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Fox Business Network has severed ties with primetime host Trish Regan, who sparked controversy after claiming that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic was an “impeachment scam” around two weeks ago.
“Fox Business has parted ways with Trish Regan,” the network said in a statement. “We thank her for her contributions to the network over the years and wish her continued success in her future endeavors. We will continue our reduced live primetime schedule for the foreseeable future in an effort to allocate staff resources to continuous breaking news coverage on the coronavirus crisis.”
The network's decision stemmed from an early March segment on “Trish Regan Primetime,” the television host's now-defunct show, where Regan told a multitude of lies about the virus. Regan alleged that Democrats were singularly blaming President Donald Trump for the virus and that Democrats and left-wingers had a “need to create mass hysteria to encourage a market selloff” and “stop the economy,” all while a large graphic titled “CORONAVIRUS IMPEACHMENT SCAM” was displayed onscreen.
Regan announced that her show had been placed on hiatus on March 13, the day she hosted her final show. Regan is one of several Fox personalities and guests who have recently lied and downplayed the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic.
Fox News host Jeanine Pirro downplayed the virus' deadliness in early March, while network host Laura Ingraham, who previously taunted school shooting survivor David Hogg, then 17, for getting rejected from colleges, promoted unproven drugs in response to the pandemic. Sean Hannity previously referred to the coronavirus as a “hoax.” Conservative personality and university heir Jerry Falwell Jr. recently promoted a conspiracy theory on Fox and Friends that the coronavirus was co-created by North Korea and China to assault the United States and, like Regan, suggested that media coverage of the pandemic was politically motivated.
Though Regan's comments about the coronavirus generated particularly strong pushback, they weren't the first time that the television host had generated controversy. Regan's prior segments included accusations that Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault claims against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh were politically motivated and a suggestion that Ilhan Omar D-Minnesota — a favorite target for racist attacks by Trump and other prominent conservatives — was antisemitic.
Regan, who joined Fox in 2015, also aired a variety of interviews with conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, who has actively promoted the birther conspiracies about President Barack Obama's citizenship, during her time at the network.
“I have enjoyed my time at FOX and now intend to focus on my...
Once again, Last Week Tonight came from what John Oliver likes to call the “empty white void” to shed more light on how certain people in leadership positions in our country are handling the coronavirus outbreak. Spoiler alert: some of them are doing a good job while others, well, not so much.
After giving us a taste of Jeremy Renner’s album “The Medicine” he started off by saying, “I hate this moment in human history so much.”
Earlier this week, Donald Trump said that the White House is projecting 100,000-240,000 deaths due to the coronavirus in the next two weeks. Besides leading disease forecasters being mystified by these numbers, Trump somehow tried to spin the numbers as a good job on his part because it’s not millions. Oliver said it’s the most callous way to minimize the death of Americans as much as possible.
Oliver points out that the federal response has been actively making things worse such as the botched rollout in testing and putting the responsibility on the states for supplies. Jared Kushner, who Oliver referred to as an alt-right Pinocchio, said during a press conference that states — many of which are in badly need of supplies — should not count on the federal stockpile of supplies. Or as he referred to them: “our stockpiles”.
Nonetheless, Oliver praised the work of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during the crisis. On the flip side, he addressed the more irresponsible handling from other governors including Georgia’s Brian Kemp who didn’t realize that there are asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 even though most of us have known since February. Meanwhile, Alabama’s Kay Ivey refused to implement a stay at home order because they aren’t California or New York even though the growth rate of the coronavirus in Alabama is higher than California.
“I’ll give her this… Alabama isn’t California or New York,” said Oliver. “It is, of course, Alabama, a state whose flag says ‘we’re working on it’; whose seal says ‘This is where Alabama is’ and its facts page on 50 states.com is 50 facts about Indiana.”
Of all of the governors, Oliver calls out Florida’s Ron DeSantis as the worst. The state saw an explosion of cases throughout March, which is alarming considering 1 in 5 of its residents are over the age of 65, which is a high-risk age for COVID-19. DeSantis said that he would only issue a statewide stay-at-home order if the president told him. “When he did the right thing, he fucked it up,” said Oliver.
DeSantis exempted churches on bans of large gatherings and exempted them from social distancing requirements. Oliver said DeSantis made it...
On Wednesday night, I was lying in bed watching television something I've grown far more accustomed to over the last few weeks, tuned into The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. There's Colbert, sitting in some rag-tag, do-it-yourself office he's constructed at home, on a video conference call with Ryan Reynolds. Now, for whatever reason, Colbert has been a better interviewer in this setting. He's loose. He's more himself. In front of a live audience, I think Colbert has it in his head that he still owes the audience a taste of the more sarcastic Colbert character from his old show. But here, at his home, we are getting this warm, comforting presence — which is very appealing right now. And this results in his interviews being a little more slapdash, in a positive way. Just about any topic could be brought up. On Monday, there's John Oliver conferencing in, looking kind of hilariously glum, which is refreshing because we all feel glum right now. On Tuesday night it resulted in Daniel Radcliffe — after dealing with audio issues, that were also fascinating — showing off his Jurassic Park LEGO set. On Wednesday, somehow, it led to Colbert telling some wild story about his first audition being for the role of Screech Powers on Saved by the Bell, which seemed to tickle Ryan Reynolds to no end.
It's been like this on most of the late night shows right now. And I'm sure if you ask each of the hosts individually, they'll say something like, “Oh, we are doing the best we can under the circumstances, but we can't wait to get back to our respective studios.” But the weird thing is, late night television is outstanding right now. I can't remember a time in recent memory in which I enjoyed it more. It's making the host rely on individual personality overproduction. It's like getting a concentrated dose of the hosts themselves, as opposed to an over-produced bonanza where each night feels the same.
Over the weekend, feeling nostalgic, I was watching clips of old Late Night with David Letterman. I eventually clicked on a full episode and I watched the whole thing. It's the one where Dave welcomed both Sonny Bono and Cher this isn't the one where Cher calls Dave an asshole, that was before. This episode was famous for Dave convincing the former husband and wife to sing “I Got You Babe.” So, there are a few interesting things going on here. The song was not planned. Now, I know today when stuff like this happens, it's presented like it's not planned, but it's always planned. Here, it's very obvious this was something the Late Night people had come up with right before taping and hadn't gotten Cher's approval. It's fascinating television. And when Cher finally agrees Sonny had agreed before the show started, the song is both magical and kind of terrible because it...
Disney+ may benefit from further delays with the studio's theatrical releases as more movies may be going directly to the streaming service in the future. This, according to former Disney CEO and current Executive Chairman Bob Iger. It was recently revealed that Artemis Fowl will debut on Disney+ sometime this year, skipping a theatrical release. As Iger explains, that may not be the only title to make the move from theatrical to streaming, but don't expect to see it happen with the studio's upcoming tentpole releases.
Given what's going on in the world right now, most movie theaters are shut down entirely and virtually all major releases through June have been delayed. Some have wondered if Disney might put movies like Black Widow or Mulan on Disney+ instead. While that won't be happening, Bob Iger isn't ruling out other movies making the shift. Here's what Iger had to say about it in a recent interview.'There are some we've decided to put on Disney+. We already announced one, Artemis Fowl, that would have been released in theaters. Others we've simply delayed. In some cases we've moved things onto Disney+ faster than we would have. Frozen 2 was one of them, but Onward would be the biggest example. It was in theaters when this happened.' 'We moved to a pay-per-view period for a couple of weeks where people could buy it and own it. And then we ended up putting it on Disney+. In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we'll simply wait for slots. In some cases we've announced new ones already, but later on in the calendar.'
There is a lot to unpack here. Black Widow and several other delayed movies were recently given new release dates as Disney reshuffled its 2020/2021 calendar. Black Widow and other big-budget tentpoles stand to make far more money in theaters, even with a relatively uncertain future ahead, than they could possibly generate via streaming. So putting movies like them directly on Disney+ doesn't make that much business sense.
In the meantime, taking riskier projects such as Artemis Fowl and giving Disney+ subscribers something flashy and exclusive is helpful. But what other movies might fit the bill for streaming debuts? The New Mutants perhaps? Whatever the case, as Bob Iger points out, the studio is content to wait until things return to normal. Disney, more than any other studio in Hollywood, is capable of raking in big dollars at the box office. So this truly isn't that surprising.
Other studios, on the other hand, may see value in doing a VOD/Digital release. Universal kicked that door wide open a couple of weeks back by putting recent releases such as The Invisible Man and The Hunt online. Trolls: World Tour, which was destined for theaters, will arrive digitally this month. Disney has not yet set a premiere date for Artemis Fowl, but it's...
Kristen Bell and Jimmy Fallon performed a mash-up of Disney songs during Tuesday's Tonight Show.
Fallon opened the segment by performing "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Pinocchio.
They quickly transitioned into singing "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" before "The Bare Necessities" from The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid's "Under the Sea" and "A Whole New World" from Aladdin.
Both Bell and Fallon later sang in o tones to take on "Beauty and the Beast." Fallon interrupted Bell's performance to sing parts of Frozen's "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" and together they segued into the sequel's "Into the Unknown."
Stephen Colbert declared in his opening monologue titled "Don and the Giant Impeach": "It's finally here, it's finally arrived. The first day of live impeachment hearings. It's what we've been praying for since the beginning of the Trump presidency: the end of the Trump presidency." He continued to say that today's live testimony was as dramatic as it was historic, joking, "It was the biggest ratings hit for C-SPAN 3 since Drunk History, starring Brett Kavanaugh."
Trevor Noah's focus was on diplomat George Kent. "For the first day of the public hearings, the Democrats chose to call two witnesses, Bill Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, senior official and townsperson in a 1950s musical," said the host.
Noah zeroed in on one moment. "Hmm. Unexplainable, illogical, crazy. That's the description Bill Taylor gave of Trump's actions. It's also the title of Trump's new memoir." He showed a graphic of a picture book emblazoned with the title Unexplainable, Illogical, Crazy by Donald Trump.
Meyers devoted a "Closer Look" segment to the impeachment hearing, noting that this is the fourth time Congress has launched public impeachment proceedings against a sitting president. "And that is not the club you want to be in," he said. "There are two presidents who have actually gotten impeached [Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton] and the third, Richard Nixon, who was so desperate to avoid it, he quit first. Remember the famous shot of Nixon getting in the helicopter? If that had been Trump, the secret service would have to tie him to the helicopter by his leg and air-lifted him out."
Touching on the evidence laid out by Adam Schiff, Meyers highlighted a crucial point: "The facts in the present inquiry are not seriously contested." Meyers said, "They've basically admitted to all of it," adding that there are detailed documents where Trump says to Ukraine officials, "I have a favor to ask ... " and that Giuliani has done multiple interviews where he "shows off his communications" with Trump officials on his phone and iPad on national television.
Jimmy Kimmel gave his viewers a recap of the impeachment hearing, noting that California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes "was much more interested in defending the president than in getting the facts." While showing clips from Nunes' statement, the show added a MAGA cowboy-styled hat to Nunes' head.
"This is a stressful day for the president. The Popeyes near the White House, they had to waive their two chicken sandwiches per person limit today for him," joked Kimmel.
The host added that Trump called the hearing a "joke" and a "hoax" and also claimed he didn't watch it. "A White House spokesperson said the president was too busy working. He might as well have said he was at a Zumba class," said Kimmel.
Jimmy Fallon reprised his Trump impression to host Impeachment After Dark Live."I thought this whole impeachment thing would go away by now, like a common cold or a second wife," Fallon said as Trump. "And worse, now you can't even get the truth from shows like Fox and Frenemies."
Tony Hale also made a cameo in the sketch as his character Gary from Veep. After Fallon asked his assistant for water, Gary handed him a bottle of Diet Coke.
Conan O'Brien joked that the Conan team didn't write any comedy that day because they were so invested in the hearing. The host said that Trump claimed to be cleaning out his desk instead of watching the hearing. "He has just a bunch of Burger King Crowns that came with the meal," O'Brien joked about what was in Trump's desk.
O'Brien added that some people believe that the "damning" new evidence against Trump could end his presidency, though he cut himself off and said, "Wait, I'm sorry. This joke is from two years ago."
"That joke is also from one year ago. And six months ago," he said. "We've used that cue card 15 times."
Samantha Bee also touched on the impeachment hearing during Full Frontal. "I can't wait to finally eat a piece of the impeachment cake I baked three years ago," she said. After Bee shared clips of Trump stating that he didn't watch the hearings, she mocked, "Oh, you were having hearings? I didn't even see them. I just watched them and heard them and anyways, whatever, you're too ugly to be on TV."
James Corden admitted he found the hearing "a little confusing at times." Many people, including Eric Trump, took to Twitter to call the hearings boring. "He does know that 'boring' is not the same as 'wrong,' right?" asked Corden. "When there is a murder trial and an expert witness is presenting detailed evidence, the judge doesn't go, 'Boring!'"
Kristin Davis put her Sex and the City memory to the test when she stopped by Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen on Monday.
Sarah Jessica Parker called in to ask Davis "a real brain teaser" question. "I'm gonna focus it on food because that's basically what we talked about all the time," Parker said. "Get in your little time machine. I want you to go back to Morocco to the set of when we were doing Sex and the City 2 and I'm gonna ask you what did we eat every day at 11:30?"
Davis enthusiastically answered that they would eat "the tomato sandwiches from the crafty, but we had to walk a really long way."
Parker said she was correct and added that she also ate "a particular delicious ham baguette every day."
The actress later revealed if she thought that Carrie should have ended up with Chris Noth's Mr. Big or John Corbett's Aidan. "I love John Corbett so, so much, but I do think she was meant for Big," she answered.
Conan O'Brien, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to former NBC Late Night executive Rick Ludwin on their shows Monday night. Ludwin ran specials and late-night programming at NBC for over 30 years. He died Sunday after a brief illness. He was 71. His time at NBC spanned the early days of Saturday Night Liveand iterations of TheTonight Showhosted by Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. He also worked on the Late Nightfranchise with David Letterman, O'Brien and Fallon. Additionally, he commissioned and famously backed Seinfeldwhile other NBC executives speculated about whether the "show about nothing" could actually be a contender.
O'Brien remembered Ludwin by sharing that the executive was supportive of the host when he took over Late Night in 1993. "I had a very rocky start. Pretty much everyone at the network thought that I should be canceled, but one executive disagreed and that was Rick Ludwin," he said. "Rick argued passionately for me with the network and he helped keep me on the air during those first two years."
The host added that Ludwin stuck by him during "the Tonight Show fiasco." "After I ended up here at TBS, Rick was a regular visitor and he remained a loyal friend to our show. Always very encouraging and full of great stories," he said.