Biden shied away from news conferences, interviews in Year 1
As President Joe Biden wraps up his first year in the White House, he has held fewer news conferences than any of his five immediate predecessors at the same point in their presidencies, and has taken part in fewer media interviews than any of his recent predecessors.
Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon joke about Greg Pence's no vote on solving Mike Pence's attempted murder
"Last night the House voted 252-175 to form a commission that would investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riots," Jimmy Fallon said on Thursday's Tonight Show. "Not only did 175 Republicans vote against the commission, they also want to make Jan. 6 'Bring Your Insane Rioter to Work Day.'" The commission bill "now heads to the Senate, where it needs support of 10 Republicans," he said. "Come on, there's a better chance of 10 dentists supporting Mountain Dew Cake Smash." "Get this, Mike Pence's brother Greg Pence voted no," Fallon laughed. "People said, 'Don't you care that they tried to kill your brother?' And he was like 'No's before bros!' That will make for a fun family barbecue this summer: 'Mother, ask Judas how he wants his meat patty.'" The Late Show suggested this year's Pence Thanksgiving will be awkward, to the tune of Sister Sledge's "We Are Family." Apparently, "Republicans don't want to find out why they were almost murdered because it could hurt them politically," believing "a Jan. 6 probe could undercut their midterm message," Stephen Colbert sighed at The Late Show. Rep. Tim Ryan's (D-Ohio) explained his bafflement at this strategy on the House floor. "Wow, what an impassioned speech," Colbert marveled. "That guy should run for president." (The joke is, he just did.) "The new new thing in Washington now that's dividing Congress is the mask mandate in the House of Representatives — Democrats want it, so Republicans, naturally, don't," Jimmy Kimmel said on Kimmel Live. "It look a while, but we finally found the one thing House Republicans aren't willing to cover up: their faces. And the main reason these masks are still needed, the only reason they need them on the floor of the House, is because less than half of House Republicans are vaccinated." He explained how certain unvaccinated people are total "freeloaders." Jeff Bezos is auctioning off a seat on his Blue Origin space tourism flight, and the current high bid is $2.8 million, Kimmel said. "Who has $2.8 million and might need to get off the planet fast?" Maybe the rich guy in deepening legal peril. Donald Trump will "finally get to meet all the illegal aliens he's been screaming about," he joked. The former president's former lawyer suggested he'll feed his kids to the wolves to save his own skin, Kimmel said. "The saddest part is going to be when Trump forgets to pin a crime on Tiffany." More stories from theweek.comAngelina Jolie stands perfectly still, unshowered, covered in bees for World Bee DayWhat the left gets wrong about the Israel-Palestine conflictTexas executes Quintin Jones for 1999 murder, says it forgot to let the media witness executionnews.yahoo.com
Tiger Woods returns to Florida to recover from car crash
Law enforcement has not previously disclosed that Woods had been unconscious following the collision. “Happy to report that I am back home and continuing my recovery,” Woods said in a tweet posted Tuesday night. “I will be recovering at home and working on getting stronger every day,” Woods said in the statement. Rory McIlroy suggested in an interview with Jimmy Fallon that Woods might be headed home to Florida. And I think all of us are wishing him a speedy recovery at this point.″McIlroy and Thomas are among those who live near Woods in Jupiter, Florida.
NYC steakhouse stunt: A wax Don Draper hanging at the bar
A wax statue of actor John Hamm stands by the bar with a drink at Peter Luger Steakhouse on Friday, Feb, 26, 2021, in New York. The statue, on loan from Madame Tussauds, will help fill out the restaurant during COVID-19 occupancy restrictions. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)NEW YORK – It’s a promotion that could be straight out of the “Mad Men” Don Draper playbook. Other figures on loan from Madame Tussauds include Michael Strahan, Jimmy Fallon, Al Roker and Audrey Hepburn in Holly Golightly of “Breakfast at Tiffany's” mode. After that, they'll return to the recently reopened Madame Tussauds in midtown Manhattan.
Shailene Woodley confirms she's engaged to Aaron Rodgers
Woodley confirmed that shes engaged to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The actor discussed her relationship with Rodgers on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, saying they got engaged a while ago. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)Shailene Woodley confirmed that she’s engaged to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “Yes, we are engaged,” Woodley said. Woodley added that she’d never even seen a football game before meeting Rodgers.
Late-night hosts react with shock, anger to Capitol attack
(CBS/NBC/NBC/ABC via AP)NEW YORK – Late-night TV show hosts expressed anger and frustration at the violence at the U.S. Capitol, offering somber monologues that pleaded for unity even as some aimed pointed barbs at those they held responsible for the mobs' actions. “It was a terrible day in the history of this country,” said Jimmy Kimmel on his ABC show Wednesday. “If my grandfather were alive today and saw what was happening in the country that he fought for, he’d be disgusted," said Jimmy Fallon on NBC. "After five years of coddling this president’s fascist rhetoric, guess whose followers want to burn down the Reichstag?” he said. I assure you there are more good people than there are bad, and good will prevail,” Fallon said.
Despite bleak 2020, celebrities make effort to brighten year
(AP Photo)LOS ANGELES – Yes, 2020 may seem like a complete fail with all the constant bad news and tragic moments. It’s been filled with gloom and doom, but some celebrities and those inspired by them have tried to brighten a bleak year. He reassigned his 10 seamstresses in New York to produce thousands daily for health care workers on the frontlines. The singer and husband Emilio Estefan's restaurant Estefan Kitchen served up homemade meals for health care workers in Miami. The challenge coordinated offers by celebrities and athletes to raise funds to feed those in need during the pandemic.
Heard any Biden jokes? Study of late-night comics finds few
A staggering 97% of the jokes Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon told about the candidates in September targeted President Donald Trump, a study released Monday found. That's 455 jokes about Trump and 14 about Democrat Joe Biden, according to the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University. That doesn't even count 64 jokes made about Trump's family or administration, the study said. It may present a real challenge for the comics if Biden defeats Trump in next month's election, however. In 2001, late-night comedians made former President Bill Clinton the subject of more jokes than his successor, George W. Bush, Lichter said.
'Grateful': Gigi Hadid welcomes baby girl with Zayn Malik
FILE - In this May 2, 2016 file photo, Zayn Malik, left, and Gigi Hadid arrive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala in New York. The couple took to social media Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, to celebrate the arrival of their daughter. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
'Grateful': Gigi Hadid welcomes baby girl with Zayn Malik
FILE - In this May 2, 2016 file photo, Zayn Malik, left, and Gigi Hadid arrive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala in New York. The couple took to social media Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, to celebrate the arrival of their daughter. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Model Gigi Hadid and her musician boyfriend Zayn Malik took to social media to celebrate the arrival of an infant girl, with dad saying he's “grateful" and “thankful.”“To try put into words how I am feeling right now would be an impossible task. Hadid also shared a similar photo on Instagram, with the caption: "Our girl joined us earth-side this weekend and she's already changing our world. Hadid, 25, and Malik, 27, have been dating off-and-on for several years.
Guilfoyle's loud RNC speech makes her the comics' favorite
Stephen Colbert mimicked poking his head out from under a table after playing a clip of Guilfoyle on CBS' Late Show." I'm glad we already have kids, because I think I was sterilized by that.He called Guilfoyle a vengeful banshee who will haunt your dreams.On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah said Guilfoyle's speech was so loud that Canada called the cops. I want to wish a speedy recovery for anyone who watched the convention on headphones, he said. MSNBC's Morning Joe ran portions of her speech side-by-side with Dwight Schrute's classic award acceptance speech in The Office.Somewhere, Kimmel was taking notes. That stands in contrast to Colbert, who is doing the Late Show live for the two weeks of the convention.
Dolly Parton to release first Christmas album in 30 years
Leave it to Dolly Parton to save us from 2020. According to Rolling Stone, the country music star is set to release her first holiday album in 30 years, titled A Holly Dolly Christmas.The album will feature solo songs and duets with Michael Buble, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson and Randy Parton. The LP is set to drop on Oct. 2. Partons album will include holiday classics in addition to some original songs. Below is a tracklist from A Holly Dolly Christmas:
Lucille Ball Comedy Festival goes virtual in its 29th year
LOS ANGELES – The annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is going virtual with help from Tiffany Haddish, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Margaret Cho, “Weird Al” Yankovic and more than two-dozen others working in the realm of humor. The festival, presented by the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, will stream conversations with the artists over three weekends, starting Friday and running through Aug. 30. Other pairings include Cho with host and fellow comedian Judy Gold (10 p.m. EDT Friday); Haddish with comedian Flame Monroe (8 p.m. EDT Aug. 22); political satirist Mark Russell with Lewis Black (8 p.m. EDT Aug. 28). The 29th annual festival will pay tribute to Carl Reiner, the filmmaker and creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” who died in June. A rare Reiner interview from the center's archives will be shown at 8 p.m. EDT Aug. 30, with humorist Paula Poundstone hosting.
Jimmy Fallon, 'Tonight' show return to studio, sans audience
NEW YORK The studio is largely empty, but Jimmy Fallon is out of his home and back to the Tonight show stage. The NBC late-night host returned to NBC's Rockefeller Center headquarters Monday, saying he hoped he could provide his audience with a little more normal during the coronavirus pandemic. I'm here to show you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel if we keep each other safe, Fallon said. Fallon, along with other late-night hosts, have been working remotely the past few months of months. Andrew Cuomo and Charlize Theron, weren't in the studio as the celebrity interviews continued remotely.
Fey asks to pull '30 Rock' episodes that featured blackface
NEW YORK At the request of co-creator Tina Fey, four episodes of the comedy 30 Rock are being removed from circulation because they featured characters performing in blackface. The series aired on NBC from 2006 to 2013, but episodes are still being shown in television syndication and on streaming services including Hulu, Amazon Prime, iTunes and Peacock. Two of the four eliminated 30 Rock episodes originally aired in 2010, with the others first shown in 2008 and 2010. They include the East Coast version of an episode first shown live. Fallon, who did not appear in such makeup on 30 Rock, apologized last month after online circulation of an earlier Saturday Night Live skit where he wore blackface to impersonate Chris Rock.
Fallon apologizes for using blackface in 20-year-old skit
According to Variety, it was first posted on Twitter by a user named chefboyohdear, and showed Fallon, as Rock, appearing on a talk show. Fallon tweeted that it was a terrible decision to impersonate Rock, also a former Saturday Night Live cast member. I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable, the late-night star wrote. The history of minstrel shows and movies where white performers donned blackface to mock blacks has made its use considered offensive today. Sarah Silverman used blackface for a sketch on her Comedy Central show in 2007, a decision she later said she was horrified by.
LeBron James, Spotify, HBO among 2020 Webby Award winners
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced that James, Fallon and Bell are among the 2020 Webby Award winners for internet excellence. (AP Photo)LOS ANGELES LeBron James, Jimmy Fallon, Spotify and HBO are among the 2020 Webby Award winners for internet excellence. Lil Nas Xs Panini won a Webby for peoples voice award for best art direction. Spotify scored an award for best use of online media, while HBO claimed best branded editorial experience. Tom Hanks #NiceTweets with Tom Hanks won a peoples voice award for arts and entertainment.
Fred Willard, the comedic improv-style actor, has died at 86
(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES Fred Willard, the comedic actor whose improv style kept him relevant for more than 50 years in films like This Is Spinal Tap, Best In Show and Anchorman, has died. Willards death comes nearly two years after his wife Mary Willard died at the age of 71. After his wife died, Willard questioned whether he would work again. We were so lucky to know Fred Willard and will miss his many visits." Fred Willard was the funniest person that Ive ever worked with," Steve Carell said on Twitter.
New York late-night shows will ditch live audiences in an effort to prevent coronavirus from spreading
Comedian Seth Meyers during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on November 18, 2019Late-night TV shows filmed in New York will now be taped without a live audience as the coronavirus pandemic spreads. Andrew Cuomo announced 39 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the state's total to 212. The largest cluster of cases remains in Westchester where there are 121 confirmed cases, followed by 48 total cases in New York City. The show uses a live audience for both its rehearsals and broadcast, but is not scheduled to air again until March 28. Los Angeles-based late-night shows "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Late Late Show with James Corden" and "A Little Late with Lilly Singh" have so far not decided to remove audiences.cnbc.com