PEOPLE: NBC writes letter of apology to Bachmann

MICHELE BACHMANN

Jim Cole

GOP Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann received an apology from an NBC executive after an off-color song was played during her appearance on Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night," her spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The Minnesota congresswoman received a personal letter from NBC's vice president for late night programming, Doug Vaughan, a day after she appeared on the show. As Bachmann walked onstage, the show's band had played a snippet of a 1985 Fishbone song entitled "Lyin' Ass B----."

Vaughan wrote that the incident was "not only unfortunate but also unacceptable," Bachmann spokeswoman Alice Stewart said. She said Vaughn offered his sincerest apologies and said the band had been "severely reprimanded."

Fallon also apologized to Bachmann when they spoke earlier Wednesday, she said. He had tweeted earlier, saying he was "so sorry about the intro mess."

Late-blooming poet Ruth Stone dies at 96

Award-winning poet Ruth Stone, a late bloomer who peaked after age 70, has died in Vermont. She was 96.

Stone's daughter Phoebe Stone said her mother died of natural causes at her home in Ripton on Nov. 19. She was surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Widowed in her 40s, Stone became one of the country's most honored poets in her 80s and 90s, winning the National Book Award in 2002 for "In the Next Galaxy" and being named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for "What Love Comes To."

Many of her poems were inspired by the suicide of her second husband, Walter Stone, who hung himself in 1959.

Billy Corgan starts wrestling company

The long-standing relationship between rock music and professional wrestling has a new partner: Billy Corgan.

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman has joined with two wrestling promoter brothers to debut the first show of Resistance Pro, an indie wrestling company, today at a downtown Chicago dance club. Corgan describes himself as a childhood wrestling fan who fell away from it, only to rediscover it as an adult hobby before learning about the business.

"Our vision is to try to grow talent," Corgan said in an interview from Europe, where the Smashing Pumpkins are on tour.

The Chicago-area native will miss Resistance Pro's opening night, but co-owner and promoter Gabe Baron said a second show will be announced at tonight's event.