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Nickelodeon fires ‘The Loud House’ creator over sexual harassment allegations

Nickelodeon fired the creator of its animated show “The Loud House” after he was accused of sexual harassment, CNN reported.

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Chris Savino was suspended earlier this week after several women came forward with allegations against the animator, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“Chris Savino is no longer working with Nickelodeon,” a network spokesman said in a statement late Thursday. “We take allegations of misconduct very seriously, and we are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace environment that is free of harassment or other kinds of inappropriate conduct.”A manager for Savino, Angela Cheng Caplan, did not respond to multiple requests for comment, CNN reported. A person who answered the phone at Caplan's office early Thursday told CNN they had "no comment" on the matter."The Loud House" is currently in its second season on Nickelodeon. The show revolves around the chaotic life of a young boy named Lincoln Loud, who is the middle child in a family of 11 children, CNN reported.Cyma Zarghami, president of Viacom Inc.'s Nickelodeon Group, released a memo to staffers after Savino's firing, encouraging them to speak out if they experience or see mistreatment, CNN reported.Nickelodeon said "The Loud House" will continue to air and proceed with production.Season 3 is scheduled to premiere in early 2018.

Ohio woman gets DirecTV bill totaling more than $184,000

An Ohio woman received a severe case of sticker shock when she opened her satellite television bill Monday.

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The balance due on Angela Mixon-Smith’s DirecTV bill totaled more than $184,000, WJW reported.

“I mean, my chest got heavy,” she told WJW. “I had to get some water. I don't drink. I was ready to drink."

The retired postal worker said her bill for DirecTV service showed a balance due of $184,530.67.

“I know I don't have that kind of money,” she told WJW. “And, since April? There's no way.”

Mixon-Smith said she began a promotional offer in April to bundle her existing DirecTV service with a cell phone plan by AT&T, WJW reported. Over the next few months, she said service problems and confusing bills caused her to fight with AT&T, which merged with DirecTV in 2015.

“They don't have everything together,” Mixon-Smith told WJW. “AT&T, they just don't have it together.”

In a statement to WJW, AT&T spokeswoman Holly Hollingsworth apologized for the mistake.

“We apologize for the billing error that occurred,” Hollingsworth wrote. “We’ve reached out to the customer to resolve the issue.”

She could not provide an explanation for the billing mixup. However, by Wednesday afternoon, the account for Mixon-Smith’s DirecTV service had been credited. But she still is not satisfied.

“I just want them to straighten out my service,” she told WJW.

Kevin James explains why his 'Kevin Can Wait' TV wife was killed off

"Kevin Can Wait" star Kevin James is finally talking about what led to the sudden death of Erinn Hayes’ character, Donna.

James told the New York Daily News that the decision did not have anything to do with Hayes, but because they were out of story ideas.

“I get that people are like, ‘Whoa, why would you do this?’ But it really felt like a thing like this was needed for this show to drive forward,” he said.

>> Leah Remini’s arrival on 'Kevin Can Wait' leaves fans cold

According to James, the show was initially meant to portray him as a single father, but he and producers decided to write in a wife and three children. For the show to live beyond the first two seasons, things apparently needed to change.

>> On Rare.us: Leah Remini says the Church of Scientology wanted her to convert Kevin James

“The plot of the show didn’t have enough drive,” James said. “If we got through a second season, I wouldn’t see us getting through a third one. We were literally just running out of ideas.”

James’ former TV wife from “King of Queens,” Leah Remini, has since signed on as a series regular.

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After Remini’s character was announced, Hayes took to Twitter to let fans know that she was out.

“True, I’ve been let go from the show,” she wrote. “Very sad, I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans.”

>> See the tweet here

Cookie Monster has a new job: Food truck owner, chef

The next season of “Sesame Street” begins Nov. 11 on HBO, followed by a spring debut on PBS.

What’s new for the season? Definitely more kindness episodes, more episodes talking about differences and recognizing that people can be different because of race, ethnicity, economics, abilities and more.

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Last season, “Sesame Street” introduced Julia, a muppet with autism.

>>RELATED: WE All WIN WHEN “SESAME STREET” INVITES MUPPET WITH AUTISM TO PLAY

But also new this season, Cookie Monster is getting his own food truck.

He’s teaming up with a new friend named Gonger. The two will go on a road trip to find the main ingredient, Fox News reported.

For example, in the opening episode, he needs apples, so he heads to an apple orchard. Throughout the season he’ll investigate where cranberries, avocados, tortillas, pineapples, maple syrup, pasta and milk come from.

The idea behind the few feature is to have kids learn how food’s made and then eat healthier because of it.

They will also have some big-named chefs helping them create meals like Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi who will visit for the “international street food fair,” Fox News reported.

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

'Big Bang Theory' star Mayim Bialik responds after critics slam Harvey Weinstein op-ed

“Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik clarified statements made in a New York Times op-ed on Saturday.

>> 'SNL' tackles Weinstein and Trump, transforms Kellyanne Conway into Pennywise

In the Times article, “Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World,” Bialik opened up about her fashion choices and behavior around men, writing, “I am entirely aware that these types of choices might feel oppressive to many young feminists. Women should be able to wear whatever they want. They should be able to flirt however they want with whomever they want. Why are we the ones who have to police our behavior?”

>> Harvey Weinstein booted from film academy

She continued, “In a perfect world, women should be free to act however they want. But our world isn’t perfect. Nothing — absolutely nothing — excuses men for assaulting or abusing women. But we can’t be naïve about the culture we live in.”

>> On Rare.us: In a twist of events, Rose McGowan asks fans to 'go easy' on unlikely Weinstein supporter

Bialik’s comments were quickly put on blast, and many accused her of victim-blaming.

Late Saturday, Bialik took to social media to clarify her statements.

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“I’m being told my N.Y. Times piece resonated with so many and I am beyond grateful for all of the feedback. I also see a bunch of people have taken my words out of the context of the Hollywood machine and twisted them to imply that God forbid I would blame a woman for her assault based on her clothing or behavior,” she wrote on Twitter and Facebook. “Anyone who knows me and my feminism knows that’s absurd and not at all what this piece was about. It’s so sad how vicious people are being when I basically live to make things better for women. I am doing a Facebook live with the N.Y. Times Monday morning. Let’s discuss it then.”

>> See the post here

(H/T E! News)

'Fixer Upper' fans rejoice: Chip and Joanna Gaines may not be finished with TV forever

Chip and Joanna Gaines may be open to other TV opportunities even after “Fixer Upper” comes to an end after season 5.

>> Chip, Joanna Gaines reveal why they’re calling it quits on Fixer Upper

Joanna said the couple will remain open to the idea of making a TV return in the latest issue of People.

“It isn’t inconceivable,” she said. “We’re entrepreneurs at heart, so we’ll always be looking forward to what’s next. As it relates to TV, you just never know.”

>> On Rare.us: Chip and Joanna Gaines reveal the real reason they are leaving 'Fixer Upper' behind

The hit HGTV series skyrocketed the couple into their own line with Target, a real estate company and their ever-so-popular Magnolia Market. They recently shared that they decided to leave the show to “catch [their] breath for a bit.”

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“We gave everything we had to this show, the beautiful homes and those sweet families, but this just felt like the right time to catch our breath for a bit,” Joanna said.

The fifth and final season of “Fixer Upper” will air in November.

'SNL' tackles Weinstein and Trump, transforms Kellyanne Conway into Pennywise

After facing criticism for ignoring the Harvey Weinstein scandal last week, "Saturday Night Live" slammed the Hollywood producer and tackled two of its favorite targets – President Donald Trump and White House adviser Kellyanne Conway – in this week's episode.

>> Harvey Weinstein booted from film academy

Saturday night's show, which featured host Kumail Nanjiani and musical guest Pink, kicked off with a fresh skewering of the president (Alec Baldwin), who ordered Vice President Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) to boycott everything from athletes' national anthem protests to Starbucks to a gay wedding. 

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"Outrageous. No one should disrespect the sanctity of marriage like that," Baldwin's Trump said. "As it says in my favorite verse of the Bible, double Corinthians, marriage is between a man and a woman – then another woman, then another woman and maybe one more if you've got it in you."

>> Watch the sketch here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.)

The comedy show also took aim at Conway (Kate McKinnon) in a parody of "It," transforming her into a sewer-dwelling clown whose sights are set on CNN's Anderson Cooper (Alex Moffat). 

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The show then turned its attention to Weinstein. In one sketch, McKinnon appeared as fictional Hollywood icon Debette Goldry, who said Weinstein "was naked, hanging upside down from a monkey bar" when she met him in a hotel room. 

McKinnon's Goldry later talked about "a secret code" actresses used "to warn each other about creeps."

"The code was, 'He raped me,'" she said. "That way, if any men were listening, they'd tune us right out."

>> Watch the sketch here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.)

Cast members Colin Jost and Michael Che also blasted the media mogul on "Weekend Update."

Addressing reports that Weinstein was seeking rehabilitation for sex addiction, Jost said, "Somehow, I don't think that's gonna help anybody. He doesn't need sex rehab; he needs a specialized facility where there are no women, no contact with the outside world, metal bars and it's a prison."

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BET to cut ‘Being Mary Jane’ after two-hour movie finale in 2018

BET has announced it’s closing shop on “Being Mary Jane” starring Gabrielle Union after four seasons with a two-hour finale film in 2018.

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The show, shot in metro Atlanta, is about an Atlanta-based news anchor with serious relationship and family issues. It began as a movie in 2013 and did well enough for BET to give it a green light as a series. BET has aired 51 episodes, including a super-sized 20-episode season four.

The season four finale aired September 19.

Mara Brock Akil (“The Game”) and her husband Salim Akil created and ran the show for the first three seasons but left for a new deal with Warner Brothers. The season four showrunner, Erica Shelton Kodish, departed for her own deal with CBS. It’s proof that good talent is hard to keep in such a competitive TV landscape.

Will Packer -- best known for films such as “Ride Along” and “Straight Outta Compton” -- joined in as executive producer for season four. He is also an executive producer of BET’s other Atlanta-based scripted drama, “The Quad,” about a fictional historically black college.

“‘Being Mary Jane’ has been a landmark series not only for BET, but for African American women around the world who saw themselves in Mary Jane, her family, friends and coworkers. From the captivating storytelling, to the richly complex characters, to the powerful issues tackled on the series, we remain immensely proud,” said Connie Orlando, executive vice president and head of programming for BET. “We are grateful to the cast and creators of ‘Being Mary Jane,’ who have worked tirelessly to bring this world to vivid life over the past four seasons. We also thank the many loyal viewers whose hearts and minds were captured every week, and kept Mary Jane trending worldwide. We look forward to closing out Mary Jane’s journey with a series finale that is sure to blow fans away.”

'Game of Thrones' filming will be delayed for Kit Harington, Rose Leslie wedding

The cast and crew of HBO’s epic fantasy mega-hit “Game of Thrones” will take a day off filming the show’s final season to celebrate the nuptials of two of the series’ stars, according to actor Kit Harrington.

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The actor, best known as Jon Snow, said Saturday during an appearance on the UK’s “The Jonathan Ross Show” that he asked the show’s producer to pause production for his wedding to actress Rose Leslie, according to The Telegraph.

“I rang (the producer) up and I said, ‘I’m getting married, and it’s your fault actually,’” he said. “I think for the final season he is so stressed that he’s reached that peaceful level.”

>> Related: 'Game of Thrones' stars Kit Harington, Rose Leslie announce engagement

Harington and Leslie, both 30, met in 2012 on the set of the HBO series, where they played on-screen lovers. Leslie, who played Ygritte, left the cast of “Game of Thrones” in 2014 and currently stars in the political drama “The Good Fight.”

Harington continues to star in “Game of Thrones.”

“I was like, ‘You need to factor in a “Game of Thrones” wedding by the way,’” Harington said he told the show’s producer, according to IndieWire. “(The cast) have all got to be there so the whole thing has got to shut down.”

Rumors swirled for years that Harington and Leslie were dating, although it wasn’t until last year that the couple confirmed their relationship. They announced their engagement last month.

ESPN suspends host Jemele Hill over NFL tweets

Sports broadcaster ESPN announced Monday that it suspended host Jemele Hill over “a second violation” of the company’s social media guidelines.

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“She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet,” ESPN officials said in a statement, apparently referring to a Sept. 11 tweet in which Hill called President Donald Trump a “white supremacist.”

 

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