You’re going to need your sound on for this one (but I wouldn’t turn the volume all the way up — especially if you’re at work):
Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News
Upon the terribly sad news that the hilarious, sweet, fabulous Leslie Jordan had passed away yesterday, the Fox comedy Call Me Kat, on which Jordan was cast, has paused production. He was such a delight; this one hurts.
Leslie Jordan and Megan Mullally on Will & Grace was a comedy masterclass. Thanks for all the giggles, Leslie. 💖 pic.twitter.com/XTTMqw40Pp
— Kirsten Allison (@KirstenAllison) October 24, 2022
My heart is broken. Leslie Jordan was one of the funniest people I ever had the pleasure of working with. Everyone who ever met him, loved him. There will never be anyone like him. A unique talent with an enormous, caring heart. You will be missed, my dear friend. 😔❤️ pic.twitter.com/RNKSamoES0
— Sean Hayes (@SeanHayes) October 24, 2022
Crushed to learn about the loss of @thelesliejordan, the funniest & flirtiest southern gent I’ve ever known. The joy and laughter he brought to every one of his #WillandGrace episodes was palpable. Gone about thirty years too soon. You were loved, sweet man. 💔
— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) October 24, 2022
— Kim Fields (@KimVFields) October 24, 2022
Completely heartbroken. 💔
Leslie Jordan was a kind spirit and provided us with so many laughs. Rest peacefully, friend. pic.twitter.com/eULoI7C9fW
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) October 24, 2022
Leslie Jordan could be the funniest person on the screen by just saying one word! A true legend! pic.twitter.com/QadieldHtP
— Lukas Thimm (@LukasThimm) October 24, 2022
Leslie Jordan put a smile on the faces of so many, especially with his pandemic videos. What a feat to keep us all laughing and connected in such difficult times… It feels so cruel that this could happen to such a beautiful soul. https://t.co/JKj2t8Km7A
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) October 24, 2022
Rest in peace, Leslie Jordan. Thank you for the countless laughs and for sharing your spirit with us all. 💘 pic.twitter.com/PzJq31z19T
— RuPaul's Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) October 24, 2022
Leslie Jordan was kind enough to join me as a special guest on my book tour. That night, he shared this heartwarming story about his father, and the crowd was just as charmed and mesmerized by him as I was. Thank you for all the light you brought to the world, Leslie. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/PZcaaG9FQc
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) October 25, 2022
you were the light we needed in a dark time. RIP Leslie Jordan pic.twitter.com/RsvXrUxfGL
— The Notorious J.O.V. (@whotfisjovana) October 24, 2022
Leslie Jordan literally held us together during the pandemic with “Well, shit… what are y’all doin?!” 🥺
— TD (@_tbeaux) October 24, 2022
My heart is broken today. Leslie Jordan, you were such a bright light and positive force for so many people. It is an honor that I was able to call you a friend and sing with you. Rest easy, sunshine. 💔👼🏻 pic.twitter.com/1xs0bJ902C
— JAX (@Jax) October 24, 2022
Uh-oh, Doctor Who fans: hope you are also Star Wars and Marvel fans, because The Doctor is moving to Disney+ next year.
Here’s a bunch of Housewives news that you can skip if not interested:
Kathy Hilton has announced that she will not return to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills if Lisa Rinna and Erika Jayne return. Meanwhile, Erika has accused Hilton of using a homophobic slur, which she denies.
If Hilton leaves, they should hire Jennifer Coolidge to take her place. She already has a tagline and everything. THIS IS THE AGE OF JENNIFER COOLIDGE.
Even Garcelle Beauvais is on board with Coolidge: “She would be fantastic, we need some humor,” she said.
Speaking of Beauvais, Andy Cohen apologized to her after making some snarky comments about the way Erika Jayne and Lisa Rinna treated her.
Calling all #HouseOfTheDragon fans, San Antonio has its own small Westeros in the form of a subdivision with several of its street signs named after characters and iconic capitals in the series.https://t.co/U044OrhMQZ
— MySA (@mySA) October 24, 2022
Other street names in the subdivision are Arya Way and Needle Creek.
Arya is the third child and youngest daughter of Lord Ned Stark and his wife Lady Catelyn Stark. Needle Creek represents the small sword wielded by Arya Stark. https://t.co/gfeAZdSnMz pic.twitter.com/9IkPeWFO94
— MySA (@mySA) October 24, 2022
Hey! Speaking of Needle: Maisie Williams can bring herself to finally admit the end of Game of Thrones was bad. Welcome, Maisie. We’ve been waiting.
This is supposed to be John Krasinski. And now you can never unsee it, too.
— ESPN (@espn) October 25, 2022
This is such a terrible John Krasinski that I literally had to google John Krasinski to make sure I knew who John Krasinski was. pic.twitter.com/hw4j349p9z
— Machine Pun Kelly 🇺🇦 (@KellyScaletta) October 25, 2022
John Krasinski should press charges
— Anthony Reinhard (@reinhardNFL) October 25, 2022
“I’m John Krasinski”
— Ben Porter (@Ben13Porter) October 25, 2022
UPDATE ON JAMES CORDEN RUDEGHAZI: This past weekend, Corden gave an interview to The New York Times about the whole being banned from Balthazar thing, while promoting his upcoming miniseries, Mammals, in which he plays an abused kitchen worker. THE IRONY. Anyway, in the interview, he says: “I haven’t done anything wrong, on any level. So why would I ever cancel this? I was there. I get it. I feel so Zen about the whole thing. Because I think it’s so silly. I just think it’s beneath all of us. It’s beneath you. It’s certainly beneath your publication.” (Also, the piece begins with a woman at a nearby restaurant table complaining about her eggs, which I am SURE is just a coincidence and wasn’t a plant for this interview.)
This didn’t sit well with Keith McNally, the owner of Balthazar who had previously forgiven Corden:
Corden then addressed the whole thing in his monologue last night, which some people are saying was an apology. It wasn’t much of an apology. It was more of a defense of one incident with no explanation for the other. Also, he dragged his parents into it. Sure will be a shame when he goes back to the U.K. for good.
And while we’re on the topic of unrepentant assholes: Kanye West has been having a bad week. I didn’t want to discuss him and his antisemitic rants because I didn’t want to give it more air. But then yesterday it was announced that following Kanye’s unrepentant attacks on Jewish people and his being embraced by actual Nazis, Balenciaga and Gap dropped their business associations with him, a documentary about him has been canceled; Kanye’s agency, CAA, has dropped him; and Adidas finally FINALLY got out of the Kanye West business, which officially ends his billionaire status. Pity.
Hate speech is never OK or excusable. I stand together with the Jewish community and call on the terrible violence and hateful rhetoric towards them to come to an immediate end.
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) October 24, 2022
However, you can still watch the Jeen-Yuhs documentary on Netflix, because sure. Obviously.
Anna Faris has revealed that Ivan Reitman is the director who “slapped [her] ass” on the set of My Super Ex-Girlfriend in front of the entire crew, and she had to fight back tears and pretend it was fine. In response, Gavin Polone, one of the producers on My Super ExEx-Girlfriendtold Deadline this morning: “I never saw that incident, or heard about it, but I would not have any reason to dispute Anna’s account, either. If Anna says it happened, I believe her. If it had happened in front of me, I certainly would have confronted Ivan about it. I’m sad to think Anna was demeaned in that way.”
A Manhattan jury found Kevin Spacey not liable in a $40 million dollar lawsuit brought against him by Anthony Rapp for sexually assaulting him as a teenager. In response, Rapp released a statement reading: “I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have my case heard before a jury, and I thank the members of the jury for their service. Bringing this lawsuit was always about shining a light, as part of the larger movement to stand up against all forms of sexual violence.”
Over in the Harvey Weinstein trial, a bunch of jurors was thrown after expressing their disdain towards the #MeToo movement and distrust of women in general. One young man wrote that “the #MeToo movement is pointless and fraudulent” on his juror questionnaire. When Deputy District Attorney Marlene Martinez asked him: “You wouldn’t believe every woman, but if someone came forward, would you have a bias?” he replied, “More like not believing them.” To his credit, this is a genius way to avoid serving on a trial that you suspect will drag out for several weeks. That, or break out your Princess Leia costume.
Parish co-creator Sunu Gonera has been fired by AMC following an investigation into an alleged sexual assault.
The Bill Murray conversation is ongoing. A clip from a 1990 episode of The Arsenio Hall Show shows Murray groping and nuzzling Geena Davis while they are promoting Quick Change, and it is DEEPLY uncomfortable viewed through 2022 eyes:
But don’t feel too bad for Murray. He’s still working.
Speaking of Geena Davis, she revealed that after Jack Nicholson propositioned her when she was a young actress, Dustin Hoffman gave her a line to use against lechs: “Say, ‘Well, you’re very attractive. I would love to, but it would ruin the sexual tension between us.’” And that’s a great way to get out of that situation in 1980. Today young women should just threaten to call Jezebel and #MeToo their asses. Ironically, Hoffman was later accused of exposing himself to a minor and assaulting two women himself.
- Industry has been renewed at HBO for a third season.
- Baking It! has been renewed for a second season on Peacock, and Amy Poehler is taking over for Andy Samberg!
- Bad Crimes, an adult animated comedy starring Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus, has been canceled mid-production.
- Nickelodeon has greenlit a sequel to Monster High The Movie.
- The film Night Riders has been bought by Prime Video.
- Monster Kid Detective Squad is being adapted into a TV series.
- Nick Kroll, Kristofer Hivju, Wesley Kimmel, and Mary Elizabeth Ellis have joined the cast of Red One on Prime Video.
- Javicia Leslie is joining the cast of The Flash on The CW.
Mark Your Calendars
- The White Lotus returns on HBO on October 30.
— HBO (@HBO) October 24, 2022
- Love & Hip Hop: Where Are They Now? will premiere on VH1 on October 31.
- ABC has released its holiday lineup. You can find all the specials and dates right here.
Chet Walker, Tony-nominated choreographer and Broadway dancer who created Fosse
Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities: Horror master Guillermo del Toro curates this horror anthology series. Series premiere. Netflix
The Resident: Kit and Bell get married on the 100th episode. 7 p.m., Fox
The Boulet Brothers Dragula: Titans: It’s like RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, but with the Boulet Brothers. Series premiere. Shudder
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Sigourney Weaver, Michaela Coel, Zedd & Maren Morris
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Danny DeVito, Tegan & Sara, Raghav Mehrotra
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Eddie Redmayne, George R.R. Martin
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Billy Porter, Chelsea Handler, Andy Grammer
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Charlize Theron, Lewis Hamilton, Armani White
- The Daily Show: Mira Murati, Ralph Macchio
- Watch What Happens Live: Tanya Tucker, Sandra Bernhard
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