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Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 1:25PM EST
Who should host the Oscars?
Proposals from Hollywood stars on who should replace Kevin Hart ranged from Patton Oswalt to Kathy Griffin to Lin-Manuel Miranda to Melissa McCarthy. "Let @BetoORourke host the Oscars," joked Billy Eichner. "We all like him and it’ll be a real test to see if he can handle an impossible job in front of the world!" Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais offered himself up for the job: "Dear c*nts in charge of The Oscars," he tweeted, "let me host your show, and I promise I won't offend anyone. Not even Mel Gibson, who you nominated last year."
Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 8:43PM EST
Oscars host Kevin Hart responds to brewing controversy over his old homophobic tweets: "Stop looking for reasons to be negative"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
In a black-and-white Instagram video and accompanying post, a shirtless Hart lying in bed responded to the controversy over his resurfaced old homophobic tweets. "I swear man, our world is becoming beyond crazy. I'm not going to let the craziness frustrate me or anger me especially when I worked hard to get to the mental space where I'm at now," he said in the video. "My team calls me, 'Oh my God, Kevin, this world is upset about tweets you did years ago.' Guys. I'm almost 40 years old. If you don't believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don't know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past, then do you. I'm the wrong guy, man,. I'm in a great place, a great mature place where all I do is spread positivity." In the accompanying post, Hart writes: "Stop looking for reasons to be negative ... Stop searching for reasons to be angry...I love to Love. I LOVE EVERYBODY.....ONCE AGAIN EVERYBODY. If you choose to not believe me then that's on you."
- GLAAD has reached out to ABC, the Academy and Hart's management to "discuss his rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage"
- Why didn't Oscars vet Hart? Why didn't he have a better response?
- Billy Eichner denounces Hart's response: "This is not good. A simple, authentic apology showing any bit of understanding or remorse would have been so simple. Like I tweeted a few weeks ago, Hollywood still has a real problem with gay men. On the surface it may not look like it. Underneath, it’s far more complicated."
Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 10:27PM EDT
The Simpsons unveils its 30th anniversary logo
The Fox cartoon's Season 30 logo features Marge and baby Maggie. ALSO: Billy Eichner to guest on Season 30.
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Watch Emma Stone get mistaken for Emma Watson on Billy on the Street
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“Why couldn’t you be Emma Watson?” Billy Eichner asked the Oscar winner after she was mistaken for the Harry Potter star.
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 3:54PM EDT
Billy Eichner's Billy on the Street is returning for eight short-form web-only Lyft-produced episodes
Funny or Die and Lyft Entertainment are teaming for the brief eight episodes that will feature Emma Stone, Tiffany Haddish, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Kate McKinnon among guest-stars. The episodes will be posted to Funny or Die's website and social media platforms, as well as Billy on the Street's YouTube channel. “I’m back to heal the country…and the world!" Eichner said in a statement. "After 5 seasons of the TV series, I knew I wanted to set the show aside in order to create some time in my schedule to pursue other projects."
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 2:52PM EDT
Billy Eichner's Time Travelin' Jerk animated series is in the works at FX
Eichner will produce and voice a role on Time Travelin’ Jerk, described as Back to the Future meets Groundhog Day revolving around a female millennial lead character "who gets stuck time traveling and absolutely hates it."
Posted Friday 4/13/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Will Ferrell out of the hospital after the SUV he was in flipped over on the freeway
Ferrell was riding in a chauffer-driven SUV with three passengers last night in Orange County when it was sideswiped by another car, causing it to spin and flip over. Ferrell was photographed talking on his cell phone while firefighters put him in an ambulance. According to his rep, Ferrell didn't suffer any significant injuries. Ferrell was coming from an appearance with Billy Eichner at a San Diego-area high school to encourage students to register to vote.
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 2:03PM EST
Billy Eichner sets his first Netflix stand-up comedy special
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Eichner's first special will feature some of his Billy on the Street signature segments.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 1:33PM EST
Billy Eichner enlists Jimmy Kimmel and other late-night hosts to “Glam Up the Midterms”
Source: The A.V. Club
Unveiled on last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Eichner's new project with Funny or Die encourages young people to vote in this year’s midterm election through a website and the hashtag #glamupthemidterms.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 11:08PM EST
Lisa Kudrow and Lindsay Lohan respond after Billy Eichner proposes a “woke” version of The Comeback
“Who can I pay to make another season of The Comeback where Valerie Cherish gets ‘political’ and ‘woke?’" Eichner tweeted Thursday night. "Please. I'm begging you. I need it.” Lohan responded Friday, “I’ll do it.” Kudrow followed up, tweeting “That’s interesting…” to both Lohan and Eichner.
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 12:56AM EST
Difficult People creator is proud she got to use the show to call out Hollywood's alleged abusers
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Kevin Spacey wasn’t the only target of the Hulu series created by Julie Klausner, who co-starred along with Billy Eichner. Difficult People also targeted alleged abusers Woody Allen and Bryan Singer. “I’m really proud that we got to go on record and say what we wanted to say,” she says. “To watch the culture shifting is exciting because it’s not like these things weren’t happening since the beginning of time, but to watch people care is really exciting. We had amazing legal counsel on the show. There’s no question looking back that we got away with murder.”
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 10:11PM EST
Hulu cancels Difficult People after three seasons
The Jules Klausner-Billy Eichner comedy, which made headlines recently for repeatedly mocking Kevin Spacey before his downfall, will not return for a fourth season. Difficult People lasted 28 episodes. ALSO: Eichner reacts to cancelation.
Posted Wednesday 11/01/17 at 3:54AM EDT
Why production on House of Cards had to be halted: Kevin Spacey is too powerful to be allowed back on set amid sex abuse scandal
Source: The Baltimore Sun
“Spacey’s power as an executive producer and star on House of Cards was enormous,” says David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun, which closely covers the Baltimore-filmed Netflix series. Zurawik adds: “If Spacey didn’t like something or someone involved in the production, every effort was made to change it. You don’t let someone with that kind of power in the workplace return after accusations are leveled against him that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy.” In addition, Zurawik says, “I will be surprised if it ever resumes with Kevin Spacey,” adding: “They are two weeks into a production schedule that would have extended well into 2018 even if they had not shut down Tuesday. Contracts totaling millions of dollars for everything from actors to catering are already signed. Who eats all that financial loss if production never resumes? Even the best insurance won’t cover all of it. And I wonder what kind of insurance covers a star’s likability rating and reputation being shredded by a 30-year-old allegation.”
- Was Kevin Spacey trolling us this whole time with House of Cards?: “House of Cards changed the face of television forever, and that is surely something to reckon with as critics and those disgusted by Spacey dance on its grave,” says Kevin Fallon. “Moreover, the way in which the series and the character of Frank Underwood taunted and toyed with the public with respect to Spacey’s persona certainly contributed to that legacy.”
- Billy Eichner and Jules Klausner “joked” about Kevin Spacey many times on Difficult People
Posted Thursday 10/05/17 at 4:16PM EDT
Billy Eichner: Nobody would talk to Sean Spicer backstage at the Emmys, except the Young Sheldon actor
Eichner recalls to Conan the green room where only one Hollywood actor would speak to the former White House press secretary: Young Sheldon star Iain Armitage.
Posted Tuesday 10/03/17 at 11:32PM EDT
Billy Eichner talks his dramatic shift for American Horror: Story: Cult, and how Billy on the Street might “evolve”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I’m known for doing comedy and even though I know I have certain skills, the world hasn’t seen me on camera in a more dramatic or serious role," says Eichner, who adds that Ryan Murphy was the best person to help him expand his resume. As for Billy on the Street, which is a free agent after leaving truTV, Eichner says: “We are transitioning and it is going to evolve as it always has. I can't announce all the details yet, but the way we distribute it is going to change. I really want to meet the people who are watching me, where they are. We are taking all that into account and we're finding a new situation."