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Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Celebrity Big Brother UK fans were furious that Stormy Daniels didn't show up for launch night
The Channel 5 reality show promoted this season with an "Eye of the Storm" theme with reports from the tabloid The Sun that the porn star would appear and become the highest-paid competitor in the show's history, earning nearly $1 million. Two days ago, Daniels tweeted she won't be appearing on Celebrity Big Brother. Fans were furious when Daniels didn't show up on Thursday's launch night. "Where the f*ck is Stormy Daniels? I’ve wasted two hours," tweeted one audience member. Nevertheless, there have been reports that she "pulled out" at the last minute or that producers plan to have her enter the house at a later date.
- Watch Kirstie Alley's Celebrity Big Brother intro: The former Cheers star was elected "president" on launch night
- Celebrity Big Brother UK features a "White House" set complete with podium and presidential seal
- Meghan Markle's half-sister Samantha Markle didn't join Celebrity Big Brother on launch night despite implying she would
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Report: ABC shelved Black-ish episode over comments about President Trump, not NFL players kneeling
According to a Variety report, the February episode that may have pushed Kenya Barris to exit his ABC Studios deal for Netflix prompted concerns from ABC executives over the characters talking about Trump.
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 1:57PM EDT
CNN's Wolf Blitzer reveals what kind of Trump story he would cancel his vacation for
Jimmy Kimmel talked with The Situation Room host, who is currently on vacation, about his experiences canceling vacations because of important breaking news stories.
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 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
“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 Monday 8/13/18 at 2:35PM EDT
Omarosa tells Savannah Guthrie to "calm down" in a heated Today interview
Guthrie grilled the former Trump White House official after she revealed she secretly recorded her firing in the Situation Room. Omarosa, promoting her new tell-all book Unhinged, reacted by telling Guthrie to "slow down" and "calm down." ALSO: President Trump refers to Omarosa as "Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time."
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 8:43AM EDT
Kanye West says he wasn't "stumped" by Jimmy Kimmel's Trump question -- he wasn't given enough time to answer
"On Jimmy Kimmel we had a great time having a dialogue," West tweeted of their Jimmy Kimmel Live! interview. "I’m reading that I was stumped by a question. Let me clarify the click bait. I wasn’t stumped. I wasn’t given a chance to answer the question... The question was so important I took time to think. And then I was hit with the let’s go to commercial break. That interview showed strong personalities with different opinions having a civil conversation." Kimmel responded to West's tweets: "Not every question warrants an immediate answer. Some answers need to be considered and a talk show with time constraints is a difficult place to do that. I know how much Kanye cares and I am so impressed by what he is doing quietly and without fanfare to help those who need it." ALSO: President Trump thanked West via Twitter following his Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance.
Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
SNL's Michael Che and Colin Jost plan an Emmys ceremony that's "less political than normal"
“It is kind of fun for us to do something that is not political,” Jost tells Vanity Fair. “The exciting part is to do things about television and that particular awards ceremony and make it, in general, less political than normal. There’s a lot to celebrate in television right now. It’s a very strong time.”
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 Friday 8/10/18 at 6:01AM EDT
Kanye West was left speechless after Jimmy Kimmel asked about Donald Trump
Kimmel took his time getting to the big topic of the president in his 22-minute interview with West, the rap star's first sit-down since he appeared on TMZ Live and declared that slavery was a choice. But when Kimmel brought up Trump, it caused West to clam up. “You so famously and so powerfully said, ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people,’” Kimmel said, referring to comments West made at a 2005 benefit for Hurricane Katrina relief. “It makes me wonder what makes you think that Donald Trump does or any people at all?” After four seconds of silence, Kimmel cut to commercial break, and the question wasn't brought up again. West did later defend his support of Trump, saying: "Liberals can’t bully me, news can’t bully me, the hip-hop community, they can’t bully me. Because at that point, if I’m afraid to be me, I’m no longer Ye. That’s what makes Ye.”
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 3:28PM EDT
Report: Omarosa secretly recorded President Trump
The Daily Beast reports that Trump's former Apprentice contestant secretly taped him when she worked in the White House and played them for people while shopping her forthcoming book Unhinged. One person described the recorded conversations between Trump and Omarosa as "anodyne, everyday chatter, but said they did appear to feature Trump’s voice, either over the phone or in-person." As The Daily Beast notes, "the mere existence of such recordings represent a dramatic betrayal of trust by a one-time Trump confidant who has since abandoned years of professed loyalty to the president and has apparently decided to profit off her years of closeness to Trump." ALSO: Meet the Press lands an "exclusive" interview with Omarosa.
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 12:22PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel slams West Hollywood for trying to remove Donald Trump's star, even though it has no power to do so
“Here’s the thing. Trump’s star isn’t in West Hollywood where they voted, it’s in Hollywood. And one has absolutely nothing to do with the other,” said Kimmel, whose talk show is taped half a block and across the street from Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star. "West Hollywood and Hollywood are like Virginia and West Virginia, they’re unrelated, which means there’s no reason for the West Hollywood City Council to be voting on this," Kimmel added. Trump received his Walk of Fame star in January 2007 for his work as Miss Universe pageant producer, although it was timed for The Apprentice: Los Angeles season. Meanwhile, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who used to be the L.A. City Council member for Hollywood, said he thinks Trump's star should stay put.
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 2:27PM EDT
Don Lemon rips Trump on CNN in response to the president calling him "the dumbest man on television"
“Let me not mince words here," Lemon said on his primetime show in response to President Trump's late Friday tweet. "This president traffics in racism and is fueled by bullying. From keeping children at the border in cages to bullying journalists at his rallies every chance that he gets. President Trump is trying a divide and conquer strategy here and here’s how it goes."
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.