Corbet doesn’t seem as interested in the answers to the provocatively glib questions he raises as he is in creating a cynical riddle cloaked in style. No doubt some will find all of this to be a deep meditation on the pop-industrial complex, but from where I was sitting, it just felt like empty camp. C
Channing Dungey, the ABC Entertainment president who made the bold decision to yank Roseanne after its star made a racist tweet, has resigned her post.
Dungey will be replaced by Karey Burke, the current head of programming at Freeform, ABC’s sister cable network.
“I’m incredibly proud of what the team and I have accomplished over the years, and all the meaningful and impactful programming we’ve developed,” Dungey said in a statement. “This job has been the highlight of my career. While I’ve loved every moment and knew I could call ABC home for many years to come, I’m excited to tackle new challenges.”
It was Dungey who announced the cancellation of Roseanne after Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” she said at the time.
Dungey became the first black American president of a major broadcast TV network when took she over the top post in 2016.
More to come…
Baby No. 2 is on the way for Earl Cole and his wife Shelley Lee!
The couple made the big announcement during their daughter Kaia JoAnn Cole‘s 1st birthday party when they opened a big “gift” for her: a balloon with a sign attached reading, “I’m going to be a big sister April 2019.”
“The highlight of my daughter’s 1st birthday party, was the look on her face once her biggest gift was opened!” Cole wrote in an Instagram post that captured the cute moment, complete with emojis and hashtags including #growingfamily and #dadlife.View this post on Instagram The highlight of my daughter's 1st birthday party, was the look on her face once her biggest gift was opened! ???????????? #aloha #sweetie ???? . . . #happybirthday #luau #november #10 #oneyearold #KaiaJo #ohana #mahalo #reveal #expecting #another #aries #loving #cuteness #babygirl #blasian #hawaii #moana #beauty #babyphotography #littlepineapple #islandgirl #princess #bigsister #siblings #growingfamily #dadlife A post shared by Earl Cole (@earlcoledoes) on Nov 13, 2018 at 6:58am PST
Cole, who won Survivor: Fiji in 2007, and Shelley became parents for the first time last year when Kaia was born. He told PEOPLE that the name has a special significance.
“Kaia means ‘ocean’ in Hawaiian,” Cole said at the time. “My wife, Shelley, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and we got married on the island of Kauai seven years ago. Her middle name, JoAnn, is the first name of my mother who passed away last year from early Alzheimer’s — the day before we found out we were pregnant.”
Cole was very close to his mother, and despite her death, believes that she lives on.
“We feel that my mother’s spirit — she was a healer and a hero — helped make it all happen,” he said. The couple had attempted to conceive for seven years before getting pregnant for the first time.
In a sweep that surprised even its most ardent supporters — and angered its critics — Florida’s Amendment 13 passed with 69 percent of the vote, bringing the state’s greyhound racing industry to screeching halt.
“It’s one of the largest victories for animal protection in history in the western world,” Carey Theil, founder of GREY2K USA Worldwide, told PEOPLE of the move, which bans wagering on live dog races and mandates phasing out of all commercial dog racing in the state by Dec. 31, 2020. “It cannot be overstated how significant this win is.”
But the real fight has barely begun. Figures from various sources suggest anywhere from 8,000 to 15,000 greyhounds currently racing or in training for Florida’s final racing seasons will need new homes over the next two years as their careers and the state’s industry are phased out.
According to pro-racing lobbyist Jack Cory, the Florida Greyhound Association works with a select group of 102 organizations nationwide that will help get many of the animals adopted. But many more are anxious to help – if they’re granted access.
“That’s what’s at the top of everyone’s minds,” Kate MacFall, Florida State Director for the Humane Society of the United States who co-chaired the Yes on 13 Campaign, told PEOPLE when asked what’s next for Florida’s greyhounds. “It’s too soon to tell.”
PEOPLE reached out to multiple organizations that, according to their websites, work with the greyhound racing industry to shelter and facilitate the adoption of retired racing dogs. None returned our messages. That doesn’t surprise Sonia Strattemann, founder of Elite Greyhound Adoptions in Loxahatchee, Florida, who said that many organizations that want to help have been blackballed by the industry.
Elite “took in an average of 200 greyhounds a year up until last November,” she told PEOPLE, noting that untreated broken legs are common, as is the practice of selling retired racing dogs to blood banks, where they can stay upward of two years before being rescued or euthanized. Once Stratteman went public with her support of Amendment 13 a year ago, trainers and owners stopped allowing her to take in their dogs.
“Since then, I’ve had maybe 20,” she said, noting that those dogs came primarily from veterinarians and blood banks. She suspects organizations are hesitant to speak publicly for fear of drawing the ire of the industry and losing their own opportunities to help.
“Emotions are running so high right now,” she said.
Of course, the ban is brand new and many organizations likely are in the beginning stages of developing a concerted adoption effort. But in a Nov. 15 Facebook post, Dennis McKeon, a former greyhound trainer and committee member of the Wilmington, Delaware-based Greyhound Racing Association of America, confirmed that pro-ban organizations need not apply.
“The best and brightest minds in both the racing and adoption communities, are currently engaged in formulating cooperative strategies to account for every greyhound who will be affected by the travesty of Amendment 13,” he wrote. “Those ‘best and brightest’ do not include any person or group who supported the greyhound-averse Amendment 13.”
As of press time, McKeon had not responded to PEOPLE’s request for an interview. His non-profit organization, Race for Adoption, purchases greyhounds, sells sponsorship shares in each and races them, donating winnings to a small group of adoption organizations, according to its website.
Meanwhile, Cory told PEOPLE that the industry soon will head back to the Florida legislature “to get funding to take care of the animals.” But when asked how that funding will be spent, he said, “To compensate the owners for the loss of the value of their businesses.”
When pressed to clarify how the animals, specifically, will be aided by that funding, he said, “It is both and the same thing. The animals and the owners who own those animals are one and the same.”
Adam Sugalski, founder of One Protest, a Jacksonville-based advocacy organization that supported Amendment 13 and is involved in varied animal welfare issues from China’s dog meat trade to rhino poaching in Mozambique to Florida’s state-sanctioned bear hunts, doesn’t have much sympathy for those owners.
“I understand that the ban is taking away some people’s livelihoods. But people can find other jobs that don’t involve making money off the backs of these animals,” he told PEOPLE, pointing to the most recent state report detailing on-track deaths of 493 greyhounds since 2013 – the first year that the industry was legally mandated to report them. Of those deaths, more than half, 281, were confirmed to be race-related; 24 were deemed likely race-related and in 29, the cause was unknown or not provided. Common race-related causes listed were fractures, broken necks and backs, fatal head injuries, electrocutions, extreme exhaustion and illnesses caused by bad meat.
“These dogs are falling through the cracks of society,” Sugalski said, noting that reporting of non-fatal, on-track injuries still is not required. “Their welfare is more important than jobs.”
Florida’s ban ultimately will shut down 11 of the nation’s 17 currently active dog tracks. Others remain in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Texas and West Virginia.
Said Theil: “This vote is a momentous one. It puts animal welfare at the heart of what it is to be American, proves that it’s one of the core values that makes us who we are. It’s a big deal.”
Those wanting to help Florida’s greyhounds are encouraged to contact their local greyhound shelters and rescues about fostering, adopting or donating. Advocacy groups like the HSUS and GREY2K also accept donations that will go toward supporting transport and adoption, as well as efforts to end greyhound racing nationwide.
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Birth isn’t defined by a particular method of delivery. But one birth photographer seemingly felt differently when she denied her services to a potential client who was undergoing a C-section.
The mom-to-be shared a photo of the text exchange in a Facebook group called Sanctimommies, and it’s since been shared more than 5,500 times.
In the photo, the customer shoots an iMessage to the photographer, explaining, “I didn’t ‘opt’ for anything, but alright. I had no idea birth photographers discriminated people for how they birth their babies but that’s good to know. Have a nice day.”
The photographer allegedly responds: “A surgery isn’t birth, my dear. You aren’t giving birth. You are having a surgery to remove your baby from your abdomen. That is not birth no matter how you swing it and I for one don’t want to be there to take pictures of it. If you decide to give motherhood a go from the get and have an actual birth let me know and we can schedule your session.”
She adds in another message: “This motherhood job is hard, If I were you I’d think twice about starting such a job by cutting corners so early in the game.”
Moms in the comments were quick to share support for the fellow parent who was unnecessarily shamed.
“I pushed a kid out of my vagina but I didn’t realize that qualified me for any special awards. Maybe the committee just hasn’t gotten to me yet,” wrote one.
“So C-section babies don’t have birthdays then I guess, since they are never born,” added another.
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“They didn’t cut any corners with my C-section, they cut my lower abdomen,” responded a third.
In reality, C-sections come with their own set of pains and recovery challenges. In fact, moms who have C-sections take up to six weeks to recover, according to Healthline, whereas moms who have vaginal births are usually feeling much better in about four weeks. Regardless, though, birth is birth.
A woman who was having an affair with triple-murderer Chris Watts didn’t realize he was cheating on his wife with her until his many lies were revealed after his family went missing, she said this week.
The woman, Nichol Kessinger, 30, spoke out to The Denver Post in an interview published Thursday. Kessinger was the woman named in a redacted affidavit for Watts’ arrest which said he was having an affair, a law enforcement source confirms to PEOPLE.
Kessinger said she met Watts, 33, at work in late June, noticing he was attractive and that he didn’t wear a ring. He told her he was separated and was finalizing what he described as a mutual divorce, she said, adding, “I believed him.”
She also said Watts — who pleaded guilty last week to the August murders of his pregnant wife Shan’ann Watts, 34, and their daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3 — “was very soft-spoken. He appeared to be a good listener.”
In early July, the pair began a physical relationship, seeing each other four to five times a week, she told the paper. She said she told Watts she wanted to take things slowly and that he should focus on helping his daughters during the divorce.
“He made me believe that he was doing all of the things that a rational man and good father would do,” she said.
But Watts’ nice-guy facade crumbled after Shan’ann and the girls went missing and Kessinger learned Shan’ann was 15 months pregnant.
“I thought, ‘If he was able to lie to me and hide something that big, what else was he lying about?’ ” she told the paper.
Kessinger noted that Watts seemed unperturbed about his missing family — “It seemed off,” she said — and she soon cut off contact with him. Two days after the trio went missing, Kessinger called the Weld County Sheriff’s Office and told them and then FBI investigators about her affair with him and his lies.
“I just wanted to help,” she said. “With a pregnant woman and two children missing, I was going to do anything that I could.”
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That night, Watts was arrested for the murders.
A source close to Watts tells PEOPLE, “It’s very clear that this wasn’t a healthy marriage for many months before Shan’ann and the girls died. He had checked out, and from what he says, she had checked out, too. Nichol Kessinger showed interest, and in his mind he was single, so it happened. He really regrets that Nichol got pulled into this.”
Earlier this week, Shan’ann Watts’ family issued a statement in response to claims by Watts’ family that the couple had a stormy relationship, describing Shan’ann as “a faithful wife, and the most gentle and loving mother in the world to her children Bella, Celeste, and Nico [her unborn child],” according to local TV station KMGH.
The family slammed Watts’ parents claims as “vicious, grotesque and utterly false.”
Watts will be formally sentenced to life in prison on Monday.
You get a scholarship, you get a scholarship!
Oprah Winfrey made the most of her appearance as the special guest at Thursday’s University of Massachusetts‘ Chancellor’s Speaker Series, pledging to match the $1.5 million the event had already raised.
“I was so moved by each of your stories that coming here and speaking and sharing this beautiful evening with you all, I want to do even more,” Winfrey, 64, told a crowd of more than 6000 at the Tsongas Arena. “I would like to match the $1.5 million… so people like yourselves can continue on the path of the greatest, purest, truest expression of themselves.”
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Winfrey spent time earlier in the day to meet with UMass Lowell students, before receiving an honorary degree from the university.
Over the course of the 90 minute conversation with UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, Winfrey covered topics ranging from whether or not she misses her iconic TV show (“I don’t miss the show, but I do miss the audience”), to why she never went to therapy (“I’ve never had a day of therapy because I had mine all in front of you all”), to hiring someone to count the number of trees in her yard (3667, to be exact). But she also shared how she works through anger and frustration in a troubled world.
“People still piss me off,” Winfrey said. “I still have to work at it. It does matter because I know, that beneath the surface of your politics, of your anger, of your disgruntled-ness, you actually still want the same thing that i want.”
While Winfrey recognized that her life is amazing, she also called on the audience to avoid comparison and seek what’s good in their life.
“I have this amazing life. It’s as good as you think it is, and even better. It is. But also, so is yours,” Winfrey said. “So don’t waste your time thinking about what my life is, or somebody else’s is. Look at the grace that you have been given, and think about how to shift that paradigm, and take what you’ve been given and use it in service to serve the world.”
Ultimately, Winfrey said the key to happiness is sharing in other people’s joy.
“You can bless you own life by being happy for other people’s success. Any bitterness — you have to train yourself in the vibration of positivity. You have to work on that. Because any time you start saying, ‘Why is that not me?’ That negative stuff, that energy comes back to you,” said Winfrey. “My religion is the third law of motion and physics, which says what you put out is what’s coming back.”
All of the money raised will go to the Oprah Winfrey Scholarship at the university.
Thanksgiving is all about overindulging, but that doesn’t just mean at dinner. This year TV fans have plenty to be thankful for with movie and series marathons beginning today. Here are a few highlights of what’s on the table for your viewing pleasure.
The Middle Freeform will air the ABC sitcom‘s first six Thanksgiving episodes starting at 1 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 16 and then air the seventh, eighth, and ninth Thanksgiving episodes on Monday, Nov. 19 starting at 1 p.m. ET.
Gilmore Girls Fans can relive all of their favorite moments from Lorelai and Rory — including that time they ate four Thanksgiving meals — during UPtv’s GilMore the Merrier, during which the network will air all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls 24 hours a day for 153 straight hours. The marathon kicks off Monday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. ET and will conclude on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 12 a.m. ET.
Roseanne The Conner family may be making new memories on their ABC spin-off, but fans of the original series can catch “Thanksgiving 1993” on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. ET on CMT, followed at 11:30 a.m. ET by “Thanksgiving 1994.” The next day, the binge continues with “We Gather Together” at 9 a.m. ET, followed by “Thanksgiving 1991” at 9:30. “The Last Thursday in November” will air at 9 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 23, followed by “Home Is Where the Afghan Is.”
Gone with the Wind If you’re getting up early to put the turkey in the oven, you can catch the first of four back-to-back airings of Gone with the Wind, which begin Thanksgiving morning at 6 a.m. ET on SundanceTV.
FX’s Thanksgiving Movie Marathon Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with an all-day family movie marathon featuring Epic, The Angry Birds Movie, The Secret Life of Pets, Minions, and Despicable Me 2. The fun starts bright and early at 7 a.m. ET.
FXX Thanksgiving Day Comedy Movie Marathon The event kicks off at 8 a.m. ET with the following laugh-out-loud titles: This is 40, Neighbors 2, Sausage Party, and Daddy’s Home.
Bob’s Burgers Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Belchers from 8:30–11 a.m. ET, Thanksgiving day on TBS.
The Godfather Catch The Godfather at 9 a.m. or at 5:30 p.m. ET, followed by The Godfather, Part II at 1 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The Godfather, Part III finally gets its time in the sun (or moon, rather) at 2 a.m. ET.
Family Guy TBS keeps the animated family fun going with the Family Guy Thanksgiving episodes airing 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving day.
Friends There may be an episode titled “The One with all the Thanksgivings” but TBS will give that title a whole new meaning when the network airs all the classic NBC sitcom’s Thanksgiving episodes starting at 1 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving day.
The Simpsons It’s a Simpsons feast full of Thanksgiving episodes from 8 p.m.-midnight ET the night of Thanksgiving.
Chimp Sanctuary Go bananas with BBC America’s full day of chimp-focused programming including the premiere of Chimp Sanctuary at 9 p.m. ET, followed by Chimps of the Lost Gorge at 10 p.m. ET. The network is keeping the celebration going all weekend, airing an Earth Marathon featuring episodes from the BBCA’s biggest natural history series, including Emmy-winning Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II, and Life.
A strong snowstorm wreaked havoc on the northeast on Thursday, claiming at least eight lives across several states and leaving thousands without power, according to reports.
The storm brought strong winds, rain and ice and left more than 400,000 customers in 17 states — from Kentucky to Maine — without power due in part to freezing rain, according to CNN. The storm initially hit Thursday, delaying commutes, prompting school closures, and causing a string of motor accidents, WESH reported.
On Thursday night, a 61-year-old New Providence woman, Susan Brown, was struck and killed by a New Jersey Transit train around 6 p.m. when the car she was driving likely slid onto the tracks, according to NJ.com.
“It’s very possible she got stuck,” Morgan told NJ.com. “(The snow) was brutal. It came out of nowhere and we had traffic backed up everywhere.”
Morgan attributed the death to the weather in his Facebook post, writing, “We tragically lost one of our own yesterday to this storm.”
“The roads are treacherous and it is slick and dangerous out there despite our best efforts, so please refrain from unnecessary travel, and if you have to be out there, please be slow and careful,” he continued in the post. “As completely frustrating, aggravating, disruptive, and inconvenient this has all been, please be patient, and continue to be good to one another, and help each other out.”
Although the winter storm began plaguing parts of the northeast on Thursday, states as far as Mississippi were feeling the effects on Wednesday. Two people died and several people were injured that day in Mississippi when a bus traveling from Huntsville, Alabama, to Tunica, Mississippi, flipped on an interstate, according to WHNT.
Meanwhile, Arkansas Highway Patrol officials said three people died after drivers lost control of vehicles on the ice-filled roads, according to CNN. One person was killed in Maryland on Thursday and another in Ohio, CNN reported.
“It was a whopper and we were walloped,” New Providence, New Jersey, mayor Al Morgan wrote in a Facebook post on Friday. “No one could have predicted the devastating impact of this horrendous nor’easter on us as it seemed to come out of no where.”
As the storm prompted school closures, Liberty Middle School students were forced to stay overnight at the West Orange school on Thursday due to the weather conditions. School officials shared photos of the students on Twitter, showing the children making the most of their time at the school, watching movies, playing games and eating ice cream.UPDATE...What a nor’easter ?? ?? ....students at Liberty are fine, those still here treated to ice cream ???? (sorry @SodexoGroup we raided the cafeteria again)....@woschools pic.twitter.com/AlvN9v2QIl— Liberty Middle (@Liberty_WO) November 16, 2018 UPDATE... ?? ?? ....some students taking advantage of the gym mats ???????? ????.....others are wide awake and ready for the next activity.....which may be breakfast ???? ???? with us raiding the cafeteria again....@woschools pic.twitter.com/AT5rXjl28e— Liberty Middle (@Liberty_WO) November 16, 2018
In their last update, officials tweeted: “8:30 am and final UPDATE…..6 students left with rides for most on the way…HUGE SHOUTOUT TO LIBERTY STAFF FOR A JOB EXTREMELY WELL DONE…LOVE
my Liberty family…several staff were released prior to our group photo….”
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