Buzzmakers: MJ's 54th Birthday & a 'GH' Star Quits

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Buzzmakers: MJ's 54th Birthday & a 'GH' Star Quits
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Buzzmakers: MJ's 54th Birthday & a 'GH' Star Quits

What had ET readers buzzing this week?

1. Remembering Michael Jackson on His Birthday

On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson passed away at the age of 50. Wednesday, August 29 marks what would have been Jackson's 54th birthday.

The King of Pop, who will be forever immortalized for his world-famous, trademark dance moves and chart-topping success, was arguably one of the most popular recording artists of all time, his success peaking during the 1980s.

Take a look at decades worth of pictures of a man who revolutionized music. Browse our gallery here.

2. 'General Hospital' Star Quits After 21 Years

Get ready to say goodbye to Jason Morgan on General Hospital -- actor Steve Burton just announced that he's leaving the role after playing the popular character since 1991.

"I've been through 21 years of ups and downs with GH — regime changes, cast and crew changes, budget cuts, shakeups of one kind or another, and it's been nothing but a huge positive in my life and for my family. I have no complaints, no negative feelings at all," Burton, 42, tells TV Guide Magazine. "But it's time to go. I'm going to take some time off and do nothing but relax, just enjoy life a little bit with my wife and kids."

However, he didn't completely rule out appearing on the long-running soap again.

"I would never say that I am closing the door to GH. But, in addition to my personal reasons for leaving, I do want to see what else is out there for me, as an actor and as a producer," he says.

And the opportunities are certainly plenty -- he confirmed that he's working on a new TV project with James Franco and former General Hospital executive producer Jill Farren Phelps.

"The three of us collaborated on an idea and came up with a really good one. Jill will EP it, I'll produce and star in it and so will James. We'll be able to get a lot of great cameos and guest stars because of James' connections. It'll be a fun show to do," he dishes.

As of now, Burton is enjoying not knowing what's next.

"Here's the thing: As cool as it was to know I had a nice, cushy place to go every day with GH, I think it's going to be just as cool to not have a nice, cushy place to go every day. I like not knowing what's next for a change. I'm jumping off a cliff in a total leap of faith."

3. Remembering Diana 15 Years After Her Death

Friday marks 15 years since Princess Diana passed away on August 31, 1997 following a Paris car accident. We look back at the beloved British icon in photos.

4. Holly Madison is Pregnant

Holly Madison, one of Playboy's most famous Playmates, is pregnant with her first child.

The former Girls Next Door star is expecting her first child with her boyfriend, party promoter Pasquale Rotella, Us Weekly is reporting.

"I've always wanted to be a mom," she tells Us. "But I thought it would take longer!"

Madison, 33, is currently 12 weeks along.

"I've been lucky! No morning sickness, but I do get a little nauseous," she says.

Though that doesn't keep her from performing in her burlesque show Peepshow.

"It happens before my show, so I keep ginger ale backstage."

Rotella and Madison have been dating for nine months.

5. It's A Boy For Giuliana & Bill!

After years of struggling with IVF, Bill and Giuliana Rancic welcomed son Edward Duke Rancic into the world Wednesday, August 30 at 10:12 p.m., via gestational carrier at a Denver hospital.

"Bill and I are blessed beyond words to welcome Edward into our lives," Giuliana told E! News. "Thank you so much to everyone who supported us along the way. We are so in love with the little guy already!"

Both mom and dad stayed in the delivery room throughout the entire birth, with Bill cutting the cord, and Giuliana the first to hold their son. The new parents say Edward (who weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces) has a big appetite and is doing incredibly well.


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