidentified man, causing a laceration above his eye.

The victim told Fox 13 News in Tampa that the incident was a result of mistaken identity. "Someone came and grabbed me by the shirt and said, 'If you ever do this again to me, I will'--and then she said something really bad I can't say, of course," he said. "She had a glass in her hand and she just immediately slammed me right in my face with it."

Sierra was also charged with possession of cocaine and introduction of contraband into a detention facility and was released on $11,500 bail. The aspiring singer finished 10th in the 2005 season of the reality show. According to Fox News 13, Sierra was still pursuing a record contract and working at a Hooters restaurant to make ends meet.

The View's Hasselbeck expecting a second child

One member of the View family is leaving, and one is coming in. In a surprise announcement on today's show, cohost Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced that she is pregnant and expecting her second child. Hasslebeck began cohosting the show in 2003 following a stint on CBS's popular Survivor, where she finished fourth in 2001.

Hasselbeck's surprise announcement came just days after fellow cohost, Rosie O'Donnell, revealed that she would be leaving the show in mid-June.

Carson's Mr. Excitement played last tune

Tommy Newsom, assistant musical director for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, passed away over the weekend at the age of 78. The saxophone player died of cancer at his home in Portsmouth, Virginia, on Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

Sarcastically nicknamed "Mr. Excitement" by Carson for his subtle humor and relatively low-key persona, Newsom filled in as music director on the show when Doc Severinson replaced Ed McMahon on the couch or had a day off. Newsom joined the TV show's band in 1962 and retired at the same time as Carson in 1992.

"I hope he will be remembered as a gifted musician," Newsom's son, Jim, told the AP. "I'm sure he will be remembered for his wit and deadpan humor on The Tonight Show. And to some of us a certain age, he will always be remembered as Mr. Excitement."

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