June 25th, 2010
01:20 PM ET
It's a big day today on "Showbiz Tonight," starting with the breaking developments in the Michael Jackson case.
The late icon's father Joe Jackson unexpectedly filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court today against Dr. Conrad Murray, the man charged with involuntary manslaughter in the Jackson death case.
The lawsuit raised a lot of provocative questions today in the morning meeting. "Showbiz Tonight" producer Sandra Lee didn’t mince words when she said, “I find Joe Jackson’s timing interesting – why file the unlawful death lawsuit on his anniversary?” We’re tackling that and so much more.
"Showbiz Tonight" will also be live at the Forest Hills Cemetery today where thousands of Jackson’s fans are gathering to pay homage. We're also talking with Michael Jackson’s spiritual advisor, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, as well as Diane Diamond, one of the nation’s foremost journalists who covered Jackson’s life and death.
And of course, today we will also remember. There wasn’t a more powerful or downright sorrowful day in entertainment news than June 25, 2009 when "Showbiz Tonight" learned that Farrah Fawcett died, losing her battle to anal cancer, followed just three hours later by the shocking news that Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, had died.
"Showbiz Tonight’s" A.J Hammer will never forget that day – he was on the air live for hours reporting the up-to-the-minute details as they developed. “When it was confirmed that he had died, there was disbelief, even as the words came out of my mouth on-air,” Hammer said this morning. “So here we are a year later and, even now, when I stop to reflect, I find it stunning that he is gone.”
And we cannot forget Farrah Fawcett. CNN Entertainment Writer Alan Duke will be on "Showbiz Tonight" today with an interview with Fawcett's best friend, Alana Stewart.
Fawcett's story was eclipsed by the Jackson news and the mystery surrounding his death, but Stewart says she thinks Fawcett would have somehow laughed at the irony. She told Alan, “I always had the sense that Farrah would kind of be getting a laugh out of that and saying ‘thank God they're over there finally. They're leaving me alone. The paparazzi, the reporters, the news cameras.’ ”
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