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Megyn Kelly Gives On-Air Apology For Blackface Comments

NBC News host Megyn Kelly delivered her first on-air apology Wednesday, admitting she was wrong for her comments which defended the use of blackface during Halloween. During a round table segment on her show “Megyn Kelly TODAY” on Tuesday, Kelly ignited controversy after she asked panelists “what is racist” about white people wearing blackface as part of their Halloween costume. Backlash was swift on social media, which overwhelmingly deemed her comments inappropriate and offensive. In her show’s opening on Wednesday, Kelly said:  “I want to begin with two words: ‘I’m sorry. I defended the idea [of blackface] saying as long as it was ‘respectful’ and part of a Halloween costume it seemed ok. Well I was wrong and I am sorry.” Kelly previously apologized for her comments on Tuesday by sending an internal email to fellow staff, but most NBC colleagues felt the apology didn’t go far enough. “TODAY” show host Al Roker on Wednesday morning said on-air, “the fact is, while she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country. This is a history going back to the 1830s minstrel shows to demean and denigrate a race. It wasn’t right.”. ...Read Full Story

Comedian Amy Schumer Reveals She Is Pregnant With Her First Child

Comedian and actress Amy Schumer announced she’s pregnant with husband Chris Fischer, announcing her big news on the Instagram stories of friend and journalist Jessica Yellin.
Schumer, 37, shared a photoshopped image of her and Fischer’s faces on the bodies of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Duchess and Duke of Sussex, directing fans to former CNN White House correspondent Jessica Yellin’s Instagram page for “some exciting news.” Yellin, of the site NewsNotNoise.org, showed at the end of a list of Schumer’s recommended congressional and gubernatorial candidates the line: “I’m pregnant-Amy Schumer.” Schumer married Fischer, a chef, in February.  . ...Read Full Story

Writer/Producer Ryan Murphy Reveals His 4-Year-Old Son’s Cancer Battle And $10 Million Donation

Ryan Murphy revealed on Instagram that his son, Ford Murphy, has been battling cancer for the past two years. Today, Murphy said, his son is “thriving.” Murphy shared the post to commemorate the anniversary of Ford’s diagnosis. Ford, who is now four, was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma when he was two years old. Along with a photo of Ford riding a pony, Murphy wrote: “Two years ago, this sweet little innocent boy with a deep belly laugh and an obsession with Monster Trucks was diagnosed with neuroblastoma…an often fatal pediatric cancer.” In honor of his son, Murphy added that he and his family, including husband David Miller, would be donating $10 million to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a nonprofit institution that provides care to children with critical conditions. . ...Read Full Story

Netflix Cancels Marvel Show “Luke Cage” After Two Seasons

Just days after cancelling Iron Fist, Netflix has also cancelled Luke Cage, cutting the Marvel universe in half. Marvel and Netflix announced, “Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.”  Though Marvel and Netflix did not disclose a reason for cancelling “Luke Cage,” sources say it was not due to low ratings.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, “the cancellation was due to creative differences and the inability to agree to terms for a third season of the show,” even though principal cast members had already been signed up. . ...Read Full Story

Actress Selma Blair Reveals She Was Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis

In an Instagram post, actress Selma Blair announced that she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Blair revealed she was diagnosed in August, and is facing the effects of the disease everyday. Blair, 46, said she’s had symptoms for years, and thanked her producers at her new Netflix show for being understanding. She said she hopes “to give some hope to others. And even to myself,” and encourage people to ask for help when they need it. Blair posted on her Instagram, “I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it. And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best.” Multiple sclerosis is a neurological disease that occurs when there’s a breakdown in communication between the brain and other parts of the body. Symptoms include blurred vision, and difficulty with coordination and balance.. ...Read Full Story

Amy Schumer Boycotting Super Bowl By Refusing Commercial Offers

As a way to support former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the movement he started, comedian and actress Amy Schumer announced on Instagram that she would not appear in Super Bowl ads this year. “I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year,” Schumer wrote. Schumer, who appeared in a Bud Light Super Bowl ad two years ago, also called on white NFL players to kneel during the national anthem in support. Meanwhile, a Super Bowl musical act for the halftime show hasn’t officially been named, but it has been reported that Maroon 5 will headline this year’s performance. Multiple reports earlier this week revealed that Rihanna turned down an invitation to perform at the halftime show because she also supported Kaepernick. Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since 2016 and initiated the protest that season when he was the San Franciscio 49ers’ quarterback. . ...Read Full Story

‘Halloween’ Takes The No. 1 Spot At The Box Office With Nearly $80M In Ticket Sales

Forty years after the original Halloween debuted in theaters, on Sunday Universal Pictures said that their new “Halloween” flick took in an estimated $77.5 million in ticket sales from North American theaters. It captured first place at the box office with the second-highest horror opening of all time, behind last year’s “It.” It also marked the second highest October opening ever, behind “Venom’s” $80.3 million launch earlier this month. David Gordon Green directed “Halloween,” which brings back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle as Michael Myers, ignoring the events of the other sequels and spinoffs aside from the classic, John Carpenter original. . ...Read Full Story

The Official Trailer For “Narcos: Mexico” Starring Diego Luna And Michael Peña Released

The official trailer for Narcos: Mexico was just released by Netfilx, and the new season is setting a different tone from the first three seasons of the drug cartel drama. Rogue One’s Diego Luna stars as crime boss Felix Gallardo for the new season, and Michael Pena stars as DEA agent Kiki Camarena. The drama is an ensemble tale of cops and cartels, but the primary focus is on two men: Gallardo, who united a collection of independent dealers, and DEA agent Camarena, the undercover operative determined to take him down. Narcos: Mexico premieres on Netflix November 16.. ...Read Full Story

Netflix’s ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Will End After Season 7

“Orange Is the New Black” will be ending after it’s upcoming seventh season on Netflix. The cast of the series broke the news in a video post on Wednesday. The critically-acclaimed show initially followed the inmates of Litchfield Minimum Security Prison, with season six seeing many of the main cast move to the Maximum Security facility often mentioned in the series. Showrunner Jenji Kohan said “after seven seasons, it’s time to be released from prison. I will miss all the badass ladies of Litchfield and the incredible crew we’ve worked with. My heart is orange but fade to black.” The series was created by Kohan and based on the book of the same name by Piper Kerman, and has starred Taylor Schilling as Piper, along with Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore, Elizabeth Rodriguez Michael Harney and Nick Sandow.  The show has received widespread critical acclaim throughout its run, garnering multiple Emmy nominations and back-to-back wins for Aduba in 2014 and 2015. . ...Read Full Story

Ratings For “The Conners” Debut Fall Short Of “Roseanne” Premiere Episode

ABC’s The Conners didn’t come close to the blockbuster premiere rating of its predecessor, the reboot of Roseanne, but the new series did have strong numbers that led Tuesday night in the ratings. The debut airing delivered 10.5 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49. While that is down 55% from the premiere of Roseanne last spring, it managed to edge out NBC’s This Is Us for the night. ABC did not expect Roseanne premiere-level numbers, and it was predicted that audience interest in the spin-off was about half that of viewer interest in Roseanne before its return. The debut episode, titled “Keep on Trucking,” confirmed previous reports that Roseanne Conner died of an opioid overdose. Roseanne Barr said in a statement that the “opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.”. ...Read Full Story