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Angelina Jolie has revealed in a ‘New York Times’ article that she had both breasts removed after her doctor told her she had the BRCA1 gene, which puts her at a high risk of breast and ovarian cancer.  She then underwent breast reconstruction surgery.  She says, quote, “I do not feel any less of a woman.  I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”  She also praised Brad Pitt for supporting her through the whole thing.

I think her decision is very brave.  Recently, I had seen Kara DioGuardi on ‘The View’ talking about the same thing.  Kara had recently had her ovaries removed and was planning on removing her breasts as well.

Both women, Angelina and Kara, had mothers with cancer and wanted to take every precaution possible to lessen their risk of cancer.  Again, I don’t know what else to say other than I find both of them very brave and courageous for not only having these procedures done, but also for making it known and encouraging women to take control of their health.

Celebrity psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers died yesterday at the age of 85.  There’s no word on the cause of death.  Joyce appeared in tons of movies and TV shows, often as herself.  She was on ‘The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson’ almost 100 times.  She was also a prolific author and columnist.

She will be missed.

NBC has announced that Jay Leno will leave ‘The Tonight Show’ the week the 2014 Winter Olympics begin.  Jimmy Fallon will be introduced during the Games, and will officially take over the week after the Olympics, just before the debut of ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’.

I don’t know which I’m more excited about, the Olympics being just around the corner, or the news that these two ‘SNL’ alums are going to be rocking late night?

Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green are reportedly in talks to return to ‘The Voice’.  And Christina may be getting a deal worth at least $12 million.  It’s unclear if Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are planning on returning, or if they’re going to sit the next season out.

Seriously, all these talent shows are paying their judges so much money to give an opinion when I would do it for far less.  I would only demand a cool million. Any offers?

The writer and co-director of Disney’s ‘Brave’ is livid that Disney glammed up the lead character Merida in making her a Disney Princess.  She says, quote, “There is an irresponsibility to this decision that is appalling for women and young girls . . . They are soaking in the sexy ‘come hither’ look and the skinny aspect of the new version.  It’s horrible!”

I have to agree.  Why wasn’t Merida good enough as she was?  What kind of message is that to send to young girls?

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