TV Academy expels Harvey Weinstein for life

TV Academy expels Harvey Weinstein for life

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Andy Scott3 hours ago

Variety has confirmed that the Television Academy voted on Monday, November 6, 2017, to expel disgraced studio mogul Harvey Weinstein for life.

The vote came after Weinstein was accused of sexually harassing dozens upon dozens of actresses throughout his decades-long career in Hollywood, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.

“After a hearing today, the Television Academy’s governance has voted to expel Harvey Weinstein from the Academy for life,” the Academy said in a statement to Variety. “The Academy supports those speaking out against harassment in all forms and stands behind those who have been affected by this issue. The unfolding and widespread examples of this horrific behavior are deeply disturbing to the Academy’s leadership. We have been in contact with leaders across the industry and share with them a deep sense of responsibility to provide clear workplace benchmarks reflecting decency and respect.”

The statement continued, “As a result, we are expediting an already-begun detailed review and revision of our Television Academy membership codes of conduct. We are determined to play a role in protecting all television professionals from predatory harassment, ensuring they are able to practice their craft in a safe environment.”

Per Variety, Weinstein received 16 Emmy nominations over the course of his career, for Project Runway and Project Greenlight, respectively.

In recent weeks, Weinstein has also been kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; banned for life from the Producers Guild of America; and forced out of his own studio, the Weinstein Company.

In wake of the scandal, Weinstein reportedly fled to Arizona to receive outpatient rehab treatment.

Diddy changes his name again

Diddy changes his name again

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Diddy announced on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 that he is changing his name once again.

The rapper-mogul formerly known as Puff Daddy, formerly known as P. Diddy, formerly known as–you get the idea–made the big announcement on Twitter.

“I have some very, very serious news …” he said. “I know it’s risky because it could come off as corny to some people — like yo, I decided to change my name again. I’m just not who I am before, I’m something different.”

He continued, “So my new name is Love aka Brother Love. I will not be answering to Puffy, Diddy, Puff Daddy — any of my other monikers but Love or Brother Love.”

“OK it’s my birthday,” Diddy, er, Love, concluded. “I feel good. God is the greatest, I give all glory. And I thank my momma and daddy.”

Well, okay then!

I decided to change my name again!

My new name is LOVE aka Brother Love.

— Sean Diddy Combs (@diddy) November 4, 2017

Kaley Cuoco says boyfriend Karl Cook is ‘totally the guy’

Kaley Cuoco says boyfriend Karl Cook is ‘totally the guy’

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The Big Bang Theory star is head over heels for her man.

Kaley Cuoco opened up about her amazing romance with equestrian boyfriend Karl Cook during an Entertainment Tonight exclusive. The publication had met up with the actress at the Stand Up for Pits Benefit in Hollywood on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.

“He is totally the guy,” Cuoco gushed. “I think the common denominator is the horses, it just works for us. We have this special bond so, yeah, the animals. He’s so real. I’ve never met a kinder human being, he’s gentle, and he’s real. I’m completely in love with him. Nothing could be better.”

She also revealed that Cook has been bringing out her adventurous side. “Karl is a big adventure seeker and he encourages me to do things that are outside of my comfort zone, like mountain biking and dirt biking,” the former 8 Simple Rules actress continued. “I did it, and now I’m obsessed, and I had the best time….He’s getting me to be more adventurous than I am.”

To show off her new hobby, Cuoco recently shared a cute snapshot of the two on a biking adventure via Instagram. “@mrtankcook challenging me to yet another insane adventure 🤣 mountain biking!” she proudly wrote in the caption. “Nailed it! Covered in mud but so worth it 🚴.”

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The animal-loving pair are clearly serious about their relationship and are even planning on expanding their family. “Karl informed me actually a few days ago that he wanted to rescue another bulldog, so I think we’re going to go get another bulldog,” the pit bull advocate explained. “It doesn’t matter at this point, any dog is welcome in my house apparently.”

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Cuoco, 31, and Cook, 27, went public with their relationship in March 2016 after meeting at a horse show. The former Charmed actress had previously dated Big Bang Theory costar Johnny Galecki and was married to tennis pro Ryan Sweeting for 21 months. She filed for divorce in September 2015. As Cuoco told Us Weekly in September 2017, “I couldn’t be happier. I feel very, very lucky that I found someone like him.”

American Idol premiere date announced

American Idol premiere date announced

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Who’s ready for the all-new American Idol?

During his talk show Live with Kelly and Ryanon Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, host Ryan Seacrest announced that the revival of the popular singing competition series has an official premiere date attached: Sunday, March 11, 2018. The show will air at 8 p.m. on ABC.

According to E! News, the premiere episode will be two hours and will see the show’s brand new judges—Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie—critiquing hopeful contestants across the country. Seacrest will return as the series’ host.

Auditions for American Idol first began in August, starting in Portland, Ore. The crew made 23 stops around the United States in total. However, fans didn’t have to audition in person—they could have auditioned online using the hashtag #TheNextIdol. E! News notes that auditions were also held via a livestream platform.

American Idol first aired on Fox back in 2002—with the first season celebrating Kelly Clarkson as the first-ever winner of the series. The show would go on for a total of 15 seasons, ending in April 2016. However, it was quickly picked back up by a different network, ABC, who will be broadcasting the revival in March.

Ryan just announced the premiere date of @AmericanIdol!!

— LIVEKellyRyan (@LiveKellyRyan) November 6, 2017

Ben Affleck talks sexual harassment in Hollywood, wants to be ‘part of the solution’

Ben Affleck talks sexual harassment in Hollywood, wants to be ‘part of the solution’

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The Justice League star is examining his past behavior.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, Ben Affleck opened up about Hollywood’s rampant culture of sexism and sexual misconduct. “[I’m] looking at my own behavior and addressing that and making sure I’m part of the solution,” the Oscar winner began (via Page Six).

As he continued, Affleck argued that, to foster change in the industry, “more women need to be pushed to power.” He added that sexual harassment also needs to be “a men’s issue,” meaning that men must step up and call out inappropriate or predatory behavior.

As Nicki Swift previously reported, the Gone Girl star issued a statement on Twitter in early October 2017 to denounce his old boss, film producer Harvey Weinstein, after a New York Times piece first exposed his 30 years worth of sexual misconduct against actresses in Hollywood. However, Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein’s first accusers, refuted Affleck’s statement, claiming that he played a role in covering up the Miramax co-founder’s abusive behavior.

Soon after, the Batman v Superman star faced allegations of his own. Former One Tree Hill star Hilarie Burton accused Affleck of grabbing her breast when she was an MTV VJ on TRL in the early 2000s. “I didn’t forget. I was a kid,” she wrote, adding, “I had to laugh back then so I wouldn’t cry.” Affleck quickly apologized following public outrage.

Makeup artist Annamarie Tendler, who is married to comedian John Mulaney, later alleged that Affleck groped her at a Golden Globes party in 2014. “I would also love to get an apology from Ben Affleck who grabbed my a**,” she wrote. “He walked by me, cupped my butt and pressed his finger into my crack.”

Affleck’s call to action, which follows Alec Baldwin’s similar sentiments, comes in the wake of ongoing scandal. Since the Weinstein accusations hit in October, multiple men in Hollywood have faced serious allegations of sexual assault and harassment, including James Toback, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Brett Ratner, and several others.

Lamar Odom ‘doing well’ after scary nightclub incident

Lamar Odom ‘doing well’ after scary nightclub incident

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The former Lakers player is reportedly in good health, despite collapsing at a nightclub just one day earlier.

A rep for Lamar Odom told E! News that the basketball star is “doing well.”

“He was dehydrated and had been in an intense workout earlier in the day.” the spokesperson continued, explaining why Odom, 38, had fallen. “It was also very hot in the club.”

TMZ previously shared a video of Odom slumped over on the floor in front a booth at Los Angeles nightclub Bootsy Bellows around 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. In the clip, security detail appeared to help Odom to his feet and to a seat.

The person that filmed the video told TMZ that he’d seen Odom drinking for hours before he collapsed. However, a source told E! News, “Security said he just slipped and fell as people were leaving the night club. It looked worse on video.”

Odom, who has a long history of substance abuse, previously endured a near-death experience in October 2015. He was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel and was rushed to a nearby hospital. Opening up about the incident to Us Weekly in April 2017, Odom revealed that he’d suffered 12 strokes and two heart attacks that night.

While we wait to see if Odom addresses his recent collapse himself, read all about the dark past of Khloé Kardashian’s ex.

Jimmy Fallon cancels Tonight Show tapings as he mourns the death of his mother

Jimmy Fallon cancels Tonight Show tapings as he mourns the death of his mother

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The Tonight Show will not tape during the week of Nov. 6 as host Jimmy Fallon mourns the loss of his mother.

According to Us Weekly, live tapings of the NBC late night show have been canceled, from Monday, Nov. 6 to Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. The network has announced that repeat episodes will air instead.

“Today I lost my biggest fan,” Fallon, 43, said in a statement, shortly after his mother’s death over the weekend.

“On behalf of everyone at NBC, we extend our deepest condolences to Jimmy and all his family at this time of enormous loss,” his show’s network released in a statement. “Our hearts go out to Jimmy and everyone else whose lives were so touched by Gloria Fallon’s love, kindness and support.”

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Fallon’s mother, Gloria, “died peacefully” at the age of 68 on Saturday, Nov. 4. “Jimmy was at his mother’s bedside, along with her loved ones, when she passed away at NYU Langone Medical Center in NYC,” a family representative announced in a statement. “Our prayers go out to Jimmy and his family as they go through this tough time.” Just one day before, Fallon had canceled a taping of his show due to a family emergency.

The Saturday Night Live alum often spoke about his close relationship with his mother. In May 2017, he even shared a sweet story about her as a part of the Tonight Show’s #MomQuotes segment. “My mom and I were talking on the phone for the third time that day,” he tweeted. “And she actually said, ‘We don’t talk enough.'”

Our thoughts are with the Fallon family during this difficult time.

Robert Knight dead at 72

Robert Knight dead at 72

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The singer has passed away.

The Tennessean reports that Robert Knight, who was born Robert Peebles, died on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 (via Billboard). He’d reportedly fought a short battle with an illness, though specific details have yet to be revealed to the public. He was 72 years old.

Knight was best known for his hit song “Everlasting Love,” which was released in 1967. The song’s since been covered and re-released by everyone from the Love Affair and Carl Carlton to Gloria Estefan and U2.

Knight’s other songs include “Isn’t it Lonely Together,” “Blessed are the Lonely,” and “Love on a Mountain Top.”

Our thoughts are with Knight’s loved ones during this difficult time.

Kelly Clarkson talks motherhood, shares advice for dealing with bullies

Kelly Clarkson talks motherhood, shares advice for dealing with bullies

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The “Stronger” singer knows a thing or two about how to handle bullies.

During her candid interview with Pride Source on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, Kelly Clarkson revealed the wise advice she shared with her 16-year-old stepdaughter, Savannah, who was being targeted by an online troll.

“I said, ‘This is gonna happen so often, so this would be a good time to learn to take the high road,'” the “Love So Soft” singer explained. “‘Block them or whatever you want to do to not see it, if you don’t want to see it.’ Bullying is gonna happen, so we tell our kids, ‘That’s gonna happen. I can’t protect you from that. There’s nothing we can do about that. There are no bullying cops.'”

“It’s an epidemic that’s horrible and it needs to be addressed,” the Grammy winner, who released her new album, Meaning of Life, in late October, continued. “But at the same time, when you have kids coming to you, I just have to teach her to rise above it.”

Clarkson, 35, has certainly faced her own fair share of bullying over the years, particularly from online body shamers. But the “People Like Us” singer has learned to take it all in stride and retain her self-confidence. “At the end of the day, I really don’t care about anyone’s opinion but mine and the people I know who love me and really do want the best for me,” she said. “You can’t base your entire existence and every decision off how people are gonna feel about it.”

The American Idol alum added that she refuses to remain silent anymore on important issues like bullying. However, this is not only because she’s a celebrity with a platform. “I’m a mother, I’m a daughter, I’m a woman,” Clarkson explained. “And it took a long time and a lot of women to pioneer that way for me, to even have a voice.”

Clarkson married Brandon Blackstock in 2013. The happy couple parent four children together: River Rose, 3, Remington Alexander, 1, and Blackstock’s kids from a previous relationship, Seth and Savannah.

Anthony Weiner begins prison sentence

Anthony Weiner begins prison sentence

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The former congressman is officially behind bars.

TMZ reports that Anthony Weiner began his prison sentence on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. He will serve 21 months at the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Mass., which reportedly offers treatment for sex offenders such as Weiner.

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Weiner was sentenced back in late September, after he pleaded guilty to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor. The crime in question regarded Weiner’s 2016 sexting scandal involving a 15-year-old girl. While he originally faced up to 10 years in prison, his sentence was ultimately set at 21 months.

TMZ notes that Weiner could potentially get 15% of his sentence reduced for good behavior, but only time will tell how long the disgraced politician will be locked up.

According to the gossip rag, Weiner spent some of his final moments of freedom with his 5-year-old son Jordan, whom he shares with ex Huma Abedin.