Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 6:01AM EDT
Kanye West was left speechless after Jimmy Kimmel asked about Donald Trump
Kimmel took his time getting to the big topic of the president in his 22-minute interview with West, the rap star's first sit-down since he appeared on TMZ Live and declared that slavery was a choice. But when Kimmel brought up Trump, it caused West to clam up. “You so famously and so powerfully said, ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people,’” Kimmel said, referring to comments West made at a 2005 benefit for Hurricane Katrina relief. “It makes me wonder what makes you think that Donald Trump does or any people at all?” After four seconds of silence, Kimmel cut to commercial break, and the question wasn't brought up again. West did later defend his support of Trump, saying: "Liberals can’t bully me, news can’t bully me, the hip-hop community, they can’t bully me. Because at that point, if I’m afraid to be me, I’m no longer Ye. That’s what makes Ye.”
Fox News has become the home to "white anxiety" with its 94% white viewership
Laura Ingraham was accused of being racist with her Wednesday night commentary that "massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people" -- comments so controversial that Ingraham walked back her remarks on Thursday night after she said they were embraced by "white nationalists and especially one racist freak." But as CNN points out, Ingraham's comments "served as another raw example of a Fox News host echoing white nationalist language." So far this year, Fox News has a viewership that's 94% white, 3% Latino, 2% Asian and 1% black. With a nearly all-white audience, says CNN, "on the channel's highest-rated shows, the politics of white anxiety play out practically every day, as hosts and guests warn about the impacts of immigration and minimize or mock the perspectives of people of color. The talk show segments are clearly intended to appeal to people who perceive they are losing their grip on power."
Stephen Colbert issues a "rare correction" after calling an anti-Trump conservative a "Trump ally"
The Late Show host said sorry Thursday to conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg after calling him a "Trump ally" when he's one of the most vocal anti-Trump conservatives. “To many Americans, the label Trump ally is a hurtful slur I’m surprised CBS even allows me to say that on air,” Colbert said. “It’s the sort of divisive hate speech that we are trying to get rid of in our national discourse, like ‘Cuck’ and ‘Papa John.’ So, Mr. Goldberg, please accept this bouquet of regrets.”
Jay Leno appears quite comfortable being the "timeless, deathless supervillain of the late-night-talk-show universe"
Source: The Ringer
On Marc Maron's WTF podcast this week, the former Tonight Show recalled his late-night wars with David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel -- whom he reconciled with last year. The interview is notable in that Maron is a Conan ally, having been a regular on Conan's talk shows since 1994. As Rob Harvilla notes, "both of Leno’s major Tonight Show transgressions are hilarious to even contemplate now. The context is collapsing. The Conan debacle is less than a decade old but feels positively ancient: You boys were arguing about time slots? And comprehending his original sin—beating out Letterman as (Johnny) Carson’s successor in ’92—depends on your ability to still view the two candidates as different species." Harvilla adds: "The whole Maron interview is spectacular ... Maron’s goal is to get his guest to express regret, to apologize, to grovel at the feet of his many haters, from Howard Stern to Conan himself. But Leno doesn’t need, or at least doesn’t want, a redemption narrative. 'Who do you tackle? The guy with the ball,' he explains, affable as ever in reliving all that criticism and outright enmity. 'The quarterback. And to me, The Tonight Show was the ball.' In the end, (Leno) was merely a victim of his outrageous success. And so were we." ALSO: Leno is tired of complaints over political correctness: "This is why I don't bitch about political correctness, because to me, times change. Change with the times or die."
D.A. reviewing sexual assault allegation against Anthony Anderson
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office is reviewing a sexual assault allegation against the Black-ish star that the LAPD submitted on Wednesday. Last month, The Blast revealed that a woman came forward earlier this year accusing him of sexual assault last year at an event she catered for him. Anderson's rep denies the accusation.
Nicki Minaj's MTV VMAs performance will be broadcast live from a mysterious "iconic New York location"
MTV announced Thursday that Minaj's performance will mark "the first time a major awards show will televise a performance from the surprise location.”
Friends is the most popular streaming show in Britain
Ever since Netflix UK added Friends in January, the iconic sitcom has been streamed twice as much as its nearest rival -- Amazon's The Grand Tour.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! debuts its first-ever hip-hop edition of "Mean Tweets"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
50 Cent , Lil Wayne, Eve, DJ Khaled, Tyler the Creator, T-Pain, Awkwafina and Big Sean were among the participants in Kimmel's hip-hop "Mean Tweets" segment.
Breaking Bad's Walter White could still be alive in Better Call Saul's Omaha scenes
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“We haven’t defined that,” says co-creator Peter Gould. “We haven’t said how long Gene has been in Omaha.”
American Pickers found Aerosmith's first 1970s tour van
The 1964 International Harvester Metro van still prominently displays a caricature of Steven Tyler along with the band's name.
- Kanye West was left speechless after Jimmy Kimmel asked about Donald Trump