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Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 3:04PM EDT
SNL got Kanye West to replace Ariana Grande after she dropped out of the season premiere
Source: Us Weekly
“We had Ariana drop out for emotional reasons two days ago,” Lorne Michaels said on SNL historian James Andrew Miller's Origins podcast, which was taped earlier this month but released on Thursday. Saturday Night Live announced Adam Driver as host and West as musical guest on Sept. 17. "Kanye stepped up, and he’ll be there," Michael said. "So, the reach of the show and the number of people who will step forward is now somehow now, I think, probably at its peak.” A source tells Us Weekly, however, that while there were discussions about having the singer perform during the upcoming season, she was “was never booked to perform during this weekend’s premiere.” Grande has been dating SNL cast member Pete Davidson since May. ALSO: How will SNL cover the Pete Davidson-Ariana Grande romance?
Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 1:26PM EDT
Alec Baldwin says he'll be back on SNL as President Trump, but "not a whole lot"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“I have fun doing it, no doubt about that,” Baldwin said on SNL historian James Andrew Miller's Origins podcast. “I have fun being around (the SNL team). I can’t say it’s a lot of fun trying to fabricate this kind of Trump that I thought of, but it is fun being around them. They are all old and dear friends of mine, and I love going there. When the show is good, there is nothing like it. But for me, I think I’m going to do some of it, but not a whole lot, not a whole lot.” He added: "I also think, and this is critical, there is a lot of fatigue here.”
Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 7:52AM EDT
Jemele Hill is expected to exit ESPN on Friday after agreeing to a $2.5 million contract buyout
Source: New York Post
ESPN historian James Andrew Miller calls the breakup "amicable," but her impending exit comes almost exactly a year after she drew the ire of President Trump and his supporters by calling him a white supremacist, which plunged the sports network into a feud with the White House.
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 4:00PM EDT
James Andrew Miller's Origins oral history podcast to tackle SNL and Sex and the City
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Miller, who has co-written oral history books on Saturday Night Live and ESPN, debuted his podcast last year with oral histories of Curb Your Enthusiasm and ESPN. The SNL episode, featuring Lorne Michaels, debuts Sept. 12. The Sex and the City episode, including interviews with Sarah Jessica Parker and Candace Bushnell, drops on Oct. 24.
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 11:01PM EDT
James Franco is in talks to direct the movie about ESPN, Those Guys Have All the Fun
The 2011 ESPN oral history book Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller is set to become a movie, with Franco in negotiations to serve as director.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 2:44PM EST
Erin Andrews accused of going “Hollywood” while working on ESPN’s College Gameday
Source: New York Post
Andrews was an ESPN sideline reporter who had just come off of competing on Dancing With the Stars when she joined ESPN’s iconic college football pregame show in 2010. According to College Gameday’s Desmond Howard, Andrews seemed more interested in the goings-on in Hollywood than in college football. “She had the Dancing With the Stars and the whole Hollywood thing going on, whatever,” Howard said on ESPN historian James Andrew Miller’s Origins podcast. “We are talking football and she’s in there on that website,” PerezHilton.com. Andrews spent two seasons on Gameday before moving to Fox Sports to cover college football and the NFL in 2012. Fox Sports wouldn’t allow her to be interviewed for the podcast.
Posted Monday 10/23/17 at 7:15PM EDT
ESPN cancels Barstool Van Talk after just one episode
Source: The New York Times
The rocky partnership between ESPN and Barstool Sports lasted one week after an internal and external uproar over the sports network’s link to a brand that has been accused of being misogynistic. “Criticism from outside was matched by criticism from inside @espn & Skipper placed great deal of import on the later,” tweeted ESPN historian James Andrew Miller, referring to ESPN president John Skipper. Last week, before the late-night show’s launch, one of the network’s stars, Sam Ponder, brought up nasty comments directed at her by Barstool president Dave Portnoy. ALSO: Barstool Sports podcast host Michael Rapaport blasts ESPN for acting like “self righteous chumps.”
Posted Wednesday 9/06/17 at 11:14PM EDT
Listen to a five-part podcast oral history of Curb Your Enthusiasm, featuring interviews with Larry David
Source: Origins with James Andrew Miller
James Andrew Miller, co-author of the SNL and ESPN oral history books, has dropped all five episodes of his Origins podcast that includes interviews with everybody from David to Ted Danson. In addition to dropping all five episodes at the same time, Miller says he’s planning to release the full interviews that he conducted in podcast format.