Neil Hope who played Wheels on Degrassi passed four and a half years (November 25, 2007) ago at the age of 35 from natural causes, but his death is first being reported today according to Toronto.com.
Degrassi’s Executive Producers Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn from Epitome Pictures released a statement about his passing, “We were terribly saddened to hear the news. Neil made an important contribution to our lives, to the lives of our television team who are like a family to us, and indeed to the lives of the many Canadians and others around the world who were influenced by Neil and the roles he played starting from the early days of The Kids of Degrassi Street. His life was not an easy one, but the time he spent with us was a shining example of determination, hard work and hopeful optimism, and he is sorely missed.” Stohn added on Twitter, “We are all terribly saddened by this news. Neil and his character Wheels in the early Degrassi deeply touched many lives. We have respected the privacy of the family by not saying anything until now, but our entire team is very emotional about his passing”
Hope is one of the few actors who acted in almost every version of Degrassi from The Kids of Degrassi all the way up until the latest installment of Degrassi: The Next Generation. He last appeared on the show during D:TNG’s third season.
Hope’s death is hitting me hard because I had such a crush on him when I was growing up. Wheels has always been my favorite character in the Degrassi franchise.
So today take some time to remember him by watching him in an episode of Degrassi Junior High or Degrassi High. Or better yet belt out Everybody Wants Something and let him know we are will never give up loving him.
Below is one of his of greatest episodes:
Two of Canada’s biggest stars under 25 got together at the premiere of Justin Bieber’s movie and it looks like Drake’s sweatpants are saying Never Say Never will they hide what makes him a bigger man than the Baby singer. Seriously am I the only who feels dirty looking at Jimmy Brook’s junk? I know he is 24, but he will always the kid who got shot in the back on Degrassi.
Yesterday on Jimmy Kimmel Live, he debuted his music video with Drake for their song that was made up from Celebrity Tweets. Drake and Jimmy’s Tweet Tweet includes Tweets from Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg, Jessica Simpson, Ashton Kutcher, and so many more and what those stars write on Twitter in under 140 characters really do make up a great song. I really hope this is the first of may raps for the talk show host and the Degrassi star because they actually sound really good together. Follow me, follow me, Tweet, Tweet! I just can’t the chorus out of my head.
And just because I am evil and want to make Jimmy Kimmel feel really old, Drake wasn’t even born when Pac-Man Fever came out. In fact the song was release almost 5 years before he came out of his mom. Ouch!
BTW Jimmy also interviewed Aubrey Graham and I had no idea the Canadian child star was Jewish. While that reveal was interesting finding out that Kimmel isn’t circumcised is something I really didn’t need to know.
So yesterday on Jimmy Kimmel Live the cast of Twilight: Eclipse was on his show and he gave them a surprise. He had the guidos from Jersey Shore act out Twilight and it is a good thing they are reality stars because they really can’t act. Seriously it was so painfully bad, that I actually laughed a few times because I could not get over how horrible it was. Although I did like the part when The Situation’s abs saw the sunlight. That was a good one.
So yesterday was all about Forks High School, well tonight at 12:06a on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live it is all about Degrassi because Drake aka Jimmy Brooks is taking Jimmy back to JHS. The top selling rapper and J-Kimm recorded a music video to their song Twitter Rap. If it is anything like the rap J-Kimm did with Eminem, it will definitely be interesting.
BTW I have said this before, but I will say it again I will never get used to Aubrey Graham as anything but Jimmy Brooks. Sorry Drake.
Adamo Ruggiero, Shenae Grimes, Lauren Collins and Nina Dobrev had a mini-Degrassi high school reunion at 21st Annual MuchMusic Video Awards and they all looked great. It was a lot fun to see Marco, Paige, Darcy and Mia together again. Even though Nina looks as happy to pose with her former-castmate and current CW co-star as I would be. Drake aka Jimmy Brooks was also there, but sadly there were no pictures of him with his former-classmates.
BTW I miss having Marco and Paige on Degrassi maybe they will bring them back for the extended upcoming season.
So Drake and Hanson were going to play a free concert at South Street Seaport in Manhattan, but the show had to be cancelled because they got over twice the amount of people they were expecting. Organizers were thinking that only 10,000 fans would come to see the former-Degrassi star and the mmmmmBop singers, and they were not prepared for 25,000 that showed up so they had to cancel the show. Well the fans were not happy and started throwing chairs and a table from balcony. Six people were injured, but thankfully none of them were seriously hurt.
When I read about the story, I thought who knew Degrassi and Hanson fans were so wild? I am fan of both, and I have never acted like that. Well there was this one time I was going to a free concert that David Cassidy was putting and he pulled out so I threw my underwear at the stage even though he didn’t come out to see them. But in all seriousness why does WNYW only think it was the Drake fans that reacted like that? They never mentioned Hanson once and their fans could be hard core. I had a friend who cried for a week when she heard Taylor got married.
Drake and Hanson took to Twitter to apologize to their fans.
Drake: “I am so dissapointed. To all the devoted fans that came out I wish you could have seen what I had planned! Until next time: Hanson: “We are really really bummed. Things got to crazy at the #soundlikepaper event and the we were shut down. I wish we could have played! -I”
“Hope everybody is able to stay calm and that things don’t get out of hand. Again we are sorry that we could not play! -Isaac”
“so bummed #soundslikepaper show had to be called off…too many people to be safe! Thank u everybody who came out today!!”
“It was a real bummer to have the show canceled yesturday. We really wanted to play, but it was quickly becoming unsafe for everyone. -Z”
Finally Billboard posted this picture of what it looked like before the show got cancelled. It was really wall-to-wall people.
via World Star Hip Hop
Drake was performing OMG, when he had a total OMG moment because a girl flashed him. His reaction to actually seeing a stranger’s boob was so classic!
I want to know if that girl did it because she has been in love with him since he played Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi or because of his music or because her friends dared to? I am thinking it is the last one, no offense to him but flashing is so her parents’ generation.
On that note I will never ever get over the fact that Drake was on Degrassi: The Next Generation. It is so weird for me to see him rapping and not in high school in a wheel chair.
Shenae Grimes was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night and she was talking about the show that made her a star, Degrassi. Jimmy asked her about the show and she told him Degrassi was a remake. First off Degrassi: The Next Generation is a spinoff of the original and not a remake. Something you would think she would know since she was on the show for a few years and the show is hugely popular in Canada. The CW’s 90210 is a remake, and Degrassi is a spinoff. I guess that is why there are so many rumors that the cast of her Degrassi hates her, she seems to think she knows it all. Actually there aren’t only rumors that her old castmates her, there are rumors that her new ones do too. After watching that interview she did with Jimmy I can see why. I thought she personally came off as bitch, faking all of her reactions and making sure to look at the camera all the time and not Jimmy. As soon as she is done with 90210 her 15 minutes will be up and we probably won’t hear from her again. I thought she was going to be a star when she signed on for the show, but once I saw read her first line, I knew that wasn’t going to happen, Seriously how annoying is her character on the show? I loved it when they put her character in the background because the audience wasn’t responding well to her, hopefully they will continue to do when the show comes back in March!!!
What could bring all the classes of Degrassi: The Next Generation together again? The N’s first telemovie, Degrassi Goes Hollywood that premieres tonight at 8p!
Paige is living in Hollywood working as an assistant to a reality show diva, but is telling everyone she is a stylist to the stars. Marco is still in school in Canada and just wants to visit his friend, but she says it is a bad time. Manny is dating her acting teacher at Smithdale University, who is constantly putting her down. Then one day Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes come to her school to give a lecture there and Jason wants to cast her as the lead in his new movie Mewesical High. Only snag is she has to audition for it at Degrassi, where they are holding open calls for the movie. Back at Degrassi the Studz land a role in the movie until Peter punches the lead actor in the mouth for hitting on Mia. And they aren’t the only ones who lose out on a role, after Manny’s boyfriend tells her she will fail so she does and she is too is out of the movie. Back in Hollywood Paige gets an audition for her bitchy boss, but when she leaves something behind in the room it is Paige that gets the role that should’ve been Manny’s. Paige is so happy that she landed the role of Trixie that she invites Marco and Ellie to come for a visit and enjoy her new lifestyle. A lifestyle that the Studz want, so they borrow the Degrassi school bus and get Jay to drive them to Hollywood to see if they can get their band back in the movie. Meanwhile Paige isn’t working out, so Jason tells Manny to haul her butt to LA and the only way to get there is to go with Studz and Jay. Can she handle being trapped on a bus with her ex-Jay and will she get to Hollywood in time to claim the role that is rightfully hers? Will Paige’s ego cost her friendship with Marco and Ellie and her stardom? Will Ellie get back with Craig who she bumped into in LA? Will the Studz play in the movie? Who will guest star in the long awaited Degrassi movie on The N? Find out tonight on The N at 8p as Degrassi Goes Hollywood!!!
Believe me you are not going to want to miss this movie that is so Degrassi and then some. It has that Degrassi feel, but it is a stand alone movie that is directed by Mr “Snake” Simpson aka Stefan Brogren. It moves at the right speed with just enough hi jinx, but just like the show it is their friendship that keep it all together! Degrassi Goes Hollywood will become a cult classic that you will want to watch over and over again. I know I can’t stop watching it!!! I can’t wait for the next one because I know after tonight’s successful airing The N will order a sequel!!