'Apprentice' castoff lands at Danza's door



'Apprentice' castofflands at Danza's door
NEW YORK -- Who's the boss? Ask Ereka Vetrini and she'll say Tony Danza.
Vetrini, the eighth person fired during the first season of NBC's hit reality show "The Apprentice," has been hired as Danza's announcer and sidekick for his new talk show, which will premiere next month.
She'll discuss news and trends with Danza and cover red-carpet events including premieres and awards shows for "The Tony Danza Show," executive producer John Redmann announced Thursday.
"I couldn't be more thrilled about the opportunity to work with one of the most popular television personalities of all time," Vetrini, 28, said in a statement. "I'll be able to learn everything there is to know about television from a man whose career has stood the test of time."
Danza, 53, starred in the '70s comedy "Taxi" and the '80s sitcom "Who's the Boss?"
Vetrini, who graduated from Boston College, was dubbed "emotional" by Donald Trump before being eliminated from "The Apprentice." Most recently, she worked as a global promotional marketing manager for Clinique cosmetics.
"The Tony Danza Show" will premiere live Sept. 13.
Tribute concert setto honor Ray Charles
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Friends of the late Ray Charles will sing his praises during a tribute concert planned for the fall.
Bill Cosby will host, and Michael McDonald, James Ingram, Gerald Levert and Angie Stone are slated to perform at the Sept. 29 concert at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, publicist Jerry Digney said Wednesday.
Charles, famous for hit songs such as "What'd I Say," "Georgia on My Mind" and "Hit the Road, Jack," died June 10. He was 73.
The event will raise money for the $15 million Morehouse College Center for the Arts in Atlanta.
Charles gave the black liberal arts college $2 million to help fund the complex, which will contain a performance space in his name.
"This college is near and dear to his heart," Digney said. "He performed there, it's in his native Georgia, and it was where he received his honorary degree."
Roger Williams has a planfor his and Carter's 80th
ATLANTA -- Former President Carter will spend part of his 80th birthday watching pianist Roger Williams try to reach a personal milestone.
Williams plans to play piano for 131/2 hours at Carter's presidential library Oct. 1 -- breaking his own endurance record on the birthday the two men share.
"I am delighted that Roger has chosen to celebrate our birthday this way," said Carter, who will watch part of the public performance with his wife, Rosalynn.
Both Carter and Williams were born Oct. 1, 1924 -- Carter in Plains, Ga., and Williams in Omaha, Neb.
Williams' performance is scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and will be open to the public.
Today's birthdays
Entrepreneur Sir Freddie Laker is 82. Actress-singer Abbey Lincoln is 74. Actor-director Peter Bonerz is 66. Actress Catherine Hicks is 53. Rock singer Pat McDonald (Timbuk 3) is 52. Rhythm and blues singer Randy DeBarge is 46. Country singers Patsy and Peggy Lynn are 40. Country singer Lisa Stewart is 36. Movie writer-director M. Night Shyamalan is 34. Actress Soleil Moon Frye is 28.

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