Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
BET apologizes after sending a tweet mocking Kesha's new allegation that Dr. Luke raped Katy Perry
“Hide ya wife, hide ya kids, they raping er’body here! ALLEGEDLY!” BET's account tweeted. The network later released a statement of apology, telling Variety: “BET Networks does not condone language that makes light of sexual assault. This post should never have been written and we apologize for the post. We have deleted the tweet and are conducting an internal investigation of this serious matter.”
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Here's the lesson Neil Patrick Harris should learned from his Rachel Bloom Tonys diss: Don't punch down!
"Whether it’s fair or not, Harris is simply Too Famous to take a potshot at Bloom in that way without facing a backlash," says Marissa Martinelli. "It can be easy to forget that even among celebrities there are tiers of fame, but Harris has been in the public eye for almost 30 years; Bloom is a comparatively recent breakout whose show (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), while excellent, is consistently one of the least-watched on television...There’s a hierarchy even among celebrities, and Harris was punching down. Going forward, he’s better off leaving the 'I don’t know her's to Mariah Carey."
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 4:48AM EDT
Wheel of Fortune parody Twitter account comes up with all the wrong answers
“Wheel of Fortune Answers” has become a hit after debuting earlier this month.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 7:04PM EDT
Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown leaves Twitter after becoming an anti-gay meme
The 14-year-old actress is a GLAAD supporter, but social media users have created memes portraying her as anti-gay, which led her to deactivate her Twitter account. ALSO: A Stranger Things video game is in the works.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 1:59PM EDT
Rachel Bloom was "kind of devastated" by Neil Patrick Harris' diss, says "fame does that to you"
"No, no, no. It wasn’t a joke," the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star tells GQ when asked if her Tony Awards Twitter spat with Harris was for real. "Basically… I saw that tweet And I was kind of devastated. I was actually going to tweet, 'This makes me sad.' But then I was like, 'Ehhhhhhhhhh… I don’t want to give him that, necessarily.' Look. I’ve met him a couple times. Very recently, backstage in the dressing room of a Broadway show. And we hung out for a solid 15 minutes with the star of this Broadway show. It was just bizarre to me that it wouldn’t ring a bell. And also, that he wouldn’t Google it." Bloom adds that Harris' fame and Twitter popularity may have resulted in his diss: "But look, he’s not a writer, so his version of a Twitter joke is to just kind of… live-comment to Twitter followers with kind of random, unformed thoughts," says Bloom. "And fame does that to you—where you think every kind of random, unformed thought is a gem, because you get 10,000 likes from it. He has, like, 27 million Twitter followers. And that makes me scared about fame in general. The yes-men. Even if what you’re saying is, I don’t know, kind of weird or unoriginal, you’re still getting a lot of approval and dopamine surges for saying it." Bloom points out that his response to her response "wasn't really an apology," so she's hoping that Harris makes amends by urging his 27.7 million followers to watch Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. UPDATE: Harris apologized today to Bloom following her GQ comments, and she has accepted his apology: "Sincere apologies to @Racheldoesstuff for my Tony tweet," Harris tweeted. "I failed to research her before pressing ‘send’, and what I thought was a funny comment in our living room must have been far from funny to read, backstage, mid show. As a performer and a parent, I should have know better." Bloom responded: "Hi, thank you for this! Apology accepted."
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Late Parks and Recreation writer Harris Wittels' @humblebrag Twitter account has been hacked
Wittels, the Parks and Rec co-executive producer and Aziz Ansari collaborator who died of a heroin overdose in February 2015, created the word "Humblebrag." According to Splitsider, Wittels' @humblebrag Twitter account was hacked earlier this month and his past Twitter activity was deleted. Twitter has since taken the account down.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Rachel Bloom fires back after Neil Patrick Harris dissed her Tonys role on Twitter
"Who is the woman in the top hat backstage at @TheTonyAwards? Gideon remarked that she says ‘like’ and ‘oh my god’ a lot. I’m confused...," Harris tweeted during the ceremony, referencing his 7-year-old son. Harris apparently didn't know who Bloom was, even though the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star has met Harris before and had a similar role last year. Bloom responded a half-hour later on Twitter: "I’m a big fan of yours. We’ve met numerous times and my husband, Dan Gregor, wrote for 'How I Met Your Mother' for 5 years. Notably, he wrote the episode where your character finally meets his father." That prompted Harris to respond awkwardly: "Indeed! Well said. Thanks for the reminder. How was backstage?"
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 2:52PM EDT
The Wire creator David Simon slams Twitter for blocking him from his account
The Deuce co-creator got in heated exchanges with Twitter users earlier this week, resulting in him being placed in Twitter's penalty box. On his blog, Simon wrote that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey should "die of boils," adding: "As far as I’m concerned, your standards in this instance are exactly indicative of why social media — and Twitter specifically — is complicit in transforming our national agora into a haven for lies, disinformation and the politics of totalitarian extremity. The real profanity and disease on the internet is untouched, while you police decorum.”
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 9:38PM EDT
ABC could make a Roseanne spinoff announcement as early as this week
TMZ reports that executive producer Tom Werner began negotiations for a Roseanne Barr-less Roseanne over the weekend. "His involvement has all but sealed the deal," says TMZ, which adds: "There is a possible snag. Although ABC seems to have good cause to fire Roseanne as both the star and executive producer, the network may be contractually bound to pay her a fee or back end or both for her participation in creating the show. ABC, of course, could argue it's now a different show." The Hollywood Reporter adds that "it's likely the entire cast — sans star Roseanne Barr — and creative team, including showrunner Bruce Helford and the same writing staff, and crew would return for whatever the new incarnation is." Deadline, meanwhile, says following the weekend meeting with Werner, Roseanne producers and ABC executives are scheduled to have a "creative meeting" tonight to pitch ideas for a new series.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
How an SNL head writer revealed the show's failings in a single NBA Finals-Samantha Bee joke tweet
Bryan Tucker -- one of four SNL head writers along with Rob Klein, Colin Jost and Michael Che -- decided to mash up Bee's C-word controversy and Cleveland Cavaliers player JR Smith's mistake in a single tweet Thursday night. Tucker later deleted the tweet, but Seth Simons has a screenshot of it. "I am highlighting this tweet not to shame Tucker, but because I think it neatly crystallizes one of the biggest weaknesses of SNL under his leadership," says Simon. "So much of the show’s approach to satire, especially in the cold open, is just to mention one or two things that happened during the previous week without really saying anything about them. These naked references will get a laugh of recognition—yes, they did happen, I remember that!—which SNL often compounds by tossing in a celebrity cameo as well. Ahh, it’s that actor I recognize playing that other famous person who did that thing this week! Lol!"
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
Roseanne Barr says "I begged" ABC not to cancel Roseanne: "Let me apologize"
Roseanne continued tweeting throughout Thursday in response to Tuesday's cancelation, offering forgiveness to co-stars Michael Fishman and Sara Gilbert for denouncing her tweet. She also recounted the Tuesday cancelation conversation she had with ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood, with whom she appeared on stage two weeks earlier at ABC's upfronts. "I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologize & make amends," Roseanne tweeted. "I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right. I'd worked doing publicity4 them 4free for weeks, traveling, thru bronchitis. I begged4 ppls jobs." In another tweet 25 minutes later, Roseanne added: "He said: what were you thinking when you did this? I said: I thought she was white, she looks like my family! He scoffed & said: 'what u have done is egregious, and unforgivable.' I begged 4 my crews jobs. Will I ever recover from this pain? omg" ALSO: Roseanne wants the phone numbers of Valerie Jarrett and Michelle Wolf so she can call them to apologize.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
Report: ESPN bosses are telling the network's most outspoken hosts to be careful on Twitter in wake of the Roseanne Barr controversy
According to the New York Post, "ESPN was specifically reaching out to the most politically outspoken of its broadcasters. Jemele Hill, Keith Olbermann and Kenny Mayne are the ones most frequently associated with venturing outside of sports."
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 7:16AM EDT
Kathy Griffin marks the one-year anniversary of her Trump beheading controversy -- and responds to White House mentioning her
"One year ago today my Trump photo was released," Griffin tweeted last night, posting a video of Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday listing Griffin's appearance on The View as one of Trump's grievances against Disney CEO Bob Iger. "I have planned on doing this thread for a while but the fact that Sarah Sanders brought my name up at the podium today makes it even more appropriate for me to share some thoughts on what happened." Over the course of more than 40 tweets, Griffin detailed how life got worse for her after her Trump beheading photo. “I learned that day the power of the presidency and the power of the Trump machine. Immediately the death threats started pouring in again but more violent and serious than the previous night," she said. "The news networks broke into their programming to put his tweet up."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
President Trump on Roseanne's cancelation: Why didn't Disney boss apologize to me?
In his first comments on Roseanne's cancelation, Trump pointed out on Twitter that Disney CEO Bob Iger called Valerie Jarrett to apologize for Roseanne Barr's tweet. "Gee," Trump tweeted, "he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?"
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