Twitter was just as disgusted with Rudy Giuliani’s ‘Masked Singer’ appearance as Ken Jeong

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HBO Max and HBO gained 3 million subscribers in the first quarter of 2022, so I guess we know where all those missing Netflix subscribers went.

Well, that didn’t last long: CNN+ is already being shut down after only two weeks. It will shutter at the end of the month. I suspect some of the programming will be saved on whatever form the HBO Max/Discovery+ merger is, but we’ll see.

Last night was the big Rudy Giuliani unmasking on The Masked Singer, and, just as was leaked, Ken Jeong left the stage in the most dramatic moment that has ever happened on this dumb show.

After singing “Bad to the Bone,” it was revealed that the Jack-in-the-Box was actually America’s Disgraced Mayor, purveyor of dangerous lies, and architect of The Big Lie, Rudy Giuliani. Ken Jeong clearly looks disappointed and even nauseous at the reveal, and as Giuliani begins singing his song again, Ken Jeong announces “I’m done,” and walks off the stage while the cameras follow.

Twitter agreed:

And you know, it’s frustrating, because by just covering it, I’m giving Fox exactly what they want: attention. They don’t care that Giuliani was one of the lead warriors in Former President Coup D’état’s attempts to steal the 2020 election — if anything that notoriety is exactly why they cast him; so that people like me and Ken Jeong would clutch our pearls and bring more eyeballs to the episode. (Which is exactly why they leaked the news back in February that Giuliani was going to be on the show.) The one upside I can report is that this episode was the lowest-rated of the season so far. Good. One can hope it will further discourage such dystopian shenanigans.

NeNe Leakes is suing NBCUniversal, Bravo, production companies True Entertainment and Truly Original, executives from those companies, and “Housewives” executive producer Andy Cohen, claiming that The Real Housewives of Atlanta fostered a hostile and racist working environment. What is interesting is that the majority of her complaints (if not all) stem from things said by Kim Zolciak-Biermann (who is white). However, Zolciak-Biermann is not herself named in the suit.

George R.R. Martin is a God-level troll.

That opening sequence on Better Call Saul with the movers was literally performed by a dance troupe. I guess kinda spoilery if you haven’t watched yet.

Sorta-related: Bryan Cranston is the godfather to Aaron Paul’s second baby. Congratulations to all!

The creator of Yellowstone is irritated that other people are making westerns, too.  OK.

NOMINATE MANDY MOORE FOR AN EMMY, YOU COWARDS.

There’s something depressing about the fact that awards shows have to specifically say out loud, “NO HITTING!” but I suppose that’s where we are now.

Netflix is having a rough week: The Wrap just reported that Phil Rynda, the head of animation, had been fired last week, projects are being canceled, there were allegations of “staged” data, and the creatives are not being supported. (The article is behind a paywall, so here’s an AV Club synopsis if you want to read it.)

Update on the Rust debacle: The New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau and Environmental Department is fining the production company nearly $140,000 for “plain indifference” towards firearm safety. Alec Baldwin’s team, and Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the film’s armorer, claim this exonerates them. A criminal investigation is still ongoing. 

Tucker Carlson in the original Russian:

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Mark Your Calendars

  • The Time Traveler’s Wife will premiere on HBO on May 15.
  • The Big Conn will premiere on Apple TV+ on May 6.
  • The Challenge: All Stars will return on Paramount+ on May 11.
  • Alone returns on The History Channel on May 26.

R.I.P.

Robert Morse, Tony-winning Broadway star and Mad Men‘s Bert Cooper

Ralph Kiser, Survivor: Redemption Island contestant

Mike Hopkins, CBS News director of special events and logistics

Hollis Resnik, Chicago theater actress

 

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