WHAT DID MOM used to say when you were a child? "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye."
Well, the fallout from the prank of two Australian radio DJs who pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles has worsened.
Nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who patched through the prank call, apparently, and tragically, committed suicide on Friday.
Now the two DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, are off the air, very "fragile" and forbidden from speaking by legal counsel, according to the International Herald Tribune. Meanwhile, Brits such as Kelly Osbourne are tweeting that they "should be put in prison for what they have done!"
What the radio personalities did was tasteless and juvenile, in the great tradition of radio pranks and TV shows like "Punk'd" and "Candid Camera," but who could ever anticipate such a reaction - especially when the private information that was released about the duchess of York was so insignificant.
It's not like the hospital slipped up and gave away that the baby's father was some Buckingham Palace pool boy.
Nurse Jacinta Saldanha made a mistake, but in the great universe of mistakes, it was incredibly minor. No harm, no foul. So she takes a little ribbing around the nurse's station for a few weeks.
It's so sad that she let it get to her in such a way that would turn a prank into a tragedy.
In the future, under similar circumstances, it would be wise to take a deep breath and follow the advice of one of Great Britain's most popular sayings: "Keep Calm and Carry On."
* West Virginia Senator Joe
Manchin is asking MTV to cancel the West Virginia-based reality show "Buck Wild," set to debut Jan. 3
Manchin's office said Friday that he sent a letter to MTV's president saying the show profits off of "poor decisions of our youth."
Huh? "Profiting off the poor decisions of our youth" is MTV's motto.
Manchin also said the show plays to ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of his home state with episodes featuring the cast drinking and swearing, four-wheeling and fighting, even filling a dump truck with water and using it as a swimming pool.
We guess the inaccurate stereotypes come in other episodes.
* Lady Gaga has tweeted "her
gratitude" to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev for opposing regional laws that make it a crime to provide minors with information about homosexuality.
Gaga's tweet followed her arrival in St. Petersburg, one of the three Russian cities that have recently passed bills imposing fines of up to $150,000 for providing minors with information on homosexuality, which the laws term "homosexual propaganda."
Asked about the laws, Medvedev said in an interview that "not all relations between people can be regulated by law."
* Toni Braxton has been hospitalized in Los Angeles.
Toni said in a Tweet on Friday that she's been hospitalized because of "minor health issues" related to lupus. A spokeswoman confirmed the hospitalization but had no other details.
Thankfully, no DJs have called for an update on Toni's condition.
* South Korean rapper PSY has apologized to Americans for participating in anti-U.S. protests several years ago.
PSY issued a statement Friday after reports surfaced that he had participated in concerts protesting the U.S. military presence in South Korea during the early stages of the Iraq war.
At a 2004 concert, the "Gangnam Style" rapper performed a song with lyrics about killing "Yankees" who have been torturing Iraqi captives and their families "slowly and painfully." During a 2002 concert, he smashed a model of a U.S. tank onstage.
"While I'm grateful for the freedom to express one's self, I've learned there are limits to what language is appropriate, and I'm deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted," he wrote in the statement. "I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused by those words."
PSY said the protests were part of a "deeply emotional" reaction to the war and the death of two Korean school girls who were killed when a U.S. military vehicle hit them as they walked alongside the road. He noted antiwar sentiment was high around the world at the time.
But now that American dollars have made him a very rich man for dancing like a horse on a merry-go-round, it's all good.
* Troubled comedian Katt Will-
iams has been arrested in northern California on a felony warrant related to a police chase.
The Sacramento Bee reported that Williams was arrested Friday night in Dunnigan, about 25 miles north of Sacramento.
He was released from county jail Saturday after posting bail.
The California Highway Patrol says Williams fled officers on a three-wheeled motorcycle on Nov. 25, after being spotted driving on a Sacramento sidewalk.
* The Los Angeles Police Depart-
meant said its detectives have apologized to the family of Notorious B.I.G. for failing to warn them that it planned to release his long-sealed autopsy report.
The department said in a statement Saturday that detectives had intended to notify the rapper's family but that the report was released prematurely "due to an administrative error."
The Los Angeles Times reports that detectives released the 15-year-old report last week in hopes of getting new tips in the unsolved murder. The report revealed that injuries caused by a single bullet killed the rapper during a drive-by shooting in March 1997.
Note to the police administrator who mistakenly released the report: You made a mistake. Keep Calm and Carry on.
- Daily News wire services
contributed to this report.