Bill Maher has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing HBO to scrap tonight’s scheduled taping of this week’s episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher.” In a statement, HBO said Maher is “fully vaccinated” and “feels fine.” Tonight’s guests were to have included astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and “Hardcore History” podcast host Dan Carlin. “Bill tested positive during weekly staff PCR testing for COVID. He is fully vaccinated and as a result is asymptomatic and feels fine,” HBO said. ” ‘Real Time’ production has taken every precaution following COVID CDC guidelines. No other staff or crew members have tested positive at this time. The show will be rescheduled at a later date.”
Judge Judy Sheindlin says cancel culture is a "frightening place to be" in the sense that people could be afraid of expressing their true and authentic opinions. Despite the presence of cancel culture being prevalent in the entertainment and showbiz space, Sheindlin says she will remain as brash as ever and continue to shoot people straight regardless of how others may feel about her stances. Though, she certainly has no worries about that given the fact she carries a reported net worth of some $440 million, thanks to her show "Judge Judy," which is coming to an end on CBS syndication after 25 seasons. "To have a fear of speaking your opinion, for fear of being put on somebody's list and canceled? It's a frightening place for America to be," Sheindlin told The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm not a big fan of the PC police." "Is it PC to say to people who are 19 or 23 years old, have no job, no prospects and six children, ‘Find something else to do with that organ?’ No. But where I come from, I've seen the ravages of that kind of neglect," she added. However, Sheindlin expressed an adverse perspective and pressed that any negative action could produce an outcome that could see one’s image tainted because of it. "If you’re a bad person, if you’ve done something wrong, you’ve got to be prepared to pay the piper," Sheindlin said. "And there are people who have done just that. They’ve paid the price with their good name, their footprint. That’s a good thing."
Tiffany Haddish is reportedly set to take over for Ellen DeGeneres on daytime TV. Haddish has filled in for Ellen a number of times, and bosses at NBCUniversal are keen to get her on board after Ellen announced the upcoming 19th series of her show will be her last. An insider told Page Six: “Tiffany is a favorite, she has humor and empathy in spades. She's top of the list to get a daytime show – she's a fresh voice.”
Jay-Z earned a spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on his first time on the ballot, alongside Foo Fighters and the Go-Go's. Each will be honored during an induction ceremony in Cleveland on Oct. 30 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse before what organizers hope is a full house of fans enjoying live music again. The hall will also welcome LL Cool J, Billy Preston and Randy Rhoads with musical excellence awards, and honor Kraftwerk, Gil Scott Heron and Charley Patton as early influencers. Tina Turner, Carole King and Todd Rundgren also earned spots on this year's list.
CBS anchor Gayle King is set to lift the lid on the Queen's private life and her future without late husband Prince Philip for a new TV special that will air just weeks after the network sent shockwaves through the heart of the Royal Family by broadcasting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell interview with Oprah. Gayle will host an hour-long show, The Queen Carries On: A Gayle King Special, tomorrow night, when she will be joined by the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, former President Barack Obama, and the Queen's childhood friend and maid of honor Lady Ann Glenconner. According to a press release from CBS, the special will “look at [Her Majesty's] extraordinary life and reign,” focusing on the challenges and controversies, romance and heartbreak that she has faced during her 69 years on the throne - including the recent death of Prince Philip, her husband of 73 years.
Ellen DeGeneres has decided to end her talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” next year, bringing its run to a close with Season 19. “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” DeGeneres, who is about to conclude Season 18 of “Ellen,” told The Hollywood Reporter yesterday. According to THR, Ellen told her staff about her decision to end the show on Tuesday. She plans to discuss the news in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on today’s episode of “Ellen.”
Isla Fisher issued a harsh rebuke of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, calling him out in a recent interview for profiting off the rhetoric on the site that she believes led to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building. The actress spoke to Marie Claire magazine for a recent interview in which the conversation turned to politics, a subject that she and her husband, "Borat" star Sacha Baron Cohen, are familiar with. In the interview, she called out Facebook for playing home to "conspiracy theories" and "lies that cost lives" that she believes have led to violent acts like the Jan. 6 riot. "It is something that we all need to be as proactive as possible about right now. It was clearly the spread of online conspiracy theories that led to the storming of Capitol Hill," she told the outlet. "And people like Mark Zuckerberg are making money off lies that cost lives, and these social media companies should be creating jobs that save lives," Fisher said. "No account on social media should incite violence, or spread hate or false information."
It’s being reported that Ben Affleck initiated contact with his ex-fiancée Jennifer Lopez back in February, while the singer was filming Shotgun Wedding. According to TMZ, the actor reached out to J.Lo via email while she was in the Dominican Republic, with the two continuing communications over the coming month. TMZ claims Ben penned an email to Jen about “how beautiful she looked” while filming the movie, after pictures emerged of her shooting wedding scenes with her co-star Josh Duhamel.
Adam Sandler returned to the IHOP that didn't have a table for him. After a teen IHOP host went viral last month with a TikTok video in which she admitted to turning away the star, the pair shared some pics on Monday. The reconnection was made possible after Adam returned to the restaurant in Manhasset, Long Island to celebrate its "Milkshake Monday" tribute to him. Dayanna Rodas posted a slideshow of pics, including a number of herself side-by-side with Adam. She added the caption, "Couldn't have been more excited!! Thank you Adam Sandler!" Both of them wore "IHOP" masks and were gathered in honor of the restaurant chain's charity promotion, in which IHOP restaurants in the Long Island, N.Y. area offered all-you-can-drink milkshakes. Additionally, a portion of nationwide milkshake proceeds was donated to nonprofit organization Comedy Gives Back. The promotion was cooked up after Sandler took to social media on Monday, May 3 to respond to Dayanna's viral video from April 25.
Tom Cruise will return the three Golden Globes he has won as the backlash against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association continues to mount. Cruise won two Best Actor awards at the Golden Globes for his performances in “Born on the Fourth of July” in 1989 and “Jerry Maguire” in 1996, as well as a third for his supporting role in “Magnolia” in 1999. His decision to return the awards comes less than an hour after NBC announced that it would not air the Golden Globes in 2022, though the network left open the possibility of airing the awards show once again in 2023.
NBC has pulled out of airing the Golden Globe Awards in 2022, citing the need for “meaningful reform” by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right,” the network said in a statement yesterday. “As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.” The turmoil had already extended into last week when “Black Widow” star Scarlett Johansson suggested that “it is time that we take a step back from the HFPA” in a statement. She pinpointed “facing sexist questions and remarks by certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment” while promoting film projects during press conferences and awards shows.
Hulu has picked up a nine-episode docuseries about the Los Angeles Lakers from Lakers CEO and controlling owner Jeanie Buss and director Antoine Fuqua. The project, which will feature interviews with dozens of current and former players and coaches, will detail the last four decades of the NBA franchise, beginning with Jerry Buss’ acquisition of the team in 1979. The docuseries will “offer a fresh and revealing look inside the legendary ‘Showtime’ era that saw the team win five NBA titles and turned the Forum into Hollywood’s hottest ticket throughout the 1980s,” in addition to covering the “high-stakes drama off the court and incredible successes of the Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal-led championship teams, as well as the cultural impact of the Lakers franchise and rebirth of the team, culminating with the 2020 NBA championship led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis.” The docuseries will debut next year.
Taylor Swift dipped her foot into political activism, via social media, when she lobbied young people to vote in the 2018 midterm elections. And now, some two-and-a-half-years later, the singer’s lengthy Instagram post has inspired a Taylor Swift-related question on a test given to high school students across the US. That question appeared on the May 3 version of the 2021 AP US Government and Politics exam, which caught many teens by surprise. “I opened the free response questions, and the first question was about Taylor Swift, and I was just laughing,” Texas high school student Alyssa Brown, 18, told CNN. “I thought it was pretty cool.” And it turns out Brown wasn’t alone. Many other students were also pleasantly surprised to see Swift make a cameo during their year-end exam. Miri Feigin, a junior at a high school in Raleigh, North Carolina, was actually wearing a Taylor Swift 1989 Tour sweatshirt when she took the exam. “I am a huge Taylor Swift fan. I've been a fan for my whole life,” Feigin said before sharing that the “question sort of boosted my confidence and helped me write a stronger free response.” Jerome White, a spokesperson for the College Board, said the Swift-related exam question asked students to analyze how voter registration laws and procedures can affect civic participation, such as voter turnout. “We're delighted to hear that AP students could relate what they've learned in their AP course to what they experience in their daily lives — and in this case, what they've read on their Instagram feeds,” said White. He went on share that the question will not appear on the upcoming versions of the exam on May 20 and June 3.
Kaley Cuoco wants to get the "Big Bang Theory" cast back together for a reunion. The CBS sitcom aired its series finale in May of 2019. However, despite the show only being off the air for two years, Cuoco, who played Penny on the show for all 12 seasons of its run, has signaled that she’s open to giving the show the same reunion treatment that fellow beloved sitcoms like "Will & Grace" and "Roseanne" have had in recent years. "I would definitely be open to some sort of reunion show," Cuoco revealed in a recent interview with E! News. "I can't wait for the ‘Friends’ one, and so I'm definitely open to doing one ourselves as well." Although she makes it clear she would be open to getting the band back together, Cuoco noted that she’s aware the show hasn’t been off the air long enough for anyone but diehard fans to be clamoring to see more from the "Big Bang Theory" gang. "It does still feel like yesterday that we wrapped," she admitted. "I think everyone is kind of trying out their new paths and seeing what their next project is, and I'm excited to see how everyone flourishes."
Elon Musk is catching heat for incorrectly claiming to be the “first person with Asperger’s” to host “Saturday Night Live” — with many noting that former cast member Dan Aykroyd likely nabbed that title 18 years ago. The billionaire Tesla CEO made the claim during his opening monologue on Saturday’s episode, while publicly revealing his diagnosis for the first time. “I’m actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger’s [syndrome] to host. Or at least the first to admit it,” Musk told the audience. But others on social media were quick to point out that the distinction belonged to Aykroyd, who returned in 2003 for hosting duties. “Dan Aykroyd is autistic and hosted SNL in 2003. In case anyone forgot,” wrote one Twitter user. Another added, “Good on Musk for being open about his autism. But it takes seconds of research to find he was not the first.” Aykroyd, who served as a cast member from 1975 to 1979, has spoken publicly about living with Asperger’s.
Viewers want TLC to cancel the Duggars’ show after Josh Duggar’s April 29 arrest for possessing child pornography. A Change.org petition that calls for the network responsible for airing “Counting On” to cancel the reality show has been signed by nearly 7,000 as of yesterday. Viewers want TLC to cancel the reality show and pull all Duggar family programming from its website and streaming platforms. “The Duggar family should no longer have a platform,” the petition reads. “This family should no longer be allowed to collect money from streaming services and television series. Enough is enough. Too many people have been harmed.” Duggar, 33, pleaded not guilty in the child pornography case and was released from prison on bail.
Amazon Studios is set to license distribution rights to “Cinderella,” a musical adaptation of the classic tale starring Camila Cabello in her debut feature role and which had previously been set for release by Sony Pictures. “Cinderella” also stars Idina Menzel, Billy Porter, Nick Galitzine, Minnie Driver, Pierce Brosnan and James Corden, the last of whom is also producing. The musical features pop songs from contemporary artists as well as new songs written by Cabello. “Cinderella,” which had been set for a theatrical debut in July by Sony, is now set for an unspecified 2021 release date by Amazon.
NBC ordered “Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide,” which will be hosted by Bobby Moynihan and Ron Funches. The 10-episode game show is getting the Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony as its series-premiere lead-in. “Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide” will kick off its special two-night premiere on Sunday, Aug. 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT. The following night it will transition to its regular time slot of Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The show promises to be “a fresh take on Wham-O’s iconic 1960s outdoor game.” “This wet-and-wild new series takes the spirit of the classic backyard slide and transforms it into a real-life water park full of gigantic slippery rides with the chance to take home a big cash prize,” according to NBC’s description. Featuring pairs of siblings, best friends, couples and co-workers, teams from all walks of life will compete in multiple rounds of games, including Human Pong, Body Bowling, Cornhole, Bocce Fall and many more, it continued. The two teams that make it to the final challenge will take on the Big Slipper, a colossal multi-part slide meant for only the bravest and boldest players as it determines who will earn the title of Slip ‘N Slide champion and take home the cash prize.
Olivia Rodrigo has been named MTV's Push artist for May. She opened up about her songwriting success after claiming the title for this month. The singer revealed that she actually finds it helpful to force herself to write tunes. She told MTV: "I really think that more or less forcing yourself to write a song sometimes is really beneficial. I think you can't rely on those lightning bolts of ideas to strike you all the time." And she never imagined that it would result in record-breaking success like she had with “Driver's License.” She added: "I don't think anybody goes into [making] a song with expectation like that. I just hope that people see bits of themselves in my songwriting, hopefully, or sort of become engrossed in the stories I'm telling because those are my favorite songs to listen to." The singer is set to release her debut studio album, “Sour,” on May 21.
Activewear brand Fabletics - co-founded by actress Kate Hudson - is halting production with their main supply factory in the southern African country Lesotho, amid allegations of sexual and physical abuse from employees. Time Magazine published a report yesterday where at least 38 workers came forward to allege shocking mistreatment that prompted Hudson's company to issue a statement on social media saying it is now suspending all operations with manufacturer Hippo Knitting. The Taiwanese company is based in Maseru, the capital of the landlocked country which is situated within South Africa's borders, and is said to predominantly supply to just one brand, Hudson's Fabletics. Female workers say they are often stripped down to their underwear during routine daily searches, while three women claim male supervisors sexually assaulted them on numerous occasions. Thirteen women that were interviewed said “their underwear and vulvas are often exposed” during the daily searches by supervisors. Other claims of abuse brought forward include workers alleging that they are forced to crawl on the floor as a form of punishment, while others claim they are regularly humiliated and verbally abused by management. Kate Hudson co-founded the company and launched it back in 2013, selling both men's and women's sportswear, footwear and accessories, commonly referred to as athleisure.
Bruce Willis will star in “The Fortress” trilogy of movies alongside Jesse Metcalfe and Chad Michael Murray. The first installment has begun production in Puerto Rico and will be shot back-to-back with the sequel. The third movie is set to be filmed in the future. The plot revolves around a top-secret resort for retired US intelligence officers as a group of criminals led by Balzary (Murray) breach the compound, hellbent on revenge on Robert (Willis) – forcing the retired officer and his son (Metcalfe) to save the day.
Lady Gaga is holding her dogs close after getting them back following their dognapping in February. A source tells ET, "Lady Gaga is just so happy to have her dogs back. They're like kids to her. She is just very cautious right now when it comes to them and extremely protective of them." Last week, five people were arrested in connection with the dognapping. The alleged culprits were arrested on charges that include attempted murder and robbery. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, all five defendants pleaded not guilty and are scheduled to return to court on May 11.
Billie Eilish loved "thrifting" growing up. The singer - who wowed fans with her transformation on the cover of British Vogue magazine at the weekend - has opened up about where she got her style inspiration from over the years. And she revealed that she loved buying her clothes from a thrift store because there is no "genre of clothing" and "limit" on what you can buy regardless of gender.
Anderson Cooper’s first week guest-hosting “Jeopardy!” didn’t get off to the best ratings start, falling 7% to a 5.1 rating, the lowest debut for any of the game show’s guest hosts. Ratings for syndicated shows for the week ending April 25 were hampered due to extensive daytime coverage of the Derek Chauvin murder trial, particularly on April 19 and 20, the last day of which the verdict was announced. The 5.1 rating for Cooper’s first week dropped “Jeopardy!” out of the top game show spot, falling behind “Family Feud” which pulled in a 5.5 rating. Cooper’s 5.1 was just below Dr. Oz’s 5.2 rating for his debut week, which had been the previous low for a “Jeopardy!” guest host. Rodgers, the (for now) Green Bay Packers quarterback, began his run with a 5.6; his second week drew a 5.5 rating. Dr. Oz’s two-week run averaged a 5.1 rating, so there’s still time for Cooper to avoid the cellar.
Gwyneth Paltrow got the VIP treatment at the Santa Monica DMV yesterday, skipping a line of 50 people and getting out in just 30 minutes. She kept a low profile while sneaking in the back door of the building with a bodyguard around 11 a.m. Meanwhile, a long line of 50 or so regular people line stood out front and patiently waited for their turn outside on the cloudy, 63 degree Southern California day. Paltrow’s trip was quick; she was seen leaving about 30 minutes after her arrival.