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Vivica A. Fox Is Having a Blast Guest Hosting Nightly Pop: Is Her Own Talk Show Next?


Vivica A. Fox isn’t letting quarantine slow her down—if anything, this past year has been one of her busiest yet!

In addition to recently appearing on E!’s Celebrity Call Center, the actress and producer is serving as a guest host on Nightly Pop alongside E!’s Morgan Stewart and Hunter March. The experience, Vivica explained, reminded her of hosting Face the Truth, though Nightly Pop is admittedly “a lot more edgier, and funkier and funner.”

Face the Truth was all about helping people live better lives and some days, I swear to god—I was all for it, but there were some days I would leave and I was like, ‘Lord! Okay, where’s my glass of wine at?'” she exclusively told E! News. “It was taxing on me. Whereas this, I finished yesterday and I was like ‘Oh my gosh, I had fun!'”

Vivica added that she particularly loved interacting with Hunter: “Hunter cracks me up. I like the team; I love working with the team…So to keep on laughing at life and to keep on having fun with these guys would be great.”



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How to Talk Politics So Others Will Listen


When decisions and actions of a significant part of a community are experienced as dangerous, threatening, or unjust by others, that community (or family or nation) is forced to figure out what it stands for. That’s what is going on now in America. Our conversations about how to handle the pandemic and how to come to terms with our nation’s systemic racism are surfacing long-simmering disagreements and resentments about who we are. Social media is ensuring that those issues can’t be pushed back underground and ignored. In order for our nation to survive, we are challenged to find common ground.

Conversations between those with opposing views are not pretty when they devolve into righteous judgmentalism. Facts get lost in the heat of moral debate. A divide widens between people as they trade accusations and defensiveness. Perfectly reasonable people dig in and start saying unreasonable things and behaving in less than reasonable ways. It falls on all of us to keep the conversation going in a productive direction. Like it or not, we are all now involved in redefining the America we live in and the America our children will inherit.

Judging others’ behavior is a normal and useful human behavior. Judgmentalism, however, brings conversation to a screeching halt. There is an important difference between the two. 

We all judge. We have to. Yes, we have to — both as individuals and as a society. In order to navigate the world, in order to make hundreds of decisions a day, in order to get along with others, we are all constantly making judgments. We judge negatively people who violate our personal and community sense of our rights, freedoms, and responsibilities. We judge positively people who behave in ways that we find good, right, and comfortable. But judgments aren’t written in stone. They can be — and must be — changed as we learn more about an issue and redefine what is best for all. 

Judgmentalism, however, is rigid and is usually born of fears. Judgmentalism refers to using judgements to criticize and put down others who don’t share our beliefs and values. Being critical of a person because of their choices or scolding or dismissing them as being unenlightened, stupid, or clueless doesn’t persuade them to adopt another point of view. This is especially true when the person doing the judging takes an ‘I’m morally better than you” stance. It only makes the person doing the judging feel superior and the person being judged feel defensive. It separates people further. 

While talking with others who may not agree, we must ask ourselves how to best use our judgments. Are we using our judgments to shame, blame, and feel superior to individuals or groups? Or are we are using our judgments constructively to guide our own behavior and to educate and positively influence others to make changes for the collective good? 

How to engage in the conversation constructively:

Be clear about your goal: Do you want to move other people toward mutual understanding, or do you want to punish them for their beliefs and behavior? Are you interested in unifying people or perpetuating an “us vs them” situation? Punishing others may feel justified and personally empowering, but it won’t move them to share your point of view. Defining other people as “other” dehumanizes both the judger and the judgee and ensures continued conflict.

Take an emotional step back: We all have reactive feelings when someone seemingly violates our values or invalidates our point of view. In such conversations, take a deep breath and think about how to respond without being defensive. If people express themselves with invective, join the conversation in a way that doesn’t respond in kind. 

Be willing to be wrong: Do you want to be “right” or do you want to have a conversation? There is no place for self-righteousness in a conversation that is intended to bring people together. To argue that you are fundamentally right and they are fundamentally wrong dismisses the other person and their experience. Instead, look for common ground so you can work together to address the problem.

Be curious: Expressing curiosity and interest always works better than expressing anger. When talking to someone who is in pointed disagreement with you, be curious about why they think as they do. You will learn more about them and, often, they will learn more about themselves. You may find a point of agreement to work from.

Be empathic: Someone else’s situation may not let them make the same choices you do. Each of us brings our own past and our present circumstances to the table. Unless we take the time to truly walk in each other’s shoes, we can’t have a respectful discussion.

Don’t assume you know another’s history or even their current efforts: You don’t. Not unless you ask. People are usually more complicated than they seem. They may be on the same side of an issue as you are but much more quietly. They may be using a different vocabulary to express it. They may already be doing what they can in ways that you can’t see or don’t understand. Constructive conversation starts when a person feels seen.

Stick to the facts: Telling or repeating lies or half-truths or promoting unfounded theories doesn’t move a conversation forward. It only makes the other person doubt anything else you have to say. Resist the temptation to believe the opinions of other people, even people you respect, about the issues. Do your homework and do real research. Be willing to change your mind as new facts emerge.

We can’t influence others by judging them harshly. We can be influencers by being tolerant, compassionate champions for a society that is invested in everyone’s well-being. Talk alone won’t do it. As important as it is that they are giving voice to the issues, demonstrations alone won’t do it either. It is by making daily efforts to do what we can when we can to support positive change that we will contribute to our nation’s healing from the effects of both a biological and cultural virus.

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Iran Will Expand Nuclear Program and Won’t Talk to U.S., Ayatollah Says


Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has said in a televised address that Iran will expand its nuclear program and will not negotiate with the United States, doubling down on his defiance of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” policy.

In a Friday speech for the Eid al-Adha holiday, Ayatollah Khamenei said that entering talks with Washington over Iran’s nuclear program, as President Trump has urged Tehran to do, would only improve Mr. Trump’s chances of being re-elected in November. That, the ayatollah said, was Mr. Trump’s reason for suggesting such talks in the first place.

“He is going to benefit from negotiations,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. “This old man who is in charge in America apparently used negotiations with North Korea as propaganda,” he added — a reference to Mr. Trump’s high-profile nuclear diplomacy on another front, which to date has been mostly fruitless.

Ayatollah Khamenei also said that Iran would maintain its close alliances with militia groups in the region that it uses as proxies, defying another demand from the Trump administration.

The Iranian leader was not the first to connect the possibility of talks with the United States to the presidential election. Last month, Mr. Trump said on Twitter that Iran could make a better deal if it did so before November. “Don’t wait until after U.S. Election to make the Big deal,” he wrote. “I’m going to win. You’ll make a better deal now!”

The United States has continued to tighten sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, which have had a crippling effect on the Middle Eastern country’s economy. On Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the State Department would expand the sanctions to cover 22 materials believed to be used in Iran’s nuclear, military and ballistic missile programs.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that Iran would not try to negotiate its way out of the sanctions and that it would be better off relying on its own industrial development. He said the Americans were targeting his country’s economy in the hope that Iranians would rise up against their government, which the ayatollah dismissed as “pipe dreams.”

Mr. Khamenei said that developing the nuclear program was an absolute necessity for Iran’s future. He dismissed the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and several world powers, which Mr. Trump abandoned in 2018, as “very damaging,” saying that Iran had suffered economic setbacks because of it.

Iran has insisted that its nuclear program is meant exclusively for peaceful purposes, but the United States and other countries believe it is pursuing the capacity to build a nuclear weapon.

The Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, who was in charge of the negotiations for Iran, said as recently as last month in Parliament that the negotiating team had Ayatollah Khamenei’s full support and blessing to reach a deal.

The ayatollah, who recently directed his closest economic advisers to cement a 25-year military and economic partnership with China, said in his speech that European countries involved in the nuclear deal were unreliable, and that their attempts to salvage the pact — such as creating a secure financial channel so that Iran could maintain a limited amount of trade — were “useless games.”

Some Iranian officials and analysts have said that Iran’s strategy was to wait out the remainder of Mr. Trump’s term in hopes of a Democratic victory that could revive the deal, which was reached under President Barack Obama.

“Khamenei has always believed that accommodating to one U.S. demand would bring about another demand and another,” said Sina Azodi, a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington. “For him, every solution would bring about another problem.”

But analysts, entrepreneurs and businessmen inside Iran have warned that the economy risks collapse if the current situation continues.

Since the United States pulled out of the nuclear deal in May 2018, Iran’s currency has dropped sharply and inflation has surged. The government said it faced a budget deficit of nearly 30 percent this fiscal year. Oil sales have plummeted from 2.5 million barrels a day to about 300,000, nearly eliminating Iran from the global crude oil market.





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How We Talk About Kanye West Isn’t Working



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It’s been an exhausting Kanye news cycle, but it’s not like any Kanye news cycle is a fun time. Kanye West promised an album that was supposed to arrive today, but as of this writing, no such album materialized. Earlier this month, West announced that he’s running for president, and shortly thereafter gave an extended interview to Forbes where, among other things, he said he is no longer a supporter of Donald Trump.

The Forbes interview, like lots of West’s public outbursts, is incoherent and does not hold together. The rapper moves between promising to run America like Wakanda and saying the reason he had put the MAGA hat on was because he hates “the segregation of votes in the Black community” and likes “Trump hotels and the saxophones in the lobby.” Forbes described the conversation as “four rambling hours of interviews.” Sorry, it didn’t describe it that way — it promoted it that way.

First, let’s get the practicalities out of the way: West has already missed the filing deadline in Texas and is on the verge of missing it in no-big-deal states like, oh, I dunno, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

This past Sunday, he held a last-minute rally in South Carolina in a bid to procure the 10,000 signatures to get on the ballot in that state. He missed the deadline for the signatures, but made news in other ways: An emotional, difficult-to-watch speech made the rounds, in which West cries about stopping his then-girlfriend, now-wife Kim Kardashian West from having an abortion. “You know who else protected a child?” West asks in between sobs. “My mom saved my life. My dad wanted to abort me.”

The whole thing is painful. No one with a modicum of judgment would say that West — shouting “I almost killed my daughter! I love my daughter!” — was doing well. But predictably, the clip that was most shared from the rally was his profoundly outlandish declaration that “Harriet Tubman never freed the slaves. She just had them go work for other white people.”

And viral it went. From NBC to the Washington Post, Billboard to USA Today, news outlets covered it with relish.

There is, of course, a history here: West has long been an object of intrigue, and readers would (and do) click to find out the outrageous thing the outrageous celebrity said this time. But this a relationship that, as Craig Jenkins writes, “needs reform”:

“The lack of context regarding his [bipolar] diagnosis…in coverage…which questions the viability of the presidential bid but never entertains the possibility that the man giving all the outlandish pull quotes might not be doing so well right now, illuminate our inability to step back and ponder the ethics of the internet content mill…”

This is the push and pull that animates coverage of West. In moments when we watch him fall apart in public — tweeting concerning statements then deleting them, crying about his wife not going through with an abortion — coverage of the events has to make an enormous leap between two Kanyes: the man who has shared details about his mental illness and is publicly struggling, and the singular artist whose measured and intentional unravelings have powered brilliant albums.

The whole thing is painful. No one with a modicum of judgment would say that West — shouting “I almost killed my daughter! I love my daughter!” — was doing well.

On Wednesday afternoon, Kim Kardashian West released a statement on Instagram urging for “compassion and empathy” for Kanye. “He is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of having to deal with the pressures of being an artist and a black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother, and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bi-polar disorder,” Kardashian West wrote.

For the past few nights, West has been living in between his deleted tweets. He goes on tweet sprees, only to delete them later. “Kim tried to bring a doctor to lock me up with a doctor,” he posted late Monday night. On Tuesday night, he shared screenshots of him texting Kris Jenner to replies, with the caption, “White supremacy at its highest no cap.” But how do we take a man at his word when we can see enough to know he is going to regret it?

Watching the way West gets talked about is at times sickening and confounding. I’ve never been less sure that he is going to be okay.


The credits for “I Thought About Killing You,” the album opener to Kanye West’s 2018 album Ye, boasts 11 writers and six producers, including West himself. It’s an unsettling and haunting track that features the rapper musing about “premeditated murder.” The second-person perspective throws you off balance: Is he talking to an external “you,” or is it a conversation between the id and the superego in a song about suicide? “I think about killing myself / and I love myself way more than I love you, so…” Kanye recites off the top in a lengthy spoken word portion of the song.

I mention the 11 writers because often when watching Ye move in the world, with all the chaos it invites, we forget that there is a whole economy that goes into the construction of West. Over time, he has cultivated the image of the singular auteur, the artist/genius, the self-made maker, successfully making invisible the machinery that goes into the creation of his best work.

This has plenty of consequences for the way we evaluate West’s art. For one thing, it blurs the line between raw, unprocessed thoughts and the personal excavation and creative process it takes to deal with emotions and turn them into art. “Killing You” comes off as an unfiltered West on a dark day, when it is the meticulous construction of a cabal of writers in the room.

The darkness looms on Ye, like in the album’s second track, “Yikes.” “Shit could get menacing, frightening, find help,” West chillingly sings in a frantic song about a bad trip, and you believe him. The song ends in an elevated state, with West screaming, “That’s my bipolar, nigga, what? / That’s my superpower, nigga, ain’t no disability.” Here, he is referencing a diagnosis he’s talked about often. But “Yikes” has even more writers credited than “Killing You” — 13 writers (including a writing credit to Drake for a verse that was cut from the album).

Eleven writers here, 13 writers there, and soon you have a whole invisible lab whose job is the creation of Kanye West the Genius. But a larger consequence of forgetting the scaffolding that goes into this creation is that we lose the tools to distinguish between Kanye the lone creator and Kanye the lonely broken person. The two become conflated. So every time West is messy in public, we are flung into turmoil. What do we make of the man who so lucidly processes his own life, now saying absurd things in public?

The truth is you have to be rather callous to laugh at the unwell person in front of you. But you don’t need that callousness when you imagine it’s the West who knows what he’s doing, the West who is immensely capable of processing his pain. We forget the gulf between the human and the product, and this is a disservice to West and a disservice to us.


Everything I know about West’s mental health and inner pain has been told by the artist himself, an amalgam of the songs he has released since the death of his mother, Donda West, in 2007, and the interviews he has given.

I am not a mental health professional, and I will not play armchair psychologist. What I will do is offer a professional journalistic opinion, which is that almost none of the public writing about West properly wrestles with the weight of his personal traumas and mental health diagnosis.

West blames himself for the death of his mother, who died after complications from cosmetic surgery. I do not have to guess at this: He said it himself in 2015, and in even starker terms. An interviewer asked West what he had to sacrifice for his success. “My mom,” West responded. “If I hadn’t moved to LA, she would be alive.”

In 2016, around the ninth anniversary of Donda’s death, West was admitted to UCLA Medical Center after what was referred to as a “psychiatric emergency.” The narrative was that the breakdown was triggered by West being unable to move past blaming himself for Donda’s death. The breakdown came a month after West cut a Saint Pablo Tour concert short after finding out Kardashian West had been robbed at gunpoint in Paris — while he was onstage.

Almost none of the public writing about West properly wrestles with the weight of his personal traumas and mental health diagnosis.

That moment should’ve changed how we talk about West. His mental health was so poor that it should’ve immediately invited deep soul searching about…



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The Chicks Talk ‘Awkward, Uncomfortable’ Lady A Name Change Lawsuit


Speaking out. The Chicks, formerly known as The Dixie Chicks, opened up about the other band who changed their name amid the Black Lives Matter movement: Lady A, formerly known as Lady Antebellum.

“I think it was good. It was news to us that they had gotten that trademark, what, six years ago or something,” The Chicks singer Natalie Maines said during the Tuesday, July 21, episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. “I wasn’t up to speed on what they were doing. I think it was the right move.”

Maines, 54, also addressed the current lawsuit that Lady A, which consists of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, is going through with blues singer Anita “Lady A” White.

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“I think it’s been very awkward and uncomfortable to have this whole lawsuit and it’s kind of going against the point of changing their name,” she stated.

On June 11, the band posted via Instagram that they had decided to change their name, dropping the Antebellum.

“After much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer and many honest conversations with some of our closest Black friends and colleagues, we have decided to drop the word ‘antebellum’ from our name and move forward as Lady A, the nickname our fans gave us almost from the start,” the trio shared on June 11. “When we set out together almost 14 years ago, we named our band after the southern ‘antebellum’ style home where we took our first photos. … We are regretful and embarrassed to say that we did not take into account the associations that weigh down this word referring to the period of history before The Civil War, which includes slavery. We are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused and for anyone who has felt unsafe, unseen or unvalued.”

One day later, White spoke out against the name change. “This is my life. Lady A is my brand, I’ve used it for over 20 years, and I’m proud of what I’ve done,” the Seattle-based artist told Rolling Stone. “This is too much right now.”

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The band and the blues singer spoke via a Zoom chat on June 15, both parties revealed via Instagram at the time. “Today, we connected privately with the artist Lady A. Transparent, honest, and authentic conversations were had,” the band posted. “We are excited to share we are moving forward with positive solutions and common ground. The hurt is turning into hope.”

However, things changed. On June 16, White claimed that she received an agreement and that the Nashville-based band is “trying to erase” her. On July 9, the seven-time Grammy winners confirmed they were filing a lawsuit.

“Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended. She and her team have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that we need to ask a court to affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years,” they said in a statement to Us. “We hope Anita and the advisers she is now listening to will change their minds about their approach. We can do so much more together than in this dispute.”

White later slammed the band, telling Us that they have “used their wealth and influence to intimidate and bully me into submission without offering any real recompense for appropriating my name.”

The suit is still ongoing.

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Nick Cannon’s Talk Show Will Not Premiere in 2020 After Scandal


Despite his firing from Viacom, Nick Cannon still had his talk show to look forward to, but plans for the series are on hold after the TV host made anti-Semitic comments on his podcast.

“The ‘Nick Cannon’ talk show will not debut this year,” Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury, the producer and distributor of the nationally syndicated talk show, said in a statement to Us Weekly on Friday, July 17. “After conversations with Nick, we do believe that his public comments don’t reflect his true feelings and his apology is heartfelt and sincere. We want to continue the healing process as he meets with leaders of the Jewish community and engages in a dialogue with our distribution partners to hear their views. We are standing by Nick in our hope that by fall 2021 he will be able to use his extraordinary talent and platform to entertain, enlighten and unite his audience on the ‘Nick Cannon’ talk show.”

The statement concluded: “Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury condemn anti-Semitism, racism and hate speech. It runs counter to everything we stand for.”

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The postponement is the latest in a series of blows for Cannon, 39, who was let go from ViacomCBS on Tuesday, July 14, after he discussed anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and made anti-Semitic remarks on a June episode of his “Cannon’s Class” podcast.

The actor initially demanded an apology from the company and ownership of Wild n’ Out, of which he has been the host and executive producer since 2005. However, he expressed remorse for his behavior on Wednesday, July 15.

“I extend my deepest and most sincere apologies to my Jewish sisters and brothers for the hurtful and divisive words that came out of my mouth during my interview with Richard Griffin,” he told Us in a statement. “They reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and magnificent people, and I feel ashamed of the uninformed and naïve place that these words came from.”

Cannon added that “this is only the beginning of my education” on the matter. “I am committed to deeper connections, more profound learning and strengthening the bond between our two cultures today and every day going forward.”

Meanwhile, Fox announced on Wednesday that the comedian will remain the host of The Masked Singer.

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Psych 2 Stars Talk Bringing Lassie Home and Growing Up at Least a Little Bit


Along with paying tribute to Detective Lassiter, Psych 2 features an unexpected amount of growing up—or attempts at growing up—that the cast say will hopefully allow the movies to keep coming. 

“It says so much about the writers that over time we can still stay Psych…We’re all still growing together very much, our characters are still growing together, and I think we play that,” Lawson says. “I think there’s a lot of life stuff happening, especially in this movie with Tim, and not shying away from the emotion of that, but still also all of us being, you know, Shawn, Gus, Juliet. We have a long way to go still, which is why we hope we have more movies. But I love that we’re following that and playing into that while still staying true to our characters.” 

“I don’t know if this would able to go on for this long if there wasn’t some evolving happening,” adds Hill. “If we still were doing the same thing from the first eight episodes of Psych, I don’t know if we’d have gone through eight seasons, and I definitely don’t think we’d have gone through two Psych movies. I think that’s part of the joy, seeing where these people grow too, while our audience grows and expands. 



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16 Wild Secrets Famous Women Confessed On Talk Shows


Remember when Cher admitted she got arrested at 11 years old for driving a car? Same.

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When Tiffany Haddish went on The Tonight Show and told Jimmy Fallon she “killed” an older man at a bar mitzvah while working as an entertainment performer.

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When Billie Eilish played a game of “True Confessions” and revealed she once farted in her best friend’s mouth.

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When Mila Kunis let the world know the real size of Ashton Kutcher’s penis during a game of “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts.”

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When Amy Schumer told this truly riveting story about stealing Katie Couric’s phone at an event and texting Couric’s boyfriend something VERY wild.

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When Gabourey Sidibe shared that she used to moonlight as a phone sex operator before becoming an actor.

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And when Leslie Jones revealed she was a telemarketer for Scientology before making it big.

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When Madonna was open as hell about her sex life during a game of “Never Have I Ever.”

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When Jennifer Lawrence shared this behind-the-scenes secret about her time filming The Hunger Games.

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When Jennifer Lopez got real and admitted she snuck a man into her house to have sex without her kiddos knowing.

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When Cher told the most Cher story on The Graham Norton Show about getting arrested at 11 years old.

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When Viola Davis confessed she used to travel around the US with two large bags: one filled with old love letters by her ex-boyfriends, and another filled with receipts for people she lent money to.

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When we learned the variety of snacks Rihanna needed to have backstage at Ellen, and she rightfully didn’t apologize.

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When Carrie Fisher confessed on the Late Show with David Letterman that she had an acid problem as a teen, and Old Hollywood star Cary Grant called her up and talked her through it.


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When Rita Moreno didn’t hold anything back on The Wendy Williams Show about her relationship with Marlon Brando, and how she slept with Elvis Presley to make Brando jealous.

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When Katharine Hepburn revealed that she broke into houses as a teenager and even stole a thing or two.

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And when Cardi B revealed to Jimmy Fallon she wanted to have a threesome with Rihanna and Chrissy Teigen.

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Tom Brady shows he’s human as Tiger Woods backs up trash talk at ‘Champions for Charity’ golf match


On Sunday at Medalist Golf Club in Florida, Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning faced off against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in “The Match: Champions for Charity.” The goal was to raise more than $10 million for Covid-19-related causes which provide relief for frontline workers, small businesses, and those in desperate need of food as a result of the pandemic.

Mother Nature didn’t play by the rules early on. Torrential rain at the start of the event dampened the excitement and limited the trash talk but, to the players’ credit, the weather didn’t deter them from the job at hand. Proof that the greatest don’t become great without learning how to navigate adversity.

Within the first 30 minutes of the broadcast, more than $1.5 million in additional charitable donations had been raised.

Millions tuned in hoping to get inside the minds of the illustrious foursome. Woods and Mickelson are familiar foes, with Woods besting his compatriot over the majority of their respective careers. Manning went 6-11 against Brady during his time in the NFL.

The quarterbacks were nervous to start and found it difficult on one of the toughest courses in the country.

Woods debuted his signature Sunday red at his home golf course. He came into ‘The Match’ with hundreds of rounds at the private club under his belt, and his experience showed.

Woods and Manning read a putt on the sixth green during The Match: Champions For Charity at Medalist Golf Club.

Woods’ ease was delightfully juxtaposed by the play of the greatest quarterback in the history of American football, Tom Brady, who quickly became the focal point through the first nine holes.

The ultra-exclusive, and incredibly challenging, Medalist made the otherworldly quarterback look refreshingly human, as he struggled to find the fairway. Brady was the butt of the joke (quite literally when his pants split down the back) until the six-time Super Bowl winner holed-out from the fairway on the Par-5 7th hole in the greatest moment of the event.

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To be fair, Brady has had less time to practice his swing than Manning, who is good friends with Woods and has played multiple rounds at the venue in the past.

Known for his maniacal preparation, Woods joked earlier in the week that Manning approached the contest like he was playing Brady and the rest of the New England Patriots, relentlessly sending Woods different videos of his game, asking for things to work on, and requesting drills from golf’s greatest player to make sure he was ready to go.

The homework seemed to pay off, as Manning was masterful on the par 3’s with his irons and stayed consistent for the majority of the day.

For golf enthusiasts craving quality insights, Mickelson committed to narrating the day in detail.

He used the cameras mounted to the players personalized golf carts to his advantage — providing constant feedback and urging much needed dialogue between the competitors.

Later, Mickelson also proved to be a valuable coach to his teammate, walking him through each putt and trying to keep his confidence up while the NFL star struggled.

As expected, Charles Barkley was an asset to the broadcast, most notably in prompting trash talk between the foursome. His natural curiosity and affable personality brought the best out of the high-profile athletes.

Mickelson and Brady on the 13th green.
“I’ve learned something through this pandemic, we need sports, man,” Barkley told CNN last week. “Are they the most important thing in the world? Not even close. But the one thing they do, they take your mind off of all the other stuff going on in the world.”

The back-nine featured an alternate-shot format and, after a beautiful drive off the tee on the par 4 11th from Mickelson, Brady finished the hole with an eagle putt to get the duo back in the game.

The pair punctuated their celebration with an “air high-five,” a brief but stark reminder of why they were there in the first place — to help those affected most by the coronavirus.

“There are so many people struggling all over the world. I was born in South Africa and I’m always paying attention to the events that are happening around the world, particularly in South Africa where I’m from,” said 2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman, who was Barkley’s co-analyst.

President Trump praises live golf event and says sport returning is good for country's 'psyche'

“This pandemic has been so brutal for so many people globally. I’ve always been struck by how Americans are willing to jump behind a charity. They are willing to jump in and raise funds for people that are struggling. It never ceases to amaze me how great Americans are at doing that. At the end of the day, you’ve got $10 million-plus dollars being raised in a single afternoon.”

As millions of dollars continued to pour in from celebrity donations and corporate contributions, the rain came again midway through the back nine. In an engaging twist, it seemed to add to the drama, with the competitive fire between the four superstars burning brightest in the final few holes.

The intensity picked up on the par-3 16th, with a big putt from Mickelson cutting Woods and Peyton’s lead to one. In the end, the event ended as many thought it might — with the putter in Woods’ hand on 18 to seal the win for him and Manning.

Despite less than ideal playing conditions, the broadcast found a way to showcase some great trash talk, highlight a strong competitive undertone, and raise a total of $20 million for charity. All things considered, the event was a rain-soaked success.

“Knowing that $20 million was raised is amazing,” Manning told TNT after the event. “It was an honor to be invited to this, and it’s something I will always remember and cherish.”



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Democratic congressional leaders shut down talk of censuring Trump


“We have impeached the President,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, said to a group of reporters in advance of the President’s State of the Union address. “Our house has spoken.”

As she started to make the case that Republican senators — led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky — wouldn’t go for the option anyway, Schumer finished the thought.

“Mitch McConnell — we cannot bring it up in the Senate trial,” the New York Democrat said. “He has the ability to bring it up afterwards. He won’t. But for most of us, and just about all of us, he should be convicted and we don’t want a halfway measure.”

Schumer continued, “I think the reason McConnell doesn’t want to bring it on the floor is our Republican colleagues — so many of them — are so afraid of even saying he was wrong that they don’t want to have a vote on it.”

The response to the censure proposal has been mostly negative — and from both parties.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a moderate who voted to add witnesses in the impeachment trial, threw cold water on moving forward on censure, saying the House should have started with that.

“I considered censure. If the House had started with a censure resolution, instead of leaping to impeachment and shortcutting the process and skipping over judicial adjudication, it’s something I would have looked at,” Collins said. “At this point, the fact is the President has been impeached — and only (the) third president to actually be impeached in history — both Republican senators such as myself and Democratic senators have criticized his conduct, strikes me as a reprimand.”

“Zero,” said Republican Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana when asked if there was any appetite for the proposal.

The comments from the top Democrats in Congress follow a proposal from Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate from West Virginia, who floated the idea of censuring Trump for his behavior outlined in the articles of impeachment, the argument being a bipartisan group of senators would be willing to vote for censuring Trump as opposed to removing him from office.

“Censure would allow this body to unite across party lines and as an equal branch of government to formally denounce the President’s actions and hold him accountable,” Manchin said in a speech from the Senate floor Monday, where he unveiled his resolution text to censure Trump.

Manchin acknowledged to reporters earlier Tuesday that his censure resolution faces slim chances because he would need an agreement from McConnell to get a floor vote, something that likely won’t happen.

“That’s a shame,” he said, adding that he would still “see what the mood is after Wednesday.”



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