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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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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THEY’RE BAAAAACK: Barack and Michelle Obama sign multi-million dollar TV deal with Netflix

Washington, D.C. (Business Insider) — Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have signed a multiyear deal with Netflix to produce original shows and movies, Netflix announced on Monday.

The deal could include “scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features,” the company said in a tweet.

The New York Times reported on Monday that the Obamas’ Netflix original content was unlikely to be a vehicle for partisan rhetoric, adding that Barack Obama “has told associates that he does not intend to use the new platform to wage a public campaign against his successor in the Oval Office, or to fight against conservative media outlets like Fox News.”

“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” Barack Obama said in a statement on Monday. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix — we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

Michelle Obama added: “Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others. Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”

While financial terms of the Obamas’ Netflix deal have not been disclosed, it follows a record-setting $65 million deal they signed with Penguin Random House in February 2017 to write one memoir each.

The Times first reported in March that Barack and Michelle Obama were in negotiations with Netflix.

Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, said of the deal on Monday: “Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better. We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities.”

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ROSEANNE: ‘I don’t give a f**k’ if you hate my support of Trump. ‘This is America…Its a free country’

Los Angeles, CA — Outspoken television star Roseanne Barr isn’t caving to pressure from the left to curb her support of President Donald Trump.

During an appearance on Monday night’s ‘Tonight Show’ with Jimmy Fallon, Barr, who currently has the highest rated television show in the nation, was asked how she handles critics who are speaking out against her vocal support for the 45th president.

“Well this couldn’t be a bigger thing, but then with a big hit comes people that aren’t so happy as well, if you say that you’re a supporter of Donald Trump,” said Fallon.

“Oh yeah, people are mad about that,” Barr responded. “But, you know, I don’t give a fuck,” she said, shrugging.

“Everybody had to choose for themselves who they thought was the lesser of two evils. Everybody chose that, so I’m not going to put anybody down who didn’t vote like me. This is America. It’s a free country. And when you weigh it altogether… I just felt like we needed a whole new thing all the way, bottom to top.”

In Barr’s newly revamped ABC series, “Roseanne“, Barr’s character, which shares her same first name, is a supporter of Trump, as is Barr in real life.

The show, which brought in 25 million viewers during its debut week, earned praise from Trump, who has publicly thanked Barr for her support.

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LAUER AXED: ‘Today Show’ host latest to be targeted by sexual misconduct claims

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Matt Lauer has been fired from his high profile role as host of “The Today Show,” according to a press release by the network.

Lauer, who had hosted the morning news show for more than 20 years, was terminated after a colleague complained about inappropriate sexual behavior toward her, NBC News chief Andrew Lack said in a memo published to the show’s website (https://www.today.com/video/matt-lauer-has-been-terminated-from-nbc-news-1105840707690).

According to the statement, although the colleague’s complaint was the first official allegation received by the network regarding Lauer’s behavior, show executives have cause to believe more allegations may soon surface.

“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,” the memo reads.

Lack said the allegation against Lauer “represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.”

“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident,” the memo continued.

Lauer’s longtime “Today Show” co-host, Savannah Guthrie, confirmed the news to viewers on Wednesday morning. “All we can say is we are heartbroken; I’m heartbroken,” Guthrie said.

Describing Lauer as “a dear, dear friend,” Guthrie said she was “heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story.”

Calls for statement to Lauer’s publicist were met with “no comment at this time”.

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ALLEN SPEAKS: Fired ‘Last Man Standing’ star says ‘there’s nothing more dangerous than a likable conservative’

LOS ANGELES, CA — Tim Allen, star of the now canceled television show ‘Last Man Standing’ is speaking out for the first time since being fired from his hit show.

Allen, who’s show was infamously canceled from ABC despite high ratings after the funnyman spoke out in support of President Donald Trump (http://time.com/4706185/tim-allen-donald-trump-jimmy-kimmel/), said he remains dumbfounded over the network’s decision to axe a show that had been a fan favorite for more than 6 seasons.

“It’s hard,” Allen said during a sit-down interview with Norm Macdonald (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2090&v=WYkil1tblt8). “I have no idea why [ABC] did what they did.” But that doesn’t stop him from suggesting that the decision came down to his conservative politics.”

“I always wanted Last Man Standing to be like [All in the Family],” he said. “Archie Bunker pushed boundaries, but Carroll O’Connor was not that guy at all. [Mike Baxter was] a version of that guy. But there’s nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative.”

Allen said that despite his personal despair over the show’s cancellation, he feels worse for his fellow cast and crew, who, like Allen, was blindsided by the decision.

“You couldn’t have handled this situation worse. I’ll survive, but there’s 190 [people] who worked [on Last Man Standing]. They didn’t let them know until late June. It was handled very badly.”

“Second biggest show, [ABC] hadn’t won a Friday night in 15 years. They put us out to pasture on Friday and we won Friday,” Allen continued. “Big night for us. Big night for them. I would have put Roseanne after us. Use us just to launch shows, if nothing else.”

As for ABC, they deny claims that ‘Standing’ was canceled over Allen’s outspoken support of Trump.

Speaking at TCA this summer, ABC Entertainment chief Channing Dungey said that Allen’s political beliefs had “absolutely nothing to do with” the cancellation of the show. When pushed for explanation Dungey claimed the highly rated show had “came up to the end” of its pact and the network “unfortunately was not able to create room for it” on the schedule.

According to TV Line (http://tvline.com/2017/09/27/last-man-standing-cancellation-controversy-tim-allen-interview-cmt-revival/), the show averaged 6.4 million weekly viewers when canceled and held a 1.1 demo rating making Last Man Standing ABC’s second-most watched comedy (behind Modern Family).

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FUNNY MAN JAY THOMAS DEAD AT 69

Los Angeles, CA — Comedian actor Jay Thomas has died after a long battle with cancer, his spokesperson confirmed on Thursday. He was 69.

Thomas, best known for his starring roles in “Murphy Brown”, “Cheers” and “Ray Donovan” caught his first big break after landing the role of Remo DaVinci on “Mork & Mindy” from 1979-1981.

“Jay was one of a kind, never at a loss for words and filled with so much fun and wonderfully wacky thoughts and behavior,” his agent, Don Buchwald, said.

In addition to his acting roles, Thomas hosted a popular radio show on popular radio show on SiriusXM.

He leaves behind a wife, Sally, and three sons.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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KELLY BOMBS: ‘SUNDAY NIGHT’ A RATINGS NIGHTMARE DESPITE HYPE OVER ALEX JONES

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Despite weeks of controversy leading up to Megyn Kelly’s showdown with Alex Jones, the former Fox News host’s show, “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” was a bust with network viewers who seem to have lost interest in the one time ratings queen.

According to Sunday night’s Nielsen ratings (http://www.latimes.com/topic/entertainment/megyn-kelly-PECLB0000009270-topic.html), “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” averaged just 3.53 million viewers during its Sunday 7 p.m. time slot, the lowest figure yet since the program debuted on NBC on June 4. Ratings were so dismal, as a matter of fact, that Kelly’s program was easily beat by a rerun of “60 Minutes” on CBS, which averaged 5.3 million viewers in that same hour.

NBC tried hard to promote the program, which featured what turned out to be a heavily edited interview with alternative news host Alex Jones, but in the end, network viewers just didn’t seem to care.

Kelly sparked a great deal of controversy over the interview with Jones, who has been vocal in his questioning of the government’s official story surrounding the events of 9/11 and the shooting at Sandy Hook.

For his part, Jones, who went public last week with claims that Kelly had manipulated the interview to create a “hit piece” on him, released his own audio recording of the interview in its entirety in an effort to expose what he claimed was Kelly’s promoting of “fake news” (http://thehill.com/homenews/media/338097-alex-jones-releases-more-secret-taped-megyn-kelly-audio-nbc-responds).

In the audio, which was recorded without Kelly’s knowledge, Kelly can allegedly be heard telling Jones that her goal was to show Jones’ softer side because, as she put it, she believed that he had been misrepresented in the media.

“The reason you are interesting to me is because I followed your custody case, and I think you had a very good point about how the media was covering it and for some reason treated you and your family and what was going on as fair game when they never would have done that if you were a mainstream media figure,” Kelly can be heard telling Jones. “I saw a different side of you in that whole thing and, you know, you just became very fascinating to me.”

Jones, upon seeing a promo piece released by Kelly to promote the interview, was quick to respond with allegations that the interview had been over edited and that he had been lied to.

“I’ve never done this in 22 years, I’ve never recorded another journalist,” Jones said on his daily radio show, “Infowars”. “I’ve never done this, but I knew that it was a fraud, that it was a lie.”

Kelly’s program is slated to run through the summer, but insiders say that based on poor performance, “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” is unlikely to finish a full season.

Kelly joined NBC News in January after 13 years at Fox News for a reported $17 million per year. The former “Kelly File” host left Fox for NBC after controversy erupted surrounding what supporters of then presidential candidate Donald Trump called poor treatment of the Republican candidate during a series of debates, which Kelly had been tapped to moderate.

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STANDING TALL: CMT IN TALKS TO PICK UP ‘LAST MAN STANDING’ AFTER ABC DROPS SHOW OVER STAR’S CONSERVATIVE VIEWS

LOS ANGELES, CA — Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” may have found a new network to call home.

Just weeks after ABC cancelled the show from it’s weekly lineup despite high ratings, conservative leaning network CMT announced they are in talks to save the show from fading into television history.

As reported by Breitbart (http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2017/06/14/report-cmt-early-talks-revive-last-man-standing/) sources close to the negotiations say the network is interested in doing for “Standing “what it did for “Nashville,” which was also canceled by ABC in May 2016 and picked up by CMT a month later.

Although ABC’s official statement is that standing was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts, insiders at the network reported that network executives were less than pleased with star Tim Allen’s public support of Republican president Donald Trump.

Allen, who had publicly praised the 45th president just weeks before getting notice that his show had been axed, was shocked at the network’s decision to cancel the show, particularly since a new season full of episodes had recently been ordered by ABC.

“Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years,” Allen tweeted shortly after ABC made the official announcement.

The network faced intense backlash over it’s decision to cancel “Standing,” particularly from Conservatives who accused the network of playing politics.

Howard Kurtzman, president of 20th Century Fox Television, the company who produces the show, says finding a new home for “Standing” has been a top priority since ABC dropped the fan favorite from it’s lineup.

“If there’s a way to bring it back, we will explore those opportunities,” Kurtzman told The Hollywood Reporter in May (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/last-man-standing-tim-allen-may-be-revived-at-cmt-1013686).

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