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"I just wanted to say ... ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father ... you could ever imagine. And I just wanted to say I love him ... so much."

With these words just moments ago, Michael Jackson's daughter Paris spoke at the end of his memorial service, providing its most touching moment and best quote.

Flanked by Michael Jackson's brothers and his sister Janet Jackson, 11-year-old Paris took the microphone, voice trembling, and bid farewell to her dad.

Here's the video of Paris Jackson's poignant goodbye ...

Follow these links for a full recap of Michael Jackson's memorial service as well as a photo gallery of the music and star-filled tribute to the iconic music great.

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You may not be there in person, but Michael Jackson's memorial service is set to begin at the Staples Center in L.A. We'll be sharing live updates all afternoon long.

As the all-star lineup including Mariah Carey, John Mayer, Usher and Jennifer Hudson honors the late music icon this afternoon, we'll be posting updates throughout.

Oh, and we'd also like to express our gratitude to our men and women in uniform, along with the police and firefighters nationwide who keep our communities safe 365 days a year. See, Peter King? You can salute these heroes and MJ.

Let the orgy of glorification begin!

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1:05 p.m. EST: Running out of things to talk about after 24-hour coverage for a week straight, CNN is debating whether Michael Jackson is considered a part of the black community, even if his children are white. Please, let the event start soon.

1:10 p.m. EST: Diana Ross' son, Evan, arrived with girlfriend Cora Skinner. Random.

1:12 p.m. EST: Smokey Robinson is kicking off the event via sattelite, reading a letter from Ross, one of Jackson's best friends, and to whom he named guardian of his children if his mother, Katherine, was unable to service in that capacity.

1:15 p.m. EST: A "moment of silence" has been going on for like three minutes.

1:19 p.m. EST: Images from around the U.S. of peeps watching on TV are shown.

1:21 p.m. EST: Security appears tight in downtown Los Angeles. CBS says it is on par with what was during the 1984 Olympics. Either way, this is hella boring.

1:22 p.m. EST: Kenny Ortega of High School Musical fame is apparently directing this event. He says Jackson was "ready" and "optimistic" for his upcoming tour.

1:30 p.m. EST: NBC is analyzing his finances and debating whether Michael Jackson is worth more dead than alive. We are starting to see Peter King's point.

1:34 p.m. EST: A gospel choir just turned in a terrific performance.

1:38 p.m. EST: Pastor Luscious Smith tells the crowd how Michael wanted nothing more than to share his love and soul with the world through music and deeds.

1:42 p.m. EST: Mariah Carey delivers a performance of "I'll Be There," a 1970 #1 hit for the Jackson 5, and that Carey remade into a hit of her own in 1992. Powerful.

1:47 p.m. EST: Queen Latifah pays tribute to Michael by reading a Maya Angelou poem called "We Had Him." She also talked of idolizing Jackson while growing up.

1:50 p.m. EST: Lionel Richie performs "Jesus is Love." Man, can he sing!

1:54 p.m. EST: Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, says that Michael Jackson not only raised the bar, he broke it. Berry says Michael was "like a son" to him, and after acknowledging his "sad times" and "questionable decisions," called him the greatest entertainer who ever lived. Classy speech from start to finish.

2:06 p.m. EST: A video tribute to Jackson is broadcast. It's great.

2:13 p.m. EST: Stevie Wonder sings "I Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer," as the cameras show the Jackson brothers all wearing one white glove to honor Michael.

2:15 p.m. EST: Kobe Bryant is speaking. We just hit MUTE.

2:17 p.m. EST: Magic Johnson thanks MJ for opening up doors for African-Americans, and tearfully describes meeting the music legend as the best moment of his life.

2:21 p.m. EST: Jennifer Hudson covers Michael's hit "Will You Be There."

2:25 p.m. EST: The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks and credits Michael Jackson with everything from elevating the stature of African-American entertainers to getting Barack Obama elected president. Possibly a tiny bit of a stretch there.

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Today at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST), the Staples Center in Los Angeles will be packed with thousands of people for Michael Jackson's memorial service.

An all-star lineup will be on hand to perform and honor the music icon. Ex-wife Debbie Rowe will be a no-show, though. As will one of his best friends.

Yesterday afternoon, Elizabeth Taylor, 77, Tweeted that she wants nothing to do with this "whoopla." She feels her grief is private and "between us."

More importantly, though, who knew Elizabeth Taylor Twittered?

Taylor Twitter

It makes perfect sense that the acclaimed actress is not going, as the big I memorial is more for Michael's fans, and for his true friends who knew him well and are truly grieving (i.e. not Miley Cyrus), it probably seems a bit over the top.

We'll see how bad it actually becomes. If the "public whoopla" involves a red carpet and a celebrity fashion analysis on Extra tonight, the apocalypse is near.

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U.S. Congressman Peter King, who railed against Michael Jackson over the weekend, calling him a pedophile and child molester, isn't done yet.

In fact, the Long Island Republican apparently has much more to say about the late music star, of whom he is not a huge fan, to put it mildly.

After criticizing society for revering MJ's legacy and not paying tribute to our troops, police and firefighters (as if the two are in any way mutually exclusive), Peter King described the media coverage of Jackson "an orgy of glorification."

King swears he won't speak out against Jackson today - out of respect for the star's memorial service - but he told New York's CBS 2 last night:

"Yes, he did violate young boys. He did put them in terribly inappropriate positions. And that's a terrible signal to be sending out to society that we are condoning that type of behavior, and you are condoning when you give him this kind of regal coverage, with millions of people fighting to get to his memorial. This is just wrong."

Is Peter King going too far?

 

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The participants at tomorrow's Michael Jackson memorial service have been unveiled by his family. The star-studded event will take place tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

As we just reported, Debbie Rowe will not be on hand for the celebration of Jackson's life. But here's the impressive roster of those who will pay tribute:

  • Ron Boyd (family friend)
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Mariah Carey
  • Andrae Crouch Choir
  • Berry Gordy
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Shaheen Jafargholi (finalist on Britain's Got Talent)
  • Magic Johnson
  • Martin Luther King III
  • Bernice A. King
  • John Mayer (douchebag)
  • Lionel Richie
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Rev. Al Sharpton
  • Brooke Shields
  • Pastor Lucious Smith (family friend)
  • Usher
  • Stevie Wonder
Kobe Bryant Photograph

Good luck getting funeral tickets - but at least you get to see it on TV, as all the major networks will be broadcasting the event. Who are you most excited to see at the memorial service honoring Michael Jackson tomorrow?

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Debbie Rowe has been totally out of the spotlight ever since she stood up for Michael Jackson at his child molestation trial in 2005 (a glossed-over part of the late star's past that was brought up by U.S. Rep. Peter King today).

How uncomfortable she is being back in it shows.

After first saying she would attend Jackson's memorial service Tuesday at the Staples Center in L.A., Rowe abruptly pulled out of the invite-only event.

Her attorney, Marta Almli, said, "The onslaught of media attention has made it clear her attendance would be a distraction at an event that should focus exclusively on Michael's legacy. Debbie will continue to celebrate Michael's memory privately."

Part of what changed her mind? An altercation with celebrity news photographers Sunday. Emerging from a Chinese restaurant near her house, Rowe yelled at the paparazzi: "You ready to get your butt kicked? Don't f*%king touch me."

Debbie Rowe Flips Out

GETTING INTO A ROWE: Debbie is far from pleased.

Debbie Rowe is the mother (supposedly) of his two eldest children, Prince, 12, and Paris, 11. The mother of Jackson's third child, Prince II (Blanket), 7, is unknown.

Last week, Rowe said she wants custody of the kids, though her attorney the said later that she "has not reached a final decision concerning custody proceedings."

Amid reports that she is not a biological parent of the children - nor is Jackson - Rowe told NBC that she is willing to submit to DNA testing to prove maternity.

A guardianship hearing has been postponed until July 13 at the request of attorneys for Rowe and Katherine Jackson, who remains their temporary guardian.

Click to enlarge more Debbie Rowe pictures from Sunday's incident ...

  • Debbie Rowe, Friend
  • Getting into a Rowe
  • D-Rowe Pic

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Over the objections of Katherine Jackson, a Los Angeles probate judge today ruled that Michael Jackson's 2002 will is valid and that, per the singer's wishes, attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain are executors of his estate.

A lawyer for Michael Jackson's mother, John Schreiber, argued to the judge that "there is concern over handing over the keys to the kingdom so quickly."

But Judge Mitchell Beckloff refused, telling Schreiber, "Someone needs to be at the helm of the ship." Jackson's estate is estimated at $500 million-plus.

Katherine Jackson had been appointed temporary executor last week, when the family still believed the star had died without a will. But Branca surfaced with a five-page will written seven years ago, establishing him and McClain as executors.

The estate will be split among the singer's mother, his three children and charities, dissing ex-wife Debbie Rowe and giving Katherine custody of his kids.

At a press conference, Branca's attorney, Howard Weitzman, said that the executors were pleased with the ruling and sent condolences to the family.

"We believe Judge Beckloff made the correct decision. We intend to carry out the wishes Michael Jackson set forth. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jackson family this week in remembering Michael as a beloved father, son and brother."

Michael Jackson with his parents, Joseph and Katherine Jackson.

Meanwhile, the court confirmed that another will, dated from 1997, was filed this week, also listing Branca as executor. The judge's ruling should not be affected, because Michael Jackson's last will from 2002 would trump any older one.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, a friend of the Jacksons, appeared on Good Morning America earlier today, expressing disappointment that the hearing wasn't delayed.

"I think it has been very insensitive, particularly to this family, that you would even think of scheduling a court hearing on the status of the mother the day before she has to go to the cemetery for her son," Sharpton said. "It's almost insulting."

Sure thing. Beckloff said he believed Branca and McClain would act in the best interest of the estate and be best equipped to sort through various complicated legal and financial problems, ranging from lingering IOUs and lawsuits.

The singer's private funeral and public memorial take place tomorrow.

The next hearing in the probate case is set for August 3. For more details, click to enlarge some of the key portions of Michael Jackson's will ...

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U.S. Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.) says Michael Jackson was a “pervert” and is calling on society to stop “glorifying” the late entertainer.

King believes the singer - whom he called a “low-life” - is being unfairly glorified in the days after Jackson's death on June 25 at the age of 50.

Meanwhile, according to this member of Congress, our pathetic society is "ignoring the efforts" of teachers, police officers, firefighters and veterans.

King claims the “day in and day out” coverage of Jackson’s death is “too politically correct” and calls on America to “knock out the psychobabble.”

“He was a pervert, a child molester; he was a pedophile. To be giving this much coverage to him, day in and day out, what does it say about us as a country?"

While King does raise a somewhat valid point of Michael's troubled last 10-15 years rarely being mentioned in the wake of his death, what more is there to say?

Everyone knows Michael had issues in his past, and no one is denying them. Should we refrain from honoring the legacy of a legend simply for that reason?

His remarks are also flawed for two reasons:

  1. The media covering Michael Jackson isn't related to coverage of our men and women in uniform, who were honored nationally this past weekend. Morons capitalizing on their sacrifice for a good sound bite are also a problem.
  2. Michael Jackson was unquestionably a strange, disturbed individual with myriad personal problems, but was not actually convicted of any charges, nor was he determined to be a pedophile by psychologists in his 2005 trial.

Check out the video below and see what you think ...

Are Peter King's comments on Michael out of line?

 

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The conspiracy theorists out there just pulled an Andy Samberg over this.

In the below clip, excerpted from CNN's recent tour of Neverland Ranch, the infamous home of Michael Jackson for many years, Michael's ghost made a surprise appearance and his official afterlife debut on the network's Larry King Live.

That, or someone walked by a window and cast a shadow. Hard to tell.

Larry King was interviewing Jermaine Jackson on his talk show when Michael apparently decided to stop by as well. No word on how Elvis or Tupac are doing, though.

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Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor who was at Michael Jackson's home the day he died did not give Jackson OxyContin or Demerol that day, according to his attorney.

His lawyer, Edward Chernoff, wouldn't make the same statement about the powerful anesthesia, Propofol, that was found at the late star's home, however.

Law enforcement sources say the information Dr. Murray gave police regarding drugs at Jackson's home was enough for cops to secure a warrant from a judge.

This alone is a significant development, as a search warrant can only be issued if there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed.

The facts: When police searched the home, they found Propofol. It was specifically labeled Propofol. There was no indication it had been prescribed to anyone.

Chernoff reiterated earlier claims that his client did not give Demerol or OxyContin to Jackson the day he died. But he would not take the same stand on Propofol.

Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Chernoff told TMZ when asked for comment on the subject, "I have no statement on whether the doctor prescribed or administered Propofol," adding, "We're confident whatever the doctor prescribed did not kill Michael Jackson."

Police obtained a search warrant the day after Michael Jackson died. Another warrant was issued two days after Dr. Conrad Murray's interview with LAPD investigators, and that's the one that led cops to the Propofol discovery.

A second warrant may have been needed if the first covered prescription medications only. DEA and LAPD officials are trying to determine how the Propofol - a drug that should never be administered outside a hospital - ended up in MJ's home.

Jackson's medical records and billing info may be the key to unraveling the mystery of who prescribed what to him and when - and holding the doctors responsible.

Michael Jackson Biography

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Michael Joseph Jackson
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