E! Ditching Controversial Mani Cam for Oscar Red Carpet

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E! is ditching the controversial Mani Cam for Oscar red carpet
The Clutch Cam and the 360 glam cam will also be missing from Sunday’s show. E! blames “space restriction,” but is it because E!’s various cams had become too controversial, with some celebrities refusing to play along?

Emmy rules changes were a good 1st step, but …
The TV Academy expanded the number of nominees in the drama and comedy categories from six to seven. “Not enough,” says Tim Goodman. “Not even close to enough. This should be 10 in both categories. If the rules were meant to better reflect the growth in television content, this is a woeful fix and my biggest disappointment of the changes.”

Aziz Ansari pens a tribute to “My friend, colleague, & hero” Harris Wittels
“This week I spent a lot of time with Harris,” writes the Parks and Rec” star, who was developing a TV show with Wittels. Ansari adds: “There are so few people that you meet in life that give you that feeling that you’ve found a real unique, original person. Harris Wittels was one of those and we lost him yesterday. He was 30 years old. I’ve been devastated.”

Last year’s Oscar pizza place is still benefitting from 3 minutes of worldwide TV exposure
Big Mama’s & Papa’s has become so successful, it’s expanding to Arizona, Nevada and, internationally, into Dubai.

Will Arnett guest-hosts tonight’s Late Late Show, with guest Jimmy Kimmel
“One of the reasons that Jimmy agreed to do it, and he’s going to hold me to it, is I promised him that I’d cry on the show,” says Arnett. “So I’ve got to live up to that. I promise that I’ll cry.”

To Catch a Predator‘s Chris Hansen is eyeing a comeback
The controversial former “Dateline” star, who’s professional career was derailed by his personal life, hopes a new Discovery series, “Killer Instinct,” will offer him a chance at redemption.

Bearded Stephen Colbert: “As a performer, I’m jonesing”
“I haven’t been onstage in two months,” Colbert said at last night’s Oscar Wilde Awards. “My show ended two months ago and technically, for the record, I’m not in character. This is me. It turns out the real Stephen Colbert had a beard the whole time, I was just so deeply in character for 10 years you didn’t notice. That’s how good of an actor I am.”

Smash alum reveals she’s fighting breast cancer
Krysta Rodriguez wrote of her condition: “Now as far as cancer goes, I have the Cadillac of tumors. It’s slow growing, highly treatable and not really interested in spreading.”

Sesame Street spoofs Birdman with Big Bird
Watch the voice of Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, in Big Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Orange Pants).

Dave Foley joins Dr. Ken
The NewsRadio alum will play Ken Jeong’s boss on the ABC comedy pilot.

The Jack and Triumph Show is a bit too Alf for its own good
Jack McBrayer and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s new comedy shows why it’s taken so long for Triumph to get his own show. Triumph, as it turns out, is great in small doses.