‘SORRY, NOT SORRY’: Tucker Carlson refuses to apologize for ‘misogynistic’ comments

NEW YORK — Fox News host Tucker Carlson came under fire Monday after audio recordings dating back to 2006 surfaced that captured comments some say were “offensive to women.”

In segments dating from between 2006 to 201, Carlson, calling into the then wildly popular “Bubba the Love Sponge” radio show, took aim at “unattractive women” and described former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as “anti-penis.”

“I feel sorry for unattractive women. I mean, it’s nothing they did, you know. Nobody deserves that. And men are just mean,” Carlson said of Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.

“You look at Hillary and you know in your heart that if she could castrate you, she would,” he said of Clinton.

The segments, released Sunday by the radical left group “Media Matters” caused a wave of backlash on social media and let to calls for the Carlson’s immediate termination.

“During those conversations, Carlson diminished the actions of Warren Jeffs, then on the FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted Fugitives’ list for his involvement in arranging illegal marriages between adults and underage girls, talked about sex and young girls, and defended statutory rape,” Media Matters said in a released statement.

Carlson has thus far refused to apologize for the more than decade-old comments, saying his words were taken out of context.

Media Matters “caught me saying something naughty,” Carlson said on Sunday night’s show. “Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on televison every night live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

Pushing back, Media Matters said Carlson’s response is not enough.

“The reason we released this is precisely because the things you say on your Fox News show echo the misogyny displayed in those clips. We were actually helping people better understand just how vile your current Fox News show is by showing what that worldview really looks like,” Angelo Carusone, the head of Media Matters said in response to Sunday night’s show.

A Media Matters spokesperson tweeted on Monday that “there’s more” to come, adding that the group has reviewed nearly 100 hours of audio.

“We certainly want to make sure [the new audio tapes] are released when they can be most helpful to the media buying decision makers,” the group said.

So far Fox News has yet to issue statement on the Carlson controversy.

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GONE TOO SOON: ‘90210’ star Luke Perry dead at 52

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Perry, who gained instant heartthrob status as wealthy rebel Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died Monday after suffering a massive stroke, his publicist said. He was 52.

Perry was surrounded by family and friends when he died, publicist Arnold Robinson said. The actor had been hospitalized since last Wednesday, after a 911 call summoned medical help to his home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles.

“The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning,” Robinson said in a statement. Those at Perry’s bedside included his children, Jake and Sophie; fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer; former wife, Minnie Sharp, and mother Ann Bennett.

Although Perry was best-known for his role as McKay, he enjoyed a prolific film and television career. Most recently, he played construction company owner Fred Andrews, father of main character Archie Andrews, for three seasons on “Riverdale,” the CW series that gives a dark take on “Archie” comics. A fourth season has been slated.

The actor’s next big screen role will be in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood,” which is slated for release in July.

“90210” co-star Ian Ziering paid tribute to his co-star on Twitter , where fans and celebrities shared their memories of Perry and mourned him . “I will forever bask in the loving memories we’ve shared over the last thirty years,” Ziering said. “May your journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done here, for those you leave behind.”

Born and raised in rural Fredericktown, Ohio, Perry gained fame on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” which ran from 1990 to 2000. In a 2006 interview with The Associated Press, he recounted being partly inspired to pursue acting by a photo of Paul Newman his mother kept on her mirror.

He played out the memory of hearing his mother say, “He’s the most beautiful man in the world, honey … he’s a movie star.”

“I thought, ‘OK, that’s cool.’ I watched him and, ‘Yeah, man, who didn’t want to be Paul Newman!’”

But Perry expanded his interests far beyond acting, identifying history as a passion and family a priority.

“When you are younger you can have only work, and I did for a long time,” he told the AP in 2006. “But it doesn’t command my attention that way anymore. A lot of the mysteries and the questions I had about it I’ve figured out, but life offers up mysteries every day.”

He had roles in a handful of films, including “The Fifth Element,” ″Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” ″8 Seconds” and “American Strays,” appeared in HBO’s prison drama “Oz” as a televangelist convicted of fraud, and voiced cartoons including “The Incredible Hulk” and “Mortal Kombat.”

He made his Broadway musical debut as Brad in the “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and starred on London’s West End in another stage adaptation of a film, “When Harry Met Sally.” In recent years he starred in the series “Ties That Bind” and “Body of Proof.”

The same day he was hospitalized, Fox TV announced that it would be running a six-episode return of “90210” featuring most of the original cast, but Perry was not among those announced.

On the original series, Perry’s character went from loner to part of a close-knit circle that included twins Brenda and Brandon Walsh (Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley), but also endured a string of romantic, family and other setbacks, including drug addiction. Perry left the series in 1995 to pursue other roles, returning in 1998 for the rest of the show’s run as a guest star.

In a 2011 interview with the AP, Perry said he and his male co-stars were a “really good strong core group” while the show aired and maintained close ties. The friendship and trust he shared with Priestley created a sort of “shorthand” when it came to filming, Perry said.


 

Lynn Elber of The Associated Press contributed to the contents of this report.

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MONKEE Peter tork dead at 77

LOS ANGELES — Musician Peter Tork, best known from his years on the 1960’s cult television classic “The Monkees” has died. He was 77.

Tork’s death was announced on his official Facebook page Thursday, shocking and saddening fans around the world.

“It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world,” the statement read. “As we have mentioned in the past, the PTFB team is made up of Peter’s friends, family and colleagues — we ask for your kindness and understanding in allowing us to grieve this huge loss privately.”

“We want to thank each and every one of you for your love, dedication and support of our ‘boss.’ Having you in our world has meant so very much to all of us,” the statement continued. “Please know that Peter was extremely appreciative of you, his Torkees, and one of his deepest joys was to be out in front of you, playing his music, and seeing you enjoy what he had to share. We send blessings and thoughts of comfort to you all, with much gratitude.”

Tork’s cause of death has been attributed to a 10 year battle with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare cancer of the salivary glands.

“I don’t count myself as being afraid to die,” Tork told the Washington Post about his diagnosis in 2009, “but the news hit me like a fist to the chest.”

Tork’s longtime bandmate, Micky Dolenz, shared his grief over the news via a statement released to his official Twitter account.

“There are no words right now…heartbroken over the loss of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork,” Dolenz wrote.

Tork was preceded in death by another of his bandmates, Davy Jones, who died in 2012.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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BYE BYE BANDIT: Hollywood icon Burt Reynolds dead at 82

JUPITER, Fla. — Film actor Burt Reynolds has died, his agent Todd Eisner has confirmed. He was 82.

Reynolds, who rose to fame in the 1972 thriller “Deliverance”, was an A-list leading man instantly recognizable for his mustache and constant smirk.

Best known for comedies such as “Smoky and the Bandit” and “Stroker Ace”, Reynolds also took on several dramatic roles in films such as “Driven” and “The Last Movie Star”.

Although Reynold’s career saw its own highs and lows, he claimed he never regretted his professional decisions.

“I took the part that was the most fun… I didn’t take the part that would be the most challenging,” Reynolds said in an interview with CNN.

It is not yet known what caused the actor’s death, but he reportedly underwent heart surgery in 2010.

Reynolds is survived by his only child, Quinton, a son he adopted with ex-wife Lonnie Anderson.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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REPUBLICANS NOT WELCOME: Actor James Woods says agent dropped him due to his conservative views

LOS ANGELES, CA (AP) — James Woods, one of Hollywood’s most outspoken conservatives, says his agent dropped him as a client on the Fourth of July, citing patriotism.

Woods on Thursday shared on Twitter an email from his agent, Ken Kaplan. In the excerpted email, dated Wednesday, Kaplan said he was “feeling patriotic” and no longer wanted to represent Woods.

“It’s the 4th of July and I’m feeling patriotic,” wrote Kaplan in the posted email. “I don’t want to represent you anymore. I mean I could go on a rant but you know what I’d say.”

Woods is passionate supporter of President Donald Trump on social media. On Wednesday, his tweets included the allegation that immigration protesters were only Democrats seeking “illegal votes” and a reference to former President Barack Obama as a “stain” on America.

Kaplan, who represents a number of high-profile Hollywood actors at the Gersh Agency, didn’t immediately respond to emails Thursday.

Woods, who called his agent a “political liberal,” said he replied to Kaplan that “if you’re feeling patriotic, you would appreciate free speech and one’s right to think as an individual.”

The most recent credit for the 71-year-old Woods is a voiceover for the animated series “Justice League Action.” In September, actress Amber Tamblyn wrote an open letter to Woods accusing him of hitting on her when she was 16. Woods called Tamblyn’s story “a lie.”

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DEATH OF A LEGEND: Pulitzer Prize winning conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer dead at 68

New York, N.Y — Legendary political commentator Charles Krauthammer, whose wit and humor was a mainstay in American politics for generations, has died. He was 68.

The Pulitzer Prize winning political analyst, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author’s death came just weeks after he announced that he only had a short period of time to live.

In a statement released by the network, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott issued this statement confirming Krauthammer’s passing:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend, Charles Krauthammer. A gifted doctor and brilliant political commentator, Charles was a guiding voice throughout his time with FOX News and we were incredibly fortunate to showcase his extraordinary talent on our programs. He was an inspiration to all of us and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beloved wife Robyn and his son Daniel.”

In a letter to colleagues, friends and viewers on June 8, Krauthammer said he was dying of cancer and thanked those who had supported him over the years.

“I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me,” Krauthammer wrote.

“Recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned,” he continued. “There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.”

“I leave this life with no regrets,” Krauthammer went on. “It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”

“I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this extraordinary nation’s destiny,” he added.

In recent years, Krauthammer most frequently appeared as a panelist on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” and as a commentator on an array Fox news programs.

Following the announcement confirming the death of his “good friend,” Baier posted on Twitter, “I am sure you will be owning the panel discussion in heaven as well. And we’ll make sure your wise words and thoughts – your legacy – will live on here.”

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CNN COMMENTATOR: All Trump supporters are ‘racist’

Atlanta, Ga. — Every American who supports Donald Trump is an all-out racist, according to one CNN contributor.

“He’s made it more popular to be openly racist. Tens of millions of people voted for him after he showed his cards for years,” Author Michaela Angela Davis, while appearing on CNN’s “New Day” to discuss a racially insensitive tweet put out by television star Roseanne Barr.

“Are you suggesting that all the people who voted for Donald Trump are racist?” show host John Berman asked Davis, requesting that she clarify her comment.

“Yes, yes,” Davis responded. “They may not be violently racist. Anti-blackness is a strategy that has been the foundation of part of the American Project…There’s so many different levels of racism and how it works itself out.”

“Most of the time we are operating in racist structures, so you as an individual may not understand that you are racist,” Davis added, “but you are working in a racist structure. So that’s how policemen of color can be participatory.”

Davis’ comments led to a flurry of backlash on social media, prompting Davis to defend her comments via Twitter.

“It’s fascinating horrified people are by being called racists but not at all phased by participating in racists activity or being complicit .. thank you for watching @NewDay this is not easy stuff,” Davis wrote in response to angry comments from Trump voters who were offended at being labeled as racist.

Barr, who was fired by the ABC network earlier this week due to a tweet in which she jokingly compared former Obama administration official Valerie Jarrett to a member of “Planet of the Apes” is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump.

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‘A FECKLESS C–T’: Samantha Bee, TBS under fire for vile attack on Ivanka Trump

Washington, D.C. — Conservatives nationwide are calling foul over a verbal attack launched upon First Daughter Ivanka Trump by TBS host Samantha Bee.

The “Full Frontal” host, referencing a seemingly innocent photo posted by Ivanka Trump of she and her toddler son, unleashed on President Trump’s eldest daughter during her Wednesday night show, calling the young mom a “feckless cunt”.

The comments drew outrage and caused network switchboards at TBS to light up with angry callers.

Bee, responding to network pressure, issued a statement via Twitter in which she sheepishly apologized.

“I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night,” Bee said. “It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.”

TBS also issued statement following Bee’s apology, but did not say what, if any, action the network would take upon its star.

“Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump last night,” the statement read. “Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it.”

The controversial comments follow those by former ABC star Roseanne Barr earlier in the week in which Barr compared former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to a monkey.

ABC swiftly fired Barr and fellow members of her top-rated “Roseanne” cast, announcing that the show would not be renewed for a second season.

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ROSEANNE UNDER FIRE: Ambien representative responds to Barr’s claim that sleep drug contributed to ‘racist’ tweet

A representative for the drug Ambien issued a response on Wednesday to Roseanne Barr’s claim that she had taken the sleep medication prior to issuing an “offensive” tweet against former Obama administration insider Valerie Jarrett, which led to her show being canceled by the ABC network;

In a statement, a representative for the drug manufacturer said quote:

“People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi (the pharmaceutical company under which Ambien is sold) every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”

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ROSEANNE UNLEASHED: ABC cancels hit show after star goes on ‘offensive’ Twitter rant

Los Angeles, Calif. — The ABC network pulled the plug on its number one rated show, “Roseanne” in the wake of a series of tweets by Roseanne Barr, according to published reports.

Barr, a Republican and vocal Trump supporter, jokingly compared former Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to an ape via Twitter on Monday, sending Democrats and liberals into a social media meltdown.

“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby,” Barr wrote of Jarrett in response to a tweet which accused Jarrett of helping to hide alleged offenses from the Obama administration.

The comment was quickly met with backlash on Twitter, with responses calling Barr’s tweet offensive and racist.

“Muslims are NOT a race,” Barr pushed back, saying that her comment was not meant to be taken literally.

Later, in a separate tweet, Barr apologized to Jarrett and asked for forgiveness.

“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans,” Barr wrote. “I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me — my joke was in bad taste.”

Barr’s apology was clearly not enough for network executives, however, as the network announced in a statement Tuesday that they had decided not to renew the show for another season.

The tweets come nearly a week after the season finale of the newly rebooted series, which was the “highest rated and most watched series of the broadcast season,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Barr’s co-star Sara Gilbert, who had orchestrated the revival of the top-rated show, issued a statement condemning the comedian’s tweet.

“Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least,” Gilbert tweeted just before ABC announced the show’s cancellation.

ABC Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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