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2017 Emmy Awards: Donald Glover wins 2 Emmys for 'Atlanta,' makes history

Donald Glover took home two Emmys on Sunday night: one for best comedic actor and one for directing in a comedic series for his FX series, “Atlanta.”

>> PHOTOS: 2017 Emmy Awards red carpet

The latter Emmy was groundbreaking: He is the first black director to ever win in that category.

>> PHOTOS: 2017 Emmy Awards show

The episode he directed that won the Emmy featured Paper Boi on a Charlie Rose-type talk show. It was a "show within a show" with fake ads inserted, as well.

Glover, at the dais after winning best comedic actor, joked that President Donald Trump should take credit in his win for helping make black people “No. 1 on the most oppressed list.”

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The last black actor to win an Emmy in that category was Robert Guillaume in 1985 for “Benson.”

>> 2017 Emmy Awards: ‘The Handmaids Tale,’ ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Veep’ take top prizes; complete winner list

The second season of “Atlanta” is in pre-production and should return in 2018. It debuted last year. The reason there are no new episodes in 2017 is Glover’s busy schedule, which includes starring in the “Star Wars” Han Solo project.

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“Atlanta” did not win best comedic series. That went to HBO’s “Veep” for the third year in a row. And Glover lost in writing to Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe for Netflix’s “Master of None.”

>> Stephen Colbert invited a special guest to the Emmys stage

Also, Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” also shot in Atlanta, didn’t win best drama. Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale” took home the prize in a competitive field that also included Netflix’s “The Crown” and HBO’s “Westworld.”

Kathie Lee Gifford mourns death of her mother, Joan Epstein

Joan Epstein, the mother of veteran TV host Kathie Lee Gifford, has died at the age of 87. Gifford confirmed the news in a statement to fans Tuesday night on Twitter.

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“My precious mother, JOANNIE went home to JESUS & my DADDY this morning. We praise God for His promise of eternal life & we thank God for her,” Gifford wrote.

>> See the tweet here

During Gifford's time on the "Today" show, Epstein often stopped by the studio to share some of her favorite recipes.

Gifford’s daughter, Cassidy, also shared a post in honor of her late grandmother.

“Jesus & Pop Pop are much cooler, anyhow and I know they’re both smiling now that they have you back… so until we meet again, love you to heaven, Cuddles,” she wrote.

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Gifford’s “Today” co-host, Hoda Kotb, had kind words to share on Instagram about “sweet Joanie.”

“We will miss you sweet Joannie xoxoxo,” Kotb wrote.

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Gifford’s father, Aaron Epstein, died in 2002.

(H/T "Today")

White House: ESPN host Jemele Hill's anti-Trump tweets are a 'fireable offense'

ESPN personality Jemele Hill came after President Donald Trump in recent tweets calling him a "white supremacist," and now the Trump administration is firing back.

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At a press briefing Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed Hill's comments. 

“I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN,” Sanders said.

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Sanders added that she’s not sure whether Trump knows of Hill's tweets.

Hill wrote Monday on Twitter: "Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists. The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it's of no threat to you. Well, it's a threat to me."

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She added: "Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period."

Read her full remarks here.

On Tuesday, ESPN publicly reprimanded Hill and apologized for her comments in a statement posted on Twitter.

“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN,” the statement read. “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”

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(H/T Sports Illustrated)

Larry King reveals lung cancer surgery

Talk show host Larry King said he was diagnosed with lung cancer during a routine visit to the doctor, Us Weekly reported.

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The early diagnosis allowed King, 83, to have surgery and recover from the cancer.

"I go for my checkup and they say, 'Let's do a chest X-ray,’ and the doctor said to me, 'Something looks funny,'" King told Us Weekly. “They said the spot looked pretty small. ... I then did a CAT scan, then a PET scan and then he said to me, ‘You have lung cancer, but it looks very small, in the beginning stages.’”

King underwent surgery on July 17 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Us Weekly reported.

"The doctor said to me, 'It was malignant but you were in the first stage,”’ King said. “‘If it had stayed and we didn't find it, you would have had trouble in two or three years, but we got it and you were lucky.’”

After a two-week recovery, King returned to work. 

"They showed me my latest chest X-ray, which is all clear," he says. "It was fun to see where that spot was and there is no spot now. They took off 20 percent of the lung."

King has had several health issues through the years. He had a heart attack in February 1987 and had bypass surgery 10 months later after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Then, in his 70s, he found out that he had prostate cancer, which was treated with radiation and did not require surgery.

King hasn't smoked since his heart attack, but the doctor told him that tobacco from 30 years ago is still related to his lung cancer.

“Larry King Now,” which just began its sixth season, airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at www.ora.tv/LarryKingNow

King doesn't have any plans to slow down. 

. "I will probably die on the air. I have beaten so many things health-wise to feel this good now. I have no plans to retire," he told Us Weekly. "I've never, ever felt better than I do now."

ESPN apologizes after Jemele Hill calls Trump a 'white supremacist'

ESPN anchor Jemele Hill may find herself in hot water with the network after she called President Donald Trump a "white supremacist" on Twitter.

"Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists," she wrote Monday. "The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it's of no threat to you. Well, it's a threat to me."

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She added: "Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period."

Her tweets quickly went viral. Read her full remarks below:

The network released an apology, which was shared by ESPN PR on Twitter:

“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN,” the statement read. “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”

>> Read the statement here

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Alton Brown bringing back 'Good Eats' in 2018

Atlanta food guru Alton Brown is bringing a revamped version of his “Good Eats” show back to the Food Network in 2018.

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“We’re restarting it. We’re bringing it back,” Brown told a cheering, standing-room-only Dragon Con audience in downtown Atlanta on Sunday. “We’re getting the band back together!”

He dubbed it “Return of the Eats.” The show will air for 30 minutes, like the original. Additional scenes will be available online.

The first generation “Good Eats” aired for 14 seasons, over 244 episodes, on the Food Network from 1999 to 2011. It was one of the few shows shot out of Atlanta in its early days, long before tax incentives came into play. His quirky, nerd-like obsession with food and his scientific approach toward everything from eggs to beef created a devoted following.

Brown has been a staple on the Food Network for years on shows such as “Iron Chef America” and “Cutthroat Kitchen.”

Lucky Yates, a regular character on the original “Good Eats,” said that he’s “absolutely thrilled to don the ol’ Dungeon Master’s robe again.”

'Peppa Pig' episode banned in Australia

An episode of the popular children’s show “Peppa Pig” was pulled off the air for a second time in Australia as some viewers complained it encouraged children to play with dangerous spiders, The Guardian reported.

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“Mister Skinny Legs,” a 2004 episode, was removed from online publication by the national public broadcaster, the ABC, in 2012 for sending the “inappropriate” message that spiders were friendly and not to be feared.

In the offending episode, Daddy Pig tells a frightened Peppa that spiders are “very, very small” and “can’t hurt you” after a spider enters her room.

That was considered “inappropriate for Australian audiences,” and the ABC banned it.

On Aug. 25, the episode was aired again on Nick Jr, a children’s channel affiliated with Nickelodeon and available on the Australian pay TV service Foxtel.

A Sydney woman identified as Jess told Fairfax Media she complained to Nick Jr. The channel initially refused to pull the episode, saying Mister Skinny Legs “did not look real.”

Australia’s dangerous spider species include the venomous redback spider, the funnel-web spider, white-tailed spider and wolf-spider, according to the Australian Museum. An estimated 2,000 people are bitten each year by redback spiders, and 40 by funnel webs. 

The five-minute episode shows the two children discovering the spider in the bathroom sink and befriending it. At the end of the episode, the children pour it a cup of tea alongside a set of dolls. “We are all going to have tea with Mister Skinny Legs,” Peppa says. “Peppa likes Mister Skinny Legs, everyone likes Mister Skinny Legs,” the narrator says.

Fox News hires Tomi Lahren, the pundit fired by Glenn Beck’s The Blaze

Tomi Lahren, the outspoken commentator fired by Glenn Beck’s The Blaze after her comments on “The View,” has a new gig at Fox News. She’ll debut during Sean Hannity’s show.

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“Lahren will have a signature role on an FNC digital product currently in development and will also offer political commentary to the network’s opinion programming, primarily ‘Hannity.’ She will make her debut as a contributor on tonight’s edition of ‘Hannity’ at 10 p.m.,” a Fox release sent on Wednesday said. “Prior to joining FNC, Lahren served in a communications role at Great America Alliance (GAA), a Super PAC supporting President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election bid. Previously, she hosted ‘Tomi’ on The Blaze and ‘On Point with Tomi Lahren’ on One America News Network. With more than 4.4 million Facebook followers, Lahren is well-known for her ‘Final Thoughts’ videos, where she offers commentary on everything from politics to pop culture.”

Beck fired Lahren after she appeared on “The View” in March and said conservatives who champion limited government were “hypocritical” if they approve of government restrictions on abortion. She later settled a lawsuit with The Blaze.

“The Blaze is pleased to announce that the relationship with Tomi Lahren has concluded,” a statement from The Blaze said at the time.

The Blaze announced in May that Bill O’Reilly, let go from Fox amid a sea of allegations of sexual misconduct, had joined the network.

“O’Reilly and Beck were both let go from Fox under controversial circumstances,” Cox Media Group writer Brianna Chambers reported at the time. “O’Reilly was ousted from “The O’Reilly Factor” in April after accusations of sexual harassment. Beck was released by the Fox network in 2011 after advertisers began pulling their spots in response to Beck’s increased use of inflammatory rhetoric.”

'Supernatural' star Jensen Ackles' brewery raising funds for Hurricane Harvey relief

The brewery from “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles – who plays Dean Winchester on the show – and his family isn’t open yet, but Family Business Beer Co. is already getting philanthropic.

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On Sunday, the Texas Hill Country beer business organized a fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey relief. People responded quickly — so quickly, in fact, that the campaign has already surpassed its $100,000 goal, raising more than $128,000 (and that number is rising at a viral level).

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“We are partnering with Random Acts to make sure 100% of this drive goes to families impacted by this tragedy,” Family Business Beer Co. wrote on the fundraising page at crowdrise.com.

>> Hurricane Harvey: Diaper bank seeking donations for storm evacuees

Random Acts is a nonprofit that, according to its mission statement, focuses on big and little acts of kindness to change the world. It’s no accident Family Business Beer chose Random Acts to help with its Harvey philanthropy: Random Acts was founded by another “Supernatural” cast member, Misha Collins, who plays the angel Castiel on the CW show.

>> Complete Harvey coverage from the Austin American-Statesman

Ackles is opening Family Business Beer Co. on Hamilton Pool Road with his family, including brother-in-law Gino Graul and wife Danneel. Heading up the brewing program is Nate Seale, formerly of Austin’s (512) Brewing. The project appears to be under construction still, despite a planned opening at the end of this summer, but will be a destination brewery with live music, outdoor games and food trucks once completed.

>> Hurricane Harvey: Celebs pledge help to those affected by storms

Family Business Beer Co.’s fundraiser will keep people updated on their “charity dollars at work.” There are a lot of causes the money could be donated to — much of Houston has flooded to catastrophic levels, with many people reeling from the loss of their homes.

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To donate, visit crowdrise.com/o/en/team/texas-flood-relief/familybusinessbeercompany.

Rev. Robert Lee IV, Gen. Robert E. Lee's descendant, denounces racism at VMAs

The Rev. Robert Lee IV, great-great-great-great nephew of Gen. Robert E. Lee, spoke during Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards to denounce racist violence.

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“We have made my ancestor an idol of white supremacy, racism and hate,” he said. “As a pastor, it is my moral duty to speak out against racism, America’s original sin. Today, I call on all of us with privilege and power to answer God’s call to confront racism and white supremacy head on.”

>> 2017 MTV Video Music Awards: Complete list of winners

Lee graduated from Duke University’s Divinity School with a master’s in theology, the Grand Haven Tribune reported. A statue of Gen. Lee was removed from Duke Chapel recently after protesters damaged it.

Rev. Lee, who served as a pastoral intern at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, is an adjunct professor at Appalachian State University and is pastor at a United Church of Christ in Winston-Salem, the Tribune reported.

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He saluted the Black Lives Matter Movement and the Women’s March on Washington before introducing Susan Bro, whose daughter Heather Heyer died when a car plowed through a group of pedestrians during the recent Charlottesville, Va. protests.

“Only 15 days ago, my daughter Heather was killed as she protested racism. I miss her, but I know she’s here tonight,” Bro said. “I’ve been deeply moved to see people across the world find inspiration in her courage.”

>> MTV VMAs: Transgender service members walk red carpet, speak out about military ban

She has launched a foundation in her daughter’s memory. The nonprofit will provide scholarships to those seeking a degree or certification in, but not limited to, law, paralegal studies, social work, social justice and education, the foundation site says. It’s online here.

“I want people to know that Heather never marched alone. She was always joined by people of every race and every background in this country,” Bro said. In that spirit, she announced, all six nominees in the “Best Fight Against the System” category had been declared winners.

>> MTV VMAs: Paris Jackson slams Nazis, white supremacists in Charlottesville's wake

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