Colbert Cold Open Cheerily Mocks Amazon Scrapping NYC Plans


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On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday, the show’s cold open was a shot at Amazon for their decision, apparently in reaction to New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to scrap plans for a Long Island headquarters. It opened with a news clip of the announcement, and then went into a parody of returning an item at Amazon. Among the reasons in the drop down were “Won’t guarantee union labor” and “will displace historic strip clubs.” But the selection made is, of course, “already saw Jeff Bezos’ package.” NBC News reported Thursday that Ocasio-Cortez in particular, and more broadly other New York politicians, were the reason that Amazon gave for the decision to cancel the New York HQ. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was very pleased with the decision, saying she thinks it’s “incredible.” The Democratic governor of New York disagreed. Obviously, the NYC-based Late Show sides Continue reading "Colbert Cold Open Cheerily Mocks Amazon Scrapping NYC Plans"

Police Deny Report That Jussie Smollett is Under Investigation For Staging Attack


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Empire star Jussie Smollett is reportedly being investigated by Chicago police over suspicion that he and two other persons of interest may have staged an attack against him. Police, however, are denying the report. According to ABC Chicago, the actor failed to appear for a scheduled interview with detectives on Thursday. The report claims that the alleged motive is Smollett’s character being written off the Fox show. But Chicago police spokesman AJ Guglielmi tweeted via his official account that the report is incorrect. Smollett has stood behind his account of the incident, and his claim that the Continue reading "Police Deny Report That Jussie Smollett is Under Investigation For Staging Attack"

Trevor Noah Mocks Trump’s Bizarre Pooch Screed: ‘He Managed to Turn White People Against Dogs’


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On the Daily Show on Tuesday, host Trevor Noah covered Monday’s Trump rally in El Paso, and zeroed in on the president’s weird dog moment, while noting Trump’s power over his audience. Noah set up the clip by saying that Trump was talking about drug-sniffing dogs but then, “much like a dog himself, Trump got distracted.” The clip of Trump talking about dogs played, ending with the strange moment that someone in the audience yelled out about Obama, and when it cut back to Noah he said “did that guy just scream ‘Obama had a dog’ like it’s a bad thing?” “That’s how much Trump has persuasion over his people at these rallies. He managed to turn white people against dogs. Dogs! The thing white people love more than anything,” said Noah. “And by the way I don’t understand why Trump doesn’t like dogs. Trump should love dogs,” Continue reading "Trevor Noah Mocks Trump’s Bizarre Pooch Screed: ‘He Managed to Turn White People Against Dogs’"

NBC’s Last Call With Carson Daly Ending After 17 Years


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Last Call with Carson Daly is ending its long run on NBC after 17 years. Per Variety, Carson Daly is leaving the show but is staying on the Today Show and The Voice:
“If you had told me in 2002 I would be a part of the historic NBC late-night family for 17 years, I would have said you were crazy!” Daly said. “Hard to believe it’s been so long – 2,000 episodes. It’s time to move on to something new and let someone else have access to this incredible platform.” “I’m forever grateful and proud to all who have worked with us at ‘Last Call’ over the years,” he continued. “So many have gone on to achieve incredible success. It’s been really awesome to watch. I owe our executive producer Stewart Bailey a huge bottle of something expensive. He masterfully keep this train on the Continue reading "NBC’s Last Call With Carson Daly Ending After 17 Years"

John Oliver Tells Colbert Trump Could Win 2020; Gets Booed


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John Oliver visited with Stephen Colbert on Monday night and he had some thoughts about surviving Trump in the White House. “We just passed the midpoint in Trump’s hopefully first and only term, and some say the end is in sight,” Colbert said. Oliver warned against such optimism. “To say we’re halfway through his presidency, I think,  is to ignore the possibility of a second term,” he stressed. “We are two to six years away from the end of his presidency.” The audience booed loudly. Oliver then said the Constitution gives us an endpoint. “We all have a finish line like in a marathon that we all stumble over, be covered in a cape and have someone say, you really shouldn’t have done that,” he said. “Which is to stay alive till January 21, 2025?” Colbert asked. Oliver said that is exactly what Continue reading "John Oliver Tells Colbert Trump Could Win 2020; Gets Booed"

Seth Meyers Answers if Trump is Either ‘Dumb’ or ‘Racist’: It’s Most Likely ‘All of The Above’


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In his latest Closer Look, Seth Meyers slammed President Donald Trump for sending out a tweet mocking Sen. Elizabeth Warren for her 2020 run. That tweet, as many on Twitter noted, included what was apparently a rude reference to a dark time in American history, the Trail of Tears. Here is the tweet: “This tweet was obviously racist, and yet there are actually some conservatives arguing that it wasn’t a reference to the Trail of Tears because Trump doesn’t know what that is,” Meyers said after showing a CNN clip talking about the tweet. Continue reading "Seth Meyers Answers if Trump is Either ‘Dumb’ or ‘Racist’: It’s Most Likely ‘All of The Above’"

Shoes From Katy Perry Fashion Line Dropped by Walmart Over Blackface Features


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The disturbing trend of blackface in designer fashion continued this week, as several pieces in pop star Katy Perry’s shoe line are being pulled from shelves due to minstrel features on the footwear. Among the shoes being dropped by retailers Dillards and Walmart include a pair of sandals and loafers that feature the same type of large, red lips used for blackface makeup and painted on minstrel figurines. Last week, the designer fashion giant Gucci was forced to apologize after releasing a turtle neck sweater with sewn on lips that resembled the racist trope. Continue reading "Shoes From Katy Perry Fashion Line Dropped by Walmart Over Blackface Features"

Pro-Trump Singer Joy Villa Arrives at Grammys With Barbed Wire ‘Build The Wall’ Dress


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Hollywood singer Joy Villa, known lately for her pro-Trump appearances at the Grammy Awards each year, did it again this year with a twist: she wore a barbed wire “Trump wall” to the red carpet in support of border security and legal immigration. “This is the wall,” said Villa, holding a red “Make America Great Again” purse and pointing to her silver steel-colored dress. “I believe in building a wall to protect our southern border, not to keep people out but to protect citizens of our country.” Villa said she supports President Donald Trump‘s views on immigration, which she believes are often wrongly associated with racism and xenophobia. “I’m part-Latina, I’m black,” she added, saying the dress was her way of Continue reading "Pro-Trump Singer Joy Villa Arrives at Grammys With Barbed Wire ‘Build The Wall’ Dress"

Michelle Obama Shows Up at the Grammy Awards; Audience Promptly Lose Their Sh*t


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On Sunday, former First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance at the Grammy Awards, standing on the stage with Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez and host Alicia Keys. The audience lost their collective sh*t. “From the Motown records I wore out on the south side,” Obama said, as the audience erupted into thunderous applause. She continued on: “To the Who Run the World songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story and I know that’s true for everybody here. Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves share ourselves: Our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys.” She added: “Music shows us that all of it matters, every story within every voice, every note within every song. Is that right, ladies?” Here are some of the reactions from the auditorium.

SNL’s Weekend Update Takes on Virginia Blackface Scandals, Gucci Sweaters and Liam Neeson


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On Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update, both Michael Che and Colin Jost weighed in on the various race scandals that blew up over the last couple of weeks, to pretty devastatingly hilarious effect. “First the governor of Virginia admitted to wearing blackface in college for a Michael Jackson costume — by the way making it the least accurate Michael Jackson costume possible,” said Che to introduce the bit. “That would be crazy enough but then the attorney general was like ‘You too? Blackface is my jam!’ And then Liam Neeson was like, ‘Blackface! hold my beer.'” After Jost showed the Northam photo, he said he knew the picture was from a yearbook but “didn’t know the year was 1870.” Jost also brought up the other scandals, including the sexual assault allegations against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, and said “maybe Virginia should take a cue Continue reading "SNL’s Weekend Update Takes on Virginia Blackface Scandals, Gucci Sweaters and Liam Neeson"

GRAMMYS 2019: How to Watch Live, Red Carpet, Nominees and Performances


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The Grammys, the award season’s biggest music show, goes down this Sunday night in Los Angeles. You can watch full live coverage of the 61st Annual Grammys on CBS, with the main show airing at 8 p.m. EST. The show will also be available for live stream on CBS All Access, a subscription-based service (which offers a free trial). Live red carpet coverage is set to kick off at 5 p.m. EST, and will stream on the Grammy Awards website. Late night host James Corden, the host of the 2017 and 2018 Grammys, will be getting a rest this year, as 15-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys will be hosting. You can also stream the show on a number of subscription services (that also over free trials), including FuboTV. While last year’s show was held in New York — for the first time since 2003 — Continue reading "GRAMMYS 2019: How to Watch Live, Red Carpet, Nominees and Performances"

SNL’s ‘Meet the Press’ Cold Open Obsesses Over Jeff Bezos’ Penis: ‘Small Potatoes’


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Saturday Night Live opened up its latest show with a cold open skewering the media’s obsession with the Jeff Bezos/National Enquirer blackmail story. The sketch also spent a whole lot of time talking about Bezos’ penis. The opener started with a Meet the Press panel featuring Peggy Noonan (as played by Cecily Strong), Donna Brazile (Leslie Jones) and Eugene Robinson (Keenan Thompson). “You’re all highly-respected journalists, so when all is said and done, what do you think Jeff Bezos’ penis is gonna look like?” SNL’s Chuck Todd (Kyle Mooney) asked.  “I know normally high-minded journalists wouldn’t talk about something like this, but it does involve the richest man in America and the president of the United States.” “As a journalist, this is not something I ever thought I’d have to cover, but as a human, I’m curious,” Thompson’s  Robinson said. “I’ll make them into Continue reading "SNL’s ‘Meet the Press’ Cold Open Obsesses Over Jeff Bezos’ Penis: ‘Small Potatoes’"

Watch Robert DeNiro Berate His Driver Goodfellas-Style: ‘F*ck! What’s the Matter With You?!’


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To fans of the movie Goodfellas, or Raging Bull, or Casino, this scene will look (and sound) quite familiar. But this was real life. Following an appearance outside divorce court in New York City on Thursday, actor Robert De Niro was left stranded for several minutes — with a number of photographers trailing him. And he was not happy. With an associate holding up newspapers in a feeble attempt to cover his face, the actor pulled out his cell phone and absolutely berated the driver who left him hanging. “I don’t care if they chase you away … Fuck! What’s the matter with you?!” De Niro shouted. “Where are you?! You’re not in front, you’re not where you dropped us off!” De Niro was in the Manhattan courthouse for divorce proceedings with his estranged wife, Grace Hightower. The two are fighting for custody of their 7-year-old Continue reading "Watch Robert DeNiro Berate His Driver Goodfellas-Style: ‘F*ck! What’s the Matter With You?!’"

Don Lemon Fires Back at ‘Troll’ Newt Gingrich For Calling Him ‘Hostile to America’: ‘Don’t Play Me’


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Don Lemon fired back at Newt Gingrich on Friday after the congressman-turned-Fox News pundit accused him of being “hostile to America” for asking singer Gladys Knight about her decision to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Lemon interviewed Knight following her performance at the Super Bowl earlier this week, and asked if she was “worried about her career” for singing the anthem “given the controversy” surrounding NFL protests. “Don Lemon is so hostile to America he questioned how Gladys Knight could sing the National Anthem,” Gingrich wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “This fits the CNN pattern of belittling America and its institutions. Most Americans were honored by Gladys Knight—veterans especially so.” Lemon issued a rare response on Friday. “Newt, I’m breaking my rule of not responding to Twitter trolls just for you. You’re welcome. Just so you know Ms. Knight, who I greatly admire & have interviewed before, Continue reading "Don Lemon Fires Back at ‘Troll’ Newt Gingrich For Calling Him ‘Hostile to America’: ‘Don’t Play Me’"

Meghan McCain to Colbert: ‘In the Words of Cardi B’ the Trumps Are ‘Going to Have Beef With Me Forever’


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Co-host of The View Meghan McCain was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night to discuss her father and her family’s relationship with the Trump family. The interviewed followed remarks by President Trump earlier this week attacking the late Senator John McCain, and his daughter’s responses on Twitter. It was a tough discussion but McCain retained her composure, and even got in a timely Cardi B reference. Host Stephen Colbert noted at the beginning of the interview that he hadn’t spoken to Meghan McCain since her father’s passing, and offered his condolences, saying he was sorry for her loss as well as the country’s. “He was a great man, and you spoke so eloquently at his funeral,” he said. “When you gave his eulogy you said ‘we gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will Continue reading "Meghan McCain to Colbert: ‘In the Words of Cardi B’ the Trumps Are ‘Going to Have Beef With Me Forever’"

The Late Show Previews the Next Virginia Politician Scandal: ‘We Ate a Drifter Who We Boiled in a Cannibal Cookpot’


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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday satirized the almost-beyond-satire state of affairs in the state of Virginia this week. After multiple Democrat leaders in the state became embroiled in major scandals over a matter of days, it’s hard to think of a fictional next shoe to drop that would top what’s already gone down. But Stephen Colbert and his writers were able to do it. In the format of their fake news feed (LSSC News), the show on Thursday opened with a clip of the actual news about the scandals from CNN. It then cut to their guy: a “Virginia politician” giving a press conference. “As the accounts payable clerk at the Virginia Capitol building, I am 132nd in line for the Virginia governorship,” the skit began. “But knowing how fast Virginia politicians are dropping to scandals, I wanted to get ahead of a story from my past. Continue reading "The Late Show Previews the Next Virginia Politician Scandal: ‘We Ate a Drifter Who We Boiled in a Cannibal Cookpot’"

‘I’m Not Racist’: Liam Neeson Explains His Evolution Since Going into ‘Black Areas’ to ‘Unleash’ Violence


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One day after an interview was published in which he said he went out looking to kill a “black bastard” after a close friend was raped, actor Liam Neeson is speaking out about his stunning comments. Appearing on Good Morning America, Neeson explained how he came to share the story with a journalist and discussed how he feels he’s evolved since then.
“We were doing a press junket. And it was, you know, the topic of our film is revenge. It’s a dark comedy too, but its base is revenge. And the lady journalist was asking me, How do you tap into that?’ And I remembered an incident nearly 40 years ago where a very dear friend of mine was brutally raped. And I was out of the country, and when I came back, she told me about this. And she handled the situation herself incredibly bravely, Continue reading "‘I’m Not Racist’: Liam Neeson Explains His Evolution Since Going into ‘Black Areas’ to ‘Unleash’ Violence"

Spongebob Fans Blast the NFL With Angry Memes After Classic Song From Show Gets Snubbed at Super Bowl


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The Twitterverse was electrified by Spongebob Squarepants‘ Super Bowl cameo on Sunday night, though there are a lot of mixed feelings about how it went. In the last few weeks, there’ve been whispers throughout the internet that the NFL was somehow going to use their halftime show to make an allusion to Sweet Victory — a famed music number from the Nick cartoon. These rumors filled fans and general meme-lords with anticipation since people have been waiting for this day since the song’s debut in the 2001 episode “Band Geeks.” The episode centers around Spongebob and his friends as they form a marching band and get ready to deliver a show at the Bubble Bowl. Between the humor and the iconic musical number at the end, Band Geeks is frequently thought of as one of the best episodes the show has ever had. Online content creators recently created
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Gladys Knight Defends Singing National Anthem After Don Lemon Suggests It Could Hurt Her Career


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With singer Gladys Knight having performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl, there was contention by some who wished she had not given the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick. She defended her decision to preform on Friday during her interview on CNN. “People are going to have their opinions. You know, about whatever. And all I can deal with, all I can deal with right now is what my heart says. Okay? I believe in fairness,” Knight explained. “I believe in truth. I believe in all of those things, and as far as this is concerned, I grew up with the national anthem. We used to sing it in school before school started. We used to say prayers in school before school started, and we just don’t have that anymore and I’m just — I’m just hoping that it will be about our country and how we treat each other Continue reading "Gladys Knight Defends Singing National Anthem After Don Lemon Suggests It Could Hurt Her Career"

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Spotted with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in Super Bowl Live Shot


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Twitter had a moment of buzz in what has been a fairly uneventful Super Bowl when billionaire Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was spotted rubbing elbows with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a live shot. The moment aired as they came back from a break. Unremarked in the CBS broadcast but noticed by bored Twitter, the shot also had Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Fred Ridley. Trust Twitter to turn it into speculation. It’s better than tweeting about yet another punt, to be fair. Watch the Continue reading "Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Spotted with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in Super Bowl Live Shot"