(Chicago, IL-AP) Jussie Smollett’s run on Empire may be over. FOX renewed the show for a sixth season yesterday, and said Smollett likely won’t be returning.
He was written out of the last episodes of season five after Chicago police accused him of staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself. Smollett was charged with filing a false police report over the alleged attack, but the charges were later dropped.
He is being sued by the city of Chicago over the cost of the investigation. The fifth season of Empire wraps May 8th.
(AP) – The Oprah Winfrey Network is canceling the TV series Love Is __ after the man in the middle of the show was accused of domestic violence. The series is based on the real-life love story of producer Mara Brock Akil and executive producer Salim Akil.
OWN shut down the second season this week after one of Salim Akil’s ex-lovers sued him. Amber Dixon Brenner says Akil physically, verbally, and sexually abused her during a ten-year extramarital affair. The actress, who appeared in the movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, also says Akil stole the idea for Love Is __ from a screenplay she wrote.
(New York, NY) – Megyn Kelly is making headlines again and once again it’s not in a positive light. This time, the former ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ host reportedly is refusing to sign a non-disclosure agreement as she exits from NBC. This also comes after reports that the allegedly wants her full salary ($65 Million) plus an additional $10 million as part of her departure.
Whether or not it’s true that Megyn is also threatening to expose NBC executives for improper behavior is up for debate but one thing is for sure…none of it is helping her right now.
Megyn found herself in some pretty controversial moments where viewers didn’t take to kindly to her position on various topics including ‘blackface’, which turned out to be the final straw for NBC. It was Megyn who said she didn’t have a problem with people wearing ‘blackface’ for Halloween. It was also Megyn who made the choice to publicly claim that she wasn’t aware of the history that came along with ‘blackface’ and why it’s inappropriate and insensitive to people of color.
This is one of those situations where you apologize and just leave. There’s not really much she can say to defend her actions and ‘fighting’ tooth and nail to draw out her exit isn’t helping her image either. At the end of the day, her image was in her hands and she tarnished it with what some describe as racist behavior. NBC didn’t force Megyn to say anything about ‘blackface’ or to be more specific …that she found it to be acceptable. At this point, Megyn has burned bridges at both Fox and NBC…she just cool it before she kills her image all together leaving none of the remaining networks interested in working with her at all.
(New York, NY-AP) – NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly is apologizing for her comments about blackface. In a segment on “Megan Kelly TODAY” this morning, Kelly asked panelists “what is racist” about white people wearing blackface during Halloween. Kelly went on to say it was considered OK when she was kid dressing up as a character. The comments drew widespread criticism on social media.
The network later released an email from Kelly who said she now realizes “that such behavior is indeed wrong” and she’s “sorry.” Kelly addressed the email to colleagues saying she had taken the time to listen to other points of view on the topic.
Meanwhile, Several reports say the NBC morning show host may be exiting the network. Today, NBC aired a repeat episode of “Megyn Kelly Today” instead of her regularly scheduled live show and said she will not be on the air tomorrow.
(SL) – Johnny Depp’s movie about the murder investigations of rappers Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. is being pulled just one month before it was scheduled to premier.
The distribution company, Global Road Entertainment, says there’s no new release date for the film, City of Lies, that was scheduled to open September 7th. The decision comes a month after a former location manager sued Depp, alleging assault. Gregg Rocky Brooks claims Depp punched him in the ribs twice and verbally assaulted him on set.
Brooks says he was fired from City of Lies when he refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement that would have blocked him from suing Depp.
(SL) – A documentary introduced at the SF International Film Festival on the late comedian Robin Williams will make its TV debut tonight. Come Inside My Mind premieres on HBO at 8:00 p.m.
The film uses unaired footage from Mork & Mindy and candid interviews with Williams and his family and friends. Critics are praising the documentary, saying it celebrates his life and is “funny, yet heartbreaking.” The beloved entertainer, who called the Bay Area home, died by suicide in 2014 at the age of 63. Only a handful of people knew Williams had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
(SL) -Two men are gone from “The Bachelorette” after the first two-on-one date of the season. The contestants all traveled with Becca Kufrin to Las Vegas this week. David and Jordan were the ones chosen to take part on the two-on-one, and David tried again to get Kufrin to send Jordan packing. Kufrin decided that things were not working out with either of them, and they were both sent home. Colton scored the one-on-one date and rode camels with Kufrin in the desert, and earned himself a rose. The group date brought the rest of the men to Wayne Newton’s mansion to write a song about Kufrin and perform it live in front of an audience.
Chris was the most confident after writing her a song before on a one-on-one. He chose not to talk to Kufrin at the afterparty and was certain that he would get the group date rose. Kufrin gave it to Blake, who said in a confessional that she has been falling in love with him since day one. Chris then got upset because he thought Kufrin chose not to talk to him and threatened to leave the show. He had to apologize to her and explain himself, and prove to her that he wanted to stay because he wanted to be with her. Kufrin gave a rose to everyone at the end of the trip but John.
(SL) – One of the contestants on “The Bachelorette” has some history with the law. Twenty-six-year–year-old Lincoln Adim was convicted of indecent assault and battery last month after groping a woman on a cruise ship in 2016. Police say he was sentenced to two years probation.
Adim is one of over 20 men competing for the heart of “Bachelorette” Becca Kufrin on the show’s current season. Warner Brothers told “Deadline” producers were not aware of the conviction, which was handed down a week before the May season premiere.
Amid is denying the charges.
(Miami, FL) – Rapper Lil Scrappy is recovering from a car accident in Miami. TMZ says the “Love & Hip Hop” star was in a car that hit a pole early Sunday morning.
According to the report, Lil Scrappy’s friend Ca$ino Roulette was also in the car. They were found on the ground outside the car when police arrived.
Scrappy reportedly needs surgery on his foot, while Ca$ino is in intensive care. Scrappy posted a message on Instagram saying he feels blessed to be alive.
(Los Angeles, CA) – The stars of the Netflix series “Stranger Things” are getting a major pay raise. Sources tell the “Hollywood Reporter” that re-negotiations for the main cast have scored them up to 350-thousand dollars per episode. This is up to 12 times more than their previous deals.
The cast includes child actors Millie Bobbie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard and Caleb McLaughlin, plus Winona Ryder and David Harbour.
The Netflix original series is currently on its third season, but a release date has not been announced.