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The Bachelorette Premiere Date: REVEALED!

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

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

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

Here it is:

Katie Thurston as The Bachelorette

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

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

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

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

Katie Thurston ABC Photo

Among the other major changes?

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

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

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

Katie Thurston on the Couch

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

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

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

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

Chris Harrison Profile Picture

Back to Thurston, however:

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

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

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

Michelle Young and Katie Thurston

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

So much for those expensive and exotic vacations.

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

Katie Thurston Accepts Rose

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

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

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

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

Adult Film Star Maitland Ward is Returning to Mainstream TV

You ever kind of have a crush on an actress on a tv show, maybe a really sexy, tall redhead on a show full of gorgeous actors, and then later in life she starts doing porn and it’s better than you could have imagined? Okay, that basically only describes Maitland Ward, but she’s one of a kind. I know what you’re thinking; what about Jaimee Foxworth? I didn’t forget her, but she was like 10 when she was on Family Matters, Maitland Ward was 21 when she started appearing on Boy Meets World.

Maitland Ward is about to do something no one else has really done and appear on mainstream television and in porn at the same time. The main reason this isn’t a more regular occurrence is that porn stars are not exactly known for their acting ability.

The New York Post reports Ward is going to produce and star in a TV sitcom where she plays a porn star.

“I want to slay both industries,” Ward told The Post. “I love and embrace both. Me being bold and free in my sexuality and so out there with it has really given me that power. When I was like this innocent flower, I was letting everyone else dictate what I should do or what I should be.”

While some may stick their noses up at her day job, the redheaded bombshell says it unleashed passion within herself — not just passion for the cameras.

“When people always say, ‘Oh porn’s going to ruin you. You’ll never be seen by mainstream again. Nobody will ever want to hire you and porn will ruin it,’ ” she said, “it’s given me my acting career back. It really has.”

Maitland Ward has spoken in the past about limited her options were after Boy Meets World. Basically, the best she could hope for was a really popular Hallmark Movies and Mysteries TV movie series.

The line between porn and TV has been blurring for a while. Are you going to tell me that porn would have detrimental to the career of anyone on Game of Thrones when that show was still good? A sitcom about porn is probably prestige TV these days.

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

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

And it's all because of Meghan Markle.

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

Sharon Osbourne as The Talk Host

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

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

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

"Even if you don't agree."

Sharon Osbourne on The Talk

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

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

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

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

Sharon Osbourne Image

Now, she's been forced off the program.

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

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

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

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

Sharon Osbourne Red Carpet Pic

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

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

Osbourne

Concluded the statement that confirmed Osbourne would not return:

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

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

But without Osbourne.

Sharon Osbourne Snapshot

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

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

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

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

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

Sharon Osbourne, Big Pink Sweatshirt

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

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

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

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

Jessica Walter Dead at 80; Arrested Development Cast Mourns Beloved Actress

Jessica Walter, the veteran actress who established one of the funniest and most memorable characters in TV history on Arrested Development, passed away in her sleep on Wednesday.

She was 80 years old.

This very sad move was confirmed to People Magazine by the beloved star's daughter, Brooke.

Jessica Walter

"It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica," Brooke said on Thursday afternoon.

"A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on screen and off.

"While her legacy will live on through her body of work, she will also be remembered by many for her wit, class and overall joie de vivre."

Walter made her movie debut back in 1964 and starred in shows such as 90210 and Archer.

Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth 03

However, a majority of younger television fans will forever remember Walter as the hilariously self-centered and conniving matriarch Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development, on which she starred from 2003 to 2013 -- and then again from 2018 to 2019.

In response to her death, nearly everyone associated with this legendary sitcom mourned Walter on social media or via a statement.

“She was a force, and her talent and timing were unmatched. Rest In Peace Mama Bluth,” wrote Tony Hale, who played Lucille’s son Buster on Arrested Development.

Hale included with his tribute a sweet, smiling selfie of him and the actress.

Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth 04

Added Alia Shawkat: “love you Gangie #jessicawalters."

And series lead Jason Bateman:

"R. I. P. Jessica Walter. What an incredible career, filled with amazing performances. I will forever remember my time with her, watching her bring Lucille Bluth to life.

"She was one of a kind. All my love and thoughts to her family."

Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth 05

And Will Arnett:

"Jessica Walter was a deeply talented person. We first met on a pilot in ‘96 and I was instantly blown away.

"I’m fortunate to have had a front row seat to her brilliance for 25 years. My thoughts are with her daughter Brooke and grandson Micah today.

"Farewell Jessica, you’ll be missed."

Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth 06

Walter also made a humorous name for herself on Archer, prompting this message from FX:

We are utterly heartbroken to learn of the passing of Jessica Walter.  She was a comedic genius and a brilliant actor who personified wit, grace and elegance. 

Jessica’s “Malory Archer” served as the bedrock character for the series and we were always honored to have her as member of our FX family.

Words cannot describe the monumental loss we and the Archer producers and cast feel. 

We extend our love, appreciation and condolences to Jessica’s family.

Jessica Walter as Malory Archer

Added Adam Reed, creator and executive producer of Archer:

The Archer family is heartbroken to lose Jessica Walter, our beloved colleague and friend. 

Jessica was a consummate professional, an actor's actor, and the exact opposite of Malory Archer – warm, caring, and kind, with an absolutely cracking sense of humor – and it was both a privilege and a true honor to work with her over these many years.

She will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

Jessica Walter character on Archer

Walter was previously married to actor Ron Leibman before his death in 2019. Along with Bowman, Walter is survived by her grandson Micah Heymann.

We send our condolences to her friends, family members and loved ones.

May Jessica Walter rest in peace.

Jay Leno Admits That Telling Racist Jokes About Asians for Decades Was Maybe a Bad Idea

There has been a marked increase in racist and violent incidents targeting Asians over the past year. While all racism is misguided, illogical and stupid, this recent spate of racism towards Asians really takes the cake for just being entirely irrational.

Basically, the people who don’t think that COVID-19 is a big deal and that masks and vaccines are a pedophile conspiracy are also very mad at Asian people for creating the deadly virus that’s caused a global pandemic.

Now, it does seem likely that the current strain of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 originated in China, but it’s not like that is in any way the fault of the Chinese people. China’s response to the outbreaks took the threat much, much more seriously than places like the US and the UK did, and it was the lack of bold action by Western governments to control the situation that likely lead to the virus spreading as widely as it has and the development of more serious variants.

It has been convenient for leaders like Donald Trump and Boris Johnson to pass their failings as leaders off on the Chinese government, which is notoriously secretive and currently engaged in genocide. But you would think that anyone who lives in a country that elected someone like Donald Trump or Boris Johnson or Emmanuel Macron would realize that a bad government doesn’t mean that the citizens are bad.

Racism against Asians is nothing new, though, and we as a society have basically been ignoring it and letting it slide for years.

Case in point, Variety reports that former Tonight Show host Jay Leno apologized to Media Action Network for Asian Americans for the decades worth of racist jokes he’s told at the expense of Asians.

And just so we’re clear, Leno wasn’t doing something like Sarah Silverman or Stephen Colbert where he was subversively using racist tropes to point out the way that we as a society accept this sort of racism in a way that some modern audiences frown on, Leno was just going “haha, Asian people eat dogs” as recently as 2020.

The thing is… Jay Leno used to be funny. Comedian and political commentator Jimmy Dore has said a few times “I hate Barack Obama for the same reason I hate Jay Leno: he was my hero and he broke my heart.”

I get it, Leno has it in him to be a really funny comic. He could have been remembered as one of the greats like Carlin, but instead he’ll be remembered as hacky, lazy and kind of racist. That was his choice, and he admits it.

Should have taken his own advice.

“At the time I did those jokes, I genuinely thought them to be harmless,” Leno said in a joint press release with MANAA leader Guy Aoki. “I was making fun of our enemy North Korea, and like most jokes, there was a ring of truth to them.”

Leno continued, “At the time, there was a prevailing attitude that some group is always complaining about something, so don’t worry about it. Whenever we received a complaint, there would be two sides to the discussion: Either ‘We need to deal with this’ or ‘Screw ‘em if they can’t take a joke.’ Too many times I sided with the latter even when in my heart I knew it was wrong.”

In light of that, Leno said, “I am issuing this apology. I do not consider this particular case to be another example of cancel culture but a legitimate wrong that was done on my part. MANAA has been very gracious in accepting my apology. I hope that the Asian American community will be able to accept it as well, and I hope I can live up to their expectations in the future.”

I mean, it’s not nothing. At least he realizes that he should say something. It’s never too late to do better.

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‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Hate Dr. Oz As Much As Everyone Else Hates Dr. Oz

“That ain’t it, chief.”

That was the reaction of basically every Jeopardy! fan as they tuned in and saw Dr. Mehmet Oz stepping into the shoes of the irreplaceable Alex Trebek.

You would think Oz would be a slam-dunk, he’s a popular and charismatic host and clearly very intelligent: he has an MD from Penn and he pioneered a new mitral valve procedure in the 90s.

of course, if you’ve ever watched The Dr. Oz Show, probably because you were visiting your grandmother, you know that these days he’s more known for, well… spewing a bunch of unscientific bullshit. You don’t become Oprah’s favorite doctor without telling her homeopathy is great, after all.

Jeopardy! is a fairly difficult quiz show for the average person, so it attracts an audience of people who like to challenge their minds. That’s not really Dr. Oz’s brand, and the fans were quick to let the talk show know it on social media.

Judging from that profile picture, he was a contestant.

Now, I personally would not call Dr. Oz a snake oil salesman or a charlatan, mainly because that’s the sort of wording that can open one up to a defamation lawsuit. Now if you call someone a dipshit, well, that’s not a statement of fact and no one can get sued.

So far Jeopardy! producer Mike Richards has been the most impressive guest host, sort of like the time NBC hired a writer from The Simpsons with basically no experience on-camera to replace David Letterman. Just came out of nowhere and changed the game.

Personally, I think Richards would be a good choice, as would LeVar Burton or Mayim Bialik, with the latter already scheduled for a guest hosting slot down the line.

On second thought, maybe just call LeVar Burton already and wrap this thing up.

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HBO Striking While the Iron is Hot, Producing Even More ‘Game of Thrones’ Spin-Offs

Young Sheldon is a rather middle-of-the-road sitcom about the origins of The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper, a person who experienced no real character growth whatsoever from his childhood until the last episode of that show when he realized other people matter as much as he does. This rather limits the story potential of the series as character development is one of the pillars of modern television storytelling.

The show is still a rather decent ratings success for CBS, though, because they launched it while The Big Bang Theory was the number one show on television and some people who were fans of that show started watching the spin-off and got into the habit of watching it.

The number two television series at the time, just barely behind The Big Bang Theory in the ratings, was Game of Thrones. Those shows ended within a few days of each other in 2019 and people have generally moved on, especially from Game of Thrones after its incredibly disappointing ending.

HBO doesn’t want to admit that they missed their window to further monetize the brand and is launching just a ton of spin-offs, years after anyone actually still gave a s**t.

Variety reports HBO is developing three more spin-offs in addition to the Targaryen-focused House of the Dragon.

“9 Voyages” would center on Lord Corlys Velaryon — known as the “Sea Snake” and head of House Velaryon, husband to Rhaenys Targaryen — on the Sea Snake vessel. The most well-known nautical adventurer in all of Westeros, Lord Corlys — built a house even wealthier than the Lannisters and claims the largest navy in the world.

“Flea Bottom” would take place in the poorest district of King’s Landing, while “10,000 Ships” revolves around Princess Nymeria, who journeyed with the Rhoynar to Dorne and married Lord Mors Martell.

None of those sound interesting, but Flea Bottom sounds the least interesting.

A Song of Ice and Fire is something of a cautionary tale for writers on not letting your plot bloat. He started with an outline for three books and he could have written those three books twenty years ago. His plot kept taking detours as he kept expanding the three locations he had initially set the story in and he wanted to delve into the politics of the Iron Islands or take a break and write a two-book Silmarillion-esque history of the Targaryen family or whatever, and now he’s probably never going to finish the series, which has ballooned a seven-book series.

No one wants more Game of Thrones. No one is asking for these. The precipitous drop in quality of the show after it ran out of material to adapt killed the franchise. But HBO is still unwilling to admit that Watchmen bombed, and they haven’t really had a big hit since Game of Thrones, so this is what they’ve got and they’re going for it.

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Leah Remini Says Sharon Osbourne is Actually Super Racist

When I heard that Sharon Osbourne was accused of wanting to get rid of Holly Robison Peete on The Talk because she’s “too ghetto,” I believed Osbourne’s denial. Not because I find it particularly hard to believe she’d be racist, just that I’ve never heard a British person say “ghetto” like that before. They call it “chav” over there.

Leah Remini had some very specific allegations of Osbourne using racist and homophobic language with her about her other co-hosts. Here’s what Remini told Yashir Ali, as the journalist published on his Substack newsletter.

According to Remini, in one exchange during the first season, Osbourne said of Chen: “I mean, who the f**k does slanty eyes think she is? She shouldn’t be pillow-talking with our boss.”

In another exchange, according to Remini, Osbourne said of Gilbert: “Why won’t the pussy licker do anything about the wonton?” and “Why won’t the fish eater be part of this discussion? She’s the fucking executive producer.”

Remini also says that Osbourne would refer to her as a WOP and Guinea which are ethnic slurs used against Italians.

That’s really something right there. I don’t know why Remini would lie about this, especially with the Church of Scientology poring over her every word in order to discredit her.

Remember at the top of this story when I said I’d never heard a British person say ghetto? Well, I’m a pundit but Yashir Ali is a journalist, and he mentions he dug up clips of Osbourne calling both Remini and Peete “ghetto” on The Talk, which contradicts Osbourne’s claim that she had never used the word that way.

I should mention Ali also printed a comment from Osbourne’s people denying the whole thing.

The only thing worse than a disgruntled former employee is a disgruntled former talk show host. For 11 years Sharon has been kind, collegial and friendly with her hosts as evidenced by throwing them parties, inviting them to her home in the UK and other gestures of kindness too many to name. Sharon is disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies, the recasting of history and the bitterness coming out at this moment. She will survive this, as she always has and her heart will remain open and good, because she refuses to let others take her down. She thanks her family, friends and fans for standing by her and knowing her true nature.

Ali’s piece is really worth reading if you’re interested in this whole issue, he’s done a lot of research into other incidents Osbourne has had over the years.

But here’s my take-away. Sharon a Osbourne has apparently been terrible for decades and it seems like everyone at CBS knew it. I find it beyond hilarious that after all of that, the thing that CBS deemed a bridge too far was being friends with Piers Morgan.

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Sharon Osbourne Says CBS Told Her Co-Hosts to ‘Blindside’ Her About Piers Morgan

The Talk shut down production for two days because Sharon Osbourne defended Piers Morgan’s right to make a twat out of himself. The discussion around “cancel culture” kind of gets old because roughly 50% of the time it’s someone who complains that Fox News is too liberal saying “You can’t even call a black person the n-word without consequences anymore, I thought this was America!” But then something like this happens and makes national headlines and reminds that yes, sometimes there is a problem here.

Let me give you some backstory here. Piers Morgan is mad that Meghan Markle stopped being his friend when she started dating Prince Harry, and instead of going “oh well, makes sense, I was implicated in a massive phone hacking scandal that involved members of the Royal Family, I can see how that would be a problem,” he, like the rest of the British press, devoted an increasing amount of time to attacking her over basically anything. This culminated in him quitting Good Morning Britain to spend more time being a twat with his family. Sharon Osbourne said on The Talk, essentiallythat she didn’t agree with what he said, specifically when he said she was lying about having suicidal ideation, but that Piers was her friend and he had a right to his opinion.

This is what caused The Talk to shut down while CBS investigates, presumably whether people do in fact have the right to be twats and have idiotic opinions (they do).

According to what Osbourne told Variety, the entire segment was set up by CBS execs who presumably thought it would be good television to have her co-hosts attack her and call her racist.

“I blame the network for it,” Osbourne told Variety on Friday night. “I was blindsided, totally blindsided by the whole situation. In my 11 years, this was the first time I was not involved with the planning of the segment.”

Osbourne says about eight minutes before the show began on Wednesday, a showrunners called and ask her if it was OK if they asked about Morgan. “I said, ‘Sure, they can ask me whatever.’ But then I get on there, I say my piece and Sheryl [Underwood] turns around straight-faced, looks at me and is reading from a card with questions. I was just so hurt, caught off guard and stunned by what I was being asked and not prepared. I was honestly in shock. I felt like I was in front of a firing squad. I felt like a lamb held out for slaughter. … They had me there for 20 minutes.”

“I’m a big girl. I’m a professional,” she said. “However CBS blindsided me. I don’t know why they did it to me. The showrunners told me it came from executives to do this to me.”

My biggest problem here is that the whole thing was framed as “Piers Morgan was being racist and so you’re defending a racist by saying you disagree with him but he has the right to free speech.” Now, a lot of British people’s problem with the Duchess of Sussex is that she’s black, but that’s demonstratively not Piers Morgan’s problem with her. He had a personal relationship with the Duchess and his feelings are hurt that she cut him out.

These are the sorts of things that hurt your cause and allow people who have actually done bad things, like sexually harassing a bunch of women and lying about COVID death numbers, to claim they’re victims of “cancel culture” too.

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The World is Not Watching: Grammys and Golden Globe s Have Record-Low Viewership

We as a society may finally be over awards shows. If you really think about it, they’re one of the dumbest things we do: rich celebrities giving other rich celebrities little golden statues to tell each other what a great job they did and how important they are. And then the celebrities who win, or don’t win, make it sound like the recipients of these little statues are a matter of the highest importance to our society.

There are probably a dozen of these that count as “major” awards, and people are finally tired of watching them.

I found it a little strange that the other networks had new episodes of their Sunday night shows against the Golden Globe and Grammy Award ceremonies as it’s not usually done, but clearly, they were on to something as the two shows both pulled record-low audiences. The Golden Globes only managed to attract about a third of their 2020 audience and the Grammys only got about half of their previous record-low ratings.

While The Weeknd and Zayn Malik are complaining about the way the awards are given out, the general public seems to care less than ever. I really don’t think that’s because the nomination process is too opaque.

Glenn Close was nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars from the same role she was nominated for Worst Actress in at the Razzie Awards. I get it, people like Glenn Close, see her name and say “Oh, let’s give her a little gold statue to tell her how much we like her!” It’s okay to admit Glenn Close was in a bad movie.

We all get a dopamine hit from having someone else say they like the thing we like, but do these awards actually mean anything? The winners are mostly the result of “for your consideration” campaigns and does anyone decide to watch a movie because it won an Oscar? You know what would happen to someone who did that? They’d have watched Green Book. Is that a price worth paying?

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

Wow.

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

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

Not for this upcoming season of The Bachelorette at least.

Chris Harrison Host Photo

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

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

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

Meanwhile ...

Tayshia Adams in Thought

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

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

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

Kaitlyn Bristowe Bachelorette Photo

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

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

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

Tayshia on Proposal Day

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

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

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

Rachael Kirkconnell Insta Pic

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

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

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

Chris Harrison and Rachel Lindsay on Set

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

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

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

Chris Harrison for The Bachelor

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

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

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

Chris Harrison Plays Host

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

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

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

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

Chris Harrrison on The Bachelor Season 25

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

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

Continued Harrison this month:

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

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"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?

Piers Morgan is Leaving ‘Good Morning Britain’ to Spend More Time Hating Meghan Markle

The Queen was not expected to issue a statement about Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah, but she did. And the contents of that statement were particularly shocking because she came as close you can expect the Queen to come to apologizing to Meghan and Harry. Someone, probably Charles or Anne, is going to get an earful.

A lot of people in the UK are mad at the Sussexes, though, for whatever reason, and one of those people is Piers Morgan. The background for this is that Piers and Meghan Markle were very good friends until she started dating Prince Harry, and which point she immediately stopped all contact with him.

That information might paint Markle in a bad light, but something you have to understand is that even though he denies having had any knowledge of it, Morgan was implicated in a voicemail hacking scandal that included members of the Royal Family having their phones hacked. It seems incredibly likely that Meghan wasn’t allowed to talk to Morgan by the Palace and after breaking away his behavior wouldn’t have left her with much desire to speak to him.

Morgan hates the Sussexes so much that he quit his TV show, Good Morning Britain, because the weatherman suggested he not hate them so much.

See, the thing about Piers Morgan is… he’s a twat. Just a massive bellend. All you need to do is realize that Morgan said he believed Meghan may have been lying about having suicidal thoughts to know that he is without a doubt the biggest knob in the door store.

See, Piers could have remained an understanding friend to Meghan. He has to realize the phone-hacking scandal is why she wasn’t talking to him, and hearing all the stories about how little freedom she was afforded should have clued him in to the situation, but he just got more bitter and unreasonable about it. Because he’s Piers Morgan.

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‘WandaVision’: Why Your Fan Theories Were Both Wrong and Right and Where Does Marvel Go Now?

Even though it had what I would call a satisfying ending, it’s sad to see WandaVision go. We’re not going to see a season 2 of the show, though Wanda’s story will continue in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Even though I’m sure that Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki will be good shows, WandaVision became a cultural phenomenon in a way the other Marvel shows are unlikely to reproduce.

And before we get started, there are going to be spoilers for probably every episode of WandaVision, so watch it and then come back.

One thing we can say for sure about WandaVision is that it made Wanda Maximoff, now going by her comic book moniker the Scarlet Witch, a major character in the Marvel Universe. I would bet that right now, more people want to see the next Doctor Strange movie to follow the story of this supporting character from the background of the Avengers films than to see the exploits of Doctor Strange himself.

That’s exactly what Disney was hoping to accomplish with their TV shows in a way they never could with projects like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; they wanted the TV shows to build hype for the movies, and they certainly have.

Of course, a big part of the appeal of WandaVision was the Twin Peaks-esque story that left fans guessing about what was coming. It may seem like there was a major lack of payoff with things like the aerospace engineer we were all sure would turn out to be a major cameo, and it was supposed to be, but some things got cut that still had a bunch of clues pointing to them in earlier episodes. These cameos were presumably cut so late in production that Elizabeth Olsen and Teyonah Parris weren’t even aware they were cut, though Paul Bettany was talking about himself when he said he got to work with an actor he had always admired.

Of course, there were plenty of red herrings as well. Like, what was the point of casting Evan Peters as a fake Pietro if he just turned out to be some guy who Agatha was controlling to get close to Wanda and learn her secrets? It was meant to make us think that he might be the Quicksilver from the X-Men films because if they had cast anyone else, we, the audience, wouldn’t have been fooled. It’s the same reason Emma Caulfield was cast as Dottie, who turned out to just be another one of Wanda’s neighbors trapped in the hex. If Kathryn Hahn was the only person you recognized outside of the main cast, it would have been even easier to figure out that she was going to play a bigger role in the series.

Even though WandaVision wrapped its plot up and answered most of our questions, the serialized nature of the Marvel universe means there are still some plot threads dangling at the end of the show. Vision has been reassembled and the Vision Wanda created gave him his memories back, but without the Mind Gem as a part of his brain, what will his personality be like?

And what about Billy and Tommy? Were they ever even real? Wanda hearing their voices in the post-credits scene seems to imply that they are real and they’re alive somewhere. Considering Marvel seems to be looking to introduce the Young Avengers, with Cassie Lang having been recast for a potentially bigger role in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantamania and Kate Bishop slated to appear in the upcoming Hawkeye series, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of them. This is especially likely considering Billy is Marvel’s most prominent LGBT character, along with his husband Hulkling, who I wouldn’t be surprised to see turn up in Secret Invasion.

And if you’re looking for the next Marvel show that could hit the zeitgeist the same way WandaVision and The Mandalorian have, Secret Invasion is a safe guess, as is She-Hulk, which is going to surprise a lot of people if it’s anything close to the quality of the John Byrne or Dan Slott eras of the comic it’s based on.

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Bhad Bhabie Claims Dr. Phil Show Sent Her to a Torture Camp

Dr. Phil, along with most afternoon TV shows, wants you to believe they’re helping people. I mean, after all, if the people on these shows aren’t being helped, we’re just voyeuristically watching to see a freak show.

One of the more popular segments on these shows is the “out-of-control teens.” Probably the most famous of these segments was when Dr. Phil had on Danielle Bregoli, a.k.a. Bhad Bhabie, a.k.a. the “cash me ousside” girl. But these sorts of segments were so popular that South Park was making fun of them before Bregoli was even born.

That aired in 2006 and Danielle Bregoli was born in 2007.

Bregoli is now claiming that not only did Dr. Phil not help her, but the “troubled teens” camp she was sent to was more like another episode of South Park, Death Camp of Tolerance.

Bregoli talked about her experience in one of these camps on Instagram.

There’s been a Murder at this facility, reports of torture and now a report of sexual abuse and dr. Phil still continues to send trouble children here even after knowing this stuff has happened at this facility. This makes my blood boil. I went through being malnourished, abused , and having to do hard labor and being there while someone was murdered. I came back with more trauma then I went there with. I was sent to this place to get help. Hannah went to this place to get help what she got was the complete opposite @turnabout_ranchneeds to be SHUT DOWN IMMEDIATELY and staff should receive consequences for how they treat helpless children.

So what exactly are we watching when we watch these daytime shows? I know that seeing someone like Bregoli at 13 go on a segment titled “I Want to Give Up My Car-Stealing, Knife-Wielding, Twerking 13-Year-Old Daughter Who Tried to Frame Me for a Crime” makes you feel like a better parent, but what’s the cost to the children who are on these shows?

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Jennette McCurdy Hated Doing ‘iCarly’

iCarly was a really popular Nickelodeon show, one of the most popular shows the network has ever aired. Jennette McCurdy was a big part of that success, and she even got her own spin-off with Ariana Grande, Sam & Cat, after the show ended.

She hated it.

it’s probably a bummer for fans of the show, but McCurdy hated every minute of the show and is embarrassed of having done it. Here’s what she told Anna Farris on her Empty Inside podcast, via The Huffington Post.

“I resent my career in a lot of ways. I feel so unfulfilled by the roles that I played and felt like it was the most cheesy, embarrassing. I did the shows that I was on from like 13 to 21, and by 15, I was already embarrassed. My friends at 15, they’re not like, ‘Oh, cool, you’re on this Nickelodeon show.’ It was embarrassing. And I imagine there’s a very different experience to be had with acting if you’re proud of your roles, and if you feel fulfilled by them,” she said.

That’s got to put a damper on the upcoming reboot of the show.

Do you even really want to watch a reboot of iCarly now? At this rate Paramount might have to come up with a new show based on an original idea or something.

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Taylor Swift calls Netflix Show Sexist for Making a Joke at Her Expense

Taylor Swift sort of famously has no sense of humor. People don’t really talk about it, but have you ever heard a story about her laughing something off or taking something in stride? I haven’t, but I have heard a bunch of stories about her getting in various squabbles and being mad about relatively innocuous.

Ginny & Georgia, a mother/daughter dramedy on Netflix that’s been compared to Gilmore Girls, had a relatively harmless joke about Swift, with one character saying to another “You go through men faster than Taylor Swift.”

Of course, Taylor Swift lost her damn mind when she found about it, and her fans were more than happy to point out that the most important part of feminism is liking Taylor Swift.

Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back. How about we stop degrading hard working women by defining this horse s**t as FuNnY. Also, @netflix after Miss Americana this outfit doesn’t look cute on you. Happy Women’s History Month I guess

She could have just said nothing. That was an option she had. She could have just heard that joke (which I agree isn’t that funny) and let it go.

There were a lot of people claiming that Swift was being slut-shamed, but no one is calling Taylor Swift a slut, she obviously isn’t. Taylor Swift is a serial monogamist and that’s what people are making fun of her for.

Swift jumped from high-profile relationship to high-profile relationship and wrote a lot of songs about how much the guys she dated sucked. It’s not a great joke because it’s been told a hundred times, but it’s not wrong, either.

In her own way, Taylor Swift is just as egotistical as Kanye West. Sure, Kanye just rambles on about how he’s the most powerful human being or whatever, but Swift sells herself as some sort of living embodiment of feminism, and if you don’t like her then you’re betraying womankind. That takes a pretty swelled head, too.

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The Bachelor Blows Up! Matt Cries! One Suitor Quits!

The Bachelor really is going through it these days.

We're talking not just about the franchise, either, amid an ongoing racism scandal that has engulfed the Season 25 favorite and also the only host the show has ever known.

We're also talking about The Bachelor himsellf, Matt James.

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Shortly after James addressed the Rachael Kirkconnell-Chris Harrison saga on Instagram, he went on a quartet of hometown dates with his final four.

Sort of.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series brought Bri, Michelle, Rachael and Serena P.'s loved ones to Nemacolin Resort in Pennsylvania.

We opened with Michelle taking Matt on a bike ride and then on a virtual trip to the classroom in which she teaches.

Matt James and Michelle

"How many girlfriends do you have?" one student asked, to which Matt replied deftly: "I've got one right here, Ms. Young."

Another student, Kelsey, wondered if the couple planned on having babies.

"That's a great question. And yeah, I do want kids. A lot of them," James responded, while later telliing another student that he and Michelle are discussing the whole marriage thing.

After these cute interactions, the pair kissed and Michelle told the cameras that the day had gone "even better" than she could've imagined.

Michelle Young Photo

"I'm falling in love with Matt," she confessed, adding:

"And I think my family, they're going to have no problem falling in love with him, too. But tonight, if they for some reason said, 'No, we don't like Matt,' it would be really hard for me to move forward with our relationship."

No pressure, though!

On her own, Michelle told her dad that she would accept a proposal from Matt.

When this same father proceeded to ask Matt if he loves her daughter, James diidn't give a straight answer:

"I haven't told her that yet and it's not something I will share with her until I meant it. And I am all in for your daughter."

Matt James in the Sun

Michelle, Matt and her parents ended the night playing basketball together.

"I connect with you in a way that I've never connected with anyone before, and so I do want you to know that after you meeting my family, I knew that I was going to take my emotions to a whole different level and I was ready for that," Michelle said to Matt.

"And I can say that I am falling in love with you. And that makes me so excited and it's so scary but it's so genuine and it's so real."

They they smooched.

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From there, it was Rachael's time.

She picked James up in a sports car, blindfolded him and took him to another location -- which ended up being the spot for skydiving!

Matt said it was the "perfect idea," while Rachael admitted to being pretty anxious.

"It's a different feeling when you're falling in love and that person's potentially, like, really hurt," Matt told Rachael after both survived the adventure, but the latter took a hard fall.

"And the thought of losing you set in in that moment. I was like, damn we're just getting started. I didn't realize how strongly I felt until something like that happened to you."

Rachael Kirkconnell and The Bachelor

Later, when her parents arrived, Rachael held nothing back.

"I've definitely been falling in love with him so easily," she told her mom, adding:

"If he were to propose to me tomorrow, I would be confident in saying 'yes.' Like, I know we can make this work. At least I think so."

Kirkconnell's mom was supportive, but her dad continually told Matt that it appeared as if the romance was moving too quickly.

Rachael ended up disappointed when Matt eventually told her he failed to ask for her father's blessing, prompting this quote from her: "I will be completely crushed if I don't end up with Matt."

Pre-Fantasy Suite

Up next, Bri took Matt off-roading; this time, with her behind the wheel.

When Bri's mother asked what Matt liked about her child, Matt mentioned the commonality they shared of being raised by a single parent.

"The level we connect on is different than the conversations and connections I have with other women here, and I realized that early on when I shared with her what it's like to grow up with a single parent," Matt said.

"It's made me who I am and everything that you've done for Bri has made her into this woman who she is today. And I see it working with Bri."

Matt James Keeps Warm

Matt refused to drop the L-Bomb either to Bri or about Bri, but she went all in after James met her mom and her BFF.

"After taking to my mom and [my friend] Bri, I feel like I'm falling in love with you and I just… I want more time with you," she told Matt, who gave her a kiss in response.

Would he give her a rose later on, however?

Matt and Serena P.

Finally, Serena brought Matt to a private bar decked out with Canadian flags, maple syrup and beaver stuffed animals.

She wanted to give him the full Canada experience.

Serena's mom, Rasna, pulled Matt aside to talk almost as soon as she got there, asking him what he liked about her daughter.

"She's smart, beautiful, has her head on her shoulders and she challenges me," he responded.

"She doesn't take crap from anybody and every time I've left a conversation with her, I'm thinking about her and wanting to know everything I can about her."

Serena P for Season 25

In a separate conversation, after hearing that Matt was "everything" she would want for Serena, the suitor's sibling, Talia, told her sister:

"You don't seem smitten.

"And I think it's because you're in your head, personally. I think you're logically thinking, 'Yeah, Matt checks all the boxes, but where's that it-factor?'"

While speaking with her dad, Serena confessed that the certainty she felt in her relationship with Matt had started to wane.

"On one end I was confident, but now I'm not 1000 percent sure," Serena said.

Sensing that something remained "off" after the quasi hometown date, Matt paid Serena a visit at her suite and she shared the decision she came to following their meeting with her loved ones.

"When it came to being able to actually talk about my feelings for you and how I felt about you, I really struggled," she explained.

"And I thought that it was fear initially, that I was just scared.

But I think if I'm being honest with myself, it's more than that. And I think that it just comes down to the fact that I don't think that you're my person."

Matt took a long pause, clearly not too upset about the decision, and said:

"It sucks to hear that, 'cause I just want what's best for you. And if that's not going to be me, I can't make you happy and be all those things for you then like, that stinks."

With Serena headed home, Matt had a message for his final three prior to Fantasy Suite week:

"I just want to reiterate what it means when I offer you a rose and what comes with accepting that rose is accepting what comes with being here for me that's an engagement," Matt told his remaining suitors before starting the rose ceremony.

"I want you all to think long and hard about that commitment before you accept the rose tonight."

Michelle accepted "without hesitation," as did Rachael and then Bri.

However, Bri felt some type of way about being the last one offered a rose.

"There's just something a little bit disheartening knowing that I got the last rose," she told the cameras. "I can't help but just wonder where Matt's head is at."

Editor's Note:

We've read The Bachelor spoilers, Bri. We know the answer.

‘Riverdale’ Stars in Love: Skeet Ulrich and Lucy Hale are Getting Intimate

Skeet Ulrich plays Jughead’s father Forsythe Pendleton Jones II on the CW’s campy hit Riverdale, based on the Archie comics universe. Lucy Hale plays Jughead’s contemporary Katy Keene on Riverdale and its canceled spin-off Katy Keene. So when I heard the pair were dating, all I could think was “way to go, Skeet. Back of the net.

Page Six reports that the pair were seen smooching around town.

The “Scream” star, 51, and the former “Pretty Little Liars” actress, 31, were photographed on a PDA-heavy lunch date in Los Angeles on Sunday — and the May-December pair appeared to be completely smitten with one another.

In one of the photos, Hale and Ulrich are seen sharing a kiss as they wait for their food at the Sweet Butter Cafe. In another, the actors playfully hold on to each other’s hands.

In addition to lunch, the stars were photographed going for a touchy-feeling stroll through Los Angeles, where they were pictured wearing face masks, blue jeans and sunglasses.

I checked social media, expecting to see people mad about their age difference even though Hale is 31 and it would be really hard to make an argument that she’s not old enough to date whoever the hell she wants.

What the sentiment on social media actually consisted of is mostly women mad that Skeet Ulrich isn’t kissing them.

I was more focused on how hot Lucy Hale is, but that’s just me.

They actually are a really cute couple. I find that relationships with these kinds of age gaps work because women are attracted to men who are smart and sophisticated and can engage with them intellectually and men are shallow and basically idiots compared to women their own age.

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‘WandaVision’: Was it Really REDACTED All Along?

This week’s WandaVision was the biggest yet, as we finally started to get some answers with the show moving into its final act.

Even though WandaVision has been refreshingly different from basically every other Marvel Studios project, it still has a classical story structure, and this week we hit what Blake Snyder called the All Is Lost moment in his Save the Cat beat sheet and what Dan Harmon’s story circle labels “They pay a heavy price for it.” Either way you look at it, it means we’re moving into the final act.

Basically, everyone was right and Agnes is really Agatha Harkness, Wanda’s mentor in the original comics, and everything going on in Westview has been her doing. We even got a Munsters-inspired opening credit sequence explaining it was Agatha All Along, one of the highlights of the entire series, which showed her manipulating events with her purple magical energy.

Something I noticed that I think a lot of people missed is that the energy field around the Hex was a bluish-purple in episode 4 and 5 until Wanda came into the real world for her showdown with Hayward; Wanda reinforced the magic to make the barrier harder to pass through, and that’s when it turned red.

Passing through this magical barrier a third time in her attempt to save Wanda (who she thought was behind the Hex) gave Monica Rambeau her superpowers. She even did the superhero landing Deadpool joked about in his first film that’s become visual shorthand for someone having superpowers.

Now that we know the Westview anomaly was Agatha All Along, that raises the question of what Agatha actually wants. She clearly wanted Wanda and Vision to have children; she pushed them into a romantic evening in the first episode and was behind the town’s creepy, synchronized “For the children” chant in the second.

Tommy and Billy also only aged around Agatha; first while she was watching them as babies, then when she brought the doghouse for Sparky and then Wanda had to talk them out of aging themselves up again when Sparky died, which was also Agatha’s doing. Maybe she was trying to get the twins alone to try to age them up again and we’ll see them as teens in the final two episodes.

After the birth of the twins, Agatha focused on creating strife in Wanda and Vision’s marriage, starting right after they were born, hinting that something is wrong through Herb. She even sent Pietro and pointed Vision to the edge of the anomaly by sitting there in her car pretending to be frozen like the rest of the people at the edge of town. She really gave up the plot at that point, as she still responded to Agnes when Vision “freed” her from mind control even though everyone in Westview has a TV name, not their own.

That book in Agatha’s basement with the red glowing energy (that matches Wanda’s) isn’t a coincidence, either. One theory is that she needs Wanda to use her powers so she can siphon them off into the book or use them to open the book for whatever reason, possibly to summon the show’s real villain. That would explain why the “Previously on WandaVision” from the recap had been re-recorded for every episode to sound slightly more lethargic which each episode.

Despite her theme music describing her as “insidious” and “perfidious,” maybe Agatha Harkness isn’t actually evil. Pietro, who we know is under Agatha’s control, pointed out in episode 6 that Wanda’s powers had really grown from what they appeared to be in Age of Ultron. And Billy has inherited Wanda’s hex powers now that he’s grown up. Maybe Agatha is using Wanda’s powers to keep that ominous book closed so whatever is inside stays inside. And maybe she’s trying to increase Wanda’s magical abilities (as well as create another magic user in Billy) in order to fight some as-of-yet unnamed evil being.

That’s something of a longshot, but WandaVision has been so full of twists that this could be another misdirect. But Agatha Harkness was never evil in the comics per se, and she was Wanda’s mentor in the mystical arts.

There’s also the matter of Monica’s “aerospace engineer” friend and that promised “big guest star” that didn’t get leaked. Teyonah Parris told comicbook.com “I can’t wait to see what y’all’s reaction is when you learn with the aerospace engineer is.” The person we met in episode 7 who delivered the rover Monica attempted to breach the anomaly with was not an existing Marvel character and was played by a relatively unknown actress. One of two things is going on here: either that wasn’t the engineer Monica was talking about who delivered the rover or she’s a Skrull, tying the show into both Captain Marvel and the upcoming Secret Invasion series. Billy’s husband in the comics, Hulkling, is the son of the Kree hero Captain Marvel and a daughter of the Skrull emperor, so he could be introduced in Captain Marvel 2 or Secret Invasion. We’ve already seen at least one of their Young Avengers teammates, Ant-Man’s daughter Cassie Lang, and Hawkeye is set to introduce Kate Bishop, the new, better Hawkeye to the MCU.

If Major Goodner is revealed to be a Skrull, that means the promised guest star could be anyone, though Doctor Strange would be the safest bet at that point. Whatever Agatha is up to, Wanda’s powers have grown incredibly fast and she’s going to need someone to help her learn how to harness them.

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Gina Carano Claims She Was “Bullied” By Disney

Gina Carano has a lot to say about being fired from The Mandalorian, even though she wasn’t actually fired because she wasn’t an employee, just a guest star. Deadline reports Carano sat down with Lolipop Guild Representative Ben Shapiro to talk about how she was persecuted by Disney for being a conservative.

“I’ve been through so much, and I’ve seen so much now, clearly, of the bullying that’s been taking place, and I saw it before,” the actress will tell Shapiro with whom she has a new movie deal. “I’m not the only one that’s ever been bullied by this company, and I know that so deeply,” she will claim.

Carano’s persecution complex is what caused Disney to drop her from The Mandalorian in the first place; her comparing being a Republican to being a Jewish victim of the Holocaust was the straw that broke the camel’s back, after all.

Carano goes on to agree with conservative commentator Shapiro that she believes there are double-standards at play at the studio depending on one’s politics. “They’ve been all over me and they’ve been watching me like a hawk, and I’m watching people on the same production and they can say everything they want, and that’s where I had a problem. I had a problem because I wasn’t going along with the narrative… “

Carano says she didn’t want to walk back comments she has made or stop speaking her mind on social media.

“I was prepared at any point to be let go, because I’ve seen this happen to so many people. I’ve seen the looks on their faces. I’ve seen the bullying that takes place, and so when this started, they point their guns at you, and you know it’s only a matter of time. I’ve seen it happen to so many people, and I just thought to myself (…) ‘you’re coming for me, I know you are.’ ” They’re making it very obvious through their employees who were coming for me, and so I was like, ‘I’m going to go down swinging and I’m going to stay true to myself.’ “

I’ve mentioned this before, but Carano’s politics aren’t the problem, the problem is bigotry. Whether or not trans people deserve human rights is not a political position, spreading misinformation about COVID-19 is not a political position and people aren’t exactly getting canceled for calling for lower capital gains taxes or a more aggressive stance with Iran and North Korea. There are plenty of conservative Republican political positions it’s perfectly fine to publicly hold; hell, you can even deny most science not related to the current deadly pandemic, like denying vaccines work or that global warming is real or the Earth is more than 10,000 years old and get plenty of work.

The only person who is actually being unfairly persecuted for being a Republican is Chris Pratt, who isn’t a Republican, he’s just religious and entirely non-political. Chris Pratt isn’t exactly hurting for work and Disney isn’t looking to fire him.

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‘American Idol’ is Reportedly ‘Rethinking’ Claudia Conway

Imagine you’re 16 years old and the entire internet hates your parents. Seeing as all 16-year-olds also hate their parents, it would be pretty tempting to tap into that, especially if your parents are always fighting because one thinks that they should hate the poor and be racist like Donald Trump while the other thinks they should hate the poor and be racist like Ronald Reagan. You could just ride telling the internet that they are right about what a horrible person your mother is straight to stardom.

Of course, that’s a terrible idea, but teenagers are basically idiots until they’re well into their 30s.

Claudia Conway auditioned for American Idol and made it past the first audition. The show really played up all the family drama, and that didn’t sit well with the audience, who felt the show was exploiting her for ratings.

You guys know what reality TV is, right? Exploiting people for ratings is the whole point of the genre, that’s why William Hung is one of the biggest stars to come out of the show. Seriously, do you know anyone who owns an album by one of the American Idol winners? I own more albums by winners of VH1’s Bands on the Run than I do from American Idol winners, which is to say I bought Welcoming Home the Astronauts by Flickerstick because a record store clerk recommended it to me when I was buying a Mazzy Star album.

Still, Page Six reports that American Idol is considering changing the way they exploit Claudia Conway for views now that everyone knows she’s on the show anyway.

Now an insider tells us the network is “rethinking how they are going to position Claudia and Kellyanne with promotion. They were big on putting Claudia in all of the promos, but now they are thinking of not putting as much focus on that … to not make as big a deal of her being on the show and focus on other contestants.”

They don’t need to put her in the promos anymore, everyone knows she’s on now and will tune in to see the backstage drama anyway.

Also, Claudia Conway doesn’t even feel exploited by the show. Of course, she kind of has to say that if she wants to keep being on the show, so it is what it is. Still, if you didn’t realize what reality TV was and it took American Idol to clue you in… where were you for Jon and Kate Plus 8?

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Does ‘WandaVision’ Still Have a Big Surprise Cameo In Store For Us?

WandaVision has been a rollercoaster ride from start to, well, middle so far, and Disney’s decision to roll out the series weekly has been frustrating given all the secrets and cliffhangers, but it’s also given us the chance to dissect and pore over the details of each episode for a week in a way that fans really haven’t done since Lost was airing and people thought there might still be a plan behind it.

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bethany have both said in interviews that there’s a big surprise cameo coming, and that they were surprised it hadn’t been leaked.

And you may have assumed that it was Evan Peters coming on as Pietro, but Peters is a full-blown cast member and that did get leaked a while ago. Someone else is coming to Westview in the next three episodes, and I have some guesses as to who it might be, in no particular order.

John Krasinski

John Krasinski is a big name, but he’ll always be best-known as Jim from The Office. Episode 7 of WandaVision is reportedly an homage to The Office, and it would be something of a cast member from that show were to turn up.

Monica Rambeau mentioned having a friend who was an aerospace engineer she was planning to turn to for help safely penetrating the hex field around Westview in the last episode. You know who technically fits the bill as Marvel’s most famous aerospace engineer? Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four. This just so happens to be the role that John Krasinski has been rumored to be a lock for, alongside his wife Emily Blunt, for quite a while now.

This is what I most want to see happen. That aerospace engineer comment is a Chekhov’s gun that the show will have to resolve one way or another, and introducing Reed Richards to the MCU can’t happen soon enough for me. And it would be absolutely perfect if he showed up in an episode based around The Office.

But the engineer in question could be a number of other characters; even Sue Storm and Victor Von Doom fit the description, as does Riri Williams, who we already know is played by Dominique Thorne. Monica Rambeau in the comics had a love interest who was a physics professor, so he might also be the mystery character, though that would be far less exciting.

Benedict Cumberbatch

If the aerospace engineer isn’t our big cameo, then it could be Benedict Cumberbatch. This would actually make a lot of sense because WandaVision is presumably setting up plots that will continue into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will co-star Elizabeth Olsen.

Strange could be the one to show up at the end and set things right, as well as taking Wanda under his wing as his apprentice to help her get her seemingly new hex powers under control. The Scarlet Witch in the comics had both her mutant hex powers and actual magic at her disposal, and Doctor Strange is the Sorcerer Supreme.

I also still think Agnes is up to something. She seemed to be leading Vision to the end of town and she still responded to Agnes when Vision “freed” her from “Wanda’s” control. She could be in league with one of Strange’s foes who wanted Wanda to create Billy and Tommy. Mephisto has been a leading contender for the ultimate mastermind, but Baron Mordo is still out there somewhere, too.

Sir Ian McKellan

This one has come up a lot but seems unlikely. McKellan played Magneto, the master of magnetism in the X-Men movies at Fox. Magneto just happens to be the father of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, and was explicitly the father of Evan Peters’ version of the character, though because of rights issues, the MCU’s Wanda and Pietro had unnamed parents who were killed in a bombing.

It meant something to Wanda for her brother Pietro to show up, even if it wasn’t the same Pietro she remembered. If Magneto turns out to be Wanda and Pietro’s real father in the MCU, Wanda never knew him and it just wouldn’t have the same impact.

Granted, it would be amazing to see Sir Ian show up one more time as Magneto

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Should Lucy Lawless Replace Gina Carano on ‘The Mandalorian’?

The Mandalorian, and Star Wars in general, is in a bit of a tough spot right now after the unceremonious firing of Gina Carano. Well, kind-of firing: as a guest star Carano wouldn’t have been under contract, she just would have gotten hired episode to episode when she appeared as Cara Dune on The Mandalorian.

The problem is that Cara Dune was really popular on the show, and for good reason. Carano gave a good performance and Dune was a very dimensionalized character who took part in a number of important plots and became one of Din Djarin’s few trusted associates. And people loved her, honestly.

The Cara Dune Black Series action figure, which is a six-inch, detailed line of Star Wars toys aimed more at collectors than children, sold out at $25 and is currently over $150 on Amazon with the news that a planned reprint was scrapped by toymaker Hasbro.

Fans don’t want to see the character go because of the actress and if we can have two Obi-Wan Kenobis and three Darth Vaders I don’t see why we can’t have a second Cara Dune.

The front-runner to replace Carano, at least with fans, is Lucy Lawless.

Lucy Lawless is a sex symbol, an LGBT icon, and an extremely talented actress who did plenty of action on Xena: Warrior Princess. Also, that yell thing that no one else seems to be able to do.

I think we’ve all tried and failed to do that one.

Would Lucy Lawless be a good choice? Should the character even be recast at all?

Personally, I’m not so sure they do need to recast Dune. Sure, she was one of the most prominent characters aside from Din and Grogu, but those characters are on the move throughout the galaxy. Before meeting Grogu, Din was something of a loner. It would be perfectly believable that he and Dune just didn’t cross paths or even that Dune was killed in the line of duty.

Jon Favreau and his team have endless stories to tell and they’ve got endless stories that don’t involve Cara Dune in them, too.

But if they do want to recast the fan-favorite character, I think Lucy Lawless is the best choice. She does have a passing physical resemblance in that she’s a brunette, tall and imposing physically. And we have seen time and again that she’s got the chops for a role like this.

I think it would probably be better to move on without Cara Dune, though. She played her role and got her man at the end of season two, she can ride off into the sunset while Din and Grogu meet new allies in season three.

I mean, it’s a show that took Boba Fett and Luke Skywalker and made them cooler. They’ll manage.

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Dominic Purcell Has Some Advice for Celebs Tweeting About Living the Good Life: Shut Up

Dominic Purcell has become a real fan favorite in the Arrowverse over the years. His character Mick Rory has gone from a hardened criminal to a ruthless bounty hunter to a soft on the inside romance writer since he left Flash for Legends of Tomorrow, but his time on the Waverider is coming to an end.

Purcell told fans on Instagram he’d stay with the show through the end of his current contract, which will include the seventh season of the just-renewed series to air in 2022, but after that, he’s moving on.

He also had some advice for other celebrities, ending his post with “ps to celebrities/ rich people the “well off”. We don’t wanna see how awesome your life is on social it’s not the time nor the place at present. Get a clue.“

Purcell seems like he’s genuinely as down-to-earth as the character he plays, and he’s always seemed like a really supportive, approachable dude, and he mentioned in his announcement that it isn’t lost on him “how fortunate I am in a world full of turmoil and tragedy/nor the unfairness of life; that I prevail while others struggle.”

I feel like he was talking directly to Chrissy Teigen, who recently came under fire for complaining about a $13,000 dollar bottle of wine. Teigen actually had a cameo on the new Tina Fey-written sitcom Mr. Mayor where she played herself as a self-absorbed rich person that aired maybe a week before the wine tweet, so I have a feeling it wasn’t hard for her to get into character.

What Dom said is applicable to a lot of people, though. Like basically any Kardashian who tweets about their private-island getaway and how safe it was because of all the COVID precautions they took.

Purcell’s departure means Caity Lotz, who plays a version of Green Arrow’s love interest/wife Black Canary, will be the only remaining cast member from the show’s first season aside from Amy Pemberton, who provides the voice of the Waverider’s AI Gideon.

It does seem like Rory’s story has been told and he doesn’t have much to do on the show anymore, but he’ll still be missed.

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Gina Carano Finally Appears to Have Gotten Herself Fired From ‘The Mandalorian’

You might think that it’s difficult to be a Republican in Hollywood, but you’d be overlooking the fact that Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton have had steady work for decades. They even had a show together, though it only ran for one season, and both sitcom veterans had shows to launch ABC’s Wednesday night block alongside the Courtney Cox vehicle Cougar Town and a scrappy little single-camera sitcom called Modern Family. Heaton’s The Middle ran for nearly as long as Modern Family, too, and built up a decent following of traditional TV viewers.

See, Heaton and Grammer are Republicans, but they’re not assholes. When a left-wing blogger named Allison Kilkenny wrote a not-very-flattering piece about Grammer’s stake in a now-defunct right-wing news network, Grammer sent her an apple pie as a peace offering.

Gina Carano thinks it’s very difficult to be a Republican, though. In fact, she likened being a Republican to being a Jewish victim of the pogroms that preceded the Holocaust.

No, really. That’s a thing an adult human being sat and thought about and said “yeah, this seems fine.”

Carano deleted the post, but it initially read “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”

Lots of ways, Gina. For example, the person who was whipping people up into violent frenzies isn’t in the government anymore.

Disney had actually given Carano a wide berth to say whatever she wanted on social media without consequence, something she wouldn’t have gotten if her opinions on the persecution she faces from people disagreeing with her in public actually reflected reality. But this appears to have been a bridge too far because Carano seems to have been fired from The Mandalorian, with Lucasfilm telling Variety “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future. Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”

Now, you can parse that a couple of ways because I don’t think guest stars are technically employees and the only name in the credits of The Mandalorian is Pedro Pascal. I don’t think Lucas would have put this statement out if they planned to have her as a guest star in season three. Definitely not if she was going to be headlining Rangers of the New Republic.

While I’m sure Walt would love Gina Carano and everything she stands for, that’s not exactly the image Disney wants to present today.

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Charisma Carpenter Detailed How Joss Whedon was Abusive On ‘Buffy’ Set, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Others Confirm Her Story

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a pop-culture phenomenon in the late 90s that, combined with the later canceled-too-soon cult classic Firefly made Joss Whedon the golden boy of nerd culture. These days, however, people cannot distance themselves from him fast enough.

If you hadn’t heard, Whedon was investigated and subject to undisclosed punitive action for his behavior on the set of Justice League; we’re pretty certain he got fired from his upcoming show The Nevers but Warner has kept all the details of the incident under pretty tight wraps.

Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordellia Chase on Buffy and its spin-off Angel, laid out some specific allegations on Twitter that make Joss Whedon look like a real dick, if not downright abusive.

Kevin Smith had previously mentioned he had heard rumors about Whedon’s demeaning attitude towards the cast of Justice League, essentially arriving with a chip on his shoulder and telling everyone he was the savior of the terrible work they had all done up to that point; it’s important to note that Whedon was brought on because Zack Snyder’s 20-year-old daughter Autumn had just died.

Carpenter’s allegations against Whedon are in line with the behavior Kevin Smith had heard about; it’s what your HR rep might call “creating a hostile work environment.”

Here are some of the specific allegations Carpenter made in her tweet.

  • He called her fat during her pregnancy.
  • He pitted people against each other.
  • He mocked her religion and accused of her sabotaging the show for getting pregnant.
  • He scheduled her for a 1 AM call time when her doctor recommended a reduced shooting schedule for her.

A lot of it sounds centered on her getting pregnant, and she was fired the next season. And I know what you’re thinking, that’s just her experience with him. Buffy stars are coming out of the woodwork to support Carpenter’s claim, including Buffy Summers herself.

Sarah Michelle Gellar posted to Instagram saying that while she won’t be making any further statements, she “stands with all survivors of abuse” and is “proud of them for speaking out.”

She also said that she’s proud to have her name associated with Buffy Summers but doesn’t want to be forever associated with Joss Whedon.

Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Buffy’s sister Dawn Summers, also said Whedon’s behavior was inappropriate in her own Instagram post.

Amber Benson, who played Willow’s love interest Tara, also added to the chorus of former stars speaking out, specifically saying Charisma Carpenter is “speaking the truth.”

So I don’t really know what this means for Joss Whedon’s future. Judging from Age of Ultron and Justice League we won’t be missing out on much if he never works again, that gas tank is on empty these days.

Maybe that’s not fair, but, well, ask Charisma Carpenter what happens in Hollywood when someone tells people you’re “difficult to work with.” I think Whedon sounds pretty difficult to work with.

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The Bachelor Recap: What is SHE Doing Here?

Matt James was a man on a mission this week.

The Bachelor wasted no time in stating that he was gonna settle the MJ-Jessenia feud... once and for all.

"This isn't how I was planning on spending the evening," he told the women.

"But I'm here to find a wife and there's obviously some tension in the issue between the both of y'all that we need to get to the bottom of."

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For her part, Jessenia literrally said that MJ "started it" and was a huge bully, while MJ broke down in tears and trrashed Jessenia as a "little bitch."

"She's not going to get away with this," MJ said, telling Matt the following:

"The fact that Jessenia said that I was creating this divide in the house as I'm trying to bring everyone together, I'm mentally and emotionally exhausted.

"And then to have my character put into question ... that hurt me the most."

Jessenia for Season 25

Matt was taken aback and confused and unsure what to do.

But, in the end, he said he couldn't trust MJ, sending the fan favorite home.

We then went straight to the cocktail party, where James kept both Serena C. and Katie, along with Serena P., Michelle, Pieper, Bri and Chelsea.

This meant newcomers Brittany and Ryan headed home, as well as Magi.

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Despite Matt's attempt to clean house last week, the drama continued this Monday.

Because Katie stuck around, Serena C. chose to confront her.

"I'm just super frustrated by time continually being taken away by your antics," she told Katie.

"And the reason why I'm coming to you is because I don't think that you are truly here for Matt."

Serena C for Season 25

Replied Katie:

"The fact that you're sitting here still trying to attack me is pathetic. Pathetic. If you have a problem with last night, take it up with Matt.

"How is telling Matt about being a bully and toxicity and mean girls — that doesn't help your relationship at all," Serena C. shot back, prompting Katie to say she already did so:

"I'm not going to sit here and let bullsh-t happen in this house.

"I'm not going to sit here and let mean girls be mean girls in this house. So guess what? I told him, yeah, there's bullsh-t going on in this house."

Katie for Season 25

Elsewhere, across the resort, Heather Martin from Colton Underwood's season of The Bachelor showed up in a limo.

She explained to Chris Harrison that her close pal, former Bachelorette lead Hannah Brown, thought Matt was "like, the perfect match" for her, so she had to try to meet him.

Makes total sense, right?

Because this is totally how the show works...

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Harrison, hilariously, acted as if this were a surprise -- and then said Heather could stay, but she had to quarantine first due to COVID-19.

Matt then spent his first one-on-one date of the week with Pieper at a carnival. The two played games, rode rides, ate cotton candy, kissed and opened up to each other.

"The culture in my family overall is we don't really say love," Pieper said, receiving support from James and then just coming out and saying it:

"I don't want to be afraid of how I feel anymore...

"You know, Matt, I am falling in love with you, and that is the scariest thing in the world to say because I have always seen that as giving up part of myself."

Pieper and Matt

Matt ended up giving Pieper a rose, telling her: "I want you to trust me with your feelings and your heart and I will continue to be open."

For the group date, Bri, Kit, Rachael, Michelle, Jessenia, Serena P., Abigail, Chelsea and Serena C. went bowling with The Bachelor.

Serena P. told the hunk at the after-party she was falling for him and they smooched... but he ended up giving the group date rose to Michelle.

Let's Bowl!

Prior to his solo date with Katie, Matt got a chance to hang out and play pool with BFF Tyler Cameron.

"She's owned who she is," Matt said of his upcoming date. "She is unapologetically herself and that's what I like about her."

Tyler said he understood, but told James to perhaps slow his roll, based on his own experience.

"My relationship on the show was a slower burning one that started really late, like, started catching fire later," Tyler said of Hannah.

"There's maybe some girl that comes out of nowhere where if you start building this different connection, you're like, oh what is that? Stay open and stay into these conversations."

Tyler asked Matt if he could see himself proposing at the end of this process, to which James replied, "I do."

"My boy's all boo'ed up!" Tyler responded.

(The Bachelor Spoilers Alert: We hear Matt is, indeed, engaged!)

For the aforementioned date, Katie and Matt played a prank on Tyler while he got a massage -- and James found himself quite smitten.

"Katie continues to blow me away," he told the cameras. "And I want this to work with Katie. She's incredible, but I need to see what the romance side looks like with Katie."

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After a heartfelt chat with Katie about her latest three-year relationship and what she's looking for now in a man... Matt took the contestant by surprise.

"You've been honest with me and I owe the same honesty to you," he told Katie.

"And the truth is, my relationship with some of the other women in the house has progressed further along than ours has up until this point, and I can't give you this rose tonight.

"And that's not a slight at who you are and what our time's been together. I just haven't had those feelings that I need to have for finding a wife in this process."

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BOOM! Katie was then gone, confessing she did not see the elimination coming at all.

At the cocktail party ahead of the next rose ceremony, Heather then made her grand entrance in a white gown, smiling and wavong at one group of women before interrupting Matt's conversation with Pieper.

James fell over laughing and asked Pieper for a minute with Heather.

"I feel like I'm in a dream right now," he told this newbie.

The other women thought they were in a nightmare.

"If you're going to let a new girl come in or if you're going to give a new girl a rose over some of us that have been here for this long, then you better marry that girl," Chelsea said in an on-camera interview.

"Because the rest of us are going to be pissed."

And, with that, we'll need to wait for next Monday to see the fallout from this unexpected addition to the series.

What The Hell Actually Just Happened on ‘WandaVision’

WandaVision has been a very strange show, and it’s not getting any less strange as it goes on, despite episode four’s brief foray into the real world. Episode five, On a Very Special Episode…, cranked up the weirdness surrounding Wanda and Vision’s sitcom world right from the beginning.

At the center of it, once again, was Kathryn Hahn’s Agnes, who started the show by asking Wanda and Vision if they wanted her to do another take in the middle of a conversation about newborn twins Billy and Tommy. Agnes was completely unfazed when the twins aged themselves up to five and then ten years old, practically right in front of her, and Wanda and Vision had a heated argument when Wanda used her powers in front of Agnes, who again acted oblivious.

We did find out that Wanda knows the world she’s in isn’t real; she dramatically exited Westview, reclaimed her Eastern European accent and told S.W.O.R.D. to leave her alone before reenforcing the magic field around Westview with red energy.

Everyone at S.W.O.R.D. seems convinced Wanda is behind all the strangeness in Westview, but Agnes is always just showing up when Wanda needs help with something or she and Vision need distracting. Everything strange that happens inside what Darcy calls “The Hex” happens around Agnes. When we saw Wanda use her powers on it, they were red. Wanda’s hex powers are always red. If she’s the one trapping everyone inside, why isn’t the energy field red to begin with?

Also, our biggest piece of proof that Wanda is behind the weirdness is the tape of her stealing Vision’s body from S.W.O.R.D., but as Darcy points out, Vision didn’t want to be turned into a weapon after he was killed, so what exactly was S.W.O.R.D. studying him for? Just last episode Monica told S.W.O.R.D.’s director “It says ‘Observation and Response’ on that door, not ‘Creation.’” Vision sure looked like he was being studied to me, but to what end?

Speaking of Vision, he managed to break the spell over his workmate Norm, who said a woman was in his head and that the mind control was painful. Vision, like us in the audience, assumes he means Wanda, who does display a good deal of control over the sitcom reality of Westview, trying to roll the credits to avoid a fight with Vision, which Vision isn’t having.

As Wanda starts to tell Vision she’s not controlling the people in the neighborhood and that she doesn’t know how it started, there’s a knock at the door, and Wanda swears to Vision she isn’t responsible. When she answers the door, it’s her brother Pietro… kind of. Darcy exclaims “She recast Pietro!?” and we get a good look at Evan Peters, who played Quicksilver in the X-Men movies and was a much superior version of Quicksilver to the MCU’s.

Remember when I said Agnes always seems to be around to provide a distraction? She was also heavily involved in the episode’s sitcom plot, which involved Billy and Tommy getting a dog that dies eating Agnes’s azaleas. The twins beg Wanda to bring the dog back to life, telling her “you have to bring him back, he’s family,” in a way reminiscent of episode two’s chorus of “for the children” before Wanda ended up pregnant.

Wanda has a level of control over the sitcom reality because of her powers and awareness that it isn’t real, but I think she was being honest when she told Vision it wasn’t her doing. Wanda is hurt and broken and maybe a little crazy, but she’s not malevolent. I think she had a good reason to take Vision’s body, to uphold his wish that it not be used to make more weapons, and I think she’s found herself wrapped up in someone else’s plot in Westview.

But the big question is how did this new Pietro get to the MCU and is he really the same Peter Maximoff we saw in the X-Men films? It would be incredibly anti-climactic to find out “oh, it’s just an Easter egg” and he’s just some brainwashed resident playing a part like the rest of Westview. And he had the same general demeanor as Quicksilver.

WandaVision is tied to Spider-Man 3 (rumored to be subtitled Homeworlds) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, both of which deal with the concept of a multiverse, which the Fox X-Men films would be a part of. It seems like someone looking to keep Wanda and Vision from working together and comparing notes on Westview could have plucked an alternate version of Wanda’s brother from the multiverse and placed him in Westview as a distraction. But who could have possibly done such a thing, what is her ultimate plan and where does she get those stylish broaches from?

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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.