Of all of the reality star families on television, few -- if any -- are more controversial than the Duggars.
They're so controversial, in fact, that 19 Kids and Counting was cancelled years ago. Most of the Duggar clan can still be seen on Counting On.
But since the last season ended, there's been no official word of renewal. Has TLC finally canceled Counting On?
The Duggars were always going to be controversial. When you exist on the political and religious fringes of society and view normal American culture as some sort of contaminant, people are going to raise their eyebrows.
When you have 19 children, whom you endeavor to keep isolated from most of society as you groom them to share your worldview, people are going to talk.
When you believe that women are effectively the property of their fathers until they are traded off to their husbands, when you don't allow the wearing of pants by girls in your household, people are going to be alarmed.
But all of that is what made 19 Kids and Counting such a talked about series. The supervised "courtships" and side-hugs, Michelle Duggar's hair, and the very concept of having 19 children made the Duggars an entertaining family for some.
Others watched, with concern and fascination, realizing that there are other families in the US whose children are forced to grow up this way -- barely even knowing that their experiences are so extreme.
None of that is what got 19 Kids and Counting canceled, however.
Back in 2015, 19 Kids and Counting was canceled by TLC.
And Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle had covered it up.
So, suddenly, Counting On became the vehicle for the Duggars to espouse their worldview -- without Josh, of course. And, initially, without Jim Bob and Michelle.
But Counting On hasn't exactly been scandal-free, either. We don't just mean the "scandals" for the Duggar family, like Duggar daughters wearing pants or Joy-Anna Duggar's very probably shotgun wedding or Jill Duggar's nose piercing.
We mean actual scandals.
Like the one that got Derick Dillard fired from Counting On. Derick and Jill had been slammed multiple times for shadily begging fans for money to help with their already controversial "mission trips."
But what got Derick Dillard fired by TLC was his ongoing, one-sided feud with fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings.
Jazz is a teenage star of her own series, I Am Jazz. What stuck in Derick Dillard's craw was that Jazz is trans, and Derick believes that "transgender is a myth."
Which is an odd thing to say about a teenage girl who literally exists. It's also the kind of statement that leads to real-world violence against trans women.
Derick continued to attack Jazz over social media and to misgender her at every opportunity, until finally TLC had enough.
The question remains: will Derick Dillard's firing lead to the cancellation of the entire series?
The Josh Duggar scandal hasn't actually gone away, except (apparently) in the minds of the Duggars.
Counting On has had six seasons. But we don't know if there will be a seventh.
Inquisitr reports that TLC posted that Counting On had been renewed ... only to immediately delete the post.
That's a clue ... but of renewal for season seven, or of cancellation?
It may be that TLC intended to release the renewal announcement, and accidentally posted it early. That happens sometimes when you're scheduling a post for a future date.
It may also be the case that TLC had scheduled a renewal post a while back ... and then forgotten to cancel it when they changed their minds.
The Duggars have posted on their own family blog that they don't yet know if they're getting renewed.
Which means that no one outside of TLC knows.
The fact that TLC hasn't openly declared whether the Duggars are getting the axe or a renewal is probably a sign that TLC may still be weighing their options.
They've already looked at ratings, so there must be other factors that they're considering. Perhaps things of which the public isn't even aware.
Our guess is that higher-ups are either still mulling it over ... or they've decided to cancel Counting On and are waiting for the right time to drop the news.
Perhaps back-to-back with another announcement? Or perhaps over the holidays?
We'll let you know as soon as we find out, but things are looking grim for fans of the Duggars.
As previously reported in great detail, Meghan Markle is off the market.
The veteran actress is engaged to Prince Harry, confirming the blessed alongside her hunky fiance via a photo shoot and an interview this week.
But that's not all.
Meghan Markle is also off television...
Following weeks of strong speculation, USA Network has come out and officially announced that Markle will not return to the surprisingly successful drama Suits next season.
Said executives in a statement on Tuesday:
From all of us at USA Network and Universal Cable Productions, we want to send our most heartfelt congratulations to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their engagement.
Meghan has been a member of our family for seven years and it has been a joy to work with her.
We want to thank her for her undeniable passion and dedication to Suits, and we wish her the very best.
As a lawyer named Rachel, Markle is an original Suits cast member.
She has appeared in 103 episodes of the series to date.
It's believed her character will be written out of the show along with her on-screen boyfriend, played by Patrick J. Adams, who Tweeted a pair of messages in the wake of Markle's romantic news.
After making a joke about Markle leaving her for another man, Adams wrote the following:
Playing Meghan’s television partner for the better part of a decade uniquely qualifies me to say this: Your Royal Highness, you are a lucky man and I know your long life together will be joyful, productive and hilarious.
Meghan, so happy for you, friend. Much love.
Sounds like Prince Harry has himself a keeper here.
USA Network’s above statement comes just over a week after the star's Suits body double took to Instagram to share a photo of her standing next to the actress with a heartfelt farewell tribute.
It's clear Markle left a strong impression on all her colleagues.
"It’s been an absolute pleasure and honor being your ‘STAND-IN’ for the last 2 seasons,” wrote Nicky Bursic, who has worked on Suits for the past six years.
“Wishing you all the happiness in the world Bella."
In a sit-down with Harry on Monday, Markle acknowledged she was done acting.
But didn't sound all that broken up about it.
“I don’t see it as giving anything up. I just see it as a change,” she said in her first joint interview with her fiancé.
We learned today, meanwhile, that Markle and Harry will get married in May, although no exact date has been announced just yet.
“I think what’s been really exciting as we talk about the transition out of my career and into my role is,” she said in this same interview, adding:
“The causes that are really important to me that I can focus even more energy on.
"Very early out of the gate, I think you realize you have access or a voice that people are willing to listen and with that comes a lot of responsibility, which I take seriously."
We wish her all the best.
The long and heretofore illustrious career of Charlie Rose may be over.
The veteran journalist has been suspended by PBS and CBS amidst accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct.
The accusations have been made by eight different women.
In a bombshell report published on Monday by The Washington Post, these alleged victims shared eerily similar stories about how the reporter would act in horribly inappropriate ways toward them.
There are accusations that Rose would place sexually explicit phone calls... expose his genitalia... and grope the women without their permission.
Three of the women spoke on the record, while five spoke on the condition of anonymity.
But all expressed stories that detailed how Rose would either walk out of a shower, naked, in their presence; and/or would grope their buttocks at company parties; and/or place his hand on their upper thigh, awaiting a reaction.
Said Reah Bravo, who worked as an intern and then associate producer for Rose’s PBS show beginning in 2007:
“It has taken 10 years and a fierce moment of cultural reckoning for me to understand these moments for what they were.
"He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim.”
The women were employees or aspired to work for Rose at The Charlie Rose Show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011.
They ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the reported encounters.
Rose is 75 years old and his one-on-one interview program airs on PBS and Bloomberg TV.
He also co-hosts CBS This Morning and is a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes.
“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked,” Rose said in a statement to the Washington Post, adding:
“Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.”
He continued as follows:
It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior.
I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate.
I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.
I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too.
All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.
Shortly after news of Rose’s allegations broke, PBS announced it is stopping production on the anchor’s self-titled program.
Meanwhile, CBS News has also suspended him from his regular duties.
Rose is the latest major name to be accused of sexual harassment or misconduct.
Several weeks ago, allegations of assault were leveled by countless women against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
Since then, women around the country have been empowered to speak up, with stories popping up nearly everyday about allegedly heinous acts committed by such stars as Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and Jeffrey Tambor.
We salute these victims for coming forward.
MTV and the Garden State formed an unholy alliance years ago with the debut of Jersey Shore, a harrowing documentary series about the devastating impact of Ed Hardy shirts and tribal tattoos on one sleepy seaside town.
Both parties experienced tremendous good fortune in the years that followed--MTV with the Teen Mom franchise, and Jersey with the slow, meatball hoagie-fueled decline of Governor Chris Christie.
So hopes were high when it was announced that the network execs who gave us Snooki and the state that gave us Springsteen would once again be joining forces for Teen Mom: New Jersey.
The project was announced over the summer, and MTV immediately cranked the hype machine up to 11.
Within days, there was sky-high anticipation from the same demographic that made Teen Mom: OG and Teen Mom 2 smash hits.
Social media pages were launched, and the identities of the show's stars were teased as though they were the members of a new Simon Cowell-founded pop group.
So you can imagine the waves of surprise and chagrin that rippled across the internet yesterday when The Ashley's Reality Roundup reported that MTV had pulled the plug on Teen Mom: New Jersey before the show ever made it to air.
Yes, it seems that the show will never see the light of day, and its "stars" are every bit as confused as its potential audience.
“Last weekend the girls on the show got calls basically informing them that the show isn’t going to air,” a source tells The Ashley.
“They didn’t really give them an explanation—just the standard ‘We’re moving in another direction’ line. The girls are really upset because they’ve worked so hard on this project and were really excited for its premiere.”
Details are scarce, but it sounds as though MTV simply passed on the show, presumably after getting their first glimpse at the finished product.
It's worth noting that the show was not produced by 11th Street Productions, the company responsible for the 16 and Pregnant and the original Teen Mom shows.
It's another reminder that you can capture lightning in a bottle twice, but not three times, as Teen Mom 3 so poignantly reminded us.
Sigh. At least we'll always have the original series.
So practice some self-care and watch Teen Mom: OG online to get yourself through this difficult time.
There will only ever be one Farrah Abraham, which is both tragic and wonderful news.
Derick Dillard is persona non grata at TLC.
The network has gone ahead and made this official.
Back in August, the 28-year old husband of Jill Duggar made headlines when he attacked 17-year old transgender Jazz Jennings, who, like Derick's wife and her family, has a show on TLC.
Seemingly unprompted by anything other than the fact that Jennings stars on I Am Jazz, Dillard wrote on Instagram at the time:
"What an oxymoron... a 'reality' show which follows a non-reality. 'Transgender' is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it's ordained by God."
Jennings mostly took the high road in response, labeling Dillard a cyberbully and saying that she's unfortunately accustomed to remarks from people such as him.
Fast forward to late last week and Derick was at it again, writing the following on Twitter:
I pity Jazz, 4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions 2 be made by a child.
It's sad that ppl would use a juvenile this way.
Again, nothing against him, just unfortunate what's on TV these days.
Ah yes, the classing "nothing against" the person whose lifestyle one thinks is sinful and shameful.
Derick added that "never bullied anyone," but "just said I didn't agree with what is being propagated on TV" and is "expressing my view of what should be treated as reality; if I say I feel like I am Nepali, that doesn't make me so."
In response to this most recent attack Jazz did not mention Derick by name.
But tweeted on Saturday:
"In the face of constant ignorance and hatred I prefer to disregard negative opinions and continue moving forward with love."
TLC, meanwhile, was not as even-handed in its latest statement.
On its official Twitter account, the cable network wrote this:
We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in Counting On for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future.
We want to reiterate that Derick's personal statements do not reflect the views of the network.
TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so.
Some Duggar/Dillard fans, naturally, have fired back, claiming Derick is simply exercising his right to "free speech."
Which is true. He's not about to be imprisoned for his view.
But the right to free speech doesn't mean one can say absolutely anything without any consequences.
The general future of Counting On remains unclear.
There has been chatter of late that the series may not return for a new season, largely due to Dillard's ongoing controversial comments.
What do you think about what Derick said and how TLC responded?
Should the network finally cut ties with this family once and truly for all?
Andrew Kreisberg is the latest big name to be accused of inappropriate sexual behavior.
Warner Bros. TV has suspended the executive producer due to an investigation into numerous allegations of sexual harassment and offensive physical contact.
This is what the production company said in a statement related to the suspension and troubling accusations:
“We have recently been made aware of allegations of misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg.
"We have suspended Mr. Kreisberg and are conducting an internal investigation.
"We take all allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and are committed to creating a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions."
Kreisberg is a producer on Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
Variety broke this piece of news and said it has spoken to 15 women and four men who all claims Kreisberg harassed them in various ways.
To be specific, the publication cites a "pattern of alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact over a period of years."
It goes on to say that Kreisberg "strongly denies" these allegations.
None of the men or women behind the story wanted to reveal their names out of fear of retaliation.
"We were recently made aware of some deeply troubling allegations regarding one of our showrunners,” said Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, who head Berlanti Productions which oversee Kreisberg’s shows.
They add in their statement:
“We have been encouraging and fully cooperating with the investigation into this by Warner Bros.
"There is nothing more important to us than the safety and well-being of our cast, crew, writers, producers and any staff.
"We do not tolerate harassment and are committed to doing everything we can to make an environment that’s safe to work in and safe to speak up about if it isn’t."
Kreisberg is accused of often touching individuals without their permission.
The alleged victims say he would ask for massages from female staff members... and kiss women without asking.
Nearly each of the sources also mention sexualized/inappropriate comments about women’s appearances, their clothes, and their perceived desirability.
The producer denies making any sort of advances or unwanted touches, but does acknowledge the following to Variety:
"I have made comments on women’s appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized.
"Like many people, I have given someone a non-sexual hug or kiss on the cheek.”
In response to the charges that he "scares people" and makes the "workplace feel unsafe," Kriesberg replies:
“I have proudly mentored both male and female colleagues for many years. But never in what I believe to be an unwanted way and certainly never in a sexual way."
We'll have more on this story as it develops.
Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.
And did we mention.... WOW?!?
It wasn't very long ago that Kevin Spacey was the face of Netflix.
Signing the multiple-time Oscar winner to portray Frank Underwood on House of Cards signaled to Hollywood that the streaming service was serious about becoming a player in original content.
But now Netflix has severed ties with Spacey, making a stunning (albeit understandable) announcement on Friday night.
“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey," a spokesperson for the company said, adding of production company Media Rights Capital:
"We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show."
Less than a week ago, Spacey was accused by actor Anthony Rapp of sexual misconduct.
The Star Trek: Discovery star said Spacey forced himself on Rapp back in 1986, when Rapp was only 14 years old.
Rapp kept the incident a secret for decades, but says he was inspired to make them public now after an endless array of alleged Harvey Weinstein victims shared their story of sexual abuse at the hands of the famous movie producer.
Tweeted Rapp shortly after his accusations went viral:
"I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out... to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me."
In response to the allegations, Spacey acknowledged and apologized for his behavior.
He also finally confirmed the rumor that he's gay, prompting a horde of celebrities to slam Spacey for trying to distract and deflect from the charges against him by shifting the topic to his sexuality:
See what we mean below:
Seriously, what does being gay have anything to do with sexual assault?
It's not any better if you admit you're attracted to the gender of the person you've reportedly assaulted.
The ramifications from this scandal simply snowballed from there:
- Netflix announced House of Cards would end after Season 6.
- It then suspended filming on Season 6.
- Spacey then said he was checking into treatment, although he didn't specify for what reason.
- Then, many more House of Cards staff members accused Spacey of acting inappropriately, saying he created a toxic environment on the show's set.
It was this final bombshell that prompted Media Rights Capital to release the following statement:
“While we continue the ongoing investigation into the serious allegations concerning Kevin Spacey’s behavior on the set of House of Cards, he has been suspended, effective immediately.
"MRC, in partnership with Netflix, will continue to evaluate a creative path forward for the program during the hiatus.”
It's unclear where House of Cards goes from here.
There's been chatter that it may kill off Spacey's Frank Underwood and turn the drama over to Robin Wright's Clare.
This wouldn't be SO far-fetched, considering Underwood resigned as President on the show to conclude last season and Clare was sworn in as his replacement.
However, the series has already filmed two Season 6 episodes... with Spacey.
We can't say for certain what will happen with the series, but we can say we're stunned by how quickly events have unfolded in this real-life drama.
We'll keep readers apprised as more news breaks.
Monty Hall, the legendary television personality best known for hosting Let's Make a Deal on CBS, died Saturday of heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills.
He was 96 years old.
The New York Times first confirmed this sad piece ofnews.
Hall co-created the aforementioned hit game show and launched it as the emcee in 1963.
At the time of its premiere, Let’s Make a Deal helped anchor CBS’ daytime lineup; it eventually moved to primetime in 1968.
Hall had hosted a number of programs prior to striking it big with this series... which remains on the air today (Wayne Brady is host) and which encourages audience members to dress up in outlandish costumes while they barter for the best prize possible.
A syndicated version of Let's Make a Deal aired on and off throughout the 1970s and 80s, prior to returning to NBC for a brief run from 1990-1991.
The show was then revived with Brady in 2009, with Hall putting in occasional guest appearances
Hall received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1973.
As a Canadian native, he was named to the Order of Canada in 1988.
Hall is survived by three children: actress Joanna Gleason; TV executive Sharon Hall; and TV producer Richard Hall; in addition to a brother and five grandchildren.
His wife Marilyn passed away in June.
Scroll down to read the full CBS statement about Hall's life and death...
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Monty Hall, a television legend who hosted a show and created a format that has entertained audiences for more than 50 years,
Monty’s infectious enthusiasm, humor and warmth were a winning combination that was evident to everyone he encountered, whether returning to make appearances on the current version of Let’s Make a Deal, or gracing us with his presence at a photo shoot celebrating CBS Daytime earlier this year.
On screen, Monty made the ‘Big Deals,’ but in the game of life, he himself was one.
Our hearts go out to his children, his entire family and friends.
The statement was released by Angelica McDaniel, CBS’ executive VP of daytime programs and syndicated program development.
May Monty Hall rest in peace.
Stephen Colbert hosted the 2017 Emmy Awards on Sunday night, emceeing a ceremony that honored the very best on television.
Which comedies did voters find funniest?
Which dramas did they find most... well... dramatic?
And did network television stand a chance against the power streaming services and their beloved shows?
Scroll down for a look at all the winners from the 2017 Emmy Awards. Who do you think was most and least deserving?
Best Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Comedy Series
Best Limited Series
Big Little Lies
Best Actress in a Drama Series
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Best TV Movie
Black Mirror: San Junipero
Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Lithgow, The Crown
Best Directing for a Drama Series
Reed Morano, The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Best Directing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
Best Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror: San Junipero
Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Gerald McRaney, This Is Us
Best Writing for a Drama Series
Bruce Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Writing for a Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari, Lena Waithe, Master of None
Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Dave Chappelle, Saturday Night Live
Best Reality-Competition Program
Best Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Best Writing for a Variety Series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Best Directing for a Variety Series
Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live
Best Variety Sketch Series
Saturday Night Live
We've known for quite some time that the final two seasons of Game of Thrones would be truncated affairs, but still, we can't help feeling that the show's seventh season finale is upon us far too soon.
Fewer episodes has meant a faster pace, which - though fun in some cases - has resulted in some pretty glaring inconsistencies in others.
(Based on travel times, Westeros is now apparently the size of Providence, Rhode Island.)
Fortunately, the show is in a position to deliver its most explosive season finale to date, which should help placate fans who are feeling slighted.
Check out the first photos from "The Wolf and the Dragon" below, and watch Game of Thrones online at TV Fanatic to get caught up in time for Sunday night's installment.
1. Tyrion and Jon Look Concerned
2. Sansa Looks Pissed
3. Littlefinger Looks Smug
4. Bran Sees Things
5. Cersei Is Pregnant
6. Theon is Somehow Still Alive
If you're like us, you're still catching your breath from the fire and fury that concluded last week's episode of Game of Thrones.
It'll be tough (some might say impossible) to match "The Spoils of War" in terms of white knuckle action or edge-of-your-seat suspense, but with just nine episodes remaining, you can be certain the show won't be wasting a single scene.
Check out the photos below for a preview of this week's installment, entitled "Eastwatch."
And as always, you can watch Game of Thrones online in order to get caught up on the War of the Five Kings.
1. Jon and Daenerys Brood
2. Cersei Plots Revenge
3. Varys Contemplates
4. Tyrion and Varys and Wine
5. Sam and Gilly and Books
6. Tyrion and Daenerys Look Concerned
It took Jeffrey Lord outing himself as a possible Nazi sympathizer for him to finally be fired by CNN.
The contributor, who was hired by the cable network to defend Donald Trump at all times and through all tribulations, was let go by the company on Thursday after he Tweeted the Nazi salute "Sieg Heil!"
Despite protestations that he did so in order to make fun of fascism, Lord is now out of a job.
“Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said simply. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”
The back-and-forth that landed Lord in hot water took place between him and Angelo Carusone, the president of Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog organization.
It has been supporting an advertising boycott of Sean Hannity's program on Fox News, which prompted Lord to pen a column in the American Spectator Thursday scolding the group as “anti-free speech bigots who, in typical fascist style, make it their mission to shut down speech they don’t like.”
He had previously this week compared MMFA to the propaganda machines in Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy.
After Carusone replied to Lord and mentioned that name was misspelled in the headline of Lord’s piece... Lord responded, “Sieg Heil!”
Seems like a bit of an overreaction, no?
In a multitude of follow-up message, Lord argued that invoking the Nazi salute was a way of “mocking” Carusone and the organization.
Shockingly, this contention did not sway his bosses at CNN.
Following the controversial “Sieg Heil!” tweet, Carusone issued a statement on Twitter asking for Lord to be fired.
It read as follows:
To many CNN viewers and media critics, the only surprising development here is that it took so long for CNN to give Lord his walking papers.
The pro-Trump pundit has said many things over the past several months that many people thought would get him fired.
On Super Tuesday in 2016, he described the Ku Klux Klan as “the military arm, the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party, according to historians.”
In reference to Democratic congressman Bakari Sellers, an African-American, he once asked:
"When is Bakari going to get around to apologizing for slavery? I’m still waiting on that."
With a serious face, he said at one point:
"Think of President Trump as the Martin Luther King of health care."
More recently, Lord brushed off Trump's encouragement of police brutality by saying that was simply a "New Yorker" having a "sense of humor" and he had gone on record by defending the President against talk of collusion with a foreign adversary.
"I don’t care what he says to the Russians," Lord says of Trump.
The only positive to the existence of Jeffrey Lord is that he got into an on-air tiff with Anderson Cooper a few months ago, which led to Cooper saying to the biased non-journalist:
“If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it.”
We're almost glad CNN hired Jeffrey Lord just for that one exchange.
But he's a horrible human being.
UPDATE: Said Lord to Entertainment Weekly after he was let go:
“Caving to bullies, caving to people who use fascist and Nazi-style tactics to try and remove people from the air is unacceptable.
"I mocked this guy. Mocking Nazis is okay. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing. A writer has only a handful of tools in his writer’s box, and mockery is one of them.
"To suggest that this is anything other than that, to my way of thinking, is caving in. And I’m not going to cave...
"I have absolutely zero regrets for mocking people who use Nazi tactics and fascists tactics to silence people in the media. None.”
He blames Momma Perez for this!
Sure, the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale threw a lot of information at us, but some fans have complained that it failed to really scratch the itch they've been nursing for 13 months.
For many, there was too little of certain things (many complained that often felt like a "place-setting" episode and lacked emotion) and too much of others (producers probably should've cut the Ed Sheeran quotient by at least half).
We say it was a solid installment, but we can certainly see how it may have left some viewers wanting more.
The first official photos from the season's second episode don't tell us a whole lot about what to expect, but according to the GoT formula, episodes that set the stage are usually followed by ones that tear it all down.
Check out the pics below, and watch Game of Thrones online at TV Fanatic to get caught up:
1. Jon Snow and Littlefinger Converse
2. Arya on the Move
3. Sansa in the Snow
4. Jon and Littlefinger At It Again
5. The Khaleesi and the Hand
6. Sam at the Citadel
With so many Game Of Thrones characters suffering brutal deaths, it's hard to imagine any of them will survive the dangers of Westeros!
Between the dragons, the White Walkers, and plenty of (literal) backstabbing, the HBO fantasy series has never been more perilous.
Some characters are better suited for survival than others -- whether they manage to stay alive with power, manipulation, seduction, or just hiding out until everything is over.
But how long would fans of the Emmy-winning series last if they actually lived in the cut-throat (again, literally) race to rule the Seven Kingdoms?
Well, by answering a few simple questions, you can find out -- whether it's getting decapitated right from the beginning or making it all the way to the Iron Throne!
Choose your weapons, skills, and allies wisely, and take our survival quiz (below) to get ready for Season 7 -- premiering on HBO tonight (July 16)!
[Image via HBO.]
ABC has a couple of exciting announcements to make.
First, the network has confirmed that Bachelor in Paradise Season 4 will, indeed, air this summer, despite the multi-week scandal that delayed production at the start of filming.
As a result of the He Said/She Said/And Also a Producer Said between Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson, new episodes of this reality series will kick off on August 14, immediately followed by a second new installment on August 15.
The show was originally scheduled to premiere on August 8.
It was pushed back, however, after Olympios and Jackson got very drunk... then got naked in a pool together... and then got into some seriously raunchy action.
Things got so hot and heavy and sexually heated that a producer thought Corinne may have been too drunk to give consent.
Once this possibility was raised, Warner Bros. shut down production and sent all contestants home.
Olympios stated publicly that she felt "victimized," while Jackson said his "character" was being "assassinated."
In the end, an investigation determined no sexual assault of any kind took place and cast members were invited back down to Mexico to finish filming.
But no way would Corinne and DeMario be included among these cast members, right?
That's mostly right.
HOWEVER, Olympios said in a brief statement on Wednesday that she'll be appearing on one episode of Season 4 after all.
"I am very happy to be appearing on the Bachelor In Paradise Special," she said simply today.
Jackson, sources, confirm is on board for this same special.
In an interview with E! News shortly after his name was cleared, DeMario said he had no hard feelings toward Corinne.
He detailed their sexual encounter (in MAJOR detail) and wished Olympios the best on multiple occasions.
It's unclear just when this special will air, but Season 4 itself will take place over six weeks this summer.
Those six weeks will feature past Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants attempting to find love for a second time in Mexico, while they also witness the wedding of Bachelor in Paradise Season 3 couple Carly Waddell and Evan Bass.
This ceremony was filmed on June 17.
Following the sex and alcohol scandal, producers said they would emphasize certain rules on Bachelor in Paradise going forward, including a two drink per hour maximum.
They also said bartenders would keep a much closer eye on who was drinking and how much they were drinking.
"I am also happy about the changes that have been made to the production of Bachelor In Paradise," Corinne said in a previous statement, adding:
"While I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have been a participant on The Bachelor, and while I was invited to return to Bachelor In Paradise when production resumed, I respectfully made the decision not to return."
What changed her mind?
Or did she always plan on making a cameo on Season 4?
We'll never know.
But with no misconduct determined to have taken place, perhaps Olympios wants a forum to tell her side of the story.
WILL YOU BE WATCHING BACHELOR IN PARADISE?
Such a great piece of new to take into Saturday evening where you may be!
The Late Late Show host and his wife already have six-year-old Max Corden and two-year-old Carey Corden together, after being married in 2012, but now there's another bun in the oven and soon a third child in the family!!
The third child is reportedly due sometime in December.
Our best wishes to James and especially Julia for a healthy, safe pregnancy and a healthy, happy baby in just a few months' time!!
Isn't that great, Perezcious readers?!
[Image via Michael Wright/WENN.]
Eileen Davidson is bidding farewell to the show that made her famous.
In a surprising decision that has taken the Internet by storm, the Bravo star announced her departure from The Real Housewife of Beverly Hills on Friday afternoon.
"After a lot of careful thought, I've decided because of my crazy schedules at 'The Young and The Restless,' as well as 'Days of Our Lives,' it's best for me and my family if I step away from being a 'Housewife' for now," Davidson said in a statement to TooFab.
She added of this unexpected choice:
"But you never know, I might be popping in from time to time just to see what the ladies are up to! Thanks for your love and support guys!!!"
Davidson debuted on the Bravo smash hit back in 2014.
She had been a regular cast member for three season.
To drive her point home, Davidson later went on Twitter and reiterated her stance, writing:
TRUE! Bcuz of my crazy sched @ yr & days I must step away from hw 4 now. But I might b popping in 2 see what the chix r up 2 Thx 4 the [love].
This announcement does at least solve a question that had been on the minds of those who watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills online or on television each week.
After Camille Grammer Tweeted a photo of herself and other Real Housewives on Thursday night, many wondered why Davidson was not included.
We now have our answer, apparently.
The following snapshot features Grammer and Adrienne Maloof, alongside Lisa Vanderpump, Lisa Rinna, Kyle Richards, Erika Girardi, Dorit Kemsley and an unknown blonde.
Previously, Eden Sassoon confirmed that she would not return to the program, either.
Over the years, Davidson...
... was the victim of a vicious wine toss to the face from Brandi Glanville.
... Was on the receiving end of an epic "You beast" taunt from Kim Richards.
... And engaged in a years-long rivalry with Lisa Vanderpump over the latter prying into Eileen's dating history.
Bravo is yet to comment on this cast departure.
Filming on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 8 is underway, with Vanderpump, Rinna, Girardi and Dorit Kemsley all expected to play key roles.
The network has not yet announced a premiere date.
Will you miss Eileen Davidson? Was it time for her to go?
Will you still tune in this fall for new episodes?
Should anyone replace Davidson?
Sound off now!
Good for NBC's Connecticut affiliate here.
The local television station owned by NBC that covers the area including Newtown, Connecticut, will NOT be broadcasting Megyn Kelly's highly controversial interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
In an internal memo at the company that was obtained by the Associated Press on Friday, station executives at WVIT NBC Connecticut made the decision to not air the interview after hearing from employees, viewers, and families that were so horribly affected by the awful tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School there in 2012.
Jones has said repeatedly on the record that the killing of those 26 people -- including many small children -- was a hoax. Kelly has drawn a ton of criticism for even interviewing him, but now at least it seems one station has found a solution.
All in all, with Kelly's ratings in the toilet and this controversy rung squarely around her neck, it really hasn't been a great start to her career at NBC.
Of course, it pales in comparison to the pain Jones' conspiracy theories have brought to Sandy Hook families.
Hopefully more NBC affiliates across the country take the lead from this one and adjust their programming accordingly.
Forgive the extremely obvious introduction, but...
.... there's trouble in Paradise.
Shocking, hilarious, controversial, SEXUAL trouble, that is.
Over the weekend, Warner Bros. confirmed that production has been halted on the upcoming new season of ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise.
At the time of this announcement, very few details were available to the press, with a spokesperson for this production simply saying the following via statement:
"We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico.
"We have suspended production and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations.
"Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action.”
Allegations of misconduct? To the point where a reality show would actually shut down production?
The Internet was abuzz with questions over this mysterious development and description, considering how inappropriate so much of what we see on reality television is (case in point: everything about 90 Day Fiance).
What could possibly have happened that forced producers to send cast members home?
According to TMZ, Corinne Olympios basically happened.
Insiders close to star DeMario Jackson (who was just given the boot from The Bachelorette by Rachel Lindsay) say that executives approached him and Olympus on the first day of shooting and suggested the two hook up.
They figured having the show's biggest villains get together would be a solid storyline.
So Jackson and Olympios met at a bar and got drunk.
DeMario explains that Olympios then wasted little time jumping on his lap and slipping him some tongue. A lot of “intense rubbing” followed, TMZ writes.
The contestants then made their way to the pool, cameras rolling and inhibitions long gone.
They got naked and started making out, "rubbing, touching and fingering,” this source alleges.
Jackson claims Corinne proceeded to place her genitals in his face and he started to lick her sacred area, only this is where a few others reportedly disagree with what transpired.
DeMario also admits he was not able to engage in intercourse because of all the alcohol he consumed.
Last Tuesday, despite Jackson and Olympios getting along perfectly well set, an executive producer called the pair into his office and said another producer was “uncomfortable” with the how the two had acted.
The producer went ahead and filed a formal complaint with Warner Bros., prompting the company to immediately suspended production and launch an investigation.
At first, only DeMario and Corrine were sent home.
Then, two days later Warner Bros. released the entire cast while they investigated alleged "misconduct."
An Instagram photo shared over the weekend features the cast, sans Jackson and Olympios, posing in the Houston airport:
TMZ writes that they are alternative versions of Jackson's account.
We certainly cannot verify what led to this unusual halting of production, although we can say for certain that Olympos proved she wasn't shy during her run on The Bachelor.
She said at one point that her "vagina is platinum" and that she totally had sex on the show with Nick Viall.
Corinne also spent about as much time without a shirt on during her Bachelor run as she did completely clothed.
The fourth season of Bachelor in Paradise had recently begun filming and was slated to premiere August 8 on ABC.
It's unclear whether this incident will affect the scheduled debut date.
The summer series reunites former castoffs of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette at a resort in Sayulita, Mexico, in hopes they find love with other stars of the franchise...
... and/or in hopes they do some wild and crazy stuff that garners strong ratings.
ABC announced the full cast of Bachelor in Paradise players last week.
Click through their identities above, refresh your memories over who they got turned down by and then react to this wild report:
Do you really think production was shut down because Corinne shoved her you-know-what in Jackson's face?!?
And can you believe producers actually tell contestants to hook up with each other?!?
(Oh, you can? So can we. Nevermind.)
Nothing beats Broadway!
And awards, obviously!
Ch-ch-check out the full winner's list (below) to see which actors, directors, composers, and more walked on stage to receive the stage's biggest honor!
A Doll's House, Part 2
Come From Away
Dear Evan Hansen (WINNER)
Groundhog Day The Musical
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Best Book of a Musical:
Come From Away, Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Dear Evan Hansen, Steven Levenson (WINNER)
Groundhog Day The Musical, Danny Rubin
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 — Dave Malloy
Best Original Score:
Come From Away, Music & Lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Dear Evan Hansen, Music & Lyrics: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (WINNER)
Groundhog Day The Musical, Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Music & Lyrics: Dave Malloy
Best Revival of a Play:
August Wilson's Jitney (WINNER)
Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes
Six Degrees of Separation
Best Revival of a Musical:
Hello, Dolly! (WINNER)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play:
Denis Arndt, Heisenberg
Chris Cooper, A Doll's House, Part 2
Corey Hawkins, Six Degrees of Separation
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter (WINNER)
Jefferson Mays, Oslo
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:
Cate Blanchett, The Present
Jennifer Ehle, Oslo
Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie
Laura Linney, Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll's House, Part 2 (WINNER)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Christian Borle, Falsettos
Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day The Musical
David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly!
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen (WINNER)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Denee Benton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Christine Ebersole, War Paint
Patti LuPone, War Paint
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly! (WINNER)
Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:
Michael Aronov, Oslo (WINNER)
Danny DeVito, Arthur Miller's The Price
Nathan Lane, The Front Page
Richard Thomas, Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes
John Douglas Thompson, August Wilson's Jitney
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
Johanna Day, Sweat
Jayne Houdyshell, A Doll's House, Part 2
Cynthia Nixon, Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes (WINNER)
Condola Rashad, A Doll's House, Part 2
Michelle Wilson, Sweat
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly! (WINNER)
Mike Faist, Dear Evan Hansen
Andrew Rannells, Falsettos
Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly!
Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos
Jenn Colella, Come From Away
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen (WINNER)
Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia
Best Scenic Design of a Play:
David Gallo, August Wilson's Jitney
Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong (WINNER)
Douglas W. Schmidt, The Front Page
Michael Yeargan, Oslo
Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
Rob Howell, Groundhog Day The Musical
David Korins, War Paint
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (WINNER)
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Best Costume Design of a Play:
Jane Greenwood, Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes (WINNER)
Susan Hilferty, Present Laughter
Toni-Leslie James, August Wilson's Jitney
David Zinn, A Doll's House, Part 2
Best Costume Design of a Musical:
Linda Cho, Anastasia
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly! (WINNER)
Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Catherine Zuber, War Paint
Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Christopher Akerlind, Indecent (WINNER)
Jane Cox, August Wilson's Jitney
Donald Holder, Oslo
Jennifer Tipton, A Doll's House, Part 2
Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
Howell Binkley, Come From Away
Natasha Katz, Hello, Dolly!
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (WINNER)
Japhy Weideman, Dear Evan Hansen
Best Direction of a Play:
Sam Gold, A Doll's House, Part 2
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, August Wilson's Jitney
Bartlett Sher, Oslo
Daniel Sullivan, Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent (WINNER)
Best Direction of a Musical:
Christopher Ashley, Come From Away (WINNER)
Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen
Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day The Musical
Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!
Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand (WINNER)
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, Groundhog Day The Musical
Kelly Devine, Come From Away
Denis Jones, Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical
Sam Pinkleton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand
Larry Hochman, Hello, Dolly!
Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan Hansen (WINNER)
Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
[Image via CBS.]
James Corden Goes Full Brit As He Enlists Ed Sheeran For Carpool Karaoke, Performs Crosswalk Rendition Of Mary Poppins, & Shares Kind Words About London!
James Corden went full Brit for his latest installment of Carpool Karaoke!
This only makes sense as Ed Sheeran was his rider for Tuesday’s late night bit. Not to mention, this segment was featured in the kick-off episode of the CBS chat show’s three-day stint in the U.K. While James and Ed filmed the sing-along sesh in El Lay, the twosome got along swimmingly as they rocked out to many of the hitmaker’s chart toppers — including Shape Of You and Sing.
In fact, at one point, the carpoolers even remixed the ginger singer’s hit Castle on the Hill. Color us impressed!
Although, Corden’s quality time with Ed wasn’t the only super British moment The Late Late Show offered up as the 38-year-old made a special monologue about the city of London following the recent attack. Oh, and you DEFINITELY need to see the funny man’s crosswalk rendition of Mary Poppins.
So, be sure to ch-ch-check out the Carpool Karaoke bit (above), and the other notable HIGHlights (below)! Enjoy!
James Celebrates London
Corden Takes On Mary Poppins
Jared Martin, a veteran actor likely best known for his role as Steven “Dusty” Farlow on the beloved series Dallas, died on Wednesday night from pancreatic cancer.
He was 75 years old.
Martin's son, Christian, has confirmed the sad news via Twitter and also to The Hollywood Reporter, telling the publication that his father passed away at home in Philadelphia.
Farlow was a rodeo cowboy who seduced main character on the aforementioned drama,
He actually perished in a plane crash... only to have producers resurrect his character by popular demand shortly afterward.
As for the actor himself?
Martin was born in Manhattan and attended Columbia University where he roomed future filmmaker Brian De Palma, who cast his pal in his 1968 film Murder à la Mod.
“I played a mad photographer-murderer who liked to lick the blood off his victims’ bodies,” Martin told People Magazine way back in 1981, adding:
“Brian used Hershey syrup for blood and paid me $35.”
Martin's impressive resume also included starring roles on two sci-fi TV shows: 1977's The Fantastic Journey at NBC and a 1988-1990 adaptation of War of the Worlds, which aired in syndication.
He signed on for just three episodes of Dallas Season 3 in 1979 as Dusty.
But he became such a fan favorite that producers had no choice but to keep him around for longer than initially planned.
"They brought Dusty Farlow on to make goo-goo eyes at Sue Ellen [Linda Gray], become moderately involved with her, tempt her and then she basically remembered who she was and went back to J.R. [Larry Hagman]," Martin said a few years ago in an interview for a Dallas fan site.
The character was killed off in a plane crash to conclude Martin's initial stint on the series.
After J.R. Ewing was shot by an unseen assailant in what many consider to be the most buzzworthy season finale in TV history, viewer polls and Las Vegas oddsmakers made Dusty a favorite to be the answer to the question on literally everyone's minds:
"Who shot J.R.?"
For this reason, the series brought Dusty back from the dead.
"My agent said, 'Get ready, they are going to bring you back,'" Martin said in the past, explaining:
"I said, 'How? I'm dead.' My agent says, "Oh, this is Hollywood, they will think of something.'"
HA! That remains the case today, really.
Dusty would make an amazing recovery and even return to the rodeo circuit.
Upon his retirement from acting, Martin co-founded and served as the creative director for the non-profit Big Picture Alliance, which brought the world of filmmaking to inner-city kids.
He also spent his time as a painter and photographer after his acting days were over.
Martin is survived by Christian, wife Yu Wei, and grandchildren.
We send our condolences to the family members and loved ones of Jared Martin, as well as to those close to every celebrity who has passed away this year.
May they rest in peace.
So much for all that Idol chatter.
A few days after rumors surfaced that Kelly Clarkson would be a judge on the revamped version of American Idol, the original winner of has come out and stunned the television universe:
She will, indeed, be a judge on an upcoming season of a beloved, long-time running singing competition.
But it will not be the show that made her famous.
It will be The Voice.
Clarkson made the unexpected announcement on Thursday afternoon alongside Blake Shelton on his Facebook page as part of a live video.
The two artists will joined on season 14 by fellow longtime coach Adam Levine, while a fourth coach will be confirmed at a later date.
"I'm so excited to join The Voice at NBC," Clarkson said in a statement.
"We've gone back and forth about a role as a coach for years, but the timing hasn't been right until now.
"I have always loved appearing on the show as an adviser or performer and established an amazing relationship with the network during my Christmas special.
"I can't wait to turn my chair and see the faces of up-and-coming artists and provide them with the help and support they've needed to break into the industry."
Proving she's ready for the typical weekly trash talk among panelists, Clarkson concluded as follows:
"Watch out Shelton, I'm comin' to win!"
There's also been talk, meanwhile, that Jennifer Hudson will come on board The Voice Season 13 as a judge.
Said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment, in a statement of his own:
"Kelly has been a part of The Voice family for many years as an adviser and performer. We are thrilled she has chosen to join us as a coach to mentor the next generation through our unique vocal boot camp.
"Every time Kelly Clarkson sings you are reminded what an incredible voice really is.
"We are looking forward to the sound of Kelly Clarkson on The Voice."
It was announced on Tuesday that ABC has agreed on a deal to revive American Idol.
It will most likely air on Sunday nights next spring, with Ryan Seacrest most likely returning as host.
"American Idol on ABC...that has a nice ring to it," Disney co-chairman Ben Sherwood said about this move, adding:
"Idol is an entertainment icon, and now it will air where it belongs, in ABC's lineup of addictive fan favorites alongside Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor. America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever Idol.
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Watch Clarkson and Shelton have a blast making the big reveal here...
... and then join us in welcoming Clarkson to The Voice!
Even though Donald Trump is fond of saying the first 100 days of his Presidency were the most productive in American history, we all know that's, uh, NOT true...
But the good news is we've finally uncovered something where The Donald is actually setting record marks! And it's a YUGE success!!
George Mason University's Center for Media and Public Affairs just released a new study revealing that The Donald has had more late-night TV show monologue jokes made at his expensive in the first 100 days of his term than any other President has in their ENTIRE first year!
Probably not surprising... but at least it's record-setting!! Ha!!
According to the study, 1,060 punch lines were lobbed at The Donald during the first 100 days by late night show hosts.
As for specifics, Stephen Colbert has dropped the most Trump jokes, with 337 total. Trevor Noah is close behind with 315 more, and Jimmy Fallon (231) and Jimmy Kimmel (177) have put up respectable totals, too.
For what it's worth, too, the Trump family was also the butt of 97 more jokes -- which was more than all Democrat families COMBINED!
Congrats, Donald -- we finally found something that you're good at!!
The Center for Media and Public Affairs will keep a running tally through Trump's full term, and we can't wait to see where the final number lands!
Thoughts?! Share 'em in the comments (below)!!!
Caitlyn Jenner and Diane Sawyer have come together yet again to dig into the specifics about the retired Olympian's personal life.
Kris Jenner's ex famously first revealed she was transgender during a candid sit down with the celebrated journalist back in 2015. As it's been two years since this groundbreaking interview aired, Miz Jenner agreed to speak with Diane once again.
Not to mention, this interview just happens to coincide with the release of Caitlyn's new memoir, The Secrets of My Life. Of course, as Jenner's book has already garnered quite a bit of press for its MANY truth bombs, we knew this chat with Sawyer would be juicy AF.
Be sure to ch-ch-check out the HIGHlights from the hourlong 20/20 special for yourself (below)!
Caitlyn begins the interview by saying she is "happy" and "peaceful" now that she has come to terms with her gender identity.
As opposed to her life as "Bruce" where the Olympian "couldn't care less about the next day," Caitlyn is "excited" to get up every morning. She also reveals she has learned a lot about "compassion" since living life as a woman.
In regards to her now-famous Vanity Fair cover where she officially introduced Caitlyn to the world, the 67-year-old has absolutely no regrets about the provocative shoot, and doesn't mind the picture's "shock value."
"To have a beautiful shot of my authentic self was important," -@Catilyn_Jenner on her magazine cover photo #ABC2020 https://t.co/ZdW4CID5MV pic.twitter.com/EafyXbg3uz
— 20/20 (@ABC2020) April 22, 2017
The former I Am Cait star also confirms reports that she has become distant with some of her children, notably on the Kardashian side. She said:
"Some [of my children] I have remained very close to... A couple of them… I'm a little more distant. I have to admit, I'll sit here and wonder, ‘Is it because of my transitioning? Or is it because their life is so busy that they don't call, like, all the time?'... Nobody calls that much... I mostly reach out to them. Obviously the Jenner side calls more, but they all have their own lives."'
Instead, Burt Jenner, Cassandra Marino, Brandon Jenner, and Brody Jenner gave the following statement:
"We love our father and have deep admiration for her bravery in pursuit of becoming a more authentic version of herself. Every family is different with its own unique set of milestones, but we can honestly say that Caitlyn's gender transition has brought our family closer together and for that we are grateful."
Not surprisingly, the athlete and ex wife Kris do not keep in touch on a regular basis, but she says the two of them are amicable.
"Do I talk to… Kris all the time? No... She's kind of moved on. I have certainly moved on, and, but we're fine with each other."
Overall, the interview was revealing, honest, and full of scandalous sound bites... just the way Caitlyn likes it!
[Image via Joseph Marzullo/FayesVision/WENN.]
It's not a fun time to be a morning show personality.
Over on ABC, reports indicate that Michael Strahan has created quite a bit of tension on set, with Lara Spencer especially unhappy over her reduced role now that the ex-NFL star is on board.
In the wake of this upheaval, chatter has turned to Good Morning America's rival at NBC.
Many are wondering: What might Megyn Kelly's arrival mean for Today Show staffers?
To kick off 2017, Kelly said goodbye to Fox News and hello to her new broadcast home.
Ever since committing to the network, however, Kelly has been careful not to reveal very much about when viewers will see her debut and in what fashion.
According to most reliable sources, Kelly will be given a five-days-a-week program that airs some time in the morning each day.
As a result, one of the hours of The Today Show will very likely be axed.
In late January, Tamron Hall left the program out of anger that she and Al Roker are presumably getting bumped to make room for Kelly.
So there's already been a shake-up behind the scenes and in front of the camera... and insiders don't expect things to calm down any time soon, either.
Kelly “wants to do a smart morning political show and wants to hire her own staff,” someone in the know tells Radar Online, explaining why this is a problem:
“But NBC [is] pushing for more of a daytime show with an audience like Phil Donahue under the Today umbrella and staff.”
Until these very important details get worked out, Kelly will reportedly begin her stint as an NBC employee by hosting a weekend show, prior to shifting to her regular weekday slot.
This doesn't sit well with the woman who just left the network that made her rich and famous in order to get a fresh start and a new opportunity at NBC.
"Megyn is pissed that she’s going to get a slow rollout starting with just a weekend show that no one care about," Radar writes.
At this point, no one associated with Today is very happy.
They don't know what the future will bring; whether Kelly will essentially take over completely or simply be dropped in amidst the staffers already in place.
“It is a mess and causing massive internal drama,” an insider tells Radar. “The staff at The Today show’s 9 and 10 am hour do not know if they should be looking for new jobs.”
Heck, even Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb "have been kept in the dark about what is happening to their show and are livid," the source says.
You'd think executives would at least be making it a priority to ensure Kelly is happy, but that simply hasn't been the case, according to this article.
“She was promised firework and a huge advertising campaign around her debut,” the source says.
“It doesn’t even look like she will be getting a weekday show until the end of the year. They have managed to piss off everyone!”
It's no secret that America's Got Talent has been searching far and wide for a new host, but now, well, it looks like they found the perfect fit!
And while rumors had been flying around about Marlon Wayans and some other men as being potential candidates, the production ultimately went in a very different direction.
Ladies and gentlemen, it's all about Tyra Banks!!
That's right! The ANTM legend and super model of all super models is your newest AGT host!!
AGT veteran judge Howie Mandel kicked off the announcement with a tweet about it not even an hour ago (below)!!!
There you go!!
Forget the boys, it's straight-up girl power over at America's Got Talent!
What do U think of the new choice here, Perezcious readers??
Let us know what you think about Tyra getting tapped to host in the comments (below)!!!
[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]
Who could ever forget Blue's Clues, one of the greatest children's interactive TV shows of all time?!
Steve Burns, who was Steve on the show for so many years before it ended its run a decade ago, is forever synonymous with the show, that unforgettable shirt, the damned blue dog... that show was a phenomenon, OK?? LOLz!!
But now, Mr. Burns has a brand new project, and he's teaming up with another Steve -- Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips, as a matter of fact -- on a new set of children's music!!!
That's right! If you grew up on Steve from Blue's Clues, and you were hoping your own kids could one day do the same, here's you chance!!!
Speaking in a new interview with TMZ, Burns explained a little bit more about his new project, which is called Steve-n-steveN and is basically right now just a YouTube channel with a few tunes.
But seriously, LOOK AT THESE TUNES (below) starting with the most recently released vid about facts:
Ha! Love it!!
How about this one about the last magical unicorn (below):
And of course, the best and most memorable video was their first -- and the one that's gotten them the most attention -- about how to poop (below):
A music video about pooping, brought to you by the guy who was Steve in Blue's Clues.
What do U think of these vids, Perezcious readers?!
At least Steve's relative (lack of?) hair doesn't matter in this case, right? It's just kind of out there already... ha!!
Anyways, watch Burns' TMZ interview HERE.
And give the man a little credit -- not only are the songs pretty well done, as you can see in a separate project (below), he's an interesting and likable guy:
Keep singin' about poop, Steve!
[Image via YouTube.]
Forgive the obvious opener, but...
... Arnold Schwarzenegger will NOT be back.
The actor-turned-Govenor-turned-reality-TV-host said hasta la vista, baby to Celebrity Apprentice on Friday, announcing that he will not return to the NBC series for a second season.
The star, of course, took over for Donald Trump as host for the latest installment of this franchise.
And that was basically the entire problem Schwarzenegger explained via statement.
"I loved every second of working with NBC and Mark Burnett," the 69-year old said, adding:
"Everyone - from the celebrities to the crew to the marketing department - was a straight 10, and I would absolutely work with all of them again on a show that doesn't have this baggage."
Ah, yes. This baggage.
Schwarzenegger is referring to the fact that Donald Trump stayed on as Executive Producer of Celebrity Apprentice, despite being elected President of the United States in November.
This cast a controversial shadow over the program before it even premiered in January.
"With Trump being involved in the show, people have a bad taste and don’t want to participate as a spectator or as a sponsor or in any other way support the show," Arnold continued.
"It’s a very divisive period now, and I think this show got caught up in all that division."
It didn't exactly help that Trump actively trash-talked his predecessor over the show's dwindling ratings.
“Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got ‘swamped’ (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT,” Trump Tweeted on Friday, January 6.
He added at the time:
"So much for being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported [John] Kasich & Hillary [Clinton]."
Schwarzenegger responded by slamming Trump as a "skunk," and later tweeted to the commander in chief himself:
"I wish you the best of luck and I hope you'll work for ALL of the American people as aggressively as you worked for your ratings."
Celebrity Apprentice did struggle in the ratings this season, but it also decreased over the course of Trump's run.
NBC has yet to pick up the show for another run, following Matt Iseman emerging victorious in the season finale that aired last month.
In another Tweet, Schwarzenegger addressed Trump as follows:
"Please study this quote from [Abraham] Lincoln’s inaugural, @realDonald Trump. It inspired me every day I was Governor, and I hope it inspires you."
Schwarzenegger then went ahead and read the quote in a video. This is what it said:
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.
The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
Did you choose a side in this Trump vs. Schwarzenegger feud?
Or will you be happy when both just go away?