This baby otter taking its first swim is everything… pic.twitter.com/ta47y8jJju
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) June 30, 2021
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After four years — but a period that has seemed much longer — Meghan “MY FATHER” McCain has announced that she is leaving The View at the end of this season, despite having two years left on her contract.
McCain’s team insists that this was her decision, and you know, I’m actually pretty sure it was. While Former President Bloviator was in office, she positioned herself as the lone conservative voice on the show, speaking truth to the other women and pointing out that their big city liberal values were out of touch with “Real America.”
However, since Biden’s win, McCain has been noticeably more defensive and aggressive with her co-hosts, and I think she’s struggled to comes up with a principled conservative position in the face of events like January 6 and the perpetuation of The Big Lie. She’s clearly getting out while the getting’s good, and before more calamities befall Trumpworld that she would be forced to try to spin.
Bye, Meghan! Your shrill, bratty, entitled whinging won’t be missed!
— The View (@TheView) July 1, 2021
— Ryan James Dee (@RyanJamesDee) July 1, 2021
— Rob #AbolishTheFillibuster (@RealityRobbed) July 1, 2021
Jeff Rake, the creator of Manifest, is no longer pursuing more seasons, but he is DETERMINED to tell the end of the story. As long as it involves terrible CGI wolves and massive vomiting, count me in.
And this is not TV news by any stretch of the imagination, but after the storm of bad news that was delivered yesterday, I needed this: Charges are being brought against the Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg for tax evasion. It’s unclear if this is the end of this particular story, or if this is just the beginning for prosecutors, and just the first rung of a ladder that could potentially reach Former President Charlatan and his family. FINGERS CROSSED.
Rachel Lindsay, now no longer affiliated with The Bachelor and its franchises, wrote a powerful and fiery essay for Vulture about her treatment as a “token,” having to deal with white fragility, and calling the show out for casting a racist on her season just to see how things would shake out. She also writes about her disappointment in the first Black Bachelor season:
Watching Matt’s season felt like reliving my own. The focus was on his white mother and his popular white friends in the franchise. This man runs a nonprofit. He’s close with his family. But they gave us his whiteness. The end of the season centered on the absentee-Black-father narrative, yet again playing into a stereotype.
And she calls out the toxic fanbase:
The franchise has spent 19 years cultivating a toxic audience. They have constantly given it a product it wants: a midwestern/southern white, blonde, light-eyed Christian. Not all viewers are like that. My Higher Learning co-host and I have divided it — there is a Bachelor Nation, and there is a Bachelor Klan. Bachelor Klan is hateful, racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, and homophobic. They are afraid of change. They are afraid to be uncomfortable. They are afraid when they get called out.
Burn it all down, Rachel.
The Late Late Show with James Corden‘s segment, “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts,” has been criticized for mocking Asian foods, and a petition circulated last month collected over 45,000 signatures asking the show to change its food options. Corden acknowledged the criticism on The Howard Stern Show and vowed to change the segment.
Nikole Hannah-Jones, the author of The 1619 Project was offered tenure at the University of North Carolina after a weeks-long battle. Jones had been offered the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism at UNC, a position that traditionally comes with tenure, but the board of the school declined to include tenure for Jones, as part of backlash to her Pulitzer Prize-winning work. The board voted yesterday and reversed the decision.
And Miya Ponsetto, the woman who attacked a 14-year-old Black child in a Soho hotel, accusing him of stealing her phone, was charged with two felony counts of unlawful imprisonment in the 2nd degree as a hate crime and two misdemeanor counts of aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.
The Recording Academy has extended 2,710 membership invites, increasing its diversity in the wake of criticism of the Grammy nomination and voting process.
This thread is fascinating and worth clicking through for a little history:
Wait… what did Whoopi say?
Saying something crazy like Biden or Establishment Democrats ended apartheid would be easily to dismantle.
A thread: https://t.co/9Gse5muBh5
— Michael Harriot (@michaelharriot) June 29, 2021
Black choreographers and creators on TikTok have gone on strike, to protest white TikTokers stealing their dances from them. They specifically refuse to choreograph Megan Thee Stallion’s new song, “Thot Shit,” and white folks have been left to their own devices, with hilarious results. THE SONG LITERALLY TELLS YOU HOW TO DANCE TO IT: “hands on my knees shaking ass on my thot shit,” and yet this is what white girls are doing:
Oh, white girls.
- City on Fire is being adapted into a television series by the producers of The O.C. and Gossip Girl for Apple TV+.
- Last Exit: Space has been ordered at Discovery+.
- Rob Reiner is working on a limited series about the relationship between Vladimir Putin and Former President Traitor.
- Let The Record Show is being adapted into a TV series.
- The Therapy and Love Addicts, two German series, have been picked up at Amazon.
- Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi are working on a new action-adventure comedy series.
- Janine Nabers signed an overall deal with Amazon.
- Powerhouse Animation Studios has signed a first-look deal with Netflix.
- Nick Offerman has been cast as Casey “Dove” Porter in A League of Their Own on Amazon.
- L. Scott Caldwell is joining the cast of Our Kind of People on Fox.
- Wunmi Mosaku has joined We Own This City on HBO.
- Michael Stuhlbarg has been added to the cast of The Staircase on HBO Max.
- Telma Hopkins, Linda Park, and Vanessa Marano are joining the cast of the Dangerous Moms pilot on NBC.
- Nico Parker has been added to the cast of The Last of Us on HBO.
- My Life is Murder on Acorn TV has announced a slew of guest stars for the upcoming season, including William Shatner.
- Here’s your cast of season 23 of Big Brother.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Chair will premiere on Netflix on August 20.
- The Wheel of Time will premiere sometime in 2021 on Amazon.
- Cinderella will premiere on Amazon on September 2.
- The L Word: Generation Q returns on Showtime on August 8.
- 9/11: One Day in America will premiere on National Geographic on August 29.
- Beckett will premiere on Netflix on August 13.
- Wipeout: The Suicide Squad Special will air on TBS on August 1.
- Disney Princess Remixed – An Ultimate Princess Celebration will premiere on Disney Channel on August 27.
- Forensic Files II returns on HLN on July 11.
Donald Rumsfeld, Former Secretary of Defense, one of the architects of the war in Afghanistan and the disastrous Iraq War
The Tomorrow War: Chris Pratt stars in this sci-fi action-adventure film as a family man who is drafted into a future war to save humanity. Premiere. Amazon
Summer of Soul: A documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African-American music and culture. Premiere. Hulu
Top Chef: The final three compete to be named Top Chef (and a Houstonian is in the mix!). Season finale. 7 p.m., Bravo
Top Chef Amateurs: In this new competition series, amateur chefs compete in some of the most difficult Top Chef challenges. Series premiere. 9:30 p.m., Bravo
No Sudden Move: When a simple job goes sideways, a group of criminals has to figure out what’s really going on in this new film starring Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Jon Hamm, Don Cheadle, and David Harbour among others. Premiere. HBO Max
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jim Gaffigan, JP Saxe with John Mayer
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Chris Pratt, Ed Sheeran
- Watch What Happens Live: Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons, Tom Colicchio
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