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Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 7:41AM EDT
Ted Cruz beats Jimmy Kimmel in one-on-one basketball game
The U.S. senator was the favorite to win "The Blobfish Basketball Classic," and win he did on Saturday at Texas Southern University, beating Kimmel 11 to 9.Footage of the charity basketball game will be show on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night.
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 4:58PM EDT
Gus Johnson from Fox Sports to call the Jimmy Kimmel vs. Ted Cruz one-on-one basketball game
Johnson, known for his excitable calls of NFL and college football games, will be part of the charity event on Saturday at the Texas Southern University.
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 12:35PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel celebrates brand-new American citizens in response to the Trump administration's immigration policy
Kimmel gave six immigrants who just became American citizens "Welcome to America" gift baskets on last night's show, plus a limo ride to a special party. “We’ve heard a lot lately about immigrants and immigration,” he said. “We seem to have forgotten that this is a nation of immigrants—people who came here because they believe they can build a better life. Every week, immigrants from all over the world take the oath of citizenship in courthouses, libraries, auditoriums all across the country without much pomp or circumstance…I think becoming an American shouldn’t look like a visit to the DMV.”
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 4:24PM EDT
Ted Cruz is favored to beat Jimmy Kimmel in their one-on-one basketball game
Sports book Bovada has weighed in on Saturday's so-called “Blobfish Basketball Classic" charity basketball game in Houston.
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel vs. Ted Cruz one-on-one basketball game is scheduled for Saturday in Houston
The U.S. senator and the ABC late-night host are playing for charity at Texas Southern University.
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Anthony Bourdain's wokeness was a secret ingredient baked into every Parts Unknown episode
Bourdain could be "casually radical" explaining to viewers why, for instance, the Black Panther Party's controversial demands weren't all that controversial, says Sarah J. Jackson. In Bourdain's death, says Jackson, we "lost a man who brilliantly and bravely wove political education into food culture in a way that provided the kind of historical context and compassion for the oppressed that Americans need now more than ever. In an era in which 'woke' has morphed, for some, into a derisive term for those who are too earnest about injustice, Mr. Bourdain delivered this kind of insight effortlessly and without repentance. It was a secret ingredient baked into his every episode, and served to viewers whether they’d ordered it or not."
- Bourdain's mother, longtime New York Times editor Gladys Bourdain, told The Times: “He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this"
- Bourdain treasured cultural differences -- in contrast to Roseanne's joke that black and Asian families are "just like us": "No matter where Anthony Bourdain went, he never wanted the takeaway to be, 'Cambodians are just like us' or 'Lebanese are just like us,'" says Daniel Fienberg. "He treasured cultural difference and viewed it all as worthy of recognition and understanding. He wasn't about homogenization; he was about not being isolated in the world, not being lonely."
- "Anthony Bourdain was who I wish I was"
- "Anthony Bourdain was the best friend I never had"
- Anderson Cooper says "he loved and was loved in return" on CNN's Remembering Anthony Bourdain special
- Bourdain's CNN colleagues were in "complete shock" over his death
- Bourdain understood his privilege and used it as a cudgel to force Americans to think about our role in the world
- Photographer recalls "raw" and "filterless" Hollywood Reporter photoshoot that Bourdain used for his Twitter avatar
- Jimmy Kimmel tweeted of Bourdain: "This is a man I admired greatly"
- Suits' Patrick J. Adams responded to Bourdain's death by admitting: "I’ve wrestled with the darkness for years. And it wants us to be alone. That’s how it wins"
- Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential book showed that it's never too late for a second act in life
- A Chinese restaurant owner featured on No Reservations recalled how Bourdain changed his family's life
- Here are five episodes that capture Bourdain's blazing spirit
- The best Bourdain episodes were when everything went terribly wrong, like in Romania
- Here's a roundup of Bourdain's most poignant quotes
- The replies to Bourdain's last tweet are devastating
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel interviewed Ryan Gosling "in space" to promote the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man
Kimmel and Gosling wore astronaut suits inside a mock spacecraft as they introduced the new trailer for his upcoming film.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 9:43AM EDT
Samantha Bee should've known that the C-word is a "political comedy A-bomb"
"Bee isn’t new to this," Erin Gloria Ryan says of the Full Frontal host. "She should have known that 'c*nt' is a political comedy A-bomb, that performative pearl-clutching over the word would eclipse the larger point she was trying to make (about immigration). Which is a shame, because she was making a worthwhile point." Ryan adds: "Bee should have known better. Everybody who can’t resist the cheap shot should know better. When Jimmy Kimmel took a (cheap) shot at Melania Trump’s accent and made a mildly homophobic joke about Sean Hannity’s relationship with Donald Trump, Hannity was able to swoop in and play moral. Kimmel apologized, and the salient point that Kimmel was originally trying to make about Hannity—that he was so deferential to President Trump that he functioned like a media organ of the executive branch—was lost." ALSO: Why Bee's transgression is not nearly as egregious, offensive, or cruel as what Roseanne Barr did.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 9:43AM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel accepts Ted Cruz's basketball challenge
Kimmel has agreed to a one-on-one basketball game with the Republican U.S. senator from Texas, who previously appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! when he was running for president in 2016. “You want to play basketball against a talk show host?” Kimmel said. “You already lost an election to a reality show host ― isn’t that enough?”
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 7:16AM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel and Ted Cruz may settle their feud with a charity basketball game
Kimmel made fun of the U.S. senator from Texas for his appearance at the Houston Rockets-Golden State Warriors game on Monday. In response, Cruz tweeted a proposal of playing one-on-one with Kimmel, with the loser donating $5,000 to charity. "I like this idea. I’ll accept on one condition - we both wear VERY short shorts," responded Kimmel. Cruz didn't like that idea, so Kimmel suggested crop tops.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 9:55PM EDT
Continuing Roseanne without Roseanne Barr is "a long shot" -- "possible but not probable"
Executive producer Tom Werner is expected to meet with showrunner Bruce Helford and Sara Gilbert in a few days after cooling off from the Tuesday's abrupt cancelation "to kick around possible ideas for continuing the show without Barr," according to Deadline. It makes sense for Carsey-Werner Television, which owns and produces Roseanne, to want to keep the series going since the stars are already under contract for next season and they love working together. "Still, there are a lot of hurdles, from coming up with a concept that will live up to the high creative bar set by the original series to changing the name of the show," reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva, pointing out that ABC is not involved in any discussions to continue the series without Barr. She adds: "An informed source close to the situation said pulling off an offshoot series with the rest of the Roseanne cast is 'possible but not probable.' Another source called it 'a long shot.' If it comes together, Roseanne 2.0 would likely not be ready for fall. if it doesn’t, the focus will shift to who will get paid for the aborted Season 11. I hear there have been no conversations yet with the Roseanne cast, writers or crew about compensation but such talks should be forthcoming if the Hail Mary pass to salvage the show does not work." There is also the issue of Barr and her Twitter account. She's already attacked co-stars Michael Fishman and Gilbert. If Roseanne carries on without Barr, says Andreeva, her "shadow will be looming large in the background."
- ABC/Disney could be on the hook for "tens of millions of dollars" since Roseanne stars should get their full Season 2 paycheck -- but it's unclear if the writers will be paid
- Roseanne writer Bruce Rasmussen says "it was just brutal" being connected with the show: "It was hard for us once we started airing and we started to see some of the stuff that came out. It was just brutal: ‘How dare they give her a show? How dare they write for her?’ It was a certain amount of pressure. You’re the No. 1 show, and people are coming after you on the web and you’re getting attacked by 50 percent of the press.”
- A writer's assistant says Roseanne Barr was unlike her Twitter persona in the writers' room: pleasant and considerate
- Why Roseanne without Roseanne Barr won't work: "There’s a reason why the Roseanne reboot was so popular, for better or worse: Roseanne Barr," says Joel Keller. "Her unique stamp on her original show built up millions of fans over the nine years it was on the air the first time around, and the 25 years it was on in syndication." Plus, he adds, "without Barr, they’d likely see The Connor Family as just a bunch of 'snowflakes' complaining about not having healthcare. Given Roseanne‘s ratings decline from its premiere as the show went on, losing almost half of the premiere’s audience, ABC likely would have seen a further decline as people checked out the re-reboot and decided to switch to something else."
- Tom Arnold says Roseanne Barr "wanted" the cancelation to happen: "If it hadn’t happened yesterday, this season would have been so awful for everyone every day because she would have felt like she was (being) taken advantage (of), just like when I left the show."
- Jimmy Kimmel was criticized for defending Roseanne on Twitter: "What @TheRealRoseanne said is indefensible, but angrily attacking a woman who is obviously not well does no good for anyone," he tweeted. "Please take a breath and remember that mental health issues are real. The Roseanne I know could probably use some compassion and help right now."
- Why Sara Gilbert and Emma Kenney were "delusional," displaying "phony smarm," with their response to Roseanne's tweets
- Lecy Goranson tweets she's "devastated" by cancelation, "but more devastating are the effects of hate speech and racism on individuals and society"
- Former Trump campaign aide wants to hire Roseanne Barr for his new online streaming platform
- A TV critic regrets not taking Roseanne Barr's past tweets seriously enough in her positive reviews of the Roseanne revival
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says "The Bad-Taste Joke defense just doesn’t work in this case": "You can’t have read a book or newspaper, watched a movie or a television show, or just lived in America for the past 200 years without knowing that any reference to an African-American and an ape is textbook racism. Also, her odd, inaccurate and deliberately inflammatory reference to the Muslim Brotherhood to her average Twitter follower will seem like a slam to all Muslims."
- TV Guide magazine's 1989 cover featuring Roseanne Barr and Bill Cosby goes viral
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 9:55PM EDT
President Trump's grievances with Disney CEO Bob Iger have to do with Jemele Hill, Joy Behar, Keith Olbermann and Kathy Griffin
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today the White House isn't defending Roseanne Barr's "inappropriate" comments. Rather, she said Trump's tweet this morning about not getting an apology from Iger over "the HORRIBLE statements" said about him was an attempt to point out media bias against him. “The president is pointing to the hypocrisy in the media, saying the most horrible things about this president and nobody addresses it,” Sanders said. “Where was Bob Iger’s apology to White House staff for (ESPN’s) Jemele Hill calling the President, and anyone associated with him, a white supremacist? To Christians around the world, for Joy Behar calling Christianity a mental illness? Where was the apology for Kathy Griffin going on a profane rant against the President on The View after a photo showed her holding President Trump’s decapitated head? And, where was the apology from Bob Iger for ESPN hiring Keith Olbermann after his numerous expletive-laced tweets attacking the President as a Nazi, even expanding Olbermann’s role after that attack against the President’s family? This is the double standard that the President is speaking about." ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel mocks Trump's tweet demanding an apology from Iger.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Roseanne executive producer recalls the "shock" of learning of cancelation on the first day working on Season 2
Dave Caplan says "there was a lot of bittersweet hellos — and a couple hours later, a lot of very difficult goodbyes." He says the writing staff first learned about the cancelation via the media. "Everybody is still in shock at how quickly this all went down," he says. "It's unfortunate because the writers did pass on other jobs to take this job and nobody really knows yet what kind of compensation they're going to get. Everybody is a little bit on edge about how it's going to turn out. But we all know it's a wasted opportunity to write more episodes."
- ABC president apologizes to Roseanne's now-unemployed staff: "We're so sorry they were swept up in all of this and we give thanks to their remarkable talents, wish them well and hope to find another way to work together down the road."
- Roseanne Barr tweets "I’m not a racist. I never was & I never will be" before retweeting an anti-Valerie Jarrett Wikileaks document dump
- Dictionary searches for "racist" have skyrocketed in the past 24 hours
- Ambien maker responds to Roseanne's Ambien defense: "racism is not a known side effect"
- Mindy Kaling offers to "write things" for Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman
- Lena Dunham responds to Kaling's tweet, offering to do a spinoff "starring Darlene’s cool kids"
- Whoopi Goldberg slams Roseanne for retweeting a fake anti-Trump meme about her
- From Jackie to Darlene to Jackie and Darlene: Five ways Roseanne could return without Roseanne Barr
- Jimmy Kimmel imagines a Roseanne-less Roseanne show that focuses on Dan Conner
- Why Roseanne can't carry on without Roseanne Barr: She'll undermine the show with her tweeting
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus responds to Roseanne with an Instagram picture with "my pal" Valerie Jarrett
- Shonda Rhimes blasts Roseanne's Ambien defense, tells her to "#ownyouractions"
- Bill Maher -- who also was canceled by ABC amid controversy -- gets caught in the Roseanne cancelation crossfire
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel stumps Keri Russell in The Americans game of "Did I Murder You?"
Watch as Russell whiffs on some of Elizabeth Jennings' victims.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Roseanne Barr tweets "Don't feel sorry for me," retweets fans calling ABC hypocritical
Twelve hours after she apologized and tweeted "I am now leaving Twitter," and nine hours after ABC canceled her hit show, Roseanne Barr was back on Twitter expressing remorse for her show's cancelation: "Don't feel sorry for me, guys!!-I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet," she tweeted. Roseanne also urged her followers to "Please don't start all of that boycott abc stuff," adding:" "guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible." Barr's statement followed her retweeting a slew of her Twitter followers who called ABC hypocritical for its cancelation. They pointed to Joy Behar likening Vice President Mike Pence's faith to mental illness on The View, or to Whoopi Goldberg wearing a T-shirt of Trump shooting himself -- which has proven to be fake. Earlier in the evening, Roseanne retweeted racist memes of Valerie Jarrett in defending her comparison of the former Obama advisor to Planet of the Apes. Roseanne also expressed ignorance of the racism in her original tweet by tweeting of Jarrett, "i thought she was saudi." But Roseanne did directly apologize to Jarrett via Twitter, tweeting: "@ValerieJarrett i don't know if u saw it, but I wanted2 apologize to u 4 hurting and upsetting u with an insensitive & tasteless tweet. I am truly sorry-my whole life has been about fighting racism. I made a terrible mistake wh caused hundreds of ppl 2 lose their jobs. so sorry!" UPDATE: Roseanne targeted her colleagues overnight, including Michael Fishman, Sara Gilbert and Wanda Sykes. "You throw me under the bus. nice!" Roseanne tweeted of Sykes, adding: “her tweet made ABC very nervous and they cancelled the show.” Meanwhile, Twitter mocked Roseanne for her Ambien defense.
- Watch Roseanne Barr and the head of ABC joke about her tweets at ABC upfronts two weeks ago
- How ABC decided to pull the plug on Roseanne: Tuesday's tweet was considered "unsurvivable" -- this was the third or fourth time her tweets presented a problem for ABC
- President Trump didn't mention Roseanne during a rally Tuesday night in Nashville
- Roseanne executive producer Tom Werner says he hopes Barr "seeks the help she so clearly needs"
- Roseanne Season 10 contracts included provisions for reckless personal conduct
- Valerie Jarrett received an apology call from Disney CEO Bob Iger before the cancelation: “He apologized. He said that he had zero tolerance for that sort of racist, bigoted comment, and he wanted me to know before he made it public that he was canceling the show," she said on MSNBC's "Everyday Racism in America" special.
- Why Roseanne Barr's bigotry finally became a liability: "Barr’s tweet didn’t suddenly show ABC — or her agency, ICM, which also dropped her as a client — that she was bigoted," says Anne Helen Peterson. "That much was abundantly clear to anyone who wasn’t willfully attempting to convince themselves otherwise. Rather, it showed that her bigotry, like all bigotry, is not a matter of a mischosen word. It’s not a slip-up or an isolated instance. It’s a worldview, and it’s a pathogen: It can be covered up and it can be ignored, but it can’t — without major substantive, contemplative, and personal work — be controlled. And to be uncontrollable in Hollywood is to render yourself a liability to the brand and, even worse, to the bottom line."
- Roseanne's son predicted her downfall -- and supported her view of Jarrett: "Mom will probably Be called racist and fired for this cuz libtards think Muslims are a race but omg is it funny and true hahahahahaha"
- Jimmy Kimmel -- who referred to ABC as "Roseanne-istan" at upfronts -- called the cancelation a "huge blow...we don't have much on this network"
- Trevor Noah blames President Trump "because he makes all of his supporters think they’re as impervious as he is"
- Jordan Klepper mocks Roseanne Barr defenders and their referencing the first amendment
- ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey didn't make the decision alone, but it is striking that she was the one who condemned Roseanne Barr
- ABC's rejected pilots starring Kat Dennings or Ginnifer Goodwin could end up filling the Roseanne void
- What about a Roseanne-less Roseanne? Why few would watch that kind of show
- Barr had long expressed openly racist ideas on Twitter, but there is only a renewed interested in them now because ABC amplified her voice with this reboot
- Alec Baldwin thinks Roseanne deserves another chance: He proposes she give half her salary to the NAACP and her character be forced to confront her real-life actions
- In the long term, keeping Roseanne on air made no sense, especially with its declining ratings and lack of back-end revenue
- John Goodman was photographed looking glum following news of cancelation