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Bringing Up Bates: Suddenly Canceled by UPtv! (Is Josh Duggar to Blame?)

Josh Duggar may have claimed a few more victims.

We mean no disrespect to the individuals whose lives have been permanently impacted by this convicted sex offender.

But it's hard not to relate the following piece of shocking news to this disgraced father of seven:

UPtv has announced it will no longer air Bringing Up Bates.

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“We will not be premiering Bringing Up Bates season 11 on UPtv as planned as we will be focusing our programming in 2022 on movies and a new scripted series to be announced soon,” executives confirmed on Tuesday.

“When we premiered Bringing Up Bates, the series was focused on parents with 19 kids who were teenagers and young children.

"The cameras were there to capture the love, laughs and big life moments, as the family continued to grow.

"Thank you to Gil and Kelly Jo Bates for welcoming viewers into your family’s home over the past ten seasons."

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New episodes of the reality show were expected to premiere in February.

Why the sudden cancelation decision? At this last minute-moment?

Many observers believe producers were under pressure to disassociate the network from these family members because they're close friends with the Duggars.

Just over a month ago, of course, Josh Duggar was found guilty of downloading sexually graphic photos and videos of minors; he faces up to 40 years in jail.

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Concluded the producers yesterday:

“Thank you to the fans who tuned in every Thursday night to be part of the journey. We’re looking forward to continuing to uplift you with our programming in the future."

In a statement to Us Weekly, meanwhile, the Bates family did not mention Josh Duggar.

Nor did they sound bitter about this shocking development.

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“As the next year begins, our family will be experiencing a lot of new changes," the Bates have said in response.

"One of the biggest changes for us is that the network will be moving toward producing more scripted family shows and will not be renewing a contract to film new Bringing Up Bates episodes.

"We realize God’s timing is always perfect, and we are looking forward to what the future holds for our own family, as well as the network!"

The relatives continued as follows...

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The last ten seasons of filming with Bringing Up Bates have been an amazing journey for our family.

We never expected or aspired to be on TV, but we are forever grateful to UP for all of the friendships we have formed as a result.

Filming and opening up our home has been both rewarding and challenging, but there are not enough words we could say to show appreciation for the amazing film crew and all of the staff who have invested so much time into making this show possible.

They have become family and have impacted us forever.

We are also grateful for all of the encouragement we have received over the years from those who have watched the show and have reached out to message us or pray for us.

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The reality stars concluded:

“Most of all, we are thankful to God for the experiences we’ve shared together as a family and for the lessons we’ve learned along the way. We feel very blessed to have these memories.

"We look forward to the next chapters of life unfolding before us with lots of new adventures.

"We promise to keep you updated on our lives in the days ahead and pray that God will richly bless each of you.

"Our greatest desire is that we would each strive to learn more about God and to grow in His grace."

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Bringing Up Bates premiered in 2015, focusing on Gil Bates, Kelly Bates and their 19 children. (Sound familiar?)

The family was previously featured on TLC’s United Bates of America, which ran for one season in 2012.

As recently as this past September, it sounded very much as if the series would return for Season 11.

Said Hector Campos, vice president of content strategy and programming at UPtv, at the time:

"Bringing Up Bates continues to outperform its prior seasons in the ratings because the Bates are beloved by our viewers and fans who watch the series weekly and engage with the family on social media."

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Could Bringing Up Bates get picked up by another network?

Yes. That remains a possibility.

Elsewhere, meanwhile, Tuesday concluded with something positive and exciting for this same family:

Erin Bates and Chad Paine just welcomed their fifth child!

Bull: Canceled by CBS After 6 Seasons!

Bull is coming to an end.

And, well... that is no bull.

Lead star Michael Weatherly confirmed the news himself on Twitter late Tuesday, jumping on his Twitter account to write the following:

Hello all! It’s been my privilege to play Dr Jason Bull but after 6 Seasons of incredible storylines, I’ve decided it’s time to pursue new creative challenges and bring his story to a close.

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Concluded the actor in this message:

It has been an honor to work with this talented cast, crew, and writing/producing team who helped reinvent the legal drama.

Stay tuned for a big series finish…

Thanks to all the fans from the bottom of my heart. You will always be a part of our Bull family!

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There are 12 episodes of Bull remaining. 

The series finale will air some time in May.

Weatherly left smash CBS hit NCIS in order to anchor his own series, which was actually based on the life of Dr. Phil McGraw and his job as a trial consultant before becoming a talk show host.

It premiered in September 2016 -- and then ran into major controversy two years later after Eliza Dushku went public with claims of sexual harassment against Weatherly. 

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According to a New York Times report, Dushku alleged at the time that Weatherly often remarked on her appearance in front of the cast and crew.

She also said that he made a rape joke and a remark about a threesome.

Shortly after Dushku confronted the star about his behavior, she was written off the series.

CBS eventually settled the issue with Dushku for a reported $9.5 million and issued the following subsequent statement:

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"The allegations in Ms. Dushku’s claims are an example that, while we remain committed to a culture defined by a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace, our work is far from done.

"The settlement of these claims reflects the projected amount that Ms. Dushku would have received for the balance of her contract as a series regular, and was determined in a mutually agreed upon mediation process at the time."

Weatherly also addressed the scandal in a statement of his own.

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“During the course of taping our show, I made some jokes mocking some lines in the script,” he said in late 2018.

“When Eliza told me that she wasn’t comfortable with my language and attempt at humor, I was mortified to have offended her and immediately apologized.

"After reflecting on this further, I better understand that what I said was both not funny and not appropriate and I am sorry and regret the pain this caused Eliza."

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Now, meanwhile, CBS has acknowledged the ending of Bull by stating:

“For six seasons, Bull has established itself as a ratings winner with its fresh take on the judicial process never before seen on television.

"We extend our thanks to the talented cast, Michael Weatherly, Geneva Carr, Yara Martinez, Jaime Lee Kirchner, Christopher Jackson, MacKenzie Meehan, the incredible creative team led by Kathryn Price and Nichole Millard, and our hardworking crew, for bringing to life these innovative stories.

"We also thank our loyal viewers and look forward to providing them with a final run of compelling episodes filled with the humor, intelligence and twists that have made the drama a fan favorite.”

Bridgerton Season 2 Release Date: Revealed! At Last!

Lady Whistledown just delivered the perfect Christmas present.

On Saturday morning, Netflix dropped the news for which millions of fans have been waiting anxiously -- ever since December 25, 2020 when Bridgerton arrived on the scene.

Oh, yes.

We finally know the release date for Bridgerton Season 2.

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The Shonda Rhimes-produced drama will return with new episodes on March 25.

In the footage unveiled this weekend on Twitter, the show's actors and actresses are handed a single sheet of paper as their eyes bulge out with excitement.

"Is that Whistledown?" asks Jonathan Bailey (Anthony Bridgerton), adding:

"What's she got to say today, the cheeky little mistress."

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Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte) then reveals the answer along with her co-stars, saying in front of the camera:

"Happy anniversary to our buzzy ton. It is customary for a first anniversary, to gift paper, dear readers. I do hope you find this one informative. Bridgerton returns March 25."

According to Netfliix itself, Bridgerton is the streaming service's most-watched series in history, having been viewed by 63 million households.

It is based on a number of books written by Julia Quinn.

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Following the hugely-popular first season, star Rege-Jean Page announced he was leaving the program.

This came as a surprise at first, but we've since learned that the next chapter of this story will center on Anthony (played by Jonathan Bailey) as he searches for a suitable bride.

The season will also introduce the character of Kate Sharma (played by Sex Education’s Simone Ashley).

Scroll down for an official Netflix synopsis...

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Motivated by a duty to uphold his family’s name, Anthony’s search for the perfect debutante are ill-fated until Kate and her younger sister Edwina (newcomer Charithra Chandran) arrive from India.

When Anthony begins to court Edwina, Kate discovers the true nature of his intentions and does everything in her power to stop his and Edwina’s union.

Elsewhere, the Featheringtons must welcome the newest heir to their estate while Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) continues to juggle navigating 19th-century London and keeping her secret identity/occupation from those nearest and dearest.

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Bridgerton comes to Netflix from Shondaland and is executive produced by Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Chris Van Dusen.

On Season 1, Anthony’s younger sister Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) and her crush Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings (Page), met, bickered, had tons of sex... and eventually got married and fell in love.

For more intel on what you can expect on Season 2, check out the slideshow below:

Michelle Young Gets Engaged on The Bachelorette Finale. But Will It Last?!?

Michelle Young didn't listen to her mother on The Bachelorette finale.

But she did listen to her heart.

On Tuesday night, Young admitted she had very strong feeling for both finalists, Brandon Jones and Nayte Olukoya.

How would she ever choose?!?

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For starters, by seeing what her loved ones thought, as Brandon and Nayte both spent time in Mexico on the finale with Michelle's mom LaVonne, dad Ephraim and sister Angela.

Michelle's mom strongly approved of Brandon after he told her he'd be willing to move to Minnesota to be with Michelle.

"I just want to marry her so bad," Brandon told LaVonne.

Young, meanwhile, those the entire meet-up went "perfectly" and said she falls "even more in love with" Brandon every single day.

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Doesn't sound like it boded too well for Nayte, huh?

"There's a different vibe than what we saw with Brandon," Michelle's dad told the camera. "Brandon was definitely a warmer person initially."

It didn't help that Nayte said he was ready to propose... but maybe not ready to uproot his life for Michelle.

"I'm still not sure that at the end of this you really feel like you'd be ready for an engagement," Michelle's mom told Nayte, adding: "I'm not sure you're 100 percent in."

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Michelle was a bit worried, as well.

Therefore, she planned a date with Nayte that would help him continue to open up: a ceremony with local shaman Raul to bring them closer to marriage.

"Here I am at the end, madly in love with you, wanting to spend the rest of my life with you and it is terrifying because this really could be it for me," Nayte told her.

"I could start the rest of my life with you and be the happiest guy in the world. I'm scared as hell."

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This was exactly what Young wanted to hear, as the pair kissed and said they loved each other.

And yet: On the day of the final rose ceremony?

"Waking up this morning I felt confused," Michelle admitted. "I have two incredible men who I am in love with and they are in love with me."

She then listened to an emotional plea from Brandon.

"I truly believe that you're the missing piece I've been searching for my entire life and I don't want to spend another second without you," he told Michelle.

"I don't want to walk another day without you.

"I don't want to wake up another morning without you. I would truly be the luckiest man to walk this earth if I got to walk it with you."

Beautiful, right?

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And yet, part two: Michelle then shared her honest feelings with Brandon.

"I promised myself that I would continue to follow my heart," she said.

"It's not that I don't love you because I do, it's just that my heart is pushing me in a different direction."

Brandon reacted with calmness and understanding, only breaking down later in a confessional.

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This did mean, though, that all those Bachelorette spoilers were accurate.

"I want to run away with you," Nayte told Young once he was the last suitor standing.

"I want to run away to forever with the woman that I've come to love. This amazingly crazy, wow kind of love.

"And through this journey, you've shared a lot of vulnerable sides of your past and I know that you've felt unseen at times and I want to let you know that I am completely prepared, willing and ready to make sure that you are always chosen first, seen now, today and tomorrow and for the rest of our lives.

"I love you, Michelle."

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Michelle totally agreed.

"I love you with my entire heart and don't ever want to think about waking up next to anyone beside you and doing life with anyone besides you," she said to Nayte.

"At the end, I wanted to be standing in front of my soulmate and he is definitely standing right in front of me."

Just lovely.

Nayte Olukoya Wins!

This is where Nayte dropped to one knee.

"Michelle, I love you," he said. "I love you. I don't want to ever let go. I am absolutely crazy for you. Michelle Anne Young, will you marry me?"

Yes, of course, she replied, referring to Olukoya as her soul-Nayte.

Then, a mariachi band came out to celebrate.

"This is the happiest day of my life," Nayte said, "and so ready to start the rest of my life with Michelle."

The Bachelorette: Michelle Young Fulfills 3 Fantasies… And Then Breaks Someone’s Heart

Michelle Young took one a huge closer to finding her forever partner on Tuesday's episode of The Bachelorette.

But it wasn't easy.

In fact, according to the leading lady herself?

It was downright impossible.

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"I have three incredible men left and I am falling in love," Michelle told the cameras of Brandon, Joe and Nayte. "I never thought that I'd be able to have those types of feelings with more than one person."

To help Young make up her mind, the group headed to the Conrad Punta de Mita in Mexico -- for Fantasy Suites week!

After Michelle told Kaitlyn she was leaning toward Nayte, Brandon received the first Fantasy Suite date of the week, which began with some horseback riding.

"With her, everything is so perfect," Brandon said after the duo sat down for some champagne.

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Later, over dinner, Young asked the contestant if was ready for an engagement.

"Since Day 1 when I met you, I knew that you were the one," Brandon replied.

"And when it hit and when I truly knew was when randomly when we were getting ice cream.

"Michelle, I want you to know that I'm in love with you. I was gonna wait but I don't want to wait anymore."

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In a confessional Michelle then referred Brandon as "soulmate material," right before the two got into hut tub and agreed to spend the evening inside of a Fantasy Suite.

"This is what I want to do every day," Brandon said the next morning.

Would Joe have anything to say about that future, though?

"I want her to know I'm ready for marriage, I'm ready for partnership, I'm ready for building a life together," Joe said after the pair went ziplining.

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He also told Michelle that he wants three or four kids with her -- and then, yes, they went to the Fantasy Suite.

They enjoyed breakfast together on the terrace several hours later.

"I really do appreciate you pushing through your shy side," Michelle said to Joe. "And if it is us standing side by side at the end of this, that relationship's going to be so strong."

Before they parted ways, Michelle told Joe: "I can see a future with you."

What about Nayte, who went on a boat ride to kick off his solo date on Tuesday?

"When I'm with Nayte, I feel how you're supposed to feel when you're with your soulmate, when you're with your favorite person," Michelle told the cameras. "I don't want the day to end."

She was afraid Nayte didn't feel the same way, however, prompting the handsome suitor to reassure The Bachelorette as follows:

"I don't play with emotions.

"I don't play with feelings so when it comes to you, I am feeling things for you that I've never felt for anybody before. It's easy for me to close my eyes and picture a genuine life with you."

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These two also embarked on some fun in The Fantasy Suite.

"You're someone I want to hold onto," Nayte said to Michelle post-coital. "I'm falling in love with you. I'm in love with you."

While they were serenaded by a mariachi band over breakfast, Young dropped the same L-Bomb in response.

Cut to the Rose Ceremony...

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"I have three incredible men who are still left here," she told the fellas.

"You opening up your hearts to me and continuing to be vulnerable with me has really allowed our relationship to become so much stronger this week.

"You three have completely changed my life.

"You have impacted my heart in a way that I can't even describe and because of that, this decision tonight has my stomach in knots and it seems nearly impossible to make."

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Before she could make the choice, Brandon asked her to chat.

"Michelle, when I told you I put you first, I put you first," he told her.

"When I told you that I love you and when I told you that you were truly becoming my best friend, that I truly mean that I will be here for you regardless of whatever happens tonight."

And the gambit worked! Young gave him a rose.

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Nayte also earned a flower, meaning Joe was sadly sent packing.

"You have a piece of my heart and you always will," Michelle told Joe when she walked him out. "And I'm sorry. I didn't want to break your heart."

Joe admitted to the cameras that he "didn't see that coming" and added: "I might not be showing it right now, but I really do see that future with you that we talked about."

The Bachelorette airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on ABC.

Visit our section of The Bachelorette spoilers to see who wins Michelle's heart next week!

Peloton Responds to Stunning Sex and the City Revival Death: We’re Safe to Ride, We Swear!

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!

The following post contains pivotal storyline information in regard to And Just Like That..., the Sex and the City revival that premiered this week on HBO Max.

On the very first episode of this reboot -- which features Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis all reprising their iconic roles -- a main character from the original series passes away...

... and now a representative for Peloton has addessed the shocking development.

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Wait, what?!?

Mr. Big, you see, suffers a fatal heart attack on the premiere -- after completing his 1,000th Peloton ride and receiving a shoutout from his favorite instructor, Allegra.

Later on, in the follow-up episode, Miranda's husband, Steve Brady, mentions that Carrie's husband had heart problems.

However, Miranda explains that his cardiologist signed off on him doing the workout.

In response to this death, long-time Sex and the City fans are pissed. And Peloton has seen its stock drop by 11 percent!

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Enter Peloton's cardiologist.

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum has now issued a statement in defense of the home workout product Big used, explaining why no one should blame Peloton for his unexpected passing.

"I'm sure SATC fans, like me, are saddened by the news that Mr. Big dies of a heart attack," said Steinbaum.

"Mr. Big lived what many would call an extravagant lifestyle --  including cocktails, cigars, and big steaks -- and was at serious risk as he had a previous cardiac event in season 6."

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Continues this experienced Peloton spokesperson:

"These lifestyle choices and perhaps even his family history, which often is a significant factor, were the likely cause of his death.

"Riding his Peloton Bike may have even helped delay his cardiac event."

See, you guys. Peloton is a great and helpful product! (Really, it is. The Hollywood Gossip editors are big fans of this bike and also this company's treadmill.)

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"More than 80 percent all cardiac-related deaths are preventable through lifestyle, diet and exercise modifications," the cardiologist explained.

"And while 25 percent of heart attacks each year are in patients who already had one (like Mr. Big), even then they are very, very treatable.

"The lesson here is, KNOW YOUR NUMBERS!"

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As for whether Peloton gave this show the thumbs-up to use its product in such a way?

Steinbaum concluded as follows:

"It's always important to talk to your doctor, get tested, and have a healthy prevention strategy.

"The good news is Peloton helps you track heart rate while you ride, so you can do it safely."

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As for whether Peloton gave this show the thumbs-up to use its product in such a way?

The answer is yes, but it sounds as if the company had no idea the exact way in which it was gonna be used.

"HBO procured the Peloton Bike on their own," said a spokesperson.

"Peloton was aware that a bike would be used in the episode and that Jess King would be portraying a fictional Peloton instructor."

The Bachelor Season 26: When Does It Premiere? Is Clayton Echard Really on Board?!?

Finally.

Finally, we have confirmation of two rather important details related to The Bachelor Season 26.

We know when it will prremiere.

And we know who will be searching for his soulmate.

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First, the network has announced that this beloved franchise will return with new episodes on Monday, Januay 3 at 8/7c.

Second, despite ABC still refusing to comment on the extremely strong rumor, we're more confident than ever before in reporting that Clayton Echard will be featured as the series lead.

How come?

Because upcoming host Jesse Palmer -- who will take over for Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe; who took over themselves for Chris Harrison -- has posted the following photo on Instagram.

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It depicts Palmer and Echard and it includes the hashtag #TheBachelor.

Echard is currently competing for the affection of Michelle Young, but a recent spate of The Bachelorette spoilers revealed that Clayton won't even advance to Young's final four.

As a result, there's been some controversy over his selection.

Why did producers go with Clayton Echard if he doesn't even advance especially far on The Bachelorette?

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Some observers can't help but wonder whether it's because Echard is white, considering all the men who will go on hometown dates with Young are persons of color.

Might this explain why ABC has not yet issued any kind of statement about Echard as The Bachelor?

Could we see a last-minute change?

We can't rule anything out at this point.

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Looking ahead, meanwhile, we've been hearing that ABC may air a second season of The Bachelor in 2022 -- just like it is doing with The Bachelorette in 2021.

We're even hearing that Blake Moynes may star as the lead of Season 27.

The veteran cast member appeared on The Bachelorette opposite both Adams and Katie Thurston.

He and Thurston just split up a few days ago.

Katie Thurston and Blake Moynes: Engaged!

Said the now-former couple in a statement at the time:

"We are so grateful for the moments we shared together and the entire journey that has unfolded this year.

"But we ultimately have concluded that we are not compatible as life partners, and it is the most caring choice for both of us to move forward independently."

Season 18 of The Bachelorette airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, while season 26 of The Bachelor premieres January 3 at 8 p.m. ET.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 14: Meet the Cast!

The Braves may be in their first World Series since 1999, but now residents of Georgia have something to truly be excited about:

Production on The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 14 is underway.

And we know who will be included in the main cast!

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Over the last several weeks, there has been an abundance of rumors concerning who may be in and who may be out.

Amid this chatter, Cynthia Bailey annnounced her departure.

And then Porsha Williams did the same a short while later.

While these were big names and while many viewers were likely sad to see Cynthia and Porsha go, we can now confirm that other well-known cast members are at least on board for upcoming episodes.

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Courtesy of a report in Variety on Monday, let's go over the returning and new cast members, shall we?

  • Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore and Drew Sidora will ALL be back for Season 14.
  • Shereé Whitfield is reprising her role as a full-time cast member.
  • Marlo Hampton, a longtime Friend of these women, will finally become an official member of the cast.
  • As for the only legitimate newbie? That would be track star Sanya Richards-Ross.

Richards-Ross is a four-time Olympic Gold medalist who previously starred on the WeTV show Sanya’s Glam and Gold... is married to former NFL cornerback Aaron Ross... and who once dropped a stunning abortion bombshell.

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Variety also states that NeNe Leakes will not appear on Season 14.

Neither will Tanya Sam, who vanished from filming in Season 13 after she was accused of having a threesome with Williams and Bolo, the verry ripped and handsome stripper.

Nor will we see Latoya Ali, who bonded with Moore (until she didn’t) and who clashed with Sidora.

Finally, some readers may be disappointed to learn that Falynn Guobadia won’t be back this season, either, which is too bad because Williams is now engaged to Guobadia's ex-husband, Simon.

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As for those who peaced out early this fall?

"After much thought and consideration, I have made the very difficult and heartfelt decision not to return for the next season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta," Bailey wrote on September 27.

She added:

"Thank you NBCUniversal, Bravo and Truly Original for over a decade of partnership. I can't wait to see what we do next!"

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Just three days later, Williams echoed this sentiment.

"After ten life-changing, gratifying, incredible years, it is finally time to begin my next chapter," she wrote.

"This was a difficult decision to not only make, but also come to terms with. It's one I have put a lot of thought into and because of that, I know it's the right one.

"I want to thank Bravo, Truly Original, and Andy Cohen for this opportunity, and all the show's producers, editors, and assistants, for working tirelessly every day to create our show."

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Concluded Williams back then:

"I have so much love and endless gratitude for my Bravo family and supporters. You've made the past decade a truly special one.

"One where I've dealt with unbelievable highs and unbelievable lows, and I can honestly say I would not have made it through some of them without the unconditional love and support I have gotten from all of you.

"Don't worry though, I'll be back on your TV very soon. I can't wait to share all of my exciting new endeavors with the world-beginning with the release of my memoir, The Pursuit of Porsha, out on November 16.

"As for the rest, you'll just have to wait and see! Love ya!"

Wendy Williams Has "Serious" Health Problems, Delays Hosting Return

The Wendy Williams Show will kick off a new season on Monday, October 18.

But the long-running program will look very different on the upcoming premiere... and on the episode after that... and on the next one, too.

Why?

Because Wendy Williams won't be trashing other celebrities on stage; she won't even be sitting in her big purple chair at all.

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On Tuesday, a statement on the talk show's official Instagram page confirmed that Williams is still recovering from her recent health concerns.

As such, her personal return to the series has been pushed back. Indefinitely.

"The Wendy Williams Show will start airing originals on Monday, October 18, with an exciting lineup of guest hosts and panels to be announced shortly," the statement read.

"Wendy continues to be under medical supervision and meets with her medical team on a daily basis."

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Williams has been battling issues both physical and emotional for quite awhile now.

Last October, while the host was recording episodes from the comfort of her own home amid the Covid-19 pandemic, fans took note of her increasingly bizarre behavior.

"I guess every day is not perfect, but I'm not a perfectionist. I'm not perfect," Williams replied to the criticism on air, adding:

"But I do appreciate you putting in the effort to watch us. I love entertaining you, you know? And it's not easy. It is not easy. You're a tough crowd."

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Aside from whatever may be going on with Williams mentally, she was diagnosed years ago with Graves Disease as well, which the aforementioned statement referenced as follows:

"She is making progress but is experiencing serious complications as a direct result of Graves' Disease and her thyroid condition.

"It has been determined that more time is needed before she is able to return to her live hosting duties."

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Concluded the message:

"Wendy is a valued and stalwart member of the Debmar-Mercury family and has been so for 12 years. We want her health to be her top priority.

"As soon as she's ready, she will be back in her treasured purple chair.

"We very much appreciate the respect for Wendy's privacy, as well as all the good wishes from her fans, station partners and advertisers."

Wendy Williams in Front of the Camera

The season 13 premiere was originally set for Septemberr 20, but then was pushed back October 4 after Williams tested positive for a breakthrough case of Covid-19.

It was then pushed back for a second time to October 18, with producerrs announcing late last month that Williams had recovered from COVID ... yet was still dealing with additional health issues.

Williams last took time off from her talk show in May 2020 due to medical concerns surrounding her battle with Graves' disease, an autoimmune disease that results in an overactive thyroid gland.

She was diagnosed with it almost two decades ago.

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"I had a storm going in my body is the best way I can explain it," she told People Magazine in 2018.

"It came from me neglecting my six-month endocrinology appointment.

"I have Graves' disease and hyperthyroid. If you have one you don't necessarily have to have the other, but I have both."

We continue to send our wishes to Williams for a full recovery.

The Bachelor Bombshell: Jesse Palmer to Host Season 26!

Jesse Palmer has accepted a rose from ABC.

In a manner of speaking, that is.

On Tuesday night, the network made the surprising announcement that the former series lead and current college football analyst would step in and host The Bachelor Season 26.

He'll be the first person to emcee this franchise other than Chris Harrison.

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“For more than 20 years, The Bachelor has brought the world dozens of unforgettable love stories, including at one time, my own,” the ESPN personality said in a statement.

“Falling in love is one of life’s greatest gifts.

"I am humbled by the opportunity to return to the show as host this season to offer the newest Bachelor advice gained from firsthand experience.

"I am grateful to play a small part in his journey.”

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Harrison, of course, stepped into scalding hot water during Matt James' run as The Bachelor in early 2021.

He awkwardly defended contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after old social media posts of her surfaced in which she Liked photos of the Confederate Flag and bragged about attending a plantation-themed sorority party.

The long-time host apologized multiple times for the way he handled the situation and voluntarily stepped aside at the time.

A few months later, Harrison and executives agreed he ought to leave the show permanent... with sources claiming Harrison walked away with $25 million in hush money/buyout mone.

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"I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter," he wrote in June via Instagram.

"I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together.

"While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime."

Harrison has said next to nothing in public in the time since.

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Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams, meanwhile, came on board to host Katie Thurston's season of The Bachelorette, and will do the same this fall for Michelle Young.

Last week, numerous outlets confirmed that Clayton Echard -- a contestant on Young's upcoming season -- would anchor the next season of The Bachelor, which is expected to premiere in January.

You can meet the women he'll be selecting a fiancee from here:

Palmer, for his part, played quarterback at the University of Florida and was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL by the New York Giants.

He only played in 8 total professional games and compiled a 59.8 rating in the process.

More relevantly to The Bachelor, Palmer was front and center on Season 5.

He chose Jessica Bowlin as his winner, although the duo broke up shortly after the series aired and Palmer is now engaged to model Emely Fardo.

Jesse Palmer as a Model

Palmer has also hosted several reality shows over the years -- including The Proposal, Holiday Baking Championship and The Ultimate Surfer -- and seems to be a safe choice by producers.

Said ABC Entertainment and Warner Horizon this summer after the companies basically forced Harrison out:

“Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host of The Bachelor franchise.

"We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey."

Katherine Heigl Defends Grey’s Anatomy Departure: I’m Not So Terrible, Okay?!?

It's the quote that continues to haunt Katherine Heigl.

But it's NOT the reason she got fired, Katherine Heigl insists.

In 2008, the actress took herself out of the running to receive an Emmy Awards, stating through her publicist:

”I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination. In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials.”

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Wow, huh?

Talk about hurling your show's runners way, way under the bus, right?

Heigl had earned her a supporting actress Emmy a year prior to uttering this spiteful nonsense... and was then out of Grey's Anatomy just two years later.

Because she came across as bitter and ungrateful and creator Shonda Rhimes simply had to get rid of the rising star's character, Dr. Izzie Stephens?

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This has long been the assumption of television fans everywhere.

However, Heigl is featured in Lynette Rice's new book, How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey's Anatomy, and she now says otherwise.

"I started a family, and it changed everything," the 42-year-old says in this revealing book, adding:

"It changed my desire to work full-time."

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The actress -- whose movie career fizzled and who now appears on the drama Firefly Lane - adopted daughter Nancy Leigh, now 12, in 2008 with her husband Josh Kelley.

"I went on family leave...and just got to be a mom, and it changed my whole perspective…that was really the turning point," Heigl explains in the book.

According to the polarizing star, she had a conversation with Rhimes about her desire to move on from Grey's Anatomy and made it clear well over a decade ago that she wanted out.

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"Before I was due back, I spoke again to Shonda about wanting to leave," Heigl recalled.

"Then I waited at home until I was given the formal okay that I was off the show. The rumors that I refused to return were totally untrue."

Izzie sort of just disappeared from the beloved drama.

She wasn't killed off. Nor was she given some lengthy, formal storyline that detailed why she left.

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In the many years since, other departed cast members (such as Isiah Washington, T.R. Knight and even Patrick Dempsey, despite the circumstances behind his departure) have made cameos/returns to Grey's Anatomy.

But not Heigl.

Rhimes will barely even say her name all this time later.

There's clearly bad blood between the actress and the producer.

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"[Shonda] wanted to try to figure out how I could do both [parenting and Grey's], and I kind of wanted to do both," Heigl told Rice for the book.

"There wasn't a great way to compromise the work schedule that didn't negatively affect the crew or the cast.

"It wasn't feeling fair to them or the show to ask them to bend around my needs."

All this said, Heigl is well aware of her reputation and she does take some responsibility for it.

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The 'ungrateful' thing bothers me the most. And that is my fault," she says.

"I allowed myself to be perceived that way. So much about living life, to me, is about humility and gratitude.

"And I've tried very hard to have those qualities and be that person, and I'm just so disappointed in myself that I allowed it to slip...

"Of course, I'm grateful. How can I not be?"

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How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey's Anatomy by Lynette Rice will be released on September 28.

It is filled with 80-plus interviews with cast and crew members and aiims to tell the behind-the-scenes story of one of the most successful shows in the history of television.

Previously, excerpts from a chapter about Dempsey went viral, creating headlines across the Internet because they outlined all the ways Dempsey was allegedly a menace on set.

(The actor left Grey's Anatomy about halfway through Season 11.)

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“There were times where Ellen [Pompeo] was frustrated with Patrick and she would get angry that he wasn’t working as much,” producer Jeannine Renshaw told Rice, while another producer said Dempsey was responsible for some "HR issues," adding:

“He sort of was terrorizing the set. Some cast members had all sorts of PTSD with him.

"He had this hold on the set where he knew he could stop production and scare people...

"He didn’t like the inconvenience of coming in every day and working. He and Shonda were at each other’s throats."

The Real Housewives of New York City Reunion CANCELED. Will the Show Be Next?

Reunited and it feels so good?

Not quite.

Not for The Real Housewives of New York City.

Quite the exact opposite, in fact.

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Amid ongoing speculation that cast members on this long-running reality show do not get along - like, at all; in any way, shape or form -- Bravo has announced that there will be no Season 13 reunion.

This is an unprecedented step for The Real Housewives of New York City.

This is a step that forces fans to wonder if there will ever be any new episodes of the show again.

Ever.

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"Due to scheduling challenges around taping the reunion of The Real Housewives of New York City in a timely manner, Bravo confirmed there will not be a reunion for this season," a new spokesperson confirmed in a statement on Friday.

"It's disappointing to not be able to bring the cast back together.

"But we are happy to have ended on such a high note with the finale, and are now shifting our focus to next season."

As you can see, executives appear set on airing a new season in 2022.

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But even if this happens, a whole slew of changes will likely be afoot.

The current cast includes Eboni K. Williams, Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Leah McSweeney and Sonja Morgan.

However, the addition of Williams (who is Black) has not been met with universal praise -- not after a season that some critics believed focused too much on race.

With ratings down these past several weeks, Williams has received the bulk of the blame... following a number of heated confrontations she had this year with her fellow Housewives in regard to their privilege and status.

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Producers made it clear in June, though, that Eboni isn't going anywhere.

"Bravo invited Eboni K. Williams as the first Black woman to join the cast of The Real Housewives of New York to be her authentic self, which has brought a new perspective to the show," read a message this summer.

"We support Eboni in expressing her views, and we are proud that the show is addressing these important and relevant issues."

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In an interview with Variety published last month, meanwhile, Williams looked back on her experience on The Real Housewives of New York City.

At the time, she addressed reports that there wouldn't be a reunion due to supposed scheduling difficulties.

"I was told a time. I was told that we're having a reunion," she told the outlet.

"I was told what to wear to said reunion."

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What happened since then?

We can't say for certain.

Nor can we predict the future of a once-stable and popular franchise.

"Things are in a complete state of panic amongst the cast of RHONY," an insider previously told The Sun, suggesting that Ramona was almost certainly gonna be fired.

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"There could be a complete revamp of the show. Three or more people may be fired," this report continued, concluding with a focus on Singer:

“People have been very vocal about their dislike for Ramona this season.

"It doesn’t make sense to have her on the show anymore.

"She has become completely unlikable."

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Production for season 14 isn't expected to begin until 2022.

Bravo, therefore, has plenty of time to arrive at a resolution for the mess it created in 2021.

Which stars do you hope get the axe and which do you want to see return?

Michael K. Williams, Beloved Wire Star, Found Dead in Brooklyn Apartment

Michael K. Williams, a veteran actor best known for playing the legendary role of Omar Little on HBO's critically-acclaimed drama The Wire, was found dead in his New York City apartment on Monday.

He was 54 years old.

The New York Post broke this horrific piece of stunning news.

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According to Page Six sources, Williams was discovered in the living room of his Kent Avenue residence in his Brooklyn by his nephew.

These same sources say that drug paraphernalia was also found along with the popular star, who had a history of addiction and substance abuse.

To be clear, however, no cause of death has been established at this time and any suggestion of an overdose is mere conjecture.

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On the smalll screen, Williams sky-rocketed to fame as one of the lead characters on the aforementioned HBO series.

Omar was a Robin Hood-like figure who stalked the streets of Baltimore and stole from the city's most hardened drug deals.

Over what became a very successful career, Williams also enjoyed a leading role on Boadwalk Empire and appeared on Community, When They See Us and Lovecraft Country.

Williams received his first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie for HBO's Bessie -- and subsequently received his second nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series for his portrayal of Freddy in The Night Of.

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On the big screen, Williams acted in many acclaimed films...including Inherent Vice, 12 Years a Slave, Gone Baby Gone and The Road.

The actor was also known for giving back to the community.

He recently launched Making Kids Win, an organization whose main objective is to build community centers in urban neighborhoods that are in need of safe spaces for children to learn and play.

Williams also served as the ACLUs Ambassador of Smart Justice.

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The late star was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.

Williams began his career as a performer by dancing professionally at age 22.

After multiiple appearances in music videos and as a background dancer on concert tours for Madonna and George Michael, Williams decided to seriously pursue acting.

It obviously paid off for him.

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In the wake of Williams' passing, tributes have been pouring forth for the actor from those who knew him best and worked with him closely.

"Shocked and saddened by the death of Michael K Williams.

"One of the nicest brothers on the planet with the biggest heart. An amazing actor and soul," Tweeted The Wire co-star Isiah Whitlock Jr.

"May you RIP. God bless."

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Added musician Jason Isbell:

"I crossed paths with Michael K. Williams once in New York and I was too nervous to say hello, so I walked around the block trying to work up the nerve and still couldn’t do it. Just loved his work so much.

"This news is so sad.

"I don’t get star-struck but I do get genius-struck, and that man struck me as a genius."

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The veteran actor told NPR in 2016 that he once stumbled into a church in New Jersey desperately seeking help for his addiction.

“When I came through those doors, I was broken. … This was, I would say, around the … third season of The Wire,” Williams said back then.

“I was on drugs. I was in jeopardy of destroying everything I had worked so hard for.

"And I came in those doors, and I met a man who had never even heard of The Wire, much less watched it,” he added, referring to the pastor.

Says an insider close to the police, via the New York Post:

“No foul play indicated. No forced entry, the apartment was in order.

We send our condolences to the friends, family members and loved ones of Michael K. Williams

May he rest in peace.

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UPDATE: A rep for the actor has now said to People Magazine...

"It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams.

"They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss."

Kate Walsh Books Shocking Return to Grey’s Anatomy

Forget killing off a character.

Grey's Anatomy just stunned the television world by confirming it was bringing back a character.

Oh, yes, folks... Kate Walsh is coming to Seattle!

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The actress -- who made her Grey’s Anatomy debut as Dr. Addison Montgomery way back on Season 1 finale in 2005 -- will return to the medical drama for a multi-episode arc on Season 18.

Representatives from ABC confimed the unexpected news on Thursday evening, although they did not give specifics about Addison’s storyline.

Walsh, meanwhile, later shared the bombshell herself in a video posted on the Grey's Anatomy Twitter page.

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"Well, well, well, would you look who it is.

"That's right, my loves, Dr. Addison Montgomery is coming back to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital and I'm so excited to be home again joining Shonda, Ellen and the rest of the incredible cast," Walsh says in the footage.

She's referring here, of course, to series creator Shonda Rhimes and star Ellen Pompeo.

Dr. Montgomery was the first wife of Patrick Dempsey's Derek Shepherd, shattering Meredith's world to conclude Season 1 by strolling into the hospital and announcing she was married to Meredith's then-boyfriend.

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Following Season 3, Rhimes spun Addison off and gave Walsh her very own drama, Private Practice, which aired from 2007 through 2013.

Walsh has more recently appeared on such streaming hits as The Umbrella Academy and Emily in Paris.

"This season — 18, whew! — Just wait until you see what she has in store for you.

"The new season premieres September 30 on ABC," Walsh added in her video yesterday.

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Walsh isn't the only former star who will return in the upcoming season, as Kate Burton will reprise her role as Meredith's mother, Dr. Ellis Grey, on at least the upcoming premiere.

Ellis, of course, is dead.

Last season, other late characters -- such as T.R. Knight's George, Chyler Leigh's Lexie and Dempsey's Derek -- were revived in order to interact with Meredith on a fantasy beach she visited while in a Coronvirus-related coma.

On the flip side, meanwhile, Giacomo Gianniotti and Jesse Williams will NOT appear on Season 18.

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In May, following what seemed like an endless delay, ABC renewed Grey's Anatomy (and Station 19) for what many observers assume will be the show's final season.

“The writers, directors, casts and crews of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 worked so hard to bring these shows to life this past season,” said executive producer Krista Vernoff in a statement at the time.

“Keeping each other safe on set while paying tribute to the front-line heroes and first responders has been a challenge and a privilege.

"I’ve been truly blown away -- particularly by our tireless crews -- as they reinvented the TV-making wheel."

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Concluded the showrunner this spring:

"Thank you to ABC and ABC Signature for the support and extraordinary partnership through this unprecedented season.

"We are so grateful for the opportunity to tell more stories."

After all these years on the air, Grey’s Anatomy continues to dominate as ABC’s highest rated and most watched scripted series, averaging a 1.1 demographic rating and 5.3 million weekly viewers.

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Will this truly be the final run for one of the most successful program's of all-time?

We can't say for certain.

But KATE WALSH IS COMING BACK AS ADDISON MONTGOMERY!

That much we can state for the record, and we really can't believe it.

Katie Thurston Breaks Down on The Bachelorette, Reveals Sexual Assault

Katie Thurston got especially candid and especially personal on The Bachelorette this week.

First, however, she sent some potential husbands home.

Still seething over the claim last Monday night about men being on her season for the wrong reasons, Thurston told her suitors at the outset of this new episode:

"I just don't have the right mindset to give some of the guys the energy and the time they deserve."

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As a result?

"I'm not going to give any more time to anyone else tonight. We're just going to go straight to the rose ceremony."

With that said, Thurston doled out roses to David, Hunter, Conor C. and Mike P., yet stopped after the 31-year-old virgin referenced last Monday's allegation that a suitor was solely out for fame and fortune, saying to Katie:

"What Karl said wasn't the truth."

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"Do you all feel the same way?" Katie asked.

The men nodded their heads and Thurston excused herself.

She explained to co-hosts Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe that she wanted to keep Karl around, but after Mike P.'s revelation, she second-guessed herself.

Cut back to the rose ceremony, where Katie chose NOT to give Karl a rose.

Michael, Connor B., Quartney, Tre, Justin, Andrew M., Christian, Josh, Brendan, James and Aaron moved on instead.

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But the main focus this week had to be on Nick Viall making an appearance in order to lead a discussion between Katie and her men, prompting each of them to open about about problems from their past relationships.

The contestants then confessed to various things pertaining to divorce... substance abuse ... and infidelity... and, as they did, Thurston felt a need to speak up.

In a stunning twist, she went ahead revealed something of her own that “not even her own mom knows about.”

Katie Thurston Makes a Reveal

“I know you all know me as this sex-positive person now," Thurston said.

“But years ago at a New Years Eve party, I was drinking and there was a situation where I had sex with someone that I did not give consent to."

Wow, huh?

Also: Just awful.

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Continued Katie on air, explaining that the incident happened a decade ago:

"I was in denial about what happened, so much still that I tried to form a relationship with him because I didn't want to believe what actually had happened.

"And when that didn't work out, for years I had a very unhealthy relationship with sex. I didn't want to have sex, which affects a relationship.

"I didn't like talking about sex. And it's taken me a long time to get to where I am now.

"And being open and comfortable talking about it and loving myself and accepting things that I can no longer control."

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Considering Thurston showed up to meet Matt James on The Bachelor with a vibrator in hand, this admission likely came as a shock to most viewers.

But you just never know, you know?

Concluded Thurston on this topic:

"I just want you guys to know that I've come a long way in who I was 10 years ago and how important consent is, how important communication is and how important it is to not guilt trip somebody for not having enough sex with them, guilt trip them for not having sex with them in general."

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At the afterparty, Katie called the group date and her confession "transformative."

But the guys were more concerned with Thomas, who claimed he had told Thurston on this same episode that he was in love with her.

"It feels fraudulent, it feels like, almost like a campaign, like, you want to be Bachelor. I don't know what it is," Hunter said to Thomas in front of the other men.

"I mean, is that something you've thought about?"

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Thomas didn't deny it, either.

"Yes, coming into this, one of the thoughts on my mind was potentially being the next Bachelor," he finally admitted.

Whoa there! Total WRONG REASONS ALERT!

Thomas claimed he now cared a lot more about ending up with Thurston than ending up as the next Bachelor -- but his competitors were left with plenty of doubt.

However, bringing such a concern to Katie's attention will have to wait until next week.

NBC Stops Production on Reality Show Due to Outbreak of Explosive Diarrhea

Look.

If we were more mature, we likely would not report on this story.

We'd just let it go right on by, perhaps pausing for a moment to feel terribly for the folks involved.

But then we'd return to reporting on far more important celebrity gossip topics, such as the departure of Chris Harrison from The Bachelor or the potential paralysis of Jenelle Evans.

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Alas.

We are not that mature.

Therefore, we're here to state that production on NBC's upcoming game show Ultimate Slip 'N Slide has been halted indefinitely after a crew member on its set in Simi Valley, California, tested positive for giardia.

This is a microscopic parasite that, when swallowed, causes diarrheal disease.

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To be more specific, and nauseating, The Wrap reported on Thursday that “up to 40 crew members fell violently ill,” citing a “person with knowledge of the production.”

This individual said people were “collapsing” and “being forced to run into port-o-potties” due to “awful explosive diarrhea."

Reality television often makes us feel ill as well.

But no quite to this degree.

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TMZ, for its part, quoted an anonymous source “close to production” as saying that multiple people were ill with gastrointestinal symptoms.”

Giardia can be found "on surfaces or in soil, food, or water that has been contaminated with feces from infected people or animals," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pet owners may be familiar with the sickness because dogs often come down with it after drinking dirty stream water.

A spokesperson for Universal Television Alternative Studios, which is producing the show for NBC, told People Magazine that it is “in the process of determining next steps in order to complete production.”

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First, we presume, they must get out there and purchase every bottle of Pepto Bismol they can find.

"The health and safety of everyone on our set is our number one priority, so out of an abundance of caution we have made the decision to stop production of Ultimate Slip 'N Slide at the current location," added this spokesperson.

Ultimate Slip 'N Slide is currently scheduled to premiere on Sunday, August 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET, after the Olympic Summer Games' closing ceremony.

The series - hosted by Bobby Moynihan and Ron Funches - takes Wham-O's iconic backyard waterslide game and transforms "into a real-life water park full of gigantic slippery rides with the chance to take home a big cash prize," an NBC press release previously read.

TV Cancelations: Did Your Favorite Show Get the Axe?

We've reached the end of the most unpredictable television season in history, as the Covid-19 pandemic altered shooting schedules and shortened episode orders.

But while no one wants to look back these days, at least it's now time to move forward.

Most broadcast networks have released their schedules for the fall of 2021 and the spring of 2022, which means that plenty of dramas and comedies are set to premiere...

... or set to return for another season.

Others, however, have been canceled.

Did your favorite program get the axe?

Scroll down to find out and then go ahead and let it out if so. This is a safe space..

1. American Housewife

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American Housewife has been canceled at ABC after five seasons. The May 31 episode will now serve as the series finale.

2. Call Your Mother

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Call Your Mother was canceled by ABC after just one season. As the news broke, star Kyra Sedgwick called out the network for the show's schedule, telling fans, "You guys have been so wonderful to tune in every week, or every other week or every two weeks! The rollout was nuts!"

3. Rebel

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We adore Katey Sagal, but audiences didn't turn out for Rebel on ABC. It's been canceled after one season.

4. For Life

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BC pulled the plug on For Life after its second season, but it will be shopped around to other networks.

5. MacGyver

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Fans of the CBS drama were shocked when the show was canceled after five seasons on the air.

6. Black-ish

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This wasn't really a cancelation. ABC renewed the sitcom for Season 8 and then announced it would be the final one.
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Grey’s Anatomy: Renewed for Season 18! At Last!

The doctors are in.

And they won't be going anywhere for at least another year.

After making fans wait for an abnormally long time, ABC announced on Monday that Grey's Anatomy will return for Season 18 in the fall of 2021.

Simultaneously, the network confirmed that Ellen Pompeo has signed on for what we'd have to imagine will be the show's proverbial swan song. 

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In May 2019, the veteran actress signed her current enormous -- and well-earned! -- contract that reportedly paid her north of $550,000 per episode.

It was set to expire this summer and there had been talk of late that the show might end for good later this month.

For the record, ABC also renewed Station 19 today.

“The writers, directors, casts and crews of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 worked so hard to bring these shows to life this past season,” said executive producer Krista Vernoff in a statement.

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Added Vernoff:

“Keeping each other safe on set while paying tribute to the front-line heroes and first responders has been a challenge and a privilege. I’ve been truly blown away -- particularly by our tireless crews -- as they reinvented the TV-making wheel.

"Thank you to ABC and ABC Signature for the support and extraordinary partnership through this unprecedented season.

"We are so grateful for the opportunity to tell more stories."

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Grey’s Anatomy continues to dominate as ABC’s highest rated and most watched scripted series, averaging a 1.1 demographic rating and 5.3 million weekly viewers.

For its part, Station 19 ranks as the runner-up in both measures.

A bulk of this latest season has featured Meredith in a coronavirus-related coma, seeing and interacting with visions of loved ones such as her late husband on a beach.

Some viewers feared she would be killed off.

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Alas, Meredith will live to see another season.

Although beloved cast member Jesse Williams announced late last week that he is leaving the series.

"I will forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities provided me by Shonda, the network, studio, fellow cast mates, our incredible crew, Krista, Ellen and Debbie," Williams said in a statement after last episode aired.

"I am immensely proud of our work, our impact and to be moving forward with so many tools, opportunities, allies and dear friends."

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Added Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment, on Monday:

“Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy have done an incredible job of honoring real-life heroes by giving audiences an unflinching look at one of the biggest medical stories of our time.

"Krista and her team of writers have continued to deliver the compelling and compassionate storytelling that is a hallmark of these shows, and created some of the year’s most-talked-about moments in television."

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Concluded the executive:

"We’re so grateful to our talented casts and crews for their extraordinary work that connects with viewers everywhere, and we look forward to sharing even more defining moments with our fans next season.”

Grey's Anatomy will wrap up this season on May 20.

No word yet when it will return, but let's just be glad that it will return, you know?

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UPDATE:

We can also now confirrm that Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. have inked new, one-year contract.

NCIS Renewed for Season 19… But Will Mark Harmon Return?

As previously and sadly reported, this may be the final season of Grey's Anatomy.

It's crazy, but it may be true, as ABC is yet to determine the fate of its longest-running drama.

CBS, conversely?

It revealed that the future remains bright for its longest-running drama... sort of.

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First, the good news: NCIS has been renewed for Season 19!

Fictional super agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs and company will, indeed, return in the fall of 2021 for plenty of brand new episodes.

But will this season mark the end for series lead Mark Harmon, who portrays Gibbs and who has been at the center of the intense action ever since the very first episode?

It sounds very possible, even not even likely.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harmon will absolutely be back in the main role next season.

It remains unclear, however, whether or not he'll be in every installment or whether he only agreed to return on a part-time basis.

Back in February, sources told the aformentioned entertainment news outlet that Harmon was prepared to move on from the character he originated on the CBS show JAG back in 2003.

Then, these same insiders explain, the actor -- who also serves as executive producer -- was informed told CBS would probably cancell NCIS if he retired from the program.

Such an ultimatum prompted Harmon to enter negotiations to reprise his beloved role.

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CBS also announced the renewal of three other hits on Thursday.

Blue Bloods (for Season 12), S.W.A.T. (for Season 5), Magnum P.I. (for Season 4) and Bull (for Season 6).

All of these shows aired a limited number of episodes in 2020-2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the network did not specify the number it ordered for these upcoming seasons.

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NCIS, meanwhile, is inching closer to some historic television milestones.

It now has a chance to become the longest-running U.S. primetime drama series of all time, with only Law & Order: SVU (22 seasons and counting), the original Law & Order (20 seasons) and Gunsmoke (20 seasons) having a more protracted run.

Might this entice Harmon to stick around even longer?

We can't say at the moment -- but series does still draw a huge audience of around 12 million viewers per week.

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As for CBS as a whole?

It previously renewed dramas The Equalizer (for Season 2), FBI (Season 4) and FBI: Most Wanted (Season 3)... as well as comedies Bob Hearts Abishola (Season 3), The Neighborhood (Season 4) and Young Sheldon (Seasons 5-7).

CBS series still on the bubble include All Rise, B Positive, Clarice, NCIS: Los Angeles, SEAL Team, The Unicorn and United States of Al.

The Bachelorette Premiere Date: REVEALED!

As of this writing, we do not know whether or not Katie Thurston will bring her vibrator along for her run as the next Bachelorette.

We do now know, however, when the beautiful brunette will debut in this role.

ABC announced Thurston's premiere date on Wednesday, April 7, while also giving fans their very first look at Katie in the role.

Here it is:

Katie Thurston as The Bachelorette

The 17th season of this franchise, meanwhile, will kick off on June 7, while the same network also confirmed today that Bachelor in Paradise will return on August 16.

This, of course, will be a unique year for The Bachelorette.

Following a lengthy, race-based controversy on this past season of The Bachelor, producers said this spring that 2021 will feature a pair of Bachelorette leads.

First up will be Thurston, who was eliminated fairly early on by Matt James; then, this winter, Michelle Young, will take on this challenging gig.

Katie Thurston ABC Photo

Among the other major changes?

Chris Harrison will not serve as host on Katie's season.

Instead, with ABC essentially punishing Harrison for insensitive remarks he made during Matt's Bachelor season when it came to suitor Rachael Kirkconnell and her past social media posts...

... Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams will anchor Season 17.

Katie Thurston on the Couch

Chris Harrison will not be hosting the next season of The Bachelorette," read a statement from the network in mid-March.

"We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing.

"In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season...

"We are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks."

Chris Harrison Profile Picture

Back to Thurston, however:

She made a name for herself as "Vibrator Girl" almost immediately upon her Bachelor introduction... thanks to her decision to bring her favorite sex toy along when she met James.

She also earned praise from viewers around the nation because she stood up to bullies inside the resort that housed the suitors and basically told them to shut the f--k up.

For a brief period of time, there was chatter about Thurston being too racy for The Bachelorette gig, but executives appear willing to roll the proverbial dice.

Michelle Young and Katie Thurston

Katie's season is currently filming in New Mexico and it will once again feature the star and her aspiring husbands quarantined on their own.

So much for those expensive and exotic vacations.

As for where Thurston comes down on Harrison and the scandal that enguled Bachelor Nation for nearly all of Matt's recent season?

Katie Thurston Accepts Rose

"I stand with other alumni who have expressed that learning & growth require time," Thurston has Tweeted.

"I hope that Chris Harrison continues to take more time to step away while sincerely educating himself & dedicating himself to the work," she continued.

"We can all grow and do better with time, and I hope he does."

Will you be tuning in to see if Katie Thurston can find love on The Bachelorette?

Sharon Osbourne: BOOM! Leaving The Talk for Being Way Too Racist

After nearly 11 years a co-host, Sharon Osbourne is leaving The Talk.

And it's all because of Meghan Markle.

Or, to be far more accurate, it's all because of the inappropriate way in which Sharon Osbourne reacted to the reaction to the Meghan Markle-Oprah Winfrey interview.

Sharon Osbourne as The Talk Host

If you'll recall, back on March 10, Osbourne stood up for Piers Morgan after Morgan trashed Markle, questioning the validity of Markle's discussion on mental health during her interview Oprah.

At the time, co-host Sheryl Underwood asked Osbourne:

"What would you say to people who may feel that while you're standing by your friend, it appears you gave validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist?

"Even if you don't agree."

Sharon Osbourne on The Talk

Sharon was offended by the line of questioning, stating on air:

"I very much feel like I'm about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend, who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist?"

But Underwood followed up by telling Osbourne that she was downplaying the racial undertones of Morgan's remarks.

After this heated exchange aired, an investigation alleged that Osbourne had often used racist and homophobic slurs against her co-panelists.

Sharon Osbourne Image

Now, she's been forced off the program.

CBS said late Friday that Sharon has "decided" to leave The Talk, expounding via lengthy statement:

"The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home.

"As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon's behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace.

"We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts."

Sharon Osbourne Red Carpet Pic

CBS also said the network and showrunners for The Talk are "accountable for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race."

In the wake of this scandal, CBS said it is now focused on "coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew."

Osbourne

Concluded the statement that confirmed Osbourne would not return:

"Going forward, we are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production and, ultimately, our viewers."

The Talk has been on hiatus for most of March and is now scheduled to come back with new episodes on April 12.

But without Osbourne.

Sharon Osbourne Snapshot

Following her controversial comments a few weeks ago, Osbourne thanked her supporters for their "prayers" and issued an apology.

"I have always been embraced with so much love & support from the black community & I have deep respect & love for the black community," she wrote on Twitter.

"To anyone of color that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said, I am truly sorry. I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive & allowed my fear & horror of being accused of being racist take over.

"There are very few things that hurt my heart more than racism so to feel associated with that spun me fast.

"I am not perfect, I am still learning like the rest of us & will continue to learn, listen and do better."

Sharon Osbourne, Big Pink Sweatshirt

Osbourne added that does not "condone racism, misogyny or bullying," but rather was merely supporting Morgan's freedom of speech.

"Now I see how I unintentionally didn't make that clear distinction," she said.

"I hope we can collectively continue to learn from each other & from ourselves so that we can all continue to pave the way for much needed growth & change.

"I hope we can all hold each other up with accountability, compassion & love during this powerful time of paving the way for so much needed change."

Chris Harrison: Out as Host of The Bachelorette! (And We Know His Replacement!)

Wow.

So much for a slap on Chris Harrison's wrist.

About one month after the long-time host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette announced that he would step away from the franchise -- due to some racially-insensitive comments he made in response to an ongoing franchise scandal - ABC has confirmed that Harrison will not return.

Not for this upcoming season of The Bachelorette at least.

Chris Harrison Host Photo

"Chris Harrison will not be hosting the next season of The Bachelorette," Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment said in a joint statement on Friday.

This same message went to acknowledge Harrison's recent missteps -- while naming his upcoming replacements.

"We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing." 

Meanwhile ...

Tayshia Adams in Thought

"In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season."

Adams, of course, served as the most recent Bachelorette.

Bristowe was a contestant on The Bachelor and then anchored her own season of the latter show back on Season 11.

Kaitlyn Bristowe Bachelorette Photo

"As we continue the dialogue around achieving greater equity and inclusion within The Bachelor franchise, we are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks," the statement concluded.

"These are important steps in effecting fundamental change so that our franchise is a celebration of love that is reflective of our world."

So not only will there be two Bachelorettes, as per The Bachelorette spoilers, but two hosts.

Tayshia on Proposal Day

Harrison came under major fire in early February after an interview on Extra with Rachel Lindsay.

He was asked at the time about current contestant Rachael Kirkconnell and a number of newly-surfaced social media posts.

They featured her dressed in Native American attire as a costume and also attending an antebellum plantation-themed college party in 2018.

Rachael Kirkconnell Insta Pic

Kirkconnell, who is expected to win The Bachelor Season 25 on Monday night, admitted herself these actions were "racist and wrong" and has asked for folks to NOT defend her.

Speaking to Lindsay, however, Harrison withheld judgment, seemingly going out of his way to focus on Kirkconnell, as opposed to those affected by her past behavior.

He even questioned the "lens" of 2021 compared to 2018 and said that people should have "a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion" for the suitor.

Chris Harrison and Rachel Lindsay on Set

Harrison quickly apologized and said he would, at the very least, not be hosting the March 15 After the Final Rose special.

Emmanuel Acho will be stepping into this role in Harrison's place next week... talking to James and, we presume, Kirkconnell about all that has transpired on this chaotic Bachelor season.

For his part, Harrison appeared just days ago on Good Morning America and said he plans on returning to the franchise.

Chris Harrison for The Bachelor

He shared in the interview with Michael Strahan that he is working with "a race educator and strategist," as well as faith leaders and scholars, like Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.

"Dr. Dyson often talks to me about counsel, not cancel. That is full accountability … owning from that, learning from that.

"Seeking council from the community that you hurt, gaining experience knowledge and moving forward," Harrison said on GMA.

Chris Harrison Plays Host

To many viewers, Harrison said all the right words at the time.

But even Strahan later said it sounded like a "surface" mea culpa from someone who just wanted his job back.

"I am saddened and shocked at how insensitive I was in that interview with Rachel Lindsay."

"I didn't speak for my heart, that is to say I stand against all forms of racism ..."

Chris Harrrison on The Bachelor Season 25

"I'm sorry to Rachel Lindsay and I'm sorry to the Black community," Harrison said on air.

He added that he is "committed to progress, not just for myself, also for the franchise."

Continued Harrison this month:

"I am an imperfect man, I made a mistake and I own that."

Chris Harrison GMA Photo

"I believe that mistake doesn't reflect who I am or what I stand for. I am committed to progress, not just for myself, also for the franchise."

"And this is a franchise that has been a part of my life for the better part of 20 years and I love it."

"This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done. And I am excited to be a part of that change."

Katie Thurston on Instagram

Alas, the new season of The Bachelorette will likely premiere in May.

It will reportedly include Katie Thurston as the lead, although there's also been chatter that there may be TWO Bachelorettes.

Either way, Chris Harrison will not act as host. Will you still tune in?

Lou Dobbs: FIRED by Fox News Media!

Donald Trump may soon have a guest at Mar-a-lago.

A long-term guest, with nowhere else to go and nothing else to do.

We wonder if Lou Dobbs likes his steak really well done with ketchup, too.

Lou Dobbs

Indeed, the long-time Fox Business News host has been let go by Fox News Media... despite anchoring the aforementioned network's highest-rated program.

The announcement was made late Friday that Lou Dobbs Tonight will no longer air on Fox Business Network. It will be replaced by Fox Business Tonight with alternating guest hosts Jackie DeAngelis and David Asman for the foreseeable future.

Dobbs was not available for comment after the confirmation went viral.

But most observer assume this decision was made in the wake of Dobbs not just showing extreme support for ex-President Trump....

Dobbs

... also supporting his wild conspiracy theories about voter fraud.

The cancellation, first reported by The Los Angeles Times, came a day after the network, Dobbs and others were sued for $2.7 billion.

Yes. $2.7 billion.

The lawsuit asserts that Dobbs and other Fox hosts defamed voting technology company Smartmatic while perpetuating President Trump's lies about election fraud.

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On numerous occasions since Joe Biden defeated Trump for the President, Dobbs claimed -- without a shred of evidence -- that this company's machine's illegally switched Trump votes over to Biden.

Did we mention he had no evidence to back up this claim?

None whatsoever?

Okay, good. Just making sure.

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However, this change in programming was routine and had nothing to do with the lawsuit, a Fox News Media spokesperson hilariously said on Friday.

This person's statement reads:

"As we said in October, FOX News Media regularly considers programming changes and plans have been in place to launch new formats as appropriate post-election, including on FOX Business – this is part of those planned changes.

"A new 5PM program will be announced in the near future."

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Dobbs has spent more than a decade at Fox after serving as chief economic correspondent, managing editor and executive vice president at CNN.

Fox network didn't say Dobbs had been fired -- but he isn't expected to return to the air.

In one of Trump's first statements since leaving the White House, he praised the host saying Dobbs "is and was great" and adding:

"Nobody loves America more than Lou. He had a large and loyal following that will be watching closely for his next move, and that following includes me."

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Alas, legal experts have said the case against the conservative cable channel is very strong.

The lawsuit accuses Dobbs of having been "one of the primary proponents" of a "disinformation campaign" against Smartmatic.

Not only did Dobbs permit guests to defame Smartmatic, the lawsuit explains, but he "took the initiative and contributed additional falsehoods to the narrative."

Lisa Vanderpump is Leaving Bravo… and is Headed Where?

Lisa Vanderpump has a new job.

And a new home.

The long-time Bravo personality -- who struck it huge as a main cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and then on Vanderpump Rules -- is on her way to E!.

Lisa Vanderpump Bravo Pic

On Friday, Vanderpump confirmed that she's gonna invite folks into her opulent residence via  Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump, a new series that will debut on March 18.

It will feature the famous businesswoman sitting down with guests and having an in-depth conversation.

Look for Vanderpump to host two or three celebrity guests for a, evening of homemade cocktails, snacks, games and of course, a great deal of surprises and revealing moments.

Gossip. There's gonna be a whole lot of gossip.

Lisa Vanderpump on a Red Carpet

"I'm inviting you to an intimate dinner party," Vanderpump says in the preview.

"For it to be perfect, I have a few rules:

"You've got to bust your butt for the decor to be absolutely fabulous, the guests should be naughty, but the hostess must always be naughtier."

Lisa Vanderpump with Giggy

Among the initial round of guests announced today?

Anna Camp, Cheryl Burke, Gabriel Iglesias, Iggy Azalea, Jaleel White, Jeannie Mai, Jeff Lewis, Joel McHale, Lance Bass, Loni Love, Mario Lopez, Steve-O, Dr. Terry Dubrow and Heather Dubrow and Tori Spelling.

We're sure plenty of Vanderpump Rules alums will also show up early on.

Lisa Vanderpump Promo Shot

According to People Magazine, the televised get-togethers will also include Vanderpump's signature games: "Rosé Pong," "Diva Croquet" and the house favorite, "Get Pumped."

"This dinner party rules," Vanderpump states in the trailer.

The new show will arrive more than a year after Vanderpump abruptly quit the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after nine seasons.

"I had a great time on Housewives,” Vanderpump said in November 2019.

"But to have negativity during a time in my life when I needed to try to be positive … I decided it was over."

Lisa Vanderpump for Pride

Lisa also made this decision not long after her brother died.

She admtited back then that she never should have signed on for another season because she was so deep in mourning and grief.

The combative nature of that show didn't help, either.

"I don't have room in my life for nastiness," she explained at the time.

Lisa Vanderpump for Season 9

Last July, Peacock confirmed that a Vanderpump Rules spinoff, Vanderpump Dogs, will be coming to the NBCUniversal streaming service.

The program, we assume, will chronicle the star and entrepreneur's dog foundation of the same name.

Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump, meanwhile, premieres March 18 at 9/8c on E! and will move to a 10/9c time slot starting March 25.

Sex and the City Revival: Will Mr. Big Be Killed Off?

By now, you have likely heard the news:

Sex and the City is coming back!

According to an HBO Max press release, a new chapter of the beloved story -- titled “And Just Like That…” -- will begin production in New York City this spring.

Sex and the City women

It will star Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis.

It will consist of 10 half-hour episodes and it will follow Carrie Bradshaw (Parker), Charlotte York (Davis) and Miranda Hobbes (Nixon) as they navigate love and friendship in their 50s.

Said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, in a statement:

“I grew up with these characters, and I can’t wait to see how their story has evolved in this new chapter, with the honesty, poignancy, humor and the beloved city that has always defined them."

sjp release

Sex and the City premiered on HBO in 1998 and ran for six seasons until 2004.

It led to a pair of movies, neither of which was very well-received, and its the latest famous former series to receive a revival commitment from HBO.

New versions of Gossip Girl and True Blood are also in the works.

sjp and davis

As you also likely heard, and noted in the description above, Kim Cattrall will NOT return in the iconic role of Samantha Jones.

She made it clear in the past that she's done with Sex and the City and also not a fan of Parker's.

But what about Chris Noth?

Will he be back as Carrie's husband, Mr. Big?

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Back in 2018, author James Andrew Miller hosted a podcast about the origins of Sex and the City. 

He said on one episode that a third movie, which was eventually scrapped, had planned to kill off Noth's character.

The filmed called for "Mr. Big to die of a heart attack in the shower, relatively early on in the film, making the remainder of the movie more about how Carrie recovers from Big’s death than about the relationship between the four women," said Miller at the time.

Noth denied this was ever planned.

carriie and big

But he also confessed to Miller that he wasn't a fan of his role in the second movie.

“I really didn’t enjoy any of the movies. I really hate corny stuff and it could be because I’m a little bit of a cynic.

"Like, the whole thing at the end of the [first] movie in the shoe closet, hated it,” the Law & Order alum explained, citing the end of the first movie in which Big proposed again to Carrie.

“Hated the thing at the end of the movie after I felt she deceived me and then I say, ‘Well, it’s time I give you a bigger diamond ring.’ Hated it.

"I just hate the cornball s–t. I thought it was just really sentimental and overly romantic without any feet in realism.”

brad with big

Does this mean Noth wouldn't want to return for the upcoming revival?

Does it mean producers will still want to kill of Big in order to re-open Carrie's love life again?

Stay tuned, folks.

We'll find out soon enough!

Do 90 Day Fiance Fans Need Discovery+ to Keep Watching?

TLC's lineup is going to be part of the new Discovery+ streaming service, including all of 90 Day Fiance and some new exclusive spinoffs.

Some fans have a lot of questions. Others are mad. And some longtime viewers are worried that they're about to lose their favorite shows forever.

Discovery+ promo featuring 90 Day Fiance

So, what is Discovery+ exactly?

It is not, contrary to what some confused fans have assumed, some sort of premium TV channel.

It is a streaming service, just like Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, DC Universe (formerly), HBO Max, Amazon Prime, and so on.

Discovery Plus promo

Interested fans who want to see this content from all across the Discovery "family" of content, including 90 Day Fiance, can get Discovery+ here.

The streaming service is subscription-only; it costs $4.99 per month with ads, and $6.99 per month completely commercial-free.

Like any streaming platform, it can be watched on your computer or tablet, or on any streaming device -- devices like a Roku, a Playstation console, or a smart TV.

Julia Trubkina - I feel like I need to run

In general, when streaming services launch, they include a catalogue of past episodes and past seasons -- more or less anything to which the parent company owns the rights.

That means that, barring some unforeseen licensing conflict, fans will immediately be able to view all past seasons of 90 Day Fiance, its many spinoffs, and Tell Alls.

But what will that mean for those who don't get the streaming service, who continue to pay an arm and a leg for cable instead of an arm and a half for a multitude of streaming services?

Yara Zaya is Stunned

When Discovery+ launches on January 4, 2021, viewers will have just seen 90 Day Fiance Season 8, Episode 5.

Some fans are genuinely fearful that Episode 6 will not air on TLC at all, but will air exclusively on Discovery+ where they cannot watch it.

Are they right to worry that they're about to lose their favorite show?

Jenny Slatten Asks to See Divorce Papers from Sumit

In a word: no. Watching most parts of the franchise will be more convenient with Discovery+ ... but no, they're not going to lose the actual shows.

Though it is clear that Pillowtalk and perhaps The Other Way's mysteriously unaired Tell All special aren't airing on TLC, the rest of currently running series are not following suit.

Why? Because that's not how this works.

Big Ed Brown on 90 Day Fiance: B90 Strikes Back

Pillowtalk has always been bonus content, compared by some to the Untucked episodes that followed RuPaul's Drag Race.

A few years ago, Untucked moved from airing on cable television to airing exclusively online -- even though the after-show segment contained some of the show's most historic, eye-catching scenes.

Sometimes, aftershows and bonus content get moved to online-only to encourage viewers to use a more lucrative platform, or simply to free up time slots on the network.

Angela Deem Debuts a New Face

But there is no reason whatsoever to believe that TLC will stop airing new seasons of 90 Day Fiance, including spinoffs like Before The 90 Days, The Other Way, and Happily Ever After?

They don't want to lose viewers -- and this franchise is one of the most popular on the planet, and has consistently received ratings in recent years trouncing more established reality series.

The goal is to attract current viewers to a streaming platform, plus new viewers who haven't had cable for years but would love to watch the series on streaming.

Brittany Banks vs Yazan Abo Horira on 90 Day Bares All sp

Discovery+ will be home to new original 90 Day Fiance content that will likely never air on cable.

(Never say never, though -- notably, some of DC Universe's once-exclusive programming has since gone on to air on The CW, and the niche service was so successful that it accellerated plans for HBO Max)

RIght now, the most hotly anticipated streaming exclusive on the new network is unquestionably 90 Day Bares All, hosted by Shaun Robinson. The 90 Day Bares All cast has already leaked.

Shaun Robinson Speaks

Given the target demographics of the shows and other factors, including worries of streaming fatigue, some analysts are unsure if Discovery+ will be a success.

It is, among other things, a US-only streaming service -- at least for now.

However, Discovery expects to net as many as 10 million subscribers -- a hefty grab, but modest compared to the colossal subscriber numbers of platforms like Disney+ and Netflix. Only time will tell.

The Bachelorette Finale: "Oh My God! We Did It!"

And then there was one.

But was he The One?

Chris Harrison on the Finale

On the season finale of The Bachelorette, Tayshia Adams had to choose not from two suitors, both of whom had won over her heart, but three... thanks to the stunning return of Ben to the show on Monday night. 

"I'm in love with you. I have been in love with you," he told a teary-eyed Tayshia on the penultimate episode of Season 16.

The installment ended with a cliffhanger; with Adams needing time to think of how she should respond to Ben's candid message.

But it didn't really take long for her to make up her mind on the finale.

Tayshia on the Finale

"I know what my heart wants, and it's not Ben," Tayshia told the camera, following a serious heart-to-heart with her father and one last date with Zac.

"I wish my heart was with him, but it's just not. ... I know what I need to do. I don't like hurting people," she added.

Hurt him she had to do, however, as Adams visited Ben in his sutie and shattered his heart into a billion pieces.

"Through this whole week, all I've been thinking about is the entire journey here," she began.

"And that starts with us, really. I remember seeing you out of the group of guys, and you were someone I wanted to continue to get to know.

'I don't think I've told you this, but you kind of set the bar for people, because you were being vulnerable with me, and I saw that, and I started falling for that guy more and more. 

"And this week, it's a really heavy week, and I care about you so much. I just feel like my heart is with somebody else."

Tayshia in Tears

Ben, who some believe is angling to be the next Bachelor, took the dumping like a champ.

"I'm in love with you, that doesn't change. I saw it going differently, but when you love somebody, you want them to be happy," he replied.

"I'm happy for you. I'm dead serious," he added, giving her one last hug. "It's alright."

Okay. So then we were down to Ivan and Zac.

Admiring Ivan

In somewhat of a surprise, Tayshia rejected the latter... over religious differences.

"This past week, we've talked about some important subjects... There are some things that kind of posed concern," she said on camera.

"I wish I could say that there were a lot of red flags prior to this week. And there haven't been," Tayshia continued.

"It's just like, at the end of the day, religion's part of my morals and my beliefs."

bye, ivan

Interesting, right?

No other specifics were offered, but Ivan didn't really argue.

"I definitely get it," he responded.

"We found out a lot of stuff about each other and I was definitely struggling with bringing it up, because all the girls I have dated in the past, it never ended because of religion or anything.

'But I know that's something that's important to you and I do apologize for that and I wish I did bring it up a little sooner. That is the roadblock for the two of us."

Tayshia, Close to Tears

Ivan and Tayshia said their farewells, and he confessed to the cameras that he had suspected their differing beliefs could come between them.

"I knew in the back of my mind -- I was like, this thing could really just be the bomb that just explodes everything here," he said. "And it just happened."

It's a shame, but was it for the best?

It sure seemed that way... after Zac met Tayshia's family; everyone got along well; and Adams had many of her worries addressed.

"I love Zac Clark," she gushed to the cameras. "There's so much sincerity behind everything that Zac says."

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Cut to Proposal Day!

Zac met with jeweler Neil Lane and picked out an emerald cut engagement ring. Then, he arrived to do his thing, getting down on one knee in the process.

"From our first kiss to riding the Ferris wheel to meeting each other's families, nothing has ever felt so right my entire life," he told Tayshia.

"You've helped me experience the love that I didn't know existed and you've made me smile more than anyone has ever made me smile. I love you, Tayshia."

Tayshia on Proposal Day

Tayshia returned the sentiment. And then some.

"There was one point in my life where I thought I would never get married because of all of the pain and the heartbreak that I've been through," she said.

"I hit absolute rock bottom and I know that I told you that I love you but, sorry, it's more than that.

"It's this wild, wild love that I have tried to come up with so many reasons to not believe, and you have truly just made me believe that there doesn't need to be flaws and that I deserve a love with a man that won't run away."

Tayshia Adams, Fiance

Continued The Bachelorette:

"I'm truly looking at my heart and yes, it is real.

"And I want to make more traditions and jump into fountains all over the world with you. I'm ready to hail a taxi. And I'm ready to start a life with you.

"But also, I love you, Zac Clark, and I'll do absolutely anything to keep that huge smile on your face, because you do everything to keep a huge smile on mine."

adams, ring

After telling Tayshia, "I'm going to choose you forever," Zac presented the ring box and asked: "Marry me?

Tayshia accepted the proposal, kissed Zac and told him, "You're mine," prior to dancing around with her fiance and exclaiming "Oh my God, we did it!"

As for what's next for the couple?

Simple, Zac joked. Or maybe didn't really joke...

They would "make beautiful babies and all that stuff."

Kardashian Krew Signs HUGE Deal with Hulu, Will Never Leave Television. Not Ever.

As it turns out, the Kardashains aren't going anywhere.

Yes, the famous/polarizing family are walking away from the show that made them famous...

Kardashians in 2018

... but they are walking right into a brand new small screen home for themselves.

It was announced on Thursday -- at Disney’s Investor Day -- that Kim, Kourtney, Khle, Kris, Kendall and Kylie are headed to Hulu.

Per the official press release these veteran reality stars will:

Create global content, which will stream exclusively on Hulu in the U.S. and in multiple territories on Star internationally. Expected debut is late 2021 and additional details will be shared when available.

Kim and Kris at Kim's Birthday

This is all we know about the deal at the moment.

But you better believe the Kardashians and Jenners don't come cheap.

"Excited to announce our new multi year partnership with Hulu and Star and what's to come in 2021 @hulu," Kris Jenner Tweeted about the news, while Kourtney Kardashian added:

"#HULU2021."

Kim Kardashian Has a Confession

Back in September, E! and the Kardashian-Jenner clan announced that Keeping Up with the Kardashians would end after its 20th season in 2021.

It was assumed that the program was going off the air due to low ratings and simply due to various family members wanting to move on.

For a duration of last season, for example, Kourtney kept saying she wanted to quit.

Kourtney Rocking a Bikini in 2020

"It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians," Kim and company said late this past summer.

"After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and several spin-off shows, we've decided as a family to end this very special journey.

"We are beyond grateful to all of you who've watched us for all of these years -- through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children.

"We'll forever cherish the wonderful memories and countless people we've met along the way."

Khloe With True on Instagram

They concluded:

"Thank you to the thousands of individuals and businesses that have been a part of this experience and most importantly, a very special thank you to Ryan Seacrest for believing in us, E! for being our partner, and our production team at Bunim/Murray who've spent countless hours filming our lives.

"Our last season will air early next year in 2021.

"We love you!"

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It's worth noting here that E! paid the family $150 million the last time they renewed their contract in 2017.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) recently signed their a deal with Netflix, which is thought to be worth $147 million

In other words:

You better believe the Kardashians will be raking it in with Hulu.

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Wrote E! in September:

E! has been the home and extended family to the Kardashian-Jenners for what will be 14 years, featuring the lives of this empowering family.

Along with all of you, we have enjoyed following the intimate moments the family so bravely shared by letting us into their daily lives.

While it has been an absolute privilege and we will miss them wholeheartedly, we respect the family's decision to live their lives without our cameras...

We thank the entire extended family and our production partners, Bunim Murray and Ryan Seacrest Productions for embarking on this global phenomenon together.

Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead: New, Very Personal Shows on the Way!

We've noted on numerous occasions how kind Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead have been to each other since their divorce.

As it turns out, however... this divorce has also been kind to Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead.

Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead

Despite their divorce over three years ago -- or, heck, maybe because of their divorce three years ago -- the former couple still star alongside each other on Flip or Flop.

They've also been given their own spinoff HGTV shows, Christina On The Coast and Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa, respectively.

But now? With all of these programs considered a cable network success?

The Discovery Channel think we simply don't have enough of Tarek and Christina in our living rooms.

Christina and Tarek El Moussa on HGTV

Discovery+, which is the recently-announced streaming service for Discovery Channel shows, announced on Friday that Christina and Tarek will be receiving an additional new show ... each.

The new series “will show more of their personal lives as they continue with their home renovation businesses in individual spinoffs,” the network explained in a press release.

Tarek, for example, will anchor Tarek’s Flip Side.

It will chronicle Tarek’s engagement to Selling Sunset star Heather Rae Young, as well as his life with the children he shares with Christina.

Tarek El Moussa on a Red Carpet

Viewers will get a glimpse into Tarek and Heather’s wedding plans and will also see Tarek trying to get his 10-year-old daughter interested in the real estate business in which he's exceled.

“Tarek takes Taylor on a tour of his latest house flip,” the show’s description reads, adding:

“He wants to know what she thinks of the project and hopes he can inspire her to get an early start in the family business.”

Tarek El Moussa with Heather Rae Young

As for Christina?

She'll star in Christina: Stronger by Design, a personal series that focuses on the reality TV personality's “fresh chapter” in life.

If you'll recall, Christina announced her separation from husband Ant Anstead in September.

They were only husband and wife for two years and they share a son who was born in September of 2019.

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According to the network press release, Christina and her friends “get real as they open up about life, motherhood, friendships and new beginnings" on the show.

The series will also cover such fascinating topics as Christina’s backyard renovation, her “personal wellness journey” and her self-care routine and beauty regimens.

The new shows will premiere when Discovery+ launches on January 4, 2021

Which has you most excited?

The Undoing Finale: Wait… WHO Did It?!? (And Who Totally Hated It?)

The Undoing aired its series finale on Sunday night, answering the one big question it raised throughout a suspenseful six weeks on air:

Who killed Elena Alves?

In answering this question, however, the miniseries created a brand new one on social media -- which went as follows:

The Undoing

What the heck, The Undoing?!?!?

Indeed, many viewers -- including many famous viewers who became hooked on the drama -- were far from pleased with the outcome.

As we learned on the finale, Jonathan Fraser (Hugh Grant) really did bludgeon his lover to death with a hammer ... after she told him that she had gotten close with his wife, Grace (Nicole Kidman), and son, Henry, (Noah Jupe).

Jonathan had been the prime suspect all season long.

The show centered on his murder trial and on his contention that he was innocent.

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In the end, The Undoing was the rare mystery show without any major plot twist.

The person suspected of doing the crime actually was the one who did the crime.

One could say this was sort of a plot twist in and of itself... but anyone who believed this didn't sign on to Twitter after the final episode aired.

To a nearly unanimous extent, a majority of The Undoing fans were seriously unimpressed with the reveal of who did it.

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Wrote director Ava DuVernay:

“My theory about #TheUndoing was entirely incorrect. But no matter! ‘Twas a fun, twisty long-watch written by David E. Kelley.

"Splashy perfs by top-notch actors who got to swing for the fences. Directed expertly by Madame Susanne Bier. A good time.

"Applause for the cast and crew!"

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Other celebrities were equally blown away:

“#TheUndoing I am undone,” Kerry Washington tweeted. “Thank you @MissDumezweni [Haley Fitzgerald]. You are brilliance itself.”

Added Megyn Kelly:

“Omg. It was right there under our noses the whole time. He was such a good liar! Amazing series and yet another David E. Kelley masterpiece. #TheUndoing.”

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And Carly Pearce: “I. Am. Not. Okay. #TheUndoing."

And Ana Navarro: “#TheUndoing just undid me. Good night, y’all. I gotta go throw away anything in my house that looks like a hammer.”

And Kelsea Ballerini: “Me after watching the finale:  HOW DID THEY- #TheUndoing."

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What did everyone out there think?

Was the Jonathan reveal shocking because you expected it to be Sylvia? Or Grace's dad? Or essentially anyone other than the main suspect?

Or was the Jonathan reveal boring because... come on now, who wants the killer to be the person everyone on the show keeps saying is the killer?

No matter where you stand on this debate, we can all agree on one thing, hopefully:

Hugh Grant was outstanding. We'll never be able to watch Love Actually the same way ever again.