Green Day Singer Billie Joe Armstrong Is "Seeking Treatment for Substance Abuse" After an Onstage Meltdown
GREEN DAY singer BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG is "seeking treatment for substance abuse" . . . after throwing an EPIC tantrum at the iHeartRadio Music Festival on Friday night.
--According to reports, Green Day's set was almost cut in half . . . from about 45 minutes to 25 minutes . . . after earlier sets by USHER and RIHANNA were allowed to go long.
--Billie Joe stopped their performance in the middle of the song "Basket Case" . . . when he noticed that a monitor in the venue was warning them that they only had one minute remaining. This set him off on a profanity-filled tirade.
--He yelled, quote, "Give me [an effing] break. One minute [effing] left. You're gonna give me one [effing] minute? Look at that [effing] sign right there . . . one minute.
--"Let me [effing] tell you something . . . I've been around since [effing] 198-[effing]-8. And you're gonna give me one [effing] minute? You've gotta be [effing] kidding me! What the [eff]! I'm not [effing] JUSTIN BIEBER, you mother[effers] . . .
--"I got one minute, one minute left. Oh, now I got nothing left. Let me show you what one [effing] minute [effing] means." He started smashing his guitar on the ground, and bassist MIKE DIRNT followed suit.
--Then, Billie Joe FLIPPED THE BIRD . . . and shouted, quote, "One minute. God [effing] love you all. We'll be back" . . . and stormed off the stage.
--Initially, there were reports that Billie Joe cooled down backstage and was laughing about the incident . . . so there was talk that he may have purposely gone over the top with it to have a "rock 'n' roll moment," and pick up some publicity.
--But on Sunday, Billie Joe's rep announced that he's, quote, "seeking treatment for substance abuse" . . . and added, quote, "Green Day would like everyone to know that their set was not cut short . . . and to apologize to those they offended.
--"The band regretfully must postpone some of their upcoming promotional appearances." Of course, the timing isn't good . . . Green Day's new album "Uno!" comes out TOMORROW.
--There's no word what kind of substance abuse Billie Joe is being treated for . . . although, there's a pretty good chance he was ON IT during his freak-out Friday night.
"Modern Family", "Homeland" and "Game Change" Were Big Winners at the Emmys Last Night
"Modern Family", "Homeland" and the SARAH PALIN movie "Game Change" were big winners at the Emmys last night.
--Each won for best show in its respective category: "Modern Family" for Comedy, "Homeland" for Drama and "Game Change" for Miniseries or TV Movie.
--"Modern Family" also won for Best Director, while ERIC STONESTREET and JULIE BOWEN won Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively.
(--The cast of "Modern Family" only compete in the SUPPORTING categories, instead of competing in both the Lead AND Supporting categories. It's one of those solidarity things.)
--In the LEAD comedy categories, JON CRYER was a surprise winner for "Two and a Half Men", and JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS won for "Veep".
--Meanwhile, "Homeland" stars CLAIRE DANES and DAMIAN LEWIS won Best Lead Actor and Actress . . . and the show also won Best Writing.
--JULIANNE MOORE won Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for "Game Change" . . . which also won the writing and directing honors for that category.
Jimmy Kimmel's Big Prank Was Pretending Tracy Morgan Had Passed Out on the Emmy Stage
Leading into the Emmys, host JIMMY KIMMEL promised some kind of massive, unprecedented stunt. It didn't really live up to the hype, but it was amusing.
--He had TRACY MORGAN lay down on the stage and pretend to be unconscious . . . then he told everyone to Tweet that Tracy had passed out on live TV, so that people would turn on the show.
--There's no word if the prank resulted in a ratings spike, but the "Hollywood Reporter" says there were 25,000 Tweets immediately after Kimmel's request.
Did Kris Jenner Get Shut Down When She Tried to Score some iPhone 5s?
Did KRIS JENNER get DENIED when she tried to snag a few iPhone 5s without waiting in line?
--RadarOnline says Kris called an Apple store ahead of Friday's release and asked them to reserve FIVE of the new iPhones for her, because she's apparently above waiting in line. She said she'd send someone to pick them up.
--But the employee politely told her NO, and said she's have to wait in line like everyone else.
--Kris freaked out and demanded to speak to a manager. A source says, quote, "No manager would speak to her because this wasn't a negotiable issue."
--Somehow, Kris didn't get the message, because when Friday rolled around, her assistant showed up for those five iPhones . . . only to discover that there were no iPhones waiting for him.
--A security guard who was keeping an eye on things told the assistant, quote, "See that line? Go wait in it and you will be helped."
Maksim Chmerkovskiy Plans to Leave "Dancing with the Stars" in 2014
Dancer MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY is planning to leave "Dancing with the Stars" when his contract is up . . . in 2014. So, he's doing TWO more seasons after this one.
--At that point, Maksim wants to stop playing second fiddle to C-list celebrities and launch his OWN career.
--He tells the "New York Post", quote, "Essentially, 80% of our job is to give somebody another push in their career, or we make them into likable characters. But at the end of the day, they go off and they better themselves.
--"I loved doing it. But to be honest with you, at 32, I am at what-about-me time . . . I have to do something else. I need to move on for me."
--Maksim didn't reveal his exact plans for 2014 . . . but he wants to give acting a shot. He says, quote, "I caught the bug, as they say. [It's] something I really want to do."