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Angelina Jolie's revelation, SNL loses Bill Hader, Barbara Walters still retiring


Angelina Jolie's revelation


If you happened to pick up the New York Times and read the column titled My Medical Choice, then you may have had quite a shock.  In it, the article’s author, Angelina Jolie, let the world know that she recently underwent a voluntary double mastectomy.Angelina Jolie photo: accesshollywood.com


Jolie’s mother died of breast cancer at age 56 and it was found that she, too, carried the BRCA1 gene that increases her risk of developing both ovarian and breast cancer.


So, instead of waiting to see what might or might not happen she decided to do something drastic that just might end up saving her life.


“My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although risk is different in the case of each woman,” Jolie says.


She also added, “Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could.  I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy.  I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.”


She finally completed three months of procedures on April 27 and somehow managed to keep it out of the press.  She is doing just fine and now her risk has dropped to a five percent chance of developing breast cancer.


SNL loses Bill HaderPic: www.npr.org


Last year Saturday NIght Live announced that longtime cast members Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg would be leaving the show, leaving fans sad and worried that the show just wouldn’t be as funny without them.


This year another announcement has been made.  This time, Bill Hader that will be making his exit.


The versatile funnyman has been on the show for eight seasons and is known for nailing a James Carville imitation and his hilarious Stefon character.


This announcement is coming on the heels of Seth Meyers leaving the show sometime next year and now fans are also wondering if other longtime faves Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen will be leaving, too.


According to Lorne Michaels, it might just be a possibility.  


“I think they’re making their decisions and we’ll know soon enough,” says Michaels.


Meyers will remain on the show at least through next fall and Hader’s last will be next week’s season finale.

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Barbara Walters retiring


Rumors have been swirling about Barbara Walters leaving The View.  Although some thought the announcement would come in April, Walters assured viewers that she had nothing to say at that time, but would use The View to make any announcements she might have in the future.


Well, she kept her promise because during a recent episode of the morning talk show she told viewers that she does, indeed, plan to retire.


Don’t worry, she isn’t going anywhere just yet.


“In the summer of 2014, a year from now, I plan to retire from appearing on television at all.  It’s been a absolute joyful, rewarding, challenging, fascinating and occasionally bumpy ride.  I wouldn’t change a thing,” says Walters.


The 83-year-old plans to continue her role as The View’s co-executive producer and will come back every once in a while for a visit.



Valerie Schirmer is a freelance writer/editor who has written about a wide variety of topics for newspapers, magazines, and websites. She currently resides in South Jersey with her husband, daughter, and a crazy dachshund.

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Angelina Jolie photo: accesshollywood.com

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