• Woman Accuses Ghislaine Maxwell of Raping Her ’20-30 Times’ as a Teen, Willing to Testify
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    Woman Accuses Ghislaine Maxwell of Raping Her ’20-30 Times’ as a Teen, Willing to Testify

    A woman says that Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s confidante, raped her between 20 to 30 times when she was a teenager.In an interview with Fox News reporter Bryan Llenas, the woman (who chose to remain anonymous and was only referred to as Jane Doe) said that she is willing to take the stand and testify against Maxwell, who was arrested by the FBI on Thursday morning in New Hampshire. “She did rape me. I would say it’s more than 20 or 30 times,” the woman told Llenas. “She is just as evil as Jeffrey Epstein … She is a rapist.”Doe told Fox News that she wanted to testify against Maxwell because she “deserves to be where she’s at today and she deserves to stay there for the rest of her life. I hope by me coming forward, it encourages other victims to stand up and say, you know, to be honest, let your voice be heard.”The woman said the abuse, which first started back in 1991 when she was just 14 years old, came to an end only after she became pregnant with Jeffrey Epstein’s baby. “I had never been with anyone except for him [Epstein],” she said. “The fact that I had to kill my child really affected me and my family.”Also Read: Jeffrey Epstein Documentary Director: Ghislaine Maxwell's Arrest Is 'An Important Day for Justice'The British socialite was arrested on charges that she conspired with the financier to sexually abuse minors, recruiting girls as young as 14.The indictment, reviewed by TheWrap, cited 1994 to 1997 as the years when the FBI says Maxwell “facilitated and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18.”Epstein died by suicide in a federal detention center in New York while awaiting trial on the trafficking charges last year.Read original story Woman Accuses Ghislaine Maxwell of Raping Her ’20-30 Times’ as a Teen, Willing to Testify At TheWrap

  • Taylor Swift Blasts US Census For Excluding Transgender, Nonbinary People
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    Taylor Swift Blasts US Census For Excluding Transgender, Nonbinary People

    Taylor Swift, who once was condemned for her political silence, is making up for lost time. The singer/songwriter spoke out Friday on Pride Live's Stonewall Day livestream event, condemning the US Census for offering only two choices for gender. The event is an annual commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall uprising, which many cite as sparking […]

  • Ben Mulroney Quits As CTV 'eTalk' Host To 'Create Space' For People Of Colour
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    Ben Mulroney Quits As CTV 'eTalk' Host To 'Create Space' For People Of Colour

    The Mulroney couple are stepping away to learn about their "blind spots."

  • DL Hughley Hospitalized After Collapsing on Stage During Nashville Stand-Up Gig
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    DL Hughley Hospitalized After Collapsing on Stage During Nashville Stand-Up Gig

    Comedian D.L. Hughley was hospitalized on Friday after collapsing on stage during a benefit stand-up performance at Nashville’s Zanies comedy club.“He was suffering from exhaustion after all the week’s work and travel, and was kept overnight at the hospital for tests under doctor’s orders,” his rep told TheWrap on Saturday morning. “He is awake and feeling better, and wishes to thank everyone for the very kind prayers and thoughts.”During his second performance of the night, part of a Juneteenth fundraiser that Hughley was hosting, the comic began slurring his words while seated on a stool on stage and then stopped speaking. According to video of the event posted on social media, a man rushed from off stage to assist Hughley as he appeared to faint. He was soon carried off the stage by a team of men.DL Hughley passed out during his stand-up show at Zanies Nashville tonight. Prayers up for him! pic.twitter.com/qoE1CzbqHf— Brooks Golightly (@brooklynluv) June 20, 2020Also Read: Terry Crews Asks DL Hughley If He Should 'Slap the S-- Out of' Him for Mocking His Sexual Assault StoryHughley was performing as part of the “Juneteenth Social Awareness-Thon,” an event aimed at promoting Black empowerment and education while also raising money for Master Growers’ “Clean Hands for All” charity, which delivers bottles of hand sanitizer to urban communities to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.The event, which also featured performances by Snoop Dogg, TLC, Master P and Anthony Anderson, was livestreamed on Facebook.Read original story DL Hughley Hospitalized After Collapsing on Stage During Nashville Stand-Up Gig At TheWrap

  • Jim Carrey Gives Buffalo Cops a Cartoon Beating After Injury of 75-Year-Old Protester
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    Jim Carrey Gives Buffalo Cops a Cartoon Beating After Injury of 75-Year-Old Protester

    Jim Carrey has turned serious in his online cartooning since the outbreak of social unrest following George Floyd’s death in the custody of Minneapolis police. One day after posting a tribute portrait to Floyd, the actor on Saturday released a cartoon caustically criticizing the police in Buffalo, New York, who were seen in a widely shared video shoving a 75-year-old protester who fell to the ground and was bleeding from the head.“Before the protest, Buffalo police received a tip that AARP agitators were being bussed in from Cheektowaga,” the caption on Carrey’s cartoon reads. “I’ve got his teeth but watch out… he can still gum ya!” one nightstick-wielding cop declares, holding a set of false choppers overhead as an old man lies on the sidewalk, blood pooling from his head.Another heavily armed cop adds, “Greatest generation, my ass!”Also Read: Here's Donny! Jim Carrey Conjures 'The Shining' to Taunt Trump and Boris JohnsonOn Saturday, Buffalo police officers Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe were charged with felony assault in connection with the injury to 75-year-old local activist Martin Gugino outside Buffalo City Hall on Thursday night. The two officers, who were also suspended without pay, pleaded not guilty to the charges.The Buffalo Police Department initially said Gugino “tripped and fell,” but video showed the two officers appeared to push Gugino until he staggered and fell hard on the sidewalk as blood accumulated around his head. Gugino was hospitalized and remained in stable condition on Saturday, an Erie County Medical Center spokesperson told the Buffalo News.pic.twitter.com/yZKrOPvVrn— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 7, 2020Read original story Jim Carrey Gives Buffalo Cops a Cartoon Beating After Injury of 75-Year-Old Protester At TheWrap

  • Washington Post Uncovers Owner Jeff Bezos’ 2020 Charitable Gifts: Equivalent to $85 for Median American
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    Washington Post Uncovers Owner Jeff Bezos’ 2020 Charitable Gifts: Equivalent to $85 for Median American

    The Washington Post took a dive Thursday into the charitable giving of the 50 wealthiest people and families in America, revealing that many of them — like the paper’s owner Jeff Bezos — didn’t contribute “much, when accounting for their vast personal fortunes,” as the coronavirus ravaged the American economy and killed thousands.The paper did not shy away from shining a critical light on its owner.“Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest man in the world with a fortune of $143 billion and who is also the owner of The Washington Post, gave $100 million to Feeding America and up to $25 million for All in WA, a statewide relief effort in Washington,” the Post noted. “For the median American, Bezos’ giving is the equivalent of donating $85. His aerospace company, Blue Origin, pledged to 3-D print face shields for front line workers but did not disclose the value of that contribution.”Also Read: CNN Disputes Trump's Chris Cuomo Jab: 'Surely You Have More Important Issues Than TV Ratings'The Post heralded only two billionaires for stepping “into the spotlight”: Bill Gates and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey. While the paper highlighted Gates’ leadership during the crisis and the work done by his foundation, it noted, “In terms of donations from his personal wealth, for the median American donor, Gates’s giving to date equates to about $283.”Comparatively, the Post found, Dorsey’s giving equated to $27,000 for the median American.The 50 wealthiest people and families surveyed for the project have a collective net worth of nearly $1.6 trillion. Their publicly announced donations amounted to $1 billion or so, “which sounds like a lot of money but adds up to less than .1 percent of their combined wealth,” said the Post.“More than half of these billionaires have publicly donated cash and a few say they have given something — money or in-kind contributions — but declined to specify how much. But almost a third have not announced any donations and declined to comment or did not reply to requests for comment,” it said.Read original story Washington Post Uncovers Owner Jeff Bezos’ 2020 Charitable Gifts: Equivalent to $85 for Median American At TheWrap

  • CNN Disputes Trump’s Chris Cuomo Jab: ‘Surely You Have More Important Issues Than TV Ratings’
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    CNN Disputes Trump’s Chris Cuomo Jab: ‘Surely You Have More Important Issues Than TV Ratings’

    CNN’s public relations department responded to a tweet from President Donald Trump Tuesday and suggested he had “more important issues” to contend with than taking jabs at the success of the network’s primetime hosts.“Yesterday was a bad day for the Cuomo Brothers. New York was lost to the looters, thugs, Radical Left, and all others forms of Lowlife & Scum. The Governor refuses to accept my offer of a dominating National Guard. NYC was ripped to pieces. Likewise, Fredo’s ratings are down 50%!” the president declared on Twitter, referring to CNN primetime anchor Chris Cuomo as “Fredo.”“Surely you have more important issues than TV ratings to address. But since you’ve made it a priority, we’ll correct the record,” came the reply from CNN’s PR shop. “@ChrisCuomo has had his highest ratings in history for the past two months.”Also Read: Fox News Wins Total Viewers for Weekend Protest Coverage, CNN Tops Key DemoMonthly Nielsen research ratings were released Tuesday, though the president’s statistic more closely matched one from a Daily Mail piece released over the weekend. Rather than monthly ratings, the Mail compared Cuomo’s peak with the previous week, reporting “Cuomo Prime Time” ratings plummeted 49% since he announced his coronavirus diagnosis in March.According to Tuesday’s new monthly ratings report from CNN, the network had its most-watched May ever in total-day and primetime viewership. “Cuomo Prime Time” was CNN’s top-rated program for the month among total viewers, bringing in an average of 1,948,000. In the advertiser-coveted age demographic of viewers 25-to-54, it saw an average of 513,000.Meanwhile, Trump-favored network Fox News hit some milestones, too, logging its 47th consecutive month in the top spot across all of cable in total-day viewership and 221st consecutive month as the top-rated cable news network in total viewers across both total-day and primetime.Read original story CNN Disputes Trump’s Chris Cuomo Jab: ‘Surely You Have More Important Issues Than TV Ratings’ At TheWrap

  • Bill Maher Provides a List of Signs to Help White Women Know if They’re a ‘Karen’
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    Bill Maher Provides a List of Signs to Help White Women Know if They’re a ‘Karen’

    If you’ve been online over the last few months, you’ve no doubt seen a huge spike in a meme where the name Karen is used to mock a specific kind of racist white woman. But you might not be sure what actually qualifies someone to be a “Karen.” So on Friday’s “Real Time,” Bill Maher provided some helpful tips for white women who want to know if they fit the bill.The gag came during the show’s mid point, immediately after he had discussed the situation involving Amy Cooper, a white woman in New York who on Monday was caught on cell phone video making a false police report against Christian Cooper (no relation), a black man who asked her to put a leash on her dog.“People called this woman a ‘Karen.’ This is a new term but not a new concept,” Maher said. “We’ve had Clueless White Girl, and Becky I think is in this tradition. It’s a white woman of privilege, sometimes racist. It’s hard to define, so we thought we would, as a public service, for any middle-aged white women who wonder, ‘maybe I am a Karen,’ tell you some signs.”Also Read: Mark Zuckerberg Says Trump's Minneapolis Shooting Post Did Not Violate Facebook's PoliciesAnd so it is Maher unveiled those signs, which we’ll list below:“In high school, you were voted most likely to make a citizen’s arrest. Yeah, that would be one.”“You park in the handicap spot because of a gluten intolerance.”“You threatened to call immigration during a pedicure.”“When you’re at the baseball stadium and your team loses you demand to speak to the manager.”“When Samuel L Jackson says, ‘What’s in your wallet?’ you pepper spray the TV. That’s a definite sign.”“You go on a Facebook rant about how the Asian section in the supermarket keeps getting bigger.”“You repeatedly cancel Ubers until you get a driver with a ‘normal’ name.”“And when a friend says, ‘this is my fiancee,’ you say, ‘this is America, damn it, speak English!’.”Read original story Bill Maher Provides a List of Signs to Help White Women Know if They’re a ‘Karen’ At TheWrap

  • Christian Cooper ‘Uncomfortable’ That White Woman Who Called the Cops on Him Lost Her Job
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    Christian Cooper ‘Uncomfortable’ That White Woman Who Called the Cops on Him Lost Her Job

    Christian Cooper, who took a video of a white woman appearing to call the cops on him in Central Park, appeared on “The View” Thursday to discuss the reaction to his video, saying he’s been “uncomfortable” with some of the fallout. Amy Cooper has lost her job and her dog and has been receiving death threats.“First of all, about the death threats: I’ve been unequivocal about that ever since I found out she was getting them. It’s abhorrent and it’s contrary. If you think what she did was wrong — that she was trying to bring death by cop down on my head — then there is absolutely no way you can justify then turning around and putting a death threat on her head. So that’s got to stop. That’s not acceptable. Everything else that’s happened to her — I don’t — I’m uncomfortable with defining someone by a couple of seconds of what they’ve done,” Cooper said.He went on to call it a “stressful situation” and “moment of very poor judgement,” though he pointed out “there is no excusing that it was a racist act.”Also Read: Trump Retweets Video of Supporter Saying 'The Only Good Democrat is a Dead Democrat'The clip was posted on Twitter Monday by Cooper’s sister, who also appeared on “The View.” She wrote in the post, “Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble in NY’s Central Park, where it is clearly posted on signs that dogs MUST be leashed at all times, and someone like my brother (an avid birder) politely asks her to put her dog on the leash.”In the clip, the woman is seen threatening to call the cops on Cooper while holding her dog by the collar. She places a phone call and repeatedly identifies Cooper, a Harvard graduate and NYC Audubon Society board member, as “African American.” The dog rescue from which she got her dog posted an update Monday saying she voluntarily surrendered the animal after the “concerned public” reached out to the organization. On Tuesday, her employer, Franklin Templeton, announced she had been fired from her position as a head of insurance portfolio management. She subsequently issued a public apology.“Does that define her entire life? I don’t know. Only she can tell us if that defines her entire life by what she does going forward and what she’s done in the past,” Cooper told “The View” Thursday. “I can’t answer that so the frenzy makes me uncomfortable.”Central Park birdwatcher Christian Cooper tells us even though the viral incident “was a racist act,” he’s “uncomfortable with defining someone by a couple of seconds of what they’ve done” and condemns the death threats made against her. https://t.co/6kPvPIdBL9 pic.twitter.com/vkrajmTHrn— The View (@TheView) May 28, 2020Read original story Christian Cooper ‘Uncomfortable’ That White Woman Who Called the Cops on Him Lost Her Job At TheWrap

  • CTV News apologizes for airing video of 'non-consensual behaviour'
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    CTV News apologizes for airing video of 'non-consensual behaviour'

    TORONTO — CTV News has issued an apology for broadcasting a video that featured "non-consensual behaviour."In the clip, a woman is being interviewed in a Toronto park about masks when a stranger interrupts to kiss her on the lips.In a voiceover, the reporter says the woman was OK with the "spontaneous kiss" from a man she said she had met minutes earlier with her dog. The woman tells the man to "text me" as she walks away.The video was shared and subsequently deleted on Twitter on Friday after commenters raised concerns about consent.CTV Toronto News anchor Nathan Downer told viewers Friday that it was "wrong" to air the video, saying what occurred was "unacceptable."A spokesman for Bell Media declined to answer further questions about the video. The reporter did not return a request for comment.This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 22, 2020.The Canadian Press

  • Phyllis George, Trailblazing NFL Reporter and Former Miss America Winner, Dies at 70
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    Phyllis George, Trailblazing NFL Reporter and Former Miss America Winner, Dies at 70

    Phyllis George, a former Miss America winner who went on to become one of the first female broadcasters covering the NFL — and later, the First Lady of Kentucky — died Thursday at the age of 70. Her ex-husband, John Y. Brown Jr., told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Saturday she had suffered from a rare blood disorder since she was in her 30s.George’s eclectic career started in 1970, when she won the Miss Texas title; a year later, she won the Miss America pageant, garnering her widespread national coverage. Five years later, George started cohosting “The NFL Today” on CBS, becoming one of the first women to cover professional football on a national level. During her time at CBS, George was also a broadcaster for several major horse racing events, including the Belmont Stakes and Preakness.“In my gut, I thought Phyllis was pretty special,” former TV executive Bob Wussler, who hired George at CBS, once said, according to ESPN. “I thought there was a role for her, as somebody who could talk to guys who knew something about sports.”George was married to famed Hollywood producer Robert Evans from 1977 to 1978, before marrying John Y. Brown Jr. in 1979. She was considered an integral part of Brown’s successful bid for governor of Kentucky that same year, with one local reporter telling the Lexington Herald-Leader she “brought glamour” to the governor’s office. With Brown’s win, George became the First Lady of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983. The couple had two children together before divorcing in 1998. Her daughter, Pamela Brown, is a reporter for CNN.Also Read: Frank Bielec, Designer on TLC's 'Trading Spaces,' Dies at 72“Phyllis was a fighter and her children have shown her incredible love during this struggle,” Brown said on Saturday. “She was an incredible first lady for Kentucky.”George was born June 25, 1949 in Denton, Texas, and attended North Texas State University (now known as University of North Texas) for three years before winning her Miss Texas crown. Beyond her pageant and broadcasting career, George was also a businesswoman, author and actress, playing a small role in the 2000 hit “Meet the Parents.”Read original story Phyllis George, Trailblazing NFL Reporter and Former Miss America Winner, Dies at 70 At TheWrap

  • ABC News Reporter Responds After Being Seen Without Pants on Air: ‘Hilariously Mortifying’
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    ABC News Reporter Responds After Being Seen Without Pants on Air: ‘Hilariously Mortifying’

    ABC News’ Will Reeve got caught going pants-less on “Good Morning America” Tuesday and responded good-naturedly on Twitter.“I have ARRIVED,” he tweeted before adding, “in the most hilariously mortifying way possible.”He was responding to one of the many tweets that called him out for very clearly not being fully dressed below the waist during his morning hit, which was done remotely. Like most other on-air personalities in the age of the coronavirus and social distancing, Reeve was telecommuting, beaming himself into the nationally-aired show live from his living room.Also Read: Fox News' Dana Perino's Tips for Working From Home: Keep a Schedule, Step Away When You CanOn-air talent often jokes about only wearing business attired up top, even during in-studio hits, but the whole gag hinges on viewers not being able to tell.Earlier on Tuesday, he responded to the original viral tweet about the slip-up. When Detroit News film critic Adam Graham tweeted a picture of Reeve pushed back a little too far from his home office setup with his legs visible and captioned it “put some pants on,” the reporter wrote back, “They’re shorts I promise.”He also added he “will not be getting hired as a camera operator any time soon.”To his immense credit, Reeve continued to have fun with the situation all morning. When one Twitter user incorrectly identified him as colleague Tom Llamas, he wrote it was “definitely” Llamas: “for sure 100% no way was it me framing up the shot alone and blowing it.”Hey put some pants on my guy pic.twitter.com/PpCIBRrjP5— Adam Graham (@grahamorama) April 28, 2020Read original story ABC News Reporter Responds After Being Seen Without Pants on Air: ‘Hilariously Mortifying’ At TheWrap

  • The Wild Joe Exotic Moment With A Tiger, Bear And Very Spooked BBC Reporter
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    The Wild Joe Exotic Moment With A Tiger, Bear And Very Spooked BBC Reporter

    The "Tiger King" star scared broadcaster Louis Theroux in the 2011 documentary.

  • Megyn Kelly Attacks Don Lemon: ‘CNN Still Pretends He Is an Objective News Anchor’
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    Megyn Kelly Attacks Don Lemon: ‘CNN Still Pretends He Is an Objective News Anchor’

    Megyn Kelly hasn’t been back on television since her 2018 ouster from her NBC talk show, but she still has plenty to say about the industry and those who still do the job she once held. On Monday, the former Fox News anchor accused CNN’s Don Lemon of being biased.“CNN still pretends he is an objective news anchor (yeah, sure) while the msm recoils in horror at the bias of Fox/OANN, etc. Who do they think they’re kidding?” she tweeted, linking to an article about Lemon’s on-air frustration over President Donald Trump’s use of White House coronavirus pressers to lecture journalists.  (In Kelly’s tweet “msm” refers to “mainstream media.”)Also Read: CNN's Don Lemon Cries Over Chris Cuomo's Coronavirus DiagnosisKelly has briefly resurfaced a few times over the past few months, usually to address issues of workplace sexual harassment. She trended briefly on Twitter Tuesday morning for the comments about Lemon, who anchors in primetime, just as she did when she was at Fox News. When she was at Fox News, “The Kelly File” aired at 9 p.m. ET, while Lemon’s “CNN Tonight” aired a 10 p.m. ET.Lemon is no stranger to headlines about his news delivery, especially when he has a personal connection to stories. Last week, he cried over colleague Chris Cuomo’s coronavirus diagnosis.A representative for Lemon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Kelly’s tweet, which you can see below.CNN still pretends he is an objective news anchor (yeah, sure) while the msm recoils in horror at the bias of Fox/OANN, etc. Who do they think they’re kidding? https://t.co/JwkhpTUvgs— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) April 7, 2020Read original story Megyn Kelly Attacks Don Lemon: ‘CNN Still Pretends He Is an Objective News Anchor’ At TheWrap

  • 'The Walking Dead' De Facto Season Finale Is A Cat-Astrophe
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    'The Walking Dead' De Facto Season Finale Is A Cat-Astrophe

    There's a new villain on the zombie show, and we're not kitten.

  • Fox News’ Chris Wallace Challenges Surgeon General for Downplaying Coronavirus Compared to Smoking, Opioid Deaths
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    Fox News’ Chris Wallace Challenges Surgeon General for Downplaying Coronavirus Compared to Smoking, Opioid Deaths

    “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace denounced U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams Sunday when the Trump appointee compared the coronavirus crisis to smoking and opioid usage.While governors of 42 U.S. states have issued stay-at-home orders for their residents to prevent the spread of the virus, Utah, Arkansas, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska and South Carolina — all with Republican governors — have held out, even as some have ordered non-essential businesses to close.Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the heads of the Trump Administration’s coronavirus task force, has spoken in favor of a national stay-at-home order, yet Trump has refused to issue one.Also Read: Coronavirus Diary: Squeezed Slowly to Stop the Pandemic“The coronavirus is not a state issue; it doesn’t follow or respect state borders. Dr. Fauci says he believes there should be a national stay-at-home order. Is he wrong?” Wallace asked Adams.TODAY: Dr. Jerome Adams on how the U.S. can most effectively combat the coronavirus. FNS FoxNews pic.twitter.com/Iv6nS9ZaVb— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) April 5, 2020After saying that even residents of states without a stay-at-home order are still following guidelines from the Center of Disease Control, Adams then compared the coronavirus crisis to smoking and opioid usage, saying that states have different laws on cigarettes and drugs and that “more people will die even in the worst projections from cigarette smoking in this country than are going to die from coronavirus this year.”Wallace challenged that comparison. “There’s a big difference between opioids and cigarettes, which are something that people decide to use or not to use, and the coronavirus, which people catch. It’s not an individual choice,” he responded.“And you know, when President Trump says that he is a wartime president, during World War II, FDR didn’t say, ‘Well, it’s up to each state to decide what to do.’ He mobilized the nation. Again, why not a national stay-at-home order? The coronavirus doesn’t recognize states’ rights, so does the federal analogy really work here?” Wallace pressed.Adams replied by saying that governors are “intensely protective of their right to be able to decide what’s best for their states,” but that he and federal public health officials would “do everything we can” to advise them.Watch the exchange between Wallace and Adams in the clip above.Read original story Fox News’ Chris Wallace Challenges Surgeon General for Downplaying Coronavirus Compared to Smoking, Opioid Deaths At TheWrap

  • 'The Walking Dead' Reminds Us Not To Rely On Celebrities In A Crisis
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    'The Walking Dead' Reminds Us Not To Rely On Celebrities In A Crisis

    The show hits a very topical high note with its latest twist.

  • CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper Loses It, Curses In Anger During Rod Blagojevich Interview
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    CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper Loses It, Curses In Anger During Rod Blagojevich Interview

    CNN anchor Anderson Cooper lost his cool during a Friday night interview with newly released former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. In a contentious interview, Cooper finally boiled over after hearing Blagojevich's defense of his gubernatorial record and his criminal case. Blagojevich was convicted of trying to sell or trade the Illinois Senate seat that Barack […]

  • Jason Momoa Transforms Into Ozzy Osbourne In Rocking New Music Video
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    Jason Momoa Transforms Into Ozzy Osbourne In Rocking New Music Video

    The "Game of Thrones" star is the Prince of Darkness in the "Scary Little Green Men" teaser.

  • Hallmark Reverses Stance on LGBTQ Zola Ads Under Pressure, Looks to Reinstate Them
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    Hallmark Reverses Stance on LGBTQ Zola Ads Under Pressure, Looks to Reinstate Them

    The Hallmark Channel is apologizing and reversing course after it had pulled four commercials for the wedding planning website Zola that featured a same-sex couple kissing during their marriage ceremony, saying Sunday night that it hopes to reinstate the ads.Hallmark CEO Mike Perry said in a statement:“Earlier this week, a decision was made at Crown Media Family Networks to remove commercials featuring a same-sex couple. The Crown Media team has been agonizing over this decision as we’ve seen the hurt it has unintentionally caused. Said simply, they believe this was the wrong decision. Our mission is rooted in helping all people connect, celebrate traditions, and be inspired to capture meaningful moments in their lives. Anything that detracts for this purpose is not who we are. As the CEO of Hallmark, I am sorry for the hurt and disappointment this has caused.Hallmark is, and always has been, committed to diversity and inclusion – both in our workplace as well as the products and experiences we create. It is never Hallmark’s intention to be divisive or generate controversy. We are an inclusive company and have a track record to prove it. We have LGBTQ greeting cards and feature LGBTQ couples in commercials. We have been recognized as one of the Human Rights Campaigns Best Places to Work, and as one of Forbes America’s Best Employers for Diversity. We have been a progressive pioneer on television for decades – telling wide ranging stories that elevate the human spirit such as August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson and Colm Tóibín’s The Blackwater Lightship, both of which highlight the importance of tolerance and understanding.Hallmark will be working with GLAAD to better represent the LGBTQ community across our portfolio of brands. The Hallmark Channel will be reaching out to Zola to reestablish our partnership and reinstate the commercials. Across our brand, we will continue to look for ways to be more inclusive and celebrate our differences.”Also Read: Zola Cuts Ties With Hallmark Channel After Ads of Lesbian Brides Kissing Are PulledGLAAD’s reaction to the news was swift.“Victory!” GLAAD’s president and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, said in a statement. “The Hallmark Channel’s decision to correct its mistake sends an important message to LGBTQ people and represents a major loss for fringe organizations, like One Million Moms, whose sole purpose is to hurt families like mine. LGBTQ people are, and will continue to be a part of advertisements and family programming and that will never change. GLAAD exists to hold brands like The Hallmark Channel accountable when they make discriminatory decisions and to proactively ensure families of all kinds are represented in fair and accurate ways.”Hallmark Channel had pulled four of six commercials for the wedding planning website that feature a lesbian couple celebrating their nuptials with a kiss after the conservative group One Million Moms called for a boycott of the network. The two women’s “public displays of affection” violates the channel’s policies, a spokesperson for Hallmark told The New York Times. An account representative at Hallmark’s parent company, Crown Media, also told the NYT that the channel did not accept ads “that are deemed controversial.”In response, a representative for Zola said in a statement Saturday that it would pull all of its advertising from the Hallmark Channel “for the foreseeable future,” saying, “We stand behind this commercial 150%. We want all couples to feel welcomed and celebrated and we will always feature all kinds of love in our marketing.”You can see one of the four ads by clicking here.Read original story Hallmark Reverses Stance on LGBTQ Zola Ads Under Pressure, Looks to Reinstate Them At TheWrap

  • Reporter Files Police Report After On-Air Butt Slap: You Can’t ‘Help Yourself to a Woman’s Body’
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    Reporter Files Police Report After On-Air Butt Slap: You Can’t ‘Help Yourself to a Woman’s Body’

    WSAV-TV reporter has Alex Bozarjian filed a sexual battery report after being slapped on the butt while reporting on a local race, explaining that “in order to make any kind of change, you have to be a little but drastic.”Tommy Callaway, the 43-year-old youth minister accused of perpetrating the slap, apologized on “Inside Edition” Tuesday, the same day Bozarjian appeared on “CBS This Morning” to discuss the incident from Sunday’s Savannah Bridge Run in Georgia.Callaway said he had a “misjudgment in character and decision-making” while raising his hands to wave to the camera.Also Read: Local TV Reporter Goes Viral After Accidentally Sending Sick Day Request to ThousandsBozarjian responded Tuesday to a question about critics who would call her “a brat” and tell her to “get over it.”“Maybe 10 years ago, that was a more common thing in the culture, but it’s not OK now,” she said. “It’s not OK to help yourself to a woman’s body just because you feel like it. It’s not playful. He hurt me, both physically and emotionally, and I think in order to make any kind of change, you have to be a little bit drastic and you have to kind of chip away at this toxic culture that permeates our society.”Also Read: Local Reporter Fired for Hopping on Car During Auto Show BroadcastOn Tuesday’s “Inside Edition,” Callaway said if he had seen Bozarjian’s facial expression after the slap, he would have “been embarrassed” and “felt ashamed.” He said he would have apologized to her on the spot.“I feel horrible,” he said.Bozarjian did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.“It’s not okay to help yourself to a woman’s body just because you feel like it… in order to make any kind of change, you have to be a little bit drastic. And you have to… chip away at this toxic culture that permeates our society.” — @WSAVAlexB pic.twitter.com/tYsvu0uFiW– CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) December 10, 2019Read original story Reporter Files Police Report After On-Air Butt Slap: You Can’t ‘Help Yourself to a Woman’s Body’ At TheWrap

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus Looks Back on Her ‘Miserable’ Time at ‘SNL’ in the 1980s: ‘I Was Unbelievably Naive’
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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus Looks Back on Her ‘Miserable’ Time at ‘SNL’ in the 1980s: ‘I Was Unbelievably Naive’

    In a candid and frequently hilarious chat with Stephen Colbert on Saturday, Julia Louis-Dreyfus reflected on her “miserable” time as a “Saturday Night Live” cast member, and how the experience taught her to make sure she always enjoyed every future job.Speaking to Colbert as part of a benefit for Montclair Film at Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Louis-Dreyfus explained how unprepared she was when she joined the show in the mid 1980s at the age of 21, not even finishing her studies at Northwestern University before heading off to New York.“I was unbelievably naive and I didn’t really understand how the dynamics of the place worked,” she told Colbert. “It was very sexist — very sexist. People were doing crazy drugs at the time. I was oblivious. I just thought, ‘Oh, wow! He’s got a lot of energy!'”Also Read: 'SNL': Will Ferrell's Gordon Sondland Shows Up to Ruin Things for Alec Baldwin's Trump (Video)She and Colbert then joked for a second that they couldn’t understand how anyone could ever perform inebriated, just before taking big sips from their cocktails.Louis-Dreyfus, who went on to decades-long TV success with shows like “Seinfeld,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Veep,” explained that her time on “SNL” led her to develop a system that helped her choose her future projects.“It was a pretty brutal time, but it was a very informative time for me,” she told Colbert. She said she realized then she wouldn’t do “anymore of this crap” unless “it was fun.”Also Read: 'SNL' Spoofs Democratic Debate With All-Star Lineup of Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph, Woody Harrelson and More (Video)“It is important and so basic, but I just felt like, ‘I don’t have to; I don’t have to do this, I don’t have to walk and crawl through this kind of nasty glass if it’s not ultimately going to be fulfilling,” she said. “And so that’s how I sort of moved forward from that moment and I sort of applied that kind of ‘fun meter’ to every job I’ve had since and it definitely has been very helpful.”There was another benefit to the actress’ time on “SNL”: She met and bonded with Larry David, who would eventually put her in “Seinfeld.”“Larry David and I had been on ‘SNL’ together my last year there because he was a writer, and we bonded because he was as miserable as I was,” she revealed, earning a laugh from the crowd.Representatives for NBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Read original story Julia Louis-Dreyfus Looks Back on Her ‘Miserable’ Time at ‘SNL’ in the 1980s: ‘I Was Unbelievably Naive’ At TheWrap

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  • Former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien calls out network for hiring 'hot mess' Sean Duffy
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