ABC(LONDON) -- One week after raising nearly $6 million for her Clara Lionel Foundation, which assists young people around the world, Rihanna is expressing her commitment to global education.
“We must fight for the quarter of a billion young people still denied an education by conflict, poverty, sexism and bad policy,” the recording artist and actress writes in an op-ed piece for The Guardian.
“Education can be stolen from you in a second,” the singer from Barbados continues. “As we’ve seen recently on an unprecedented scale, the Caribbean gets hit by natural disasters that wipe out schools, leaving thousands of children stranded.”
But the singer and actress is determined to make sure youth aren't denied opportunities to go to school.
“The lack of access to education for children around the world is a massive problem, but that does not mean we should throw up our hands in despair and surrender,” she says. “Instead, we need to take on as much of the challenge as we can manage to set an example and see the difference. This is what has driven me to prioritize global education in my philanthropy and advocacy work. The notion that millions of children are desperate to go to school and are not given the opportunity is something I cannot accept.”
Rihanna explained the mission of her Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012, and how she was inspired by her trip last year to the African nation of Malawi.
“We fund programs that remove barriers to education by offering financial support to children and their communities," she says. "And following our time in Malawi, I am proud to say we are supporting thousands of girls there to move through secondary school.”
Rihanna concluded her op-ed, “If we can overcome the education deficit in the developing world, everybody wins.”
Julie Chen says goodbye on "The Talk”; Johnny Vy/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Julie Chen announced Tuesday that she's leaving The Talk, just over a week after her husband and former CBS Chairman Les Moonves left the network amid new allegations of sexual misconduct and assault.
Chen, who's been absent from the CBS daytime chat show of late, shared the news via a recorded message at the end of Tuesday's show.
"I have been at The Talk since the day it started," Chen said in part. "But right now I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son."
Chen then took time to thank her The Talk co-hosts individually: Eve, Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osborne. She even suggested guest host and Dancing with the Stars judgeCarrie Ann Inaba would be a good replacement for her.
The co-hosts had tears in their eyes as Gilbert thanked Chen right back, adding, "We love you, Julie."
Chen's bombshell comes just nine days after CBS confirmed the network and Moonves were parting ways, though he denies allegations of sexual misconduct from a dozen women.
"Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am," Moonves said in a statement announcing his departure. "I am deeply saddened to be leaving the company. I wish nothing but the best for the organization.”
Chen, who had been with The Talk since its debut, released a statement of her own in late July after the first allegations against her husband came to light.
"Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader," she wrote. "He's always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband and stand behind him."
ABC(NEW YORK) -- Bristol Palin is returning to reality television as the newest cast member of MTV's Teen Mom OG.
The 27-year-old, who's the daughter of former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, said she'd like to use the show as a platform to share her story. Bristol Palin gave birth to her first child when she was 18. She's now mom to Tripp, 9, Sailor, 2, and Atlee, 1.
Airing on Oct. 1, Teen Mom OG will document Palin's life as a parent along with those of four other moms: Cheyenne Floyd, Amber Portwood, Maci McKinney and Catelynn Baltierra. Portwood, McKinney and Baltierra are veteran cast mates who first appeared on MTV's 16 and Pregnant and later on Teen Mom.
"I've been huge fan of this show forever and I've watched these girls' stories," Palin told Good Morning America Tuesday. "If there's anything that I can relate in my life to someone else out there, then that's what I want to do."
Palin said her parenting style is very different from her mother's, but described the former governor as a "cool mom."
"I think I'm a little more strict than she is," Palin said. "But she's an amazing mom and she's actually home with some of my kids right now."
This year, Palin and her husband, Dakota Meyer, called it quits. The former couple share daughters Sailor and Atlee. Tripp is Palin's son with her ex, Levi Johnston.
Palin said she hopes to use the show to send a positive message about life after marriage.
"I was recently divorced, so if I can show that life doesn't end after a divorce, then I hope that people can see that and continue living and continue to chip away at life," she said.
NBC/Paul Drinkwater(LOS ANGELES) -- Just a few days after Katt Williams belittled Tiffany Haddish's celebrity and meteoric rise as a comedian, the two comedians appear to have reconciled.
In an Instagram post on Monday night, Haddish posted several photos with Williams, who was seen bowing down to her backstage at the Emmys. The two had won Emmys the weekend before, Haddish for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for hosting Saturday Night Live and Williams for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Atlanta.
“#Emmys2018 #Success #Winners,” the Girls Trip actress captioned the photo.
As previously reported, Williams had dismissed Haddish's success in a recent radio interview, saying she hadn't hadn't put in enough work as a comedian to earn the kinds of opportunities she's received. He also incorrectly accused her of not ever having her own comedy special.
In response to his criticism, Haddish had a classy comeback to his snarky remarks.
“It’s official I made it! [Katt Williams] talked about me and didn’t have his facts right!” she tweeted. “I look forward to seeing you on Monday, Katt, when we pick up our Emmys. I just want to shower you with REAL love cause you need it, and I love you.”
HBO/John P. Johnson(LOS ANGELES) -- At last night's Emmy awards, beloved actor Henry Winkler took home his first trophy for his supporting role in HBO's dark comedy Barry -- 42 years after he was first nominated for starring as The Fonz in Happy Days.
On the podium, an emotional Winkler joked that he'd waited decades to read his acceptance speech, and noted that someone once told him, "If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you. And tonight, I got to clear the table!"
While it's taken him this long to get Emmy recognition, the actor told ABC Radio he's grateful to have a career that has exposed him to multiple generations of viewers, which means in daily life, he gets recognized by just about everyone.
"What is amazing is that, depending on the age [of the fan], there is the Happy Days crowd, there's the Scream [fans]," he explains. "There's The Waterboy, there is Arrested Development, Parks and Rec., and now Barry. And then of course, children know me as an author...of the children's books."
Winkler, who has dyslexia, is a tireless awareness campaigner for the learning disability. Part of his advocacy comes in the form of his bestselling kids books. He's penned nearly 30, most of which are part of the comical Hank Zipzer series. They center on an inspiring lead character who has learning challenges, but is always unflappable, whether facing down school bullies or math problems.
Last night, Winkler's old Happy Days co-star Ron Howard saluted his friend's victory, tweeting a photo of them together and message, "My friend’s win is so deserved and great! Bravo @hwinkler4real."
ABC/Adam Rose(LOS ANGELES) -- Roseanne Barr may have spilled the beans on how ABC has her character is being written out of the Roseanne spinoff, The Conners, according to Deadline.
During an appearance on a YouTube show over the weekend, Barr reportedly seemed to confirm what The Conners star John Goodman hinted at back in August -- that Roseanne Conner will be killed off.
“Oh ya, they killed her,” said Barr. “They have her die of an opioid overdose.”
“I wanted to show [opioid struggle] in the show,” she continued. “But I was never going to have Roseanne die of an opioid overdose. It’s so cynical and horrible. She should have died as a hero or not at all...It wasn’t enough to [fire me], they had to so cruelly insult the people who loved that family and that show.”
ABC hasn't confirmed how Barr will be written off the show, which was abruptly canceled after she sent a tweet likening Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to President Barack Obama, to the Muslim Brotherhood and the movie Planet of the Apes. She later deleted the tweet and apologized, but continues to deny it was racist.
Marvel Studios(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- This morning, Oscar winner Brie Larson made an appearance on Good Morning America from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., to reveal the first trailer for Marvel Studios’ first female-fronted superhero movie, Captain Marvel.
The Room star told Good Morning America's Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee that she still hasn't come to grips with the fact that she's playing a superhero -- let alone one of the most powerful in the Marvel Universe.
Set in the 1990s -- as evidenced by the fact that her character, Carol Danvers, is introduced in the trailer by falling from space right into a Blockbuster video store -- the movie will show how the Air Force fighter pilot became an intergalactic warrior, then humanity's only hope against a menace that traps our planet in an intergalactic war.
"So you're not from around here," Fury understates. "It's hard to explain," Danvers notes, expressing she can't fully remember her past.
While light on details, the peek teased a digitally de-aged versions of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, as well as fan favorite, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg, back on the big screen for the first time since his character was killed off in 2012's The Avengers.
The peek also shows Jude Law, playing a pivotal -- yet still unconfirmed -- role, as well as Lee Pace, reprising his character Ronan The Accuser, who met his end at the climax of in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy.
The film also stars Rogue One: A Star Wars Story baddie Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening, Gemma Chan, Mckenna Grace, and another Guardians alum, Djimon Hounsou. The Marvel Studios movie, which will open March 8, 2019, was directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.
Chen's decision is effective immediately, and she is expected to say goodbye to the morning show's viewers via videotaped message Tuesday.
Chen has been a no show on the The Talk since her husband left the network last week. She did, however, return to host Big Brother Thursday evening and signed off by saying, "I'm Julie Chen Moonves." She is expected to continue to host CBS' Big Brother.
She has defended her husband since the accusations from another group of six more women; these new accusations of sexual harassment were made in a follow-up article by Ronan Farrow published in The New Yorker.
The TV personality had called Moonves a "good man, a loving father" and a "kind, decent, and moral human being," adding on her chat show that she "stands by that statement today, tomorrow, forever."
NBCUniversal(LOS ANGELES) -- Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che hosted Monday night's 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and you would have been forgiven if you thought you were watching a three-hour-long episode of SNL.
In need of comedic talent to keep the show lively, Jost and Che brought out a cavalcade of SNL stars past and present to help out, including Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Andy Samberg, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson. To top it off, Saturday Night Live ended up winning the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.
The show began with McKinnon and Thompson raving about the diversity of this year's nominees, with Thompson declaring, "We solved it!" McKinnon responded, "Seriously? Diversity is not a problem in Hollywood anymore?" "Nope, we solved it!" crowed Kenan. The two then launched into a number called "We Solved It," joined by Sterling K. Brown, Titus Burgess, John Legend, Kristen Bell and Ricky Martin.
"We've gotten with the times/There's room for all our voices, but mostly Shonda Rhimes," went the lyrics. "Welcome Asian people, we gave you that one show/Who can forget the amazing Sandra Oh?"
Referring to the rash of #MeToo firings in Hollywood, Bell sang, "We solved it, banished every creep who broke the law/And now they're serving hard time in that Arizona spa." Then, seemingly referencing Louis CK's return to stand-up, Burgess sang "We solved it/Won't cut them any slack/They've been away nine long months/Now let them all come back."
And Brown poked fun at Hollywood's own echo chamber existence by singing, “This room is so diverse/From Democrat to liberal Democrat!”
When Andy Samberg dropped in and asked, "Is there any room in this song for a straight white guy like me?" the answer was no. But eventually, RuPaul showed up with a telephone. Thompson picked up, listened, and then said, "Oh, we did not solve it? Long way to go? Yeah, O.K."
When Che and Jost finally took the stage, their monologue was pretty much what they do every week on Weekend Update. Here are a few of their better lines:
--"This year the audience is allowed to drink in their seats, because the one thing Hollywood needs right now is people losing their inhibitions at a work function."
--"It is an honor to be here, sharing this night with the many, many talented and creative people in Hollywood who haven't been caught yet."
--"The first Emmys were held in 1949...Gas was 17 cents a gallon, a new home cost $7,000 and we all agreed that Nazis were bad."
--"Our network, NBC, has the most nominations of any broadcast network. Which is kind of being like the sexiest person on life support, it's not great."
--Speaking about the cancellations and pickups of shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Last Man Standing: "And Roseanne was canceled by herself, but picked up by white nationalists."
--"Congratulations to Laurie Metcalf...You know how great an actress you have to be to get nominated for Roseannenow? That's like nominating a cop for a BET award -- it doesn't happen."
--"This year, Netflix will spend $8 billion on programming....How is Netflix getting all that money? It's like $9 a month and everyone I know is sharing the same account!"
Later in the show, Michael Che had an amusing segment called the Reparation Emmys, where he went around handing out Emmys -- stolen from Bill Cosby -- to famous black character actors who'd never been recognized, such as Marla Gibbs from The Jeffersons, Jaleel White from Family Matters, Jimmie Walker from Good Times, and Kadeem Hardison from A Different World.
"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" star Rachel Brosnahan; Paul Drinkwater/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The most historical moment at Monday night's 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards wasn't a shocking win or loss, or a newsworthy comment from a famous actor or actress: It was a good old-fashioned surprise proposal.
After Glenn Weiss won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special -- The Oscars ceremony -- he mentioned his recently departed mother and how much she loved Weiss' girlfriend, Jan Svendsen. Then he said, "You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.”
As the audience went nuts, Svendsen shouted "yes" from the audience, and as she walked up to the stage Weiss joked, "I didn't ask yet!" When she made it there, Weiss pulled out a ring "that my dad put on my mom’s finger 67 years ago," got down on one knee and said, "Jan, I want to put this ring that my mom wore on your finger in front of all these people and in front of my mom and your parents watching from above. Will you marry me?” Of course she said yes, and the two kissed onstage in front of everyone. It was an Emmy first.
Speaking of Emmy firsts, the show was full of first-time winners: Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was named Outstanding Comedy Series its first year out, and its co-star Rachel Brosnahan also won her first Emmy, for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.
The Americans' Matthew Rhys picked up the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama award and The Crown's Claire Foy was named Outstanding Actress -- it was both actors' first win. Westworld's Thandie Newton, The Assassination of Gianni Versace's Darren Criss, Barry's Bill Hader and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Supporting Actress winner Alex Borstein were all first-time winners, as was The Fonz himself, Henry Winkler, for his supporting role in Barry, 42 years after he was first nominated for starring as The Fonz in Happy Days.
Accepting his award, a very pleased Winkler said someone once told him, "If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you. And tonight, I got to clear the table!"
When Rhys won, he thanked his co-star and real-life romantic partner Keri Russell, but joked, "She said, 'If you propose to me, I'll punch you clean in the mouth!'"
It would have been another Emmy first had Netflix won the most awards, but the streaming service, which went into the ceremony with the most nominations of any platform, tied with HBO: Each won a total of 23 awards.
HBO's Game of Thrones was the night's biggest winner overall, with nine total trophies, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage. Netflix's most awarded series was The Crown, which scored five wins.
While the nominees for this year's Emmy Awards were the most diverse ever, the winners themselves weren't particularly diverse. Just three stars of color -- Thandie Newton, Regina King and RuPaul -- took the stage as winners during Monday night's ceremony, though many more won last weekend at the Creative Artist Emmys, including John Legend, Tiffany Haddish and Katt Williams.
However, the Emmys for Writing and Directing for a Comedy Series were both won by a woman -- the same woman, actually: Amy Sherman-Palladino, for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, another first.
And while there were a number of #MeToo jokes, surprisingly, the hosts, presenters and winners mostly stayed away from politics, although Rachel Brosnahan urged everyone to register to vote, and there were a few very vague references made to President Donald Trump.
NBCUniversal(LOS ANGELES) -- The 70th annual Emmy Awards, hosted this year by SNL's Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che, air Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC -- and competition in this year of so-called "peak TV" is stiff in the major categories.
For the first time, Netflix is going into the Emmys with more nominations than HBO: 112 to HBO's 108. HBO had had the most nominations of any network for seventeen years straight. There's also a chance for some more history to be made.
Both Tracee Ellis-Ross and Issa Rae are nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for, respectively, black-ish and Insecure. If either one of them wins, it would be the first comedy actress win for a black woman since 1981.
Meanwhile, Sandra Oh is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Killing Eve, and she's the first Asian woman nominated in this category. A win would be equally historic.
As for the guys, last year, Sterling K. Brown made history when he became the first black actor to win Best Actor in a Drama. He could repeat this year, but he's up against Westworld's Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris, Milo Ventimiglia from This Is Us, and Jason Bateman, for his Netflix show Ozark.
In the comedy series category, nobody's had a better year than Atlanta creator and previous Emmy winner Donald Glover, who's also a movie star and a Grammy-winning recording artist. Also in the running: Bill Hader's HBO's series Barry, previous winner Curb Your Enthusiasm, Silicon Valley, and Netflix's GLOW and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Also coming on strong: Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which earned lead Rachel Brosnahan a Best Actress Emmy last year.
Could last year's Outstanding Drama winner The Handmaid's Tale, repeat? Some fans griped that dystopian drama suffered a bit of a sophomore slump. If so, that possibly could pave the way for NBC's powerhouse This Is Us, Netflix's Stranger Things, or HBO's Westworld in the drama category, but The Crown and Game of Thrones are also in that mix.
And then there's FX's recently-ended drama The Americans, which has won acclaim, but no major category Emmys...yet. With four nominations this time around -- including Outstanding Drama and Best Actor and Actress for co-stars and real-life partners Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell -- the show many finally be due.
Here's the list of nominees in the major categories. A full list can be found here:
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Donald Glover - Atlanta Bill Hader - Barry Anthony Anderson - black-ish William H. Macy - Shameless Larry David - Curb Your Enthusiasm Ted Danson - The Good Place
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Pamela Adlon - Better Things Rachel Brosnahan - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Allison Janney - Mom Issa Rae - Insecure Tracee Ellis Ross - black-ish Lily Tomlin - Grace And Frankie
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Claire Foy - The Crown Tatiana Maslany - Orphan Black Elisabeth Moss - The Handmaid's Tale Sandra Oh - Killing Eve Keri Russell - The Americans Evan Rachel Wood - Westworld
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Jason Bateman - Ozark Sterling K. Brown - This Is Us Ed Harris - Westworld Matthew Rhys - The Americans Milo Ventimiglia - This Is Us Jeffrey Wright - Westworld
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series: Jessica Biel - The Sinner Laura Dern - The Tale Michelle Dockery - Godless Edie Falco - Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders Regina King - Seven Seconds Sarah Paulson - American Horror Story: Cult
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series: Antonio Banderas - Genius: Picasso Darren Criss - The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Benedict Cumberbatch - Patrick Melrose Jeff Daniels - The Looming Tower John Legend - Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert Jesse Plemons - "USS Callister" (Black Mirror) Jeff Daniels - The Looming Tower
Outstanding Comedy Series Atlanta (FX) Barry (HBO) Black-ish (ABC) Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) GLOW (Netflix) The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) Silicon Valley (HBO) The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Outstanding Drama Series The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) Game of Thrones (HBO) This Is Us (NBC) The Crown (Netflix) The Americans (FX) Stranger Things (Netflix) Westworld (HBO)
ET Canada reports that Twitter Canada tracked the mentions of stars and movies during the festival earlier this month, and Gaga came out on top all around. She was the most tweeted-about star at the festival, and her new movie A Star Is Born was the most-mentioned film on Twitter.
In addition, Gaga was the main attraction at the festival's most-tweeted moment: The red carpet for A Star Is Born. The press conference promoting the film, which also featured Gaga, was the festival's second most-tweeted moment.
Gaga's Star Is Born co-star and director Bradley Cooper was the third most-mentioned star of the festival, behind Timothée Chalamet, star of the new film Beautiful Boy.
Other stars who made the list include Robert Pattinson, Steve Carell, Chris Pine, Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, and Julia Roberts, all of whom were there to promote their new projects.
A Star Is Born arrives in theaters October 5; the soundtrack, featuring Gaga and Cooper, is released the same day. The Oscar buzz for the project is already reaching deafening levels.
ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- After Katt Williams dismissed Tiffany Haddish's comedic skills in a recent interview, Haddish and Kevin Hart are both hitting back at Williams with some classy responses.
In the interview, Williams criticized Haddish's celebrity status, saying she's hasn't yet proven her comedic abilities.
“You can’t tell me your favorite Tiffany Haddish joke. Why? Because she ain’t done a tour yet,” Williams said. “She ain’t done a special, she has not proven the ability to tell jokes back-to-back for an hour to nobody. And they all ready to down Mo’Niqueand up somebody who has shown them Girls Trip. Do you think she wrote Girls Trip, goofball?”
However, Katt is incorrect: Haddish debuted her first stand-up comedy special, Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood last year on Showtime. She's also signed a deal with Netflix for a new one-hour special, set to launch in early 2019.
After Williams' comments went viral, Hart took to Instagram Live, captured by Hollywood Unlocked, to defend his Night School co-star.
“I have to embrace my sister when other people are choosing to frown and make an attempt to sh** on my sister’s bright light,” Hart said.
Without mentioning Katt's name, he continued, “At the height of her career when most should applaud when most should celebrate, some choose to down.”
Haddish, who won her first Emmy last weekend -- as did Williams -- decided to take the high road in her response to Williams’ comments.
“It’s official I made it! [Katt Williams] talked about me and didn’t have his facts right!” she tweeted. “I look forward to seeing you on Monday, Katt, when we pick up our Emmys. I just want to shower you with REAL love cause you need it, and I love you.”
Henry Golding, Constance Wu - ABC/Paul Hebert(NEW YORK) -- Henry Golding landed two starring roles for his first two films ever -- in the mega box office hit Crazy Rich Asians and the just-released thriller A Simple Favor -- but don’t think the newfound fame and "heartthrob" status are going to his head. Not if his wife has anything to do with it!
“Oh man she doesn’t stop teasing me about it,” he says of his wife of two years, Liv Lo. “Whenever she sees me on my phone, she’s like, ‘Oh you’re still checking to see if you’re still famous?’”
He adds that she’s been nothing but supportive with his whirlwind schedule these days.
“She doesn’t have a classic 9-to-5 either so she understands the need to have a very sporadic schedule,” he says. “So it’s a learning process for both of us, but I think we’re gonna enjoy the ride, we’re gonna see where this leads.”
While in real life his marriage is #relationshipgoals, his marriage in A Simple Favor is another story. He plays professor Sean Townsend, the husband to Blake Lively’s volatile Emily. When Emily goes missing, Sean strikes up a relationship with her best friend Stephanie, played by Anna Kendrick.
Golding says he enjoyed playing a character so different from good guy Nick Young in Crazy Rich Asians.
“Is he a bad guy? Is he a good guy? You don’t know,” he says of Sean. “So for me that was wonderful to play that, like a mysterious kind of Cary Grant in Suspicion. Not really knowing did he do it, didn’t he do it, what’s he done? So, yeah, it was great.”