Jedediah Bila quits "The View"

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- Jedediah Bila, the sole conservative-leaning panelist who joined ABC's The View in August of last year, announced at the start of Monday's show that she's leaving. 

"So, this is my last day at The View and I want to thank these ladies," Bila said of her co-stars/on-air sparring partners Whoopi Goldberg, Sonny Hostin, Joy Behar, and Sara Haines.

"What you don't know about us, these ladies, we're friends," Bila said. "Sunny's texts, Sara, Whoopi, you're my inspiration. Joy, when I need comedic relief, this is where I go. So we're going to be friends no matter what."

Bila, who hinted for viewers to "stay tuned" for new opportunities on her horizon, including a book she's writing, also thanked them.

"We are nothing without you," she said. "We are able to do what we do because you invite us into our homes...You care enough about what we have to say, and that means more to me than ...any position I could hold." 

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Kate Walsh reveals she had a brain tumor removed two years ago

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) -- Kate Walsh has played a doctor on TV, but two years ago she found herself dealing with her own health crisis.

The former Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice actress reveals to Cosmopolitan that she had a benign brain tumor removed in 2015. She says symptoms of fatigue and losing her train of thought prompted her to get checked out.

"The words 'brain tumor' were never in my zeitgeist," Walsh tells the mag. "I went in for the MRI, and you know it’s serious when they don't even wait, they're like, 'hey, the radiologist wants to see you.' And she starts to say 'well, it looks like you have a very sizable brain tumor,' and I just left my body... It was never anything I would have imagined."

Walsh says her medical role on TV didn’t make things any easier for her.

"It was the total opposite! You’d think that after playing Dr. Addison for the better part of a decade, where I spent more time on a hospital set than at my house, that I would feel somehow more comfortable, but I was such a little scaredy-cat," she says.

Ultimately, the surgery was a success, and Walsh took nine months off to recover -- which wasn't easy for her. "I love to work hard and do 800 things at once, and this was a really amazing lesson in just submitting to the process of healing," she says.

The biggest thing Walsh learned? "Go see a doctor!" she says. "…We should go get a checkup the same way we go to the gym, just preventatively, instead of waiting for something to go wrong."

In order to encourage more people to get their annual check-ups, Walsh is partnering with Cigna as part their TV Doctors campaign.

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30 years ago today, "Fatal Attraction" couldn't be ignored

Getty Images/Sunset Boulevard(LOS ANGELES) -- Thirty years ago today, the movie that inspired the phrase "bunny boiler" arrived in theaters.

Fatal Attraction, the 1987 psychosexual thriller directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, followed Dan Gallagher, a guy who has a brief affair with a career woman named Alex Forrest. Alex then becomes obsessed with Dan, and stalks him and his family, with deadly results.

As Alex becomes more and more unhinged, she sneaks into Dan's house, kills his daughter's pet rabbit and leaves it boiling in a pot of water for Dan's wife and daughter to discover when they arrive home.  This led to any obsessive, spurned woman being dubbed a "bunny boiler."

The movie's original ending had Alex trying to frame Dan for her murder, and then killing herself.  But when test audiences didn't like it, the studio re-shot the ending, in which Dan's wife Beth shot and killed Alex -- an ending which Close protested at first.

Fatal Attraction sparked much discussion and debate, and struck fear into the hearts of many men tempted to cheat. In a 2008 article, Glenn Close said, "That movie struck a very, very raw nerve.  At the time, feminists hated the movie...they felt they'd been betrayed because it was a single working woman who was supposed to be the source of all evil."

She added, "Men still come up to me and say, 'You scared the s*** out of me.' Sometimes they say, 'You saved my marriage.'"

Fatal Attraction was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Close.  It spent eight weeks at #1 and grossed more than $320 million worldwide, making it the #1 movie of 1987 globally.  Other psychosexual thrillers followed in its wake, including Sliver, Disclosure, Basic Instinct, Single White Female, Sleeping with the Enemy and more.

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Kevin Hart apologizes to wife and children after alleged extortion attempt

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) Saturday, Kevin Hart took to Instagram to post a public but a little bit mysterious apology to his wife and children.  Apparently the apology related to some kind of extortion attempt, after Hart was caught in an unspecified compromising situation.

“Someone tried to set Kevin up in a failed extortion attempt. As law enforcement is involved, we cannot comment further as it could affect the investigation,” a rep for Hart said in a statement to ABC News on Sunday.

In his Instagram video, Hart said, "I'm at a place in my life where I feel like I have a target on my back and because of that I should make smart decisions and recently, I didn't."  

He continued, "I made a bad error in judgement and put myself in an environment where only bad things can happen and they did. And, in doing that, I know that I'm going to hurt the people closest to me -- who I've talked to an apologized to: I'm thinking of my wife and my kids. "

"It's a s***** moment," Hart said. "It's a s***** moment when you know you're wrong and there's no excuses for your wrong behavior.  At the end of the day, man, I've just simply gotta do better."

Hart explained that he came clean to his family rather than be extorted. "I'm also not going to allow a person to have financial gain off of my mistakes, and in this particular situation, that's what was attempted," he said. "I said I'd rather fess up to my mistakes."

It's unclear if the circumstance involved a video that made the rounds on gossip sites and tabloids in July that showed Hart apparently making out in the back seat of a car with woman who's not his wife.

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Emmy history made by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lena Waithe, Riz Ahmed & Donald Glover 

CBS/Trae Patton(LOS ANGELES) -- Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus became the first performer to win six Emmys for the same role, taking the best actress in a comedy series award for playing Selina Meyer in the HBO series for the sixth straight year Sunday night. In her acceptance speech she called the part "the role of a lifetime."

She has been nominated for 24 Emmys over her decades-long career and now has won eight, tying her with Cloris Leachman for the most primetime Emmy wins by a performer.

Lena Waithe, who won the Emmy for best writing for a comedy series along with Master of None star Aziz Ansari, was the first black woman to ever receive a nomination in the category and the first to win.

Waithe and Ansari co-wrote and starred in the "Thanksgiving" episode of the Netflix series, which was based on Waithe's real life. The episode follows Waithe's character's relationship with her family, told over many years of Thanksgivings together, before and after she comes out to her family.

In Waithe's acceptance speech, she said, to "my LGBTQI family ... The things that make us different -- those are our super powers."

Taking home the Emmy for acting in a limited series or his work on HBO’s The Night Of, Riz Ahmed became the first Asian man to win an acting Emmy.

Donald Glover also made history Sunday night, becoming the first African-American to win for comedy series directing for his work on his show Atlanta. Glover also took home the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

Sterling K. Brown, in winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work on This Is Us, became the first black man to win the award since Andre Braugher -- who Brown gave a shout out to in his acceptance speech -- won the category in 1998 for his work on Homicide: Life on the Street.

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"It" tops weekend box office with second record-breaking week 

© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED(NEW YORK) -- It topped the weekend box office for the second straight week with an estimated $60 million haul, making it the highest grossing September release ever, unseating 1986's Crocodile Dundee. It's also just $14 million shy of overtaking The Exorcist as the biggest R-rated horror film of all-time.

The Stephen King thriller also brought in an estimated $60.3 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to more than $370 million.

American Assassin, the action feature starring Michael Keaton and Dylan O'Brien, took second place, earning an estimated $14.8 million.

Mother! the Darren Aronofsky thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence endured a disappointing $7.5 million debut, for a third place finish. That's on top of an "F" from CinemaScore, a company that polls opening-night audiences. It's one of only 19 films to ever receive that rating.

Home Again bowed in fourth place, earning an estimated $5.3 million, and The Hitman's Bodyguard rounded out the top five with an estimated $3.55 million weekend.

The week's other debut -- Brad's Status, starring Ben Stiller -- earned $100,179 in limited release.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1. It, $60 million
2. American Assassin, $14.8 million
3. mother!, $7.5 million
4. Home Again, $5.3 million
5. The Hitman’s Bodyguard, $3.55 million
6. Annabelle: Creation, $2.6 million
7. Wind River, $2.55 million
8. Leap!, $2.1 million
9. Spider-Man: Homecoming, $1.87 million
10. Logan Lucky, $1.3 million


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"Handmaid's Tale," "Veep," "SNL," "Big Little Lies" win at politically-charged Primetime Emmy Awards

CBS/Trae Patton(LOS ANGELES) -- At Sunday night's Primetime Emmy Awards, history was made, and the current political climate was not only mentioned numerous times, but also led directly to a bunch of wins for one particular show.

That show was Saturday Night Live, which took home four trophies, including one for Alec Baldwin, whose portrayal of President Donald Trump has been a highlight of the show's most recent season.  Also taking home an Emmy was cast member Kate McKinnon, who portrayed Hillary Clinton during the past season.

Accepting her trophy, McKinnon thanked Clinton for her "grace and grit," while Baldwin told his fellow entertainment professionals, "What we do is important...don't stop doing what you're doing.  The audience is counting on you."  At the podium, he also joked, "I suppose I should say, 'At long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy." 

That came in response to host Stephen Colbert, who'd spent a chunk of the evening's monologue discussing President Trump's disappointment at never winning an Emmy for The Apprentice.  Colbert, who called the president "the biggest TV star of the past year," opined that if Trump had won an Emmy, he probably never would have run for president -- "this is your fault," he told the audience. But unlike the presidency, Colbert noted, the "Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote."

In a moment that got big laughs, Colbert also brought former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on to announce that Sunday night's viewership would be "the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period, both in person and around the world."


The two biggest winners of the night were HBO's Big Little Lies and Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, each of which took home five trophies.  The Handmaid's Tale star Elisabeth Moss finally won her first Emmy after nine previous nods, so it's no wonder she dropped the F-bomb twice during her speech -- the audio was dropped out for viewers at home. 

Big Little Lies also brought Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman her first Emmy. During her impassioned speech, she praised the show for giving women great roles and shining the spotlight on domestic abuse.  She also said she wanted to put her Emmy on a shelf so her two daughters could see it, and know that it was the reason she wasn't there to put them to bed very often.


History was made five times Sunday night.  First, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has now won the most Emmys ever -- six -- for playing a single character on the same series: Selina Meyer on HBO's Veep.  Second, This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown became the first black man to win Lead Actor in a Drama since Andre Braugher won for Homicide: Life on the Street.  In his speech, Brown said he was honored to follow in Braugher's footsteps. 

Third, Donald Glover became the first African-American to win for directing a comedy series, for his show Atlanta.  He also won Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and in his acceptance speech, he thanked President Trump for "making black people number one on the most oppressed list," adding, "He’s the reason I’m probably up here!"

Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to win for comedy writing. She won for co-writing an episode of Master of None with the show's star, Aziz Ansari.

Finally, British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed became the first man of Asian descent to win an acting Emmy, taking home the Emmy for acting in a limited series or his work on HBO’s The Night Of


Despite plenty of nominations, there were no major wins for Stranger Things, Westworld, Fargo and Feud: Bette and Joan.  The Voice won Best Reality Competition Show over the one many had predicted would be the winner: RuPaul's Drag Race.

Stephen Colbert did fine job hosting the show, but Emmy had no love for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: it lost the Variety Talk Series category to HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.  At one point, Colbert and fellow loser Jimmy Kimmel were shown drinking a "Last Week Tonight" cocktail, which Colbert joked was "so high quality, they can only make one a week.”

Ahmed surprisingly beat out Wizard of Lies star Robert De Niro for Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie.  And Black Mirror: San Junipero, the only episode of Black Mirror with a (sort of) happy ending, won Best TV Movie over HBO's The Wizard of Lies and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.


The president, unsurprisingly, remained a popular punching bag throughout the night.  The stars of the 1980 feminist-themed movie 9 to 5 -- Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton -- reunited to present an award, and Fonda said, "Back in 1980, in that movie, we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot."  Tomlin then added, "And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.”

Talking about the upcoming final season of Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus said, "We did have a whole story line about an impeachment, but we abandoned it because we were worried that someone else might get to it first." Also, during Colbert's opening musical number, Louis-Dreyfus, as Veep's Selina Meyer, sang, " Imagine if your president was not beloved by Nazis!"

During that musical number, Grammy-winner Chance the Rapper appeared and rapped an interlude that referred to the president's ban on transgender people in the military, and the growing list of police officers accused of killing African-Americans. "I get it, them finales, they got you focused," he concluded. "Just record the show and try to show up at the protest, ya heard?"


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69th Primetime Emmy Awards winners list 

The cast and crew of “The Handmaid’s Tale” accepts the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards; Trae Patton/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's the complete list of winners from Sunday night's 69th Primetime Emmy Awards:

Outstanding Drama Series
The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Outstanding Limited Series
Big Little Lies

Outstanding Television Movie
Black Mirror: San Junipero

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of

Outstanding Comedy Series

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror: San Junipero

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, TV Movie or Special
Reed Morano, The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Reality-Competition Series
The Voice

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari & Lena Waithe, Master of None

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
Jean-Marc Vallée, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Bruce Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Lithgow, The Crown

Outstanding Short Form Animated Program
Teen Titans Go!

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Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker share their "Downsized" thoughts on marriage

TV ONE(NEW YORK) --  Real life married couple Boris Kudjoe and Nicole Ari Parker play husband and wife in TV One's original film, Downsized.

The film, which was the winner of 2016's American Black Film Festival Screenplay Competition, tells the story two high school sweethearts who, after two kids and 25 years of marriage, decide to go their separate ways.

"When we read the script it really touched us because it captured a moment about a very specific family," Parker tells ABC Radio. "I think that it was a unique way of looking at marriage. I think it was starting with some kind of agreement -- to disagree. And how that process affected everyone around them."

Kudjoe, who's been married to Parker for 12 years, says similar to the Downsized couple, he and his wife have had to learn what's important in their marriage.

"It's a day-to-day effort that you have to put into anything that you want to be successful at," Kudjoe says. "You can't just get married and then just, 'Oh it's going to work itself out.' No, and I think in the beginning your disposition is key. I wanted to be with her and she wanted to be with me. But, we also knew that we were individuals -- very strong individuals that come from two different places."

Kodjoe says for him and Nicole their marriage is all about "respect" and "priorities."

"Part of [marriage] is respecting each other's space, respecting each other's dance steps. And then finding synergy in that," he says. "And creating life with kids and then really setting priorities. You have to set priorities. And our priorities are our kids and our marriage and to make sure that's never confused."

Downsized premiers Saturday, September 16 at 9 p.m. ET on TV One.

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Star Chris Sullivan has high praise for Emmy-nominated "This Is Us"

ABC Radio(NEW YORK) -- One of network TV's breakout successes this year has been the NBC family drama This Is Us. Now headed into its second season, the show's been lauded for its freshman outing with Emmy nominations for stars Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown, as well as a nomination for best drama. 

Chris Sullivan, who plays Toby on the show, says he and his fellow cast members knew right from the start that the show was something special. "When we read that first script, we were like, 'This is something different,'" he says. "It was so well-crafted and so well-written." 

Sullivan added of the show's fans, "It's interesting to watch a country respond to a creative endeavor with this much love and this much acceptance."

Sullivan has nothing but praise for his fellow This Is Us cast members.

"It's a perfect alchemy of people. Mandy Moore is doing some of the best work I've ever seen on television," he says. "Milo Ventimiglia understands how to connect with people through this medium. You know, Sterling and Susan [Kelechi Watson] are two amazing New York stage actors who are putting together one of the best relationships I've ever seen on television."

"And then there's Chrissy Metz," he says of his onscreen love interest, "who is one of the most amazing human beings I've ever met, and this is her first big acting job, and she's knocking it out of the park!" 

Tune in to see how This Is Us does Sunday night at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, which begin at 8 p.m. on CBS with first-time host Stephen Colbert.

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