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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."

Eboni K. Williams Preps for WWHL

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.

Eboni K. Williams Sits With Ramona Singer

"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.

Meredith Grey in Shock

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.

Ultimate Slip 'N Slide

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.

Meredith on the Beach

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."

Ellen Pompeo on Season 17

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."

Meredith in Some Scrubs

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.

Mark Harmon as Gibbs

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.

Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette

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."

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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....

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... 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!.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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...

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... 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.

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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.

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"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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

Ellen Pompeo Says Grey’s Anatomy Could "Very Well" End This Season. And Now We’re Bummed.

In a new interview, Ellen Pompeo dropped some harsh truth on television fans.

She said this upcoming season of Grey's Anatomy may finally be it for the iconic medical drama.

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“We don’t know when the show is really ending yet. But the truth is, this year could be it,” the actress told Variety in a revealing feature posted on Wednesday, October 28.

She continued/explained:

“I’m constantly fighting for the show as a whole to be as good as it can be. As a producer, I feel like I have permission to be able to do that.

"I mean, this is the last year of my contract right now. I don’t know that this is the last year, but it could very well could be."

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We've long assumed that Grey's Anatomy will last for as long as Pompeo wants to star.

As Pompeo mentioned, she's in the final year of her most recent contract... and she was clearly aware that what she told Variety would make quite a few headlines across the Internet.

"There’s your sound bite!” she said with a laugh during the interview.

“There’s your clickbait. ABC’s on the phone!"

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Pompeo has anchored led series since its 2005 debut, portraying Dr. Meredith Grey opposite an ever-changing cast of characters. 

She and creator Shonda Rhimes have been very vocal about when the show will conclude, confirming for years that whenever Pompeo wants to wrap, that will be that.

Previously, Pompeo spilled on how she wanted the show to end.

She'd love to see many of the original cast members return for a finale, the actress said a year ago.

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This could be a challenge, however.

T.R. Knight was killed off as George O'Malley.

Eric Dane was killed off as Mark Sloan.

Isaiah Washington was fired as Preston Burke, only to make an unexpected return in 2014.

Sandra Oh left the show that same year as Cristina Yang and has since gone on to earn multiple Emmy Award nominations for her role on Killing Eve.

More recently, Justin Chambers said goodbye.

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“I don’t take the decision lightly. We employ a lot of people, and we have a huge platform. And I’m very grateful for it," Pompeo added to Variety.

"You know, I’m just weighing out creatively what can we do.

"I’m really, really, really excited about this season. It’s probably going to be one of our best seasons ever.

"And I know that sounds nuts to say, but it’s really true.”

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Season 17 of Grey’s Anatomy premieres on ABC Thursday, November 12, at 8 p.m. ET.

And it will tackle the COVID-19 pandemic head-on.

“I’ll say the pilot episode to this season -- girl, hold on,” Pompeo teased this week.

“What nobody thinks we can continue to do, we have done. Hold on. That’s all we’re going to say about that!”

RHOC Ratings Plunge 25% as Fans Boycott Kelly Dodd

The Season 15 premiere of RHOC was actually pretty good, culminating in a tearful confession from Braunwyn Windham-Burke.

But a nosedive in ratings has Bravo scratching their heads. Do viewers miss Vicki and Tamra, or do they just hate Kelly Dodd?

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Season 15 of The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered this week, and the ratings were, to put it bluntly, bad.

Since Season 6, only one episode of the show has had lower viewership than the Season 15 premiere ... and it was Part 1 of the Reunion for Season 14.

Ratings and how they are compared are complicated, so we'll lay it all out for you, with all of Season 14's ratings for context.

RHOC Season 14 ratings

The Season 14 premiere had 1.42 million viewers.

The (pre-reunion) Season 14 finale episode had 1.24 million.

The very last episode of that season, Part 3 of the Reunion, had 1.03 million viewers.

RHOC Season 15 season premiere ratings

The season premiere of Season 15 had 1.05 million viewers.

If you look at the dropoff from 1.24 million to 1.05, it doesn't look like that hefty of a loss, especially in 2020 -- it's a weird time for television.

And if you compare Part 3 of Season 14's Reunion special to the Season 15 premiere, viewership actually goes up a little -- 1.03 to 1.05.

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But we don't look at season premieres and season finales through the same lens.

With rare exceptions, you expect more people to tune in for a season premiere, conventional wisdom saying that they either lost interest or have resolved to "catch up" later.

Most of the time, when measuring the health of an ongoing series, you compare season premieres to season premiere.

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Doing that with Season 14 and Season 15, you witness a drop of 370,000 viewers -- the population of a large American city, vanishing from one season to the next.

There is always a chance that some of these viewers will return as the season goes on.

But at the moment, it looks like a solid percentage of people have just ... lost interest in viewing one of Bravo's flagship series. Why?

Emily Simpson is Listening

The most obvious difference between Season 14 and Season 15 is that, for the very first time, Vicki Gunvalson is not part of the cast.

She is the OG of the OC. She has been part of this franchise since its inception.

And she's not the only one who's gone. Tamra Judge, after 12 years on the show, also took her leave after turning down Bravo's insulting "Friend" offer.

Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge Dine Without Drama

A lot of people have grown to actively hate Vicki and Tamra over the years, and were on social media (and even in their mentions) celebrating their departure from the show.

But it may be that even more fans are sad to see them go and aren't invested in watching what the show is like without them.

Whether we're talking about politics or TV ratings, it's so important to remember that social media does not reflect how the broader world feels.

Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson Filming After RHOC Exit

Vicki has been a mainstay on the series, and it may turn out that dropping an OG from the show was a mistake.

Few of us can imagine RHONY without Kyle Richards. And we have no idea what RHOA will look like without NeNe Leakes.

However, though there is much to be said about Vicki and Tamra, maybe this ratings slump has less to do with what's missing ... and more to do with who's still there.

Kelly Dodd in a Drunk Wives Matter Hat

Kelly Dodd has spent 2020 lashing out at fans, followers, and countless others, signaling her malice again and again on social media.

She said that the COVID-19 pandemic was "God's way of thinning the herd" as Americans died in hospital hallways.

She mocked the death toll, told outright lies about the virus, made false comparisons to the flu, and spread dangerous misinformation about COVID and masks that got her posts censored on Twitter.

Kelly Dodd Mask-Free Bridal Shower

Kelly flauted safety guidelines again and again. She also condemned heroic Black Lives Matter protests as "terrorism in America" when her Fox News fiance (now husband) showed her his network's propaganda.

Viewers and fans expect Housewives to be over-the-top or even toxic people. They expect to see personality disorders that make people entertaining to watch.

But as calls to fire Kelly and to boycott the show while she's on it have grown, it's clear that fans draw the line at a genuinely evil person. Maybe we're seeing that boycott in action with these numbers.

Supergirl: Coming to an End After Season 6!

Supergirl will soon fly someplace far, far away from television fans.

But any time too soon at least.

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The CW announced on Tuesday that the beloved drama will come to an end after the upcoming sixth season.

It's unclear at this juncture whether the network yanked the plug or producers decided to move on from the series -- but Supergirl will soon begin production on the final 20 episodes of what has been an enjoyable run.

"To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement," star Melissa Benoist wrote in an Instagram post after the news broke.

Along with Benoist, the show stars Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Nicole Maines, Andrea Brooks, Azie Tesfai, Julie Gonzalo, Staz Nair and David Harewood. Previous stars included Mehcad Brooks, Jeremy Jordan, Chris Wood, Floriana Lima, Odette Annable and Calista Flockhart.

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Continued Benoist in her message:

"Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless. She's had that impact on me, too. 

"She's taught me strength I didn't know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we're united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better.

"She has changed my life for the better, and I'm forever grateful."

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Supergirl‘s first season, which debuted in October 2015 on CBS, averaged 7.7 million total viewers and a 1.7 demo rating (in Live+Same Day numbers).

Upon being switched to The CW for Season 2, it slipped to a 2.4 million/0.7, which was expected with the change of networks.

For Season 5?

The show fell to 840,000 total viewers and a 0.22 demo rating, down a full 30 percent from Season 4.

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Wrote Benoist of portraying Supergirl:

"She’s had that impact on me, too.

"She’s taught me strength I didn’t know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we’re united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better.

"She has changed my life for the better, and I’m forever grateful."

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The actress also sounds confident about how the series will wrap up in 2021, concluding:

I’m so excited that we get to plan our conclusion to this amazing journey, and I cannot wait for you to see what we have in store.

I promise we’re going to make it one helluva final season.

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The only returning CW series set to premiere this fall is Supernatural, as networks continue to adjust to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Supergirl will return for its sixth and final season some time next year.
Will you miss it?

Kristian Alfonso Quits Days of Our Lives after 37 Years

A legend has left the building.

Kristian Alfonso, one of the the most recognizable and longest-tenured stars on all of television, has announced that she's leaving Days of Our Lives...

... a soap opera on NBC she joind way back in 1983.

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“I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people’s homes for over three decades. However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter,” Alfonso said in a statement to Deadline.

Following the reveal that this beloved drama will resume filming again on September 1 -- following a hiatus related to the COVID-19 pandemic -- the actress added:

“I will not be returning to Days when it resumes production in September.

"I’ve already filmed my last episode several months ago.”

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Continued Alfonso, who came on boarrd 37 years ago in the role of Hope, via Instagram:

Days of Our Lives has been a vital part of both my personal and professional journey.

I am forever grateful to NBC and the late Betty Corday, who took a chance on me many years ago and changed my life. I have built some lifelong friendships with my extraordinarily talented castmates.

Days has one of the hardest working crews in all of television, many of whom have become part of my extended family.

I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people’s homes for over three decades.

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Without specifying the nature of her impending plans, Alfonso concluded as follows:

However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter...

To the incredibly loyal fans of Days, many of you have been with me on this journey from the beginning.

I cannot thank you enough for your generosity, love and support. I could not have done it without YOU!!!

Kristian Alfonso in 2017

The entire Days of our Lives cast was released from their contracts as a cost-cutting measure last year, three months before NBC renewed the soap opera for a 56th season.

It’s unclear at this time whether Alfonso’s exit is related to that controversial move.

But she did state above that she shot her final scenes months ago... so you can form your own conclusions.

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While the character of Hope Williams Brady has been part of the long-running drama since 1974, Alfonso was the first actress to play her as an adult and has been playing her -- with just two breaks -- since 1983.

She left the show for two years in 1987 and returned briefly from April to July 1990, which culminated with the town of Salem believing that Hope had passed away.

Alfonso then returned again in 1994 as Gina, an amnesiac who had a stark resemblance to Hope.

The character turned out to be Hope after a complicated storyline involving the evil Stefano DiMera, who had brainwashed Gina into believing she was Princess Gina Von Amberg.

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Hope, a prominent detective in the Salem Police Department, was the one to finally kill Stefano, a decision with repercussions that weighed heavily on her conscience for many years.

Really.

These were storylines on Days of Our Lives and now we're left to wonder why we haven't been watching every day for the past several decades.

We wish Kristian Alfonso the best of luck in all future endeavors.

Jas Waters, This Is Us Writer, Dead at 39

Tragedy has struck the television world.

Jas Waters, a writer who worked on This Is Us, has passed away from causes not currently known and/or released.

She was 39 years old.

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The tragic news was broken on Twitter by the official This Is Us writers' Twitter account, which released a statement on Thursday night that reads:

The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing.

In our time together, Jas left her mark on us and ALL over the show. She was a brilliant storyteller and a force of nature. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones.

She was one of us. RIP @JasFly.

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The creator of the smash hit NBC drama, Dan Fogelman, also took to Twitter to express his condolences.

"This news took my breath away," he wrote, adding of Waters:

"Jas was absolutely brilliant and had so many stories still to tell. She made an indelible mark on our show and my heart breaks for her loved ones.

"RIP @JasFly."

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In addition to This Is Us, Waters worked on shows programs as Kidding, Hood Adjacent With James Davis and The Breaks.

She also held a story by credit for the 2019 movie What Men Want.

Prior to her work as a screenwriter, Waters ran her own entertainment website and served as a columnist for Vibe magazine.

You also may recognize her as a former reality star.

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Under the name JasFly, Waters played a role on The Gossip Game, a VH1 reality show that focused on bloggers and other media figures covering the music industry.

"I’m very audacious. This was always the plan for my life, even before I knew it," she said in 2018 interview with Shadow and Act.

"A billion things had to conspire together for me to get here. Listen, I was raised in an old folks’ home. I never had a traditional life;

"I never had a safe, cookie-cutter, predictable, affirming life."

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In the wake of her passing, various This Is Us stars and other celebrities that knew Waters also jumped on social media to remember the late TV writer.

Mandy Moore wrote on Twitter: "Sending love and light to @JasFly's family and loved ones."

Added actress Susan Kelechi Watson: "Incredibly shocked and saddened to have just receive this news. Blessed Light, fly with the angels."

Insecure's Issa Rae tweeted: "I'll never forget being so excited to get an interview w/ @JasFly for Necole Bitchie back when I was working on ABG. I could feel her warmth through the phone.

"Over the years, I got to know & appreciate her even more. She was so generous, beautiful and REAL. I'll miss you, girl."

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E! News host Nina Parker wrote: "Wow. I just heard about @JasFly and I truly don't even have the words. I'm so incredibly sad to hear of her passing and I just don't even know how to begin to process this.

"I don't know what to say... this hurts. Rest in paradise Queen."

Glee's Amber Patrice Riley shared: "I can't believe I woke up to hearing you are gone @JasFly. You inspired me so much and challenged my thinking also. I truly admired you as a writer and just as a black woman.

"We never got to work together like we wanted, but I'm so glad to have known you. #RIPJasFly."

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In a tweet on Wednesday, Waters' management called her a "talented & gifted writer."

"It is with extremely heavy hearts that all of us at RMG mourn the life of our client & friend, Jas Waters," Rain Management wrote on Twitter.

"Jas was a talented & gifted writer, an amazing person, & a sweet soul who will be forever missed. Though she is no longer with us, her impact will be felt for years to come."

May Jas Waters rest in peace.

Grant Gustin Reacts to Hartley Sawyer Firing: "I Was Angry"

As previously reported, Hartley Sawyer has been fired by The CW.

The actor, who starred on The Flash as Ralph Dibny since 2017, was let go on Monday after old Tweets of his resurfaced online.

They were racist and homophobic in nature.

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Said Warner Bros. Television, The CW, Berlanti Productions and executive producer Eric Wallace said in a joint statement:

"In regards to Mr. Sawyer's posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

"Such remarks are antithetical to our values and polices, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce."

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The Tweets were from as far back as 2009 and included such inappropriate quips as:

The only thing stopping me from doing mildly racist tweets is the knowledge that Al Sharpton would never stop complaining about me.

Date rape myself so I don't have to masturbate.

If I had a wife I would beat the hell out of her tonight lol.

@stephenhanks just kidding I don't care and f-gs are fine but sports often make me snore.

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In response to the scandal, Sawyer at least didn't try to make any excuses. Nor did he beat around any bushes.

"Regardless of my intention, my words matter and they carry profound consequences," he wrote.

"And mine can and have caused pain and embarrassment, along with feelings I can only imagine, to supporters and fans, my cast mates, the crew, my colleagues and friends.

"I owe each of you an apology. Thank you for holding me accountable."

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Now, a day after his co-star was let go, Grant Gustin has commented on the controversy.

Re-posting Wallace's statement on Instagram, the Flash lead wrote in the caption:

"I don't have much to add because Eric's thoughts are stated so eloquently and powerfully. I will say I was shocked, saddened and angry when I saw the tweets. Words matter."

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Elsewhere, Stephen Amell, the actor behind character Oliver Queen, retweeted Gustin's post and added:

"Grant is one of the most thoughtful guys I know.

"He listens... and he wears his heart on his sleeve. Proud to have worked with him...

"Also... I'm aware that the showrunner wrote this. I'm supporting my friend. That's it."

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Sawyer, meanwhile, continued in his mea culpa as follows:

"My words, irrelevant of being meant with an intent of humor, were hurtful, and unacceptable.

"I am ashamed I was capable of these really horrible attempts to get attention at that time. I regret them deeply. This was not acceptable behavior.

"These were words I threw out at the time with no thought or recognition of the harm my words could do, and now have done today.

"I am incredibly sorry, ashamed and disappointed in myself for my ignorance back then."

Hartley Sawyer: Fired from The Flash Due to Racist, Homophobic Tweets

Hartley Sawyer has been fired from The Flash after a number of offensive Tweets resurfaced online this week.

In a statement on Monday, The CW announced Sawyer's removal from the beloved series, on which he has starred as Ralph Dibny since 2017.

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"Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for Season 7 of The Flash," Warner Bros. Television, The CW, Berlanti Productions and executive producer Eric Wallace said in a joint message.

"In regards to Mr. Sawyer's posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

"Such remarks are antithetical to our values and polices, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce."

The messages in question are years old, and the 35-year-old actor has even deleted his Twitter account... but social media users shared screen shots of the alleged posts over the weekend.

Hartley Sawyer on The Flash

"The only thing stopping me from doing mildly racist tweets is the knowledge that Al Sharpton would never stop complaining about me," one 2012 Tweet read, for example.

That's not even funny.

"Date rape myself so I don't have to masturbate," read another from that year.

"If I had a wife I would beat the hell out of her tonight lol," read a third.

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There were others, too.

"Out at dinner and just exposed myself as a racist, AGAIN," reads a screenshot of one of his Tweets from September 2014.

"Enjoyed a secret boob viewing at an audition today," reads another tweet from February 2014.

Another post from 2009 featured homophobic language as follows:

"@stephenhanks just kidding I don't care and f-gs are fine but sports often make me snore."

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To his credit, all things considered, Sawyer did not mince words in his apology today.

"I'm not here to make excuses—regardless of my intention, my words matter and they carry profound consequences," he wrote.

"And mine can and have caused pain and embarrassment, along with feelings I can only imagine, to supporters and fans, my cast mates, the crew, my colleagues and friends.

"I owe each of you an apology. Thank you for holding me accountable

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Continued the actor:

"My words, irrelevant of being meant with an intent of humor, were hurtful, and unacceptable.

"I am ashamed I was capable of these really horrible attempts to get attention at that time. I regret them deeply. This was not acceptable behavior.

"These were words I threw out at the time with no thought or recognition of the harm my words could do, and now have done today.

"I am incredibly sorry, ashamed and disappointed in myself for my ignorance back then."

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Sawyer then stressed that "this is not reflective of what I think or who I am now" and concluded:

Years ago, thanks to friends and experiences who helped me to open my eyes, I began my journey into becoming a more responsible adult—in terms of what I say, what I do, and beyond.

I've largely kept that journey private, and this is another way that I have let so many down. I still have more work to do.

But how I define myself now does not take away the impact of my words, or my responsibility for them.

I am very sorry.

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In his statement, meanwhile, Wallace said he's "committed to bringing permanent change to the work environment here on The Flash."

Near the end of his post, the producer spoke about the recent protests and the killing of George Floyd and wrote:

To those who still aren't  sure why so many Americans have taken to the streets to make their voices known, I ask you to consider this:

Every time a Black or Brown life is harassed, harmed or murdered, as in the case of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and too many others, our entire country fractures and moves further and further away from any moral authority we often claim to have in the world.

Murder is not democracy. Systematic and institutional white privilege is not equality.

Suppressing the free press with violence it not liberty. The only way for you to be free is for all of us to be free. #BlackLivesMatter.

Cameran Eubanks QUITS Southern Charm After Six Seasons

Late last year, we reported that Southern Charm had put the next season on hold to conduct a talent search.

Tragically, that talent search will have major -- and majorly stylish -- shoes to fill.

Cameran Eubanks Offers Life Advice

On Tuesday night, in an Instagram comments section of all places, Cameran Eubanks casually dropped some devastating news.

In light of delayed filming and of course the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to devastate the globe, a fan asked a simple question.

When would Cameran and her Southern Charm cohorts be returning to everyone's screens.

Cameran revealed some stunning information in her reply: "I will not be returning."

Andy Cohen Stands with the Southern Charm Cast

NO!! NO!!!!

We here at THG are not the only ones who are absolutely devastated by this news.

"Please tell us that’s a joke!" one follower begged in response.

"You’re the voice of reason, the glue that holds them together," appraised another. "This can’t be true!"

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"Can 2020 get any worse?” lamented another fan.  “That show won’t be the same without you."

Look, we're all going to miss Cameran, but please do not jinx 2020.

This year is sentient. It can hear you. And it will rise to any challenge that you throw at it.

This news about Cameran ditching the show comes as quite a shock.

Cameran Eubanks Defends Herself

Last year, Bravocon was a smash success.

At it, Cameran spoke about her husband, Dr. Jason Wimberly, guest starring on Season 7.

"Season 7 is going to be a very high opening season," she teased.

Cameran told audiences that it would be significant "in terms of, you will see that some people have made some big strides in growth."

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"And some," Cameran lamented in her Bravocon teaser, "have stayed the same, sadly."

“Jason’s shy and private," she said of her husband, "so I think that was kind of a little intro [to appearing on the show.]"

"I think you might see him again," Cameran expressed, "now that he’s more comfortable."

That was an exciting prospect ... but we may never get to see it happen.

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Obviously, it is crushing to think that one of the stars of one of the best gifs that I have ever made will be leaving the show.

The way that Cameran spoke about early in the season leads us to believe that they had already filmed.

Does this mean that they started filming late last year, then ditched the footage to start all over?

If so ... was Season 7 going to be boring AF? If not, what happened?

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The other really obvious question is what happened between Bravocon and now to make Cameran's status change.

Did she quit? A lot of us are interpreting her comment as a statement about quitting the series, but that's not actually what she said.

She said "I will not be returning," a matter-of-fact statement that does not confirm or deny that it was her choice.

It's hard to imagine Cameran getting fired .... but if she suddenly found herself without a storyline, that could happen.

Cameran Eubanks Holds Baby Palmer

Season 7 is happening. That said, Cameran is a real estate agent and a mother.

We have to consider that something -- from the new filming schedule to real life demands -- prompted Cameran to quit.

Additionally, South Carolina dropped its stay-at-home order last week which means that filming could resume, but ... yikes.

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Cameran has been very sensibly concerned about safety, trying to get people to see it as an apolitical topic.

Did Bravo come up with a new film schedule that made her feel unsafe? Is she just sick of the drama?

We are desperately curious for answers and, frankly, still feeling a little in denial about this crushing news.

What will the show be like without Cameran Eubanks?