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Jackson sets the record straight
MARIE-FRANCE BORNAIS QMI Agency NEW YORK — Jer maine Jackson debunks many of the myths about his family — and especially his late, superstar younger brother, Michael — in You Are Not Alone: Michael, Through a Brother’s Eyes. Jermaine’s biography, released last fall in English Canada and next Thursday in Quebec, is full of surprises. He discusses everything about Michael: His difficult childhood, his meteoric rise to stardom, his global success, his spectacular tours, his sordid child-abuse trial, his extravagant properties, his disappointing love life and his tragic death in 2009 at age 50. In an exclusive interview, Jermaine says he wrote You Are Not Alone to put an end to the rumours, gossip, lies and falsehoods circulating about his famous family of musicians. “During the process of writing You Are Not Alone, I had the chance to go through every (previously written) book, so to clear up all the lies and the misconceptions that they were painting our family out to be, (which weren’t) true,” said Jermaine, 57. The bassist and singer in the first of the family’s two famous all-siblings bands, the Jackson Five, and a solo star in his own right with two hits (Dynamite and Do What You Do), Jermaine is now a composer, producer and official family spokesman. “It was very important for me to straighten the records, because we know who we are, and the fact that we were raised to love one another and to respect each other, and to respect others ... We’re all for one and one for all. And this book was a lot of healing for me too. I was all excited to get the truth out there.” Jermaine, married with seven children, says it took him more than a year and a half to write You Are Not Alone, after six months of research and reflec-

literature: Late superstar’s brother says he wrote book to put an end to rumours, gossip and lies about his famous family

tion around the world — in California, Paris, London, lstanbul, Dubai and Africa. He said he was delighted to touch on the happy moments, the best years. But he didn’t shy away from the difficult times — such as the death of his brother. He says the entire process was healing. “To address (the lies) and tell the truth, that was rewarding for me too, for self-growth. Because I wanted the public to know the truth, and to know what happened during the incidents that took place during his life and our lives. And how these things became big media stories. And so now, they have the truth. I give a clear picture as to everything that happened from A to Z. “I learned so much about what my family is, and how strong we are as siblings, and how we went over every obstacle of all these crazy things that were said about us. Saying our family is dysfunctional and this and that, just saying the most horrible things they can say. “But we were strong and we knew who we were, we know who we are ... Our whole thing was leaving Indiana, coming to California and holding on to family. It was the most important thing: Staying a family. Because my father fought so hard to keep our family together.”

JIMMy JEONg/WWW.jIMMyshoots.coM It took Jermaine Jackson more than a year and a half to write you Are Not Alone: Michael, through a Brother’s Eyes.
Jermaine says the media pressure was enormous — and part of everyday life for them all. Especially with how things could get twisted in the reporting of various incidents. “Something would hit the press that wasn’t true ... we’d be in the yard, at home, and all of a sudden, helicopters are flying over and we’d say, ‘Oh, what’s going on now?’ And we’d go in the house and they’d show us, live, on TV. We’re on TV ’cause some false thing has been said, and they are following us around the yard, and things like that. We found out a lot of things that way. “The only time that we would get questions asked, I was going on Larry King or Barbara Walters, or some of the big news shows, to clear the facts. Because they wanted to know the truth, too. And I’ve always been straightforward and honest, with my answers.” Jermaine says he always has been straightforward and honest with the press. “I wrote this book because I wanted to put to bay all the lies and the misconceptions ... And Michael deserves this. He deserves it more than anybody. Someone who worked so hard and had so much love to give and who is misunderstood, even to the day of his passing.”

Drescher: I was abducted by aliens
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celebrity: The Nanny star says she has a chip implanted in her hand

Key & Peele hope to have new voice with sketch show
BILL HARRIS QMI Agency Another sketch-comedy show? Groan. Exactly what TV needs, right? But credit to Key & Peele in this regard. It has an actual point-of-view, rather than the standard, “We’re mildly amusing immature slacker slobs throwing everything up against a wall to see if anything sticks.” Key & Peele — which debuts on the Comedy Network on Tuesday, Jan. 31, the same night it premieres on Comedy Central in the U.S. — stars KeeganMichael Key and Jordan Peele. Both of them happen to be bi-racial. S o, t h e y w e re a s k e d a t the recent Television Critics Association tour, are you both from white dads and black moms, or what? “We’re both the other way, black dads, white mothers,” Key said. “The way it usually is,” added Peele, cracking up the room. This is not to say that being biracial informs every single thing Key & Peele do on their selftitled show. But they acknowledged having a hook hopefully will help them stand out. “We live in this world where we’ve grown up identifying ourselves as African American,” Peele said. “So with this show, you have to be pushing the boundaries of sketch. You have done the president thing,” Key said. “We elected that guy, he’s half-white.” To w h i c h P e e l e a d d e d , “(Barack) Obama was the best thing for black nerds everywhere. Finally we had a role model. Before Obama, we basically had Urkel, and then Lamar in Revenge of the Nerds.” Speaking of Obama, Peele does a spot-on Obama impersonation, not so much with the look but with the voice. One of the skits in the first episode of Key & Peele features Peele doing Obama and Key playing Luther, the “anger translator” for the mild-mannered and whitesounding Obama. “You never want to be the whitest-sounding black person in the room,” Peele observed, referring to what Key described as the “intrinsic competition” between black people to sound black. The format of Key & Peele is half-and-half between sketches and two-man standup routines in front of a studio audience. Key and Peele are MADtv alumni, so while they obviously have sketch backgrounds, they felt they needed the standup element to increase their personal recognizability. What they’ve produced is a breath of fresh air on the TV landscape: A sketch show with a bit of focus. bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

tv: Comedy debuts Jan. 31

LOS ANGELES — If you ever run into Fran Drescher, be careful what you say in her presence — they might be listening. The “they” to whom we refer: Aliens, the ones Drescher says abducted her and implanted a chip into her hand. The star of The Nanny and the TV Land sitcom Happily Divorced tells The Huffington Post that, in her younger years, she was abducted by aliens. And she was not alone: Drescher says her ex-husband, Happily Divorced producer and writer Peter Marc Jacobson, was also abducted by other-world beings. “You know, it’s funny, because Peter and I both saw (aliens) before we knew each other, doing the same thing, driving on the road with our dads,” Drescher told the website, “in all seriousness. “We were both in junior high. A few years later, we met, and we realized that we had the same experience. I think that somehow we were programmed to meet,” Drescher says. “We both have this scar. It’s the exact same scar on the exact same spot.”

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele

JOSEPH MARzuLL WENN Actor Fran Drescher told the Huffington Post that in her younger years, she was abducted by aliens, and that her ex-husband was, too.
Drescher continued that her ex wasn’t totally convinced her joint alien experience theory was correct, and that he thinks she got a scar on her hand from a drill bit or a hot cup of water. She begs to differ. “I said to him, that’s what the aliens programmed us to think. But really, that’s where the chip is.” Drescher’s rep did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

to have a new voice. “That was our cue to say, ‘Look, man, we have this thing in common, which is the bi-racial, and we can explore stereotypes or the lack thereof. So it was really a cheat to get us to be able to do a show that two other fellas couldn’t pull off.” For example, perhaps only biracial comedians could get away with the following observations: “The interesting thing is, (white) moms can’t hit black kids in public,” Peele said. Then Key chimed in, “White moms can’t hit black kids, but black moms can beat the s--- out of black kids. Black moms can do a vivisection.” Is TV ready for this type of humour? “We certainly hope so — we’ve

Wrestler Hogan once asked to join Metallica
Wrestler-turned-reality TV star Hulk Hogan has sensationally revealed he was once asked to consider joining Metallica. The beloved WWF star was a session musician before he turned to the ring, and he admits his career almost took a very different path. He tells The Sun newspaper, “I played bass guitar. I was big pals with Lars Ulrich and he asked me if I wanted to play bass with Metallica in their early days but it didn’t work out.” Hogan admits he has always been a huge fan of reunited British group the Stone Roses, saying he used to work out to their songs. — WENN

celebrity: WWF star was a session musician before he got in the ring

AC/DC delay recording after mystery illness
Rockers AC/DC are delaying recording sessions for their next album after one of the bandmembers fell ill. The group is keen to create the follow-up to 2008’s Black Ice, but singer Brian Johnson reveals their studio time has been put on hold to allow one of his bandmates to recover from a mystery illness. Speaking on Florida radio’s The Cowhead Show, Johnson, who does not name the bandmate affected, explains, “Hopefully this year we can get back together again. One of the boys is a little sick. I can’t say anything, but he’s getting better.” — WENN

music: Singer Brian Johnson wouldn’t name which bandmate affected

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