• Marco Rubio Accuses Media of ‘Glee and Delight’ That US Has Passed China in Coronavirus Cases
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    Marco Rubio Accuses Media of ‘Glee and Delight’ That US Has Passed China in Coronavirus Cases

    Florida Senator Marco Rubio had a heated exchange with the media on Sunday after he criticized news outlets for their coverage of the coronavirus, specifically the recent news that the United States has passed China as the country with the most confirmed cases of the disease.The U.S. passed Italy and China in the confirmed case count on Friday, with a current total on Johns Hopkins’ COVID-19 tracking survey of 136,800 compared to 97,689 in Italy and 82,122 in China. Rubio said on Twitter that “some in our media can’t contain their glee & delight” as they reported this news, suggesting without providing evidence that China may be withholding positive cases in official surveys.“We have NO IDEA how many cases China really has but without any doubt its significantly more than why [sic] they admit to,” he tweeted. Also Read: Mitch Albom Calls on 'Baby in a Suit' Trump to Stop Name-Calling of Governors Amid Coronavirus CrisisHowever, medical officials have warned that the true number of coronavirus cases in many countries is not reflected in official counts simply because not enough tests have been performed to account for people who may be carrying the disease but are not displaying symptoms. This includes the U.S., where testing was minimal during the early stages of the pandemic and continues to be sporadic.Rubio continues to push for the U.S. to adopt a hardline stance against the Asian country. As the coronavirus pandemic has deepened, he has accused President Xi Jinping of covering up the disease’s spread and even accusing China of holding undue influence over the World Health Organization (WHO).The senator’s tweet prompted a wave of angry responses, including from former CNN contributor Roland S. Martin and reporters for several major newspapers.“This is a trash take,” Martin tweeted. “Media colleagues at NBC News and CBS News have DIED due to Coronavirus. You are a liar and this tweet is atrocious. You continue to be a massive disappointment.”Also Read: What Gateway Pundit (and Trump) Got 'Wrong' About NY Gov Andrew Cuomo and Ventilators“Every journalist I know is terrified about being laid off right now,” sports reporter Molly Knight wrote. “People are dying. You had the chance to remove Trump from office in January and looked the other way even though you know he’s corrupt and incompetent. Now look where we are.”New York Times reporter Alastair Coote echoed Knight’s sentiments, noting that the pandemic has had just as much of a personal impact on those writing about it as anyone else.“This anti-press attitude is getting very tiresome in a situation where journalists all over the country are losing their jobs and others are contracting and even dying from the virus,” he wrote. “To suggest any of this reporting is gleeful is insulting.”Read original story Marco Rubio Accuses Media of ‘Glee and Delight’ That US Has Passed China in Coronavirus Cases At TheWrap

  • CBS News Journalist Maria Mercader Dies at 54 After Testing Positive for Coronavirus
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    CBS News Journalist Maria Mercader Dies at 54 After Testing Positive for Coronavirus

    Maria Mercader, a CBS News veteran who worked for over 30 years as a reporter and talent director, died on Sunday after testing positive for coronavirus. She was 54.Mercader worked on-air for CBS News as a breaking news reporter before becoming director of talent strategy, working on expanding the news division’s staff diversity with the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and the National Association of Black Journalists. Mercader had fought multiple health issues for the past two decades, including a bout with cancer, and had been on medical leave prior to the rise of coronavirus in the United States.Also Read: 'Law & Order: SVU' Crew Member Dies at 45 Due to Coronavirus Complications“Even more than her talents as a journalist, we will miss her indomitable spirit,” Susan Zirinsky, CBS News president and senior executive producer, said. “Maria was part of all of our lives. Even when she was hospitalized — and she knew something was going on at CBS, she would call with counsel, encouragement, and would say ‘you can do this.’ I called Maria a ‘warrior,’ she was. Maria was a gift we cherished.”Mercader started at CBS News in 1987 through the company’s page program and soon took positions at CBS’ foreign and national news desks. As a breaking news reporter, she worked on CBS’ coverage of some of the biggest news stories of the 1990s and 2000s, including the death of Princess Diana and the Sept. 11 attacks.Also Read: Terrence McNally, Tony-Winning Playwright, Dies at 81 of Coronavirus Complications“The Maria we are privileged to call family and friend knew better than most the power of relationships, loyalty, faith, kindness, perseverance and a smile, even when a smile defied the darkness of the moment,” Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, CBS News’ EVP of Strategic Professional Development, said. “Her notable professional contributions are part of the CBS Archives, but it is her magnificent human spirit that touched so many of us, that will stay with us forever.”Maria is survived by her father, Manuel and brother, Manuel.Read original story CBS News Journalist Maria Mercader Dies at 54 After Testing Positive for Coronavirus At TheWrap

  • Fox News Explains Judge Jeanine Pirro’s ‘Technical Difficulties’ in 1st Home Broadcast
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    Fox News Explains Judge Jeanine Pirro’s ‘Technical Difficulties’ in 1st Home Broadcast

    Fox News on Sunday issued an explanation for Saturday’s episode of “Justice With Judge Jeanine,” which was marred by “technical difficulties” and the appearance of host Jeanine Pirro, whom many viewers thought seemed disheveled and perhaps even tipsy.“Jeanine Pirro was broadcasting from her home for the first time when she encountered several technical difficulties which impacted the quality of her show, including the loss of a teleprompter,” a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement. “As we have previously said, we are operating with a reduced staff working remotely to ensure the health and safety of our employees in these unprecedented times.”An individual close to the network also said Pirro did her own hair and makeup for Saturday’s show, noting that even in-studio talent is working with reduced hair and makeup staff as a result of new protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic. And the former New York state judge’s usually well-coifed hair did appear to get less telegenic as Saturday’s episode went on.Also Read: Was a Disheveled Judge Jeanine Pirro Tipsy After Fox News Show Delayed for 'Technical Difficulties'?Pirro also joined her show roughly 15 minutes into the regular broadcast time, apologizing for “the technical difficulties” when she finally took over for network anchor Jackie Ibanez.A good portion of the Twitterverse quickly had a field day based on tweeted clips from the show, with several noting similarities to Cecily Strong’s impression of a liquor-toting, drink-spilling Pirro on “Saturday Night Live.”New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica tweeted that the show could be retitled “Happy Hour With Judge Jeanine.”And actress Minnie Driver, using a vulgar British term for drunk, suggested Pirro was “the only fantastic side effect of COVID19 sublime content” on Fox News. Read original story Fox News Explains Judge Jeanine Pirro’s ‘Technical Difficulties’ in 1st Home Broadcast At TheWrap

  • Mitch Albom Calls on ‘Baby in a Suit’ Trump to Stop Name-Calling of Governors Amid Coronavirus Crisis
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    Mitch Albom Calls on ‘Baby in a Suit’ Trump to Stop Name-Calling of Governors Amid Coronavirus Crisis

    Donald Trump’s belittling rant against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prompted an angry op-ed from “Tuesdays With Morrie” author Mitch Albom in the Detroit Free-Press, who told the president to “show some respect.”Albom, who lives in Detroit, was responding specifically to complaints made by the president against Whitmer in a Fox News interview on Thursday, accusing her of not doing enough to combat the coronavirus pandemic in her state without mentioning her name. His comments came after Whitmer requested more federal support for Michigan medical centers in the form of additional supplies.“The governor of Michigan, she’s not stepping up,” Trump said. “I don’t know if she knows what’s going on, but all she does is sit there and blame the federal government. She doesn’t get it done and we send her a lot.”Albom urged the president to “stop complaining about her ‘complaining.’ Gretchen Whitmer hasn’t done anything that every Michigander doesn’t want her to do — ask the federal government for masks, ventilators, test kits and other aid to fight the COVID-19 virus that is infecting and killing us. She’s not speaking for herself. She’s speaking for the people.”Also Read: What Gateway Pundit (and Trump) Got 'Wrong' About NY Gov Andrew Cuomo and VentilatorsAnd, on March 28, the president tweeted: “I love Michigan, one of the reasons we are doing such a GREAT job for them during this horrible Pandemic. Yet your Governor, Gretchen ‘Half’ Whitmer is way in over her ahead, she doesn’t have a clue. Likes blaming everyone for her own ineptitude! MAGA”“First of all, she has a name. Gretchen Whitmer. She is not ‘the woman’ or ‘all she does is sit there’ or ‘you know who I’m talking about’ — all phrases President Donald Trump has used besides saying the actual name of the person Michigan voters elected to govern us,” Albom wrote. “It’s ‘Gretchen Whitmer.’ Show some respect. At a time when Americans must adjust to a world without hugs, kisses or handshakes, the least a president of the United States can do is call our governor by her name.”“You can be Whitmer’s biggest critic, but you must admit she knows what’s going on,” Albom continued. “She jumped into action early on this virus, dialing down crowd sizes, closing the schools, going after gougers, then shutting the state down altogether, long before most states took similar steps.”Albom accused Trump of lashing out against Whitmer and other governors like Washington’s Jay Inslee out of a sense that they were not showing enough gratitude for his administration’s support and criticizing Trump’s early response to the growing pandemic, which he repeatedly downplayed before multiple U.S. states began closing businesses and ordering citizens to stay home to prevent further spread of the disease.Also Read: Trump, John Kerry Call GOP Rep Thomas Massie a 'Grandstander' and 'A-hole' for Blocking Stimulus Bill“Trump’s attacks on governors threaten to pull apart the country precisely when it needs to come together,” Albom wrote. “And you can trace them directly to his hurt feelings. If Trump perceives someone to be critical of him or even his policies, he uses a flamethrower in response.”“Let’s be honest. We have come to tolerate an infantile person in a grown man’s job, a baby in a suit. […] Now is not the time to be a child, Mr. President. Now is the time to put away childish things. To be a man. You can begin by respecting a woman. Her name is Gretchen Whitmer. She is our governor. And like her or not, she represents us to you. She counts. We count. Please, at least act like you understand that.”As of Sunday, the United States has reached over 125,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus. That is the most of any nation in the world, though the actual number of infected Americans is believed to be far greater due to the lack of testing resources. Over 2,000 Americans and over 30,000 people worldwide have died from the disease.Read original story Mitch Albom Calls on ‘Baby in a Suit’ Trump to Stop Name-Calling of Governors Amid Coronavirus Crisis At TheWrap

  • Mark Blum Remembered by Co-Stars Madonna, Rosanna Arquette: ‘A Remarkable Human’
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    Mark Blum Remembered by Co-Stars Madonna, Rosanna Arquette: ‘A Remarkable Human’

    Stars of the screen and the stage like Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, Bernadette Peters and many more paid their respects Thursday to veteran actor Mark Blum, who died Wednesday due to complications from the coronavirus.Blum’s “Desperately Seeking Susan” co-stars shared their memories of who they called a “remarkable human” and a “great actor.”“I want to acknowledge the passing of a remarkable human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to coronavirus. This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones,” Madonna said in an Instagram post Thursday. “I remember him as funny warm, loving .and professional when we made ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ in 1985!! Another reminder that this virus is no joke, nothing to be casual about or pretend wont affect us in some way.”“I’m sad about this. He was really very kind, was always supportive and funny, a gentle man and a great actor who loved the work,” Arquette, who also shared a promotional wedding photo of herself and her onscreen husband, told TheWrap. “I’m so sad for his family and all the people who love him. This is a tragedy on so many levels. Rest in peace and power Mark Blum.”Also Read: Mark Blum, Star of 'Desperately Seeking Susan' and 'You,' Dies at 69 Due to Coronavirus ComplicationsIn addition to his onscreen roles, Blum was also a fixture in the New York theater community, and numerous luminaries of the stage such as Judith Light and Bernadette Peters also spoke glowingly of his contributions to Broadway.“I am so devastated by Mark Blum’s passing. His performances in the dozens of plays I saw him in were unfailingly deep, subtle, hilarious and moving in equal measure,” Cynthia Nixon said. “Seeing his name in the Playbill always meant you were in for a treat. Also just one of the loveliest humans ever.”“Mark Blum, so generous, so kind, so humble, so talented. Our time together in the play ‘The Assembled Parties’ at MTC was a true joy,” Light said in a tweet. “May he rest in peace knowing that he transformed the lives of so many and was cherished by so many; me among them.”“Mark Blum RIP. So sad to lose you to this horrid crisis!” Peters wrote.Also Read: 'Law & Order: SVU' Crew Member Dies at 45 Due to Coronavirus ComplicationsJames Van Der Beek starred with Blum in a stage production, he said, the day after wrapping “Dawson’s Creek” in 1997 and learned from him about how to be an actor.“He was SO good… and generous and kind and I learned so much from him about how to be a professional – lessons that got me through the insanity that was to come. Prayers for his family,” Van Der Beek said.Even “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn had a story about Blum, saying that Blum was his brother’s first boss when they moved to New York City.“He was full of hilarious stories about this insane business and was always so kind to my brothers and me, back when we had nothing. Thank you, Mark. RIP,” Gunn said.Also Read: Evangeline Lilly Issues 'Sincere and Heartfelt Apology' for Refusing to Social-Distance Amid CoronavirusBlum appeared in the Amazon show “Mozart in the Jungle” with Peters and Malcolm McDowell, who also paid tribute Thursday. McDowell called him a “truly wonderful actor, but more importantly, was a funny sensitive, and beautiful man.”SAG-AFTRA and president Gabrielle Carteris also issued a statement remembering Blum’s career. Blum was a former member of the union’s national board and the New York branch’s board.SAG-AFTRA mourns the passing of New York actor Mark Blum, a former National Board member and New York Board member. Blum passed away at the age of 69 due to complications from COVID-19.Blum, who joined the union in 1978 and became known for roles in Crocodile Dundee and Desperately Seeking Susan, had a prolific career on screen and stage. The Obie Award-winning actor was also an ardent supporter of his union; he served as a Screen Actors Guild New York Board member from 2007 to 2013, was elected for a three-year term to the National Board in 2008, and served as an alternate member in 2007 and 2011. Additionally, he served on dozens of national committees over the years, including the SAGindie, Organizing, Agent Relations and various contract committees.“This is a painful loss to our SAG-AFTRA family,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said. “Mark Blum understood that all performers working in this industry share the same employers and that our strength depends on our unity. He was a visionary. Mark will be deeply missed, and our hearts go out to his wife, Janet Zarish, his friends and all of his loved ones.”SAG-AFTRA executive vice president and New York local president Rebecca Damon added, “Mark Blum was a passionate champion for merger and a tireless advocate for members. Those of us lucky enough to have known him will treasure our memories of a gifted actor, a master teacher, a loyal friend and a beautiful human. I always appreciated Mark’s clear perception of complex situations. Mark was smart, funny and a true actor’s actor.”Blum is survived by his wife, actress Janet Zarish.See some of the Twitter love for Blum below:I Want to Acknowledge the Passing of a remarkable Human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to Coronavirus. This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones. I remember him as funny warm, loving and… https://t.co/ipPj0eChmI pic.twitter.com/k3BgKZRRa9— Madonna (@Madonna) March 26, 2020Mark Blum was a wonderful, stalwart actor–a familiar face to anyone who watches TV, and a mainstay, for decades, of dozens of New York stage productions. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/2wCSVZ7gDF— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) March 26, 2020My uncle, Mark Blum, has been known on stage by many names to many people over the years. But to me, he was just Uncle Mark. As you can imagine, my family is devastated. Reading tweets and seeing how many people loved & respected him is more special than you will ever know. pic.twitter.com/PaB5X401Vq— Awkward-ish (@awkward_ish) March 26, 2020Sharon Waxman informed me of this very very hard news today I’m so deeply sad for his family and for his fans. he was a wonderful actor and a very good and kind man. May you Rest In Peace and power mark. God bless you. https://t.co/r0QUGEYwVK— Rosanna Arquette????✌???? (@RoArquette) March 26, 2020I am so devastated by Mark Blum’s passing. His performances in the dozens of plays I saw him in were unfailingly deep, subtle, hilarious and moving in equal measure. Seeing his name in the Playbill always meant you were in for a treat. Also just one of the loveliest humans ever. pic.twitter.com/vC5rlpRJtq— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) March 26, 2020Mark Blum, so generous, so kind, so humble,so talented. Our time together in the play The Assembled Parties at MTC was a true joy May he rest in peace knowing that he transformed the lives of so many and was cherished by so many; me among them— JudithLight (@JudithLight) March 26, 2020When I was in drama school Mark Blum was exactly the kind of actor I aspired to be: constantly employed, deeply respected, total mensch. Gutted to hear of his passing. His wife Janet Zarish was my acting teacher at NYU. They were the loveliest couple. My heart breaks for her. https://t.co/J7MvHutdge— Josh Radnor (@JoshRadnor) March 26, 2020Oh this is devastating. The brilliant and generous Mark Blum was such a life giving force in New York theater. We will miss you dearly. https://t.co/yrUkQ6rXOo— Heidi Schreck (@heidibschreck) March 26, 2020So sad to say goodbye to my dear friend, Mark Blum. Will miss him forever. A very good man.— Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) March 26, 2020One of our family of Mozart in the Jungle passed this morning from the corona virus. Mark Blum was a truly wonderful actor, but more importantly, was a funny sensitive, and beautiful man. RIP. – Malcolm pic.twitter.com/fapOBe6WYp— Malcolm McDowell (@McDowellMalc) March 26, 2020Mark Blum was a dear, kind man, a fiercely talented artist, a good pal. His loss is devastating to all who loved him. Condolences to his family. Our hearts are with them. This plague will pass, but the scars it leaves will be permanent. Stay safe, friends.— Terry Kinney (@RealTerryKinney) March 26, 2020I did a play with Mark Blum in ‘97 literally the day after wrapping the DawsonsCreek pilot. He was SO good… and generous and kind and I learned so much from him about how to be a professional – lessons that got me through the insanity that was to come. Prayers for his family. https://t.co/7r7dLyvOeK— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) March 26, 2020Mark Blum RIP. So sad to lose you to this horrid crisis!????????— Bernadette Peters (@OfficialBPeters) March 26, 2020The great theatre actor Mark Blum has passed away from coronavirus. I loved so many of his performances over the years, especially in The Assembled Parties. He was known as one of the nicest guys in the business. My heart goes out to his friends, family, students & colleagues. ???? pic.twitter.com/sp7tbVjlTh— Jennifer Tepper (@jenashtep) March 26, 2020Mark Blum was beloved by actors, writers, theater folk, tv and movie people. As a New York stalwart, he of course appeared on L&O, SVU, and Crim Intent. I was lucky to work with him several times, and luckier to know him. Sending love to all who mourn his loss. https://t.co/AbigByIye5— Warren(Flatten the Curve) Leight (@warrenleightTV) March 26, 2020Mark Blum was in my 1st TV pilot, Gloria Vane. In a gallery of Hollywood loons, he played the one sane, funny mensch, which was definitely typecasting. He was just as wonderful in Frasier & in DH Pierce's production of Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. He has died of coronavirus.???? pic.twitter.com/Qr1Wxt99SD— Joe Keenan (@MrJoeKeenan) March 26, 2020Mark Blum was consistently a great actor and a finer man. We met when I moved to NY & were briefly TV married in 1987. Last Xmas we caught up for over an hour at a party and he was still kind and hilariously sardonic. I adored him. My heart breaks for his beautiful wife Janet. pic.twitter.com/uRT136B3Ma— Dana Delany (@DanaDelany) March 26, 2020Mark Blum was my brother’s first boss in NYC when we moved there. He was full of hilarious stories about this insane business & was always so kind to my brothers & me, back when we had nothing. Thank you, Mark. RIP. ❤️ https://t.co/5xkCbLmUdq— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 26, 2020There are actors whose names appear in the announcement of a play, and you instantly think, without knowing any details: This will be work worth seeing. Mark Blum was of that wonderful caliber. Made me believe, every time I saw him. It's terrible to read of his death.— Peter Marks (@petermarksdrama) March 26, 20208 years ago Mark Blum played my deadbeat dad in the play Lonely, I’m Not, but he was the complete opposite in real life – generous, patient, funny. I was terrified to do live theater for the first time and he was as much a great teacher (mostly by example)… pic.twitter.com/ZJYmmHkkYC— Topher Grace (@TopherGrace) March 26, 2020I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend Mark Blum. He was a wonderful and gifted actor and a truly lovely human being. My friends and I will all miss him.— Lewis Black (@TheLewisBlack) March 26, 2020We will never stop missing him.— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 26, 2020Read original story Mark Blum Remembered by Co-Stars Madonna, Rosanna Arquette: ‘A Remarkable Human’ At TheWrap

  • Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto Calls Out Steve Mnuchin for ‘Condescending’ and ‘Dumbass’ Tone on Job Numbers
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    Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto Calls Out Steve Mnuchin for ‘Condescending’ and ‘Dumbass’ Tone on Job Numbers

    Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto blasted Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for the “condescending” and “dumbass tone” of his comments regarding the news that broke Thursday about a record 3.3 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits as the coronavirus continues to ravage the workforce and economy.“It’s one thing for economists to sort of take a look at this three and a quarter million Americans filing for jobless claims and call it an anomaly and that this will be maybe the usual pace of events in the next few weeks or months. That might very well be so, but for the Treasury Secretary, in an interview on CNBC, to say earlier that, ‘To be honest with you, I just think that these numbers right now are not relevant, whether they’re bigger or smaller, in the short term…’ Well, Mr. Secretary, they are relevant to those people. Those are three and a quarter million Americans that don’t have jobs anymore. You might look at them as an aberration or whatever, but they matter to those people because you know what? They don’t have jobs,” he said.Also Read: Fox News Coronavirus Town Hall Sets Record With 4.41 Million ViewersWhen bringing in senior correspondent Charles Gasparino, he said, “I don’t want to belabor the point but tone is everything and I think that’s a very dismissive, condescending, just a dumbass tone.”Gasparino, a frequent guest of Cavuto’s, agreed: “It is just horrible.”Watch above.Read original story Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto Calls Out Steve Mnuchin for ‘Condescending’ and ‘Dumbass’ Tone on Job Numbers At TheWrap

  • Joe Scarborough Slams GOP for Being ‘Ready to Euthanize’ the Elderly for the Economy
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    Joe Scarborough Slams GOP for Being ‘Ready to Euthanize’ the Elderly for the Economy

    Joe Scarborough lashed out at conservatives who want Americans to stop self-isolating and return to work amid the ongoing coronovirus pandemic, accusing them of being “ready to euthanize” the elderly.“Right now, these conservatives are making Democrats who are pro-choice actually look more pro-life because they’re only worried about the unborn,” he said on his MSNBC morning show Thursday. “It is the born — it is the weakest among us, it is senior citizens — who they’re ready to euthanize because they want Boeing’s corporate earnings to not dip too low.”Scarborough referred to an article in the New York Times that said a lawyer close to President Donald Trump advised him to get the country back to work in spite of the ongoing pandemic because, well, old people die anyway.Also Read: Fox News' Brit Hume: It's 'Entirely Reasonable' the Elderly Would Want to Die to Save EconomyIn a Tuesday town hall on Fox News, Trump pushed to reopen the country’s businesses and get people out of their homes. He said he hopes to see America “opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” which is April 12. That message has been echoed by some conservative politicians and media figures.On Thursday, Fox News host Brit Hume said it is “entirely reasonable” that elderly Americans could be fine with dying amid the coronavirus outbreak to save the U.S. economy.Hume was defending comments made by Texas lieutenant governor Dan Patrick on Tucker Carlson’s program the night before, where the 69-year-old official said, “No one reached out to me and said, ‘As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?’ And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in.”Watch Scarborough share the latest stats and criticize Trump’s response above.Read original story Joe Scarborough Slams GOP for Being ‘Ready to Euthanize’ the Elderly for the Economy At TheWrap

  • White House Press Secretary Suggests Coronavirus Task Force Not Informed Before Trump Announced Easter Deadline
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    White House Press Secretary Suggests Coronavirus Task Force Not Informed Before Trump Announced Easter Deadline

    White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham reacted Wednesday to statements made by President Donald Trump Tuesday that he hopes to see America “opened up and just raring to go by Easter.” She said the experts appointed to the coronavirus task force might not have been “well-informed” when it came to the deadline.“I don’t know how well-informed they were,” Grisham said when Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade asked, “How real is this Easter date and how well-informed was the rest of the task force that the president was going to say that yesterday, that his goal was to open up by Easter?”She went on to say that Trump “is very hopeful” and wants to give Americans who are out of work or isolating at home a message of hope, too.Also Read: Trump Wants US 'Opened Up' by Easter -- Less Than 3 Weeks Away -- After Coronavirus Shutdown“It’s tough and I imagine a lot of people want to try to get out there and get back to work, as long as they are social distancing, so we’ll see what happens once the 15 days goes past and we’ve got new data sets,” she said.Tuesday, a few hours after the president made the Easter proclamation during a Fox News town hall, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, a public face of the task force, cautioned against being too rigid with the date. Instead, he said the timeline “is really very flexible.”“We just had a conversation with the president in the Oval Office talking about, you know, ‘You can look at a date but you’ve got to be very flexible.’ On a — literally — day-by-day and week-by-week basis, you need to evaluate the feasibility of what you’re trying to do,” he said.Read original story White House Press Secretary Suggests Coronavirus Task Force Not Informed Before Trump Announced Easter Deadline At TheWrap

  • Fox News’ Brit Hume: It’s ‘Entirely Reasonable’ the Elderly Would Want to Die to Save Economy
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    Fox News’ Brit Hume: It’s ‘Entirely Reasonable’ the Elderly Would Want to Die to Save Economy

    Fox News’ Brit Hume defended comments from Texas lieutenant governor Dan Patrick Tuesday night, saying it is “entirely reasonable” that elderly Americans could be fine with dying amid the coronavirus outbreak to save the U.S. economy.“The utter collapse of the country’s economy — which many think will happen if this goes on much longer — is an intolerable result,” the 76-year-old told primetime host Tucker Carlson. “[Patrick] is saying, for his own part, that he would be willing to take a risk of getting the disease if that’s what it took to allow the economy to move forward. He said that because he is late in life, that he would be perhaps more willing than he might have been at a younger age, which seems to me to be an entirely reasonable viewpoint.”Patrick sent shockwaves through viewers Monday night when the 63-year-old said on Carlson’s program, “No one reached out to me and said, ‘As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?’ And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in.”Also Read: Fox News Tells Staffers to Take Temperature Before Work as Coronavirus Cases in NY Office Reach 6Patrick explained he wants the country to “get back to work” and spoke for older Americans: “We’ll take care of ourselves.”On Tuesday, Carlson asked Hume what about that idea “enrages” people. Hume said he couldn’t read minds, but had a theory the reaction had something to do with President Donald Trump and partisanship.“We are living in a country in which people’s reactions to nearly everything have something to do, when you drill down, with how they feel about Donald Trump and to the extent that what the lieutenant governor said on your air last night is similar to the overall message to what Donald Trump has been saying, I think some of the reaction to it may flow from that,” he suggested.Earlier Monday, Trump expressed his desire to have Americans back to work by Easter, which falls on April 12.Last night Dan Patrick said grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy. Tonight Brit Hume said its "an entirely reasonable viewpoint" pic.twitter.com/pArEpeXpsu— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) March 25, 2020Read original story Fox News’ Brit Hume: It’s ‘Entirely Reasonable’ the Elderly Would Want to Die to Save Economy At TheWrap

  • Trump Repeats Unproven Gateway Pundit Conspiracy Theory About NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
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    Trump Repeats Unproven Gateway Pundit Conspiracy Theory About NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

    President Donald Trump shared a shocking accusation on air against New York governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday that turned out to be a headline pulled straight from rightwing conspiracy site Gateway Pundit.Trump, who has publicly been at odds with Cuomo about the responsibility of the federal government during the coronavirus outbreak, appeared on Fox News during a two-hour town hall on the pandemic. During the telecast, Trump grabbed a piece of paper and rattled off the headline: “NY Gov. Cuomo Rejected Buying Recommended 16,000 Ventilators in 2015 for Pandemic, Established Death Panels and Lottery Instead.”Also Read: Trump Wants US 'Opened Up' by Easter -- Less Than 3 Weeks Away -- After Coronavirus ShutdownThat Gateway Pundit piece, published Sunday, relied on a Friday column by former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey. McCaughey’s post stated that in 2015, Cuomo “asked his health commissioner, Howard Zucker to assemble a task force and draft rules for rationing the ventilators they already had” instead of buying 16,000 new ventilators.” She then criticized Cuomo for other ways he allocated money in 2015, including the purchase of solar panels.There was no link between any possible ventilator purchases and the solar panels.“So, he had a chance to buy in 2015, 16,000 ventilators at a very low price and he turned it down. I’m not blaming him or anything else, but he shouldn’t be talking about us,” Trump said during the town hall.Dani Lever, Cuomo’s communications director, told TheWrap via email, “He obviously didn’t read the document he’s citing – this was a 5 year old advisory task force report, which never recommended the State procure ventilators – it merely referenced that New York wouldn’t be equipped with enough ventilators for a 1918 flu pandemic. No one is, including Mr. Trump.”Watch the moment below, via Media Matters For America’s Matthew Gertz:President Trump just read a Gateway Pundit headline during a live Fox News town hall on coronavirus as a way of sticking it to Gov. Cuomo. https://t.co/1HW7ReuSUY pic.twitter.com/GaGT3cUjUS— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) March 24, 2020Read original story Trump Repeats Unproven Gateway Pundit Conspiracy Theory About NY Governor Andrew Cuomo At TheWrap

  • Trump Lashes Out at Fox News and Other Media for ‘Destroying Themselves’ During Reporting on Coronavirus
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    Trump Lashes Out at Fox News and Other Media for ‘Destroying Themselves’ During Reporting on Coronavirus

    President Donald Trump lashed out at the media late Sunday night, criticizing news outlets — including Fox News — for near-constant coronavirus coverage and what he sees as criticism of his handling of the pandemic.“I watch and listen to the Fake News, CNN, MSDNC, ABC, NBC, CBS, some of FOX (desperately & foolishly pleading to be politically correct), the @nytimes, & the @washingtonpost, and all I see is hatred of me at any cost. Don’t they understand that they are destroying themselves?” he wrote at around 11:30 p.m., after a day full of tweets and retweets.Trump has been particularly critical of the media during the coronavirus outbreak. During a press conference Thursday, he attacked the New York Times and Washington Post, saying, “I know the truth and people out there in the world, they really don’t know the truth. They don’t know what it is.”Also Read: Fox News Media Headquarters in NY Hit With 4 Cases of CoronavirusMeanwhile, the outlets themselves have been ramping up measures to protect employees and outlining the seriousness of the threat facing the country in programming and articles.NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Craig Melvin have been hosting “Today” from their homes. At Fox News, where a fourth employee was confirmed to have tested positive for the virus on Saturday, hosts have implemented social distancing on all shows, sitting at least six feet apart from one another.The president has criticized Fox News for what he sees as attempts by the network to be “politically correct” repeatedly in recent months.Read original story Trump Lashes Out at Fox News and Other Media for ‘Destroying Themselves’ During Reporting on Coronavirus At TheWrap

  • Hulk Hogan, Cox Radio Reach Settlement Over Sex Tape Lawsuit
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    Hulk Hogan, Cox Radio Reach Settlement Over Sex Tape Lawsuit

    Hulk Hogan has reached a settlement with Cox Radio, ending a lawsuit in which the former wrestler accused a radio host working for the company of leaking a sex tape to Gawker in 2012.Spectrum News Tampa affiliate Bay News 9 reports a confidential settlement was filed with the court on Thursday. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. A trial had been set to start in January 2021.The lawsuit, which sought $110 million in damages, listed DJs Mike Calta and Matt Loyd among the defendants and claimed that Calta leaked the tape to Gawker as part of a feud with fellow Cox Radio host Bubba Clem, who left the station in 2014. The tape depicted Hogan having sex with Clem’s then-wife and led to a lawsuit against Gawker that Hogan won in 2016, forcing Gawker into bankruptcy.Also Read: Gawker Media to Sell Flagship Site, Hulk Hogan to Receive 45 Percent of ProceedsLoyd reportedly admitted to Tampa police that he stole DVDs from Clem’s studio and leaked copies to other media outlets while working for Calta. As part of the settlement, Loyd and his wife signed a permanent injunction stating they would not leak or possess the sex tape.The sex tape was one of a series of leaks that derailed Hogan’s career. In 2015, the National Enquirer released a story with audio footage of Hogan using racial slurs that led to WWE severing ties with him. Hogan was reinstated by the wrestling promotion three years later, returning to television to give a speech honoring late longtime WWE interviewer Gene Okerlund.Read original story Hulk Hogan, Cox Radio Reach Settlement Over Sex Tape Lawsuit At TheWrap

  • Ted Sarandos: Coronavirus Has Been ‘Massive Disruption’ for Netflix
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    Ted Sarandos: Coronavirus Has Been ‘Massive Disruption’ for Netflix

    Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos says that all of the streaming service’s “productions around the world are shut down” because of the coronavirus pandemic, which he calls “a massive disruption.”“It’s unprecedented in history,” Sarandos told CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday.Even as usage of their service has increased from millions of people worldwide staying home on lockdown, Netflix is still navigating the coronavirus crisis.He noted that because Netflix plans “pretty far ahead” on developing new shows, the service’s release schedule is set for the next several months. He said that the challenge will come later in the year, as shows and films that were in production for release in late 2020 have been put on pause due to the ongoing pandemic.Also Read: Netflix Creates $100 Million Fund to Help Creative Community Affected by CoronavirusIn the meantime, Netflix is trying to continue any development that can still be done remotely, while supporting production workers who now find themselves in financial uncertainty. Sarandos said, for example, that writers for the adult animated show “Big Mouth” are holding remote table reads and “getting geared up for a time they can get back to work.” Netflix will pay two weeks’ wages to their production workers and also established a $100 million fund to support those in the entertainment industry hardest hit by the shutdown.According to Wired, usage of Netflix has increased by as much as 75% in some areas of the U.S. since last month, as over 75 million Americans have received orders from state officials to stay in their homes to prevent spread of the disease. In Europe, streaming has increased so much that the European Union has requested that media companies lower their bandwidth, something that Netflix has agreed to do by lowering bandwidth by 25%.“You can imagine, all viewing is up. It’s up on Netflix, on CNN on television in general,” Sarandos said. “The system has been very robust and can help out a lot of people. People certainly are watching a lot more Netflix. As Governor (Andrew) Cuomo said so beautifully, the best thing you can do is stay at home — we are trying hard to help.”Read original story Ted Sarandos: Coronavirus Has Been ‘Massive Disruption’ for Netflix At TheWrap

  • Comedians Join Forces to Parody Gal Gadot’s Star-Studded ‘Imagine’ Video: ‘Imagine There’s No Keto…’
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    Comedians Join Forces to Parody Gal Gadot’s Star-Studded ‘Imagine’ Video: ‘Imagine There’s No Keto…’

    Josh Wolf and a host of other comedians used their coronavirus quarantining downtime to create a parody video of Gal Gadot’s instantly-viral “Imagine” video.The clip — featuring Jeffrey Ross, Sarah Colonna, Jon Ryan, Joey Fatone, Sinbad and Brittany Furlan, among others — starts out, “Imagine there’s no keto / you have to eat mostly carbs / I bought up all of the Purell / just to wash my car.”The rest of the lyrics make references to other hobbies and escapes enjoyed primarily by the wealthy, like dodging urban quarantines by heading to vacation homes or “only” having three cars. When Gadot posted her star-studded version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” Wednesday, one of the immediate criticisms was that it was tone-deaf for featuring rich celebrities who are quarantining in their large homes, recording themselves singing instead of making donations to relief efforts.Also Read: Let Gal Gadot, Mark Ruffalo, Kristen Wiig and More Sing 'Imagine' to Help You Forget Coronavirus (Video)“Hey guys, day 6 in self-quarantine, and I gotta say the past few days got me feeling a bit philosophical,” Gadot said when she posted the video earlier in the week. “You know this virus has affected the entire world, everyone. Doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, we’re all in this together.”Avery Pearson, one of the comedians in Saturday’s parody, mirrored that language when he posted the latest video: “We are all in this together,” he quipped.IMAGINE PARODY- we’re all in this together. @realjeffreyross @chelcielynnn @KingBach @MaryLynnRajskub @AveryFunny @sarahcolonna @JonRyan9 @ryansickler @JoshAdamMeyers @jeremiahstandup @realjoeyfatone @JadeCattaPreta @JessimaePeluso @sinbadbad @BrittanyFurlan @adamraycomedy pic.twitter.com/KZROo7b8ay— Josh Wolf (@joshwolfcomedy) March 21, 2020Read original story Comedians Join Forces to Parody Gal Gadot’s Star-Studded ‘Imagine’ Video: ‘Imagine There’s No Keto…’ At TheWrap

  • Andy Cohen Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Postpones Home-Based ‘Watch What Happens Live’
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    Andy Cohen Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Postpones Home-Based ‘Watch What Happens Live’

    Andy Cohen said he has tested positive for the coronavirus and has decided to postpone the return of “Watch What Happens Live” just hours after announcing plans to shoot an at-home version of the talk show from his New York City apartment.“After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus,” Cohen said in an Instagram post Friday. “As much as I felt like I could push through whatever I was feeling to do WWHL from home, we’re putting a pin in that for now so I can focus on getting better.  I want to thank all the medical professionals who are working tirelessly for all of us, and urge everybody to stay home and take care of themselves.”The plan for the home-based series, “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen: @ Home,” was to do interviews with Bravo-lebrities and personal friends via video chat.Also Read: Did Disney's 'Tangled' Predict the Coronavirus Quarantine Back in 2010?Reps for Bravo did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment about the postponement.“Just when we thought our show couldn’t get any more low-tech, we’re all homebound. I’m not sure how this will play out, but I know it’ll be fun,” Cohen said earlier Friday.In a statement to Variety, who broke the news Friday, Cohen added: “Our show is arguably the most lo-tech show in late night in its current form. So the idea of taking it down even further a few notches is just ironic and hilarious. I mean, we’re the show that I still can’t believe gets a live signal out of a very small clubhouse in Soho. So we will now be from my own clubhouse in the West Village. My show has always been something of a little coffee klatch, party-line type show. And this seemed like a very natural extension of not only the show, but obviously the times that we’re in right now.”Sunday night’s show was set to feature guests including Jerry O’Connell, Nene Leakes and Ramona Singer.Also Read: Martin McDonagh's 'Hangmen' With Dan Stevens Will Not Reopen on Broadway (Video)Monday night’s guest was going to be John Mayer, a friend of Cohen’s who also has his own psuedo-talk show called “Current Mood” that airs Sunday nights on Instagram Live. Cohen called Mayer a “real calming influence on people over the last 10 days since people have been self-quarantining.”Tuesday’s guests were set to be Stassi Schroeder, Jax Taylor, and Brittany Cartwright-Taylor from “Vanderpump Rules.”View this post on Instagram After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus.  As much as I felt like I could push through whatever I was feeling to do WWHL from home, we’re putting a pin in that for now so I can focus on getting better.  I want to thank all the medical professionals who are working tirelessly for all of us, and urge everybody to stay home and take care of themselves.A post shared by Andy Cohen (@bravoandy) on Mar 20, 2020 at 3:03pm PDTRead original story Andy Cohen Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Postpones Home-Based ‘Watch What Happens Live’ At TheWrap

  • Longtime NBC News Employee Dies After Testing Positive for Coronavirus
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    Longtime NBC News Employee Dies After Testing Positive for Coronavirus

    NBC News employee Larry Edgeworth died Thursday after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to the network. He worked in the equipment room of 30 Rockefeller Center, NBC’s headquarters in New York City, and previously spent 25 years working as an audio technician for the company.“Many of you were fortunate enough to work with Larry over the years, so you know that he was the guy you wanted by your side no matter where you were,” NBC News chairman Andy Lack wrote in an email to staffers Friday morning.Also Read: CNN Staffer at NY Bureau Has Coronavirus, 1st Confirmed Case for NetworkIn an article addressing the death, NBC News also pointed out that per his wife, Edgeworth had other health issues.Lack assured staff, “We are doing everything we can to support his family during this very difficult time.”At NBC, show staffers have been taking precautions for days. Al Roker, Craig Melvin and Savannah Guthrie are all taking time away from the “Today” studio and social distancing after a staffer on the third hour of the program tested positive for the virus. In fact, across all the networks, talent and guests are sitting six feet apart to practice social distancing or, in some cases, talent is video calling into the programs they host, fulfilling their duties from home.Read original story Longtime NBC News Employee Dies After Testing Positive for Coronavirus At TheWrap

  • Former FEMA Head Craig Fugate Calls ‘Bulls–,’ Storms Off MSNBC Interview on Coronavirus Response
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    Former FEMA Head Craig Fugate Calls ‘Bulls–,’ Storms Off MSNBC Interview on Coronavirus Response

    Former FEMA chief Craig Fugate stormed out of an MSNBC interview about coronavirus response Thursday, telling anchor Katy Tur, “I don’t have time to listen to b—s—.”The remark he didn’t “have time” for came from Andy Slavitt, the former acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Barack Obama, who said Fugate wasn’t being “helpful” and argued that for the best coronavirus response, “We need a great partnership between the federal and state government.”That’s when Fugate — who cautioned against “waiting” for the federal government and said he’s “always believed the best way the federal government can support governors is to get out of their way, get them funding, use CDC to give guidance” — departed, yanking out his earpiece as he did.Also Read: Sean Hannity Insists He 'Never Called the Virus a Hoax' One Week After Doing Just That (Video)Tur tweeted after the incident, “We have always valued and appreciated @WCraigFugate‘s time and expertise. Tensions are obviously very high. We hope to have him back. We need people who know how things work now more than ever.”Slavitt responded to her, saying, “I certainly agree and really value @WCraigFugate. I certainly didn’t mean to upset him & extend an apology. Tense times.”Fugate tweeted, too, offering an apology: “Dear @MSNBC, @KatyTurNBC At the point I’m not helping, time to step back. Never was good at the talking head thing anyway. This is too critical of a time to let emotions get in the way. My apologies to you and your audience.”For good measure, Slavitt responded to that, too, again apologizing and assuring Fugate they are “on the same team.”Here's the moment when ex-FEMA administrator Craig Fugate pulled his mic off and said this was "bullshit" after Andy Slavitt sharply criticized his suggestions and said that he wasn't being "helpful" pic.twitter.com/Jfel84xLhS— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) March 19, 2020Read original story Former FEMA Head Craig Fugate Calls ‘Bulls–,’ Storms Off MSNBC Interview on Coronavirus Response At TheWrap

  • One America News Reporter Asks Trump If Saying ‘Chinese Food’ Is Racist
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    One America News Reporter Asks Trump If Saying ‘Chinese Food’ Is Racist

    Chanel Rion of One America News Network asked President Donald Trump Thursday whether saying “Chinese food” is racist, and from there, the two moved on into trashing the media.During a press conference on the spread of coronavirus — which Trump has been heavily criticized for calling the “Chinese virus” — Rion, who earlier this week cited a conspiracy theory that coronavirus was possibly created in a North Carolina lab, said, “Do you consider the term ‘Chinese food’ racist because it’s food that originates in China or it has Chinese roots?”“I don’t think it’s racist at all,” said Trump.Also Read: China's State-Run Press Appears to Chastise Trump for Labeling Coronavirus 'Chinese Virus'“On that note,” Rion went on, “major left-wing news media — even in this room — have teamed up with Chinese Communist Party narratives and they’re claiming you’re racist for making these claims about ‘Chinese virus.’ Is it alarming that major media players, just to oppose you, are consistently siding with foreign state propaganda, Islamic radicals and Latin gangs and cartels? And they work right here at the White House with direct access to you and your team?”Trump went on to attack the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post saying, “I know the truth and people out there in the world, they really don’t know the truth. They don’t know what it is.”Before being hired by right-wing OANN, Rion was most known for her political cartoons, which promoted conspiracy theories about the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich. She sat down for a series of interviews with Rudy Giuliani last year as he publicly defended himself and Trump during the impeachment proceedings.The faces made in the room as @ChanelRion asks Trump: Is it alarming that major media players…are consistently siding with a foreign state propaganda, Islamic radicals, and Latin gangs and cartels and they work right here…with direct access to you and your team? pic.twitter.com/4eW8RHipY5— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) March 19, 2020Read original story One America News Reporter Asks Trump If Saying ‘Chinese Food’ Is Racist At TheWrap

  • Jimmy Kimmel Rips KROQ for Firing Kevin Ryder and Morning Team: ‘Shame on You’
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    Jimmy Kimmel Rips KROQ for Firing Kevin Ryder and Morning Team: ‘Shame on You’

    Jimmy Kimmel took to Twitter to express his disappointment in KROQ for firing the Kevin Bryant morning radio show team.Shame on you @kroq “management” for caring so little about the people who gave you so much. Especially now,” the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” late-night talk show host tweeted Wednesday.Co-host Kevin Ryder had announced earlier Wednesday that he and the entire KROQ Morning radio show team were unceremoniously booted from the airwaves and the station building.Also Read: Bonnaroo Music Festival Postponed to September Due to Coronavirus Pandemic“Hey party people! Not sure how to say this, so here it is: Yesterday, @kroq called every one of us on the morning show and told us we were fired,” Ryder said.The former co-host of KROQ’s beloved “Kevin and Bean Show” went on to speculate that he and his crew were fired due to poor ratings. “Why did @kroq fire all of us on the morning show? I assume it’s the ratings, which were down,” Ryder wrote. “The economy because it’s down. But it’s a pretty crappy way to treat people. We’re humbled by you spending any time w us. THANK YOU. (Going to sleep for about a week :)”Also Read: With No Sports Due to Coronavirus, Bovada Customers Are Wagering Heavy on 'Westworld' Season 3 (Exclusive)As if that weren’t bad enough, Ryder also says the radio station sent guards to physically remove him from the building.Reps for KROQ confirmed that the team had been let go but declined to comment further about the reasons or timing. The news comes amid mounting fears over coronavirus, which has lead to mass event cancellations, halting production on television shows and movies, government-mandated bans on large public gatherings, and warnings for people to practice social-distancing and self-isolation to stop the spread of the pandemic.Read original story Jimmy Kimmel Rips KROQ for Firing Kevin Ryder and Morning Team: ‘Shame on You’ At TheWrap

  • Savannah Guthrie in Self-Quarantine, Will Anchor ‘Today’ Show From Home
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    Savannah Guthrie in Self-Quarantine, Will Anchor ‘Today’ Show From Home

    Savannah Guthrie, the co-host of NBC’s “Today” show, announced on Tuesday evening that she will begin anchoring the show from her home as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus pandemic because she has a “mild sore throat and runny nose.”“In an abundance of caution, and to model the super vigilance the CDC has asked of all of us, I’m staying home because I have a mild sore throat and runny nose,” Guthrie shared in an Instagram post. “I feel good and am sure I will be back in no time — but during these days, it’s on all of us to be extra cautious and caring of those around us.”View this post on Instagram Hi everybody! Well, this will be a first. I’m going to be anchoring TODAY from my house! In an abundance of caution, and to model the super vigilance the CDC has asked of all of us, I’m staying home because I have a mild sore throat and runny nose. This was the advice of NBC’s superb medical team and my bosses. I feel good and am sure I will be back in no time – but during these days, it’s on all of us to be extra cautious and caring of those around us. loveyourneighbor So see you tomorrow on TODAY – from my basement!A post shared by Savannah Guthrie (@savannahguthrie) on Mar 17, 2020 at 5:17pm PDTGuthrie’s appearances from home will begin starting with Wednesday’s “Today” show. Her co-host, Hoda Kotb, will still be appearing live from the studio, according to Page Six.On Monday, the “Today” show co-hosts Al Roker and Craig Melvin also did not appear on the show because a colleague had tested positive for COVID-19. Roker did return to give the weather report on Tuesday’s episode — albeit from his kitchen.Also Read: Al Roker Gives Weather Report From His Kitchen as Coronavirus Caution Keeps Him From 'Today' Studio (Video)“We have learned that a TODAY employee based at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and working for the 9am hour has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19). We are fully supporting our colleague, who is experiencing mild symptoms and receiving medical care, and I know you join me in sending our very best for a quick recovery,” NBC News President Noah Oppenheim wrote in a memo to staff.Oppenheim also said in his memo that NBC News’ offices, control room, and Studio 1A were undergoing “multiple deep cleanings” and that employees who were identified to have been in close proximity with the employee would be asked to self-isolate.Read original story Savannah Guthrie in Self-Quarantine, Will Anchor ‘Today’ Show From Home At TheWrap

  • Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds Donate $1 Million to Feeding America, Food Banks Canada Amid Coronavirus
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    Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds Donate $1 Million to Feeding America, Food Banks Canada Amid Coronavirus

    Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are donating $1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada amid the spreading coronavirus, Lively said on Instagram on Monday.“Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families,” she wrote. “If you can give, these orgs need our help.”At the end of her post, Lively made a quick joke about her husband — something that both often do with one another on social media.“Now can someone please tell Ryan that ‘emotional distancing’ from his mother in law is not a thing. Nothing can save him,” she wrote.Also Read: Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner and More Celebrities Read Bedtime Stories to Comfort Kids in Isolation (Video)Reynolds also posted to his Instagram, putting up a joke phone number for pal and nemesis Hugh Jackman.Feeding America is a network of food banks that fights to end world hunger globally. Food Banks Canada also fights to prevent hunger.Also Read: Bored at Home? Here's Where You Can Watch Most of AFI's Top 25 Films (Photos)According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 3,487 cases of coronavirus in the United States, with 68 total deaths. Globally, there are 168,019 cases with 6,610 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.See the couple’s posts below.View this post on Instagram @feedingamerica @foodbankscanada ♥️A post shared by Blake Lively (@blakelively) on Mar 16, 2020 at 5:06pm PDTView this post on Instagram I think we can all agree, Covid-19 is an asshole. If you’re able to help, visit, @feedingamerica and @foodbankscanadaA post shared by Ryan Reynolds (@vancityreynolds) on Mar 16, 2020 at 4:14pm PDTRead original story Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds Donate $1 Million to Feeding America, Food Banks Canada Amid Coronavirus At TheWrap

  • R. Kelly ‘Knowingly and Intentionally’ Gave Women Herpes Through Nonconsensual, Unprotected Sex, Prosecutors Say
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    R. Kelly ‘Knowingly and Intentionally’ Gave Women Herpes Through Nonconsensual, Unprotected Sex, Prosecutors Say

    New York prosecutors filed new charges against disgraced singer R. Kelly on Friday, claiming that Kelly “knowingly and intentionally” had unprotected sex with a woman and young girl without telling them that he had herpes in 2015 and 2017.The new criminal charges filed in the Eastern District of New York are related to “reckless endangerment” and “knowing exposure of infectious venereal disease,” according to the filing.The indictment did not disclose the exact age of the young girl, identified as Jane Doe 5, but prosecutors did indicate that she was under 18 years old and had contracted the venereal disease.Also Read: R Kelly Faces New Federal Charges for Sexual Abuse of a MinorAccording to earlier government filings, as reported by the New York Times, a woman identified as Jane Doe 6 first met Kelly at a concert when she was 19 years old in 2017. She had ended her relationship with Kelly after discovering she had contracted an “infectious venereal disease” from the singer, the filing said.One of Kelly’s attorneys, Steve Greenberg, responded to the new charges on Twitter: “Having now had the opportunity to review the latest superseding indictment against @rkelly, we do not believe it fundamentally changes anything.”Douglas Anton, another Kelly attorney, did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment regarding the latest charges.A grand jury in Brooklyn indicted Kelly last July on five counts, including for racketeering and transporting people across state lines to commit sex crimes. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to accusations that he led a criminal enterprise to recruit women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity. He is scheduled to appear in a Brooklyn courtroom in July.Read original story R. Kelly ‘Knowingly and Intentionally’ Gave Women Herpes Through Nonconsensual, Unprotected Sex, Prosecutors Say At TheWrap

  • Bill Gates to Step Down From Microsoft Board
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    Bill Gates to Step Down From Microsoft Board

    Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates announced today he will step down from the company’s board of directors to dedicate more time to his philanthropic efforts.Gates also said he will step down from the board of Warren Buffett-owned financial management company Berkshire Hathaway, which he joined in 2004.“The leadership at the Berkshire companies and Microsoft has never been stronger, so the time is right to take this step,” said Gates.Gates established Microsoft Corp. in 1975 with his childhood friend Paul Allen. The two grew the company into a global technology supplier and each became billionaires — Gates himself is one of the world’s richest men. In 2008, Gates stepped away from Microsoft’s executive suite but remained a member of its board and a key adviser to current Chief Executive Satya Nadella.“With respect to Microsoft, stepping down from the board in no way means stepping away from the company,” Gates wrote in a LinkedIn post. “Microsoft will always be an important part of my life’s work and I will continue to be engaged with (Satya Nadella) and the technical leadership to help shape the vision and achieve the company’s ambitious goals. I feel more optimistic than ever about the progress the company is making and how it can continue to benefit the world,” said Gates.But Gates said he wants to put some of that cash to charitable use and “dedicate more time to philanthropic priorities including global health and development, education, and my increasing engagement in tackling climate change” through his work with nonprofits The Giving Pledge and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.Read original story Bill Gates to Step Down From Microsoft Board At TheWrap

  • CNN Contributor Andrew Gillum Found in Miami Beach Hotel Room With Bags of Suspected Meth
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    CNN Contributor Andrew Gillum Found in Miami Beach Hotel Room With Bags of Suspected Meth

    The 2018 Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum was present in a hotel room where one man was treated for a suspected overdose and baggies of suspected crystal meth were found, according to the Miami Herald, which cites a police report.Gillum, a CNN contributor, “was too intoxicated to answer questions,” according to the Herald, but was able to leave the South Beach hotel room with no incident. He has not been charged with anything.In a statement given to the Herald, Gillum said, “I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends. While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines. I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement.”Also Read: Watch Andrew Gillum Concede in Florida Governor's Race to Ron DeSantis (Video)He also thanked emergency responders and said he intends to spend the next few weeks with his family in private.A representative for CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Gillum, a former Tallahassee mayor, conceded the gubernatorial race to Republican Ron DeSantis in 2018. DeSantis caused a stir that August, drawing accusations of using a racist dog whistle during a Fox News interview while talking about voters potentially ellecting Gillum, who would have been the state’s first black governor.Also Read: 'Florida Man' Rom-Com Procedural From Nick Stoller Gets Put Pilot Commitment at FoxRead original story CNN Contributor Andrew Gillum Found in Miami Beach Hotel Room With Bags of Suspected Meth At TheWrap

  • Black Thursday: Dow Suffers Biggest Point Drop Ever, as Disney and Apple Fall Hard
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    Black Thursday: Dow Suffers Biggest Point Drop Ever, as Disney and Apple Fall Hard

    The Dow Jones industrial average, after sharp declines from major companies like Apple and Disney, had its worst single-day point drop ever on Thursday, plunging 2,352 points to close at 21,201 points. The 10% fall also represented the biggest single-day percentage drop since Black Monday 1987, when the Dow plummeted 22.5%.The historic point drop on Thursday comes only days after the previous record was set; fears over the coronavirus outbreak, coupled with an oil price war, sent the Dow down 2,013.76 points on Monday.President Trump addressed the coronavirus outbreak on Wednesday night and announced the U.S. would ban travel from Europe — except for from the United Kingdom — for 30 days. On Thursday, the Federal Reserve said it would inject $1.5 trillion into Wall Street to curb the “highly unusual disruptions” brought on by the coronavirus. Those plans did little to stop the bleeding on Thursday, though, with several entertainment and tech companies absorbing major hits.Also Read: Disneyland Resort and Theme Parks to Close as Coronavirus SpreadsShares of Disney, which is one of the 30 companies represented by the Dow index, fell 13% on Thursday to $91.81 per share. Less than a month ago, the company was trading near $140 per share, but the combination of coronavirus and the exit of CEO Bob Iger in recent weeks have led to a severe drop. California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday issued a directive banning gatherings of more than 250 people, but offered an exemption to Disneyland. “Disneyland, I think, has a thousand people on a ride every hour, and concerts and theaters. They have parades. That’s a nation state campus environment. I mean, that’s a whole different thing,” Newsom explained, according to the LA Times. Disney’s share price did not rebound, even following the governor’s announcement, on Thursday.Hours later — and soon after markets closed on Thursday — Disney announced it would be shutting down Disneyland through the end of March.Disney’s 5-day drop, courtesy of GoogleApple shareholders, meanwhile, had a rough day as well, with shares of the tech giant dropping 9.9%; the company closed at $248.23 per share and has dropped more than 20% since trading at its all-time high of about $327 per share in early February. Chief executive Tim Cook warned shareholders last month the company could be especially hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, which impacted the company’s iPhone production in China.The S&P 500 and Nasdaq experienced similar drops on Thursday, with both indexes plunging more than 9%.Theater chains were rocked on Thursday, as movies releases are being postponed and large gatherings are being banned across the globe. Shares of IMAX cratered nearly 26% on Thursday, while AMC Entertainment Holdings fell 20%. Discovery and Fox both dropped more than 7% on Thursday, while shares of Viacom and Lionsgate plummeted more than 17% each.During a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Thursday, President Trump said he expects the market to “bounce back very big” in the near future.Read original story Black Thursday: Dow Suffers Biggest Point Drop Ever, as Disney and Apple Fall Hard At TheWrap