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Sugar Bits — Jay-Z to Step Down From Def Jam

  • Jay-Z will be stepping down as the president of Def Jam Records at the end of the year. Seeing how well his "retirements" from rap went, we'll see how long he can handle not being in charge. — Reuters
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets took the top spot at the box office over the holiday weekend, followed by I Am Legend. Seems like moviegoers were in the mood for big blockbusters! — BuzzSugar
  • Carson Daly says that he decided to return to his late-night talk show earlier this month, despite the ongoing writers' strike, because he was given an ultimatum by his bosses to either resume filming or fire 75 people from his staff. He was criticized for returning, but it seems like it was a no-win situation. — AP
  • The Anti-Defamation League says Will Smith is all good after the actor had to issue an enraged statement of clarification yesterday when a Scottish newspaper made it seem like he was sympathetic towards Hitler. Glad that mess is all cleared up, but it's too bad that it had to interfere with his holiday with his family. — TMZ
  • New evidence in Brandy's car accident case suggests that the woman who died in the crash may have hit the car in front of her first, causing Brandy to swerve and hit the woman's car. The court has until the end of the day on Friday to decide whether to charge Brandy with vehicular manslaughter, after which the statute of limitations expires. Sounds like Brandy's 2008 may be getting off to a much better start than 2007. — TMZ
  • ICYMI, Katherine Heigl got married this weekend!

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Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
That's true PinkNC. I think Jay Z needs to stay. And they need to leave Will Smith alone. He has done nothing but try to do his job and be a good man in Hollywood. I love his work.
ladybugrenee ladybugrenee 9 years
the will smith thing was LAME!
PinkNC PinkNC 9 years
And I’ve already clued a lot of my closer friends here on Pop Sugar about what crazy BUT true details were REALLY going on with AND behind this writers strike a loooong time ago. See ya’ll…I told you I was right…crazy isn’t it. Ultimatums and cruel words are being thrown everywhere. And as for Brandy….she needs prison time. I’ve already expressed my opinion about her in detail elsewhere. So most of you know exactly why I feel the way I do about her.
PinkNC PinkNC 9 years
And they really need to back off Will Smith. He is one of the rare celebrities out there, that’s actually talented and still doing a good for himself and others. When he plays and inspiring character Will always surpasses what any other actor could have done with the part. Someone twisting is words ON PURPOSE just to make him look bad doesn’t surprise me at all. Will Smith is positive, a great strong African American actor, seemingly wonderful father and husband. And he believes in staying out of trouble and away from publicity stunts. Will gains his notoriety the way ALL celebrities should……by WORKING HARD for it, without hatred towards others for what they do. That's why people will forever love Will Smith and his hard work.
PinkNC PinkNC 9 years
Wow, Jay-Z to step down from being in charge. Now that’s going to be a hard one. Especially when or IF he sees things going bad and he can then only do so much about it. I am NOT a fan but I think Jay-Z should have some say so, although he’d be doing less work at the company. Stepping down all together I believe will eventually cause problems.
romes romes 9 years
Carson Daly is not the only one. That's why Leno, Letterman and Kimmel are coming back too. They were told the same thing. By the way, National Treasure was pretty bad. I zoned out at the end.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
that will smith thing was blown way way out of proportion, he never insinuated that hitler was a good guy he only said that in hitlers twisted mind he was doing something good. once the tabloids got a hold of it will smith is a hitler sympathizer :ROLLEYES:
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
I never thought Brandy was the only person to blame.
tiabia tiabia 9 years
The Carson thing goes to show that only half the story is told. I'm glad he opened up about that.
epicurean_Essy epicurean_Essy 9 years
I feel bad about the Carson thing :(
LolaDub LolaDub 9 years
i hope jay dont regret his descion but whaever works..good for him :P and the carson daly situation :jawdrop: 75 ppl..:(
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