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Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 9:52PM EDT
Omarosa's tell-all claims Donald Trump egged on Gene Simmons as he made sexual comments about Ivanka Trump in front of her on Celebrity Apprentice
Omarosa's Unhinged book claims the Kiss singer made lurid comments about Ivanka in 2007 during a taping of Celebrity Apprentice. "Donald asked Gene, 'What do you think of Ivanka? How’s she doing?'" writes Omarosa. "What followed was a vile exchange, right in front of Ivanka, with Gene Simmons talking about her in a room full of people."
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 5:01PM EDT
Penn Jillette: Donald Trump said "racially insensitive things" on Celebrity Apprentice
"He would say racially insensitive things that made me uncomfortable," says the magician, who competed on the 2013 edition of Celebrity Apprentice, in a wide-ranging interview with Vulture. "I don’t think he ever said anything in that room like “African-Americans are inferior” or anything about rape or grabbing women, but of those two hours every other day in a room with him, every ten minutes was fingernails on chalkboard." Jillette wouldn't go into detail, adding: "No. If Donald Trump had not become president, I would tell you all the stories. But the stakes are now high and I am an unreliable narrator. What I do, as much as anything, is I’m a storyteller. And storytellers are liars. So I can emotionally tell you things that happened racially, sexually, and that showed stupidity and lack of compassion when I was in the room with Donald Trump and I guarantee you that I will get details wrong."
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 9:39AM EDT
President Trump: Mark Burnett called to say there are no Apprentice N-word tapes
The president ranted on Twitter against Omarosa last night and into this morning, calling the thrice-fired former Apprentice contestant a "crazed, crying lowlife" and "that dog." He also tweeted that The Apprentice creator Mark Burnett "called to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa. I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up. Look at her MANY recent quotes saying...." In another tweet, Trump added: "....such wonderful and powerful things about me - a true Champion of Civil Rights - until she got fired. Omarosa had Zero credibility with the Media (they didn’t want interviews) when she worked in the White House. Now that she says bad about me, they will talk to her. Fake News!" Burnett has yet to confirm if he did indeed call Trump.
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 1:34PM EDT
Omarosa says she believes The Apprentice tapes of Donald Trump using the N-word exist
The former Apprentice contestant and Trump White House official says in her new book Unhinged that she never personally witnessed Trump use the N-word, but she claims to have witnessed the president using derogatory words about Asians to describe Kellyanne Conway's husband, George Conway, who is half-Filipino. Omarosa says three sources "all told me that President Trump hadn’t just dropped a single N-word bomb. He’d said it multiple times throughout the show’s taping during off-camera outtakes, particularly during the first season of The Apprentice. I was told exactly what Donald Trump said—yes, the N-word and others in a classic Trump-goes-nuclear rant—and when he’s said them. Meanwhile, the White House blasted Omarosa's claims Trump used racist words. “It’s sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks, and even worse that the media would now give her a platform, after not taking her seriously when she had only positive things to say about the President during her time in the administration," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. ALSO: Omarosa says she was offered a $15,000-a-month hush money contract from President Trump’s campaign to keep quiet.
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 4:22AM EDT
West Hollywood symbolically votes to urge the removal of Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star -- which he earned for Miss Universe pageant
The West Hollywood City Council doesn't have the power to remove the president's star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame because the star is not located in the city of West Hollywood -- it's located in the Hollywood district in the city of Los Angeles, in front of the Dolby Theatre where the Oscars are held. Nevertheless, the council made headlines on Monday by voting to call on Los Angeles and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which actually controls the Walk of Fame, to remove Trump's star. However, the Walk of Fame has a longstanding policy to never remove a celebrity's star for any reason. "Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk," the Chamber of Commerce's CEO said in 2015 when asked about removing Bill Cosby's star. Trump was presented with a Walk of Fame star in January 2007 timed with the premiere of The Apprentice: Los Angeles. Trump's star has been destroyed twice in the past two years, including last month by a man wielding a pickaxe. Trump's wasn't given a star for The Apprentice, however. He was honored for his work as producer of the Miss Universe pageant. The Walk of Fame bans reality TV stars, but like Trump, others (including Ryan Seacrest) have stars for their non-reality work.
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 6:20PM EDT
President Trump recalls The Apprentice at White House event to expand job training
Source: New York Magazine
Trump was speaking to a crowd at the White House for an event called Pledge to America's Workers when he came across prepared text that included the word "apprenticeships." “That’s an interesting word for me to be saying, right? The Apprentice," said the president. "I never actually put that together until just now.... that was a good experience, I'll tell you that," He went on to say to his daughter (and Apprentice co-star) Ivanka, "Isn't that strange? I never associated... but here we are."
Posted Thursday 7/05/18 at 8:54PM EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen is reportedly in talks with Showtime for a comedy interview series -- will O.J. Simpson appear?
Cohen teased a potential talk show in a Fourth of July video of Donald Trump slamming him as "disgraceful." “He’s back as you’ve never seen him before," said the teaser. According to Variety, the former star of Da Ali G Show's is working on a potential Showtime interview show, but details are "still sketchy." Variety adds that Cohen might have already filmed one or two episodes. In February, it was reported that Cohen paid O.J. Simpson $20,000 to "be in his new film." Showtime had no comment. Earlier this year, Cohen was tapped to play real-life Israeli spy Eli Cohen in the Netflix limited series The Spy.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 6:21AM EDT
After Trump slams "whimpering" Jimmy Fallon to "be a man," Fallon responds by donating to help separated immigrant families
Fallon's response to the president was a "rare slap back" for The Tonight Show host who avoids being political, as Deadline put it. Fallon made headlines last week for saying in a Hollywood Reporter podcast he regretted the Donald Trump hair tangling controversy during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump responded on Sunday night, tweeting: "@jimmyfallon is now whimpering to all that he did the famous 'hair show' with me (where he seriously messed up my hair), & that he would have now done it differently because it is said to have 'humanized' me-he is taking heat. He called & said 'monster ratings.' Be a man Jimmy!" Three hours later, Fallon tweeted in response: "In honor of the President’s tweet I’ll be making a donation to RAICES in his name." RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, is the fund that TV shows have been donating to help refugee families whose kids were taken from them at the border.
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 6:07PM EDT
Jimmy Fallon: "I made a mistake" when I tousled Trump's hair during the 2016 campaign
Source: The A.V. Club
The Tonight Show host was accused of "normalizing" Donald Trump following his September 2016 interview. "I did not do it to ‘normalize’ him or to say I believe in his political beliefs, or any of that stuff,” Fallon says in a podcast interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m sorry. I don’t want to make anyone angry—I never do and I never will. It’s all in the fun of the show. I made a mistake. I’m sorry if I made anyone mad. And, looking back, I would do it differently.”
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 9:38PM EDT
SNL's 2016 Trump-Clinton debate sketches have obviously not aged well
Even before the Access Hollywood tape, Saturday Night Live treated Trump winning in the 2016 Hillary-Donald debate sketches as the funniest thing in the world.
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 7:42AM EDT
Why Donald Trump's presence looms large on Pose
Source: The Daily Beast
On the FX 1980s ballroom culture drama, "power bleeds from the heart of Trump Tower."
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
Why Kim Kardashian deserved to be taken seriously in her visit with President Trump
Kardashian was the one who was mocked, even though she was meeting with a fellow reality TV veteran in the Oval Office on Wednesday, to discuss prison reform. "It’s tempting to say that Kardashian just isn’t serious," says Laura McGann. "She’s a reality star. She makes millions selling a brand on top of questionable products. But Trump, too, is a reality star. He, too, makes millions selling a brand on top of questionable products. The difference is that Trump is the modern male archetype. Kardashian is his female foil. The reaction to Kardashian is a window into how we think about male and female leadership. Trump is an alpha man who never backs down, never apologizes, and never accepts 'no.' He gets to be president. Kardashian is the modern female archetype — she is thin (except in the places it’s difficult to be plump), she is ageless, and she glamorizes motherhood. Her politicking is treated as a joke." ALSO: The image of Kardashian and Trump is an "'American Gothic' for the age of gaudy, late-capitalist spectacle."
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 1:46PM EDT
President Trump is considering pardoning Martha Stewart and commuting Celebrity Apprentice alum Rod Blagojevich's sentence
Trump, who feuded with Stewart while calling her failed 2005 spinoff of The Apprentice "terrible," told reporters today on Air Force One he's considering pardoning Stewart over her conviction in an insider trading case that resulted in her spending five months in prison in 2004. Former Illinois Gov. Blagojevich, who competed on four episodes of Celebrity Apprentice in 2010, was convicted in 2011 of corruption charges. He is serving a 14-year sentence. Trump told reporters Blagojevich was punished for “saying things that every other politician, you know that many other politicians say." ALSO: Video emerges of Martha Stewart joking with Joan Rivers about slaughtering Trump.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 7:16AM EDT
Howard Stern and David Letterman recalled their spat in final My Next Guest Needs No Introduction episode of the season
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The shock jock has been appearing on Letterman's talks shows since 1984. Those appearances turned into an off-air friendship in the 1990s -- that is, until Stern would reveal their private conversations on air. Even though Stern kept appearing visiting Letterman's show, he didn't formally apologize until 2011 during a Late Show visit. "I've apologized to a lot of people. And I'll tell you why. I think I did a lot of growing up," Stern told Letterman. "And I do attribute this to psychotherapy. I was just a young man full of rage. Through psychotherapy I started to fall in love with life a little bit. I started to appreciate what was good. … one of those things was my relationship with you. I could appreciate what you had done for me. I had betrayed your trust, and I was ashamed. The reality was I loved you, and I really felt strongly about you." ALSO: Stern reveals Donald Trump asked him to speak at the Republican National Convention.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 1:13PM EDT
Vanessa Bayer recounts convincing Donald Trump to do an SNL porn star sketch
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Trump doing a porn star sketch when he lasted hosted in 2015 is even more relevant following the Stormy Daniels scandal. Bayer recounted to Stephen Colbert Trump's reluctance to do the sketch. "We were kind of rehearsing and he was, like, 'Do you think I should do the porn star sketch?' And I was like, 'Yeah.' 'Cause I wanted to get my sketch on.… And he goes, 'But I'm running for president,'" she recalled on The Late Show. "And I go, 'Well, I think it shows you have a good sense of humor.'"