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'Mythbusters' star dies from brain aneurysm

Grant Imahara, the longtime host of Discovery Channel's "Mythbusters," died from a brain aneurysm, the network said Tuesday.

Imahara died Monday at the age of 49.

"We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant," the network said in a statement. "He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

Along with his "MythBusters" fame, Imahara was known for starring on Netflix's "White Rabbit Project." He became popular in Hollywood for his talents in electronics and recently showcased his creation of a fully animatronic Baby Yoda.

Discovery said on its website that Imahara dedicated his life to using his skills to make people smile. The network said he was one of the few trained operators for the famed R2-D2 droid from the Star Wars franchise and engineered the Energizer Bunny's popular rhythmic beat.

Jimmy Fallon, 'Tonight' show return to studio

The studio is largely empty, but Jimmy Fallon is out of his home and back to the "Tonight" show stage.

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The NBC late-night host returned to NBC's Rockefeller Center headquarters Monday, saying he hoped he could provide his audience with a little more "normal" during the coronavirus pandemic.

"I'm here to show you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel if we keep each other safe," Fallon said.

Fallon, along with other late-night hosts, have been working remotely the past few months of months.

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He began his show with a filmed piece showing him "walking" to work, pulling down his mask so a Rockefeller Center security guard knew he was indeed an employee.

His backup band, the Roots, were in place. Studio crew members wore face shields and masks. Everyone there had tested negative for COVID-19, he said. There was no audience.

Fallon was dressed more informally, with a sweater instead of a suit.

Tyra Banks to be new 'Dancing' host

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Tyra Banks will be showing off her moves as solo host of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

The supermodel, actor and businesswoman who co-created "America's Next Top Model" will replace longtime host Tom Bergeron and take on the role of executive producer, ABC said late Tuesday.

In a statement, Banks said she's a fan of the contest's approach of "fun mixed with raw emotion, seeing celebrities push past their comfort zones, the sizzling dance performances ... it's always transported me to my days of turning it up 10 notches on the catwalk."

Banks lauded Bergeron, host of the show since its 2005 debut, as having set "a powerful stage" and said she's excited to continue the legacy.

Co-host Erin Andrews also is leaving the series, which is getting a "creative refresh" while honoring America's affection for it, ABC said. Andrews was not expected to be replaced.

Today's birthdays: Singer William Bell is 81. Actor-singer Ruben Blades is 72. Dancer Michael Flatley ("Lord of the Dance") is 62. Actress Phoebe Cates is 57. Actor Will Ferrell is 53. Actor Corey Feldman is 49. Actress Jayma Mays ("The Millers," "Glee") is 41. Actress AnnaLynne McCord ("Nip/Tuck") is 33. Singer-guitarist Luke Hemmings of 5 Seconds of Summer is 24.

— The Associated Press


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