The president's Friday afternoon tweet unveiling the United States Space Force logo has drawn comparisons to Starfleet, the fictional fleet of exploratory and peacekeeping starships at the heart of the Star Trek franchise. "Ahem. We are expecting some royalties from this...," Star Trek star George Takei quickly tweeted in response, adding: "There is nothing sacred any more." But as Vox points out: "In fairness, Space Force is not the first arm of the United States military to borrow from Star Trek. Indeed, it appears that the Air Force may have found similar inspiration from the venerable science-fiction franchise." The Air Force Space Command -- the Space Force's predecessor -- has been using a similar logo since at least 2004. Vox's Matthew Yglesias adds: "I would just note that the first space shuttle was named Enterprise, so Trek homage is nothing new for government space efforts. Big problem is the Space Force should use naval ranks like Starfleet instead of this Air Force nonsense."
ABC News announced today that it will air a Megxit special on Jan. 29 at 10 p.m. titled Royal Divide: Harry, Meghan, and the Crown, hosted by Deborah Roberts. The announcement one week after Fox announced a TMZ-produced Harry and Meghan: The Royals in Crisis special also airing on Jan. 29, but at 8 p.m.
Two of the four-show Marvel animated universe at Hulu are dead. Marvel, with Kevin Fiege having taken over TV projects late last year, has decided to end development of Howard the Duck and Tigra & Dazzler, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The other two shows in Marvel's original four-show animated comedy universe set up at Hulu — MODOK and Hit Monkey — will continue on as planned," reports The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg. "Animated crossover The Offenders is also unlikely to move forward given that half the combined universe has been scrapped. Still, the character of Howard the Duck has had several cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it's likely he will appear in future projects. Sources say that the decision to scrap two of the four shows was ultimately made by Marvel, not Hulu. Both Disney-owned companies declined comment."
“I will always be the OG of the OC, but it’s time to say goodbye to The Real Housewives of Orange County,” Gunvalson, one of the original Real Housewives, wrote on Instagram Friday. “It’s been an incredible ride for 14 years and I want thank all of you for your support, for your love and for ‘whooping it up’ with me along the way.” Andy Cohen responded to Gunvalson's announcement, writing on Instagram: "Vicki is an original, who remained her authentic self from her Family Van-freakout through her last reunion. It’s so hard to remain exactly who you are after being on television for so long, but Vicki is one of a kind. Thank you for everything, @vickigunvalson - what a ride."
"NFL ABSOLUTELY can't allow this," tweets former New York Times TV reporter Bill Carter, a CNN analyst, of Fox's announcement that Hannity will handle the traditional pregame show interview with the president. "This is a campaign commercial, not an interview. Ppl need to protest, LOUDLY. Can't turn the Super Bowl into Trump TV. Halftime sponsors should insist on different interviewer-Chris Wallace? Otherwise, every right to call for advertiser boycott. First thing: media must put NFL on spot: did they acquiesce to Fox using Hannity, a Trump lackey+promoter, at halftime? How can it be justified? It's supposed to be a NEWS interview, not propaganda. Dems will surely demand equal time for what's really a free campaign commercial. The interview will be on pre-game show, not halftime. No matter. NFL cannot be used for propaganda. Not a legit interview; it's a campaign commercial. No way should pre-game advertisers accept it. Hannity literally campaigns for Trump. It's an election yr. NFL MUST reject this." Carter notes that partisan former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly interviewed President Trump for 2017's Super Bowl pregame show, as he did previously with President Obama. "O'Reilly was questionable choice, but not a Trump cultist like Hannity," tweets Carter. "He asked legit news questions, including pressing Trump on his affection for a killer like Putin, which elicited the outrageous comment that US are killers too. Hannity might shine Trump's shoes on the air. If Trump made pre-game interview conditional on Hannity doing it, the NFL, which holds enormous sway over TV partners, ABSOLUTELY needed to refuse. Yes, Fox programs pre-game hrs, but S Bowl is NFL crown jewel. Can't allow Fox to drag the league's big day into the partisan muck."
The Boston Public, Glee and Vikings vet has joined the David E. Kelly Disney+ dramedy about the male coach of an elite all-girls basketball team in a recasting. Gilsig will play Holly, the school’s good-humored and down-to-earth assistant basketball coach, replacing Appleby. ALSO: Check out the entire Big Shot cast.
"It seems like #TheGoodPlace really does have everything," MacLachlan tweeted, accompanied by an image from last night's episode. Megan Amram, who wrote the episode, tweeted in response: "I am the biggest Twin Peaks fan and my professional writing career has really just twin PEAKED with this tweet."
Darden joins Josie Totah and original cast members Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez on Peacock's Saved by the Bell sequel series.
MTV Studios announced that the Grammy-winning artist will host the reboot of the Ashton Kutcher MTV prank series, which will consist of 20 episodes, each under 10 minutes. "Punk’d is one of MTV’s most iconic franchises,” said Chance the Rapper. “I grew up watching this show and it’s surreal to be in the driver’s seat this time around on Quibi.” Punk'd originally aired on MTV from 2003 to 2007, featuring some actors before they became famous, such as Bill Hader, Masi Oka, B.J. Novak and Dax Shepard. MTV revived Punk'd in 2012 with a different celebrity guest hosts, including Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. BET also rebooted Punk'd in 2015. ALSO: Watch Chance prank Megan Thee Stallion in the first Punk'd teaser.
When asked about Union's AGT allegations, Crews told Today on Thursday, "that was never my experience on America’s Got Talent. In fact, it was the most diverse place I have ever been in my 20 years of entertainment.” This morning, Union seemingly responded to Crews, tweeting: "Truth telling, wanting change & having MULTIPLE witnesses who bravely came forward to let EVERYONE know I didn't lie or exaggerate, really exposes those who enthusiastically will throw you under the bus, forgetting quickly who stepped up 4 THEIR truth." In another tweet, she added: "Can someone please ask abt what happens to all that diversity folks are talking about BEHIND THE SCENES. Like, legit... where the hell is all that diversity in the production though homie? In the decision making ranks who control the fate of the diversity in front of the camera?" And in yet another tweet, she lashed out at Crews for speaking out before NBC's independent investigation was finished. "Maaaaaan... We all agreed to let the investigation be completed before speaking but if we doing this... ohhhhh baby let's gooooooooooo!" she tweeted. Meanwhile, Jemele Hill, Union's friend, called Crews "beyond disappointing" for speaking out. "Terry Crews could have spoken to his experience without going overboard to discredit @itsgabrielleu," Hill tweeted. Hill also noted that Union supported him when he accused a Hollywood agent of sexually assaulting him.
Gilligan told The Hollywood Reporter's TV's Top 5 Podcast that he plans to "stick the landing" with an "awesome" Better Call Saul series finale. Gilligan said he even expects there to be debate over which of shows had the better ending. "And I bet you folks will say Better Call Saul," said Gilligan. Fellow Better Call Saul co-creator Peter Gould tweeted in response to Gilligan's comments: "I almost fell out of my chair when Vince said this."
Jones will recur on the Spectrum Originals cop drama starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. Union reached out to Jones last month after he alleged racial bias in his American Gods firing, since they both had shared negative experiences with Fremantle-produced shows. "Ohhhhhhhhhhh ... let's chat my friend," Union tweeted. Union sparked an investigation into America's Got Talent after alleging that it had a toxic culture. Fremantle produces both America's Got Talent and American Gods.
The Fox News host says he intends to press the president on serious topics like North Korea and Iran. Hannity, who is expected to get 10 to 15 minutes with the president, says he won't interrupt him. “It’s very hard to interrupt the president, but I think the American people in interviews like this want to hear the president ultimately provide the answer,” Hannity tells Variety, adding: “It’s not my day. People want to hear from the president.” This will be Trump's third Super Bowl pregame show interview. Shortly after taking office in 2017, he sat down with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. In 2018, he skipped the pregame interview. In 2019, he sat with Face the Nation moderator Margaret Brennan.
Variety reports that Swift "has bowed out of a possible performance on the Grammy Awards program Sunday night just as stealthily as it appeared she might have bowed into it." Swift was never formally confirmed for the show, Variety adds, but her possible appearance was kept secret in case she had to bow out. ALSO: Is Swift's cancelation in response to Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan's ouster?
The Star Wars franchise is in a weird moment following the lukewarm reception for The Rise of Skywalker and the critical acclaim for The Mandalorian, says Julie Alexander. "Disney needs everything to go better than well; it has to be spectacular," she says of the Obi-Wan production delays. "The Mandalorian set a high bar for what a Star Wars show could do in the streaming space. It’s a tough act to follow. What’s obvious from all of these reports is that Star Wars live-action shows are still being figured out." Alexander adds: "Delays are never good signs, but they’re also not inherently negative. If the loudest complaint Disney is hearing about The Rise of Skywalker is that the film felt rushed (which it certainly could have been in an attempt to keep the December 20th, 2019, release date), taking a step back with Obi-Wan is the right move." ALSO: Many March for Life rally goers held Baby Yoda signs.
For the three-part wildlife series Waterhole, PBS and BBC wil construct the world's first-ever water hole specially rigged with television cameras at Tanzania’s Mwiba Wildlife Reserve. “This promises to be a ground-breaking, audacious series, taking us closer than ever to wildlife and their essential relationship with water," said BBC's Patrick Holland. "With climatic change making their environment more uncertain than ever, Waterhole will reveal the challenges facing some of Africa’s iconic animals.”
Just under 7 million watched the Season 3 premiere of the Grey's spinoff, up from its previous high of 6.54 million in October 2018, also for a crossover episode.
Aniston gave visitors on the Warner Bros. Studios Tour grief for not answering Rachel on the Friends Central Perk set when asked their favorite character.
"After having been treated unbelievably unfairly in the House, and then having to endure hour after hour of lies, fraud & deception by Shifty Schiff, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer & their crew, looks like my lawyers will be forced to start on Saturday, which is called Death Valley in T.V," the president tweeted this morning.
The alum of NBC's Brave and The Enemy Within has joined the Disney+ Marvel series in a role yet to be revealed.
"Selfishly, I like Edge of Extinction,” Probst tells EW, adding: “The number one reason is that I did feel that when we called winners, that if they thought it was one and out — ‘I’m voted out and I’m done’ — their chances of saying yes were not as high as if it would be if I said ‘No matter what, you will have another shot at the prize.’”
“This is for me?!” the actor, who made headlines last month for getting ripped for Marvel's The Eterals, excitedly cried out. “I’m literally gonna cry right now. I’m not joking.”
Kidman stars as a succesful therapist, whose seemingly devoted husband, played by Grant, disappears, leading to "a chain of terrible revelations." Set to bow in May, the limited series reunites Kidman with Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley. Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier, who won an Emmy for her work on The Night Manager, directs all six episodes.
Viewers were expecting a big death with Thursday's Grey's Anatomy midseason premiere and the crossover with Station 19. When asked about the lack of big character deaths in recent years, showrunner Krista Vernoff says: "That question makes me laugh because, for sure, it was a signature of Grey’s Anatomy for many years to kill off characters. When I came (back) in Season 14, you’re looking at how do you surprise people anymore? And it continues to feel like the more surprising thing to not kill them. I often say to the writers, 'Then, when we do one day, it will be genuinely shocking.'" Vernoff adds that going into Thursday's episode, "everybody in that episode, at some point, was on the chopping block. The amount of times that we’ve decided we’re killing characters, and then we’re like, 'No, let’s change it' — it would drop your jaw. And you’d be amazed at how many people have been on the board for weeks; we come up with different codes that mean that character is dying... There were a lot of conversations about who might die in that bar, from both casts." ALSO: Vernoff says "there will be a lot more death and unsuccessful rescues" on Station 19 this season.
The six news networks covering the trial combined for a little over 11 million viewers on Day 1. On Day 2, the number fell to slightly less than 9 million. The first two days of the impeachment had a combined viewership of less than the one day that Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testified in 2018. "There are reasons for the underwhelming performance thus far: Day one was a 13-hour event, full of slow procedures that set the terms for the remainder of the trial," says Matt Stieb. "The Nielsen data also doesn’t account for online streaming: Impeachment viewers may be more likely to check in periodically on a C-SPAN stream throughout the day, rather than November audiences glued to a night of gripping election coverage on TV. As for (Rachel) Maddow and (Sean) Hannity’s strong numbers, the hosts almost certainly benefitted from viewers looking for their politically-preferred recap. And unlike recent election specials, the ultimate result of the impeachment show is already decided, barring the total dissolution of Mitch McConnell’s political will."
"It’s just slid to next year, that’s all," the actor told IGN hours after news broke that the Obi-Wan series would be delayed for retooling. "The scripts were really good. Now that Episode IX came out and everyone at Lucasfilm has got more time to spend on the writing, they felt they wanted more time to write the episodes. I’ve read about eighty, ninety percent of what they’ve written so far, and it’s really, really good. Instead of shooting this August, they just want to start shooting in January, that's all. Nothing more dramatic than that. It often happens in projects, they just wanted to push it to next year. It will have the same release date, I don’t think it will affect the release date. They are still shooting towards having the film release when it was going to be originally."
The streaming service used to count watching 70% of one show episode or a movie as a single view. Now watching just two minutes is considered a view. "In the case of The Witcher, the two-minute qualifier means those 76 million accounts could have watched no more than 0.04 percent of the season's 474-minute run time," says Rick Porter. "Is that actually what happened with the show? Almost certainly not. The point is that with Netflix's new math, it's nearly impossible to tell." ALSO: How will we know who's winning the streaming war if every service counts views differently?
A viral video showing Corden and Justin Bieber being towed led some fans to question the legitimacy of the "Carpool Karaoke" segment. The Late Late Show has responded to the controversy, saying in a statement: "James always drives during 'Carpool Karaoke,' However, on the rare occasion when there is a stunt component and the producers feel it is unsafe to drive, we will use a rig (tow)." Late Late Show executive producer Ben Winston added in a series of tweets: "We only use a rig when we are doing a 'stunt' as part of the Carpool - when it would be impossible for James to drive! This has occurred only maybe 4 times in 50 or so carpools... Safety is key! ... By stunt I mean - dance routines / costumes / props etc ! Dont worry too much though. I’m pretty sure there are bigger issues to worry about!"
"It starts, as all things on this show do, with philosophy," Schur says of Thursday's episode. "A lot of the reading that we did and a lot of the discussions we had over four years was about this inescapable truth that any version of eternity is bad; you cannot design an eternity that is satisfying because when things go on forever everything loses meaning." He adds of incorporating the real world into the storyline: "We recognized very quickly in discussing the story that this is echoing a real-life political and moral question that people face a lot and that has been hotly debated, but it’s not the first time that’s happened. A couple of episodes earlier when they’re trying to redesign the afterlife and Chidi is talking about that Judith Sklar essay 'Putting Cruelty First,' he explicitly says there’s a problem in real-life moral justice — which is that people commit crimes that are not cruel and then their punishment is cruel. There’s an asymmetry there. That is very obviously and consciously attempting to be a discussion about criminal justice in America and elsewhere. And one of the most fun aspects of making this show is we had all of these guest lecturers come in to teach these classes, and when we were breaking that part of the season we had DeRay Mckesson come in and he talked about Black Lives Matter, he talked about criminal justice reform — and specifically the idea of how cruel punishments are in America for crimes committed that are in no way cruel. That was really intense and fun and interesting and gave us a lot to chew on."
Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan's surprise ouster has been a big story over the past week. But will it affect a ceremony where the awards take a back seat to the musical performances?
“So I had all these key ideas accumulated from when I started writing the script,” the Parasite director said at The Wrap screening event. “I just couldn’t include all those ideas in the two-hour running time of the film, so they’re all stored in my iPad and my goal with this limited series is to create a six-hour-long film.”
“That was a really hard thing I had been dragging around,” Qualls, who came out as gay earlier this month, says of not living openly. “I had been reinforced by a lot of people in the entertainment industry who either told me not to do it or said really negative things in front of me when I was a young actor that assured me it wasn’t cool to be myself and if I wanted this job I couldn’t be that. Now we’re in a place where it’s a different world — and newly so. So when I was on set, I really did make that parallel. Garth is also ‘other’ in this world, and he loves these people that he wants to love him back, and it’s a really beautiful thing in the way that the boys and Garth have been able to navigate that. I want that for the rest of us in this world: ‘I’m not like you, but I love you anyway.'”
Because of the long lead time in making the HBO Max animated series, the Prince George cartoon won't be topical. But Janetti says he won't dismiss "Megxit." “The fact that Meghan and Harry have now parted ways with the royal family will definitely play into this series,” Janetti tells Vanity Fair. “For George, Meghan and Harry leaving has made them even bigger celebrities, and in some way that’s even more galling to him…it allows me to spin so much from that…. The fact that they’re out in the world, and even bigger than before. And George wants all the attention on himself.”
Discovery had sought to eliminate royalty payments on the music from its shows that include Deadliest Catch and Gold Rush. The move would've resulted in an 80% to 90% drop in income.
"The conceit behind Grace and Frankie is the sitcomiest of sitcomy concepts," says Kevin Fallon. "Wild circumstances forcing cohabitation between polarized personalities is perhaps the most common elevator pitch in comedy. In this case, the wives of two law partners have no choice but to move in together after their husbands reveal they’ve been lovers for years. The women, who despise each other, grow to become unlikely best friends. But the Netflix of it all meant that there could be raunchier content and more expletives, the latter finally allowing for the kind of cathartic dialogue these powder-keg sitcom setups realistically need. No running time restrictions meant a deeper exploration of tone and emotion, skirting the 'get to the punchlines' hamminess that plagues so many comedies while allowing storylines that actually feel meaningful. And then there’s the fact that the titular Grace and Frankie aren’t the latest young blondes to emerge from pilot season, but two of the industry’s most talented actresses, who both happen to be over 80 years old."
Comedian Kyle Dunnigan revealed on The Howard Stern Show that he's been living with Schumer and her husband Chris Fischer as they work on her new Hulu show Love, Beth. "I'm supposed to leave in three weeks, but I don't think I'm gonna," Dunnigan joked.
Fans of the 2005-2009 Canadian tween comedy starring Ashley Leggat and Michael Seater have always speculated that their characters were secretly sexually attracted to each other. This week, the two actors reacted to the social media speculation.
The family sitcom starring Maggie Lawson and Jason Biggs, premiering Thursday, features too many jokes that are too dumb to keep, says Caroline Framke. "For the most part, Outmatched leans on the most obvious punchlines in order to sell itself; there’s rarely a joke that doesn’t end up exactly where you expect it to the second someone tees it up," says Framke. "And even though Biggs and Lawson are both able comic performers who can sometimes find new gears in the oldest setups, they keep getting stuck in lines that land with a thud no matter how much they try to keep them afloat with sheer charisma. There are decent bones for a more unique sitcom lying underneath all the clichés, but Outmatched will need to lean into its own potential for strangeness in order to find them, and hopefully, won’t take its time doing it."
CBS All Access' second Star Trek series, starring Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role, "is extremely interested in examining how the idea of Star Trek must change to make sense in 2020, and using one of its most familiar and beloved faces to do it," says Joshua Rivera. "Unfortunately, all of these questions have an easy, cheap answer, and they are never far away in Picard. If the Federation has changed, maybe it’s because it was compromised. If an alien race is treated with hostility, well, they are up to some shady stuff. And if an organization is ultimately oppressive, principled people who work within it are definitely not complicit. The good news is that even three episodes into a ten-episode season, Picard is still very much gearing up, and there’s still plenty of room for the show to surprise viewers and choose the more difficult, complicated answers to the questions it poses. Giving the show the benefit of the doubt, however, feels too much like the hollow centrist play that Star Trek needs to move past if it truly wants to be resonant today. Because the upsetting truth about 2020 is that, when faced with certain disaster, there are people who will ultimately refuse to work together, who’d rather rule over ruins than labor toward an equitable future. Star Trek is a franchise that believes in institutions, and it’s fascinating to see Picard acknowledge that institutions don’t just fail, they can become co-opted entirely while still posturing as a force for the public good. The challenge of the show, then, echoes our real-world political challenge: being honest about why that happens. Whether or not it does that, Picard has a chance at being the most relevant Star Trek has ever been — just maybe not for the reason it intends to be."
Collider reports the crew for the Disney+ Star Wars series, which was in the midst of pre-production, sent its crew home from Pinewood Studios in London after Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy expressed dissatisfaction with the scripts. The Hollywood Reporter adds that the Obi-Wan series will undergo a retooling with Ewan McGregor and director Deborah Chow still attached to the project. Writer Hossein Amini is exiting the series. "Sources tell THR that the scripts – only two were written – and story became an issue and that the entire package has been jettisoned," reports The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit. "Lucasfilm is now on the hunt for a new writer to pen the series. At the same time, sources say the series is being reconfigured from being six episodes to four episodes. It is unclear when the show would ramp up again although insiders stress that McGregor remains attached to star and Chow remains as director. Disney had no comment." In announcing the Obi-Wan news last August at Disney+ D23 panel, Kennedy said: "We have all the scripts written, we’re ready to start shooting next year."
This Is Us star Metz will perform “I’m Standing with You” from the movie Breakthrough. ALSO: Questlove is slated to make a special Oscars appearance.
About 489,000 total viewers watched the Golden Globe-winning rapper/actress make her semi-autobiographical comedy debut.
The SNL co-head writer and "Weekend Update" co-anchor's memoir will be released in April. "I spent the last 3 years writing a book and it’s coming out April 14," Jost tweeted. "It’s called A Very Punchable Face based on the fact that several of my friends have told me, 'You have a very punchable face.' (People on Twitter have said much worse.)"
The Recording Academy issued a statement Thursday afternoon defending its nomination practices as “fair and ethical" after CEO Deborah Dugan alleged improprieties this morning on Good Morning America.
Meyers and Michaels are producing Crazy For You, from writer Rachele Lynn, revolving around a female who re-enters the dating scene and discovers she's a bit rusty in today's "quick-to-dismiss dating culture." NBC has also ordered the romantic comedy pilot Someone Out There, based on the Spanish-language comedy Pequenas Coincidencias, about "two set-in-their-ways adults who are challenged by very unexpected strangers to become the best versions of themselves in order to find love and possibly each other." Finally, NBC has ordered an untitled pilot about "black people, dating and wine" from Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Dan Goor and writer Phil Jackson.
Irish-born composer-conductor Eímear Noone will conduct scores from the five Oscar-nominated scroes during the Feb. 9 ceremony. “The wonderful producers at the Oscars decided that they would like to finally see a female presence on the podium after all these years," she said.
Bigelow, the only woman to win an Oscar for best director, directed a sardonic "Typical American" commercial for this year's Super Bowl.
A viral video showing Corden and Justin Bieber being towed for a "Carpool Karaoke" has left some fans losing trust over the hit segment. Yet past Twitter photos have shown Corden actually driving the "Carpool Karaoke" SUV. Corden has yet to address the controversy.
The Season 6 Bachelorette alum urged her followers to "GET YOUR SKIN CHECKED" after revealing her cancer diagnosis on Instagram Thursday. “Thankfully,” she wrote, “the type of skin cancer I have is rarely fatal and really never fatal when you catch it early. It’s called Basal cell carcinoma. Swipe to the third pic to see what my mole looked like before I got the biopsy done (so you know what to look for). It’s on the left side of my body. The scar right above my belly button is from when I had cells/skin that may be cancerous removed six months ago.”
Frankie Ruggeri, 16, created the Change.org petition -- which has received more than 25,000 signatures -- because he finds it hard to go to school the next day.
The award-winning celebrity chef's five-episode docuseries will explore some of the most provocative political issues impacting Americans today -- immigration, climate change, addiction, voting rights and healthcare -- through the lens of food. The two-hour premiere episode, airing Feb. 16, will feature chef and humanitarian José Andrés.
The Sopranos alum testified Thursday that Weinstein raped her in a Manhattan apartment. To counter, Weinstein's attorney played a 1997 Late Show clip of Sciorra promoting Cop Land, saying she would “fib” and “make up quite elaborate stories." The prosecution responded to the defense by asking Sciorra: “In this interview in this comedy show, were you talking about, in any shape or form, talking about lying about matters as serious as what we are here for?” UPDATE: Don Giller, who archives Letterman's shows on YouTube, recounts a Weinstein private detective knocking on his door with a subpoena on Wednesday night for the Sciorra clip: "I asked him why they hadn’t asked (or subpoena’d) Worldwide Pants for the video, since it was their content. He told me that they first contacted CBS, who then directed them to Pants. He then said that there was no time to get the show from Pants, as they needed it for court the next day. So they turned to me."
Kelly accused Universal of a double standard in its treatment of Downey's blackface and her blackface controversy in a tweet Wednesday night. Problem is Tropic Thunder was released by Paramount Studios, not Universal. "R. Downey Jr: wears blackface for Universal w/o regret bc it 'sparked a necessary convo," she tweeted. "Univer.: yay Robert! Me: Never worn blackface but had one of those “necessary convos” re how standard seems to have changed over time.NBC-Univer: F.U.! Cancelled!" Kelly was referencing a Page Six article on Downey telling Joe Rogan on his podcast that he doesn't regret wearing blackface in the 2008 film satirical action comedy.
“We know that you have a lot of money that you have to raise to compete each year, so our friends at Shutterfly want to cheer you on,” Ellen DeGeneres said of the gift.
Williams took time in her Thursday show to address a viral video showing her allegedly farting during a segment last week, which she's dubbed "FartGate." “I want to talk to you about something very, very serious. I’ve been going through this for a moment and I would like to have a private conversation with you, okay?” she said, adding: “I have never farted once on this show. As a matter of fact, I barely fart, you know why? Because gas gets released several different ways and mine is belching, because all I do is talk.”
Lehrer, the co-founder of NewsHour who was an anchor on the in-depth nightly news show for 36 years, died Thursday at age 85.
Watch the Jersey Shore stars embrace The Situation following his prison stint. Jersey Shore Family Vacation returns Feb. 27.