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Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Tom Arnold's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes is an infuriating unwatchable disaster designed to bring him back to the spotlight
Arnold is among the many "opportunists" who've used the Trump presidency to reinvent themselves as a kind of anti-Trump activist, says Scott Meslow. Viceland's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes, he says, "purports to chronicle Arnold’s earnest effort to uncover audio or video evidence that could sink the Trump presidency. In reality, the whole thing is an elaborate vanity project designed to bring Tom Arnold back into the spotlight. By that measure, Trump Tapes has already been a success—leading to a lengthy Rolling Stone profile and a splashy celebrity feud (with Mark Burnett) and, yes, an article like this one, which is surely the first time in my career I have felt moved to write about Tom Arnold. The flaws of Trump Tapes begin with the show’s premise, which posits that an embarrassing video tape could derail the Trump presidency despite some extremely credible evidence to the contrary. But let’s play Arnold’s game and imagine (1) that there is a an as-yet uncovered video—a video that contains, say, Trump ordering some Russian prostitutes to pee on a bed meant for the Obama family—and (2) that the video could actually take Trump down. If that’s the mission Trump Tapes is setting for itself, it fails miserably."
- Is The Hunt for the Trump Tapes real or a put-on?: "I legitimately can't tell you if it is Arnold's attempt to do a Michael Moore-style exposé about Trump," says Daniel Fienberg, "or if it's a Curb Your Enthusiasm-style comedy about Arnold attempting to do a Moore-style exposé about Trump or if it's some uncomfortable and not truly successful hybrid in the middle in which the series wants to be both explosive and also hilarious when it's neither. So it's more Finding Bigfoot With Tom Arnold than Tom Arnold's The Jinx."
- It's repellent, captivating and one of the most honest portrayals of 2018 America
- Much of the series is dedicated to resurfacing stories that, while certainly outrageous, are, sadly, no longer remarkable
- Arnold excels at fighting narcissism with narcissism and spectacle with spectacle: "Like the bro-tastic Jimmy Kimmel, Arnold’s a better ambassador for anti-Trump sentiment than the likes of the smug Seth Meyers and the professorial Elizabeth Warren for the kinds of people who are attracted to volume and chest-thumping confidence," says Inkoo Kang. "Arnold’s can’t-stop-getting-into-political-arguments-with-strangers-on-Facebook energy goes a long way in The Hunt for the Trump Tapes, particularly when he injects some self-aware humor about his status as a has-been."
- Arnold tweeted then deleted that "LAPD is having a very hard time locating Mark Burnett"
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 4:43PM EDT
Tom Arnold files a police battery report against Mark Burnett
“We can confirm a battery report was made at the West L.A. station. No arrest was made,” an LAPD spokesman tells Deadline. Arnold alleged last night that The Apprentice producer tried to choke him at a pre-Emmys party. Arnold says he has several witnesses, including Kevin Bacon and his actress daughter Sosie Bacon. Arnold has been targeting Burnett for months, even saying in an interview with Salon that he planned to confront Burnett at the Emmys. Arnold's new Viceland show, The Hunt for the Trump Tapes, premieres on Tuesday.
- An eyewitness tells ET that Arnold "basically ambushed" Burnett
- An eyewitness tells TMZ "Arnold came charging" at Burnett and Roma Downey and "pushed" Burnett." An altercation ensued, and Arnold ripped the crucifix off of Burnett's neck.
- Burnett's rep says he has "nothing to say at the moment"
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 7:37AM EDT
Tom Arnold accuses Mark Burnett of choking him at a pre-Emmys party
Alyson Hannigan was among those witnessed a physical altercation between Arnold and Burnett Sunday night at a fundraiser for the Motion Picture Television Fund in Century City. "Walked n2 party behind Tom Arnold and saw him & Mark Burnett get into a fight!" she tweeted. "Thought it was a joke until security jumped in! #WhyIstayhome." Variety reports "a source with knowledge of the situation said it involved shoving but it was unclear who made the first move." Arnold, whose Viceland series The Hunt For The Trump Tapes premieres Tuesday, has been publicly feuding with Burnett over unreleased Apprentice tapes of Trump allegedly making racist and sexist remarks. Arnold tweeted: "Mark Burnett just went apesh*t & choked me at this huge Emmy party then he ran away with his torn Pink shirt & missing gold chain. I’m waiting for LAPD." An hour later, Roma Downey posted a picture of her hand, tweeting: "Got this bruise tonight when Tom Arnold tried to ambush my husband Mark and me at a charity event. Is your TV show worth it Tom? Please stop." Arnold responded to Downey's tweet: "Bullsh*t. You lie your crazy husband attacked me you psycho. I’m filing police report & suing you for defamation." Arnold also tweeted there is tape of the incident. Burnett could not be reached by Variety for comment. ALSO: Arnold claims that The Apprentice tapes were handed to Ronan Farrow on Sunday.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Tom Arnold slams Mark Burnett for protecting Trump in rambling Jimmy Kimmel Live! interview
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"There's two people who have never called me a liar about the N-word tape: Donald Trump and Mark Burnett, because they know it's true," Arnold said while promoting Viceland's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes. ALSO: Watch the new The Hunt for the Trump Tapes trailer.
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Tom Arnold: I've become estranged from the producers of Viceland's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes
Source: Rolling Stone
“They’re f*cking idiots,” Arnold says of his producers in a Rolling Stone profile, in which he tells of screaming matches he's had over his upcoming show. Arnold says he and the showrunner got into an argument backstage at the recent TV press tour. “Get the f*ck out of my face,” Arnold says he told him.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Tom Arnold's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes premieres on Sept. 18
Arnold's Trump-themed eight-episode Viceland series is described as All the President’s Men meets Curb Your Enthusiasm. Meeting with critics at the TV press tour, Arnold said he doesn't care if the release of the "Trump tapes" makes no difference among President Trump's supporters. Arnold also ripped Mark Burnett: "I would love Mark Burnett, who sits at the prayer breakfast with (Trump), I'd like him to stand up and say, We had to cut out all the lies, sexual harassment and incompetence,'" said Arnold, who pointed out that his Viceland series spent a lot of time pushing Burnett to release the unaired Apprentice tapes. "He sits next to Donald Trump, and gives him cover. He never says one word. Mark Burnett says he's a Christian, and he lets that man do all that bullshit and he let a sexual harasser work on his show."
Posted Saturday 6/23/18 at 3:55AM EDT
Michael Cohen denies working with Tom Arnold on his new Viceland show: "He asked for a selfie"
In an interview with NBC News, Arnold said President Trump's former attorney was helping with his new Viceland show The Hunt for the Trump Tapes. He even posted a selfie to claim Cohen's involvement. "This dude has all the tapes — this dude has everything," he said. And in a bonkers CNN interview on Friday, Arnold said: “I’m going to spend the weekend with Michael Cohen. I’m spending the weekend hanging out with Michael Cohen. And there’s a lot going on.” Cohen responded by tweeting that, no, he's not working with Arnold: "Appreciate @TomArnold kind words about me as a great father, husband and friend," Cohen tweeted. "This was a chance, public encounter in the hotel lobby where he asked for a selfie. Not spending the weekend together, did not discuss being on his show nor did we discuss @POTUS. #done #ridiculous."
Posted Friday 6/22/18 at 11:17AM EDT
Tom Arnold says he interviewed Michael Cohen for his Viceland show: "This dude has all the tapes"
Source: NBC News
Arnold posted a photo of him and President Trump's embattled former attorney that he was says was part of an interview for his new show The Hunt for The Trump Tapes. "This dude has all the tapes — this dude has everything," Arnold tells NBC News. "I say to Michael, 'Guess what? We’re taking Trump down together, and he’s so tired he’s like, 'OK,' and his wife is like, 'OK, f*ck Trump,'" Arnold said, laughing.
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris was ready to go "crazy" in protest after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet
Barris, who in recent months has reportedly expressed frustration with ABC in wake of the pulling of a February Black-ish episode, said today he was ready to mount a PR blitz last Tuesday when he found out about the Roseanne tweet comparing Valerie Jarrett to Plant of the Apes. “I was literally coming out of the show and I was like f*ck this. I was going to go crazy. I was going to call my agent and go on (CNN’s) Don Lemon and other shows,” he said today at Variety's Path to Parity summit. But Barris said he first spoke to ABC executives, including ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. “I was like, ‘I’m sorry guys’ and then I have to say, the response came in minutes," he said, adding that they told him a cancelation was impending. Barris said Roseanne's tweet was “an indefensible moment but at the same time, you hired a monster and then you asked why the monster was killing villagers."
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Report: ABC heard a Darlene-centered Roseanne spinoff pitch, but it wouldn't be ready by September
Sara Gilbert and fellow producers Tom Werner and Bruce Helford met on Monday with ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey to discuss a potential spinoff focusing on Darlene Conner, according to Variety. While prospects are looking good, ABC still has yet to resolve several issues, including how the network could proceed without Roseanne Barr benefitting financially. There is also the question of when it would launch. The earliest, according to Variety, is November. "Working in the spinoff’s favor," says Variety, "is the belief that curiosity would drive large audiences to the show’s premiere in much the same way that the Roseanne debut benefited from questions over whether and how Barr’s support for President Donald Trump would manifest itself onscreen."
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 2:49PM EDT
Sara Gilbert addresses Roseanne's cancelation on The Talk, says she stands by ABC's decision
Gilbert made a tearful return to The Talk today, six days after ABC abruptly canceled the Roseanne revival she spearheaded. “I would like to say this has been a very difficult week," she said. "A lot of people have been hurt by this. I will say I’m proud of the show we made. The show has always been about diversity, love and inclusion, and it’s sad to see it end in this way. I’m sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process. However, I do stand behind the decision that ABC made.” Gilbert didn't address rumors of a possible Darlene-centered spinoff. According to Deadline, Roseanne producers are scheduled to meet today with Disney-ABC executives to pitch a revamped Roseanne without its star. ALSO: Tom Arnold says Roseanne Barr is "obviously" a racist.
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 Tuesday 5/29/18 at 6:28PM EDT
ABC deserves praise for quickly canceling Roseanne: "This is how you teach civil and moral behavior"
Source: The Baltimore Sun
In fact, ABC deserves "double praise" for a "clean, quick, moral call in a corporate media world drowning in executives talking out of both sides of their mouths," says David Zurawik of ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey's statement that Roseanne Barr's racist tweet is "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values." Zurawik adds: "After decades of seeing network executives bend themselves into knots trying to keep bad people in hit shows on the air, I salute Dungey and ABC for ditching a show that came out of nowhere to make tens of millions of dollars for the network. This is how you teach civil and moral behavior: You make people who transgress the way Roseanne did pay a huge price. You make them pariahs no matter how much it hurts your bottom line."
- Roseanne reruns yanked from Paramount Network, TV Land, CMT -- and Hulu
- Roseanne Barr's ugly hatred isn't new. ABC's rejection of it, however, is: "That the show’s star had become a rabid conspiracy theorist who used her platform to push baseless rumors was brushed off like a mere annoyance, like Barr was an embarrassing grandma the network tolerated with an affectionate eye roll because hey, she’s family," says Cynthia Littleton. "That she had previously made racist statements like the one she made Tuesday was straight-up ignored. The inconvenient truth of the matter is that while the (Valerie) Jarrett insult was particularly awful, it wasn’t a particularly unusual statement for Barr to make. It was, despite her apology that she 'should have known better,' exactly in line with the persona Barr herself has cultivated — one ABC had to be aware of when it decided to get back in business with her."
- This was the problem all along: Having Roseanne back meant having Roseanne back: "If we’ve learned anything from this," says Hank Stuever, "it’s that Roseanne is Roseanne is Roseanne. TV still needs a contrary, cantankerous character from which to tell the story of American life and politics in 2018. But Barr was never the right person for that job."
- Did Channing Dungey being the first black woman network entertainment president make a difference?: "We can never know for sure what would have happened if a white person were in charge of ABC at this moment," says Willa Paskin, "but it strikes me that that person would have been much more likely to administer the aforementioned wrist slap, continuing to put up with the polarizing circus act that is Barr. Dungey, instead, saw Roseanne’s tweet comparing a black woman to an ape for what it was: too much, too far, enough."
- Last August, Dungey said Roseanne's son would take over her Twitter feed: "Why was ABC comfortable with Barr's son running a gross Twitter feed in her name, one that featured a verified check mark and was assumed to be coming from Roseanne? Why was that better?" asks Daniel Fienberg. "When did that experiment with her son running the Twitter feed end? Did anything change? Why does it matter? And why DIDN'T ABC ask Barr to take a break from Twitter? Or to take a break from specific aspects of her Twitter?" Fienberg adds: "Roseanne Barr's Twitter feed has been abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with what should have been ABC and Disney's values since long before the show was picked up, and also subsequently. Barr's Twitter feed has trafficked in vile and disproved conspiracy theories and ample content that walked lines many considered racist or xenophobic or prejudiced or judgement-clouded in a number of ways. She's engaged in hostile and insulting fights with Twitter followers high and low. She's shown no interest in controlling herself."
- Dungey's decision feels like a gutsy move: "It looks like a stand against racism, a line drawn in the sand to delineate what is reasonable and what is not. It even looks like a data point in the 'How do we separate the art from the artist?' debate," says Kathryn VanArendonk, "and it offers a heartening answer: We don’t have to, because, in this case, ABC will not finance that artist. It’s somehow even more heartening because it comes from a massive corporate conglomerate that might lose money by making this decision. It feels remarkably just. It feels decent."
- ABC doesn't deserve all this praise for Roseanne's cancelation when they put her back on TV following her history of racist/homophobic/Islamophobic tweets
- Valerie Jarrett responds to Roseanne Barr tweet on MSNBC's "Everyday Racism in America" forum, calling it "a teaching moment"
- ABC suspends Roseanne's Emmy campaign
- White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to address Roseanne's cancelation, saying there "a lot bigger things going on in the country right now"
- Roseanne's cancelation leaves a huge crater on ABC's fall schedule
- Inside the cancelation: Dungey made the decision with Disney CEO Bob Iger's support -- Disney feared Barr's tweet would hurt its diversity efforts
- Carsey-Werner Television sees its syndication revenue vanish with axing of Roseanne and The Cosby Show reruns
- Michael Fishman tweeted he's "devastated": "I feel devastated, not for the end of the Roseanne show, but for all those who poured their hearts and souls into our jobs, and the audience that welcomed us into their homes...The words of one person do not exemplify the thinking of all involved...I condemn these statements vehemently."
- Tom Arnold praises ABC for Iger for cancelation, saying "I called out Roseanne Barr & her dangerous tweets"
- Bill O'Reilly says ABC had no choice but to cancel Roseanne: "@ABC/@Disney could not continue with the show without insulting millions of Americans"
- ABC quickly removed all traces of Roseanne from its website
- Roseanne could've brought in $60 million in ad revenue next season
- A rerun of The Middle will replace tonight's scheduled rerun of Roseanne
- Celebrities suggest Roseanne-less Roseanne reboot ideas
- Charlie Sheen suggests filling ABC's Roseanne timeslot with a Two and a Half Men reboot
- Before Roseanne was canceled, many media outlets bent over backwards to not use the word "racist" to describe Roseanne's tweet
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Wanda Sykes quits Roseanne after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet
Sykes, a consulting producer on the ABC revival, tweeted "I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC" hours after Roseanne Barr apologized for a tweet in which she called former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett a child of Muslim Brotherhood and the movie Planet of the Apes. Barr later apologized, calling the tweet a "bad joke" and vowing to leave Twitter. Barr's tweet prompted some viewers to demand ABC take action. Meanwhile, celebrities like Tom Arnold and Rosie O'Donnell slammed the tweet. Sykes is the second high-profile writer/producer to exit the Roseanne revival following Whitney Cummings' exit 10 days ago.
- Modern Family executive producer Danny Zuker: "I wrote on the original 'Roseanne' where we used to denounce nativism, racism & homophobia. Nauseating to see what she's become. Looking forward to continue not watching this show."
- Father of Fresh Off the Boat star Hudson Yang points out Barr has compared a black Obama administration official to an ape before
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Trump accuser Summer Zervos subpoenas The Apprentice recordings
Source: The New York Times
Zervos, who competed on Season 5 of the NBC reality show, is suing Trump for defamation after she accused him of sexually assaulting her and he called her a liar. Zervos' lawyers issued the subpoena to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which owns The Apprentice archives. “We’re gathering evidence that we believe will prove that the defendant lied when he falsely denigrated Ms. Zervos and when he denied sexually assaulting her,” said Zervos' attorney, Mariann Wang. Earlier Wednesday, Viceland announced a Tom Arnold reality show that will have him looking for Trump's "racy Apprentice outtakes."