Kirstie Alley, ‘Cheers’ and ‘Veronica’s Closet’ star, dead – GMA3 anchors Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes taken off the air over romantic relationship – Scientists discover why people get more colds and flu in winter
Actress Kirstie Alley, best known for her role in the sitcom Cheers (1987-1993), for which she received an Emmy and a Golden Globe award, has died at the age of 71. Alley also earned additional Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her role in the sitcom Veronica’s Closet (1997-2000). She also played a memorable role in the 1989 comedy film Look Who’s Talking.
Alley died after a brief battle with cancer, CNN reported.
“We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered,” her children True and Lillie Parker announced on her social media.
ABC network President Kim Godwin announced to staffers that Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes, co-hosts of ABC News’ GMA 3, have been taken off the air following the public disclosure of a romantic relationship, according to a person familiar with the matter, CNN reported. Rumors of alleged extramarital affairs from both hosts made headlines last week.
“While that relationship is not a violation of company policy,” Godwin said, “I have really taken the last few days to think about and work through what I think is best for the ABC News organization. And so, for now, I am going to take Amy and TJ off the air, while we figure this out.”
Godwin said that such decisions “are necessary for the brand,” and added that she also asked staff to “stop the whispering in the hallways” about the matter.
Researchers say in a new study, which they are calling a scientific breakthrough, that there is a biological reason why people get more colds and flu during the winter when it’s chilly outside, CNN reported. The scientists believe that the cold air in itself causes damage to the immune response that occurs in the nose. They found that reducing the temperature inside the news by as little as 9 degrees Fahrenheit has the effect of killing nearly 50 percent of the billions of virus and bacteria-fighting cells in the nostrils, according to the study published Tuesday in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.