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At awards show, Samantha Bee addresses Ivanka Trump insult outrage

TBS(LOS ANGELES) — Full Frontal host Samantha Bee is sorry/not sorry for calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c**t” during her show broadcast earlier this week.

At a podium accepting an award from the Television Academy in Hollywood Thursday night, Bee declared, “Every week, I strive to show the world as I see it, unfiltered. Sometimes I should probably have a filter. I accept that. I take it seriously when I get it right and I do take responsibility when I get it wrong.”

But Bee regretted that “lost in the repercussions over one bad word” was the fate of “1,500 missing migrant children.”

While her show placed the blame for that squarely on the Trump administration, Bee on Thursday night laid the blame on “…past administrations” for immigration policies that can see families separated during attempts to cross the border illegally.

“[W]e aired a segment on the atrocious treatment of migrant children by this administration and past administrations,” Bee said, referring to President Obama by saying, “Sometimes even the ones who look best in swim trunks do bad jobs with things.”

“Our piece attracted controversy of the worst kind,” she admitted. 

Instead of focusing on the slur, Bee said, “[W]e all should have spent the day incensed that as a nation we are wrenching children from their parents and treating people legally seeking asylum as criminals. If we are OK with that then really, who are we?”

Bee’s Ivanka Trump insult led to outrage online, even among some fans, and prompted some sponsors to flee her TBS show.  She later tweeted an apology, writing, “I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.”

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Roseanne Barr tells reporter, “I love all people;” Podcast host Joe Rogan says she’s “not doing well”

ABC(UTAH) — Roseanne Barr spoke publicly for the first time since Tuesday, when her ABC show was canceled, telling a reporter that despite what’s happened in the past few days, “I love all people.”

Barr, 65, was approached in her home state of Utah on Thursday by a reporter from the U.K. tabloid  The Daily Mail.

“I believe in one law for all people. I love all people. Thank you,” she told the reporter, who recorded the exchange on camera.

Earlier this week, after the sitcom star compared former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett to a character in Planet of the Apes, ABC canceled her sitcom.

Barr initially said she would quit the social media platform after tweeting an apology to Jarrett. Instead, she’s been firing off a barrage of messages to her 860,000 followers.

She wrote late Thursday night, “I end by offering everyone involved one more apology and prayers for healing of our divided nation. Tomorrow is [the Sabbath] and I will continue to pray that everything for everyone goes forward & ends well for all. signing off twitter for a while. love u guys!”

Earlier on Thursday, she wrote, “Please don’t compare me2 other people who have said horrible things. I only care about apologizing 4 the hurt I have unwittingly & stupidly caused. I humbly confess contrition & remorse. I failed2 correctly express myself, & caused pain2 ppl.”

Barr was scheduled to appear on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast Friday, but Rogan said that the interview will not take place.

“She’s not doing well and doesn’t want to travel, and she’s gone radio silent on me, so I’m just going to step away. The whole thing has been pretty brutal on her, and I hope she can find some peace,” he wrote on Twitter.

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Montel Williams hospitalized following workout

Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Television personality Montel Williams is recovering in a New York City hospital where he was taken after feeling unwell during a workout.

His spokesperson, Jonathan Franks, tweeted a statement on Friday, explaining that the 61-year-old former talk show host, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, “overdid it” at the gym and was taken to the hospital “out of an abundance of caution.”

The “exercise enthusiast” is “doing well and expects to be discharged soon,” the statement continues, noting, “The Williams family will be forever grateful for the quick response from the [New York Fire Department] and the excellent care he has received.” 

“In the coming days, as he always has, Montel will tell his story himself,” the statement notes, asking for privacy until then.

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CNN “stands by its reporting” on Morgan Freeman accusing him of sexual harassment

ABC/Randy Holmes(ATLANTA) — CNN stands by its reporting on Morgan Freeman in which eight women accused the actor of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct.

The cable news network officially responded to a 10-page letter from Freeman’s attorney Robert Schwartz sent earlier this week demanding a retraction of the story and an apology.

In its five-page response, CNN wrote that it, “stands by its reporting and is prepared to fight aggressively any attempt to intimidate it into silence.”

CNN also dismissed Schwartz’s letter as “designed for press consumption,” saying it does not, “cast any shadow on the central gravamen of CNN’s story — that Morgan Freeman engaged in a pattern of behavior that demeaned and sexualized women, whether or not they were in his employ.”

The cable news network defended reporter Chloe Melas, who co-authored the May 24 report, saying she has received “death threats” since the story was published.

In his letter, Freeman’s attorney said Melas treated a comment that Freeman made during a press junket for his film Going in Style as, “a form of sexual harassment, and then set out on a crusade to vilify him.”

In a statement he issued Tuesday, Schwartz said, “We presented CNN with objective evidence, including videotapes and on-the-record denials by the claimed ‘victims,’ that the alleged incident that gave rise to the story never happened. We proved to CNN, beyond any doubt, that the whole story was built on fakery.”

The Oscar-winning actor, 80, denied ever sexually assaulting any woman. In a statement to ABC News last Friday, he said the report has “devastated” him and that “it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.”

But he also issued an apology to, “anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”

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“Bachelorette” front-runner Garrett Yrigoyen on social media controversy: “I sincerely apologize”

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — Garrett Yrigoyen has broken his silence amid a controversy about his social media practices just days after earning the first impression rose and becoming a front-runner on the season premiere of The Bachelorette

“To those who I have hurt and offended: This is all new to me. I went on The Bachelorette for the adventure and possibility of falling in love, not fame. I did not know what to expect once the show aired,” his apology starts in an Instagram post

“I am sorry to those who I offended, and I also take full responsibility for my ‘likes’ on Instagram that were hurtful and offensive,” he continues. “Garrett_yrigs12 was my former Instagram handle and I decided to take it down and start fresh because I have learned an extremely valuable lesson.”

On his previous account, Yrigoyen “liked” photos that mocked feminism, transgender people, and immigrants. One post, for example, joked about throwing children over the border wall. 

His apology goes on to say he did not understand the power behind a “mindless” double-tap and his past activities do not show “a true reflection of me and my morals.”

The medical sales rep closes the post with, “I sincerely apologize and am sorry for any hurt, damage or offense I may have caused.”

Yrigoyen’s apology comes after bachelorette Becca Kufrin opened up to Entertainment Tonight Wednesday about the scandal.

“I want viewers to be open to everyone, and I want them to go through this season with me and watch my love story unfold with all of these men… because that’s how I went into this journey,” she said. “I did things in the past that I’m sure wasn’t the best thing, but I just want people to stay open-minded to everyone.”

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“Adrift” tops this weekend’s new releases

STXfilmsThe following movies open nationwide on Friday:

Adrift — Shailene Woodley stars in this action adventure drama based on the true story of Tami Oldham Ashcraft, who found herself in a race against time to save her fiancé Richard Sharp — played by The Hunger Games‘ Sam Claflin — who was badly injured after a massive hurricane left their boat in ruins. Rated PG-13.

Action Point — This comedy features Jackass star Johnny Knoxville as the owner of Action Point, a minimum safety-maximum fun amusement park, loosely based on New Jersey’s now defunct Action Park — notorious for its unsafe rides. When a new mega-park opens nearby, he gathers his misfit crew to help save Action Point. Rated R.

Upgrade — After a brutal mugging leaves him paralyzed and his wife dead, Grey Trace — played by Logan Marshall-Green — receives an implant, called STEM, which enhances his body and allows him to walk again. It also gives him super-human strength, which he uses to seek revenge on his attackers. Rated R.

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Samantha Bee apologizes for calling Ivanka Trump an expletive

TBS(NEW YORK) — Samantha Bee issued an apology Thursday for using an expletive to describe first daughter Ivanka Trump on her TBS show Full Frontal Wednesday night.

The host referred to Trump as a “feckless c—” during her taped broadcast, which has resulted in sponsors State Farm and AutoTrader suspending their advertising.

“I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night,” Bee tweeted. “It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.”

TBS tweeted its own statement: “Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump last night. Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it.”

Bee’s comment came when she was criticizing the Trump administration’s policy of separating parents and children who have tried to enter the United States without proper documentation. Citing a photo Ivanka shared to Instagram several days ago featuring her holding her young son, Bee slammed the first daughter, who works in the White House, as “oblivious.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders addressed the controversy, stating, “The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling. Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast, and executives at Time Warner and TBS must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned on its network.”

Some are wondering why TBS hasn’t canceled Bee’s show following the swift action by ABC after Roseanne Barr made racist comments about former Barack Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Though Barr later apologized, ABC Entertainment condemned the comedian’s words and canceled Barr’s popular sitcom Roseanne.

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Former Roseanne writer hopes the fictional Connors “can find a home somewhere”

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — As the Roseanne cancellation saga continues to unfold on Twitter, those who knew the comedian long before the show returned to ABC this year are speaking out.

Stan Zimmerman was a writer on the original Roseanne run on ABC in the 1980s and 1990s.  He says he doesn’t recognize the Roseanne Barr who made the racist comment on Twitter that got her show cancelled, and who’s continued to fan social media flames since.

Zimmerman told ABC News that the Barr he knew was committed to “helping the LGBTQ community” and “cared about the underdog,” and “this sudden turn” troubles him.

Zimmerman said that while public meltdowns are nothing new for Barr, who’s been very open in the past about her mental health issues, the way her latest show was cancelled is what troubles him. 

“It hurts so much that it may [now] be gone forever, and the legacy of it gone,” he told ABC News. “That’s why I had wished that it wasn’t so sudden … I wish there was some creative way that she could have gone away — the character, to rehab — and they have such strong actors and they could have gone on and tell the important stories of middle America that need to be told, because nobody else is telling [them].”

In 1994, Barr said publicly that she had been diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. Then in 2001, she told Esquire magazine that she has a total of seven personalities, some of whom she has named, including Baby, Cindy, Susan, Joey and Heather.

Zimmerman says he “miss[es] the Connors already,” referring to the sitcom’s fictional family, led by characters Dan and Roseanne Connor, played by John Goodman and Barr. He added he hopes “they can find a home somewhere.”

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Hailee Steinfeld to star in TV series about 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson

ABC/Kelsey McNeal(LOS ANGELES) — For her next acting gig, Hailee Steinfeld is getting literary.

The singer and Oscar nominaed actress will star as real-life 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson in a new Apple series called Dickinson. The show will be a comedic coming-of-age story told from Emily’s point of view, which shows the budding writer trying to break free from the societal constraints of her time.

Dickinson’s most famous poem is probably Hope is the Thing with Feathers, which reads, in part, “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers/That perches in the soul/And sings the tune without the words/And never stops – at all.”

Dickinson is Hailee’s first regular role on a TV series. She was previously nominated for an Oscar at 14 years old for her performance in the 2010 remake of True Grit. She’s also appeared in the Pitch Perfect franchise, as well as the films The Edge of Seventeen and Ender’s Game.

No word yet on when the half-hour series will debut.

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Brigitte Nielsen is pregnant at 54

Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Danish actress Brigitte Nielsen is expecting a baby, she revealed Wednesday.

The 54-year-old TV personality and model took to Instagram to unveil two photos of her pregnant belly and tell her nearly 86,000 followers: “family getting larger.”

“happy time positive vibes #happyness [sic] #positivevibes,” she captioned one shot.

This will be the fifth child for Nielsen, who has been married to her current husband, Mattia Dessi, for more than a decade. She also has four sons, ages 34, 28, 25 and 23, from previous relationships.

In 2011, Nielsen, who has appeared on reality TV shows including The Surreal Life and Celebrity Big Brother, told The Guardian that she was hoping to have another child, but felt torn about doing so because of her age.

“I would love to because of all the things I have learned. It would be like starting all over again. But am I too old? I’m young at heart and I would be different this time round,” she said. “Mattia and I have discussed it, but I don’t know how likely it is. And to interfere with things just because I feel as if I could give more to a child than I did when I was 20 – is that too selfish? I don’t know.”

A representative for Nielsen did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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