The one good thing about this terrible ‘America’s Got Talent’ story is that it reaffirms that Jay Leno is THE WORST.

America’s Got Talent sounds like a nightmare place to work unless you are a white guy. SO. As I mentioned a couple of days ago, Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough are not returning as judges on the talent competition this season, and a new report in Variety has the dirt. It sounds like both women received tons of critical notes about their physical appearances, notes that were insulting and demoralizing. Union, in particular, received a half a dozen notes that her hair was “too black” for the AGT audience. IT IS 2019, PEOPLE. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Also, there were a couple of racially insensitive incidents during filming: one involving a contestant who engaged in blackface and one incident that involved Jay Leno, a portrait of Simon Cowell and his dogs, and a tasteless joke about Koreans. Neither of these incidents made it to air — though they were taped — but Union was angered by both and urged producers to report Leno’s joke to NBC’s HR department.

They did not.


Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough: y’all are better off, ladies. Also, Mel B? I’d love to hear your notes about your experience on the show.

Turns out the Succession prop department takes their jobs pretty seriously. Also, this piece gives you a little emotional insight into your favorite character Cousin Greg. Oh, Cousin Greg.

Everything you want to know about the origins of the new Apple TV+ series Servant.

Andrew Yang is still giving MSNBC the cold shoulder.

“… the core question is why the hell does Tucker Carlson still have a job here in the first place? The reality is, this is someone who said white supremacy is a hoax, and why does Fox allow him to still be here in the first place?” — Democratic National Committee vice chair Michael Blake on Fox News yesterday morning. GO ON WITH YOUR BAD SELF, MICHAEL.


The Department of Justice is weighing in on the WGA dispute with the agencies, and — this will shock you — the DoJ is siding against the union.

This isn’t TV-related but an American teenager posted a clever video on TikTok criticizing the Chinese government for their treatment of Uighur Muslims under the guise of being a makeup tutorial. It went viral and TikTok, which is a Chinese company, banned the teen for posting “terrorism”-related content. This is what the future looks like.


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Godfrey Gao, Taiwanese-Canadian actor who died of a heart attack during the filming of a Chinese reality series called Chase Me. His death has sparked outrage across China towards the show’s producers.

Jonathan Miller, British writer and director for the stage and member of Beyond the Fringe


The Irishman: The Robert DeNiro/Al Pacino/Martin Scorcese Oscar bait is finally here. Netflix

Ellen’s Game of Games: Ellen is back with her wacky games. 7 p.m., NBC

A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving Special: In which SNL finds an excuse to re-air Adam Sandler’s dumb Thanksgiving song. 8 p.m., NBC

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: Listen, jelly beans and toast sound great but quick question: where are these children’s parents? 7 p.m., ABC

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: John Boyega, Abigail Spencer, JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jeff Goldblum, Jacqueline Novak
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: LL Cool J, José Andrés
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: Evan Rachel Wood, Melissa Benoist, Mike Birbiglia, Bloc Party
  • A Little Late with Lily Singh: Jillian Bell, Utkarsh Ambudkar
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ABC A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Modern Family
Modern Family
CBS Survivor
CW iHeartRadio Music Festival Local
FOX The Masked Singer
Almost Family


NBC Ellen’s Game of Games
A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving Special

One thought on “The one good thing about this terrible ‘America’s Got Talent’ story is that it reaffirms that Jay Leno is THE WORST.

  1. Good gosh, it’s been over 40 years since Jonathan Miller’s great medical documentary series, The Body in Question.
    He was also a great opera director. One of his most famous productions was a Mafia setting of Verdi’s Rigoletto.
    And these are only a few of the man’s interests and talents. There will be many long, laudatory obits.

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